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Our work-based learning models

At the Hugh Baird University Centre we believe that employability is a central focus within all our higher education programmes and we put the achievement and success of our students at the heart of everything we do.

We aim to give each and every one of our students the best possible chance of joining, and sustaining, their chosen career path. This applies equally to full-time students, and to those on part-time study routes who are already combining work and study.

Our focus on employability begins long before we even enrol our first student. Every one of our new and existing programmes is designed by a team of academic specialists from the College and our Partner Universities, working closely alongside experts from within the profession or industry concerned. That way, students can be sure that the course is academically strong, and meets the needs of the people who may be future employers.

When we plan our foundation and honours degrees we form close and effective working arrangements with local businesses and key employers in the region, liaising with sectors such as the creative industries or the care sector respectively. By designing our programmes in this way, we seek to give independent proof that our courses really are providing exactly what that profession needs. To apply all of this effectively for our students, our team of academic and industry specialists’ work together with employers and a range of groups at the HBUC, to ensure that employability remains at the top of everyone’s agenda.

We develop a wide range of employer led projects and opportunities as well as supporting work-based learning or placements for all our students. During the academic year the course team are constantly working in the background to keep employability at the centre of student learning.

To ensure the day-to-day focus on employability remains strong we involve employers in delivery and assessment in many ways. On some courses, there are key sessions throughout the academic year delivered by industry experts as an integral part of the course team, enabling current updates on the very latest developments. For other courses, we have set up a series of workplace mentors, who act as a link between work and College, helping to ensure delivery of the required knowledge and skills. We organise regular employer events and also bring in guest speakers who have local, national or even international reputations, and a passion for sharing their expertise to maximise employability opportunities.

Our annual exhibition of the work of our art and design students is backed by a number of industry figures, some of whom started out studying here at the Hugh Baird University Centre. Our academic focus on employability is backed by an equally strong emphasis on the practical and pastoral aspects of life at the HBUC. Every one of our students has timetabled tutorial sessions, and the content of these includes practical advice in support of writing CVs, careers guidance and applying for jobs; Course Tutors supply job references, which are targeted firmly upon the skills of the industry professional or industry most values.

These sessions, and the diagnostic testing we complete for all new starters, provide the opportunity to identify any need for extra support in order to give our students an employability edge – and whether that is in Maths, written English or IT, we will provide it.

We are passionate about equality and diversity and we provide comprehensive and personalised support for all students who need it; our specialist Student Support team ensures that students have all the support they need to succeed.

Each course we offer will come under one of the three work-based learning models listed:

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Full list of our Higher Education Courses
Not quite ready for the Foundation Degree?
Overview
Business and Management - Foundation Degree (FdA) with Integrated Foundation Entry
Creative Make Up Design and Practice - Foundation Degree (FdA) with Integrated Foundation Entry
Dementia and Assisted Living in Health and Social Care - Foundation Degree (FdA) with Integrated Foundation Entry
Digital Imaging and Photography - Foundation Degree (FdA) with Integrated Foundation Entry
Engineering (Advanced Manufacturing) - Foundation Degree (FdEng) with Integrated Foundation Entry
Fashion and Textiles - Foundation Degree (FdA) with Integrated Foundation Entry
Graphic Arts - Foundation Degree (FdA) with Integrated Foundation Entry
Health and Social Care - Foundation Degree (FdA) with Integrated Foundation Entry
Interior and Spatial Design - Foundation Degree (FdA) with Integrated Foundation Entry
Moving Image Production - Foundation Degree (FdA) with Integrated Foundation Entry
Visual Merchandising & Promotional Design - Foundation Degree (FdA) with Integrated Foundation Entry
Access to Higher Education
Business and Management
Overview
Chartered Management Institute Award, Certificate and Diploma in Management and Leadership
Business and Management - Foundation Degree (FdA) with Integrated Foundation Entry
Business & Management - Foundation Degree (FdA)
Business Administration - BA (Hons) Top up
Children, Young People and Education Studies
Overview
Children, Young People and their Services - Foundation Degree (FdA)
Education and Professional Studies - BA (Hons) Top up
Computing
Overview
Computing - FdSc
Computing - BSc (Hons) Top up
BSc (Hons) Computer Studies (Foundation Year)
Creative Make Up Design and Practice
Overview
Creative Make Up Design and Practice - Foundation Degree (FdA) with Integrated Foundation Entry
Creative Make Up Design and Practice - Foundation Degree (FdA)
Criminology
Overview
Criminology - Foundation Degree (FdA)
Criminology - BA (Hons) Top up
Digital Imaging and Photography
Overview
Digital Imaging and Photography - Foundation Degree (FdA) with Integrated Foundation Entry
Digital Imaging and Photography - Foundation Degree (FdA)
Digital Imaging and Photography - BA (Hons) Top up
Engineering
Overview
Engineering (Advanced Manufacturing) - Foundation Degree (FdEng) with Integrated Foundation Entry
FdEng Engineering (Advanced Manufacturing)
BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (Foundation Year)
BSc (Hons) Computer Studies (Foundation Year)
BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Foundation Year)
Event / Festival Management
Overview
Event and Festival Management - Foundation Degree (FdA)
Management in Events - BA (Hons) Top up
Fashion and Textiles
Overview
Fashion and Textiles - Foundation Degree (FdA) with Integrated Foundation Entry
Fashion and Textiles - Foundation Degree (FdA)
Fashion and Textiles - BA (Hons) Top up
Graphic Arts
Overview
Graphic Arts - Foundation Degree (FdA) with Integrated Foundation Entry
Graphic Arts - Foundation Degree (FdA)
Graphic Arts - BA (Hons) Top up
Health & Social Care
Overview
Health and Social Care - Foundation Degree (FdA) with Integrated Foundation Entry
Health & Social Care - Foundation Degree (FdA)
Dementia and Assisted Living in Health and Social Care - Foundation Degree (FdA) with Integrated Foundation Entry
Dementia and Assisted Living in Health and Social Care - Foundation Degree (FdA)
Mental Health and Wellbeing - Foundation Degree (FdA)
Health and Social Care - BSc (Hons) Top up
Hospitality
Overview
Hospitality Management - Foundation Degree (FdA)
Interior and Spatial Design
Overview
Interior and Spatial Design - Foundation Degree (FdA) with Integrated Foundation Entry
Interior and Spatial Design - Foundation Degree (FdA)
Interior and Spatial Design - BA (Hons) Top up
Moving Image Production
Overview
Moving Image Production - Foundation Degree (FdA) with Integrated Foundation Entry
Moving Image Production - Foundation Degree (FdA)
Moving Image Production - BA (Hons) Top up
Outdoor Adventure Studies
Overview
Outdoor Adventure Studies - Foundation Degree (FdA)
Outdoor Leadership - BA (Hons) Top up
Teaching & Education
Overview
Certificate in Education and Training, Preparatory
Certificate in Education / PGCE (Education and Training)
Certificate in Education and PGCE (Mathematics: Numeracy)
Advanced Certificate in Teaching Mathematics: Numeracy
Level 5 Diploma in Teaching English: Literacy
Visual Merchandising & Promotional Design
Overview
Visual Merchandising & Promotional Design - Foundation Degree (FdA) with Integrated Foundation Entry
Visual Merchandising and Promotional Design - Foundation Degree (FdA)
Visual Merchandising & Promotional Design - BA (Hons) Top up
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