Advanced Work-Based Learning

The details
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
16 February 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA LX5C Therapeutic Communication and Therapeutic Organisations

Module description

Throughout TCTO we want you to be thinking about the link between the learning you do at university, and its impact on your practice. It's also important to make the link the other way: what does your practice tell you about the usefulness of the theories you are learning about at university? Finally, we want you to develop your skills in thinking about your practice,  as you take up your role each day. Now that you are in the third (BA Hons) year of the programme, you should be making these connections in a developed and sophisticated way

The four "golden threads" of TCTO are :-

  • Being aware of what you are feeling ,  and the sources of those feelings

  • Being able to make use of “self” to reach a deeper understanding of “other”

  • Being familiar with psychodynamic language in order to be able to conceptualise this deeper understanding

  • Being able to use this understanding to then work therapeutically.

As you progress through this module try to hold these in mind,  and use them as  a guide. There is no formal teaching.  The onus is on you to make the links and develop your practice. To help you :-

  1. a) We ask you to keep a weekly reflective journal.

  2. b) We ask you to have fortnightly meetings with a mentor of your choice.

  3. c) There will  zoom seminars each term to take stock of how the mentoring is going.

  4. d) We will also have occasional discussions directly with the mentors.

The module is assessed by a reflective report.

Module aims

The aims of this module are to consolidate at an advanced level capacities to:

  • Link theory to practice in understanding client work

  • Apply learning from the course to the student’s own client work

  • Understand organisational dynamics and their implications for client work

  • Use reflective practice in the workplace

  • Use mentoring as an aid for deeper and more effective work.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Understand their clients at a deeper level

  2. Understand their own role in the workplace at a deeper level

  3. Apply psychodynamic understanding to all aspects of their workplace independently

  4. Apply psychodynamic understanding to their own practice independently

  5. Carry forward their own development as psychodynamic practitioners after the completion of the degree.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Work based practice, reflective journal, work-based mentoring.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Reflective report  15/05/2024  100% 

Additional coursework information

1x 3,000 word reflective report. Learning logs to be completed weekly and signed off every five weeks by mentors. Must complete five out of ten Learning Log Categories by end of course.

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Chris Tanner, email:
Student Administrator, 5A.202, telephone 01206 874969, email



External examiner

Dr Anthony John Faramelli
Lecturer in Visual Cultures
Available via Moodle
Of 2 hours, 2 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


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