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The role of pharmacists in the emergency department offers an exciting opportunity to work in a new field of practice. Pharmacists are also extending their scope of practice in urgent and acute medicine areas in primary and secondary care. Read more

The role of pharmacists in the emergency department offers an exciting opportunity to work in a new field of practice. Pharmacists are also extending their scope of practice in urgent and acute medicine areas in primary and secondary care.

Our six-month Advanced Clinical Skills short course enables trainee pharmacy practitioners to independently evaluate, assess and recommend or prescribe medicines for patients who present to emergency departments.

This will allow junior and senior medical staff to attend to more urgent medical patients in a clinical setting and aims to decrease waiting times for patients with minor injuries. Research has shown that hospital pharmacists with additional skills in independent prescribing and advanced clinical assessment could manage up to 35.7% of patients presenting to emergency departments.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to manage emergency and urgent patients in addition to working as part of a multidisciplinary emergency, acute medicine and urgent care team.

Our course confers 30 postgraduate (Level 7) credits upon completion and can be taken as a standalone course by pharmacists who are already non-medical prescribers. If you are not already a non-medical prescriber, you can take this course before starting our Independent Prescribing short course . Completing both of these courses within two years of registering will lead to a PGCert in Advanced Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine .

Aims

This course aims to:

  • provide you with the skills to independently evaluate and assess patients who present to the emergency department, acute medicine or urgent care setting;
  • enable you to independently recommend and/or prescribe appropriate medicines for patients who present to the emergency department, acute medicine or urgent care setting;
  • enhance your knowledge and skills in the evaluation and application of knowledge of best evidence-based practice to implement appropriate assessment and care for the emergency, acute medicine or urgent care patient.

Special features

Develop in-demand skills

This course was launched in response to a national pilot that identified clear demand for pharmacists with specific skills in emergency medicine.

Teaching and learning

You will learn using a blended approach that includes face-to-face sessions and online learning through our Blackboard platform.

This will allow you to continue to work in the NHS and study at a time that is convenient for you.

There will be on-campus study days to allow for face-to-face contact, teaching in groups, interaction with the other students, and practical skills demonstrations. You will also undergo supported learning in the emergency department where you are based.

2018 study days

Provisional dates for the February 2018 intake are:

  • 14 and 15 February 2018
  • 14 and 15 March 2018
  • 18 and 19 April 2018
  • 23 and 24 May 2018

Dates for the September 2018 intake are yet to be arranged and will be published here when confirmed.

Coursework and assessment

We will assess your progress through:

  • a reflective practice e-portfolio;
  • a two-hour OSCE exam;
  • a patient case presentation;
  • sign-off by emergency department consultant to confirm satisfactory completion of 15 days of practice-based learning.

Course content for year 1

There are two core units:

Advanced Clinical Assessment (mandatory)

Unit code: PHAR60231

Credit rating: 15

This unit aims to develop enhanced knowledge and skills in the evaluation and application of knowledge of best evidence-based practice to implement appropriate assessment and care for the emergency, acute medicine and urgent care patient.

You will acquire the understanding and skills required to undertake and order a range of common practical assessment skills and diagnostic tests used in the emergency department, acute medicine and urgent care setting.

Your skills in interpreting results of commonly used diagnostic tests in the emergency department, acute medicine and urgent care setting will also be developed.

Emergency Medicine (mandatory)

Unit code:PHAR60241

Credit rating: 15  

The unit introduces pharmacists to the underpinning knowledge and understanding of the assessment and the management of patients who are requiring urgent care and who are at risk of becoming acutely unwell.

Working in the clinical environment (emergency department, acute medicine or urgent care setting), this unit will build on existing knowledge of the use of a structured and systematic approach in the assessment of the urgent care patient, identifying the need for physiological and holistic care.

Practitioners can develop competencies in a specific patient group and provide patient-centred care for cohorts of patients in emergency or urgent care whom they are likely to manage within their scope of practice.

Facilities

You will use a state-of-the-art SimMan to practice clinical skills during your face-to-face study days at the University.

The University of Manchester also offers extensive library and online services to help you get the most out of your studies.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

CPD opportunities

Our course will contribute to your annual continuing professional development (CPD) programme as part of the requirements for registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Career opportunities

Our course offers career progression for experienced pharmacists to manage patients in the emergency department or acute medicine setting in addition to working as a member of the multidisciplinary emergency, acute medicine or urgent care team.



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Our Independent Prescribing short course will enable healthcare professionals to take on the role of an independent prescriber in their area of practice. Read more

Our Independent Prescribing short course will enable healthcare professionals to take on the role of an independent prescriber in their area of practice.

Pharmacists and nurses are taught together to facilitate multidisciplinary learning and working. A large proportion of the learning will be delivered online, providing a flexible approach to learning by allowing students the benefit of studying this in their own time.

This 30-credit course is available for study at level 7 (master's level). The course runs over four months and normally has two intakes each year. The next intake is in 2018.

The course includes eight days of compulsory university-attended sessions (nine for nurses/midwives) and 18 days of self-directed learning, which will be delivered through e-learning and self-directed study.

In addition, you must undertake 12 days of supervised practice with your designated medical practitioner, which amounts to 78 hours for nurses/midwives or 90 hours for pharmacists.

Please note that successful completion of an accredited course is not a guarantee of annotation or of future employment as a pharmacist independent prescriber.

You can view accreditation reports and timescales for future accreditation on the General Pharmaceutical Council website . You can confirm our accreditation with the Nursing and Midwifery Council on their website .

Please check online for course dates. If there are no dates for your preferred cohort, please contact us to enquire. Attendance at all teaching and assessment days is mandatory, so it is important to confirm that you are able to attend them all before you apply.

Please check online for details of fees, which may be subject to change and apply only to the dates given.

Aims

The course aims to use your current experiences of practice and encourage the development and application of new knowledge and skills to practice.

We aim to:

  • enable you to successfully meet the standards set out by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), allowing you to apply for registration to practice as an independent prescriber;
  • produce competent non-medical prescribers who can provide safe, effective and evidence-based prescribing to address the needs of patients in practice;
  • enable pharmacists and nurses to develop the skills, knowledge and attributes required for safe and effective prescribing practice;
  • help you develop a systematic, evidence-based and reflective approach to independent prescribing practice;
  • identify your own learning needs, develop as a critically reflective practitioner and advance your own learning to sustain continuing professional development, and work at the forefront of your profession.

Additional course information

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Do I need an NMP lead signature on my application form?

Not if you are self-funding. If you are being financially supported HENW, then yes.

What does a level 7 course mean and are the credits transferable?

Level 7 study is master's level, which means that you must have an undergraduate degree to undertake this course. The course offers 30 credits, which may be transferrable to other courses. We would advise that you check with the other courses in the first instance.

Can I pay the course fees in instalments?

No, due to university regulations, it is not possible to pay fees in instalments for this course. All fees must be paid prior to commencing the course.

Teaching and learning

A range of teaching methods are used to develop the knowledge and understanding, practical skills, intellectual skills and personal qualities required to become a competent prescriber.

Learning is divided into two units, which will be delivered online as weekly content designed to complement the university-based study sessions.

The online material can be studied in your own time, and will involve directed reading, online discussion and learning activities. As such, you need to be self-motivated to learn in your own time. You must also have a fairly good level of IT skills, as the learning requires you to navigate Blackboard and an electronic portfolio.

The eight university-based study days are designed to enhance student learning by providing the opportunity to take a hands-on approach to learning including group activities, teaching OSCEs, and practical skill sessions.

A minimum of 12 days' learning in practice under the supervision of a designated medical practitioner should be carried out during the four-month course. During this time, students are required to complete a reflective practice portfolio to document and reflect on their learning.

Please note that this is an accelerated course that covers a large amount of learning in a very short space of time. You will need to engage fully with the course, as you will need to complete 26 days of learning and 12 days of supervised practice in this timescale.

Only you can decide whether this approach works for you, but you must be prepared to commit fully for the duration of the course.

2018 teaching dates

  • 6-7 March 2018
  • 8 March 2018 (mandatory for nurses/midwives, optional for pharmacists)
  • 4-5 April 2018
  • 23-24 April 2018
  • 5-6 June 2018

Coursework and assessment

We use the following assessment methods:

  • two and a quarter-hour multiple choice question (MCQ) and short answer examination;
  • six-station Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE);
  • patient case study (3,000 words);
  • reflective practice portfolio linked to development of competence in practice.

Course unit details

The course will cover:

  • assessment, consultation skills and history taking;
  • legal and professional issues relating to independent prescribing;
  • decision making and evidence based prescribing;
  • psychological and ethical issues applied to prescribing;
  • pharmacology and drug actions;
  • leadership, accountability and clinical governance.

Much of the curriculum has been determined by the NMC and the GPhC.

The learning material is divided into two units, each running for seven weeks.



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Course Description. The Introduction to Master's-Level Study online short course (Academic Threshold Concept), introduces you to the concepts and skills required for successful study of the Master’s programmes delivered by the Centre for Professional Practice. Read more

Course Description

The Introduction to Master's-Level Study online short course (Academic Threshold Concept), introduces you to the concepts and skills required for successful study of the Master’s programmes delivered by the Centre for Professional Practice.

 This is an online course, no attendance is required. To access it you will be using the University of Kent's Virtual Learning Environment.

This is a self-guided study resource comprising two parts plus a third part for those wishing to gain academic credit.

• Part I: an introduction to the skills needed to research and write assignments at Masters' level.

• Part II: an introduction to concepts of learning at Master's level.

• Part III: assessment details (only required if seeking to gain academic credit).

From the course you develop skills in the following areas: the ability to communicate clearly in written formats in academic and professional workplace settings; manage complex information effectively and present this using a comprehensive range of learning resources; demonstrate a capacity for autonomous learning and the ability to access professional resources as appropriate.

By the end of the course you will be able to: understand and demonstrate the academic concepts required to advance professional practice in regard to scholarship; apply the conventions and techniques of academic writing to interpret knowledge and professional practice.  

On successful completion of Parts 1, 2 and 3 you are awarded 15 credits.

You can purchase Parts 1 & 2 at a total cost of £100 (this is non-credit bearing option).

For those wishing to go on to gain academic credit, the cost for Part 3 is £550. Note: Part 3 can only be purchased after purchasing and completing Parts 1&2.

As this is an online short course, students can start it at any time but it must be completed within 9 calendar months.



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Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses (SKEs) are about improving subject knowledge in preparation for a Teacher Training course. You will be taught by experienced teachers of mathematics, and will spend 2 of the 12 weeks in a school where you will have the opportunity to apply your subject knowledge. Read more
Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses (SKEs) are about improving subject knowledge in preparation for a Teacher Training course. You will be taught by experienced teachers of mathematics, and will spend 2 of the 12 weeks in a school where you will have the opportunity to apply your subject knowledge. You will benefit from extensive use of interactive methods which will help you learn mathematics and form links with colleagues which will be invaluabe throughout the PGCE programme. This course is available to PGCE offer holders at London Metropolitan University or at other universities whose offer stipulates completion of subject knowledge enhancement.

More about this course

The course will cover higher level GCSE level and early A level Pure Mathematics and Statistics. There will be mathematical modules on: Algebra of Polynomial Functions and Equations, Trigonometry and Continuous Functions, Calculus, Data Handling and Statistics, Euclidean Geometry. An introduction to educational issues will include reading, films, and an introduction to current issues in education policy.

We will use mathematics materials which are commonly used in classrooms to promote interactive engagement in mathematics including group work and extensive use of ICT. The course will include an introduction to relevant themes in teaching and learning which will also develop reading and writing skills necessary for the PGCE. There will be a two week school placement where you will have an opportunity to observe and participate in classroom mathematics.

The course will be assessed by a continuous assessment portfolio and a final examination. The portfolio will include mathematical tasks, written assignments, a profile of the school placement and work designed to practice specific areas of the curriculum. The final examination will include a GCSE Higher Mathematics paper (calculator and non-calculator papers) and a paper of relevant questions of A-level standard.

Professional accreditation

The course is funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), and London Met is approved to provide SKE with NCTL funding for either maths or French.

Modular structure

The twelve-week course will be based at the University for four days each week Tuesday to Friday, with the exception of a two week placement in schools which will be arranged for you. You will be following a course which focusses on the content of higher GCSE level and early A level Pure Mathematics and Statistics.

There will be mathematical modules on: Algebra of Polynomial Functions and Equations, Trigonometry and Continuous Functions, Calculus, Data Handling and Euclidean Statistics, and Geometry. An introduction to educational issues will include reading, films, and an introduction to current issues in education policy. There will be a 2 week placement in a mathematics department in a secondary school.

You will learn mathematics in a variety of ways including mathematics software, group work and by following targets tailored to your own needs. Learning mathematics in these ways will give you first-hand experience of the pedagogies which you will use in the PGCE course. The school placement will give you the chance to see mathematics teaching in a school and you will, by completing specially designed evaluation tasks, develop reading and writing skills necessary for the PGCE. Throughout the course there will be regular tutorials to monitor your progress and provide help and guidance to make the London Met maths enhancement course a successful first step in your teaching career.

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You will be able to move onto the PGCE programme upon successful completion of the SKE course.

Funding

Our Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses (SKEs) are 12 weeks long. Your fees are paid by the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). In addition, you will receive a bursary of £2,400 or £800 per month. More information on Enhancement Courses is available from the DfE.

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

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Psychosocial Interventions for Displaced Populations by Distance Learning - Short Course. This online course reviews recent developments in the field of psychosocial programming in humanitarian contexts and examines the evidence-base for effective, quality programming. Read more

Psychosocial Interventions for Displaced Populations by Distance Learning - Short Course

This online course reviews recent developments in the field of psychosocial programming in humanitarian contexts and examines the evidence-base for effective, quality programming. It is suitable for professional development both for those wishing to explore this rapidly developing area of humanitarian response and for those with significant experience in the field who wish to consolidate their understanding of effective practice.

The material builds upon the substantial research, field experience and networks of the two course facilitators, Professor Alastair Ager and Dr Rebecca Horn, to create a lively, interactive learning approach that draws upon the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of our global participants.

Participants registered on the course will work through ten units of material – featuring readings, narrated PowerPoints, videos etc. - over a six week period. A discussion board provides a context for interaction between participants as well as with course facilitators. Those wishing to gain academic credit for study will then complete a written assignment.

Course Dates: 27 February to 07 April 2017

The content of the module will include:

1: The Developing Field of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS)

2: The MHPSS Guidelines

3: Current Policy and Practice Developments:

4: Approaches to Psychosocial Support: Child Friendly Spaces

5: Approaches to Psychosocial Support: Gender, Conflict and Displacement

6: Approaches to Psychosocial Support: Community-Based Approaches

7: Approaches to Psychosocial Support: Mainstreaming into Other Sectors

8: Approaches to Psychosocial Support: Humanitarian Staff Care

9: Design, Monitoring and Evaluation of Psychosocial Programming

10: Capacity Building for Psychosocial Support

All units involve discussion of principles and frameworks, evidence-base and emerging best practice.


Additional Information

Credit Rating: 15 SCOTCAT/5 ECTS

Participants of the professional development courses will receive a certificate of attendance from the Institute.

However, participants wishing to gain an award may register for a post graduate certificate. The modules are then taken for credit on a part-time basis each year. A PG Cert requires 60 credits and a post graduate diploma requires 120 credits. If you do a dissertation in addition to the short courses, you will gain 180 credits.

If you register for an award, you can have up to 4 years for a PG Cert, 5 years for a PG Dip and 7 years for a MSc to complete in part-time mode.



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This course is designed to provide students with an overview of historical and current issues and debates in the area of sexual and reproductive health, with special attention to power relations, gender and a global economic perspective. Read more

Sexual & Reproductive Health - Short Course

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of historical and current issues and debates in the area of sexual and reproductive health, with special attention to power relations, gender and a global economic perspective. In addition, it will equip students with insight into rights-based approaches and skills to critically analyse and develop sexual and reproductive policies, services and interventions.

Potential participants note that this is not a clinical course.

Course participants explore the socio-economic, political and organizational dimensions of reproductive health.

Content includes:

-constructions of sexuality
-conferences and contestation: historical development of conceptualisations of sexual and reproductive health
-rights-based approaches
-theories about the relationships between development, population growth and reproductive health and how these inform SRH programmes
-politics and economics of sexual and reproductive health interventions (eg concerning assisted reproductive technologies)
-current sexual health (eg STIs) and reproductive health issues (infertility, abortions, maternal mortality, FGM)
-gender-based violence (including medical violence, eg forced sterilisations, forced abortions, harmful treatments of fertility)
-sexual and reproductive health across the life cycle (special attention for youth and elderly)
-sexual and reproductive health and men
-sexual and reproductive health promotion

Credit Rating: 15 SCOTCAT/5 ECTS

Participants of the professional development courses will receive a certificate of attendance from the Institute.

However, participants wishing to gain an award may register for a post graduate certificate. The modules are then taken for credit on a part-time basis each year. A PG Cert requires 60 credits and a post graduate diploma requires 120 credits. If you do a dissertation in addition to the short courses, you will gain 180 credits.

If you register for an award, you can have up to 4 years for a PG Cert, 5 years for a PG Dip and 7 years for a MSc to complete in part-time mode.

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Health Systems - Short Course. The course aim is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to better understand the functioning of health systems and to analyse their performance in high-, middle-, and low-income settings. Read more

Health Systems - Short Course

The course aim is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to better understand the functioning of health systems and to analyse their performance in high-, middle-, and low-income settings..

The course will approach the study of health systems by introducing core building blocks of health care systems, their functions, and modes of operation as well as considering debates around the challenges facing health systems today. The implications of different types of systems for access, quality and equity in health services will be examined.

Key questions addressed include:

-what are the boundaries and the goals of the health system?

-what key components make up a health system?

-how are health systems evolving in the context of epidemiological transitions, and trends in financing and service delivery?

-how do we determine whether health systems work to achieve their goals?

Additional information:

Credit Rating - 15 SCOTCAT

Participants of the professional development courses will receive a certificate of attendance from the Institute.

However, participants wishing to gain an award may register for a post graduate certificate. The modules are then taken for credit on a part-time basis each year. A PG Cert requires 60 credits and a post graduate diploma requires 120 credits. If you do a dissertation in addition to the short courses, you will gain 180 credits.

If you register for an award, you can have up to 4 years for a PG Cert, 5 years for a PG Dip and 7 years for a MSc to complete in part-time mode.



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Global Public Health - Short Course. The course aim is to provide participants with background to the key public health issues, disciplines and approaches to assessing evidence and prioritising health problems in a range of settings. Read more

Global Public Health - Short Course

The course aim is to provide participants with background to the key public health issues, disciplines and approaches to assessing evidence and prioritising health problems in a range of settings.

Course Content:

-an introduction of epidemiology

-disease burden patterns around the world

-how to critically assess evidence

-methods for prioritising health problems

-major trends in disease patterns and factors influencing those (reference to epidemiological transition; HIV and TB epidemics; new and -growing environmental risks; disease related impacts of globalisation; effects of economic crisis)

-selected issues in public health

Credit Rating - 15 SCOTCAT

Participants of the professional development courses will receive a certificate of attendance from the Institute.

However, participants wishing to gain an award may register for a post graduate certificate. The modules are then taken for credit on a part-time basis each year. A PG Cert requires 60 credits and a post graduate diploma requires 120 credits. If you do a dissertation in addition to the short courses, you will gain 180 credits.

If you register for an award, you can have up to 4 years for a PG Cert, 5 years for a PG Dip and 7 years for a MSc to complete in part-time mode.



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The course aim is to enable students to gain practitioner competency in social development and health through a critical evaluation of development theory and current policy and practice. Read more

Social Development Policy & Practice - Short Course

The course aim is to enable students to gain practitioner competency in social development and health through a critical evaluation of development theory and current policy and practice.

The content includes:

-concepts of social development
-promoting sustainable livelihoods
-poverty and vulnerability - concepts and measurement
-frameworks for social analysis
-application of social analysis to current issues
-environmental justice
-social development policy and interventions
-governance and social development

Credit Rating - 15 SCOTCAT

Participants of the professional development courses will receive a certificate of attendance from the Institute.

However, participants wishing to gain an award may register for a post graduate certificate. The modules are then taken for credit on a part-time basis each year. A PG Cert requires 60 credits and a post graduate diploma requires 120 credits. If you do a dissertation in addition to the short courses, you will gain 180 credits.

If you register for an award, you can have up to 4 years for a PG Cert, 5 years for a PG Dip and 7 years for a MSc to complete in part-time mode.

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Gender Health & Development - Masters Module/Short Course. This module is designed to provide participants with a critical approach to gender and to be able to develop competency in gender sensitive planning and practice in health and social development. Read more

Gender Health & Development - Masters Module/Short Course

This module is designed to provide participants with a critical approach to gender and to be able to develop competency in gender sensitive planning and practice in health and social development.

Indicative content will include:

-gender as a social concept

-theoretical perspectives which explain gender differences

-gender, class, ethnicity and age

-gender based violence

-gender effects on health

-gender effects on development

-gender relations

-men and women's health

-gender planning frameworks

-gender sensitive health interventions

Credit Rating: 15 SCOTCAT/5ECTS

Participants of the professional development courses will receive a certificate of attendance from the Institute.

However, participants wishing to gain an award may register for a post graduate certificate. The modules are then taken for credit on a part-time basis each year. A PG Cert requires 60 credits and a post graduate diploma requires 120 credits. If you do a dissertation in addition to the short courses, you will gain 180 credits.

If you register for an award, you can have up to 4 years for a PG Cert, 5 years for a PG Dip and 7 years for a MSc to complete in part-time mode.



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Global Health & Social Policy - Short Course. This module provides students with a coherent framework for understanding the range of conceptual approaches used in social development and health and provides a foundation for further specialist study. Read more

Global Health & Social Policy - Short Course

This module provides students with a coherent framework for understanding the range of conceptual approaches used in social development and health and provides a foundation for further specialist study.

The content includes:

-social development and health

-health and disease: individual and community experience

-development theory

-understandings of health

-measuring progress - key indicators

-the policy process

-the global context for policy initiatives

-health economics

-health sector reform

-rights, equity and poverty reduction strategies

-key international players

Credit Rating - 15 SCOTCAT

Participants of the professional development courses will receive a certificate of attendance from the Institute.

However, participants wishing to gain an award may register for a post graduate certificate. The modules are then taken for credit on a part-time basis each year. A PG Cert requires 60 credits and a post graduate diploma requires 120 credits. If you do a dissertation in addition to the short courses, you will gain 180 credits.

If you register for an award, you can have up to 4 years for a PG Cert, 5 years for a PG Dip and 7 years for a MSc to complete in part-time mode.



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This module aims to equip students with the practical and critical skills to prepare a detailed dissertation proposal within a focus relevant to social and organisational approaches to international health. Read more

Researching Global Health and Development - Short Course

This module aims to equip students with the practical and critical skills to prepare a detailed dissertation proposal within a focus relevant to social and organisational approaches to international health.

Content will include:

-formulating research questions
-theoretical and methodological underpinnings of health and social research
-ethics: principles and procedures
-planning a research project
-preparing a research proposal
-finding the literature - advanced library and database search procedures
-field research and primary data collection
-'desk' research and using secondary data
-analysing the Data 1 - primary qualitative data analysis
-analysing the Data 2 - quantitative data analysis
-writing the dissertation

Credit Rating: 15 SCOTCAT

Participants of the professional development courses will receive a certificate of attendance from the Institute.

However, participants wishing to gain an award may register for a post graduate certificate. The modules are then taken for credit on a part-time basis each year. A PG Cert requires 60 credits and a post graduate diploma requires 120 credits. If you do a dissertation in addition to the short courses, you will gain 180 credits.

If you register for an award, you can have up to 4 years for a PG Cert, 5 years for a PG Dip and 7 years for a MSc to complete in part-time mode.

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If you are an experienced graduate teacher and would like to complete a formal qualification to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is a requirement for those who wish to teach in state-maintained schools in England and Wales, this route is one of the fastest ways to gain QTS. Read more
If you are an experienced graduate teacher and would like to complete a formal qualification to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is a requirement for those who wish to teach in state-maintained schools in England and Wales, this route is one of the fastest ways to gain QTS.

Course overview

The Assessment Only Route to QTS is for experienced teachers, who have been teaching whole classes for a minimum of two years. For entry to the award you will need to have been teaching in at least two schools, normally for at least two years and accross one of the following age ranges: 3-11 (primary), 7-14 (middle) or 11-19 (secondary).

The Assessment Only Route to QTS allows you to demonstrate that you already meet all of the Teacher's Standards for QTS. The assessment period is a maximum of 12 weeks.

We will ask you to present detailed preliminary evidence at interview – then for the final recommendation for QTS we will assess your teaching – normally at the school where you are currently working.

In addition, you will need to pass the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before being accepted onto the route. You will also need a current Disclosure and Barring Service certificate and Fitness-To-Teach approval.

Typical applications to this route include people who have taught for more than two years in the independent sector or overseas. The Assessment Only Route to QTS may be possible to undertake if you wish to be assessed while teaching overseas, normally in a British International School.

If you are awarded QTS, the next step is to undertake a year as a newly qualified teacher. This includes a personalised programme of professional support and further assessment against the core professional standards for teachers normally organised by your employing school or local authority.

The University of Sunderland is an accredited provider for the Assessment Only Route to QTS. More details are available from the Department for Education.

Course content

There is no formal teaching on this Assessment Only Route. Assessment takes place in the school where you are employed.
Assessment periods are for a maximum of 12 weeks. We provide an individualised assessment plan to suit your requirements which includes the recommended assessment period. If we consider that a longer period would be beneficial, we will advise you to consider applying for one of our ITT training courses.

Facilities & location

There is no taught element on this route so you will not need to attend the University, but you will be expected to attent an interview, which is normally held at the University.

Employment & careers

This course leads to Qualified Teacher Status which is an essential state requirement for many teaching jobs.

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This is a flexible course for those interested in, or already working in, the further education and skills sector. Teachers working in further and adult education, schools, private and voluntary training providers can access a range of courses to meet their needs, whether they are new or existing professionals. Read more

This is a flexible course for those interested in, or already working in, the further education and skills sector. Teachers working in further and adult education, schools, private and voluntary training providers can access a range of courses to meet their needs, whether they are new or existing professionals.

You can choose to take an initial Award (20 credits level 4), a Certificate (40 credits level 4) or Diploma course (120 credits level 4&5) or Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (ProfGCE level 6) or any of these courses with a specialism in English or Mathematics or Teaching Learners with Special Needs.

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

Course detail

AWARD IN EDUCATION AND TRAINING

For those interested in a teaching career in further and/or adult and community education and trainers in the public and private sector. You do not have to be in a teaching role to undertake the course. The short course consists of one module of 20 credits at level 4, and you may use this short course as credit should you decide to join the Diploma course at a later stage.

Duration: short course, variable to suit partner colleges but usually three hours per week over one term.

CERTIFICATE IN EDUCATION AND TRAINING

For teachers undertaking a more limited teaching role in any of the further education and skills sector institutions. The short course consists of two x 20 credit modules at level 4 and you may use this short course as credit should you decide to join the Diploma course at a later stage

Duration: short course, variable to suit partner colleges but usually three hours per week over two or three terms.

DIPLOMA/ProfGCE IN EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Designed to meet the needs of teachers in a substantial role in further and/or adult and community education, trainers in the public and private sector as well as those working with 14­19 year olds in schools, academies and vocational settings.

The course consists of six modules taken over two years or a one year fast track option is available at one of our partner colleges. Successful completion allows you to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.

Duration: modular over one year full­time with six hours per week tuition in class or two years part­time usually three hours per week tuition in class; plus self-study time and teaching time.

SPECIALIST PATHWAYS IN ENGLISH, MATHEMATICS AND TEACHING LEARNERS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

For teachers of English (ESOL, literacy, functional skills) or maths (numeracy, functional skills) or working with learners with special needs, the Diploma, ProfGCE, Certificate and Award can also be taken as subject specialist qualifications.

To join the pathway qualification in the Certificate or Diploma, you need to have 50% of your teaching in the specific subject specialism. You will attend two modules in a subject specialist group at one of our partner colleges and benefit from working with subject specialists as well as learning about specific pedagogy for your subject.

QUALIFIED TEACHER STATUS LEARNING AND SKILLS

These teaching qualifications do not automatically confer ‘Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills’ (QTLS), so you will need to apply for this status post qualification. The process is currently under review so please check the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) website for current guidance.

Suitability

This is a course for those interested in, or already working in, the further education and skills sector. Teachers working in further and adult education, schools, public or private training organisations.

You will need to be in a paid or voluntary teaching role to undertake all except the initial Award in Education and Training which is for those who wish to get into teaching but currently have little or no teaching.

Content

-Award-

• Module 1 Introduction to Teaching and Learning

-Certificate-

As above, plus:

• Module 2 Planning and Assessing

• Module 3 Applying Theory to Practice

-Diploma and ProfGCE-

As above, plus:

• Module 4 Reflecting on Practice

• Module 5 Curriculum

• Module 6 Professional Practice

Format

You will be given access to a wide range of learning and teaching strategies. Modules may include seminars, lectures and group discussions and projects, with many utilising individual and peer presentation format.

Given that the course is primarily for staff already working in the further education and skills sector, maximum use of student experience and expertise is made, including student led sessions aimed at sharing examples of good practice with colleagues.

Modules include self-directed study activities, investigations and e-­based learning.

You will be required to have a minimum of 100 hours teaching for the Diploma/ProfGCE.

For the Diploma/PGCE students are required to undertake eight teaching observations. These provide the opportunity for you to apply your knowledge and understanding, to improve subject specialist teaching and to receive practical advice.

Assessment

Assessments for each module are based on observations of teaching practice, individual reflections, entries in a progress log and academic essays/assignments.

What can I do next?

If you are appropriately qualified, on successful completion of the Diploma in Education and Training you can apply for a place on the BA (Hons) Education and Professional Training.

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

Fees and Funding

See our postgraduate fees and funding page to discover the loans, scholarships and bursaries and available.

View https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/postgraduate-fees-funding/postgraduate-funding.aspx



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This programme enables social workers to study individual postgraduate modules on a standalone basis as short courses for continuing professional development (CPD), or gain academic credit towards a postgraduate award or towards continuing professional development (CPD). Read more

This programme enables social workers to study individual postgraduate modules on a standalone basis as short courses for continuing professional development (CPD), or gain academic credit towards a postgraduate award or towards continuing professional development (CPD).

They offer a flexible and development approach by which social workers can develop and gain academic credit towards an Advanced Social Work MA or a Professional Education and Training MA.

All modules include application of learning to professional practice. There are specialist modules for social workers working with adults; practice educators, professional educators and trainers and for managers. All modules can be taken as 'free standing' modules.

  • Postgraduate Certificate: students must pass 60 Level 7 credits
  • Postgraduate Diploma: students must pass 120 Level 7 credits
  • MA: students must pass 180 Level 7 credits (including the Capstone Research Project)

Key features

Programmes and modules are developed in partnership with employers in south west London and Surrey to meet the continuing professional development needs of social workers and are informed by:

  • the LGA Employer Standards for Social Work and the Supervision Standards;
  • the Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Work (PCF);
  • the Chief Social Worker Knowledge and Skills Statements (KSS);
  • the Knowledge and Skills Statements for Practice Leaders and for Practice Supervisors in Child and Family Social Work and the Knowledge and Skills Statement for Social Work Supervisors in Adult Social Care; and
  • the HCPC Standards of Proficiency for Social Work in England and Standards for Continuing Professional Development. 

What will you study?

You can choose from a variety of modules. There are specialist modules for social workers working with adults, and for those working with children and young people, their families and carers; practice educators and professional educators and trainers; and for managers.

Assessment

Presentations, critical reviews, essays, projects, practice based assessment, training manuals.



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