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ENGL329: Culture, Heritage and Creative Industries: Work Placement

Department: English Literature and Creative Writing NCF Level: FHEQ/QCF/NQF6//RQF6
Study Level: Part II (yr 3) Credit Points: 15.0
Start Date: 16-10-2017 End Date: 23-03-2018
Available for Online Enrolment?: Y Enrolment Restriction: Only available to students where listed in programme syllabus rules
Module Convenor:

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

  • Prior to ENGL329, the student must have successfully completed:

CMod description


    Course Outline:


    This module is run by the Department of English Literature and Creative Writing, with the support of the FASS Engagement team and central Careers. It aims to enhance students’ employability by providing an assessed work placement opportunity as an option on the curriculum. It will also encourage students actively to think about the transferability of skills gained through the study of English and/or Creative Writing. The Department, via the FASS Engagement team, will set up a number of work placements in the (broadly defined) culture, heritage and creative sectors: with, for example, publishers, museums, newspapers, heritage sites, and arts venues. Students may alternatively source their own work placements, subject to prior discussion with the convenor.




    Students must be prepared to pay their own transport/accommodation costs, though a small Departmental contribution toward travel can be applied for. It is expected that placements will be either close to Lancaster University or to the student’s home. Students typically work for 30-40 hours with their host organization (not all of will necessarily be on-site) in the Lent term. They maintain contact with the convenor throughout the placement period. Placement providers are required to complete risk assessment and health and safety forms and to ensure an induction process. Both students and placement providers are required to sign a Learning Agreement.




    Please note that you cannot take both this module and ENGL 376 Schools Volunteering.


    Please also note that the maximum number of students on this course is fixed in 2018-19.


Curriculum Design: Outline Syllabus


    Course Structure


    Term 1





    Applications, Interviews and Preparation for Placement.


    Seminar 1: Introduction to the Course


    Seminar 2: Applying for Placement




    Term 2





    Seminar 3: Preparation for Placement and Assessment

    Due: Prospective Outline/Proposal and Paperwork


    Work Placement


    Seminar 4: Placement Review / Preparing Assessment


Curriculum Design: Single, Combined or Consortial Schemes to which the Module Contributes

  • The module will contribute to:

    -BA Hons. English Literature

    -BA Hons. English with Creative Writing

    -BA Hons. English, Creative Writing and Practice

    -BA Hons. English and History, and other Combined Honours combinations with English.

  • 0% Portfolio
  • 100% Reflective report
  • 0% Other

Assessment: Details of Assessment




    Prospective Outline/Proposal. 1000 words. Submission: 12pm (midday), Friday week 11. Required but unassessed.


    Portfolio. No word limit. Submission: with Reflective Report (below). Required but unassessed.


    Reflective Essay. 4000 words. Submission Deadline: 12pm (midday), Monday week 21. 100%


Educational Aims: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • In subject specific terms, the module aims to:  

    • foster awareness of, and reflection on, career opportunities in the culture, heritage and creative industries
    • offer insights into the reality of work in the culture, heritage and creative industries
    • provide insights into specific tasks associated with the sector of choice
    • give students experience of producing informative writing appropriate to the chosen sector, drawing on creative and/or critical writing skills developed through their degree
    • offer students the opportunity of independent research
    • inculcate the ability to understand, and critically evaluate, the social function of the culture, heritage and creative industries
    • create awareness of the needs of organisations in different culture, heritage and creative settings, ranging from large multi-site to small independent organisations

Educational Aims: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • In general terms, the module aims to: 

    • offer a work placement that will be integrated into the English and Creative Writing degree schemes as an optional module with a quota determined by the number of placements agreed beforehand with providers
    • help students to see how their academic studies connect to the world of work.
    • offer a range of flexible work placements arrangements (for example, two weeks intensive in the Easter break; one morning a week for 10 weeks; some students working in groups, others alone). 
    • offer benefits for both the placement provider and student.
    • provide students with the opportunity to develop transferable skills such as working as part of a team, working alone or under supervision to deliver on specific goals, responding appropriately to formative feedback, time management, communicating in a variety of ways with a range of stakeholders and demonstrating reliability, flexibility and resourcefulness 
    • offer students the opportunity to experience and observe professional roles - usually through a combination of shadowing an employee, attending meetings, getting involved in suitable activities and any relevant training.
    • provide a programme of work that includes the opportunity to gain as full as possible an insight into the daily lives of professional lives of employees in their chosen sector. 
    • give students a clearly defined role, perhaps including an element of choice.
    • give students clear reporting lines.
    • give students the tools they need to complete the tasks
    • make students feel they are part of the team in the workplace, for example being included where possible in team meetings.
    • make students feel that the output of their placement is 'real', that their work is adding value to the organisation.
    • offer students professional networking opportunities

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • On successful completion of this module students will be able to...

    • Demonstrate the roles they have played in the delivery of the project or projects they were working on, in particular through the evidence provided in their portfolio
    • Discuss the progress they have made towards clarifying their career intentions - particularly in their reflective report - and identify relevant skills that would be needed, including but not limited to academic skills.
    • Identify routes into employment in the culture, heritage and/or creative industries (e.g. postgraduate qualifications) and articulate an improved understanding of the challenges of working in one of these fields
    • Demonstrate in seminars, and in their portfolio and reflective report, that they have developed transferable generic employability skills during their work placement 
    • Show some awareness of how organisations respond to changes in their policy and environment.
    • Demonstrate reflection on how they have been able to apply their knowledge and skills in English and Creative Writing to the particular host organisation.
    • Critically reflect on the support provided by their host organisation 

Learning Outcomes: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • On successful completion of this module students will be able to...

    • Demonstrate, through the portfolio and the reflective report, that they have experience of understanding and interpreting instructions in the context of carrying out designated tasks, and can compare expected and actual outcomes.
    • Show an ability to analyse problems, identify their cause and solve them.
    • Demonstrate they know when to use their initiative and when to ask for help.
    • Demonstrate they have built their self-confidence and self-assurance.
    • Show they are able to contribute to the recognition of operational problems within the workplace.
    • Demonstrate awareness of heritage, journalism or publishing organisations.
    • Demonstrate they have developed their skills around working with people in groups.
    • Show that they are able to identify some of the characteristics and needs of a variety of stakeholders in organisations, such as visitors, volunteers, customers,  and school pupils, according to the context they are working in.
    • Critically reflect on management styles and skills from observing role models. 

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