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Practice Education Programme

The BSc / Post Graduate Certificate in Practice Education Programme has been designed to provide an integrated, coherent and multi-disciplinary/multi-professional pathway to support practice education.

Overview

The BSc / Post Graduate Certificate in Practice Education Programme has been designed to provide an integrated, coherent and multi-disciplinary/multi-professional pathway to support practice education.

The programme is for Registered Health Care Professionals who wish to further develop their knowledge and skills in practice education and is also for those wishing to undertake the role of mentor and practice teacher.

The programme ensures that stages two and three of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards to Support Learning and Assessment in Practice (2008) are met in order to enable NMC registrants to register on Provider Services mentor/sign off mentor/practice teacher data-bases.

The full programme comprises of a pathway of three modules;

  • PRED 3000 Principles and Practice of Mentorship (15 credits at level 6) is designed for practitioners who wish to take on the role of mentor/sign-off mentor in the practice environment. The module will run in semesters 1, 2 and X. Please refer to the module information for exact dates.

OR

  • PRED 3003 Personal and Professional Development in Practice Education (15 credits at level 6). This module is for practitioners who have already completed an approved mentorship module and are practising and experienced mentors/sign off mentors and annotated as such onto their providers locally held register. This module will run in semester 1 or 2. Please refer to the module information for exact dates.

Programme Delivery

The mentorship module (PRED 3000) runs over 16 weeks and students are required to attend University for 3 full days. For NMC registrants there is 12 hours of protected practice-based learning time. The Education in Professional Practice modules both run over 16 weeks per module and consist of 11 study days (4 in PRED 3001/5001) and 7 in PRED 3004/5004 and associated work-based learning negotiated with students in line with professional body requirements. For NMC registrants this is 30 days of protected time.

Modules are delivered by a range of teaching methods such as core lectures, group work, online and action-learning activities. Shared learning with other professionals will be a focus of this course, and students will be encouraged to develop a critical, evaluative approach to the knowledge which underpins learning and teaching activities within the practice setting.

The programme aims to facilitate the development of active learning techniques, reflection on practice and facilitate the development of practice education skills. The opportunity for practitioners to use their individual work-based documentation such as student programmes of learning, student action plans, audits and evaluations, ensure learning is firmly rooted within specific area of practice, whilst giving opportunities to explore alternative strategies to enhance learning and teaching roles.

Scholarships:

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer two scholarships.

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship
Up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Up to £6,000 worth of support available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship page.

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester, UK

Fees and funding:
Full-time: £9,000 

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or by submitting a direct application form.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

 


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Entry criteria

PG Cert. Practice Education

  • Standard entry requirements students must:
  • Have an effective registration with the NMC/HCPC, or other, such as an appropriate Professional statutory regulatory body
  • Have a minimum of one year’s post-registration experience, normally within a health practice setting
  • Possess  competence in the use of the English language to the satisfaction of the University
  • Possess a UK honours degree with at least second class honours, or an academic or professional qualification deemed by the University as equivalent
  • Have the ability to study successfully at level 7
  • Have access to a student/learner to support
  • Have an appropriate supervisor (mentor/sign off mentor/ practice teacher) as required

BSc

Students must:

  • Have an effective registration with the NMC/HCPC, or other, such as an appropriate Professional statutory regulatory body
  • Have a minimum of one year’s post-registration experience, normally within a health practice setting
  • Possess 120 credits at levels 4 and 5 that has not previously been counted towards a degree award OR
  • Have a minimum of five years post-registration experience, normally within a health practice setting
  • Possess  competence in the use of the English language to the satisfaction of the University
  • Have the ability to study successfully at Degree Level
  • Have access to a student/learner to support
  • Have an appropriate supervisor (mentor/sign off mentor/ practice teacher) as required

Applicants who fall short of the above entry requirements may use the APA mechanism to contribute towards the above criteria.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Academic expertise

 

Course modules

The full programme comprises of a pathway of three modules:

  • PRED 3000 Principles and Practice of Mentorship (15 credits at level 6)

OR

  • PRED 3003 Personal and Professional Development in Practice Education (15 credits at level 6)

AND

  • PRED 3001 or 5001 Education in Professional Practice 1 (15 credits at level 6 or 7)
  • PRED 3004 or 5004 Education in Professional Practice 2 (30 credits at level 6 or 7)

Teaching and assessment

The focus of the programme is student-centred learning and includes a wide variety of learning and teaching strategies. There is an enquiry-based focus to the curriculum, but other student-centred activities include case studies, scenarios, small group work, action learning sets, workshops, pod casts, reflection and student presentations.  This aims to facilitate the students’ ability to integrate theory with practice and meet the increasingly diverse needs of our student groups.

It is through the variety of student-centred activities that all students will develop the skills to critique and synthesise ideas, evaluate and reframe arguments and apply the knowledge to practice. The ability of the student to be able to evaluate the evidence base for teaching, learning and assessment in practice is a core theme that runs across the programme.

To recognise the importance of the partnership approach between the University and our practice partners to education, the Personal Tutor, Module Tutors, Practice mentors and Practice Teachers will work together to provide support and guidance for the student while on placement and both will be involved in the monitoring of the students’ progress, the acquisition of skills and the integration of knowledge into practice. Our practice colleagues are also involved through the development of the curriculum, the recruitment of students, the delivery of the taught element by clinical staff with particular expertise within module teams and within some theoretical assessments, which truly reflects the partnership approach to the management of the programme

The use of Technology Enhanced Learning and information technology skills will be taught and developed throughout the programme to enable students’ to access information to maximise their learning and enable them to succeed within the modern workplace.  The DMU ‘Draft threshold for the use of technologies document’ have been utilised to guide the design and development of the Blackboard learning materials and will be used for each module. 

Teaching contact hours

Contact hours in a typical week will depend to some extent on the optional modules you choose to study. However, typically you will have up to 6 hours contact hours of teaching per day of attendance. This will comprise of a combination of personal tutorial/group teaching and personal study.

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences facilties

Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

Learn more about DMU’s first-class study facilities.

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term-time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

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Scholarships

As part of the university's commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates. We offer an Alumni scholarship programme. For more information visit Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships >

Name
Gunn and Carter Fellowship £3000 per annum. 

Description

To support research in the Leicester School of Pharmacy.

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Graduate careers

The programme will enable students to develop their knowledge and skills in Practice Education. Successful completion of the programme will enable practitioners to gain a BSc or PG Cert Practice Education and be annotated as a mentor/sign off mentor/practice teacher on their local register. The programme will enhance employment opportunities in professional practice and practice education.

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