This course offers an opportunity for participants from around the UK and internationally to critically evaluate and reflect on their professional development using distance learning (where students work on their own at home and communicate with staff and other students via, electronic forums, videoconferencing, and other forms of computer-based communication). The structure of the course allows participants to gain the MSc without attending the university. To allow maximum flexibility blended learning options (combining traditional face-to-face classroom methods with computer-mediated activities) are available. The elearning facilities that are available through studentcentral will allow participants to access a wide range of learning material and learn collaboratively through peer and tutor assisted learning. Flexible learning provides learners with choices regarding where, when, and how learning occurs. It meets the needs of an increasingly diverse range of participants and includes making appropriate use of technology to support the learning process enabling choice and responsiveness in the pace, place and mode of learning.
The course enables learning to be triggered by participants practice, as the core modules all allow participants to focus on aspects of their practice that are most relevant to them in their workplace. Peer assisted learning forms an important part of the teaching and learning strategy of the course, enabling participants to learn from the experiences of those working within other health and social care professions both in the UK and internationally. Most learning will occur asynchronously, enabling participants to plan their study around their other commitments. There will be the option for some action learning sets to occur synchronously, at a mutually convenient time. There is flexibility for these to occur in the early morning or evening to overcome difficulties with obtaining study leave. The core modules focus on different aspects of professional practice; the Evidence Informed Practice module focuses on applying and disseminating professional practice based on research evidence, the Continuing Professional Development by Critical Reflection module requires participants to critically evaluate and apply models of reflection and the Practice Development through Independent Learning focuses on developing the students practice within their area of specialism.
We are committed to enabling as many people as possible to take advantage of higher education, and operate a flexible admissions policy where applications are considered on merit.
For non-native speakers of English:Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to show a suitable English language qualification; for example the International English Language Testing System at least 6.5 overall and 6 in writing.Degree and/or experience:This course is for qualified health and social care professionals who demonstrate sufficient experience of practice to reflect on throughout the course. Applicants will normally hold an appropriate honours degree or equivalent qualification in a health and social care profession. Applicants will normally be registered with an appropriate professional body.
Recipient: University of Brighton
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