Published: 8 June 2007 at 14:37
The Ashcroft International Business School at Anglia Ruskin University has launched a new and practice-based degree framework for students who want to gain as much real-life and work-based understanding and experience as possible during their studies.
The new BA (Hons) Management and Leadership (Work Based) degree in its standard mode sees students applying through UCAS and full-time on campus in Cambridge during the first year and work-based learning on placement in a range of organisations in years two and three.
For those interested in a career with Barclays Bank Plc, a version of the course has also been launched with the company as a development path of its Retail Development Programme. On this option, which is also being offered more widely by the business school as a talent recruitment and development solution for other organisations, students are work-based, sponsored and salaried for all three years of the course.
Whether on the Barclays Retail Development Programme or the generic BA (Hons) Management and Leadership degree students are supported via blended learning approaches and have a mix of face to face contact, access to online learning materials and tutor contact. To further facilitate understanding and development and impact in the work-place, students are also supported by mentors from the business school and placement organisation.
Another route to the course comes from the distance learning Certificate of Higher Education and Leadership. This course targets those already in the work-place and can lead to progression to Years two and three of the Management and Leadership degree.
Professor Martin Reynolds, Dean of Ashcroft International Business School comments:
Barclays Learning and Development Manager for Special Projects, Ed Fox said:
Professor Michael Thorne, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University said of these developments:
This approach to student and course development reflects the pressure on Universities but also the need for new approaches to development of knowledge and skills both for and in the work-place. The need for such development was recently highlighted by Lord Leitch and is an area of strategic development for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) through their employer engagement widening participation programmes.