Using the same flexible learning approach to programme location and delivery, this programme will facilitate student study into management theory and practice, firmly contextualised within the workplace experience.
Although categorised as a full-time undergraduate programme provided by the Carmarthen campus, this one-year long programme is provided at seven different centres located throughout south and west Wales. Students attend on a midweek evening three times a month and on one weekend day a month.
You will learn through participating in regular class-based sessions in a small group setting. We use a discussion-based approach to your learning, where your experiences are discussed in the context of the course. We will also support you through Skype and WhatsApp - and you will find that you will support one another.
This programme is taught via a mixture of seminar presentations, interactive group discussions and individual and group activities. The teaching is front-loaded at the beginning of each module in terms of face-to-face contact with a carefully structured series of learner exercises progressing into each assessment task.
In every module the learning, teaching and assessment task reflects the basic philosophy of the programme as a whole, focussing on the relationship between theory and practice, developing critical self-awareness and bridging the gap between “knowing” and “doing”.
Successful completion of studies on the CertHE Skills for the Workplace will enable learners to progress straight into Level 5 of this degree programme which follows a similar pattern of flexible delivery as the Certificate, being delivered with discrete modules, studied consecutively, with face-to-face tuition at a convenient community location.
This programme complements the portfolio currently offered through the Institute of Management and Health and can lead to further progression onto the extensive postgraduate suite of programmes offered both locally and via distance learning.
In terms of subject content, the title “for the workplace” reflects the contextualisation of each module to the personal workplace experiences of the learners. This project-based, discursive approach to study ensures that generic theoretical models are consistently explored within a workplace context ensuring continued relevance to the needs of employers and career progression.
We run the programme in Carmarthen, Llanelli, Swansea, Bridgend (Tondu), Pontypridd (Treforest), Cardiff and Newport one evening a week and one weekend day per month.
The curriculum content of the two year long BA Management and Leadership Skills for the Workplace Outreach porgramme has been carefully developed to provide a series of discrete 20 credit modules. Each module focuses on a key generic aspect of management and leadership capable of being contextualized to specific workplace experiences.
The modules can be studied in any order within the Level, with the exception of EMPL5001 Developing Workplace Critical thinkingand EMPL6001 Emergent Leadership Skills for the Workplace which will always begin each new level of study and provide a contextual introduction.
In general terms, Level 5 study focuses on areas relating to business and management i.e.
Developing Workplace Critical Thinking
Developing Relationships and Workplace Achievement
Understanding and Engaging in the Customer Experience
Managing Projects in the Organisation
Workplace Culture and Organisational Efficiency
Knowledge and Information Management Skills for the Workplace.
Progress to Level 6 study focuses on areas relating to leadership skills within a management context i.e.
Emergent Leadership Skills for the Workplace
Developing Innovation and Creativity for Business Advantage
Leading and Implementing Workplace Change
Strategic Management for SMEs.
Coaching and Mentoring Skills for the Workplace
Developing Emotional Intelligence Skills for the Workplace.
The summative assessment for each module takes the form of a single assignment the exact nature of which varies according to module content and learning outcomes. Students engage with individual and group presentations, mock interviews, short tests, research and problem-solving exercises and role-play situations as part of the coursework activities and formative assessment.
Whilst the final summative task might have a fairly traditional format of a written assignment or report, the formative tasks enable students to explore other activities fundamental to good practice within the workplace. Critical reflection on personal performance is a key part of each module and is integral to all aspects of the programme.
Each assessment task is linked to student interest or experience, so for a student with an interest in physical fitness, a project might be linked to the business and management of running a Health Club.
The vast majority of students following this programme will have progressed from an initial year of study on the Certificate of Higher Education: Skills for the Workplace. In addition learners from other differing backgrounds tend to be attracted to this programme. It is recognised that many candidates for this programme could be returning to study after several years in the workplace. We invite applicants from anyone who has a level 4 quaification in business and managemeent of equivalent.
Mature applicants (aged at least 21 years old) without formal qualifications are required to demonstrate their capacity to pursue and benefit from the programme and will be required to follow the University’s regulations for the Recognition of Prior Learning.
The purpose of the BA Leadership and Management Skills for the Workplace is to create an attractive undergraduate programme that truly responds to the changing needs of learners in the workplace and for those who are seeking to improve their prospects of a return to the workplace.
The programme has been compiled to ensure that graduates are equipped with appropriate underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills, which will allow them to be effective within the constantly changing global market. The ability to make an immediate impact and an on-going contribution in the workplace will be an important aspect.
As such they will be proficient in a team environment, have acquired skills that will enable them to effectively communicate, be able to identify appropriate strategies to solve organisational problems, be able to contribute to reflective practice and have the confidence and capability to develop as life-long learners. These attributes are consistent with the guidelines set out by the Welsh Government’s (WG) ‘Skills and Employment Action Plan’ (2008).
As an institution we seek to continually enhance the student experience and as a result additional costs maybe incurred by the student on activities that will add value to their education. Where possible these costs will be kept to a minimum with additional activities being optional.
Certificate of Higher Education Skills for the Workplace