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Work Based Learning for Contemporary Nursing

Key information

Course Leader: Rachel Welch

Level: 7

Credits: 30

Mode of delivery: Taught

Learner Hours: Scheduled Hours - 50, Independent Hours - 250

School: Health & Social Work

Available places: 50


  • 29/01/2024

Fees and Funding


The price quoted above is per 30 credits in this academic year. This price relates to self-funding students assessed as UK students for fee purposes. Prices may differ for students that are assessed as EU/Overseas, or for returning students that are on a course leading to an award. Click here for Fees and Funding information or email us.

Entry Requirements

Students must be employed in a health care setting. 


Course Overview

This module is aimed at contemporary nurses who wish to develop their leadership skills and role modelling aspect of their role by designing, implementing and evaluating a clinical practice change to improve care for or the experience of clients, carers or those supporting them.

 Using a problem-solving approach to their work, students will determine a practice initiative that will enhance care for clients or the families they care for in their area of work. Students will agree on targets to be met to implement and evaluate the project and disseminate their project to their peers. Making use of a range of e-learning facilities and peer group support, students will discuss with each other strategies for extending their learning and developing autonomy to support personal learning and development. This will be considered in terms of their role within an organisation.

This is a core module on the PgDip and MSc Contemporary Nursing programmes. Students must be registered on one of these programmes to be eligible.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding:


Successful students will typically: 

Critically review the evidence and strategic policies that determine the need for a change in current practice.

Select and justify proposed changes in the context of their workplace.

Demonstrates a critical, ethical self-awareness in relation to their practice and role modelling.

Demonstrate a deep understanding of contemporary theory relevant to nursing and apply it in a practice-based project.



Intellectual, Practical and Transferable Skills:


Successful students will typically:

Critically evaluate alternative solutions to enhance care delivery.

Lead the planning and project management of a work-related initiative to improve care or practice.

Evidence of their team working abilities, communication and negotiation skills with a range of staff members.

Critically evaluate the project’s impact on the workplace.

Critically reflect upon personal development arising from this project and formulate a personal development plan.  


Participants will deliver a verbal presentation of their work-based learning project.  This presentation needs to be supported by theories related to their project, such as leadership, and change management theory. Whilst giving information regarding progress to date and future plans.  


Participants will write a 2000 word reflective assessment on their experience developing the work-based learning project. Supported by relevant theory  


The pass mark will be an aggregate of both components