Work-based learning in undergraduate programmes: A literature review of the current developments and examples of practice

This article aims to give an overview of the current literature on work-based learning at higher education level in the UK. It examines why work-based learning should be incorporated in the undergraduate curriculum, how it can be successfully designed and implemented, and how it can be more widely available to all students regardless of their discipline. More specifically, this review clarifies some key concepts and defines work-based learning in the context of higher education programmes. It provides the rationale for including work-based modules into the curriculum by discussing its impact on employability and effective learning. It identifies some principles of best practice in the delivery of work-based learning. Finally, it discusses some examples of work-based modules implemented at Higher Education Institutions in the UK that illustrate how work-based learning can be embedded into theoretical programmes of study or can incorporate the learning derived from students’ existing part-time employment.

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