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Negotiated Learning for Degree Apprenticeships

Introduction

The aim of this module is to facilitate the conduct and reporting of negotiated learning relevant to a specific work context and in relation to a Degree Apprenticeship standard. This module acknowledges the importance of the work-based nature of a Degree Apprenticeship, giving learners the opportunity to embed their learning by applying key aspects of knowledge, demonstrating skills and exhibiting behaviours in their workplace, reflecting on this application and documenting it in preparation for the Apprenticeship End Point Assessment. The negotiated nature of this module allows learners to focus on specific aspects of knowledge, skills and / or behaviours they need to enhance to meet the requirements of the relevant Degree Apprenticeship standard.

Objectives

Upon successful completion participants will be able to:

  • Interpret the requirements of a Degree Apprenticeship standard and creatively identify practical opportunities to apply knowledge and / or skills and behaviours in their work place.
  • Critically reflect on experiences at work in the context of the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours required by the relevant Degree Apprenticeship standard.
  • Independently evaluate their chosen work-based learning approaches in relation to the relevant Degree Apprenticeship standard and record this.
  • Critically evaluate peer progress; provide feedback and practical recommendations for Work-based Learning activities.
  • Demonstrate work-based competence in the specific Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours negotiated in the Learning Proposal.

Syllabus

Each Apprentice will negotiate and agree the focus of their work-based learning for this module based on the relevant Degree Apprenticeship Standard. This will be agreed in terms of aspects of Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours from the Degree Apprenticeship Standard that the Apprentice needs the opportunity to gain and / or demonstrate and will be recorded in their Learning Proposal at the beginning of the module. Apprentices will then have the opportunity to demonstrate their learning / competence against this proposal undertaking learning activities such as:

• Shadowing colleagues working in other roles

• Attending appropriate meetings within other departments (not normally available in the current day-job)

• Secondments

• Undertaking projects (not normally available in the current day-job)

• Opportunities to undertake appropriate external (to the company) activities –e.g. engagement with relevant Professional Bodies

• Opportunities to engage with companies in the employer’s supply chain

• Temporary job-swaps

Progress will be monitored and guidance provided through monthly Communities of Practice virtual seminars and apprentices will record this learning in portfolio entries in preparation for the Degree Apprenticeship End Point Assessment.

Assessment

  • Learning proposal (10%)
  • In module assessment - Contribution to Communities of Practice virtual seminars / workshops (10%)
  • Portfolio Entries / Critical Commentary (60%)
  • Critical commentary and reflection on business benefit (20%)

Duration

40 weeks, including Introductory virtual seminar / group introduction (2 hours) and Monthly virtual seminar / Community of practice (18 hours)