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Introduction

The Benefits of Placement and Work-Based Learning (P&WBL)

The positive impact of undertaking work-based activities upon students’ performance is well established, in terms of helping them contextualise their learning and improve both their personal skills and their employment prospects (see links to research below). Students are more likely to gain a higher degree classification, gain employment more quickly and secure work in a graduate level role.

Assuring Quality

CASQE is responsible for the MMU Institutional Code of Practice for Placements and Work-Based Learning. The Code offers a comprehensive framework for staff to work from.

The Code, complemented by the checklist, has been designed to help MMU staff ensure that all parties involved meet the quality thresholds for all types of placement and work-based learning. Essentially, this entails ensuring:

  • Compliance with current regulations such as insurance and risk assessment, together with equality and immigration legislation
  • Students are briefed prior to placement, supported whilst undertaking their experience and appropriately assessed and de-briefed on completion
  • A structured experience is provided by the placement provider so that learning objectives can be met