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Postgraduate Certificate in Practice Education

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Overview


This award is offered for experienced practitioners working within health or social care who have an interest in supporting and developing learning; for those who wish to promote good quality professional standards via sound education and assessment, and for those who assess higher levels of practice.

This programme  is delivered as distance learning and is suitable for those who have undertaken initial mentor/supervisor preparation, or those who have experience within the mentoring/assessing field who wish to extend knowledge in this arena. As well as the timetabled Tuesday learning, the programme is designed for you to engage with an additional 150 hours of self-directed study each module.

Updated 04/04/2024

Highlights


  • Interprofessional Learning.
  • Assignments are designed to be applied directly to your personal area of practice.
  • The programme is delivered as distance learning.
  • The University offers a wide range of facilities to support your learning.

Course Content


  • This course aims to create the opportunity for learners to enhance their level of critical analysis, appraisal and research to advance the within the field of practice education. By acting autonomously, leading, planning, implementing and evaluating activity individuals will develop a broad theoretical and practical skills base to rationalise contemporary education in practice.

    Each module is specifically designed to attract appropriately qualified and experienced practitioners in health care who support learners in practice.

    The assessment strategies in this programme offer students the opportunity, through critical reflection, to review their personal learning within a professional context and potential for lifelong learning (QAA, 2015; NMC, 2008).

    The ethos is supported by the QAA (2012, 2015) review process which considers student development and achievement to be an important aspect of educational audit. Across modules, there is an emphasis on ‘application of learning’ which is reflected in the assessment methods; students will be able to demonstrate the application of theoretical concepts to their area of professional practice and critically evaluate the extent to which work-based practice education is underpinned with a sound knowledge base.

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 23/24. The modules relating to the academic year 24/25 will be available from June 2024.

  • Applicants will normally hold a first or second class Honours degree from a UK University or its equivalent from elsewhere and be registered as a health or social care professional. Where professional body registration does not currently apply, applications will be considered individually by the Programme Leader.

    This programme welcomes applications from those with a wide variety of educational qualifications and will consider on merit applicants with no formal qualifications but are registered health or social care professionals identified on a UK professional register.

    You should normally possess:

    • at least 2 year’s relevant professional experience and
    • have access to an appropriate learner within the health or social care setting (i.e. SCPHN student, specialist practice student, student nurse/midwife/occupational/therapist/paramedic, student teacher, student social worker or a staff training role, to enable fulfilment of the module learning outcomes.

    Where students do not currently hold a degree but are working as practitioners, access to the award is available via the Associate Student route following consideration by the Programme Leader.

  • 2024/25 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 24/25 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK Part time: £2,760 (60 credits)
    2023/24 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 23/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK Part time: £2,670 (60 credits)

    For more information about possible funding options, please visit our Fees and Funding pages.

  • How will I be assessed?

    The assessment strategies in this programme offer students the opportunity, through critical reflection, to review their personal learning within a professional context and potential for lifelong learning (QAA, 2015; NMC, 2008).

    Who to contact for more information?

    For further information regarding the course, please contact Win Hughes, Programme Lead, by email: Win.Hughes@northampton.ac.uk.

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Tracey Ali

Senior Lecturer - Leadership in Health & Social Care


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Win Hughes, Senior Lecturer in Advanced Nursing
Win Hughes

Senior Lecturer in Advanced Nursing


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