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Work-Based Learning in Practice - Single module

Level 6 (20 credits)

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Nursing

UCAS Code:

Start Date(s): February; September


Part-time, one semester, intakes in September and February


Part-time - £840 per 20 credit module

In Brief:

  • Gives you the opportunity to develop a work based learning project that demonstrates personal and professional development
  • Enables you to apply your learning to current practice
  • Delivered by staff who are experts in their field
  • A part-time only course

Course Summary

You can take this course as a single module for continuing professional development. This module explores:

  • Introduction to: Work-based learning, action learning sets, available resources, managing a project
  • Self development: Motivation, structured reflection, interpersonal skills, managing self and change
  • Strategies for development: Self-assessment, peer observation, individual personal review, personal development goal and action planning, action learning sets, personal development review
  • Local health issues: Current local and national policy initiatives, e.g. National Service Frameworks, clinical governance, essence of care, NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework, innovations in clinical practice
  • Wider health care setting: Implications of policy, EU directives, professional agenda, and evidence/research- based practice

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must:

Have current professional registration in the UK.

Be employed in an appropriate clinical setting and have the written consent of your manager to use the clinical area as a learning environment.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

Applicant profile

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment which is designed for this purpose. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. Please contact Pat Killeen for further information.

Supporting Information and Personal statement if you are applying through NHS North West CPD-Apply

Supporting information: you should include details of your current post and role and previous study at level 5 / 6.

Personal statement: please outline the reasons why you wish to undertake this module.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Part-time £840 per 20 credit module

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Part-time £840 per 20 credit module

Applying for post qualifying health and social care single modules

All applications for post qualifying heath and social care modules are made directly to the University.

If you are self funding a programme of study or single module, please complete the appropriate application form and send directly to the University.


The course combines work-based learning and action learning sets.


Work-based learning project 4,000 words.


Career Prospects

This module can be taken as a single module for continuing professional development. On completion of this module you will have a framework to use to bring about change in practice.

Links with Industry

We work with over 100 health and social care organisations so our links with industry are very strong. These relationships will be of direct benefit to you because our academic team work in practice in some of these organisations at a senior level so are able to keep you at the forefront of developments in the sector which in turn help you provide a better service.

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