The programme is aimed primarily at qualified and experienced practitioners and managers in those professions that ‘work with people’ and fulfil those roles that are typically referred to as the provision of public services. Although not an exhaustive list, the programme will be relevant those employed in social work, health, social care, early years, further and higher education and other public service organisations. This programme provides a flexible and accessible framework for you as a practitioner or a manager to attain Masters level qualifications whilst engaged in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity.
The design of the programme embraces recent approaches to CPD in these professions; specifically, these have emphasised:
In accordance with the requirements of section 5.9 of the University of Chichester Taught Postgraduate Awards framework (2015) the Programme has three possible exit awards:
The Postgraduate Certificate
The programme for the Postgraduate Certificate lasts for approximately twelve months. Achievement of 60 academic credits at Masters level (FHEQ Level 7) will enable the award of Postgraduate Certificate Advanced Professional Practice.
The Postgraduate Diploma
The programme for the Postgraduate Diploma lasts for a period of between twelve and twenty-four months. The award of the Postgraduate Diploma is conditional on the achievement of 120 academic credits at Master’s level (FHEQ Level 7). Normally the 120 credits will comprise the 60 credits of the Postgraduate Certificate stage, plus a further 60 credits.
Master’s Degree (MA)
Completion of the 60 credit dissertation will enable students to achieve the cumulative 180 credits required for the award of the MA. The dissertation is normally completed in a period of one year.
Student Endeavour and Awarded Credits
As noted above each completed credit of study represents 10 hours of ‘student endeavour’, including contact time and individual study. Consequently, a 20 credit module will represent 200 hours of study, a 30 credit module will represent 300 hours. This means that each completed stage i.e. 60 credits, of the MA programme, namely Certificate, Diploma and Masters Award, represents approximately 600 hours of study, including contact time and individual study.
Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.
At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support. We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas. We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.
The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment. It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.
The Bishop Otter LRC also offers:
Indicative optional modules include Leadership and Management, Mentorship and Resilience. In addition prior non accredited trainee can be used to fulfill the requirements for Specialist Knowledge in Practice Modules. Each student has a bespoke pathway of modules tailored to their specific needs.
Through your MA APP programme, you will experience difference types of assessment which can be either be formative or summative.
Formative assessment is an ongoing process of finding out how well you are learning what is being taught while you are still in the process of learning. It provides the opportunity for you agree targets with your tutor for your next steps in learning.
Summative assessment, as its name suggests, is a summation of what you have learnt. Summative assessment usually takes the form of more formal test or assignment at the end of a module.
In this programme formative assessment is mainly informal and includes initial needs assessment, discussion of development needs and ongoing responses to the tasks you are set. Some modules give you the opportunity to submit a draft or a plan of the summative assessment. This will often be discussed in your student group where you can receive feedback from peers as well as tutors.
Module assessment is normally based on an assignment of 2,000 words per 10 credits (or equivalent) using specified assessment criteria, linked to defined grade criteria, that explicitly inform written feedback on the quality of student’s work. A range of formative and summative strategies will be employed to structure learning and are outlined in detail in the individual module handbooks on the Moodle page.
The University of Northampton Advanced Professional Practice Masters is an MSc course, offering full-time and part-time options.
Students studying for the full Master of Science degree complete 180 credits, choosing from a selection of modules and a 60 credit professional project. Shorter Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate options are also available.
Drawing on contemporary teaching and innovative research, the programme will enable students to develop their professional practice in a highly personalised way. This innovative and flexible course allows you to build a course that is tailored to your needs.
The programme is made up of modules which make up the whole Master’s Degree, but there is an option to opt to leave at that point having earned a Postgraduate Diploma.
The programme is based around three key areas:
-Recognising and valuing personal professional experience as contributing to academic achievements.
-Addressing the priority needs of the working environment through a contemporary range of practice modules.
-Focusing the application of learning within the workplace.
The MSc Advanced Professional Practice presents a highly flexible programme of study which students can tailor to meet their personal and professional development objectives.
An innovative development for this award is the introduction of a Valuing Professional Experience module. Available to study for 20, 40 or 60 academic credits, this module will allow students to demonstrate the value of their professional experience in relation to academic learning. As such, students can, with the help of a programme advisor, create an individual programme of study which draws on past experience and enhances current and future practice.
Advanced Professional Practice consists of a number of pathways:
-Advanced Occupational Therapy *
-Advanced Podiatry *
-Autonomous Healthcare Practice *
-Cancer Therapies *
-Care of the Older Person *
-Childcare Practice *
-Non-medical Independent Nurse Prescribing
-Practice Education *
*Specialist pathway available as stand-alone Postgraduate Certificates
-Valuing Professional Experience
-Research Methods – Philosophy and Study Design
-Injection Therapy of the Lower Limb for Podiatrists
-The Lower Limb at Risk
-Advanced Skills For Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists And Podiatrists
-Implementing Innovative Change in Practice
-Occupational Therapy and Occupation
-Rehabilitation and Recovery
-The Stroke Journey
-Advanced Patient Assessment and Diagnostic Skills
-Clinical Interventions for Advanced Practitioners
-Leading People in Health and Social Care Organisations
-Facilitation, Assessment and QA in WBL
-Quality Enhancement in Interprofessional WBL
-Living with Cancer and Beyond Cancer
-Physical Healthcare of Older Adults
-Working with Older Adults: Mental Wellbeing
-Advanced Dementia Care
-Enabling Others in Mentoring, Practice Teaching and Assessment
-Assessing and Managing Risk in Child Protection
-Working with Complex Parenting Behaviour
-Planning and Supporting Permanence
-Therapeutic Communication Intervention
-Preparation for NMC Stage 4 Teacher Standard
Assessment across all modules draws on relevant practice examples and students are encouraged to use case examples as the basis of their learning.
The specific methods reflect the ways in which practitioners are expected to function in their professional roles and may include: preparation of patient information resources, critical incident reports, care planning, action learning sets and preparation of professional reports for family courts.
This masters programme is as unique as you are. It is built around your need to progress through your career.
-Pathways designed to enable you to improve your professional skills which will benefit you and your employer.
-A programme that is tailored to you, enabling you to take a number of Postgraduate certificates, which together build to a masters qualification.
-The ability to step off the course with a postgraduate qualification at the end of each module.
-The Valuing Professional Experience module, allowing you to demonstrate the value of your professional experience which can provide up to 60 points toward your overall masters.
-IT and information services based on the campus as well as offsite access to NILE (Northampton Integrated Learning Environment).
Opportunities vary according to combination of study:
-Practice teaching roles (practice education and autonomous healthcare practice modules).
-Specialist practitioner roles with older clients (autonomous healthcare practice and care of the older person).
-Or advanced practitioner (advanced therapy training with nonmedical and independent prescribing and/or reflection on previous professional achievements).
The following postgraduate funding may be available to study the Advanced Professional Practice MSc at The University of Northampton.
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
Full Time: £6,500
Part Time: £720 per 20 credit module for home and EU students
International Part Time: £1,320 per 20 credit module
Our MSc Advanced Professional Practice and Leadership course gives allied healthcare professionals the knowledge and skills they need to enhance their practice and prepare for leadership roles.
The course is aimed at registered professionals such as dieticians, audiologists, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, paramedics and occupational therapists who seek continuing professional development opportunities.
You will study content that reflects professional, UK-wide government and international benchmarks for advanced level practice in health and social care, enhancing your suitability for revalidation.
This includes contemporary knowledge and skills in clinical and direct care practice, leadership and collaborative practice, improving quality and developing practice, and developing self and others.
You will learn how to develop efficient and ethical ways of working that offer a better quality of life and care by placing service users and carers at the centre of decision-making and service redesign.
Study this course full-time over one year or part-time for a maximum of five years depending on your other commitments.
Learn from - and alongside - professionals from various fields of allied healthcare.
Tailor your course
Choose from a wide range of course units to suit your own interests.
We use a range of teaching and learning methods, including face-to-face, blended and online learning.
The course focuses on an active learning approach and is designed to prompt the discovery, processing and application of knowledge through collaboration and cooperation.
You will draw on your own experiences - both academic and work-based - when learning. The course will promote the construction of understanding through task-related activities and reflection.
We have extensive experience and good practice in online learning, with dedicated e-learning technologists to support you and our staff in making the most of the e-learning platform.
Find out more by visiting the postgraduate teaching and learning page.
You can undertake standalone course units, or build up a selection of optional and core units and then undertake a dissertation to complete the master's course.
A range of assessments are utilised to assess your knowledge and understanding and to develop intellectual and practical skills.
The dissertation unit enables you to consolidate your learning and demonstrate the achievement of outcomes by undertaking a project focused on a specific aspect of practice.
You can study individual course units as standalone courses or build up units of study towards a PGCert or PGDip and undertake a dissertation to complete the master's award. See the CPD units page for more information.
PGCert (60 credits)
This first step focuses on developing your specialist subject knowledge and clinical practice, in particular your knowledge, skills and understanding in leadership and management. Recognising your key role in practice, these clinically focussed units of study will enable you to enhance practice and service delivery.
45 credits can be undertaken from a variety of optional course units to best suit your professional specialism.
15 credits will comprise one core unit on Developing Practice and Managing Change.
PGDip (120 credits)
You will further explore and develop advanced clinical practice in your specialist area through selecting further optional units from the portfolio of units available.
30 credits can be undertaken from a variety of optional course units to best suit your professional specialism.
30 credits comprising two compulsory course units - Research Design and Critical Appraisal and Evidence Synthesis - will also be taken.
MSc (180 credits)
After successfully completing the 120 credits for the PGDip, you may be eligible to undertake a dissertation from a range of options:
The University of Manchester offers extensive library and online services to help you get the most out of your studies.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: [email protected]
Our course is structured around the real challenges facing advanced level practitioners, and each unit will draw from, and build on, your own professional experience.
This will enable you to apply your new knowledge to your own area of practice and mould the course to best suit your learning requirements.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council ( NMC ) has validated the following units: