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Learning in Practice

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The Learning in Practice module introduces the subject of learning in higher education and learning in practice. The module takes students on a journey from reflecting on themselves as learners through to their roles as teachers and as members of "learning organisations". The module draws heavily on practice scenarios and practical examples of theory in practice. It is underpinned by key research and concepts found in adult and lifelong learning, organisational development and systems thinking.

What is involved?

The module comprises five consecutive days of which four are taught and the final day is based off site where the learning contract will be completed, submitted and agreed with the module leader. The learning for this module is supported by group work and lectures. The teaching and learning style is interactive, drawing on both the expert teachers and the experience of the students. This module will have one piece of assessed work (4,000 words) and takes the form of a contract agreed with the module leader.

Study patterns

A wide range of study patterns can be followed. The module can be taken as a non-assessed short course, accredited (20 CATS) as an individual Postgraduate Award (PGA). The module is also available as an option on the MSc in Health Sciences programme


The module will:

  • equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to enhance their learning in higher education
  • allow students to consider and reflect on the complex issues surrounding learning in a practice setting
  • allow students to develop an understanding of the complexity of organisational demands, and the tension placed on practitioners in respect of service and learning needs.

What will you learn?

The students will gain:

  • skills, knowledge and practice in academic and scholarship requirements at levels of study leading to attainment of a Masters qualification
  • personal study skill which will enable them to provide a personal plan for meeting their learning needs
  • a solid knowledge of the concept of a learning organisation, which will allow students to consider its application to the NHS
  • an in-depth understanding of how learning in the workplace can be facilitated, and the different approaches that can be utilised to reduce dissonance between academic needs and practice needs for emerging professionals
  • the ability to comment cogently on issues surrounding fitness for purpose in the NHS, and the continuing education and training needs that professionals need to address
  • the ability to analyse different education models used in the workplace and to identify for themselves a module which could be used in their place of work
  • the skills to prepare a teaching scheme for a newly qualified practitioner in the student's own place of work, which would support transitional learning.

Student feedback

"A five star course, very good, motivating and inspiring course."

"The whole week has been fantastic. The lecturer has been the most thought provoking teacher I have had in a long time. The topic content has been excellent. Handouts given which allowed you to think and contribute."

"A really constructive week, very gifted teacher, great presentation engaging all participants."

"Have thoroughly enjoyed the week, very tired, huge amount of knowledge given, but very good fun. Extremely interactive group, ideal size, very supportive. Amazed at the lecturer's breadth of experience and ability to engage in each students area of work. A passion for topic has ensured groups complete engagement and support all week and interaction throughout. Consistently excellent throughout."


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