Module NHS-2303:
Work Based Study 1

Module Facts

Run by School of Health Sciences

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Dr Simon Bishop

Overall aims and purpose

The aim of this module is to support students in developing an in-depth understanding of the key concepts related to the work place to enhance transferable skills and future employability for example team working, communication skills, IT systems, time management. Students will also gain an in-depth understanding of the way in which the organisation operates and fits within the policy context to provide an effective service which contributes to health and well-being.

Course content

The taught module content will include: identification of core skills relevant to employment; creating letters of application, CVs and interview skills. Students will engage with further content via a placement workbook which will enable them to explore two themes: personal development as an employee and secondly organisational factors such policy drivers for the service/organisation, management structures, organisational philosophy, and how the service is managed and delivered.

Assessment Criteria


D- to D+ grade: students are able to identify some key issues related to the learning outcomes and provide some description of the organisational structure, service provision, and their personal development needs.


A- to A+ Grade: students are able to identify the key issues related to the learning outcomes and provide a critical analysis of the organisational structure, service provision, and their personal development needs.

C- to C+

C- to C+ Grade: students are able to identify the key issues related to the learning outcomes and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the organisational structure, service provision, and their personal development needs.


B- to B+ Grade: students are able to identify a variey of issues related to the learning outcomes and provide some analysis of the organisational structure, service provision, and their personal development needs.

Learning outcomes

  1. Identify and explore the policy context which supports the service provided by the placement organisation.

  2. Reflect on their personal skills, qualities and attributes and create an action plan which would support personal development and future employability.

  3. Explore and analyse the resources within the placement to identify how the service contributes to health and well-being.

  4. Review the managerial structure of the organisation and how this supports the provision of an effective service to support health and well-being.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight

Students are required to complete an analysis of the way in which the service in which they are placed meets policy directives and is organised and managed to provide an effective service.

LOGBOOK OR PORTFOLIO Placement Portfolio

Students are required to compile an employability portfolio which demonstrates skills required for employment and a reflective approach to personal development. This will inlcude a CV, letters of application, expressions of interest, summary of pre-placement preparation which demonstrates knowledge of the organisation and a reflective SWOT analysis to support personal development.


Teaching and Learning Strategy

Work-based learning

Work-based learning - 90 hours

Work-based learning may be completed on either a part-time or full-time basis during the Semester.


Tutorial meetings - 2 hours ( 1 hour tutorial prior to placement and 1 hour post placement).

Private study

Private study for assessment preparation and reading.


Workshop - 6 hours ( 3 per week for 2 weeks) to enable students to develop key skills in CV, applications and interview skills.


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
  • Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
  • Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in

Subject specific skills

1) Effectively reflect on personal development in relation to the placement and future employability. 2) Team working and time management. 3) Understanding how organisations respond to policy drivers.


Resource implications for students

Students will be required to fund travel to placement area and any additional costs associated with the placement activity. Access to IT/Blackboard for discussion boards, MCQ, and module resources. Access to on-line library catalogues

Reading list

Cottrell, S. (2013). Skills for Success: The Personal Development Handbook. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Health and Safety Executive (2006). Essentials of Health and Safety at Work 4th Edn. London: Health and Safety Executive.

Rook, S. (2013). The Graduate Career Guidebook. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Trought, F. (2017). Brilliant Employability Skills. London: Pearson Business.