This unit aims to enable students to provide evidence that they have consistently and competently demonstrated capability in their professional practice from the point of qualification to the present time. Effective practice is dependent on developing a critical understanding of the context of service delivery as well as critical awareness of their own role and impact. This unit will encourage students to develop critical reflective skills to enhance professional expertise. It will also provide a foundation for further professional development within their chosen context.
Learning and teaching methods
This is a portfolio based unit in which students are required to reflect on aspects of their practice and provide evidence that they have demonstrated professional competence and judgement within their practice context. The Unit is largely self-managed with support provided to students via workshops. Workshop support is primarily focussed on the further development of skills required for critically reflective practice and self-managed learning.
The taught component uses a variety of methods building on students’ professional experience, skills and knowledge. Learning and teaching methods include lectures, discussion groups, reflection on practice and guided independent study. Unit guides and specific reading materials will be designed to enable students to continue in the professional development of their existing knowledge base and maximise opportunities to advance their professional practice. Core text, and encouragement to read widely, will also provide foundation knowledge for students to analyse and advance their professional practice. Bournemouth University’s online learning resources will be used for student learning and support.
Guidance and materials will be provided on studying at Masters level, independent study skills and guided independent reading.
This course is a prerequisite for our PG Dip Advanced Mental Health Practice course.
This course requires 100% attendance.
Normally students may enter Level 7 (Master's level) study if they have been awarded:
Fees and funding:
You will need to pay or indicate employer support of payment for unit or course fees to the university.
Applicants should contact their employing organisation for further details.
The Faculty of Health & Social Sciences has contractual arrangements with NHS organisations, Local Authorities and the Pan-Dorset & Wiltshire Teaching Partnership for pre-paid places on specified modules. If you work within Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset or Hampshire and Isle of Wight you may be able to access the pre-paid places. These arrangements allow organisations to nominate the staff they wish to send on each unit or course.
The pre-arranged agreements allow individuals, such as yourself, a route to access appropriate professional development opportunities that are seen as strategically important to your organisation (in consultation with your Line Manager/Education Co-ordinator). All requests for pre-paid places must first be agreed by your organisation prior to completing an application.
Coursework equivalent to 3,000 words.
Students will be expected to provide evidence to demonstrate meeting all domains of the professional standards as well as being able to critically evaluate personal and/ or current organisational practice. A combination of all or a few of the following will be required: reflective reports, assessor reports, observations of practice.
Having completed this unit the student is expected to: