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The MA in Education (Academic Practice) pathway encourages and supports rigorous and critical professional development, which aims to have significant impact on student outcomes. Read more
The MA in Education (Academic Practice) pathway encourages and supports rigorous and critical professional development, which aims to have significant impact on student outcomes.

It enables staff to pursue their scholarly and research interests in Higher Education (HE) pedagogy, whilst retaining a practical focus, with modules on curriculum development, academic leadership and the wider context of higher education in society.

The MA in Education (Academic Practice) pathway is one pathway within an MA Education programme that has been specifically designed for education professionals from a wide range of settings and phases. Students will benefit from interaction with the postgraduate community, with opportunities to attend conferences, study days, lectures and seminars on campus and at other locations.

Visit the website: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/postgraduate/education-academic-practice.aspx

Course detail

The pathway has three stages.

Stage 1: you will import 60 credits from your Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (or equivalent qualification).

Stage 2: three compulsory 20-credit modules, which you will normally study in your first year of registration. You will study areas that are essential to successful academic practice, from the student perspective and in terms of your own career. This will normally include aspects of curriculum design, leadership and change management, in the context of the changing nature of higher education in the UK.

Stage 3: you will attend research methods training and write your 60-credit dissertation, which will explore an area of your higher education professional practice using an appropriate educational research method. You will normally complete Stage 3 in your second year of registration.

Suitability

The pathway will be of interest to all staff wishing to:
• Enhance their teaching practice;
• Further develop their academic career;
• Deepen their scholarly understanding of higher education pedagogy.

It may be of particular interest to academic staff who do not have a Master’s degree, or would like a practice-related Master’s degree in addition to an academic subject-based qualification they may already hold.

It will also be of interest to academic staff who are considering undertaking a research degree with a focus on higher education pedagogy.

Throughout the modules, reference will be made to the UK Professional Standards Framework and how this might be engaged with in order to address the descriptor statements for gaining either Senior or Principal Fellow status with the Higher Education Academy.

Format

The course is normally delivered through group seminars and lectures, one-to-one tutorials, workshops and activities, enquiry and guided independent study. Online resources and facilities are available through the virtual learning environment. You will have full access to the University’s online resources and e-library as well as facilities on campus.

As well as taught sessions and workshops, there is personalised tutorial support, with writing days and postgraduate conferences to support your development and scholarship, organised within the wider MA in Education courses. Members of the postgraduate community meet for conferences and study weekends at various times during the year to provide peer support.

Assessment

In Stage 2, assessment is normally through a 4,000-word assignment per 20-credit module. The assignments are varied and flexible in nature and are designed to maximise the potential to examine, explore and enhance the participant’s existing professional practice, particularly in seeking to integrate the different aspects of academic practice.

In Stage 3, your 60-credit dissertation will explore an area of your higher education professional practice using an appropriate educational research method. The dissertation will be supervised by a suitably qualified member of academic staff at the University.

What can I do next?

The course is studied alongside your full-time or part-time employment.

It is intended that successful completion of the pathway will equip you with the skills and knowledge to enhance your teaching and improve student outcomes. It is intended that your promotion prospects will be enhanced not only by the Master’s qualification itself, but also by your enhanced ability to understand and discuss contemporary issues in higher education, to lead and implement change and by your increased participation in research.

Within the wider MA Education community, we have a wide network of alumni who may continue with postgraduate study on our popular EdD programme or a PhD, contribute to Master’s programmes as associate staff and offer expert support to colleagues engaging in Master’s study and research

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx

Funding

-Masters Loans-

From 2016/17 government loans of up to £10,000 are available for postgraduate Masters study. The loans will be paid directly to students by the Student Loans Company and will be subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

For more information available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/funding-your-postgraduate-degree.aspx

-2017/18 Entry Financial Support-

Information on alternative funding sources is available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/2017-18-entry-financial-support.aspx

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Designed to support and enhance the professional practice of academic and learning support staff working in Higher Education, our course will help you achieve excellence in academic practice. Read more
Designed to support and enhance the professional practice of academic and learning support staff working in Higher Education, our course will help you achieve excellence in academic practice. If your current role includes regular teaching, supporting and guiding students, designing and marking assignments and contributing to course content, this is the ideal path to continuing professional development.

Our course is based on the areas of activity, core knowledge and professional values set out in the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF). You will work alongside colleagues delivering to higher education students in universities and colleges, focussing on your own professional context as you examine your relationship with your students and the learning community as a whole.

We will explore how the professional values of respecting each student as an individual, promoting participation in higher education, and the wider context impact upon your own area of work. The course will enable you to underpin your core knowledge of your own subject material with theoretical and best practice perspectives on learning theory, learning technologies and approaches to teaching. In addition, you will concentrate on the full range of activities your academic role encompasses, from planning learning activities and giving feedback, to contributing to your academic network and continuing your own career development.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/academic_practice

Careers

On completion of our course, you will be recognised professionally within the UKPSF as being able to look at your own academic practice with a critical eye, develop your practice to benefit your students, identify areas for development in your professional life and add to the knowledge of good academic practice for the future.

- Careers Advice:
Our dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course benefits

We are accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA), an accolade recognised across the UK, providing you with a route to Fellowship of the HEA. You will be learning in a comfortable and familiar environment, surrounded by like-minded academics who will expose you to new perspectives, enhancing the quality of your teaching.

David Killick
Head of Academic Staff Development

"Our course will significantly improve your employability throughout the higher education sector, providing you with great opportunities for cross-disciplinary sharing of practice."

David began his professional life as an English language teacher, working in Greece, Morocco, Japan and China. During his time at the University he has developed a passion for internationalisation, with a particular focus on the curriculum and student experience. In his role as leader of this course, David works with participants from across the university, giving him a unique insight into many different subject areas and unrivalled networking opportunities.

Facilities

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Headingley Campus
Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

- Gym
Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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This programme. - focuses on teaching, assessing and supporting student learning offers accredited Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Read more

About this course

This programme:
- focuses on teaching, assessing and supporting student learning offers accredited Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

- is for anybody employed by Northumbria University who supports student learning

- comprises a wide range of free standing optional modules and offers a wide range of postgraduate awards

- is extremely flexible and accredits relevant prior learning

- fosters communication and collaboration among University staff and is free of charge

The programme is for anybody at Northumbria who supports student learning, i.e. lecturing, research and support staff (e.g. working in Student Services or the Library and Information Services).

The focus of the programme is on academic practice in the support of student learning. It aims to enable the participants to use evidence to teach and support students in a way that helps students learn, inquire into issues arising from their own academic practice, develop their practice by undertaking research, evaluation and systematic reflection, collaborate with colleagues, share their developing, understandings and practice in public forums and become more committed, informed and articulate practitioners who can help teaching and learning in the University to develop.

See the website https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/academic-practice-pt-dtpacac6/

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This programme is aimed at academic staff from the University of Edinburgh with teaching responsibilities. Read more

Programme description

This programme is aimed at academic staff from the University of Edinburgh with teaching responsibilities.

It is designed to introduce staff to significant issues in relation to teaching, learning and assessment at a research-intensive institution, combine reference with theory and educational literature with practical application and make use of a wide variety of teaching and assessment strategies to demonstrate good practice.

It is primarily targeted at new lecturers wishing to develop their understanding of theoretical concepts as well as their practical skills required for creating effective learning environments for students.

However, experienced staff wishing to further enhance their existing knowledge and skill in selected aspects of teaching and learning are also eligible to enrol.

As such, the programme provides much needed CPD opportunities for all academic staff at the University (inexperienced and experienced).

Programme structure

The programme will be taught primarily through face-to-face teaching but will make use of some online learning activities.

Courses will employ a variety of teaching methods so as to model good practice. Lectures will be complemented by small- and large-group discussions and debates, various forms of group work in cognate and mixed subject areas, as well as independent project work.

Assessment will take place through formal course-work submissions. All course assessments contribute to the aims of the programme and relate directly to individual course learning outcomes. A considerable degree of choice is built into each of the assessments either by letting participants choose between two options or by allowing for substantial flexibility in how to approach the required assignment.

The final assessment requirement is a synoptic assessment, which course participants complete as part of the core option Developing My Approach to Teaching.

Learning outcomes

Students who follow this programme will be able to:

demonstrate a critical understanding of the key concepts and theories relating to teaching, learning and assessment in higher education
critically assess the extent to which present learning environments within their school are conducive to promoting high quality learning
have practical knowledge of how to design effective learning environments within research-intensive settings
have an advanced understanding of the various perspectives by which to explore differences among learners and the capacity to develop creative ways of working with different learners in a variety of contexts
demonstrate the ability to critically reflect on their own practice and as such, take an informed and professional approach to academic practice

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This course has a strong student-centred focus. This is reflected both in the curriculum content but also in the tailored approach to your studies that you will take as a student on the programme. Read more
This course has a strong student-centred focus. This is reflected both in the curriculum content but also in the tailored approach to your studies that you will take as a student on the programme. You will develop a personal learning journey, with the support of your tutor, suited to your career stage and practice context. This approach will allow you to select the topics that you would like to study and to create a programme that meets your own professional development needs.

How you will be taught

The course is delivered by blended learning to local students and fully online to those studying at a distance. Distance learners will be supported in identifying and learning from opportunities local to them as part of their learning journey on the programme. Programme materials, resources and structured activities will be available through the University’s virtual learning environment, My Dundee, and students will be supported in developing an online portfolio for their assessment materials using a social media platform relevant to their practice context. Opportunities for discussion, sharing and learning with peers will also form part of the programme and each module will provide an opportunity for peer review of practice.

How you will be assessed

Associate Module

Facilitating Learning assessment patch (500 words)
Developing and Evaluating Your Teaching assessment patch (500 words)
Assessment and Feedback assessment patch (500 words)
Fourth Topic Unit choice assessment patch (500 words)
Peer review of teaching commentary patch (500 words)

Final reflexive commentary assessment patch considering the ways in which you have enhanced your practice through study, learning and assessment on the module (1,000 words)

Fellowship Module 1

Topic Unit assessment patch (500 words)
Topic Unit assessment patch (500 words)
Topic Unit assessment patch (500 words)
Topic Unit assessment patch (500 words)
Peer review of teaching commentary patch (500 words)

Final reflexive commentary assessment patch considering the ways in which you have extended your practice through study, learning and assessment on the module (1,000 words) (1,000 words)

Fellowship Module 2

Topic Unit assessment patch (500 words)
Topic Unit assessment patch (500 words)
Topic Unit assessment patch (500 words)
Topic Unit assessment patch (500 words)
Peer review of teaching commentary patch (500 words)

Final reflexive commentary assessment patch considering the ways in which you have empowered your practice through study, learning and assessment on the module (1,000 words)

What you will study

You will work with a tutor to develop your personal learning journey through the programme. The course is structured as three modules, each based on the standards required by the UKPSF (2011):

The Associate Module
The Fellowship Module part 1
The Fellowship Module part 2

Each module comprises four Topic Units which provide the curriculum content, and you can choose the Topic Units which best meet the needs of your career stage and practice context. The first module – the Associate Module – is the core module and as such it has partly defined content of three Topic Units:

Facilitating Learning
Developing and Evaluating your Teaching
Assessment and Feedback

plus

a fourth Topic Unit from the list of options.

You then choose your Topic Units for the following two modules – the Fellowship Modules 1 & 2 – to complete your individualised programme. The currently available Topic Units are as follows:

The Flexible Learner (defined content for The Associate Module)
Developing and Evaluating your Teaching (defined content for The Associate Module
Assessment and Feedback (defined content for The Associate Module)
Inter-Professional Learning
Internationalising the Curriculum
Developing as a Supervisor
Leadership in Learning & Teaching
Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL)
Collaborative Working
Nursing & Midwifery option
Negotiated Study

The Negotiated Study Topic Unit can take the form of:

a project on an agreed topic
a reflective commentary based on experiential learning drawn from engagement with continuing professional development activities
a paper prepared for submission to a teaching & learning journal.

You can also ‘double up’ on a Topic Unit to allow for more in-depth study.

Employability

As a graduate of the programme you will have gained a valuable Masters level qualification that is increasingly viewed as an essential requirement for university staff who teach and/ or support learning. Additionally, you will have gained professional recognition as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy which is also increasingly seen as a requirement in the higher education sector both in the UK and internationally.

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This Postgraduate Certificate, which includes the ‘Teaching and Supervision’ courses provides a route for academic staff to show fulfilment of the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education. Read more
This Postgraduate Certificate, which includes the ‘Teaching and Supervision’ courses provides a route for academic staff to show fulfilment of the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education.

Why this programme

-The programme will help you to develop practices in critical reflection and judgement that you can apply in relation to your own teaching.
-The programme strives to provide practical advice and support to enhance teachers’ confidence and ongoing development alongside evidence-based, theoretical approaches to learning, teaching and assessment.
-Upon successful completion of the Teaching and Supervision courses (TSC), which form the first 40 credits of the Postgraduate Certificate, you will be eligible for professional recognition with the Higher Education Academy.

[Programme structure]]
The Postgraduate Certificate consists of core and optional courses involving small numbers of participants utilising an interactive, discussion-based classroom approach. You will take 2 core courses (which from the TSC) and 2 optional courses.

Core courses
-Learning and teaching in higher education
-Developing effective supervision practices.

Optional courses - The key areas of learning, teaching and assessment include:
-Course and curriculum design
-Evaluation of teaching practice
-Principles of assessment and feedback
-Research supervisions
-Teaching methodologies including, lecturing, small group work and online learning

Background and aims

From September 2014, there are changes to the professional development requirements for staff on new academic contracts at the University of Glasgow. This means that most 'research' and 'research and teaching' staff will be required to complete 40 credits of Teaching and Supervision Courses (TSC), while most University Teachers will be required to complete the full 60 credits of the Postgraduate Certificate.

Staff with a contractual requirement to complete TSC or the 60 credits of the PgCert will be given priority. If you are unsure whether or not you fall within this category, please check your contract letter or contact your HR manager.

Staff required to undertake the TSC but wishing to complete the full PgCert are encouraged to do so. We will continue to recruit four cohorts of participants each year - two commencing October and two commencing January. Where we have places available, existing University who have not been required to undertake either TSC or the PgCert are also welcome to apply.

Career prospects

It is likely you will already be employed within higher education. The professional accreditation and skills you gain should help enhance your career and enable you to gain professional recognition for teaching and supporting learning in higher education.

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We offer three pathways in the Advanced Professional Practice Programme. - Clinical Pharmacy for General Practice for pharmacists to develop the skills required for working in General Practice. Read more

Overview

We offer three pathways in the Advanced Professional Practice Programme:
- Clinical Pharmacy for General Practice for pharmacists to develop the skills required for working in General Practice.

- Advanced Professional Practice (Pharmacy) incorporating the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Advanced Pharmacy Framework

- Advanced Professional Practice (Open Learn) allows health professionals to choose from our range of modules to create their own pathway

Clinical Pharmacy for General Practice:
NHS England has recently announced their intention to invest £15 million pounds to pilot patient facing roles for clinical pharmacists in GP practices. This is a clear sign of that pharmacists are recognised as health professionals who are able to support patients in the management of long term conditions e.g. by optimising medicines. These roles offer exciting opportunities for pharmacists to develop in this area of practice. . If you wish to work in general practice, it is likely that you will need to be working towards or hold a postgraduate pharmacy qualification that includes Independent Prescribing.
Our new postgraduate pathway 'Clinical Pharmacy for General Practice' allows you to combine your choice of modules from across our Community Pharmacy, Advanced Professional Practice and Prescribing Studies programmes (including the Independent Prescribing course) to meet your own personal learning needs whilst working towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or Masters award.

Advanced Professional Practice (Pharmacy):
The Pharmacy pathway is compatible with the emerging agenda for Advanced and Specialist Practice within the Pharmacy profession and supports the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Faculty Professional Recognition Scheme. Pharmacists who follow this pathway will incorporate the Advanced Pharmacy Framework (APF) (http://www.rpharms.com/faculty-resources/advanced-pharmacy-framework.asp) within their Advanced Professional Practice award and be able to demonstrate competency in all six competency clusters of the framework, ie:
- Expert Professional Practice
- Collaborative Working Relationships
- Leadership
- Management
- Education, Training and Development
- Research and Evaluation

Advanced Professional Practice (Open Learn):
Increasing numbers of pharmacists and other health professionals have a career portfolio that crosses the traditional boundaries of community practice, primary care and secondary care and need a programme of continuing professional development that can meet their specific personal professional development needs.
The Open learn pathway of the APP programme is designed to allow pharmacists and other health professionals, particularly medical and non-medical prescribers working in primary care, choice and flexibility in their progression to Certificate, Diploma and Masters awards to meet their specific professional development needs and advance their professional practice. Pharmacists can choose modules from across the Department of Medicines Management/School of Pharmacy postgraduate programmes’ portfolio, including Community Pharmacy and Clinical (Hospital) Pharmacy.
Pharmacists, medical and nonmedical prescribers can choose modules from the Prescribing Studies programme, including the Independent Prescribing Preparatory Course for Pharmacists, and also modules provided by other Schools within the Faculty of Health, and other Faculties within the University, subject to meeting the specific entry criteria required for individual modules.

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/advancedprofessionalpracticepharmacy/

Course Aims

Keele's Pg Advanced Professional Practice Programme aims to:
- Equip you with the clinical and professional knowledge base and skills that you have identified as necessary to fulfil and advance your professional practice

- Provide you with a learning programme that meets your personal professional development needs and that will help you apply your knowledge and skills in daily practice

- Encourage you to develop the self-discipline of private study, self-directed learning and reflective practice that will be continued beyond Keele's Programme in your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

In addition, you will develop valuable practical skills including written and oral communication, and the ability to design a project, collect, analyse and interpret data.

Course Content

MSc in Advanced Professional Practice (Clinical Pharmacy for General Practice):
For the ‘Clinical Pharmacy for General Practice’ pathway you may combine modules from our Prescribing Studies programme, Community Pharmacy programme and Advanced Professional Practice programme to meet your learning needs. A total of 60 credits is required to achieve the Certificate award, 120 credits for the Diploma and 180 credits for the MSc. The Independent Prescribing Preparatory Course for Pharmacists module (60 credits) from the Prescribing Studies programme may only be used towards a Diploma award.

Achievement of the Master’s award requires you to complete the Professional MSc year. The professional MSc year consists of three compulsory modules: Advanced Practice Development (15 credits), Researching and Evaluating your Practice (15 credits) and the Independent Learning Project (30 credits).

MSc in Advanced Professional Practice (Pharmacy):
This pathway links to all the clusters of the Advanced Pharmacy Framework (APF) (http://www.rpharms.com/faculty-resources/advanced-pharmacy-framework.asp) You will study modules to allow you to develop in all six clusters of the APF: Expert Professional Practice; Collaborative Working Relationships; Leadership; Management; Education, Training and Development; and Research and Evaluation.

The modules you will study are as follows (more detail about individual modules can be found in the Postgraduate Modules pages):

Year 1 (Certificate Year)
- Advanced Practice Development (30) 30 credits (Continuous module during Years 1 and 2)
- Competency Frameworks for the Advanced Practitioner 15 credits
- Building Working Relationships for the Advanced Practitioner (30) 30 credits

Year 2 (Diploma Year)
- Researching and Evaluating Your Practice 15 credits
- Education Theory and Practice for Health Professionals 15 credits
- Business and Financial Management 15 credits

Year 3 (Master’s year)
- Advanced Practice Development 15 credits
- Independent Learning Project 45 credits

MSc in Advanced Professional Practice (Open Learn)
For the ‘Open Learn’ pathway, a total of 60 credits is required to achieve the Certificate award, 120 credits for the Diploma and 180 credits for the MSc. The 15 credit Advanced Practice Development module is compulsory, after that you may chose modules from across our programmes to meet your individual learning needs. A maximum of 30 credits per level of award is permitted from any one programme source for Certificate and Diploma awards. The Independent Prescribing Preparatory Course for Pharmacists module (60 credits) from the Prescribing Studies programme may only be used towards a Diploma award.

Our Postgraduate Modules pages will provide you with more information about the modules you can choose from.

Achievement of the Master’s award requires you to complete the Professional MSc year. The professional MSc year consists of three compulsory modules: Advanced Practice Development (15 credits), Researching and Evaluating your Practice (15 credits) and the Independent Learning Project (30 credits).

Teaching & Assessment

The Advanced Professional Practice Programme is designed principally for distance-learning. We provide mainly online distance-learning materials so that you can study where and when it is most convenient for you. Our methods of delivery allow us to revise and update the course quickly to meet your changing needs as a pharmacist.

Students on the 'Pharmacy' Pathway will be required to attend Keele for occasional face to face study days. Students on the 'Open Learn' pathway maybe required to attend Keele, depending on their module choices.

The Advanced Professional Practice Programme is fully supported by a team of experienced, friendly, and approachable academic, administrative and technical staff based at Keele. You’re not on your own! And, don’t forget the network of other pharmacists on the course whom you can contact.

You will require the equivalent of 1-2 days (approximately 10-15 hours) each week to complete your course. Remember that the online nature of our course materials, and the fact that a good proportion of the assessed work focuses on your daily practice, means that you can integrate study and work.

Assessment is entirely by coursework for the Certificate, Diploma and MSc courses. A variety of assessment methods are used such as Practice-Based Assignments that will assess your knowledge, problem-solving skills, and data interpretation skills in relation to application of knowledge to practice, patient care and medicines management. Case Presentations assess your ability to critically appraise the literature and relate published theory to everyday practice. An Audit Project, Practice-Based Assignments, Project Protocol Development and the Independent Study Project Report assess ‘thinking’ and practical skills, and your ability to plan, conduct and report on an investigation. They also assess your ability to critically appraise the literature and relate published theory to everyday practice. Your Reflective Portfolio also assesses your ability to relate theory to practice, and self evaluation of, and reflection on, your own performance and CPD needs.

The nature of the assessments develops your written and oral communication skills. Practical skills and key life/transferable skills are assessed within the methods described above. Each method of assessment is supported by clear criteria for marking; these are explained in the relevant Course Handbooks. The minimum pass mark is 50%.

The summative assessment is supported by a variety of formative assessment activities that include online discussions, formative feedback on elements of the reflective portfolio, contributions to study days and feedback on draft proposals.

Additional Costs

For all programmes you will need regular access to a computer, email and the internet. However apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for our postgraduate programmes, with the exception of those listed below.

Some modules may require that you attend a Webinar. You may find it beneficial to purchase a headset to participate in webinars, however this is not essential if your computer has a built in microphone and speakers.

Some modules may require that you travel to Keele for a study day. There will be additional travel and accommodation costs (if required) to attend any face to face study days.

Study Days

Students on the Pharmacy Pathway will be required to attend Keele for some face to face study days. For further information please contact Bev Oakden.

Students who incorporate the Independent Prescribing Preparatory Course into the ‘Clinical Pharmacy for General Practice’ award will be required to attend Keele for some study days. For further information please refer to the ‘Independent Prescribing’ section of our website.

Whilst the majority of our modules are delivered at a distance, a small number may require attendance at Keele. Please contact Bev Oakden or Amanda Salt to discuss your choice of modules and any attendance requirements.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

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Drawing on current research across the social sciences, government guidance, and legislative frameworks, this degree focuses on the issues that are key in facilitating your professional and academic development as a social worker- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-social-work/. Read more
Drawing on current research across the social sciences, government guidance, and legislative frameworks, this degree focuses on the issues that are key in facilitating your professional and academic development as a social worker- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-social-work/

Why study MA Social Work at Goldsmiths?

-This Masters programme is ideal if you are a graduate, with relevant experience, interested in pursuing a professional career in social work

-It prepares you according to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Proficiency – Social Workers in England and the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF), the Quality Assurance Agency subject benchmark for social work, and the Department of Health's requirements for social work training

-Social work education at Goldsmiths has a long and distinguished record – we house one of the most respected social work units in the UK, and you will be taught by established social work academics and associate lecturers who have considerable research and/or practice experience in their fields

-Our social work programmes are highly regarded by potential employers within London and further afield, and our graduates have an excellent record of securing employment; they've gone on to work in local authority children's services departments, adult services departments, and independent sector and voluntary sector agencies such as the NSPCC, Family Action and Mind, and a recent graduate was named Newly Qualified Social Worker of the Year

-We'll equip you with the knowledge, values and skills you'll need to practise as a reflective and ethical social worker, equipped for the challenges of contemporary social work practice

-You will cover areas of human growth and development; community; needs and services; law and organisational contexts of social work; and research methods. Specific learning will include mental health and disability, and social work processes of assessment, planning, intervention and review

-The Masters includes practice placements in two settings and with different service user groups, so you'll be able to gain invaluable real world experience

-We'll encourage you to think deeply about human rights and social justice, and to embed these values in your practice

-You will develop your skills for reflective and evidence-based practice and will be able to further your research mindedness

This programme is approved by the Health & Care Professions Council.

Excellence in practice and teaching

Goldsmiths has a long tradition of social work education, and our programmes are internationally regarded as excellent in both practice learning and critical studies. They also have a strong focus on anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice.

We have a lively programme of research taking place in areas as diverse as:

-the links between child abuse and domestic violence
-multi-family group work with teenage parents
-service user perspectives and transnational adoption
-mental health social workers' use of mental health laws and coercion
-equality and diversity in social work education
-the effects of political conflict on social work practice and education
-reflective professional social work practice
-evaluative approaches to service provision

Our research informs and underpins our teaching and students are invited to share our interests as well as develop their own through undertaking a small scale research project and developing their research mindedness in a final year extended essay.

Find out more about service user and carer involvement in social work education at Goldsmiths.

South East London Teaching Partnership

The Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies at Goldsmiths has recently entered into a formal Teaching Partnership with the Royal Borough of Greenwich, the London Borough of Southwark and the London Borough of Lewisham for the delivery of social work education at Goldsmiths.

We are one of only four sites across the country to have received government funding to develop and test new and innovative approaches to social work qualifying education, early career training and continuing professional development programmes. As a result, a significant number of social work practitioners, from all levels within these three local authorities, are involved in the MA Social Work programme, delivering or co-delivering lectures, workshops and seminars. This means that there is a very close relationship with practice to ensure that by the end of the programme students are equipped to deliver authoritative, compassionate, social work practice that makes a positive difference to people’s lives.

You will be encouraged to make links between anti-oppressive practice, social work values, the legal framework, theories, methods and skills of intervention and social work practice throughout the course.

Intake

The programme has an intake of around 35-40 students each year. Goldsmiths is committed in its policy and practice to equal treatment of applicants and students irrespective of their race, culture, religion, gender, disability, health, age or sexual orientation. We particularly welcome applications from members of minority groups.

The teaching includes lectures and workshops with the entire student group and small study groups, reflective practice discussion groups and seminars of between 10 and 14 students. A significant proportion of the course takes the form of small study groups and seminars.

The MA is a full-time course. It is not possible to study the course part-time. It is not possible for students to transfer from a social work course at another university onto the second year of the Goldsmiths MA in Social Work course.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Admissions Tutor.

Modules & Structure

Successful applicants on the MA in Social Work commit to studying on a full-time taught course over two years. On successful completion you will receive a MA in Social Work which is the professional entry qualification to be a social worker and it enables you to apply for registration as a social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council.

The curriculum aims to provide you with the value, knowledge and skill base for practice and is organised around study units, workshops, lectures/seminar modules, projects and private study. The teaching and learning opportunities centre on the key areas of the social sciences and their application to Social Work practice, as well developing your intellectual capacity, and the skills necessary to get you ready for practice. There is an expectation that you attend at least 85% of all aspects of the programme.

The structured learning includes specific learning in:

human growth and development, mental health and disability
social work theories and methods; assessment, planning, intervention and review
communication skills with children, adults and those with particular communication needs
law, and partnership working across professional disciplines and agencies
social science research methods, including ethical issues
Practice is central to the programme, and there will be practice placements in two settings and with different service user groups (eg child care and mental health). The learning on the programme builds over the two years and prepares you to apply your knowledge to practice situations. We work closely with a range of practice organisations in the Greater London Area. The placements are allocated by our placement tutor and matched with individual profiles. In some instances you may have to travel long distances to your placement organisation. You will need to cover the cost of travel to your placement. You will be expected to work the core hours.

At Goldsmiths we recognise:

the unique contribution that all students bring as individuals to the programme in terms of their personal qualities and life experiences
that professional training builds on the uniqueness of each individual by facilitating the student’s exploration of the values, knowledge base and skills of Social Work practice
that it is the student’s responsibility not only to develop a technical acquaintance with the framework of Social Work practice but also to demonstrate competence through its application in practice
that Social Workers are at the interface of society’s attempts to promote welfare
Social workers have a dual responsibility to act within the state’s welfare framework and also to recognise the pervasive influence of oppression and discrimination at an individual and a structural level in most of the situations in which they work. We will prepare you for this professional responsibility.

Year 1

In year 1 you are introduced to social work as a professional activity and an academic discipline. You consider key concepts such as the nature of need, community, social work services, and the significance of the service user perspective.

You are also provided with an introduction to: life-span development, assessment in social work and a range of social work intervention approaches. Your assessed practice consists of 70 days spent as a social worker; this gives you the chance to develop your communication and social work practice skills with service users, and to work in partnership across professional disciplines and agencies.

Year 2

Year 2 provides you with an overview of the legal and organisational context of social work, and extends your knowledge and skills in one of the two main specialist areas of social work practice: working with children and families, or working with adults in need. You will work in small groups to explore methods of intervention, research and theories which are relevant to a particular area of social work, while another assessed practice element enables you to meet the professional requirements for social work training via 100 days of practice under the guidance of a practice assessor.

You are expected to demonstrate competence across a range of standards and this is formally assessed. The learning on the MA Social Work programme builds over the two years and prepares you to apply that knowledge to practice situations.

Practice placements

You are required to spend 170 days in practice settings.

In Year 1 there is a practice placement lasting 70 days and in Year 2 the practice placement lasts 100 days. These placements are arranged through the allocation system devised by the College. The practice placements will be supported by 30 days for the development of practice skills.

You have an identified Practice Educator for each of the two practice placements. Most of our placements are located in South East London, so if you live elsewhere you will need to travel.

We have partnership agreements with the following organisations for placements in social work:

London Borough of Brent – Childrens Services
London Borough of Brent – Adults Services
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea – Adults Services
London Borough of Lambeth – Childrens Services
London Borough of Southwark – Childrens Services
London Borough of Southwark – Adults Services
London Borough of Lewisham – Childrens Services
London Borough of Lewisham – Adults Services
London Borough of Croydon – Adults Services
Royal Borough of Greenwich – Childrens Services
Royal Borough of Greenwich – Adults Services
London Borough of Bromley – Childrens Services
London Borough of Bromley – Adults Services
NSPCC (London Region)

We also work with about 20-30 voluntary/private social care agencies each year. Here are some that we've worked with recently:

Equinox Care Mental Health Services
Body and Soul HIV Service
Jamma Umoja Family Assessment Services
Advocacy in Greenwich Learning Disability Service
Lewisham Refugee Network
Turning Point Mental Health Services
Carers Lewisham

Assessment

The programme is assessed by a range of methods including essays, assessed role plays, take home papers, project work, a practice based case study, a final year dissertation, and the production of a practice portfolio for each placement.

Assessment of practice is by reports by your Practice Educator. This includes direct observation of your work with service users as well as your practice portfolio, and a narrative giving an evaluation of your work.

Professional standards

Social work is a regulated profession. From 1 August 2012, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) took on the regulation of social workers and the regulation of the performance of social work courses. This means that social work students will need to adhere to the standards set out in the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Guidance on conduct and ethics for students (HCPC 2009), and work towards meeting the HCPC Standards of Proficiency - Social workers in England (HCPC 2012). These are the standards social work students are expected to demonstrate at the end of their last placement/ qualifying level.

Skills

You'll develop the ability to practise social work in a wide variety of settings with different service user groups.

Careers

The programme will enable you to register and practise as a qualified social worker.

Funding

Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

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Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Read more
Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

The Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice course aims to enable registered midwives to build on and enhance their midwifery knowledge, clinical reasoning and decision making skills. The resulting abilities of independent thinking and autonomous practice are highly desirable for midwives seeking career development opportunities.

Key Features of Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice

Teaching and Employability:

- work-based education enables midwives to engage in theoretical analysis of practice in the workplace
- teaching team has a wealth of experience in work-based learning
- builds on the success of the existing Enhanced Professional Practice programme which has offered an excellent learning experience to all students
- close professional and clinical links with clinical colleagues and senior midwifery colleagues
- contributes to a culture of scholarship and enhanced practice in clinical areas

Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practise is a work-based modular postgraduate degree specifically geared towards the needs of practising and registered midwives. It is practice focused but also supports the student to develop skills in reflection and critical thinking.

Work-based learning is a student-centred approach where the student directs their own learning objectives so they reflect on what is important to their roles in their practice, and use these practice issues to drive forward their learning within the modules.

Midwives completing the Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice programme will have developed as autonomous learners who can think more critically and apply theory, experience and academic literature to the development and enhancement of their practice.

They will have gained not only academic and enhanced clinical skill, but also a number of transferable skills. This can only be of benefit to the midwife in terms of employability, the maternity service of the Health Board in which they work, and ultimately the standards of care for mothers and babies.

Modules

Modules on the Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice programme typically include:

Starting Your Professional Development
Developing Expertise in the Supervision of Midwives
Leadership and Professional issues in Midwifery
Developing Expertise in the Supervision of Midwives (CPD)
Professional Practice in Sexual & Reproductive Health
Policy Influences on Your Practice
Assessing Your Current Practice
How the Evidence Base Can Help You Change Your Practice
How Can I Make a Change in Practice?
Advancing Your Own Practice
Teaching and Learning in Practice
Professional Midwifery Practice Portfolio

Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice Course Structure

The Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice course is a flexible part-time degree and students can study a maximum of 60 credits per year and complete in not less than 36 months and no more than 5 years including submission of the dissertation. Most students will be in full time employment and this programme allows them to undertake postgraduate studies whilst they are working.

The first module students will study is SHGM90 Starting your Professional Practice. In addition to this module and SHGM91 Personal Practice Development Portfolio, students will undertake SHMM01 Leadership and Professional Issues in Midwifery or SHMM00/SHMM02 Developing Expertise in the Supervision of Midwives, as an additional core module.

Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice students may also access up to 30 credits from the College of Human and Health Sciences’ postgraduate catalogue of modules. To be awarded the MSc Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice, the student must achieve 180 credits at level 7 which must include the three core modules.

Delivery of the Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice programme is a tripartite arrangement between the student, personal tutor and practice facilitator. Learning for each work-based module is based on the development of a learning contract and consequently the following process will be adopted for each module.

Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice students who do not wish to complete the full MSc have alternative exit qualifications:

- Students will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice on successful completion of 60 credits at level 7.
- Students will be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice on successful completion of 120 credits at level 7.

Staff Expertise

The Midwifery team has a strong background in academic support at all levels. For this programme the academic supervision and support is given by Midwifery lecturers experienced in work based learning. The support is offered through a combination of individual tutorials and Action Learning Sets in groups. Close links between the Midwifery team and Clinical colleagues in the practice setting ensures supportive and nurturing culture of learning.

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience.

In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.

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- https://www.kent.ac.uk/locations/medway/. Advanced and Specialist Healthcare (Applied Dental Professional Practice) MSc is a flexible, transdisciplinary, postgraduate programme designed for dental professionals who wish to develop their academic skills alongside their professional role. Read more

This course will be held at the Medway Campus

- https://www.kent.ac.uk/locations/medway/

Advanced and Specialist Healthcare (Applied Dental Professional Practice) MSc is a flexible, transdisciplinary, postgraduate programme designed for dental professionals who wish to develop their academic skills alongside their professional role.

Exploring a specific area of your profession you will consider the professional challenges associated with your practice and develop academic skills. You will gain the opportunities to analyse the current debates relating to key issues relevant to the professional dental context in which you are working and develop academic and professional skills necessary to meet the evolving needs of patient care of contemporary practice.

Studying within the Centre for Professional Practice, you will benefit from a transdisciplinary learning environment; access to University resources and specialist academic and clinical staff.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/215/advanced-and-specialist-healthcare-applied-dental-professional-practice

The Centre for Professional Practice (CPP)

The Centre for Professional Practice is a trans-disciplinary academic department focused on flexible work-related learning within higher education. The Centre is founded on the belief that employers can benefit from the University of Kent’s academic and research excellence, quality teaching, design and development activities to create positive change and to forge new knowledge within their organisation.

We work with a wide range of external partners and employers to create distinct and original work-based and work-related developmental and educational solutions, which respond to the unique workforce challenges experienced by employees and organisations across the region and beyond.

The Centre’s programmes are designed to enhance career progression and foster intellectual and professional development and practice.

Course structure

This flexible programme has been designed to encourage you to think more deeply about the challenges associated with your professional practice while enabling you to tailor your degree to your particular interests and career aspirations.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year.

You take the following core modules:

- Evidence-Based Practice (15 credits)
- Inter-Professional Working (15 credits)
- Research Methods (15 credits)
- Dissertation (60 credits)

You then take modules specific to the Applied Dental Professional Practice pathway including:

- Professional Standard Setting (30 credits)
- Dentistry in a Contemporary Context (15 credits)

In Stage 2 you are given the opportunity to choose an optional module from the Centre for Professional Practice module catalogue including:

- Developing Practice through Mentorship and Coaching (30 credits)
- Advancing Dental Professional Practice (30 credits)
- Power Dynamics within Professional Practice (30 credits)
- Learning and Development (30 credits)
- Addressing Barriers to Learning (15 credits)
- A Thinking School: Transforming Learning (30 credits)
- Quantitative Research Methods Applied to Professional Practice (15 credits)
- Qualitative Research Methods Applied to Professional Practice (15 credits)
- Special Area of Study (30 credits)

Or you can select optional modules from the wider University catalogue with the possibility of studying on the main Canterbury campus.

Taught sessions are delivered in a welcoming, supportive and flexible academic environment, by an academic team with extensive professional practitioner experience. They are experienced in delivering work-related programmes and understand the constraints of balancing a career with the demands of higher education.

Assessment

You will be asked to undertake preparatory reading and tasks, carry out work-based investigations and participant-led presentations. All assessment tasks are designed to allow you to develop expertise in the application of dental professional practice within the context of your work and subject interest.

Assessment is through:

- oral presentations
- written assignments
- portfolio assessments
- action learning sets

In addition, in Stage 3 you complete a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words.

Research areas

Kent’s excellent performance in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) confirmed our position as one of the UK’s leading universities: our 19 academic schools were found to be engaged in research of international and world-class standing. With programmes of study that are informed by research, our students are able to develop skills and knowledge relevant to contemporary issues.

Current research areas include:

- experiential learning
- reflective practice
- communities of practice
- dental education
- professionalisation
- primary dental care.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- foster the intellectual and professional development of experienced healthcare practitioners to expand the analytical and critical reasoning powers that underpin practice (eg in organisational leadership and change, health and welfare systems, organisations and services and advanced technical procedures and practices)

- enhance the skills of experienced practitioners in multidisciplinary decision making as well as team leadership, and deepen your understanding of the dynamics of multidisciplinary working

- provide supervision for advanced practitioner-centred research that builds a culture of evaluation and enquiry into the practice environment

- equip experienced practitioners for their role in challenging, questioning and realigning strategies for specialist practice

- develop confident senior practitioners who are able to participate in the development of practice, work effectively with organisational interests, evidence-based processes, and within complex multidisciplinary teams

- enable you to critically evaluate your own area of practice, informed by evidence-based research and grounded in self-reflection

- provide a culture of lifelong learning that values and respects practice as the context for building and testing theory, to enhance services for patients, clients and consumers

- enable experienced practitioners from a diverse range of educational backgrounds to access and participate in a multidisciplinary working environment

- support a programme of personal development that underpins practice development and personal planning.

Careers

A postgraduate degree in Applied Dental Professional Practice is a particularly valuable and flexible qualification that can open the door to exciting careers in many professions. Students are successfully using this programme to develop clinical, educational and policy making career pathways in the dental sector at local, regional and national levels.

Building on Kent's success as the region's leading institution for student employability, we offer many opportunities for you to develop the specific skills and aptitudes that employers will value.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

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The distinctive features of the Masters programme are its 600 practice hours and its focus on the four pillars of advanced practice. Read more
The distinctive features of the Masters programme are its 600 practice hours and its focus on the four pillars of advanced practice. This means that the programme produces practitioners who are able to think at a high level in practice, but who also underpin their practice with a high level of scholarship. The programme therefore provides a first-class opportunity for post-registration learning in practice.

Students will be supported by a medical or clinical mentor over the two taught years, a value-added feature of the advanced clinical practice course that is not available in a traditional master’s course. Further, the development of a practice portfolio over the taught elements of the programme demonstrate the student’s capacity to function at an autonomous level in practice, while also illustrating the ability to consider the complex needs of their patients/clients. This again is generally not a feature of a traditional master’s course, and allows students to review and apply enhanced knowledge in practice as part of their clinical roles.

In order to facilitate this, applicants to the advanced clinical practice course will be required to have a responsible role in practice and to either be working as an autonomous practitioner, or to be able to secure a trainee advanced practitioner role.

The programme team work in partnership with the University Health Board and Wales Ambulance Service Trust to select candidates appropriate for this course interviewing applicants.

Key Course Features

-The course features a programme structure based on a 50% theory and 50% practice divide in programme hours
-Assessment of practice learning through a portfolio of evidence allows the student to demonstrate their progression in practice

The programme aims to enable experienced professionals to:
-Develop a systematic and critical knowledge and understanding of their specialist field of practice.
-Develop a critical awareness of current problems, gaining new insights at the forefront of their area of advanced practice that enable further strategic development of practice and practice knowledge.
-Enable practitioners to inform, enhance and develop their competency within their field of practice.
-Demonstrate advanced scholarship in their subject area through the planning and execution of level 7 enquiry.

What Will You Study?

Having studied 60 credits in year one, students may exit with a Postgraduate Certificate. Year one comprises Clinical Assessment in Advanced Practice and Non-Medical Prescribing OR Clinical Assessment in Advanced Practice, Clinical Pharmacology for Advanced Practice and a negotiated/optional module (for non-prescribing practitioners) for the Advanced Clinical Practice generic route.

For the Therapies route students will study; Assessment And Intervention, Clinical Evaluation and either Clinical Pharmacology for Advanced Practice or a negotiated/optional module.

Students wishing to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma will have studied 120 credits, and will have completed 60 credits in year one plus 60 credits from year two. All students will have studied Research Methods and Advancing Clinical Practice plus either a negotiated module or an optional module. In this way, students will have a structured approach that meets their professional needs, but which allows shared learning across disciplines to take place. As the students are practitioners working in a multi-professional environment in clinical practice, this framework of common elements with the opportunity for optional modules builds on multi-professional learning, but promotes the development of the students’ professional practice within their own speciality.

In year three all students will study the Dissertation. This is a module that is core to all health masters programmes and which allows a variety of approaches to the final project. Within the advanced practice curriculum, it is expected that students will direct their enquiry to a topic important to them as practitioners, and to which they will bring a level of enquiry that demonstrates, and is related to, their position as an advanced practitioner.

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Career Prospects

On successful completion of the Advanced Clinical Practice/Advanced Clinical Practice (Therapies) course, students will be eligible to apply for advanced practice roles in a variety of settings, and in Wales, students will be eligible to use the title ‘Advanced’ on completion of the MSc. As it is validated by the relevant PSRBs, on completion of the Non-Medical Prescribing module, students will be able to record this qualification with their professional body (NMC, HCPC, GPhC).

Other admission requirements

To be accepted on to the programme candidates must:
-Hold current registration with a professional statutory body pertaining to their area of advanced practice.
-Have a minimum of two years full time equivalent post-registration clinical experience.
-Be employed in a clinical role with a high level of autonomy or Be able to secure a placement to the above for a minimum of two days per week or Be in a Trainee Advanced Practitioner role.
-Have a Designated Supervising Medical Practitioner (DSMP) (for those students undertaking Non-Medical Prescribing and Clinical Assessment in Advanced Practice modules) and have mentorship support during their practice placement from their employing organisation.
-Obtain a satisfactory DBS certificate.
-*Candidates without a full honours degree at 2:2 and above will be required to submit a 1,500 word essay on a topic chosen by the admissions team as part of the induction process. This will be assessed using the level 6 academic criteria (Appendix I) and must demonstrate achievement at 50% or above for successful admission to the programme. Alternatively, recent successful completion of an appropriate level 6 module such as Research Methods, Non-Medical Prescribing at level 6 or Preparing for Master’s Level Study will allow admission to the programme, subject to programme team agreement.

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This rigorous MA offers a professional award to graduates in Interior Design, Interior Architecture, Architecture or related spatial-design disciplines. Read more

Why take this course?

This rigorous MA offers a professional award to graduates in Interior Design, Interior Architecture, Architecture or related spatial-design disciplines.

The course will develop your professional knowledge and skills; your understanding of entrepreneurship and business; your practice management and project leadership skills, and will expand your knowledge of setting up and running your own design practice. It will also deepen your understanding of ethical professional design practice and procedures and will help you to develop a practice or sector specialism.

What will I experience?

Research projects that will allow you to improve your academic skills and develop a sector or practice specialism; for example: healthcare, sustainable retail design or project leadership;
A firm grounding in professional practice and project management for architectural design;
Opportunities to work on live projects with real clients, through our Project Office, an in-house architectural practice.

What opportunities might it lead to?

This MA will offer you important tools that will help you to set up, promote and run your own design practice and to further position yourself for employment by developing a practice or sector specialism and by enhancing your practice management skills and project leadership skills.

Graduate may find rewarding careers in the following:

Architecture Practice
Interior Practice
Commercial Design
Retail Design
Exhibition Design
Teaching Academia
Project Management

Module Details

The course is structured to encompass the breadth of professional design practice from the macro (the broad context of ethical design practice) to the micro (the minutiae of professional design management). The curriculum will include the following modules of study:

Project Management: including project leadership, professional design regulations and procedures, law and contract administration, fee bids, professional communications, and approaches to brief writing;
Practice Management: including approaches to setting up and running a design practice, business innovation and entrepreneurship, business positioning and branding, business planning and marketing;
Topical Research: investigate ethical approaches to design practice, for example sector approaches to ethical design, design management or sustainable design.
Optional modules within the course:

Option 1 Materials and Products & Professional Experience and Practice: you will research and develop your understanding of materials and products. The knowledge gained will lead to a more sustained practice-based research project;
Option 2 Research Methods & Thesis: you will be provided with opportunities to develop appropriate research skills which can then be applied to the thesis project, a sustained investigation of a topic related to professional design practice.

Programme Assessment

Lecturers with a broad range of professional experience (in architecture and interior design), research skills, entrepreneurial skill, and expertise in education, will teach you using a variety of methods. Seminars, tutorials and study groups will encourage a vibrant culture of discussion and debate. Teaching will also support you in planning and completing a significant amount of self-directed learning for which you will need to be self-motivated, well organised and possess excellent study skills.

You will be assessed on the course work you complete, this could include: essays, thesis projects, design projects, reflective journals and portfolios. One of the optional units (Professional Experience and Practice) also includes a written examination, which is designed to test your knowledge of professional practice and processes, your ability to apply knowledge in practice and the quality of your professional judgements.


Student Destinations

This professional award will prepare you towards setting up, promoting and running your own design practice. Particular transferable skills will include: ethical practice, practice management, project management and leadership, business enterprise, professional communications and research skills.

The MA will also provide a platform for further study such as a PhD.

Our Schools employment statistics are very high and our post-graduates have found challenging and diverse employment in a range of occupations, including:

Architecture Practice
Interior Practice
Commercial Design
Retail Design
Exhibition Design
Teaching
Academia
Project Management

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This programme is designed to offer a flexible practice education pathway for those involved in supporting health and social care learners both in practice and academic settings. Read more
This programme is designed to offer a flexible practice education pathway for those involved in supporting health and social care learners both in practice and academic settings. It is possible to 'step off' or pause after the Practice Teacher Award (40 credits), or the PgCert Practice Education (60 credits), and after the award of PgDip in Practice Education (120 credits). This course is delivered part-time on Mondays.

The programme incorporates the elements required by Nurses and Midwives who wish to become Community or Specialist Practice Teachers or Nurse/Midwife Teachers recorded with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The programme also meets the needs of those Allied Health Professionals who wish to be recognised by their professional bodies.

Applicants will be graduates, a registered health or social care professional currently employed in a post that supports learning and assessment in practice. This may take a variety of forms, from: supporting mentor updating and development, having an active clinical role whilst supporting staff in their professional development, having a clinical role whilst supporting staff in their professional development, being involved in practice development and or/contributing to practice based-research, acting as a link tutor or even teaching full-time in an Higher Education Institution (HEI). Your teaching role will be underpinned by appropriate professional and academic qualifications, research, education and/or practice development activity that provides the evidence base for your teaching.

The Practice Teacher Award and PgCert are recognised by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and lead to recognition as Associate Fellow or Fellow of the HEA.

Applicants undertaking the full MA Practice Education Dissertation will also be provided with additional group tutorials throughout the length of the dissertation unit.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/practice-education-associate-fellow-pgcert-pgdip-ma

Modules

Community/Specialist Practice Teacher:
- Practice education 1
- Practice education 2

PGCE (as above, plus):
- Curriculum perspectives

PgDip (as above, plus):
- Research methodology and strategy
- Leadership in practice education
- Plus optional units from the practice education pathway or the wider postgraduate framework

MA (as above, plus):
- Dissertation 18-20,000 words

It will take one year to complete the Specialist Practice Teacher Award and PgCert / NMC Recorded Teacher Status, two years to complete the PgDip and up to 5 years can be taken to complete the MA part-time.

Employability

The programme incorporates the elements required by nurses and midwives who wish to become community or specialist practice teachers or nurse/midwife teachers (recorded with the Nursing and Midwifery Council). The programme also meets the needs of those allied health professionals who wish to be recognised by their professional bodies.

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This course fulfils the requirements of the Practice Educator Professional Standards, and is made up of six distinct units. Read more
This course fulfils the requirements of the Practice Educator Professional Standards, and is made up of six distinct units.

Two of these are options that will give you the chance to develop your knowledge and skills in the supervision, mentoring, management, assessment and support of learning, and the research that informs practice and practice education.

Intermediate qualifications available:
• Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Why choose this course?

• Study the ways in which you can promote equal opportunities for learners and challenge all forms of oppression and discrimination that affect learners from minority groups
• Explore the different ways in which you can demonstrate an on-going commitment to working in collaboration with local employers, practitioners, service users and carers
• Develop a systematic understanding of your field and critically evaluative your approach to current knowledge in practice education
• Gain the core knowledge, skills and values required for the role of Practice Educator in line with current professional standards, and gain opportunities for further research and development
• Benefit from the systematic and independent ability to critically evaluate both theoretical understanding and application in practice.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/applied-social-work-practice-education

Course detail

This course is designed to provide social workers with skills and knowledge to become effective practice educators and contribute to the learning of others, within the work place and the wider context of social work education.

Mapped against the Practice Educator Professional Standards (TCSW 2013), this course is designed to develop graduates who are able to
• Provide effective learning opportunities for learners in the workplace and make judgements about the capabilities of learners through an understanding and application of the Professional Capabilities Framework (TCSW, 2012).
• Apply theories of adult learning in everyday practice to ensure the best outcomes for students and other learners in the workplace.
• Provide leadership to support the development of a learning organisation which provides lifelong learning and continuous professional development for its workers and so improves the quality of experience for service users, families and carers.

Modules

• Practice Educator Training: Stage 1
• Practice Educator Training: Stage 2
• Mentoring and Coaching in Social Work
• Supervising for Quality and Performance in Social Work
• Applying Knowledge to Work Based Learning
• Applied Research Skills in Social Work
• Dissertation for Social Workers: Practice Education

Assessment

You will be assessed using a range of methods. In the initial stage of the core units there is the opportunity for you to receive constructive feedback on your academic writing.

Observations of practice are also integrated within the two core units, designed to provide formative feedback providing you with a clear understanding of areas where you might need to improve and areas where you are doing well.

Reflection on evidence drawn from practice in the workplace underpins many of the assessment activities. These methods are designed to test you in all the areas necessary for competent practice as qualified social workers and practice educators, as well as the academic disciplines underpinning such practice.

Through the use of a variety of assessment methods you will be able to demonstrate a wide range of key skills for both academic and practice competence. Evidence of practice competence must be assessed by a professionally qualified and experienced Stage 2 practice educators who have been approved by the University for this purpose.

Careers

As this course has been developed within the new framework for CPD as defined by the Social Work Reform Board it offers clear career opportunities.

Students successfully completing the course will be able to specialise, within their field, in professional education in social work. Furthermore as the Practice Educator Framework develops nationally there will be increased demand for practitioners who have a high level of skills in work-based learning and assessment in order to provide the practice-based learning required across the spectrum of qualifying and post-qualified education.

Examples include working with social workers who are in their Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) or becoming an independent practice educator working with a wide range of agencies both in the statutory and third sector.

Other graduates have been promoted to positions of greater responsibility and have used the knowledge gained on the course to secure these positions.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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