Professional course Evidencing Work Based Learning (EWBL)

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Health and Social Wellbeing
Nursing and midwifery
Course Director
Clive Warn

Level 3 or Masters level modules

Page last updated 3 February 2022


EWBL modules are available at 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 40 and 60 credits and can be undertaken in Adult Nursing, Mental Health/Learning Difficulties, Maternal and Child, Allied Health Professions and Health Care Professions.

Evidencing Work Based Learning (EWBL) modules recognise that we all learn for work, at work and from work.

The modules provide a framework so that this learning can be structured, enhanced and accredited. In partnership with employers and UWE Bristol academic supervisors, you negotiate what learning you need to undertake and how it is to be evidenced.

Please refer to the Content section below to find out more details.

Careers / Further study

EWBL modules can contribute to:

Level 3

  • Postgraduate Diploma Professional Development
  • Graduate Diploma Professional Development
  • BSc Health and Social Care
  • BSc(Hons) Professional Development

Masters level

  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • MSc Public Health
  • MSc Professional Development



Many work based learning ideas and initiatives evolve from discussions that individuals have with managers or supervisors during appraisals or team meetings. Developing or implementing these ideas in practice can then form part of a personal development plan.

You will negotiate a learning contract with the support of your manager, a mentor at work, and an identified academic at UWE Bristol. Learning is very firmly student-led, and while there will be support and guidance when needed, the learning journey is your own responsibility. This will involve the development and implementation of various actions and learning opportunities and the presentation of the evidence of learning.

What sort of learning can be used?

Almost anything. EWBL is not about the University telling you what you need to know or what skills you need to do your job. You and you manager know that much better. UWE Bristol's role in the arrangement is to provide the support and facilities you need to undertake the learning that you have identified. It could be a work project, for example:

  • Creating new roles
  • Evaluating roles
  • Service improvement work
  • Audits
  • The creation of education programmes
  • Or it could be learning more directed to your own development.

How is work based learning delivered?

The short answer is flexibly, depending on the nature of your learning and your individual circumstances. However, you will need to go through a number of stages:

  1. Identify the learning required in discussion with your manager
  2. Negotiate individual learning outcomes for the module, adapted from generic learning outcomes. This is what you are going to learn.
  3. Negotiate a learning contract with the UWE Bristol academic and your manager. This is how you are going to learn, and can be revisited as you progress through your learning journey. As part of the contract, you will also need to agree how your learning is to be assessed, and a date for submission. This is the evidence of learning.
  4. Implement the contract, renegotiating as necessary, and seeking support along the way.
  5. Complete the learning and submit the agreed evidence for assessment.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Please visit full fee information to see the price brackets for our modules.

Funding may be available to support your learning. Please contact your Trust Education Lead. If you work in the Private, Independent and Voluntary Sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.

How to apply

How to apply

EWBL modules can be started at any time of the year. However, there are three submission dates per year to choose from that are listed below. 

Please complete the EWBL project proposal form (DOCX) with your chosen submission date, then email the completed form to  

Submission Date20 April 202227 September 20226 December 202218 April 2023
Field BoardJune 2022December 2022February 2023June 2023

Should you wish to receive copies of the module handbook or have an initial discussion, please contact the Module Leader, Clive Warn, by email

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