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Support for Learning in Practice

Duration: 4 months
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: Module
Not suitable for international students
Start date: September and January
Faculty of Health Studies


This module is designed for post registration Nurses, Midwives, Allied Health Professionals and other professionals who have responsibility for educating and mentoring students on health professional programmes. The module can be assessed at either Level 6 or 7.

It enhances skills in and knowledge of supporting student learning and development in clinical practice, developing leaders with the skills and confidence to act as a role model, supporting the professional development of students, colleagues and the work of organisations.

This interprofessional education module complies with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2008) "Standards to Support Learning and Assessment in Practice", enabling those registered with the NMC to be included on the mentor register.

Members of the allied health professions registered with the HCPC or BASRaT are also welcome to undertake this course.

There are two ways to study this module; either face-to-face with five attendance dates, or via blended learning with two attendance dates and an e-learning component.

Choose Blended Learning if:

  • You have good IT skills
  • You are comfortable with more self-directed learning
  • You are unable to secure the number of days away from work required for the Face-to-Face option

What support will I receive if I choose Blended Learning?

You will have access to online tutorials to support engagement with learning tools and resources. There are also opportunities to benefit from peer-to-peer support and engage collaboratively via online discussion groups and wikis. You will also have access to an academic supervisor to support you as you prepare for assignment submission.

The two contact dates also ensure you have physical access to learning resources and supervisors. The theoretical elements of the Support for Learning in Practice programme are directly linked to your practice experience, facilitating educational coherence for both you and your mentor and ultimately employers and most importantly patients.

Why Bradford?

At the Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford, you can choose to study for individual modules, a named award or build module credits through the SSPRD Framework for Flexible Learning to achieve an award relevant to your professional needs.

The Framework for Flexible Learning in Health and Social Care is a Faculty-wide academic structure for Specialist Skills and Post-Registration Development. It offers students increased flexibility and choice in the modules and courses that can be undertaken and it is also responsive to employer needs. The flexibility also allows you to move from one award to another if your career changes or you take time out from regular studying. Shared teaching and research expertise from across the Faculty is offered through interdisciplinary teaching across our core research modules.

The Faculty of Health Studies is regionally, nationally and internationally recognised for its teaching and research, and works with a number of healthcare partners to ensure clinical excellence.

Entry requirements

This module is open to health care professionals who support the learning and assessment needs of students in clinical practice settings.

Nurses and midwives undertaking this module should be aware of the requirements of the NMC (2008) "Standards to Support Learning and Assessment in Practice" regarding "protected time" in practice.


This module is provided as part of this interdisciplinary Framework within the Faculty of Health Studies. The Framework enables students to create an individualised programme of study that will meet either their needs and/or the employers’ needs for a changing diverse workforce within a modern organisation.

The modules and academic awards are presented in areas representing employment practice or work based or clinical disciplines.

Whilst some students can build their own academic awards by choosing their own menu of module options, other students will opt for a named academic award. The Framework also provides the option for students to move from their chosen named award to another award if their job or personal circumstances change and they need to alter the focus of their studies. The majority of named awards also offer students, the option of choosing at least one module, sometimes more, from across the Faculty module catalogue enabling them to shape their award more specifically to their needs.

Learning activities and assessment

Students will study the following:

  • Clinical Learning Environment: Development of Resources, Technology, Professional Code(s) of Practice, Ethical Dimensions, Audit, Quality Enhancement and Standard Setting
  • Communication: Giving and Receiving Feedback, Equality and Diversity, Documentation and Record Keeping
  • Learning and Teaching: Skills and Strategies, Use of Contracts, Curricula
  • Assessment: Competence, Judgement, Reliability and Validity, Criterion Referencing, Interprofessional Dimensions
  • Roles: Mentorship, Clinical Supervision, Preceptorship
  • NMC (2008) Framework to Support Learning and Assessment in Practice to include: Establishing Effective Working Relationships, Facilitation of Learning, Assessment and Accountability, Evaluation of Learning, Creating an Environment for Learning, Context of Practice, Evidence-Based Practice, Leadership

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £1,380 (standard 30 credit module fee)


  • Home/EU: £1,500 (standard 30 credit module fee)

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

Funding for eligible staff within the region will be reviewed by Health Education England (HEE) in the coming months for the 2017/18 academic year. We advise all applicants to apply as normal for 2017/18 courses and further information will be provided as soon as it is available.

Students applying to study a Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (SSPRD) module or programme, and who work for an approved provider in the Yorkshire and Humber region, may be able to access funding through Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber Contract for the cost of their course fees. This funding is subject to availability.

For more information on eligibility criteria please visit the HEYH website, or download their funding guide (external links).

Students who wish to apply for the above funding will need to provide a funding letter from their employer (on a letterhead) confirming their employment in that organisation and that their employer supports their studies.

Alternatively, please complete one of the funding forms attaching a compliment slip or stamp to verify employer support as part of the application process:

Please be aware that employer support does not guarantee the availability of funding.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

If you wish to apply for a module at the Faculty of Health Studies please download our module application form below:

Return completed forms to the FoHS recruitment team via email.

If you are being funded by HEYH, you will also need to complete a SSPRD funding form:

Please be aware that employer support does not guarantee the availability of funding.

In addition to the standard application requirements, you are also required to complete and return the following Support for Learning in Practice Manager's Support Form and submit this with your Application Form.

You should also submit the following documents to avoid delays in processing your application

1.  A copy of your highest qualification

2.  A copy of either your passport OR birth certificate

3.  Confirmation of your Professional registration

4.  If you are outside the Yorkshire and Humber area and your course fees are being paid by your employer we will require a letter on headed paper to confirm course fees and invoicing details

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.