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MA/MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Professional Development

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2017/18
Course code:
Y0PIPD
Applications:
University
Level:
Postgraduate
Department:
Duration:
Flexible
Delivery:
Part-time
Programme leader:
Clive Warn
Key fact:
This framework is really flexible and allows you to use the credit for courses you have already completed towards a recognised qualification.

Page last updated 14 March 2017

Introduction

This professional development programme is part of a framework of awards which enables you to address your individual learning requirements and to reflect your individual or your employer's needs, while offering you the opportunity to gain a recognisable academic award.

Based on the principles of credit accumulation and transfer, the Professional Development Award framework allows you to negotiate your own programme of study and to gain a University of the West of England (UWE) qualification with the title Professional Development. Uniquely, you can choose from learning opportunities from within and outside UWE (subject to availability) to maintain, improve and broaden your knowledge and skills and to develop the personal qualities required in your professional life.

In addition to a compulsory UWE work-based learning project module you can negotiate a study route to meet your requirements, which will be assessed and allow you to accumulate the credits you need for your target award. These can be made up of a combination of taught academic modules, work-based learning and different forms of enquiry.

The Award Framework allows you to use a larger amount of blended learning than you can on more traditional courses as it will allow for the acceptance of credit from other awarding bodies and enable the integration of short courses, CPD and experiential learning into the qualification.

UWE work-based learning project modules provide a means of assessing experiential and other non-credit rated learning. Further study to extend your knowledge and skills can be negotiated from within and outside UWE in the context of your specific professional and personal development. The different learning opportunities can be consolidated within your personal programme.

From an employer's perspective this programme could be a way of addressing skill shortages by re-skilling existing employees and meeting overall objectives of staff development. One of its advantages is that it could be tailored to provide a bespoke qualification addressing the specific needs of an organisation, whilst also offering a University award as an outcome which would be valued by employers and employees alike. We can also work with you to accredit your in-house training programmes so contact us to discuss your workforce development needs.

Structure

Content

There are no common pathways through the Professional Development (PD) programmes. Other than completion of the compulsory UWE work-based learning project module the content will reflect individual choice. You can choose taught modules from a wide range of UWE courses, as well as bringing credits obtained from other Higher Education Institutions, which UWE will assess and accredit to your award.

There is also the opportunity to achieve a bespoke award consisting of a number of focused work-based learning modules, based on your employment needs.

Case study

Heather, a nurse seconded to the South West Specialised Commissioning Group as the Lead Nurse for the South West Neonatal Networks, approached UWE to see how her experience could be evidenced to gain an academic qualification at postgraduate level.

Heather was able to integrate her leadership development training and organise some learning sets to improve the care and outcomes of a specific group of preterm babies, those born 4-6 weeks early. Through this work-based learning Heather has made a difference to nursing practice, the long term outcomes of babies and families and promoted work-based learning to other nurses.

Having it accredited towards a Master's degree in Professional Development via the Award Framework was the icing on the cake for Heather, who went on to be awarded the prestigious Florence Nightingale Leadership Fellowship.

Learning and Teaching

This will vary depending on the modules you choose to study.

Assessment

Assessment for the work-based learning elements of the programme is carried out through coursework, which typically comprises reflective essays and interviews, and work-based projects. Assessment methods are used which reflect both the practical and applied nature of the programme. Assessment should include formative assessment of learning in context.

Assessment of more formally taught modules and modules for the assessment of experiential learning will use a range of approaches, negotiated between the academic facilitator, learner and the workplace.

For more detail see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Fees

Supplementary fee information

For information about fees and funding for courses please see our fees and funding pages.

Entry

Entry requirements

In order to be eligible to study through the scheme, individuals should normally have been employed in the last 18 months, be self-employed or engaged in voluntary activity and have been working to an appropriate level. Learners will be considered for entry to the scheme to pursue the most appropriate level of study based on qualifications and/or their personal, professional or educational experience following guidance provided in line with UWE's entry requirements and admissions policy.

For Postgraduate qualifications applicants should normally have a first degree and/or at least two years professional experience. Possession of knowledge and skills needed for admission to the University may be demonstrated by means other than via the usual entrance requirements.

How to apply

You can apply online using the application form in the 'next steps' box in the right hand column.

Open day

Come along to our Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions drop in event on Saturday 7 November 2015, in the Learning Zone at Glenside Campus, 13:00 to 15:00 to find out more.

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