Professional course

Practice Learning and Student Support

15 credit level 3 or Masters level module

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Allied Health Professions
Course director:
Karen Cook

Page last updated 2 August 2017


This new 15 credit module is designed to enable a range of Allied Health Professionals (AHP) to become mentors in their area of practice. It combines both multi-professional and generic learning, with some profession specific content.

On successful completion of the Undergraduate Level 3 (UZYY38-15-3) or Master's Level (UZYY39-15-M) module you will be able to:

  • Explore the strengths and limitations of the Practice Educator role
  • Appraise and apply appropriate learning theories
  • Plan, implement and facilitate learning in the placement setting
  • Apply appropriate sound principles and judgement in the assessment of performance in the placement setting
  • Critically evaluate and reflect on the learning experience
  • Formulate action plans to improve future practice  

Entry requirements

Must be working in a relevant area of practice.

Accreditations and partnerships:



The following provides an outline of the syllabus in line with each learning outcome:

Describing the role and identifying the attributes of the effective practice-based/ placement educator

  • Describing the Role of the practice educator including:

- Outlining of the placement student's programme, portfolio, learning outcomes and the assessment/sign off process.
- Establishing effective working relationships and support mechanisms between practice educators and UWE.

  • Identifying the knowledge, skills and personal attributes of an effective practice educator including:

- Positive role modelling
- Appropriate values and behaviours
- Clinical leadership

Applying learning theories that are appropriate for adult and professional learners

  • Exploring a range of appropriate learning theory including learning styles and domains of learning
  • Applying this theory to the role of practice educator

Planning, implementing and facilitating learning in the placement setting

  • Creating an environment for learning
  • Integrating learning from the academic setting into the workplace
  • Developing an awareness of possible barriers to learning in the practice setting
  • Exploring effective communication and questioning techniques
  • Identifying and supporting additional learning requirements
  • Managing common problems in placement

Applying sound principles and judgement in the assessment of performance in the placement setting

  • Identifying learning outcomes and objectives
  • Exploring assessment methods and collecting evidence
  • Establishing validity, consistency and fairness in assessing
  • Reviewing effective feedback techniques
  • Identifying frameworks and techniques for supporting students
  • Exploring barriers to failing a student
  • Developing awareness of student expectations and their responsibilities including codes of practice/fitness to practice
  • Recognising placement educator accountability

Evaluating learning in the practice setting

  • Exploring methods of monitoring the quality of learning and assessment delivered in practice, including receiving feedback
  • Evaluating practice educator effectiveness in delivering learning and making improvements

Reflecting on experience and formulating action plans to improve future practice (Based upon experiences in delivering learning outcomes 1-5)

  • Exploring reflective practice models including SWOT analysis
  • Formulating personal action plans to improve effectiveness as a practice
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  • Recognising how being an effective practice educator can improve a clinicians
  • broader practice and how it can support CPD

Core reading

You will be provided with access to essential reading either in electronic form via the Library website or Blackboard, or as printed study packs. Module handbooks will also reflect the range of reading to be carried out.

Learning and Teaching

A variety of approaches will be used which may include:

Scheduled learning: lectures, seminars, tutorials, online activities and work-based

Independent learning: hours engaged with essential and further reading, assignment preparation and completion etc.

Study time

This module will be delivered using a blended learning approach with contact hours expected to be equivalent to 125 hours in total which includes scheduled learning, online learning, student support and work-based learning.

You will be required to attend for a combination of lectures and seminars totalling a maximum of 18 hours across separate 3 days, and will have access to a module leader and/or modulesupervisor which will enable additional 1:1 support and guidance.

Contact time will also take a synchronous virtual form through the use of email discussion groups, virtual learning environments (VLEs) and other technology-aided means. Individual support will be available via telephone, email and other online methods in addition to face-to-face means.


The assessment for this module will be a 3000 word assignment related to
the 6 learning outcomes of the module, demonstrating how you have facilitated, supported, assessed and evaluated a student in practice including:

  • Consideration of their own attributes and skills and how these supported or hindered student support and development
  • Learning theories and how these facilitated learning in practice
  • Reflecting on and developing your experience as a practice educator.

The assignment will be a maximum of 3000 words in line with the university word count policy.
Completion of the assignment will be supported by a formative portfolio developed during the module. This portfolio will consist of reflective accounts and learning relating to:

  • Practice educator attributes and your role
  • Learning theories
  • Facilitating learning
  • Assessment of placement setting performance
  • Evaluating learning
  • Reflecting on developing experience as a practice educator.

Additional formative assessment opportunities will be woven throughout the module duration both through the taught content (face to face and via online means through discussion groups and seminar groups) and during work-based learning.

Prices and dates

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How to apply

How to apply

You will apply online for your CPD modules, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate (level 3) or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

Our how to apply page can assist you with further information prior to submitting your online application. 

Extra information

Get Mentor updates and training information from the Practice Support Net at UWE Bristol. Practice Support Net provides advice, guidance and tools to support you in your mentorship role.

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