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Developing Professional Practice: Work-based Skills 1

Key information

Course Leader: Louise Smith

Level: 7

Credits: 15

Mode of delivery: Distance Learning

Learner Hours: Scheduled 5 hours Independent 145 hours

School: Health & Social Work

Available places: 20


  • 02/10/2023
  • 29/01/2024

Fees and Funding


The price quoted above is per 15 credits and relates to students assessed as UK/home self-funded for fee purposes. Prices may differ for students that are assessed as EU/Overseas. Fees status will normally stay with the student for the remainder of their course. Here you can find further details along with, costs and when your fees need to be paid. You may be able to obtain a Post Graduate student loan, for which you must sign up for the whole MSc programme and not just individual modules or a Post Graduate Diploma, further details can be found at Master’s Loan

Entry Requirements

You should be a qualified health care professional currently working in an appropriate area of practice. 

A clinical placement within the area appropriate to your practice and with agreement from your line manager (where relevant) is required in order to undertake the module.


Course Overview

This module is for all healthcare professionals interested in undertaking independent study that develops evaluative and practical skills within a defined area of their professional practice. A clinical placement within the area appropriate to your practice and with agreement from your line manager (where relevant) is required to undertake the module. 




This is a module that is tailored to your own area of interest that will enable you to explore, reflect upon and develop your learning and skills associated with an aspect of your professional practice. Guidance is provided throughout the module by an academic supervisor who will enable you to shape the module to your individual needs. 


This module can be studied with any module within the framework and particularly complement the following courses to provide a bespoke area of study: 


1. Developing Professional Practice: Independent Study 1 or 2 

2. Evidencing Professional Practice 1 or 2 



If you are not sure which is the most suitable option, we will be happy to advise you. The flow chart below will help in informing your selection. 


Which independent study module do I need?  A decision-making algorithm 



The algorithm below may help in determining which of the independent study modules is the most appropriate for you.  You can select all of these modules to study in succession or just select one that is of particular interest.  There is no predetermined set order, however if you intend to study all then the DPPIS is often a useful starting point.

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to develop the necessary clinical and evaluative skills for the competent performance of a prescribed area of clinical practice relevant to service needs. 


Students will typically: 

  • Independently explore and critically evaluate the knowledge and evidence base pertaining to a skills area of their choice which benefits the development of professional practice. 
  • Critically evaluate and reflect on their development and application of skills within their chosen area of practice. 
  • Undertake an independent study of their choice which will assist in the development of a specific set of skills within their area of practice. 
  • Evidence clinical expertise and skills within their chosen area of practice by demonstrating advanced problem-solving, critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills, drawing on the expertise of others where appropriate. 


What our practice partners say...

“Having modules that align to advanced practice roles and that can be tailored to an individual practitioner’s requirement and local ways of working are a real asset”



100% coursework. The nature and scope of assessment will depend on your area of professional practice and be relevant to your final named award.

Typical examples of assessment include: written piece and evidence related to the development of skills.



Independent Module Topic Choice Form