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Independent Work Experience Module

>> Tuesday, April 07, 2009

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.

Modules: Requirements

Level 2

IWE 2010
IWE 2015
IWE 2020
IWE 2030

Module requirements

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 iwe@ex.ac.uk

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.


Music and your CV

Music can provide very specific examples of skills sought by employers. The Director of Music's Office is happy to write references for any students involved in Music, but there are also more formal ways of evidencing your experience and skills acquired while you are at University here.

Exeter Award

Launching this year, this is an excellent scheme to mark students' achievements in extra-curricular activities in an official way. If you are involved in Music activities, you will probably already be more than halfway to completing it!

Independent Work Experience Module

For those wishing to further develop their skills, perhaps with a view to a career in Arts Administration, work placements are available in the Director of Music’s Office through the IWE scheme.

Careers in Music

Some of the Lectures given during the year are to do with careers in Music or Music-related areas. Publicity, Arts Administration, Orchestral Management and Events management are some of the areas covered which you can put directly into practice whilst still at University.


Students often use their personal tutor as a reference for job applications, but find that he/she has no knowlege of Students Guild/Music activities that employers find important. Keeping a record of your acheivements through the ePDP tools found on your student portal give your personal tutor access to much more infomation.


Scholars Ensemble

The Scholars Ensemble exists to provide opportunities to put the musical ideas discussed in the Director of Music’s open lectures into practice.

Although Music Scholarships are all auditioned, the Scholars Ensemble is open to anyone who expresses an interest, especially as the group varies widely from project to project.

Email: music@ex... etc
to get involved!

Part of the remit of the Scholars Ensemble is to present the best of Exeter student soloists and performers, but repertoire is also carefully chosen to provide inclusive opportunities at every level of expertise.

Students wishing to audition for concerto opportunities should make use of their scholarship audition at the beginning of the year. Please feel free to discuss the possibilities with the Director of Music at any time.

Vocal solos arising within works programmed will have auditions advertised during the year.

Current repertoire plans include:
Verdi Requiem (Joint Concert with Choral Society)
Missa Criolla (Gospel Choir and Percussion)

Mozart Requiem
Missa Luba for voices and African percussion
Rachmaninov Isle of the Dead
Mozart Bassoon Concerto
Bruch Kol Nidrei
Tippett A Child of Our Time

Faure Requiem
Gabrieli for Brass, Bassoon and voices
Haydn Trumpet Concerto
Purcell ‘Dido and Aeneas’


Scholarships for Musician

Scholarships Available
Instruments (all genres)
Voice (all genres)
Sound Engineering

How to Apply
Download the form
Read the Guidance notes at the back
Return the form to us by Mon. 8th September
Auditions held during the first two weeks of term.

Individual Development

Individual Music Tuition: a number of lessons based on the level of your individual scholarship
Music Lectures and workshops: accelerate your progress and think more about your Music
Performance Opportunities

Lunchtime/Tea time recitals/Composition concerts
Scholars Ensemble concerts

Your contribution
Active involvement in University Music
Participting in Scholars Ensemble when required
Encouraging and assisting your peers at any level
Practising/preparing enough to progress in your lessons
A short review at the end of each term to document what you have acheived

Scholars Ensemble
You don't have to be a Music Scholar to be involved; the Scholars ensemble is involved in variety of projects that cross between existing Music Societies

Music and your CV
Music can provide very specific examples of skills sought by employers.

Click here for more info about ways to get degree credits for work experience or formal recognition of your extra-curricular music activities:

Independent Work Experience
Exeter Award


Scholarships for Musicians

Music Scholarships (Exeter and Cornwall Campuses)
The University offers up to 30 University Music Scholarships for each academic year group. These are open to all kinds of musicians and composers, not just from the classical tradition. The scholarships are used to enable students to continue taking individual lessons, or undertake to support student music in directly practical ways. For further information, please see our Music Scholarships page.

Choral and Organ Scholarships (Exeter Campuses and locality)
The University Chapel offers a number of scholarships and the University also has close performing relations with Exeter Cathedral and three local churches, each offering their own scholarship schemes. These are of various values, depending on weekly duties. Please see Choral and Organ Scholarships for further details. The holders of these scholarships are also eligible for University Music scholarships.


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