Unit 10:Work-based Experience
 Unit code:D/601/0998
 QCF level:5 
 Credit value:15 
  • Aim
This unit aims to enable learners to experience the scope and depth of learning which may take place in a work-based context by planning, monitoring and evaluating the work experience.
  • Unit abstract
A significant amount of learning can be achieved by carrying out practical activities in a workplace. Learning may be enhanced by taking a more formal approach to work-based activities
– by planning, carrying out the activities and reflecting on the benefits of the activities to the business and to the learner.
This unit is designed to allow flexibility of study for part-time and full-time students. It is expected that learners will be supervised in the workplace in addition to their academic supervisor.
Learners will have the opportunity, supported by their supervisors, to negotiate and perform activities which will allow them to fulfil the assessment criteria for this unit. They will recognise the scope of what they have achieved by recording evidence from carrying out the activities. They will also gain maximum benefit by reflection on and evaluation of the work they undertake.
  • Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this unit a learner will:
  • Be able to negotiate industry experience
2    Understand the specific requirements of the placement
  • Be able to undertake work experience as identified
  • Be able to monitor and evaluate own performance and learning.
Unit content
  • Be able to negotiate industry experience
Suitable organisation and location: types of establishments for placement eg industry-related work for a client brief at college, existing work environment, different department within current employer’s business
Negotiation: methods of contacting organisations; methods of undertaking negotiations
Nature of duties: type of undertaking eg routine duties and tasks, project work, development of new procedures/protocol
Supervisors: roles and responsibilities of academic and industrial mentors
Expectations of learning: aims eg proficiency in new tasks and procedures, time-management and problem solving skills, reflection, discuss progress with others, teamwork
Business constraints: consideration of possible limitations eg need to be fully trained, adherence to quality systems, health and safety considerations, supervision time, workload, customer satisfaction, limited staffing, cost of materials
  • Understand the specific requirements of the placement
Tasks: details of activities eg specific hourly, daily, weekly routine and non-routine tasks; breakdown of a project into stages; new procedures/protocol
Prioritise: reasons for rationalisation of the order of tasks; methods of prioritising work
Plan for the work experience: methods used to develop detailed plan with schedule of tasks, proposed dates for reviews, expected input from supervisors
Benefits to organisation and learner: advantages to business eg allowing more routine tasks to be carried out, allowing procedures/techniques to be developed, increasing responsiveness, identifying cost saving measures; advantages to learner eg understanding how a business operates, understanding importance of teamwork, learning new techniques, development of problem-solving and time-management skills
  • Be able to undertake work experience as identified
Carry out the planned activities: realisation eg carrying out tasks and project work according to relevant legislation, training and codes of practice; developing new procedures or protocol
Record activities in the appropriate manner: systematic and appropriate recording of relevant activities eg logbook, diary, portfolio, spreadsheets, data bases; list of resources
Revise the initial plan as required: methods used to review activities at the appropriate time to see if they meet requirements, make alterations as needed
  • Be able to monitor and evaluate own performance and learning
Evaluation of the quality of the work undertaken: meeting industry standards and evaluating own performance against original proposal; comments/testimony from supervisors
Account of learning during the work experience: details of experience gained eg new procedures, interpersonal skills, time-management, problem-solving, teamwork; details of evidence eg portfolio of evidence, scientific report, management report
Recommendations on how the learning experience could have been enhanced: alternative ideas eg different location, different brief, different time period, more/less support, better time-management, better preparation
Learning outcomes and assessment criteria
 Learning outcomesAssessment criteria for pass 
 On successful completion ofThe learner can: 
 this unit a learner will:   
 LO1 Be able to negotiate industry 1.1research and evaluate suitable organisations that could 
 experience  provide industry experience 
   1.2negotiate with work and academic supervisors a 
    proposal for the work experience 
   1.3recognise the business constraints on the work 
    experience offered 
 LO2 Understand the specific 2.1agree and prioritise the tasks and responsibilities 
 requirements of the  involved in the work experience 
 placement 2.2produce a plan for the work experience 
   2.3analyse the benefits of the proposed activities to the 
    business and the learner 
 LO3 Be able to undertake work 3.1fulfil specified requirements of placement conforming to 
 experience as identified  all related codes of practice 
   3.2produce systematic records of work undertaken 
   3.3revise the initial plan as required 
   3.4make suggestions for improvement and review these 
    with appropriate supervisor 
 LO4 Be able to monitor and 4.1monitor progress against original proposal 
 evaluate own performance 4.2evaluate the quality of own performance 
 and learning  
   4.3analyse the learning which has taken place during the 
    work experience using suitable reflections 
   4.4make recommendations on how the experience could 
    have been enhanced 
This unit has possible links with all units in the programme, especially: