Work based learning values learning which takes place outside of an educational institution and integrates practice with theory. In a practice driven environment such as health and social care, the concept of work based learning is forming a corner stone for the continuing professional development of health and social care practitioners, and is a key theme in current government health policy. The MSc Enhanced Professional Practice is an academic award developed to enable health and social care professionals undertaking work-based learning and practice development to gain academic credit for their learning. This is a work-based modular programme which comprises of ‘M’ level studies.
All applicants need to be in employment in the health and social care sector. An appropriate degree or its equivalent from an approved institution (preferably 2:2 or above) and evidence of recent academic study is required. Evidence of undertaking Continuous Professional Development with at least two years experience and possession of a good and relevant professional portfolio.
The degree will be delivered using blended learning including work-based learning and attendance at taught modules if student chooses. The first module ‘Starting your Professional Development’ will comprise taught days in the College. Subsequent modules will either be existing taught modules from the College of Human and Health Sciences continuing professional development and postgraduate prospectus with established assessment methods or work-based modules which will be assessed by portfolio.
For work-based modules students will, in conjunction with a practice facilitator, develop learning contracts which will be aimed at meeting both the module learning outcomes and practice development needs in their clinical practice. The ‘Personal Practice Development Portfolio’ will be the last module to be completed.
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