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Developing Professional Practice | HCPD7035 | Level 7 | Credits 20 | 2023/24
Health & Social Sciences
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Developing Professional Practice | HCPD7035 | Level 7 | Credits 20 | 2023/24
05/10/2023 | Application closing date 24/08/2023 | Intake Closed
12/02/2024 | Application closing date 03/01/2024 | Limited Availability
17/04/2024 | Application closing date 06/03/2024 | Available


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, often facilitated by the employing agency in collaboration with BU. Workshop support is primarily focussed on the further development of skills required for critically reflective practice and self-managed learning. 

Learning and teaching methods may include lectures, discussion groups, reflection on practice and guided independent study. BU library resources are available to students as well as range of pre-recorded lectures. 

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. 

Please apply to the nearest upcoming workshop date from when you started your ASYE.

This course requires 100% attendance.


Normally students may enter Level 7 (Master's level) study if they have been awarded:

  • Undergraduate degree (honours or non-honours)
  • An equivalent qualification (the learning outcome of which are demonstrably appropriate in terms of knowledge, understanding and skills) equivalent to 120 credits at Level 6.

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.

Pre-purchased places

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.


Portfolio content stipulated by Skills for Care and the employing agency. 

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. 

Learning Outcomes
Having completed this unit the student is expected to:
  1. Consistently demonstrate the professional skills relevant to their role, and thereby provide evidence to meet the Professional Capabilities Framework, or other appropriate professional requirements, at ASYE level, through direct work with users of services and their carers.
  2. Critically evaluate the effectiveness of their practice and professional judgments, using reflection and analysis to develop a conceptual understanding of their work as well as a critical awareness of the impact of their interventions
  3. Demonstrate an ability to evaluate and synthesize the theoretical frameworks, research, policy, legal and ethical contexts relevant to their practice, and how they contribute to making sound, professional judgments in complex situations.
  4. Evaluate strategies to challenge discrimination and oppression, and explore their effectiveness in practice when working with diverse service users
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Course Leader
Name: Andrew Morris


Mode of Delivery
Online (1 day workshop)
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