Social Enterprise

Module code: 5WSEL014W
Credit Level: 5
Credit value: 20
Semester: 2

Available to: Students in all faculties, however some courses already include cross-disciplinary modules and are structured to offer opportunities to expand professional skills. Students on these courses are unable to choose Westminster Plus Electives – check the list of courses

Please note: elective modules are subject to availability.

The aim of the Social Enterprise Elective is to give you the opportunity to gain valuable experience through the ‘third sector’, enabling you to develop your professional practice and enhance your employability skills.

A social enterprise is understood to be an organisation which has a revenue-generating business and which re-invests all or part of its revenues for social causes. It is a specific type of institution that lies between the charity and professional sectors and has its own financing, marketing and operational challenges. In most cases, you will be expected to organise the social enterprise placement or project yourself. The placement must be approved by the module leader and should comply with the University’s guidelines for student work.

The module is tied to a period of work, voluntary or otherwise, in your chosen social enterprise of at least 75 hours. You will:

  • identify specific learning goals to be completed as part of your placement;
  • evaluate your own performance;
  • develop insights about the real-life workings of an organisation and assess key issues;
  • practices and roles within the social enterprise.

Your learning is arranged as practical or work-based learning, and you will meet with your module leader or tutor on a semi-regular basis. Assessment is based on your work plan and a portfolio. 

Please note: You will be contacted in September 2017 with further information about how the module will be supported, including information about ways of securing a community placement opportunity through the University of Westminster’s Career Development Centre. If your course already supports a community-based (eg. an internship or work module), then please do speak with your course leader about the best option to support your professional placement if selecting this module.

What’s the advantage?

This module is great if you are interested in:

  • Testing your ability to think and act as an entrepreneur within community and social organisations;
  • Demonstrating to future employers that you have the skills required to succeed in the charitable, public and community sector;
  • Showcasing your professional skills by gaining experience of working in a public organisation or community network which is linked to your career development.