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Professional course

Independent Study (Education)

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Education and Childhood
Course director:
Sue Hughes

Page last updated 14 December 2018


On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Identify an area of interest, relevance and value to you and/or your place of employment.
  • Identify and negotiate a study of appropriate scope and/or depth of enquiry.
  • Demonstrate congruence with intended programme aims and learning outcomes.
  • Follow a systematic, critical and analytical route of enquiry and study in pursuance in your identified goal.
  • Produce a final submission for assessment which shows evidence of relevant background reading and a critical analysis and evaluation of the topic studied.
  • Develop a critical stance on contextual issues, showing evidence of more than one perspective.
  • Take independent and self-critical responsibility for your own work.

Careers / Further study

Upon completion of this module, you may wish to apply for one of the following courses. This module would count for 30 credits of the Masters or Postgraduate course.

  • MA Education; MA Ed (Early Years)
  • PG Dip Education; PG Dip Education (Early Years)
  • PG Cert Education; PG Cert Education (Early Years)



During the initial phase of the study the focus will be on identifying a specific area and developing a plan, strategy and study programme relevant to the chosen area. You will embark on a search of relevant literature with tutorial support.

The module will then develop into central investigative activities with tutorial support.

The module will culminate in the development of the submission through negotiation with the tutor.

Learning and Teaching

Given the varied and eclectic nature of the module the learning approaches will be negotiated between you and your supporting tutor.

Scheduled learning could include: Lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, practical classes and workshops; fieldwork; external visits; or work based learning.

Independent learning includes: Hours engaged with essential reading, case study preparation, assignment preparation and completion etc.


The module will be assessed by the submission of an appropriate study which is the equivalent of 5,000 words. This will be negotiated with your tutor; and guidance from the module leader will be sought if required.

For example:

  • a written report.
  • materials for use by pupils/students.
  • audio or visual materials including computer programmes etc.
  • any other form which is relevant to the subject being studied, subject to the approval of your supporting tutor.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information



October run: Start date 16 October 2017 - 12 January 2018

January run: Start date 15 January 2018 - 25 May 2018

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 or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

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