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MA ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

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Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK, EU and international part time fee: £810 (per module)

(Part time fees are calculated based on sum of module credits taken per annum)

Entry requirements 

  • Honours Degree

And/or

  • Professional qualification in social work, nursing, occupational therapy or other related discipline

Student view

Nick Buchanan
I studied the MA Applied Professional Practice programme with the intention of developing my professional understanding in an Adult Social Services setting. Although not a social worker myself, the course was highly relevant to my work and was flexible enough for me to tailor it and apply it to the daily professional environment I work in as a manager. Further, studying the modules on the programme directly led to my promotion to a senior role. The course is highly relevant, extremely interesting and very well delivered by a team of engaging, friendly and professional staff. I would recommend anyone interested in developing their career in a similar setting to consider this course.

Course content

Our approach has been informed by three key principles:

  • That experienced practitioners and managers have access to high quality courses that are academically and professionally coherent;
  • Courses must offer flexibility and choice to enable professionals to tailor their studies to meet their specific interests and development needs;
  • Courses should be linked closely to practice. They should enable practitioners to effect real change in their own practice, and that of their organization.

The programme is aimed primarily at qualified and experienced practitioners and managers in those professions that ‘work with people’ and fulfil those roles that are typically referred to as the provision of public services. Although not an exhaustive list, the programme will be relevant those employed in social work, health, social care, early years, further and higher education and other public service organisations. This programme provides a flexible and accessible framework for you as a practitioner or a manager to attain Masters level qualifications whilst engaged in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity.

The design of the programme embraces recent approaches to CPD in these professions; specifically, these have emphasised:

  • flexibility and choice, to enable you to tailor your CPD to meet your specific interests and development needs;
  • a focus on practice, to enable you to effect real change in your own practice, and that of your organisation.

In accordance with the requirements of section 5.9 of the  University of Chichester Taught Postgraduate Awards framework (2015) the Programme has three possible exit awards:

  • Postgraduate Certificate Advanced Professional Practice (Classification = Pass or Fail)
  • Postgraduate Diploma Advanced Professional Practice (Classification = Pass or Fail)
  • MA Advanced Professional Practice (Classification = Distinction, Merit, Pass or Fail)

The Postgraduate Certificate

The programme for the Postgraduate Certificate lasts for approximately twelve months. Achievement of 60 academic credits at Masters level (FHEQ Level 7) will enable the award of Postgraduate Certificate Advanced Professional Practice. 

The Postgraduate Diploma

The programme for the Postgraduate Diploma lasts for a period of between twelve and twenty-four months. The award of the Postgraduate Diploma is conditional on the achievement of 120 academic credits at Master’s level (FHEQ Level 7). Normally the 120 credits will comprise the 60 credits of the Postgraduate Certificate stage, plus a further 60 credits.

Master’s Degree (MA)

Completion of the 60 credit dissertation will enable students to achieve the cumulative 180 credits required for the award of the MA. The dissertation is normally completed in a period of one year.

Student Endeavour and Awarded Credits

As noted above each completed credit of study represents 10 hours of ‘student endeavour’, including contact time and individual study. Consequently, a 20 credit module will represent 200 hours of study, a 30 credit module will represent 300 hours.  This means that each completed stage i.e. 60 credits, of the MA programme, namely Certificate, Diploma and Masters Award, represents approximately 600 hours of study, including contact time and individual study. 

Our facilities

We pride ourselves on being able to offer a quality learning environment for our students.

At the Bishop Otter campus where this course is based, 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 Centre is the hub of the learning environment.  It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, The Careers Centre, 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

Course accreditations

Indicative modules

Our modules offer a bespoke pathway tailored to your specific areas of interest. They can be:

  • Delivered in the workplace or at the University
  • Delivered as intensive short courses with the option of doing an assessment to gain credit
  • Used as a vehicle to gain academic credit for in-house or other forms of non-accredited CPD activity
  • Tailored to meet the specific needs of employers

 

Core indicative modules include: 

Advanced Critical Analysis and Decision Making

This module focuses on the development of the critical thinking and analytical skills required by experienced professionals. There is a particular emphasis on the exploration of critical analysis and decision making in the context of uncertainty; incomplete or contradictory information; when working under pressure of time; when working with risk; or in conflictual or emotive situations.

Developing Advanced Practice

You will be given the opportunity to identify key aspects of your practice, analyse and reflect on these utilising current research and theory to inform your decision-making processes.

Developing Professional Leadership

Here you are encouraged to develop and use your leadership potential, regardless of job title.

Developing Resilience

This module will equip practitioners with a theoretical and practical understanding of the impact of the concept of resilience on professional practice.

Leadership and Management in a Professional Setting

Aimed at advanced practitioners who want to develop their leadership and management expertise.

Practice Education 2

This module enables students to meet both the stage 1 and stage 2 requirements for the Practice Educator Professional Standards for social work (PEPS).

Research Methods and Dissertation

This final module enables you to undertake a research project in a specialist area of professional practice. You will be taught a range of research methods and will then apply these to explore a subject in depth and analyse, interpret and synthesise relevant information and data.

 

Indicative optional modules include:

End of Life Care

Gain an understanding of what constitutes good ‘end of life care’. This will be coupled with opportunities to gain an understanding of the fundamental principles involved in providing best quality care to people that are dying, together with providing support to their families and friends.

Good Practice in Bereavement Care

Obtain a thorough understanding of theory surrounding loss and bereavement. This will include a process by which you will be encouraged to examine your values and beliefs.

Mentoring

You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills required to undertake the role of a mentor or coach in a practice setting.

Portfolio of Academic and Professional Learning

This will enable you to synthesize practice knowledge and evidence of continuing professional development with learning at master’s level. It will assist you in applying formal learning within the workplace to enable the development of skills in critical analysis, reflection and decision making.

Positive Approaches to Risk and Intervention

This module asks you to step back from your practice and critically evaluate the tools that you use for the management of risk. You will be asked to identify current policy and legislative framework theory and research and use this context to reflect critically on your own experience of working with risk. This is relevant to practitioners working in both adult and children’s services.

Practice Based Project

Explore a particular practice issue, problem or challenge. You will develop skills in project management and evaluation. The aim is that you will utilise your expertise as experienced practitioners to act as change agents in your team, organisation or community.

Resilience in Practice with Children and Families

You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to enhance your own resilience and to support the development of resilience within children and families.

Specialist Knowledge in Practice

Gain academic credit through the demonstration of academic and practice outcomes following participation in professionally relevant short courses which may not attract formal academic credit.

Supporting Children and Young People Facing Death or Experiencing Loss or Bereavement

This aims to prepare you to communicate effectively with children and young people of all ages and to provide age appropriate support. The teaching will also include matters around working with the parents or carers of these children and young people.

Writing for Publication

The module will enable you to produce an in-depth, analytical review of the research and literature in a specific area of professional practice. This will be in a format suitable for publication in a professional journal.

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

Assessment

Through your MA APP programme, you will experience difference types of assessment which can be either be formative or summative.

Formative assessment is an ongoing process of finding out how well you are learning what is being taught while you are still in the process of learning.  It provides the opportunity for you agree targets with your tutor for your next steps in learning. 

Summative assessment, as its name suggests, is a summation of what you have learnt. Summative assessment usually takes the form of more formal test or assignment at the end of a module. 

Formative Assessment

In this programme formative assessment is mainly informal and includes initial needs assessment, discussion of development needs and ongoing responses to the tasks you are set. Some modules give you the opportunity to submit a draft or a plan of the summative assessment. This will often be discussed in your student group where you can receive feedback from peers as well as tutors.

Summative Assessment

Module assessment is normally based on an assignment of 2,000 words per 10 credits (or equivalent) using specified assessment criteria, linked to defined grade criteria, that explicitly inform written feedback on the quality of student’s work.  A range of formative and summative strategies will be employed to structure learning and are outlined in detail in the individual module handbooks on the Moodle page.

Additional Costs

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