MA Advanced Professional Practice

The MA Advanced Professional Practice is a highly accessible, flexible programme of study suitable for  professional staff from a variety of  backgrounds including Health, Education, Social Care, Social Work, Early Years, Criminal Justice and professions allied to Health (such as Occupational Therapists). The programme offers stand-alone modules used for CPD as well as the opportunity to gain a full MA.

Course content

 

The MA Advanced Professional Practice enables you to work towards Master’s level qualifications by combining campus –based modules with short courses, work- based learning and other Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities.

The programme is designed to give you maximum flexibility in designing an individual pathway that reflects your specific CPD needs and interests.

Available from 2017

  • MA Advanced Professional Practice 
  • MA Practice Education and PG Cert Practice Education 
  • MA in Leadership and Management (Health and Social Care) 

Coming Soon

  • MA Child Protection
  • MA in Early Years Professional Practice
  • MA in End of Life Care
  • How do I achieve an MA in Advanced Professional Practice?

The MA consists of three phases:

  • Phase 1: Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice.
  • Phase 2: Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Practice.
  • Phase 3: MA in Advanced Professional Practice.

The first phase of the MA leads to a Postgraduate Certificate which is normally completed in one year, January to December  Upon completion you have the choice of proceeding to the Postgraduate Diploma phase or taking a break from study.  The full MA will take between three to seven years to complete, depending in how you choose to organise your studies.  Alternatively, the programme structure enables you to exit after each phase with a professional award, should you wish. 

The first phase of the MA leads to a Postgraduate Certificate which is normally completed in one year, January to December  Upon completion you have the choice of proceeding to the Postgraduate Diploma phase or taking a break from study.  The full MA will take between three to seven years to complete, depending in how you choose to organise your studies.  Alternatively, the programme structure enables you to exit after each phase with a professional award, should you wish.

*Please note that this is a new programme for 2016 entry and is currently under development. The main content of the programme will be taught as advertised but individual module content may change before final approval in the summer. If you would like further information about course content, please contact admissions@chi.ac.uk and the admissions tutor would be delighted to speak to you.

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment.  It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

The Bishop Otter LRC also offers:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media loans counter
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Indicative modules

The Programme Co-ordinator will work with you to design your individual pathway through this programme.  At the Postgraduate Certificate phase many of the modules provide vehicles for you to import and evidence CPD activity that you may have undertaken in the workplace , or learning from short courses. Once you have applied to the programme you will be allocated a Professional Mentor who will advise and support you in combining taught study with work-based learning.

The MA consists of three phases:
Phase 1: Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice.
Phase 2: Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Practice.
Phase 3: MA in Advanced Professional Practice.

Advanced Professional Practice Pathway

The MA in Advanced Professional Practice (MA APP) is a post-graduate level degree programme that enables practitioners and managers in the public service professions to gain Masters level qualifications by assembling and consolidating verified CPD activity.
The structure allows students to receive academic recognition for existing knowledge and skills, work-based learning, or modules taken at other institutions. These can be ‘imported’ into the course and count towards their final award and by combining them with further study at the University of Chichester.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practice Education Pathway

The MA in Practice Education builds upon the Postgraduate Certificate in Practice Education. The postgraduate certificate comprises two modules: Practice Education 1 and Practice Education 2; these address Stage 1 and Stage 2 respectively of the new professional standards for practice educators. The course allows candidates to ‘import’ previously studied Enabling Learning courses to gain credit against the Practice Education 1 module. The Postgraduate Diploma and Master’s degree offer options in:

  • Developing Resilience
  • Mentoring
  • a teaching skills module 'Core Issues in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leadership and Management (Health and Social Care) Pathway

This programme focuses on the continuing professional development needs of public and third sector managers and others in a leadership role within their organisation. To enable managers to tailor their programme of study to meet their specific requirements a range of modules are offered:

  • Transforming Services
  • Managing Service Delivery
  • Managerial Effectiveness
  • Portfolio of Academic and Professional Learning & Development
  • Advanced Critical Analysis and Decision Making
  • How to Conduct Research
  • Advanced Practice in working with Risk
  • Mentoring
  • Developing Resilience

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching and Assessment

This innovative modular Masters programme offers practitioners the opportunity to gain Higher Education credit alongside their work in a range of core and elective modules. Modules can be taken at the University of Chichester and ‘imported’ from other accredited ‘M’ level courses. The MA Advanced Professional Practice is a unique and responsive programme, which allows practitioners to combine taught modules with verification, and accreditation of learning from work based activities and in-house training.

The MA Advanced Professional Practice can be aligned with the outcomes of learning and career development outlined in the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF)

The following distinctive features ensure that the programme is responsive to practitioner and employer need:

Verification of learning from work-based activities and in-house training

  • A key feature of the MA Advanced Professional Practice is the opportunity to import work- based projects and in-house training, allowing a greater degree of flexibility and fit with other CPD activity. This is achieved through the use of ‘Shell Modules’, which require students to evidence their attendance of training opportunities, or the time devoted to work-based projects. This evidence constitutes the module ‘content’. The module assignments then assess the outcomes of the CPD activity: how the activity has enhanced the effectiveness of the practitioner or contributed to service development.

A flexible response to accreditation of learning

  • University of Chichester regulations differ from those of many universities in allowing students to import up to 50% of academic credit from modules and courses completed at other Higher Education Institutions. The advantage of this facility is that students could, for example, complete a module from University A, a course at University B and combine these with further modules, or other forms of CPD, to build credit towards the MA. This approach to CPD accreditation affords practitioners and employers an unprecedented level of choice and flexibility.

Aligning in-house CPD programmes with an M level framework

  • The flexibilities afforded by the MA Advanced Professional Practice enable employers to deliver CPD Programmes, which also allow staff to gain ‘M’ level credits. This can be achieved through the University approval of CPD programmes delivered by employers, or by use of the shell modules to import in-house learning into the MA, Postgraduate Diploma, or Post Graduate Certificates.

Aligning University modules with in-house CPD strategies

  • The MA incorporates a number of modules which can be commissioned by employers and the content adapted to specific CPD requirements. This enables employers to address niche CPD interests or to incorporate agency-specific content in the module delivery. A recent example was the commissioning by a local authority of an off-the-shelf module, the content of which was then focused on the specific needs of the organisation’s Occupational Therapists.

Bespoke pathways

  • It is a challenge to find CPD programmes which accurately reflect the often individualised requirements of individuals or employers. The flexibilities afforded by the MA Advanced Professional Practice enable participants to pursue a truly bespoke and individualised pathway. This is particularly attractive to individuals who have complex or composite roles (for example manager and practitioner) which may not be fully addressed in the more restricted content of traditional programmes.

Blended learning

  • Our blended learning approach has developed with emerging technologies for enhanced communication. Our experience and research in learning and teaching have highlighted the need for a personalised approach for some learners. We understand the high levels of motivation required for independent study and many of our learners need the support of tutors and fellow students to retain their engagement with study. We offer named tutors who support students and can, where necessary, signpost them to other services, as well as a combination of traditional and emerging methods of study to enhance students’ engagement and experience.

 

College Code: 
C58

Course length

1 Year Full Time