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The PgDip Mental Health Practice is a specialist post-qualifying programme, and successful candidates will be issued with a written transcript of achievement, making them eligible for approval to act as an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), and eligible to act as a Best Interest Assessor (BIA). Read more
The PgDip Mental Health Practice is a specialist post-qualifying programme, and successful candidates will be issued with a written transcript of achievement, making them eligible for approval to act as an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), and eligible to act as a Best Interest Assessor (BIA).

The PgDip Mental Health Practice at Cumbria University is delivered in partnership with Cumbria County Council, and students benefit from an expert teaching team, including: senior lecturers and academic staff in Social Work, Nursing and the Social Sciences; Experts by Experience; Mental Health Legislation experts; AMHPs and BIA Practitioners; Psychiatrists; Psychologists; Pharmacists and other allied professionals. The current programme was revalidated in 2014 and academic modules are complimented by practice experience through two placements, mentorship support and academic tutorials. Most students who gain the AMHP and BIA status go onto successful careers working in Mental Health, as the skills gained by successful completion of this programme are highly desirable to employers.

Throughout your studies the Programme Team aim to provide you with a comprehensive and critically reflective understanding and application of the concepts, values, theories and knowledge base underpinning these specialist areas of mental health practice. Through rigorous adherence to professional values, principles, codes of conduct and ethics, we will improve your critical ability to practice ethically and to manage the implications of ethical dilemmas while undertaking Mental Health Act (1983, as amended 2007) Assessments, and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards assessments.

The programme is committed to promoting ethical, culturally capable AMHP and BIA practitioners who respect diversity, challenge inequality, and who can support and safeguard the wellbeing of people with Mental Health problems, their families, carers and communities. Service users and carers have been involved in the development of this programme through both the University of Cumbria’s ‘Expert by Experience’ Programme and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trusts ‘Expert Patients Programme’.

Our study patterns are responsive to the varying needs of students and employers and are reviewed annually with Student Representatives and the Programme Team. We have a range of support systems in place for students returning to study, and recognise that some practitioners may not have studied at level 7 previously, or for some time so academic skills support is offered throughout the programme to address this.

Course outline

The PgDip Mental Health Practice consists of 8 academic modules, plus there are 2 qualifying modules embedded within programme which are designed to support the student to develop their confidence and skills as they progress through each module. The PgDip Mental Health Practice aims to:
-Provide a stimulating and challenging academic and scholarly environment for learners who wish to advance their academic and professional development gaining recognised AMHP and BIA, to support and develop autonomous and reflective thinking.
-Enable students to develop a mastery of complex and specialised knowledge and a critical awareness of issues at the forefront of mental health practice.
-Develop conceptual knowledge and advanced understanding of how techniques of enquiry enable the critical and objective analysis, interpretation and application of research and evidence within mental health practice.

Graduate destinations

Successful candidates will be issued with a written transcript of achievement, making them eligible for approval to act as an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), and eligible to act as a Best Interest Assessor (BIA).

Other admission requirements

To be eligible for entry to this programme candidates must be qualified either as:
-Social Worker registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
-First level Nurse, registered in Sub-Part 1 of the Nurses’ Part of the Register maintained under article 5 of the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001, with the inclusion of an entry indicating their field of practice is mental health or learning disabilities nursing.
-Occupational Therapist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
-Chartered Psychologist who is listed in the British Psychological Society’s Register of Chartered Psychologists and who holds a relevant practicing certificate issued by that Society.

And have:
-Two years post-qualifying experience, with an interest in Mental Health
-Successful endorsement from their employer to confirm the students level of experience, skills and professional competence are appropriate to embark on this specialist training. This may involve additional procedures by the employers (such as an interview) before their endorsement can be made.
-Successful endorsement from a Local Authority to provide both a suitable placement, and a Practice Assessor.

Students wishing to apply for this programme are required to secure their endorsement prior to an offer of a place being made. Please contact the Programme Lead if you have any questions or for further information. For entry requirements relating to the stand-alone Best Interest Assessor (BIA) module, please refer to the BIA web page: https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/study/courses/cpd-and-short-courses/deprivation-of-liberty-safeguards--the-role-of-the-best-interest-assessor-bia/

Applicants outside the Cumbria area should contact Health Admissions for further details -

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The MA Mental Health Practice is a specialist post-qualifying programme, and successful candidates will be issued with a written transcript of achievement, making them eligible for approval to act as an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), and eligible to act as a Best Interest Assessor (BIA). Read more
The MA Mental Health Practice is a specialist post-qualifying programme, and successful candidates will be issued with a written transcript of achievement, making them eligible for approval to act as an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), and eligible to act as a Best Interest Assessor (BIA).

The MA Mental Health Practice at Cumbria University is delivered in partnership with Cumbria County Council, and students benefit from an expert teaching team, including: senior lecturers and academic staff in Social Work, Nursing and the Social Sciences; Experts by Experience; Mental Health Legislation experts; AMHPs and BIA Practitioners; Psychiatrists; Psychologists; Pharmacists and other allied professionals. The current programme was revalidated in 2014 and academic modules are complimented by practice experience through two placements, mentorship support and academic tutorials. Most students who gain the AMHP and BIA status go onto successful careers working in Mental Health, as the skills gained by successful completion of this programme are highly desirable to employers.

Throughout your studies the Programme Team aim to provide you with a comprehensive and critically reflective understanding and application of the concepts, values, theories and knowledge base underpinning these specialist areas of mental health practice. Through rigorous adherence to professional values, principles, codes of conduct and ethics, we will improve your critical ability to practice ethically and to manage the implications of ethical dilemmas while undertaking Mental Health Act (1983, as amended 2007) Assessments, and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards assessments.

The programme is committed to promoting ethical, culturally capable AMHP and BIA practitioners who respect diversity, challenge inequality, and who can support and safeguard the wellbeing of people with Mental Health problems, their families, carers and communities. Service users and carers have been involved in the development of this programme through both the University of Cumbria’s ‘Expert by Experience’ Programme and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trusts ‘Expert Patients Programme’.

Our study patterns are responsive to the varying needs of students and employers and are reviewed annually with Student Representatives and the Programme Team. We have a range of support systems in place for students returning to study, and recognise that some practitioners may not have studied at level 7 previously, or for some time so academic skills support is offered throughout the programme to address this.

Students will be required to study two additional modules, these are a research methods module and a dissertation module, in which you will be encouraged to undertake primary research and develop academic knowledge in the field of AMHP practice. Please refer to the course outline for further information.

Course outline

The MA in Mental Health Practice aims to:
-Provide a stimulating and challenging academic and scholarly environment for learners who wish to advance their academic and professional development gaining recognised AMHP and BIA awards to support and develop autonomous and reflective thinking.
-Enable students to develop a mastery of complex and specialised knowledge and a critical awareness of issues at the forefront of mental health practice.
-Develop conceptual knowledge and advanced understanding of how techniques of enquiry enable the critical and objective analysis, interpretation and application of research and evidence within mental health practice.
-Through completion of a dissertation, challenge existing knowledge and facilitate the development and application of new ideas and new ways of thinking.

Graduate destinations

Successful candidates will be issued with a written transcript of achievement, making them eligible for approval to act as an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), and eligible to act as a Best Interest Assessor (BIA).

Other admission requirements

To be eligible for entry to this programme candidates must be qualified either as:
-Social Worker registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
-First level Nurse, registered in Sub-Part 1 of the Nurses’ Part of the Register maintained under article 5 of the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001, with the inclusion of an entry indicating their field of practice is mental health or learning disabilities nursing.
-Occupational Therapist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
-Chartered Psychologist who is listed in the British Psychological Society’s Register of Chartered Psychologists and who holds a relevant practicing certificate issued by that Society.

And have:
-Two years post-qualifying experience, with an interest in Mental Health.
-Successful endorsement from their employer to confirm the students level of experience, skills and professional competence are appropriate to embark on this specialist training. This may involve additional procedures by the employers (such as an interview) before their endorsement can be made.
-Successful endorsement from a Local Authority to provide both a suitable placement, and a Practice Assessor.

Students wishing to apply for this programme are required to secure their endorsement prior to an offer of a place being made. Please contact the Programme Lead if you have any questions or for further information.

Applicants outside the Cumbria area should contact Health Admissions for further details -

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Show you have the right skills to be an expert in social care! Our challenging and dynamic programme draws on the wide range of practice and research experience provided by our teaching team, giving you the knowledge needed to become a confident, accomplished and highly employable social worker. Read more
Show you have the right skills to be an expert in social care! Our challenging and dynamic programme draws on the wide range of practice and research experience provided by our teaching team, giving you the knowledge needed to become a confident, accomplished and highly employable social worker. We place a strong focus on contemporary debate surrounding social work and social justice highlighted throughout the course, helping you get actively involved in the development of future practice.

As well as in-depth academic study, you'll benefit from practice-based learning with 170 days of the total course spent in placements, spread out over the two years of the course. Our innovative learning techniques, including video recording and web-based technologies, will ensure your social work skills are honed to the highest level. We believe that all social work students should have an informed and applied understanding of social justice, helping you use your passion to help people, as well as opening up new areas of employment for your career.

Course outline

This programme was developed in partnership with a range of key stakeholders, including social work service users and carers, and representatives from social work agencies. We offer an intensive programme of study that combines a level 7 academic award with a qualification in social work. It is studied over two years full-time.

You'll critically discuss how social work theory, core skills and key professional concepts facilitate understanding of individuals within the environment. By evaluating a comprehensive range of theories and evidence bases of social work practice, you'll demonstrate effective use of supervision whilst adopting and applying a critically reflective approach to practice. We'll show you how to articulate and justify your professional role confidently within a range of practice contexts, helping you make the transition from student to newly-qualified social worker.

Graduate destinations

Students who have completed this course have gone onto work as social workers, practitioners and managers in the social care field.

Other admission requirements

Successful completion of a related foundation degree or HND - to include GCSE in English at grade C or above and Level 2 in Mathematics.

Applicants from courses based at institutions other than University of Cumbria will be assessed on their suitability depending upon the modules they have studied.

GCSE minimum grade C in English language and maths or equivalent. Associated experience and knowledge of current issues within and affecting social work is also required. Equivalent qualifications other than those listed above may be accepted. Students are selected according to the entry level criteria laid out in the College of Social Work's Professional Capabilities Framework. All places are offered subject to successful interview and numeracy test, as well as Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (DBS formerly CRB), medical fitness to practise and proof of qualifications.

Fitness to practise and health requirements

All offers of a place are subject to satisfactory health screening. Further information will be provided following the offer of a place.

Please note that Professional Bodies such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) have certain requirements regarding health and character status of applicants and their ability to meet the required core professional competencies and to practise safely without direct supervision. Please read the NMC (https://www.nmc.org.uk/education/becoming-a-nurse-or-midwife/when-studying-to-be-a-nurse-or-midwife/) and HCPC information (http://www.hcpc-uk.org/audiences/studentsandapplicants/disabledguide/) to find out more. Please ask us for advice and/or support as early as possible in the application process if you have any questions about this requirement.

For more information about core competencies and medical fitness to train please click this link (http://www.heops.org.uk/guide.php). There are fitness standards provided here for most programmes of study: health professions, social work and teaching.

In some instances, an applicant may be invited to attend a professional practice panel to discuss any recommended reasonable adjustments, and whether or not core professional competencies are achievable.

In order to be admitted and continue on the course, students must be deemed as medically fit for both practice and theory by the Occupational Health Department. If you have any concerns about a health condition/issue and its impact on your ability to undertake the course please contact the Occupational Health Department as early as possible in the application process.

Telephone - 01253 657950
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Disclosure and Barring Service check

If you are offered a place we require you to comply with an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) background clearance check. Read the DBS policy (https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/media/university-of-cumbria-website/content-assets/public/er/documents/admissions/disclosure/DBSPolicy.pdf)

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The ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring is designed for managers or HR/OD professionals who want to develop their expertise and credibility in the fields of coaching and mentoring, or to establish coaching on an organisational level. Read more
The ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring is designed for managers or HR/OD professionals who want to develop their expertise and credibility in the fields of coaching and mentoring, or to establish coaching on an organisational level. It’s also for professional coaches and mentors seeking to enhance and accredit their experience with a nationally-recognised qualification.

Course outline

The University of Cumbria is an accredited centre for the delivery of ILM qualifications. This Executive Coaching and Mentoring Certificate includes a University of Cumbria accredited module as part of the study package. The teaching delivery takes place through formal lectures, distance learning and practical experiential learning.

In addition to the mandatory modules, you will be offered the opportunity to undertake the University of Cumbria Coaching and Mentoring module (HLLG 5024 - with accreditation at 20 Level 5 credits) through this single programme of study.

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Specially designed for senior managers wishing to develop their expertise in coaching and mentoring, our programme is also ideal for professional coaches and mentors looking to enhance their experience through a nationally-recognised qualification. Read more
Specially designed for senior managers wishing to develop their expertise in coaching and mentoring, our programme is also ideal for professional coaches and mentors looking to enhance their experience through a nationally-recognised qualification. We have a wide range of modules covering all aspects of coaching, looking at everything from effective communication to establishing coaching on an organisational scale, giving you all the knowledge you need to be a successful mentor to your team.

Course outline

The University of Cumbria is an Accredited Centre for the delivery of ILM qualifications. This Executive Coaching and Mentoring module is a University of Cumbria accredited module. The teaching delivery takes place through formal lectures, distance learning and practical experiential learning.

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This is an exciting programme of study which, on successful completion, allows students to seek to have their qualification recorded by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and to practise as an Independent Nurse Prescriber (V300). Read more
This is an exciting programme of study which, on successful completion, allows students to seek to have their qualification recorded by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and to practise as an Independent Nurse Prescriber (V300).

Prescribing by nurses has evolved to offer better access to medicines and to optimise the skills and expertise of nurses in the provision of care. Where appropriate, nurses are able to complete episodes of care, whilst also enhancing their role within the team.

Patients evaluate their experience of Nurse Independent prescribing positively.

Students frequently report that the course is probably the most challenging they have undertaken since their pre-registration programme, but also the most rewarding. Students report positively on the organisation of the course and on the support provided for their preparation as prescribers. The programme delivery is designed to provide opportunities for students to receive feedback to support the development of their work throughout the programme. We consider all student feedback and work with this to enhance the student experience and outcomes.

We meet regularly with Non-Medical Prescribing Leads and mentors to ensure that the programme maintains its relevance to the constantly evolving environment of healthcare, thus ensuring that students are ‘fit for practice’ and ‘fit for purpose’. The programme team includes academic staff who continue to work in practice.

Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribers, please see the course information page for V150 Prescribing for Community Practitioners:
https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/study/courses/cpd-and-short-courses/prescribing-for-community-practitioners-v150/

Further information and examples of Nurse Independent prescribing roles can be found at:
http://www.prescribingforsuccess.co.uk/document_uploads/nmp-staff-stories/NMP_NHS_Staff_Stories.pdf

And using the link to the Non-Medical Prescribing Guide: a quick guide for commissioners (National Prescribing Centre, 2010):
http://www.webarchive.org.uk/wayback/archive/20140627112622/http://www.npc.nhs.uk/non_medical/resources/NMP_QuickGuide.pdf

Course outline

The programme is a multi-professional, part-time course which will prepare nurses, midwives, health visitors for a role as an Independent Nurse Prescriber (V300).

In accordance with the requirements identified by the NMC, the programme comprises 26 theory days, of which some may be attended more flexibly online, and 12 practice days (90 hours equivalent) in clinical practice preparing to be a prescriber.

This 40 credit programme at level 7 comprises two 10 credits modules (one at level 6) and one 20 credit module focusing on the principles which underpin prescribing practice and pharmacology.

On successful completion of the programme students will be able to:
-Recognise and manage clinical complexity, consult effectively with patients and carers, assessing their need for medicines, taking account of their wishes and conducting, as appropriate, a relevant physical examination.
-Demonstrate clarity of reasoning in relation to the relevance of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics and apply the knowledge to their own prescribing practice.
-Interrogate the benefits and demonstrate how they will prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively, justifying the local application of legal and professional frameworks for accountability and responsibility in relation to prescribing.
-Synthesise sources of information, advice and support, explaining how they will use them in prescribing practice, taking into account evidence based practice, national/local guidelines and the roles of others who are involved in prescribing practice.
-Critically debate factors which impact on prescribing in a public health context and which necessitate therapeutic monitoring and modification and practice based change.
-Demonstrate through the interface of theory and practice they can take an appropriate history taking, undertake a clinical assessment and make an appropriate diagnosis having considered the legal, cognitive, emotional and physical differences between children and adults.

Graduate destinations

Non-medical prescribing is offered as stand-alone provision, but can also contribute to a postgraduate award.

For example, you could combine successful completion of the Non-Medical Prescribing award with the 20-credit module HPHG7024 Medicines: Therapeutics and Pharmacology for a Postgraduate Certificate Practice Development with option to transfer the credits into a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc Practice Development.

Other admission requirements

All entry and selection criteria must be met in full prior to programme commencement:
-Evidence of prior successful study at level 6 and within 6 years of the course start date.
-A fully completed application form confirming.

We recommend that applicants have successfully completed at least one academic module at Level 7 prior to applying for this programme at Level 7.

-At least two years' clinical experience in the area in which prescribing will take place.
-Identification of the need to prescribe by the line manager, and access to a prescribing budget on successful completion of the course.
-A Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) who will act as mentor.
-The DMP mentor must meet the standards required by the Department of Health.
-Clinical governance arrangements agreed by the Non-Medical Prescribing Lead.
-For applicants within Cumbria and Lancashire, evidence of attainment of a minimum mark of 80% in the pre-course numeracy assessment.
-A copy of a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check obtained by the applicant’s employer, and issued within three years of the course start date.
The application form provides further detail regarding essential criteria.

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This is an exciting programme of study which, on successful completion, allows you to seek to have your qualification annotated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and to practice as an independent physiotherapist or podiatrist prescriber. Read more
This is an exciting programme of study which, on successful completion, allows you to seek to have your qualification annotated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and to practice as an independent physiotherapist or podiatrist prescriber.

Prescribing by physiotherapists and podiatrists has evolved to offer better access to medicines and to optimise the skills and expertise of physiotherapists and podiatrists in the provision of care. Where appropriate, physiotherapists and podiatrists are able to complete episodes of care, whilst also enhancing their role within the team.

Patients evaluate their experience of non-medical prescribing positively.

Students frequently report that the course is probably the most challenging they have undertaken since their pre-registration programme, but also the most rewarding. Students report positively on the organisation of the course and the support provided. The programme delivery is designed to provide opportunities for you to receive feedback to support the development of your work; we consider all student feedback and work with this to enhance your experience and outcomes.

We meet regularly with non-medical prescribing leads and mentors to ensure that the programme maintains its relevance to the constantly evolving environment of healthcare, thus ensuring that students are ‘fit for practice’ and ‘fit for purpose’. The programme team includes academic staff who continue to work in practice.

Further information and examples of nurse independent prescribing roles can be found here:
http://www.prescribingforsuccess.co.uk/document_uploads/nmp-staff-stories/NMP_NHS_Staff_Stories.pdf

And using the link to the Non-Medical Prescribing Guide: a quick guide for commissioners (National Prescribing Centre, 2010): http://www.webarchive.org.uk/wayback/archive/20140627112622/http://www.npc.nhs.uk/non_medical/resources/NMP_QuickGuide.pdf

Course outline

The programme is a multi-professional, part-time course which will prepare physiotherapists and podiatrists for their roles as independent prescribers.

In accordance with the requirements identified by the HCPC, the programme comprises 26 theory days, of which some may be attended more flexibly online, and 12 practice days (90 hours equivalent) in clinical practice preparing to be a prescriber.

This 40 credit programme at level 7 comprises two 10 credits modules (one at level 6) and one 20 credit module focusing on the principles which underpin prescribing practice and pharmacology.

On successful completion of the programme you will be able to:
-Consult effectively with patients and carers, assessing their need for medicines, taking account of their wishes and demonstrating understanding of the pathophysiology, signs and symptoms of the presenting complaint, and conduct a relevant physical examination, recognise and manage clinical complexity.
-Demonstrate clarity of reasoning in relation to the relevance of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics and apply the knowledge to your own prescribing practice whilst recognising and evaluating the relationship between pharmacology and prescribing practice at individual, local and national levels.
-Demonstrate a critical awareness of legal, ethical and professional frameworks including the responsibility that your role as an independent/supplementary prescriber entails, and demonstrate initiative and personal responsibility for working within the scope of your professional competence, articulate and demonstrate how you will prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively.
-Synthesise sources of information, advice and support, taking into account evidence-based practice, national/ local guidelines and the roles of others who are involved in prescribing practice and demonstrate their application to prescribing practice.
-Critically evaluate factors which impact on prescribing at individual, local and national levels and in a public health context and which necessitate therapeutic monitoring, modification and practice-based change.
-Demonstrate knowledge and clarity of reasoning in the ability to refer/ consult with other appropriate health care professionals in a timely manner, developing an effective relationship and communication channels with patients/carers, other prescribers and members of the health care team to work within a prescribing partnership, critically reflect on the clinical governance frameworks that include audit and prescribing practice and development.

Graduate destinations

Non-medical prescribing is offered as stand-alone provision, but can also contribute to a postgraduate award.

For example, you could combine successful completion of the Non-medical Prescribing award with the 20-credit module HPHG7024 Medicines: Therapeutics and Pharmacology (https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/study/courses/cpd-and-short-courses/medicines---therapeutics-and-pharmacology/) for a Postgraduate Certificate Practice Development, with option to transfer the credits into a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc Practice Development.

Other admission requirements

All entry criteria must be met in full prior to programme commencement:
-Evidence of prior successful study at level 6 and within 6 years of the course start date

A fully-completed application form confirming:
-At least two years' clinical experience in the area in which prescribing will take place.
-Identification of the need to prescribe by the line manager, and access to a prescribing budget on successful completion of the course.
-A Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) who will act as mentor.
-The DMP mentor must meet the standards required by the Department of Health.
-Clinical governance arrangements agreed by the Non-Medical Prescribing Lead.
-For applicants within Cumbria and Lancashire, evidence of attainment of a minimum mark of 80% in the pre-course numeracy assessment.
-A satisfactory Enhanced DBS check obtained by the applicant’s employer, and issued within three years of the course start date.

The application form provides further detail regarding essential criteria.

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There has never been a more exciting time to teach computer science and ICT, which is going through one of the biggest changes ever seen. Read more
There has never been a more exciting time to teach computer science and ICT, which is going through one of the biggest changes ever seen. More and more jobs are appearing to meet the demand of schools who need specialist teachers in computing, so if you're skilled in using computers and want to share your knowledge, then our PGCE will provide you with all the tools needed for a successful career as a secondary school teacher.

We work closely with partnership schools in Lancashire, Cumbria and the Fylde coast, allowing you to complete two placements in different schools and even start teaching by week three of the course! Our experienced tutors will help you learn how to plan, resource and deliver effective lessons to pupils across the ability range. You'll work with people from a variety of backgrounds, sharing experiences of the classroom and ICT work (including programming and technical knowledge) to help enhance everybody's learning. Everything you have done previously will help you on the route to becoming a successful teacher of computer science and ICT, even if you are yet to see the relevance, so allow us to put your skills into focus to achieve a successful career in teaching.

Course outline

You will learn all the skills you need to teach computing effectively, from the basics of structuring and planning lessons through to developing personal skills and confidence. During school placements you will work with experienced teachers, including your mentor who will supervise you training, assessing your progress towards QTS. Most placements are in Cumbria or Lancashire, but some may be available in London, Scotland, Northern Ireland or the Isle of Man.

Graduate destinations

This course prepares you to become a specialist Secondary Computer Science and ICT teacher, trained to deliver the essential knowledge and skills that make computer science and ICT a wide-ranging, creative and exciting subject.

Other admission requirements

If you don't have an undergraduate degree but do have a Masters or other higher qualification, your application will be considered by our academic tutors on a one-to-one basis.

GCSE grade C or above in English language and mathematics or recognised equivalent qualifications. All successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 July 2016.

Successful completion of the QTS skills test in literacy and numeracy by 31 July 2016. A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) background clearance check prior to starting the course.

Satisfactory Occupational Health medical check prior to starting the course. Evidence of a satisfactory level of literacy on the application form and a satisfactory personal statement.

Evidence of motivation and appropriate professional values. A strong personal statement conveying an enthusiasm for the subject, for working with young people and for teaching and learning.

A satisfactory academic (University) or a satisfactory professional reference if it is more than 5 years since academic work.

Evidence of the potential to work at Masters level. We strongly recommend that you obtain a minimum of 5 days secondary school experience in a mainstream UK secondary school observing a class in your chosen teaching specialism before applying.

At interview, all candidates undertake a range of tasks including a micro-teaching task; group discussions; individual interview; subject knowledge tests; and other written tasks as appropriate, including testing of literacy levels and the ability to think and write at Masters level.

There are currently no AP(E)L opportunities for entry to this programme.

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We'll help you increase your skills and knowledge towards being a specialist practitioner within Health Visiting, You'll learn to think, read and write critically around contemporary issues, looking at how research can influence innovative practice. Read more
We'll help you increase your skills and knowledge towards being a specialist practitioner within Health Visiting, You'll learn to think, read and write critically around contemporary issues, looking at how research can influence innovative practice. Our academic staff are experts both in university and clinical settings, and will be happy to share their wealth of experience to enhance your studying.

Our excellent working relationships with partner trusts allows for a supportive learning environment in which you can work in practice. By combining these practical skills with the theory learned in university, you'll have everything you need to expand your career further as a specialist in your field.

Course outline

You'll be prepared for a role as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse within Health Visiting, allowing you to register your qualification with the NMC. You'll gain valuable knowledge and skills in relation to public health, evidence-based practice, leadership, change management and collaborative working. It will also develop your specialist knowledge and skills in aspects such as health assessment, clinical care and case management.

We provide a balance of 50% theory and 50% practice. This will be facilitated in an area specific to Health Visiting. There will also be opportunities to gain alternative practice experience in another relevant setting during the course.

Graduate destinations

Successfully completing the course will enable you to work as a Health Visitor. You will be eligible for registration on the NMC Nursing register in your named pathway. By opting to study HPHN9001 and HPHN9002, you can apply to record this qualification as a V100 Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber on the NMC nurse register.

You may also wish to consider an MSc in Practice Development

Other admission requirements

You will be interviewed for selection for this programme. The interview panel may include trust staff, employers, mentors/practice teachers and university staff. During the interview you will be offered advice on the suitability of the award dependent on factors such as recentness of prior learning, and your personal and professional development needs.

You will need support from a Primary Care Trust or your employer and be able to secure a placement in your chosen area of practice, with access to a Practice Teacher. You will need to have completed a Criminal Records Bureau clearance, and this will be checked prior to your commencement on the course. If you work in Cumbria, Lancashire or Blackpool areas, you may be eligible to apply for a place on the programme funded and supported by one of the local PCTs. The PCTs advertise places on the programme each year through NHS Jobs usually in spring/early summer. We advise you to contact you local PCT and ask to speak with the manager for the specialist pathway that you are interested in, in order to express your interest and discuss opportunities.

Occasionally students self fund a place on this programme. However, you will still need to talk to the relevant manager in your local PCT in order to ask if they can provide you with a placement and a mentor/practice teacher in the relevant field of practice.

If you live further afield, you are able to undertake the programme with us if you can organise a practice placement with a mentor or practice teacher in the relevant field of practice. Your local PCT will be able to advise you as to whether this is possible.

International applicants can find out more about entry requirements on our dedicated webpages: https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/study/international/

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If you're interested in working as a School Nurse, then our course will give you everything you need to become a specialist practitioner in this field. Read more
If you're interested in working as a School Nurse, then our course will give you everything you need to become a specialist practitioner in this field. Our many years of experience in running this programme has led to high achievement and low attrition rates, so you can be confident that our expert teaching staff will give you the knowledge necessary for success. Our excellent working relationships with partner trusts and employers offers you a supportive learning environment to hone your skills, which will be complemented through practice placements through the course. Take the first step towards being a specialised School Nurse by completing our programme!

Course outline

We will prepare you for the role of Specialist Community Public Health Nurse within School Nursing, allowing you to register with the NMC. This course contains an even spread of theory and practice, which is facilitated by practice experience in an area specific to School Nursing. You can also take opportunities to gain alternative practice experience in other relevant settings during the course.

Graduate destinations

You will be qualified to work as a School Nurse and eligible to apply for registration on the NMC Nursing register in your named pathway. Opting to study HPHN 9001 means you can apply to record this qualification as a V100 Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber.

You may wish to continue your education further with a Masters degree. We recommend the MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice, though you may want to consider an MSC in Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care, Nursing and Primary Health Care.

Other admission requirements

You will be interviewed for selection for this programme. The interview panel may include trust staff, employers, mentors/practice teachers and university staff. During the interview you will be offered advice on the suitability of the award dependent on factors such as prior learning, and your personal and professional development needs.

You will need support from your trust to be able to secure a placement in your chosen area of practice, with access to a Practice Teacher. You will need to have completed a Criminal Records Bureau clearance, and this will be checked prior to your commencement on the course. If you work in Cumbria, Lancashire or Blackpool areas, you may be eligible to apply for a place on the programme funded and supported by one of the local trusts. The trusts advertise places on the programme each year through NHS Jobs usually in spring/early summer. We advise you to contact your local trust and ask to speak with the manager for the specialist pathway that you are interested in, in order to express your interest and discuss opportunities.

Occasionally students self-fund a place on this programme. However, you will still need to talk to the relevant manager in your local trust in order to ask if they can provide you with a placement and a mentor/practice teacher in the relevant field of practice.

If you live further afield, you are able to undertake the programme with us if you can organise a practice placement with a mentor or practice teacher in the relevant field of practice. Your local trust will be able to advise you as to whether this is possible.

International applicants can find out more about entry requirements on our dedicated webpages: https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/study/international/

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Working as a school nurse can be a highly rewarding career. If you feel that putting your skills to work in a school is the right move for you, then our course will help train you as a specialist practitioner in this field. Read more
Working as a school nurse can be a highly rewarding career. If you feel that putting your skills to work in a school is the right move for you, then our course will help train you as a specialist practitioner in this field. We have excellent working relationships with partner trusts and employers that will provide a supportive learning environment to hone your skills, which will be put to the test in practice placements throughout the course. We are proud of the high achievement rates we have seen through the many years we have run this course, so gain the benefit of our expert teaching staff's experience and work towards being a fully qualified school nurse.

Course outline

We will prepare you for the role of Specialist Community Public Health Nurse within School Nursing, allowing you to register with the NMC. This course contains an even spread of theory and practice, which is facilitated by practice experience in an area specific to School Nursing. You can also take opportunities to gain alternative practice experience in other relevant settings during the course.

Graduate destinations

You will be qualified to work as a School Nurse and eligible to apply for registration on the NMC Nursing register in your named pathway. Opting to study HPHN 9001 means you can apply to record this qualification as a V100 Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber.

You may wish to continue your education further with a Masters degree. We recommend the MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice, though you may want to consider an MSC in Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care, Nursing and Primary Health Care.

Other admission requirements

You will be interviewed for selection for this programme. The interview panel may include trust staff, employers, mentors/practice teachers and university staff. During the interview you will be offered advice on the suitability of the award dependent on factors such as prior learning, and your personal and professional development needs.

You will need support from your trust to be able to secure a placement in your chosen area of practice, with access to a Practice Teacher. You will need to have completed a Criminal Records Bureau clearance, and this will be checked prior to your commencement on the course. If you work in Cumbria, Lancashire or Blackpool areas, you may be eligible to apply for a place on the programme funded and supported by one of the local trusts. The trusts advertise places on the programme each year through NHS Jobs usually in spring/early summer. We advise you to contact your local trust and ask to speak with the manager for the specialist pathway that you are interested in, in order to express your interest and discuss opportunities.

Occasionally students self-fund a place on this programme. However, you will still need to talk to the relevant manager in your local trust in order to ask if they can provide you with a placement and a mentor/practice teacher in the relevant field of practice.

If you live further afield, you are able to undertake the programme with us if you can organise a practice placement with a mentor or practice teacher in the relevant field of practice. Your local trust will be able to advise you as to whether this is possible.

International applicants can find out more about entry requirements on our dedicated webpages: https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/study/international/

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The UCLan PGDip in Physician Associate Studies provides an exciting opportunity for graduates to become healthcare professionals and receive a salary whilst training. Read more
The UCLan PGDip in Physician Associate Studies provides an exciting opportunity for graduates to become healthcare professionals and receive a salary whilst training.

Physician Associates provide care to patients under the supervision of a Consultant or General Practitioner. Their role includes interviewing and examining patients, ordering tests and making decisions about patient management.

Our course will provide you with a foundation of scientific and clinical skills, and the opportunity to build on and use these through a variety of clinical placements in Lancashire and/or Cumbria.

Our programme makes use of case based learning, clinical and communication skills role play and focussed anatomy/physiology/pathophysiology teaching. All of our course content is in line with the requirements of the Physician Associate Competence and Curriculum framework (2012) laid out by the Royal College of Physicians Faculty of Physician Associates.

Outside of the classroom environment, the provision of clinical placements includes a full spectrum of opportunities: urban & rural, specialised hospital & general practice; single-handed or multi-disciplinary. Teamwork is essential for every PA and these placements will enable working with a variety of groups whilst under the supervision of medical colleagues. The geographical location of UCLan is ideal to enable this amazing combination of clinical opportunities, of which we are very proud.

DBS CHECKS

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

INDUSTRY LINKS

This course is provided in partnership with Health Education England North West (HEENW) as part of the North West Physician Associate Pilot programme.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

You will be taught using our state-of-the-art facilities within the School of Medicine. The University’s campus-based clinical skills laboratories have a vast range of equipment - including a number of high fidelity clinical human simulators - to help develop clinical skills in realistic hospital, home and GP surgery environments.

A comprehensive understanding of human anatomy is enhanced with our Human Anatomy Resource and Learning Centres (HARLCs) which provide a focal point for students to engage in learning about the human body. You will also have access to our Anatomage table; similar to a body sized touch screen computer. This allows for virtual sectioning of the human body, which is particularly useful when considering medical imaging.

Knowledge and understanding of the full range of applied biological sciences is taught through a range of lectures and practical activities by our experts in a range of disciplines within the medical science field.

Here at UCLan your learning will be enriched by our patient volunteer group who are involved in clinical and communication skills training.

50% of the course will be spent on clinical placements with our NHS clinical education partners across Lancashire and/or Cumbria. This will include rotations in General Practice and a variety of hospital specialties. All students will gain experience in the care of both adults and children.

The course is taught by a variety of clinical and academic staff so that students benefit from a wide range of medical knowledge and expertise.

Assessment is by a variety of methods including written assignments, practical and theoretical examinations and workplace based assessments. The students are expected to keep an E-portfolio to evidence their progression throughout their clinical placements.

On completion of the course, students will be well prepared to take the National Exam and successful completion of this will allow them to refer to themselves as a physician associate and apply to join the profession’s managed voluntary register.

You must be prepared to travel to clinical placement sites throughout Lancashire and Cumbria. This survival guide will be useful.

OPPORTUNITIES

There is currently around 100% employment of UK graduates of Physician Associate programs.

Upon completion of the National Exam, Physician Associates have a wide range of choice of careers in both primary and secondary care.

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Take your skills as a counsellor to a higher level through our rigorous and challenging course. You will learn how to work with a wide range of client issues in a professional and reflective way, and explore the impact of research on the change process. Read more
Take your skills as a counsellor to a higher level through our rigorous and challenging course. You will learn how to work with a wide range of client issues in a professional and reflective way, and explore the impact of research on the change process. We offer a learning community that encourages growth and development, building your capacity for giving and receiving open and constructive feedback.

By exploring your own history, you'll learn how to be alongside clients as they work through their experiences and emotions. We will support you in developing a level of openness and emotional robustness that will help you provide a better level of care to your clients. You will be challenged personally, professional and academically, emerging as a professional therapist with all the right skills and knowledge for a successful career.

Please note: In September 2016, this course will be taught on a Monday each week, 09:30 - 17:45. Whilst the day of the week the course is taught on usually remains the same for the duration of the course, this cannot be absolutely guaranteed.

Course outline

We adopt a person-centred concept at the core of our course, but also provide opportunity to learn about and critically evaluate other approaches such as CBT, solution-focused and systemic ways of working. Though the focus is on adults, you will also be introduced to working with couples, children and families. Emphasis is placed on developing research skills and your understanding of evidence-based practice.

During the course you will need to do 150 supervised counselling practice hours, plus 50 hours of non-clinical work based learning to meet BACP training requirements. You will be expected to make arrangements for your own placement, but will be offered support from the counselling team. We maintain a database of counselling placement opportunities.

We make use of many assessment types which may include live peer/client session recordings and evaluations, portfolio, essay, oral presentation, poster presentation, chapter/article critique and dissertation. In the first semester you will attend a weekend residential which focuses on your personal and professional development, and you will also be expected to have 10 hours of your own personal therapy.

Graduate destinations

Your qualification will help gain work in a variety of settings including schools, the NHS and voluntary agencies. The skills you learn will be useful in a wide variety of work outside of therapy, with the research techniques you gain preparing you for a higher level course (e.g. PhD) should you be interested.

Other admission requirements

You will need to have already completed a minimum of 30 hours of counselling skills training and be deemed to have a level of counselling ability that would enable you to go out on placement in the first semester. You will need to undertake a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance through the University of Cumbria, and be accepted as a member of the BACP. Your application needs to be supported by a statement from your referee. This will need to reflect on both your academic and personal capacity to undertake this course. Ideally this would be from a tutor from a current or previous course; alternatively one from your manager would be sufficient.

To meet the requirement of the 30 hours of counselling skills training, you could consider the Introduction to Counselling Skills module.

You will be interviewed for selection for this programme by a member of the programme team.

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a highly-recommended method of dealing with depression, and can help to really make a difference in people's lives. Read more
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a highly-recommended method of dealing with depression, and can help to really make a difference in people's lives. If you want to provide CBT for others, then our high-quality training provides the perfect path for qualification. Our excellent working relationships with clinical partners in Lancashire and Cumbria gives us a valuable insight into the development of CBT practice, ensuring that you receive the best methods to provide first class care for your clients. You'll learn everything you need to be a professional in your field, so make sure you get the right start through our avanced practice course.

Course outline

This is a high-intensity psychological therapies course that enables you to meet professional standards, leading to accreditation by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). You'll be a fully qualified practitioner acting as a special resource in keeping with employers' clinical governance targets and benchmarks such as Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), NICE Guidelines and the Layard Report.

Graduate destinations

You'll be able to apply for accreditation as a Cognitive Behaviour therapist with the British Association of Behaviour and Cognitive Psychotherapists. You can use your skills as a CBT professional or join the NHS as a High Intensity Worker in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Services.

Our course also offers the chance to undertake a supervised research project which will be written up as part of their studies, which could later be published in an appropriate academic journal. There are also entry points for the PgDip Advanced Practice in CBT and PgCert Evidence Based Psychological Approaches (CBT).

Other admission requirements

This award is suitable for practitioners who are involved in the delivery of health and social care/psychologically focused interventions across a range of disciplines, roles and service areas. Normally, applicants are required to hold an honours degree, classification 2ii or above, in a cognate discipline or have a core profession acceptable to the BABCP. For applicants who do not meet these requirements, non-standard entry criteria will apply. It is expected that non-standard applicants will have evidence of successful study at level 6 (or equivalent) within the preceding 5 years.

Applicants will meet criteria for acceptance through previous mental health training in a core profession or equivalent Key Skills Assessment (KSA) and post-qualifying experience. Successful completion of the programme requires students to achieve a minimum of 128 CBT practice hours with clients on placement, and 50 non-clinical hours of supervised practice-related activities.

Students will be monitored and reviewed during the course through weekly supervised practice, with BABCP accredited supervisors, in practice settings and through monthly supervision in the university setting with BABCP accredited tutors.

Students are responsible for gaining appropriate supervised practice and producing evidence of this. Evidence of having met the professional requirements for supervised practice is demonstrated by the submission of a supervision log, signed by the clinical supervisor, by supervisor's reference and by formal assessment of a recorded clinical session. Students must aim to have weekly external CBT supervision, and a minimum of 2 hours per calendar month whilst in practice.

Students must also undertake a minimum of 10 hours personal CBT either with a course peer (who must have completed the first supervision module successfully) or other qualified CBT therapist.

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We have provided high-quality training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for many years, and have built an excellent reputation for helping students gain qualifications in CBT. Read more
We have provided high-quality training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for many years, and have built an excellent reputation for helping students gain qualifications in CBT. Our working relationships with clinical partners across Lancashire and Cumbria mean we can provide a fantastic level of support in developing CBT practice, providing the latest methods and techniques to help you in your working life. CBT is an important method of dealing with depression, which is why we ensure that you have everything you need to start properly as a professional practitioner.

Course outline

This is a high intensity psychological therapies course that enables you to meet professional standards, leading to accreditation by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). You'll be a fully-qualified practitioner acting as a special resource in keeping with employers' clinical governance targets and benchmarks such as Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), NICE Guidelines and the Layard Report.

Graduate destinations

You'll be able to apply for accreditation as a Cognitive Behaviour therapist with the British Association of Behaviour and Cognitive Psychotherapists. You can use your skills as a CBT professional or join the NHS as a High Intensity Worker in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Services.

Our course also offers the chance to undertake a supervised research project which will be written up as part of your studies, and which may later be published in an appropriate academic journal. There are also entry points for the Postgraduate Diploma Advanced Practice in CBT and Postgraduate Certificate Evidence Based Psychological Approaches (CBT).

Other admission requirements

This award is suitable for practitioners who are involved in the delivery of health and social care/psychologically focussed interventions across a range of disciplines, roles and service areas. Normally, applicants are required to hold an honours degree, classification 2ii or above, in a cognate discipline, or have a core profession acceptable to the BABCP. For applicants who do not meet these requirements, non-standard entry criteria will apply. It is expected that non-standard applicants will have evidence of successful study at level 6 (or equivalent) within the preceding 5 years.

Applicants will meet criteria for acceptance through previous mental health training in a core profession or equivalent Key Skills Assessment (KSA) and post-qualifying experience. Successful completion of the programme requires students to achieve a minimum of 128 CBT practice hours with clients on placement, and 50 non-clinical hours of supervised practice-related activities.

Students will be monitored and reviewed during the course through weekly supervised practice, with BABCP accredited supervisors, in practice settings and through monthly supervision in the university setting with BABCP accredited tutors. Students are responsible for gaining appropriate supervised practice and producing evidence of this. Evidence of having met the professional requirements for supervised practice is demonstrated by the submission of a supervision log, signed by the clinical supervisor, by supervisor's reference and by formal assessment of a recorded clinical session.

Students must aim to have weekly external CBT supervision and a minimum of 2 hours per calendar month whilst in practice. Students must also undertake a minimum of 10 hours of personal CBT either with a course peer (who has completed the first supervision module successfully) or other qualified CBT therapist.

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