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The Independent Work Experience (IWE) modules enable students to experience the world of work, and to develop their personal and employability skills, whilst gaining credit towards their degree.
Students undertake a placement of between 50 and 80 hours long, attend a flexible programme of workshops and tutorials, and complete the module assignments.
What kind of work experience do students need for the module?
It may be a requirement to link your work experience to your programme of study.
Work experience has been undertaken in a range of situations, including:
Local veterinary surgery
- Supermarket work
- Large national accountancy firm
- Community Action volunteering
- High Street retailers
- PR work for advertising agency
- Physiotherapy department in a hospital
- Primary and secondary schools
- Graphic design
- Kids' camp
- Lifeguard at a Fitness Centre
among many others!
How much credit is the module worth?
The IWE modules are offered with 10, 15, 20 or 30 credits, at Level 2, in order to accommodate different Schools' module structures. Students wishing to enrol on the module need to obtain the signature of their personal tutor before being accepted onto the module.
How is the module assessed?
All students are required to submit a portfolio based on their work experience. Those studying the 15, 20 and 30-credit modules also have to do a 10-minute presentation. For both the 20 and 30 credit modules, students are required to write a CV and supporting statement for a job application. The 30-credit module additionally requires students to produce a 4000-word reflective essay based on an aspect of their work experience, the title of which must be approved by their personal tutor as well as the IWE module lecturer.
Minimum hours in work experience : 10 credits : 40 hours
Minimum hours in work experience : 15 credits : 50 hours
Minimum hours in work experience : 20 credits : 60 hours
Minimum hours in work experience : 30 credits : 80 hours
Reflective Portfolio : 10 credits : 4,000 words
Reflective Portfolio : 15 credits : 4,000 words
Reflective Portfolio : 20 credits : 6,000 words
Reflective Portfolio : 30 credits : 5,000 words
Assessed Presentations : 15 credits : Yes
Assessed Presentations : 20 credits : Yes
Assessed Presentations : 30 credits : Yes
CV : 20 credits : Yes
CV : 30 credits : Yes
Supporting statement for a job application : 20 credits : 2 statements : 1,000 words
Supporting statement for a job application : 30 credits : 1 statement : 500 words
Essay : 30 credits : 4,000 words
- IWE 2010 Module Descriptor
- IWE 2015 Module Descriptor
- IWE 2020 Module Descriptor
- IWE 2030 Module Descriptor
- 15 Credit Module Guide 2007-8
- 30 Credit Module Guide 2007-8
- Appendix (for ALL modules) 2007-8
- Questions frequently asked about the module
- Reflective Writing - Guidance notes for students
- Application Form
- If you wish to undertake this module, send an email to email@example.com
Notes for Personal Tutors
Students wishing to register for the IWE modules are required to obtain the signature of their personal tutor. Your signature is confirmation that, to your knowledge:
The student in question has not, as part of his/her programme of study, undertaken any similar module incorporating a work placement and containing a reflective component (ie there will be no duplication of material for the same award)
The student in question is capable of undertaking the module and fulfilling its requirements (ie the module will not conflict with other commitments on the student's degree programme).
Undertaking the IWE module will not exceed the number of modules/credits required for that year's study.