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We offer post graduate pre-registration nursing in two fields of nursing (adult and mental health) and have excellent links with the NHS and other care providers. Read more
We offer post graduate pre-registration nursing in two fields of nursing (adult and mental health) and have excellent links with the NHS and other care providers. Nursing skills are taught and assessed in four laboratories. Learning clinical skills in the laboratories ensures that students develop competence in a safe, protected environment. In order to develop multi-professional and collaborative working, there is shared learning between nursing and midwifery students in areas such as biological and social sciences, informatics, research, ethics, health policy and management.

This programme offers both practice and theoretical learning in a variety of institutional and community settings. For adult nursing, placements are in hospitals and the local community, such as GP practices and with community nurses and health visitors. Mental health nursing placements are much more community-focused, in clinics, forensic services and health centres.

Applications for these programmes should be made via UCAS. Please note that this programme is not available to international students.

The aims of the programme are:

- To develop the personal and professional skills needed to competently undertake the role and responsibilities of a registered nurse

- To promote higher order thinking and the potential ability to undertake a leadership role in professional practice

- To work collaboratively with other professionals, service users and carers.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/hsc/nursing

Health and Social Care

With over 20 years’ experience as a trusted provider of health and social care training and education, we are committed to providing our students with the knowledge and skills to become valued members of the community and to the continuing professional development of qualified professionals.

We are at the forefront of research and innovation in the field of health and social care and our teaching staff have both practical know-how and academic expertise.

Content (Adult Nursing)

Full time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Patient Pathways of Care in Adult Nursing 1 (Level 7) (30 credits)

- Year 2:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

National and International Perspectives on Healthcare (15 credits)
Patient Pathways of Care in Adult Nursing 1 (Level 7) (30 credits)
Patient Pathways of Care in Adult Nursing 2 (Level 7) (30 credits)
Care of the Acutely Ill Adult (Level 7) (30 credits)

Content (Children's Nursing)

Full time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Nursing Children and Young People with Minor Illness/Injury (Level 7) (30 credits)

- Year 2:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

National and International Perspectives on Healthcare (15 credits)
Nursing Children and Young People with Minor Illness/Injury (Level 7) (30 credits)
Meeting the Specific Healthcare Needs of Young People (Level 7) (30 credits)
Nursing the Acutely Ill or Injured Child (Level 7) (30 credits)

Content (Mental Health Nursing)

Full time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Psychosis and Anxiety: Developing Mental Health Nursing Practice (Level 7) (30 credits)

- Year 2:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

National and International Perspectives on Healthcare (15 credits)
Psychosis and Anxiety: Developing Mental Health Nursing Practice (Level 7) (30 credits)
Affective and Organic Disorders: Developing Mental Health Nursing Practice (Level 7) (30 credits)
Complex Needs: Advancing Mental Health Nursing (Level 7) (30 credits)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:
- Postgraduate finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/pg)
- International students' finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/international)

Assessment

Practice, portfolio, skills, essays, examinations, reports, case studies, oral presentations, and simulations.

Career options

Graduates have opportunities in the National Health Service in acute hospitals and Primary Care Trusts, and the independent health sector.

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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This award is designed by Health Professionals for those who work in the field of forensic medicine. This long awaited innovation is the first forensic qualification, professionally badged by the United Kingdom Association of Forensic Nurses (UKAFN), providing recognition in this specialist field. Read more
This award is designed by Health Professionals for those who work in the field of forensic medicine. This long awaited innovation is the first forensic qualification, professionally badged by the United Kingdom Association of Forensic Nurses (UKAFN), providing recognition in this specialist field.

This course is a collaboration between the Faculties of Health, Science and the Law School and utilises our combined unique resources of a full size court room for assessments by qualified legal experts in providing oral evidence in court, along with a fully refurbished Crime Scene House, complete with CCTV and an observation room, where you will be assessed by forensic experts and experienced ex-police officers. The award is aimed at all nurses and healthcare professionals working in a custody, or sexual offences role. The course will be competency assessed and has been developed with consideration to the Department of Health core elements of Advanced Practice. (DH, 2010)

This award will underpin the legal, forensic and clinical knowledge to ensure practitioners work in an evidenced based manner and will fulfil the requirements to be a competent witness in court. The course will embrace the principles set by the FFLM, UKAFN, NPIA, along with other regulatory and professional bodies.

For those practitioners following the custodial pathway, the content will include PACE, Safer Detention and Handling, along with the Road Traffic Law.

For those following the sexual assault pathway, this will include competency in assessing victims of sexual assault, aftercare needs and understanding the evidence base related to sexual assault.

Course content

PgC (Title depends on which clinical competencies are undertaken; either Custody or Sexual Assault)
-Introduction to Forensic Practice Core 15 credits at level 7
-Clinical Competencies in Forensic Examination in either Custody or Sexual Assault Core 30 credits level 7
-Professional Legal Skills for Non-Lawyers Core 15 credits at level 7

PgD (Title depends on which clinical competencies were undertaken at PgC Stage; either Custody or Sexual Assault. However, it is also possible to obtain a dual title is the student undertakes the other clinical competency module as the 2 option modules)
-Option module one 15 credits at level 6 or 7
-Option module two 15 credits at level 6 or 7
-Physical Assessment Core 15 credits at level 7
-Research Methods Pre-requisite for Dissertation/Project Based Change Module 15 credits at level 7

Masters
-Project Based Change 60 credits at level 7, or
-Research Dissertation

Core Modules
PgC Introduction to Forensic Practice Core 15 Credits at Level 7
-Clinical Competencies in Forensic Examination in either Custody or Sexual Assault Core 30 Credits Level 7
-Professional Legal Skills for Non- Lawyers Core 15 Credits at Level 7
PgD
-Physical Assessment Core 15 Credits at Level 7
-Research Methods Pre-requisite for Dissertation\Project Based Change Module 15 Credits at Level 7

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This award is designed by Health Professionals for those who work in the field of forensic medicine. This long awaited innovation is the first forensic qualification, professionally badged by the United Kingdom Association of Forensic Nurses (UKAFN), providing recognition in this specialist field. Read more
This award is designed by Health Professionals for those who work in the field of forensic medicine. This long awaited innovation is the first forensic qualification, professionally badged by the United Kingdom Association of Forensic Nurses (UKAFN), providing recognition in this specialist field.

This course is a collaboration between the Faculties of Health, Science and the Law School and utilises our combined unique resources of a full size court room for assessments by qualified legal experts in providing oral evidence in court, along with a fully refurbished Crime Scene House, complete with CCTV and an observation room, where you will be assessed by forensic experts and experienced ex-police officers. The award is aimed at all nurses and healthcare professionals working in a custody, or sexual offences role. The course will be competency assessed and has been developed with consideration to the Department of Health core elements of Advanced Practice. (DH, 2010)

This award will underpin the legal, forensic and clinical knowledge to ensure practitioners work in an evidenced based manner and will fulfil the requirements to be a competent witness in court. The course will embrace the principles set by the FFLM, UKAFN, NPIA, along with other regulatory and professional bodies.

For those practitioners following the custodial pathway, the content will include PACE, Safer Detention and Handling, along with the Road Traffic Law.

For those following the sexual assault pathway, this will include competency in assessing victims of sexual assault, aftercare needs and understanding the evidence base related to sexual assault.

Course content

The award is open to Health Professionals (nurses or paramedics) who work in either Custody Arenas; examining alleged offenders and\or Sexual Assault arenas, examining alleged victims of sexual assault.

Award Structure
PgC (Title depends on which clinical competencies are undertaken; either Custody or Sexual Assault)
-Introduction to Forensic Practice Core 15 credits at level 7
-Clinical Competencies in Forensic Examination in either Custody or Sexual Assault Core 30 credits level 7
-Professional Legal Skills for Non-Lawyers Core 15 credits at level 7

PgD (Title depends on which clinical competencies were undertaken at PgC Stage; either Custody or Sexual Assault. However, it is also possible to obtain a dual title is the student undertakes the other clinical competency module as the 2 option modules)
-Option module one 15 credits at level 6 or 7
-Option module two 15 credits at level 6 or 7
-Physical Assessment Core 15 credits at level 7
-Research Methods Pre-requisite for Dissertation/Project Based Change Module 15 credits at level 7

Masters
-Project Based Change 60 credits at level 7, or
-Research Dissertation

Core Modules
PgC Introduction to Forensic Practice Core 15 Credits at Level 7
-Clinical Competencies in Forensic Examination in either Custody or Sexual Assault Core 30 Credits Level 7
-Professional Legal Skills for Non- Lawyers Core 15 Credits at Level 7

PgD
-Physical Assessment Core 15 Credits at Level 7
-Research Methods Pre-requisite for Dissertation\Project Based Change Module 15 Credits at Level 7

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The MSc in Wound Healing and Tissue Repair is a three-year, inter-disciplinary, part-time, distance learning course. Read more
The MSc in Wound Healing and Tissue Repair is a three-year, inter-disciplinary, part-time, distance learning course. 

The course attracts healthcare professionals from fields such as nursing, medicine, pharmacy, podiatry and the pharmaceutical industry, and offers the opportunity to study at a distance alongside an international group of professionals from countries around the world.

It aims to enable you to explore and analyse existing and developing theories and concepts that underpin wound healing and tissue repair so facilitating professional and personal growth, building upon your educational and vocational experience and developing your ability to become a life-long learner.

Students are required to attend a five-day study block in year one and year two, otherwise no further attendance is required. 

The on-campus study blocks will consist of: introduction to e-learning on the Internet and using your individual home page; introduction to study skills, library resources and tutorial support; introduction to course work and assignment briefs; lead lectures – introduction to module content and theory; group interactive sessions - via workshop, discussions, case presentation; private and group tutorials; course committee meetings - providing an on-going evaluation of the course.

Between the annual study blocks, students are supported by online personal and group tutorials, and personal tutorials by email or telephone. In addition, there are dedicated distance learning library support staff to help ensure you can access necessary databases and full-text journals. The online information and resources are constantly updated for students to access through a virtual learning environment.

Distinctive features

• This is a well-established course, first conceived as a postgraduate diploma in 1996 and extended to a Master of Science (MSc) in 1999.

• The course has attracted healthcare professionals from the field of nursing, medicine, pharmacy, podiatry and the pharmaceutical industry, and offers the opportunity to study at a distance alongside an international group of professionals from countries such as Ireland, Holland, Italy, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and New Zealand.

• Hyperlinked reading lists to facilitate easy access to resource material.

• One-to-one and group tutorials are arranged online to encourage both lecturer and peer support and to suit students in different time zones.

• Self-assessment tests from the course material are also linked to discussion board groups in order to facilitate sharing of information and further facilitate peer support.

Structure

The MSc consists of three stages:

• Stage T1 (first taught stage)
This stage lasts for one academic year, and consists of one five-day study block and five modules totalling 60 credits (of which no greater than 20 credits shall be at level 6, with the remainder at Level 7).

• Stage T2 (second taught stage)
This stage lasts for a further academic year, to a total of two years for the taught stages, and consists of a further five day study block and three 20-credit modules totalling 60 credits, at Level 7, to achieve a total of 120 credits (of which no greater than 20 credits shall be at level 6, with the remainder at Level 7), to complete the taught stages.

• Stage R: MSc research dissertation stage
The dissertation stage lasts for a further academic year, to a total of three years, and will include a dissertation of 60 credits at Level 7, to achieve a combined total of 180 credits (of which no greater than 20 credits shall be at level 6, with the remainder at Level 7), to complete the MSc programme.

The total normal duration to complete the full MSc course is three academic years (stages T1, T2 & R), from the date of initial registration.

You may exit after stage T1 with a Postgraduate Certificate, if you have gained at least 60 credits (of which no greater than 20 credits shall be at level 6, with the remainder at Level 7), including the award of credit for any ‘required’ modules.

You may exit after stage T2 with a Postgraduate Diploma, if you have gained at least 120 credits (of which no greater than 20 credits shall be at level 6, with the remainder at Level 7), including the award of credit for any ‘required’ modules.

Your dissertation, which will normally be no longer than 20,000 words and supported by such other material as may be considered appropriate to the subject, will embody the results of your period of project work. The subject of each student’s dissertation will be approved by the Chair of the Board of Studies concerned or his/her nominee.

For a list of modules please see the website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/wound-healing-and-tissue-repair-msc-part-time

Teaching

Taught stages - You will be taught through lectures, workshops, student presentations; tutorials; distance learning material; asynchronous discussion forums; synchronous online tutorials; written text in modules; self-assessment tests; recommended reading/links within module; feedback on plans, drafts and aims; feedback on assignments; external examiners’ feedback.

MSc dissertation - Studies at MSc dissertation level will largely consist of guided independent study and research, making use of the extensive learning and research facilities available. A project supervisor will be allocated to support and advise you on researching and writing up your specific dissertation topic.

Assessment

Summative assessment:
Coursework in the form of written assignments and moderated discussions including critical evaluation of recent research evidence are used to assess students’ critical reasoning and ability to present coherent written material.

Formative assessment:
Self-assessment tests and opportunities for reflection in the modules are included as a formative method of assessing progress. In addition students are allowed to submit a draft assignment prior to final submission. Students can also seek further advice on both pieces of coursework via the discussion board, online tutorial and also by email.

MSc dissertation:
The MSc dissertation stage will be wholly assessed based on the final dissertation. Expectations for the format, submission and marking of the dissertation will follow the current Senate Assessment Regulations, supplemented where appropriate with additional requirements of the Programme/School/College and any specific requirements arising from the nature of the project undertaken.

Career Prospects

Completion of this course could help you in the following areas:

Writing for publication.
Securing a specialist professional role.
External examining for other academic institutions.
Membership of wound healing association executive committees.
Invited speaker for national and international wound healing conferences.

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You should consider this programme if you are a nurse or midwife with a degree who wishes to pursue a career in health visiting or school nursing. Read more
You should consider this programme if you are a nurse or midwife with a degree who wishes to pursue a career in health visiting or school nursing.

This programme has been developed in response to on-going work by the Department of Health to re-affirm the essential role of the school nurse and health visitor in delivering a universal and early intervention service to children, young people and their families.

This programme has been developed with local partner healthcare organisations. It is intended to meet the needs and expectations of the new agenda and make a difference to the health and well-being of individuals and communities. This programme leads to a nationally recognised qualification and registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Please note Prescribing for Specialist Community Public Health Nurses is not a core course for the programme. However, most NHS employers will require you to complete this within your programme of study.

The aims of the programme are:

- To enable you to integrate the study of health, policy, research and evidence-based practice within the context of specialist community public health nursing (SCPHN) practice

- To facilitate you to explore and debate policy, theory, and research related to health visiting and school nursing within the public health context

- To prepare you to meet the demands of delivering a service that meets the contemporary SCHPHN agenda

- To provide you with eligibility to work in a wide range of community-based settings mainly in health and education sectors.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/hsc/public-health-nursing

Health and Social Care

With over 20 years’ experience as a trusted provider of health and social care training and education, we are committed to providing our students with the knowledge and skills to become valued members of the community and to the continuing professional development of qualified professionals.

We are at the forefront of research and innovation in the field of health and social care and our teaching staff have both practical know-how and academic expertise.

What you'll study

Full time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Promoting Health of Children and Young People in Practice (15 credits)
Safeguarding Children and Young People in Community Practice (15 credits)
Specialist Community Public Health Nursing 1: Foundations for Practice (Level 7) (20 credits)
Specialist Community Public Health Nursing 2: Developing Proficiencies (Level 7) (20 credits)
Specialist Community Public Health Nursing 3: Developing Leadership (Level 7) (20 credits)
Research & Development 1 (H&SC) (30 credits)

Part time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing 1: Foundations for Practice (Level 7) (20 credits)
Specialist Community Public Health Nursing 2: Developing Proficiencies (Level 7) (20 credits)

- Year 2:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Promoting Health of Children and Young People in Practice (15 credits)
Safeguarding Children and Young People in Community Practice (15 credits)
Specialist Community Public Health Nursing 2: Developing Proficiencies (Level 7) (20 credits)
Specialist Community Public Health Nursing 3: Developing Leadership (Level 7) (20 credits)
Research & Development 1 (H&SC) (30 credits)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:
- Postgraduate finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/pg)
- International students' finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/international)

Assessment

Students are assessed through essays, prescribing (open book exam/practice assessment document evidence of prescribing proficiencies), poster presentation/essay based on practice placement community health profile, case study, presentation, OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination), practice assessment document/portfolio of practice, and examination.

Career options

On completion of the programme you will be eligible to work in a wide range of community based settings mainly within Health and Education Sectors.

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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The Practice Teacher Award is designed to prepare NMC registered nurses and midwives who are currently employed as Health Visitors or School Nurses and planning to develop their careers in teaching and learning. Read more
The Practice Teacher Award is designed to prepare NMC registered nurses and midwives who are currently employed as Health Visitors or School Nurses and planning to develop their careers in teaching and learning. You will need to be able to demonstrate innovative professional practice in your specialist field in order to be an exemplary role model of practice development.

The Health Visitor Implementation Plan: a ‘Call to Action’ (March 2011) set an ambitious plan to increase the number of Health Visitors by 50%; 6,000 by 2015. This strategy has already led to a growth in the number of training places for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) students and an increase in demand for practice placements. Those Health Visitors who have been away from practice or who have lapsed registration are also being encouraged to return to practice, and will require highly motivated Practice Teachers to facilitate learning in the practice placements for all these students.

Student Practice Teachers will be prepared for teaching and assessing learning in practice for students on the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing programme (Health Visitor or School Nurse pathway). Applicants will be involved in the development of the practice placement as an effective learning environment for all the team and will have experience as a mentor to pre-registration and other students and community teams.

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

Course detail

The Practice Teacher Award usually runs from February to September and builds on previous learning and teaching qualifications developed for pre registration nurse teaching and learning such as Preparing Facilitators of Learning in Practice or Mentoring courses.

The course prepares you to achieve the NMC Standards for Teaching and Learning in Practice (NMC 2008) and consists of the following commitment;
• 9 days taught content in University
• 12 days working with an experienced Practice Teacher Supervisor and student
• A further 9 days observing inter professional practice teaching with for example social workers or GP trainers and other SCPHN programme linked teaching and learning activities.

Assessment

Assessment is based on reflective portfolio of evidence (4,000 words).

What can I do next?

On successful completion of the course you'll be able to register with the employing Trust as a Practice Teacher (non-sign off) and allocated a SCPHN student. You'll be supported during the following year by an experienced PT in your assessment decisions and on observing further student ‘sign off’ will be able to enter the PT register as a Sign off PT.

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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The PgCert/PgDip/MSc in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care) is an inter-professional, e-learning course intended for any health care professional with an interest in and/or a wish to specialise in the field of pain management, within the area of Primary and Community Care. Read more
The PgCert/PgDip/MSc in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care) is an inter-professional, e-learning course intended for any health care professional with an interest in and/or a wish to specialise in the field of pain management, within the area of Primary and Community Care.

The aim is to help students to develop their knowledge to an advanced level in their area of expertise and or interest within the field of Pain Assessment and Management in the Primary and Community Care setting. This is however, undertaken within a broader context, which allows the student to understand their level of expertise and knowledge base and how it fits into inter-professional practice and Pain Management as a whole.

Every applicant has to apply for the Postgraduate Certificate year first. Once they have completed and passed this, they can either choose to exit with the Postgraduate Certificate award or they can apply to undertake the Postgraduate Diploma. The same applies for the Postgraduate Diploma to MSc.

Each course runs over nine months. The Postgraduate Certificate course starts with a two-week introductory period to enable you to familiarise yourself with the course and e-learning. The course team offer support Monday – Friday (9-5pm) by email, telephone and online discussion boards/forums. 

Pain is a multidimensional phenomenon and as such needs to be managed through multidisciplinary initiatives. These initiatives must be based on specialist knowledge, rigorous research and an advanced understanding of the physiological and behavioural concepts involved.

Distinctive features:

• Inter-professional plus e-learning
• Emphasis on a biopsychosocial approach.

Structure

• PgCert:

All students must register initially for the Postgraduate Certificate (Pg Cert) in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care).

There is one stage to the Postgraduate Certificate course: T1. This stage lasts for nine months and consists of three 20-credit modules totalling 60 credits, at Level 7.

After successfully completing this stage, you may leave with a Postgraduate Certificate, or apply to progress to the Postgraduate Diploma stage.

Core modules:

Foundation in Primary Care Pain Management
Research, Statistics and Evidence Based Practice: Assessment & Screening
Biopsychosocial Pain Management: Fundamentals of Care in a Primary/Community Setting

• PgDip:

There are two stages to the Postgraduate Diploma course: T1, the first taught stage, and T2, second taught stage. 

Stage T1 - This stage lasts for nine months and consists of three 20-credit modules totalling 60 credits, at Level 7.  This is the Postgraduate Certificate in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care) required in order to progress to stage T2. 

Stage T2 - This stage lasts for nine months and consists of a further three 20-credit modules totalling 60 credits, at Level 7, to give a combined total for stages T1 & T2 of 120 credits.

At the end of stage T2, students who have obtained a minimum of 120 credits at Level 7 will be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma, or they may apply to enter the MSc course. 

Core modules:

Same core modules as PgCert PLUS

Primary and Community Care Management
Patient Case Studies: Approaches to Managing Complex Cases in Primary and Community Care
Professional Issues: Application to Primary and Community Care

• MSc:

The MSc consists of one further stage – stage R (research dissertation).

Stage R continues for a further nine months after the Postgraduate Diploma, making a total of 27 months for the full MSc (stages T1, T2 from Postgraduate Diploma and MSc stage R), and includes a 20,000-word dissertation of 60 credits at Level 7, to achieve a total of at least 180 credits at Level 7 to complete the MSc programme.

The dissertation is worth 60 credits and, in combination with the postgraduate diploma taught stage(s), is weighted 50% for the purpose of calculating the final mark.

Teaching

A wide range of teaching and learning styles are used throughout the course, which are delivered via e-learning format through Cardiff University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) Learning Central. The course consists of a number of compulsory modules and sub-topics where the student has a choice. A variety of media is used to deliver the content:

Written modules
Voice over PowerPoint presentations
Talking heads
Presentations
Interactive modules.

Assessment

The assessment methods are written assignments, online assessments (individual and group work). There are no residential components or written examinations to attend so there would be no need for you to travel to Cardiff University for course purposes

The MSc dissertation stage will be wholly assessed based on the final dissertation. Expectations for the format, submission and marking of the dissertation will follow the current Senate Assessment Regulations, supplemented where appropriate with additional requirements of the Programme/School/College and any specific requirements arising from the nature of the project undertaken.

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This award is made up of 60 Credits of one Core Module of Principles of Physical Assessment (15 Credits at Level 7). For students intending to continue onto the Masters Stage they will have to undertake the Research Methods and methodology Module (15 Credits at Level 7). Read more
This award is made up of 60 Credits of one Core Module of Principles of Physical Assessment (15 Credits at Level 7). For students intending to continue onto the Masters Stage they will have to undertake the Research Methods and methodology Module (15 Credits at Level 7).

The remaining modules are option Modules which can be undertaken at Staffordshire University or other Universities as appropriate. However, it should be noted that the Learning Outcomes of these modules must match the learning Outcomes of the Award and agreed with the Award Leader prior to enrolment.

Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Forensic Practice(Custody Health) 60 Level 7 Credits (Masters Level).
-Physical Assessment (DL or F-F) 15 Credits at Level 7
-Optional Module 15 Credits at Level 6 or 7
-Optional Module 15 Credits at Level 6 or 7
-Research Methods and Methodologies (DL or F-F) 15 Credits at Level 7

Course content

Core Module; Principles of Physical Assessment which can be undertaken either via Distance Learning or Face to Face Attendance (1 Afternoon a week for 12 weeks)

Research Methods and Methodology Module is a Pre-Requisite for Project Based Change and Research Dissertation Modules and therefore mandatory if you intend to continue onto the Masters Stage of the Award. Attendance is either 3 days Face to Face or via Distance Learning) 30 Credits of this stage can be utilised in a number of different ways:
-Level 6 or 7 Credits from Staffordshire University or other Universities modules which match the Award Learning Outcomes (to be agreed by Award Leader).
-Level 6 or 7 Credits previously gained from Staffordshire University or other Universities within the previous 5 years which match the Award Learning Outcomes (to be agreed by Award Leader).

APEL via the APEL procedure, Level 7 Credits previously gained from Staffordshire University or other Universities over 5 years old which match the Award Learning Outcomes (to be agreed by Award Leader).

Other admission requirements

It is expected that you will have a minimum academic qualification of a First Degree or equivalent. If you do not have a first degree you will need to demonstrate you have evidence of recent study at this level.

For those whose first language is not English you need to demonstrate a minimum of:
-A minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as administered by the British Council in most countries.
-A minimum score of 550 in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or 213 in the computer-based test. [TOEFL results must include a minimum score of 4.5 for the TWE (Test of Written English) or Cambridge Proficiency Grade C.

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This award is designed by Health Professionals for those who work in the field of forensic medicine. This long awaited innovation is the first forensic qualification, professionally badged by the United Kingdom Association of Forensic Nurses (UKAFN), providing recognition in this specialist field. Read more
This award is designed by Health Professionals for those who work in the field of forensic medicine. This long awaited innovation is the first forensic qualification, professionally badged by the United Kingdom Association of Forensic Nurses (UKAFN), providing recognition in this specialist field.

This course is a collaboration between the Faculties of Health, Science and the Law School and utilises our combined unique resources of a full size court room for assessments by qualified legal experts in providing oral evidence in court, along with a fully refurbished Crime Scene House, complete with CCTV and an observation room, where you will be assessed by forensic experts and experienced ex-police officers. The award is aimed at all nurses and healthcare professionals working in a custody, or sexual offences role. The course will be competency assessed and has been developed with consideration to the Department of Health core elements of Advanced Practice. (DH, 2010)

This award will underpin the legal, forensic and clinical knowledge to ensure practitioners work in an evidenced based manner and will fulfil the requirements to be a competent witness in court. The course will embrace the principles set by the FFLM, UKAFN, NPIA, along with other regulatory and professional bodies.

For those practitioners following the custodial pathway, the content will include PACE, Safer Detention and Handling, along with the Road Traffic Law.

For those following the sexual assault pathway, this will include competency in assessing victims of sexual assault, aftercare needs and understanding the evidence base related to sexual assault.

Who is it for?

The award is open to Health Professionals (nurses or paramedics) who work in either Custody Arenas; examining alleged offenders and\or Sexual Assault arenas, examining alleged victims of sexual assault.

Award Structure
PgC (Title depends on which clinical competencies are undertaken; either Custody or Sexual Assault)
-Introduction to Forensic Practice Core 15 credits at level 7
-Clinical Competencies in Forensic Examination in either Custody or Sexual Assault Core 30 credits level 7
-Professional Legal Skills for Non-Lawyers Core 15 credits at level 7

PgD (Title depends on which clinical competencies were undertaken at PgC Stage; either Custody or Sexual Assault. However, it is also possible to obtain a dual title is the student undertakes the other clinical competency module as the 2 option modules)
-Option module one 15 credits at level 6 or 7
-Option module two 15 credits at level 6 or 7
-Physical Assessment Core 15 credits at level 7
-Research Methods Pre-requisite for Dissertation/Project Based Change Module 15 credits at level 7

Masters
-Project Based Change 60 credits at level 7, or
-Research Dissertation

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The MSc Integrative Psychotherapy, leading to professional registration with UKCP in Psychotherapy or Psychotherapeutic Counselling, is suitable if you are a graduate and wish to achieve professional registration in psychotherapy or psychotherapeutic counselling. Read more

Overview

The MSc Integrative Psychotherapy, leading to professional registration with UKCP in Psychotherapy or Psychotherapeutic Counselling, is suitable if you are a graduate and wish to achieve professional registration in psychotherapy or psychotherapeutic counselling. UKCP operates separate registers for practitioners who work with young people and adults, and successful completion of this programme leads to entry onto either of these specialist registers. A 60 credit Graduate Certificate in Integrative Counselling Skills is also available to enable you to develop your clinical skills in psychotherapy, and provides a bridge to the MSc programme for applicants without prior clinical qualifications.

What does the course cover?

Programme content is based on the professional requirements for either child or adult practitioners, but both specialisms also share certain common components. To meet UKCP accreditation requirements, you will develop a portfolio to evidence your skills and learning throughout the programme. This portfolio will form the basis of your registration with UKCP, via Newman’s professional accrediting partner, the Northern Guild for Psychotherapy. In line with professional requirements governing training duration, students with no previous clinical experience could qualify as psychotherapeutic counsellors after 3 years of study and as psychotherapists after 4 years, subject to completion of all course components. Training components include clinical placements, supervision, personal therapy, and mental health placements.

Selection of modules

Content is differentiated by client group and need, but topic areas across all programme options include:
• Theories and Theoretical Integration
• Skills and Therapeutic Process
• Clinical Practice and Advanced Clinical Practice
• Human Development
• Perspectives on Mental Health
• Legal and Ethical Issues
• Context, Co-operation and Multi-agency Working
• Neurophysiology
• Mental Health: Wellbeing and Distress
• Research, Evaluation and Monitoring
• Dissertations (for the award of MSc)

The programme is offered on a part-time basis, and includes a substantial number of professional components. An 80% attendance requirement is therefore linked to professional competence and fitness to practice. Learning will be via lectures, workshops, practical activities, online discussions and self-study. Attendance will include some weekday and Saturday components.

Assessment

Modules will be assessed via a variety of methods including traditional essays, case presentations, personal reflections, journals, and psychotherapy session recordings. The programme as a whole will be assessed via portfolio, based on professionally specified learning outcomes. The final academic component will be a research dissertation.

Special features

• UKCP is the key accrediting body in psychotherapy in the UK. Both Child and Adult routes lead to professional registration. The Child programme is one of a small number nationally, and the only programme in the Midlands that leads to professional registration with UKCP in Child Psychotherapy and Counselling.
• The programme offers a unique combination of academic and professional qualifications. These include two ‘interim’ awards - Graduate Certificate in Integrative Counselling Studies (level 6) and a PG Cert in Integrative Psychotherapy Studies (level 7), as well as four academic awards leading to professional accreditation, namely: ◦ PG Dip in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling (adult) (level 7) – leading to professional registration on the adult register as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor.
◦ PG Dip in Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling (level 7) – leading to professional registration on the child register as a Child Psychotherapeutic Counsellor.
◦ MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy (adult), (level 7) – leading to professional registration on the adult register as a Psychotherapist.
◦ MSc in Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (level 7) – leading to professional registration on the child register as a Child Psychotherapist.

Completion of additional specified components can lead to professional registration both as a child and an adult practitioner.

• Personal and professional development is a key component of psychotherapy training, and occurs continuously throughout the period of study. As part of this, you will undertake personal therapy throughout the period of training. Personal therapy is self-funded.
• You will be required to gain a total of 450 supervised practice hours, which will be completed as part of your course, enabling you to proceed directly to professional registration upon completion of the course.

Course Fees

UK/EU Total Course Fees as of 2017/18:
MSc £6,865
PG Dip £4,577
PG Cert £2,288

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The programme aims to develop nurse leaders who are recognised experts in the care of older people who have national influence and are able to drive change so that the care of older people is compassionate, safe, person centred and of the highest possible quality. Read more
The programme aims to develop nurse leaders who are recognised experts in the care of older people who have national influence and are able to drive change so that the care of older people is compassionate, safe, person centred and of the highest possible quality.

It is suitable for healthcare professionals working in the area of older person care in senior clinical roles, leadership/management roles or with aspirations to move into roles of this nature. The programme offers you the opportunity to apply knowledge to your own area of older person clinical practice.

Students undertaking the Advanced Care of the Older Person programme will develop the skills in complex reasoning, critical thinking and analysis required to undertake these roles in relation to the care of the older person. Students have the opportunity to develop skills in the critical application of research, and undertake their own research in the care of the older person.

Learning and teaching is designed to equip you with skills in using a range of information, data, tools and techniques to improve the quality of patient care and health outcomes as well as demonstrate impact and value. You will also have the opportunity to enhance your knowledge of the physical and mental health needs of your client group, to gain a critical awareness of your role in the treatment and management of common physical health conditions related to the ageing process and to advance good practice in the physical and mental health care of the older person within your field of practice. There is a focus on service improvement, patient safety, risk assessment and risk management within a clinical governance context.

Those working in clinical areas in the UK can choose to develop clinical competencies in caring for the older person, working with a mentor in practice, supervised by experienced academics. Those working in non-clinical roles or those not employed in Uk healthcare will have the opportunity to reflect on the skills needed to develop their specific role in caring for an older person.

The curriculum offers the choice of optional modules. Your Personal Academic Tutor will discuss your optional module choice with you and advise regarding suitability in respect of your learning and practice in care of the older person.

Why Bradford?

The School of Nursing in the Faculty of Health Studies is a provider of high quality education and training, tailored to meet the needs of the healthcare workforce and service users. The University of Bradford ranked 6th in the country for Nursing and Midwifery in the Guardian University league tables 2016.

The Faculty of Health Studies has an exciting research profile which focuses on research themes that have a direct impact on the quality of care provision, including dementia, service improvement, inclusion and diversity, patient safety and end of life care. Our research is locally and internationally significant, undertaken in collaboration with NHS and other partners. Our REF 2014 (Research Excellence Framework) results were outstanding with 92% of our research classified as 4*(World Leading) or 3* (Internationally Excellent). 100% of our research was judged as world leading or internationally excellent.

As a student on the MSc Advanced Care of the Older Person programme you will have the opportunity to develop skills in the critical application of research and undertake your own research in the care of the older person.

Modules

Pg Certificate award
-Advanced Care of the Older Person (30 credits, Level 7)
-Quality and Service Improvement (30 credits, Level 7)

Pg Diploma award
-Choice of module from the SSPRD framework to meet professional needs (30 credits, Level 7)
-Preparing for systematic review OR Preparing for primary research or Leadership for advanced practitioners (30 credits, Level 7)

MSc award
-Pursuing a Work Based Dissertation OR Pursuing Primary Research OR Pursuing a Systematic Review (60 credits, Level 7)

Learning activities and assessment

For all students undertaking this programme the core modules provide specialist knowledge in relation to the care of older person, leadership and quality improvement.

You will enhance your knowledge and skills related to many aspects of caring for the older person including advanced communication skills, assessment skills for health and social care needs, mental health, ageing with long term conditions, medicines optimisation, end of life care and pain management.

You will also consider complex case management across health and social care to include person centred care, safe-guarding, Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and working with families.

Career support and prospects

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

This is a priority area for development identified by HEYH, reflecting a growing elderly population in the UK and overseas.
It offers opportunity for practitioners to develop as leaders in the care of older people, becoming experts in the field, influencing policy and driving change.

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The PgCert / PgDip / MSc in Therapeutics is designed for medical practitioners, pharmacists, specialist nurses, and others who wish to gain further expertise in the practical management of common therapeutic problems. Read more
The PgCert / PgDip / MSc in Therapeutics is designed for medical practitioners, pharmacists, specialist nurses, and others who wish to gain further expertise in the practical management of common therapeutic problems. 

The course arises from a leading research centre and aims to encourage critical thinking and to equip students not only with practical and factual knowledge, but also provide a basic approach to therapeutic problems, encouraging attitudes and abilities which will be of lasting value in dealing with future advances in therapy.

Distinctive features:

• Problem orientated, evidence-based learning specifically designed to be of direct relevance to practice.

• Distance-learning, delivered entirely online. You can choose when and where to study, at home, at work or on the move.

• Targeted fortnightly reading guided by aims and outcomes for the period.

• Audio interviews and presentations are available to download.

• We are also recognised as a major research centre. Advances in therapeutics have been pioneered in Cardiff, including methods for optimal use of anticoagulants, antiarrhythmic drugs and anticonvulsants.

Structure

• PgCert:

The Postgraduate Certificate consists of one stage: stage T.

Stage T - This stage lasts for one academic year and consists of three 20-credit modules totalling 60 credits, at Level 7. 

Core modules:

Foundation in Clinical Therapeutics
Safe Prescribing in Practice
The management of chronic illnesses in practice: Dermatology, Respiratory, Gastrointestinal and Gynaecology

At the end of stage T, students who have obtained a minimum of 60 credits at Level 7, including the award of credit for all required modules, may exit with the award of Postgraduate Certificate or may apply to progress to the Postgraduate Diploma. 

• PgDip:

The course can be completed in one year with full-time distance learning or in two years by part-time distance learning.

There are two stages to the Postgraduate Diploma course: T1, the first taught stage, and T2, second taught stage. 

Stage T1 - This stage consists of three 20-credit modules totalling 60 credits, at Level 7. 
Stage T2 - This stage consists of a further three 20 credit modules totalling 60 credits, at Level 7, to achieve a total of 120 credits to complete the Postgraduate Diploma course.

Core modules:

Same core modules as PgCert PLUS

The management of chronic illnesses in practice: Pain, Musculoskeletal and Endocrine
Cardiovascular Therapeutics
The management of chronic illnesses in practice: Psychotherapy, Neurology and the Eye

At the end of stage T2, students who have obtained a minimum of 120 credits at Level 7, including the award of credit for all required modules, will be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma, or they may apply to enter the MSc course. 

• MSc:

Entry to the MSc (dissertation stage) is available to a selected number of candidates only, on a part-time basis only, and eligibility is dependent upon successful completion of the Cardiff University Postgraduate Diploma in Therapeutics to an acceptable standard.

Once accepted on to the MSc, candidates complete a formative research methods module and a 20,000 word dissertation. The research dissertation stage lasts for one academic year (part-time).

Assessment

The taught stage in-course assessment is delivered and submitted via Learning Central™. Assessment for each module is carried out by one formative case study and one summative objective assessment (e.g. multiple-choice questions) exercise each fortnight, together with a summative written assignment. The written assignment may take the form of an essay, a piece of portfolio learning or a task such as a practice audit.

The formative case studies encourage candidates to reflect on their own practice, the evidence base, and any national or local guidelines which cover the topic. Responses to the case study are analysed and feedback is provided in a report that follows. This provides candidates with an opportunity to assess their clinical practice and compare it with that of their peers.

The summative objective assessment is marked in-house and feedback and explanations of the correct answers are provided to the students. This element is worth 30% of the marks for each module. The written task is marked by one of the programme markers and then moderated by a member of the course team; this contributes the remaining 70% of the marks for the module.

Career Prospects

The course aims to equip you with a sound understanding of the management of common medical conditions and to develop skills in evidence-based medicine. Graduates would be expected to gain the skills and expertise necessary to become the ‘local therapeutics expert’. 

Many graduates of this course have gone on to hold senior positions in clinical and governmental organisations.

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The MSc in Occupational Health is a part-time distance e-learning programme that offers knowledge and expertise in the science underpinning occupational health and safety. Read more
The MSc in Occupational Health is a part-time distance e-learning programme that offers knowledge and expertise in the science underpinning occupational health and safety.

It offers a convenient means for nurses, doctors, health and safety advisors or managers with busy work schedules and other responsibilities, to gain a postgraduate degree in Occupational Health.

The emphasis is on common occupational health and safety issues encountered in the workplace.

The course encourages self-directed learning, critical thinking and comparative analysis of occupational health systems and practice. This is done within a structured and dynamic on-line learning environment that provides interactive multidisciplinary learning and the opportunity for mutual support and collaboration. 

Structure

All students register initially for the MSc.

The MSc consists of three stages:

• Stage T1 (first taught stage)
This stage lasts for one academic year, and consists of three 20-credit modules, totalling 60 credits, at Level 7.

• Stage T2 (second taught stage)
This stage lasts for one further academic year, to a total of 2 academic years for stages T1 and T2, and consists of a further three 20-credit modules at least to the value of 60 credits at Level 7, to achieve a total of at least 120 credits at Level 7.

• Stage R: MSc research dissertation stage
This stage lasts for one further academic year, to a total of three academic years for the full MSc programme (stages T1, T2 and R), and includes a dissertation of 60 credits at Level 7, to achieve a total of at least 180 credits at Level 7 to complete the MSc programme.

The total normal duration to complete the full MSc programme (stages T1, T2 and R) is three academic years on a part-time basis, from the date of initial registration on the MSc programme.

You may exit after stage T1 with a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), if you have gained at least 60 credits, only where this includes the award of credit for three particular modules.

You may exit after stage T2 with a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip), or progress to the MSc dissertation, if you have gained at least 120 credits, only where this includes the award of credit for four particular modules.

Your dissertation, which will normally be no longer than 20,000 words and supported by such other material as may be considered appropriate to the subject, will embody the results of your period of project work. The subject of each student’s dissertation will be approved by the Chair of the Board of Studies concerned or his/her nominee.

Core modules:

Occupational Risk Assessment & Control
Occupational Health Law & Ethics
Occupational Health Statistics, Epidemiology & Evidence Based Practice
Occupational Health Processes & Management
Dissertation: Occupational Health (Policy and Practice)

Assessment

During the taught stages, formative assessment will include online discussions examining specific occupational health issues. Summative assessment will consist of written assignments examining aspects of occupational health theory and practice, enabling the student to critically appraise the context and scientific literature, demonstrate a detailed understanding of the topic and reflect on how their new knowledge will affect their practice.

The MSc dissertation stage will be wholly assessed based on the final dissertation. Expectations for the format, submission and marking of the dissertation will follow the current Senate Assessment Regulations, supplemented where appropriate with additional requirements of the Programme/School/College and any specific requirements arising from the nature of the project undertaken.

During the Master’s stage you will be expected to keep in regular contact with your supervisor. You will also complete a progress report every two months in conjunction with your supervisor.

Career Prospects

At present there is a shortage of occupational health clinicians/practitioners of all levels in the UK. Although this course will not give you formal professional accreditation, it provides the opportunity to gain a sound basis of knowledge for practice, and demonstrates a commitment to your own further professional development in occupational health.

For qualified doctors wanting to enter specialist training in occupational medicine, the Postgraduate Diploma stage of the course will provide knowledge of the bulk of the topics needed for part 1 of the Membership Exam of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (MFOM). Further information on specialist training can be found on the Faculty of Occupational Medicine Web-site.

N.B. the course does not contribute to specialist accreditation for nurses.

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MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice approved and supported through Health Education England working across the West Midlands and the West Midlands Universities Advanced Practice Group. Read more
MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice approved and supported through Health Education England working across the West Midlands and the West Midlands Universities Advanced Practice Group.

This award enables the development of higher levels of knowledge and skills in Advanced Clinical Practice at the depth and breadth appropriate to Master’s level work. By using a blended learning approach, the award creates a practice-focused, student-centred, flexible programme that develops student capabilities to:
-Challenge Advanced Clinical Practice
-Engage in independent evidence-based decision making
-Determine creative and innovative solutions to practice issues
-Develop analytical and intellectual skills at Masters level

This part time three year programme comprises of both practice and academic based learning. The clinical focus of the award is a direct result of the continuing need to develop the role of Advanced Clinical Practitioner.

The expanding clinical role is assisted by linking the student with a clinical preceptor who is an expert in the student's clinical speciality. The student will also receive support for personal and professional development from a senior clinical lead of the same profession who acts as a mentor for the duration of the award.

Course outline

This award is designed to offer you a flexible programme of learning. The programme includes 150 credits of Award core modules and 30 credits of Award option modules. The option modules provide opportunity for your development in professional studies and/or clinical care in areas that meet the learning outcomes and clinical competencies of the Award, and you will normally study modules in the following sequence when exploring these themes:

The award has three potential exit points: The award is flexible in that it allows you study modules in the PgC and PgD in any order, however you cannot be awarded a PgC or PgD until the modules for each stage have been completed.
-The postgraduate certificate (PgC) in Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Decision Making can be awarded following successful completion of PgC modules to the value of 60 level 7 credits.
-The postgraduate diploma (PgD) in Advancing Clinical Practice can be awarded following successful completion of PgC and PgD modules to the value of 120 level 7 credits or 30 level 6 credits (Independent Supplementary Prescribing ONLY) and 90 level 7 credits.
-Once you have successfully completed the Postgraduate diploma, you are eligible to register for the Masters project or dissertation. The award of Master of Science (MSc) in Advanced Clinical Practice will be awarded following successful completion of modules to the value of 30 level 6 credits and 150 level 7 credits or 180 level 7 credits.

In order to progress from one stage of an award to another (i.e. PgC to PgD, PgD to Masters), you must complete the proceeding stage although you are free to study modules can be undertaken in any order.

Employment opportunities

This award will equip you with the skills and knowledge to look for a position as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner in NHS or Independent Heath Provision. However the course does not provide automatic qualification for employment in these roles as some practitioner roles may require specialist experience and knowledge outside the remit of the course content. However, it should provide a stepping stone to these positions as they occur.

Other admission requirements

Entry onto the Award must comply with the University requirements for admission to Postgraduate awards. Applicants must meet the following criteria: Applicants should normally hold an honours degree of a UK University, or any other qualification deemed to be equivalent to a UK honours degree.
OR
For those whose first language is not English you need to demonstrate a minimum of:
-A minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as administered by the British Council in most countries.
-A minimum score of 550 in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or 213 in the computer-based test. [TOEFL results must include a minimum score of 4.5 for the TWE (Test of Written English) or Cambridge Proficiency Grade C.

Entry onto the Award Pathway must comply with the University requirements for admission to Postgraduate Awards. Applicants should normally hold an honours degree (minimum 2:2) from a UK University, or any other qualification deemed to be equivalent to a UK honours degree at this level.
OR
If an applicant does not have an honours degree she/he may still be admitted if he/she has significant appropriate experience and can provide evidence of ability to undertake the course successfully and benefit from it. A professional portfolio indicating achievements is an essential tool for this purpose.

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills is a 60 credit programme across two semesters. Completing this programme (or an equivalent) prepares students for application to either the MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy and the MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy courses. Read more
The Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills is a 60 credit programme across two semesters. Completing this programme (or an equivalent) prepares students for application to either the MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy and the MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy courses.

The modules focus on the development of counselling skills and self-awareness (both underpinned by theory) which will form the foundation on which students progressing onto either of these Masters courses build their professional counselling and psychotherapy training.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1284-postgraduate-certificate-counselling-skills

What you will study

This programme is delivered in one core module (20 credits-level 7) followed by either two elective CBT modules (both 20 credits-level 7) or one elective Integrative module (40 credits-level 7).

Core Module
- Foundation Counselling Skills and Awareness (Level 6) – The first module builds a critical understanding of counselling theory alongside the development of foundation skills in counselling and a focus on building appropriate self-awareness.

Students then choose whether they want to follow an integrative pathway or a CBT pathway to complete their studies.

Optional modules
- Counselling Skills and Awareness in Practice – for the Integrative pathway (Level 7) – This module develops a more comprehensive range of advanced counselling skills and a systematic understanding of practice contexts. The critical awareness of personal insights are understood in the context of counselling theory. Once more students integrate their developing counselling skills, self-awareness and insights and theory.

- Cognitive Behavioural Skills and Theory/Professional Practice – for the CBT pathway (Level 7) – These two modules prepares students for entering professional practice as a trainee cognitive behavioural psychotherapist. They build on the counselling skills developed in the module Foundation Counselling Skills and Awareness by providing an introduction to the skills and theory of cognitive behavioural approaches to facilitating change, acknowledging the importance of the therapeutic relationship as a platform for interventions. Students also develop develop knowledge of professional practice issues required to practice in the field of counselling and mental health.

Learning and teaching methods

Students learn through experiential exercises, skills practice, personal development work and through formal teaching.

Assessment methods

Skills assessment, written assessment, portfolio and journal keeping, and on-line assessment (CBT only).

Attendance

The course runs for 24 weeks September to April (depending on Easter). Our teaching day is Tuesday from 9.30am to 4.30pm. There are two workshops (Integrative elective module only) in January which end at 5.30pm and a Placement Event for all students at the end of January from 5pm to 7pm.

We expect all our students to attend all teaching sessions and there is a minimum attendance requirement of 80% in order to complete this course successfully

Employment Prospects

Students who successfully complete this programme will obtain 60 credits and receive a Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills. If you wish, you may then choose to apply for either the new MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy or the MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy courses, subject to a successful interview.

Please note that in normal circumstances, you will need a first degree to apply to the Masters Programmes. (Progression onto the Diploma without a first degree will be at the discretion of the university taking into account your performance on the Postgraduate Certificate).

Students who have completed earlier courses have gone on to train as counsellors, to teach or continue in their careers recognising their enhanced skills and the development they have achieved.

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