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FOAH2020 Towards the Future: Skills in Context

20 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Karen Burland

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module aims to provide you with an opportunity to think about the ways in which your knowledge and expertise can be applied beyond your university studies. In order to participate in the module you will need to secure an opportunity to volunteer or work in an external context (such as school education, third sector, or with community groups, or you could use experiences you are gaining through engagement with LUU). You will be encouraged to consider the relevance of your academic studies and skills beyond Higher Education and to reflect on how framing your studies within an external context can inform your learning and academic practice. The module will support you to reflect on your personal skills development and the ethical implications of working with external partners.


This module will:
1. provide students with an opportunity to think about and experience the ways in which knowledge and expertise in the arts and humanities can be applied beyond university study.
2. encourage students to consider the relevance of their academic studies and skills beyond university and to reflect on how an external context can inform their learning and academic practice.
3. provide an opportunity to build relationships with external organisations for student education and research.
4. encourage students to reflect on their personal skills development and the ethical implications of working with external partners.

Learning outcomes
1. Nuanced understanding of, and ability to evaluate how, skills, knowledge and expertise developed through an arts and humanities degree are relevant beyond university study.
2. An understanding of how work contexts function and operate.
3. An ability to learn, develop and evidence the application of knowledge and skills in an external context.
4. An ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with non-academic audiences.
5. An ability to use self-awareness and critical reflection on experience, including learning from failure where relevant, to develop graduate skills.


Students will normally secure their own positions in order to participate in this module.

Students will attend workshops that will support their development throughout the module and provide understanding of what working beyond the academy involves. These sessions may consider aspects of working with external organisations, the processes and ethics of working in real-world contexts, skills of communicating with non-academic audiences, communicating skills and expertise, planning and managing work, safeguarding and working with vulnerable populations, and working in educational settings. Additional tutorials will help students to develop skills of reflective writing, and of providing peer support and feedback.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours181.00
Total Contact hours19.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Field experience: minimum of 40 hours
Preparing for work (including completing risk assessment processes): 6 hours
online/in-person skills development : 70 hours (including LinkedIn Learning, skills audits, meeting with careers advisor, attending careers workshops)
Preparation for module workshops: 30 hours
Reflective logs: 10 hours (30 minutes a week)
Writing final reflective report: 10 hours
Preparing ePortfolio: 15 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

• Students will submit a draft work relating to the ePortfolio during semester one which will be discussed during one of the group tutorials (written feedback for the group will also be provided);
• The tutor will provide verbal comments on aspects arising from the reflective diaries as well as additional reflections during taught sessions (tutorials, workshops);
• Students will be encouraged to seek feedback from organisations and should be incorporated into the reflective diaries;
• Students will be trained to provide peer support (in one of the workshops), and they will also provide formative feedback to each other.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Reflective log1900-2100 words50.00
AssignmentEportfolio (1900-2100 words)50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Students need to find their own volunteering/work opportunity for this module. The module leader will discuss and advise on options and the relevant risk assessment protocols. Students need to research and evaluate the potential risks associated with their chosen opportunity. They will be required to complete a risk assessment which will need to be submitted before the placement begins. Guidance will be provided about the parameters that need to be considered in a briefing session at the end of the academic year before the module will be studied. Students will only be able to take this module if this work is completed. Briefing lectures will be provided at the end of level 1 to help students to understand the range of opportunities that could be used as the basis for work in this module. Students will keep reflective diaries and these will be used to inform a c.2,000-word reflective evaluation of their learning and development throughout the module (but this may also draw on learning throughout the degree more broadly). A template for the reflection will be provided which will ensure students’ reflections are appropriately focused and constructive. Students will also develop a CV and covering letter for a fictional job (provided by the module leader) OR a pebblepad eportfolio articulating and evidencing how their experiences on this module and on their degree programmes have helped them to develop key employability skills and helped then think about their future work plans. prepared them for working life.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:26:00


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