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Postgrad Certificate Professional Practice

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The PG-Cert in Professional Practice enables practitioners, from a wide range of backgrounds, to work together to develop the skills and knowledge required to become competent practitioners and leaders in professional practice and to develop professional skills, knowledge and understanding though work.

Key Information

Start date

September 2019
January 2020

Academic year dates

Duration

Full time: one year. Part time: two years

This programme can be taken on a full or part time basis. Full time max 12 months, Part time Max 24 month

If you would like to consider progression to a PG-Dip or MSc programme on successful completion of the PG-Certificate, it is important to note that you will have up to a maximum of five years to  complete the PG-Dip / MSc from commencing the PG-Cert.

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UK/EU

Part-time: £3,600 *

Campus

Northampton Square

Who is it for?

The course is for professional practitioners who have completed the preceptorship period (or similar) and who have a commitment to the enhancement of personal and professional development in their own area of professional and/or clinical practice.

Objectives

Throughout the programme you will be encouraged, though critical reflective practice, to explore contemporary professional practice in your own field of practice and within a wider integrated and inter-professional context.  The modules are designed to allow you to gain the maximum from your learning experiences, in, from and related to the workplace and your own area of professional practice.

The programme enables your general progression via the General Professional Practice route, or the opportunity to specialise in one of the following areas:

  • Neonatal
  • Midwifery
  • Intensive Care
  • Cardiac Care

The main aims of the programme are:

  • to enhance your personal and professional development
  • to encourage you to develop as a critical, reflective and flexible learner and to develop an enquiring, critical and creative approach to professional practice and life-long learning
  • to enhance critical, analytical, professional, research and communication skills and promote the ability to relate these skills to your own area of professional practice
  • to enhance your knowledge and understanding of effective team and inter-professional working relevant to work and integrated working practice
  • to prepare you for leadership roles in professional practice

In completing the PG-Certificate you will enhance your knowledge and understanding of effective team and inter-professional working, you will be motivated in your own personal and professional development; develop as a critical and reflective practitioner and gain critical insight into the evidence base surrounding your own area of professional practice.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate Professional Practice will be:

  • First Degree (minimum 2:2) and above OR evidence of higher level study undertaken within the last five years
  • Applicants will have a clinical (or other) professional qualification, and ideally will have at least one year’s relevant clinical / professional experience in a health or social care environment.

English requirements

For students whose first language is not English, the following qualifications will meet the English language requirement for entry:

  • A first degree from a UK University
  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) with a minimum score of 7 (minimum of 7 in all categories)
  • Other evidence of proficiency in the English language

Due to changes in the UKVI’s list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for this programme are not yet open.

When applications open you will need to submit:

  • Online application form (to add the link)
  • Personal statement
  • Summary CV

For general enquiries, please contact the Programmes Office:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 5790
Email: pghealth@city.ac.uk

Postgraduate Admissions
School of Health Sciences
City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB

During your course

More about fees

* Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).

Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval. For further details  visit the City Finance website.

Academic facilities

Simulated practice enables you to practise your learning in a safe environment, in preparation for transferring your skills to a 'real life' setting. Our specialist Clinical Skills Centre at City’s Northampton Square Campus has been designed especially for teaching and reflects clinical environments and working wards, so you can familiarise yourself with equipment and practices before commencing placements.

Accommodation

We offer a variety of accommodation options and support services for postgraduate students.

Read more about our postgraduate halls.

Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.

Find out more about private accommodation.

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We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.

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Timetables

Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

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Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

Course content and assessment

Teaching and learning

The learning strategies employed may include formal key note lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, eLearning, shared learning and self-directed study.

A range of assessments are utilised on this programme, and will vary, dependant on the module options chosen. Assessments include project work, practice assessment, examinations and coursework. Details of module specific assessments can be found in the module assessment guidelines.

A range of formative assessment activities support your development and identify areas where there is a need for you to undertake additional study. On completion of each set of assessments you are provided with written and/or verbal feedback on your progress and are encouraged to develop self-evaluation skills.

Teaching is provided by leading academics in the field of health and social care as well as experts from health and social care practice.

Modules

The core module for the programme is Professional Leadership (APM032 15 credits HE7).  Students working in specialist areas, and who wish to undertake subject specialist modules will complete specific modules to be awarded a PG-Certificate Professional Practice (with specialism).

Each module will involve 150 learning hours.  Some of this time will be spent on campus in the classroom, skills laboratory and library. Students are expected to come prepared to each classroom based session and will be provided with a range of learning materials to deepen their learning before and after the face-to-face teaching. Each module will include a module assessment and preparation work this assessment is included in the 150 hour total.

This programme is delivered on a modular basis. You will complete a total of 4 level 7 modules (60 academic credits) for your PG-Cert award.  Should you wish to complete the award in 12 months, two modules can be taken at the same time.

Contact hours and mode of delivery will vary, dependant on the module options chosen. Each 15 credit module has a total of 150 hours of study which is comprised of face to face contact, on- line activity, directed and self-directed study. For a Postgraduate Certificate you will need to spend 600 hours in studying.

The PG-Cert Professional Practice

Professional Leadership is a core module. To complete the PG-Cert Professional Practice you must also complete or be exempted from additional modules to the value of 45 credits from the modules listed below.

Core modules

  • Professional Leadership (15 credits)

Elective modules

  • Personal and People Development (15 credits)
  • Work Based Projects (15 credits)
  • Education in the Workplace (15 credits)
  • Leading Change (15 credits)

PG-Cert Professional Practice (Midwifery)

You must have a pre-existing qualification in Midwifery to be eligible to undertake modules for the award PG-Cert Professional Practice (Midwifery).

You must complete, or be exempted from two or three modules from the 15 credit modules in the table below.

Core modules

  • Professional Leadership (15 credits)

Elective modules

  • Advanced Physical Assessment of the New-born and Infant (15 credits)
  • Optimal Birth: Philosophy, Knowledge, Skills and Evidence 15 credits)
  • Risk and Midwifery Practice (15 credits)
  • Advancing Maternity Practice: Facilitating Group Antenatal Care (15 credits)
  • Midwifery Theory: Knowledge, Profession and Practice (on-line) (15 credits)
  • Leading Change (15 credits)
  • Education in the Workplace (15 credits)
  • Work Based Project (15 credits)

Professional Practice (Cardiac Care)

You must have a pre-existing qualification in Nursing and be working in a Cardiac / Critical Care environment to be eligible to select modules for the award PG-Cert Professional Practice (Cardiac).

You must complete or be exempted from the specific core modules and one additional 15 credit module from those listed below:

Core modules

  • Professional Leadership (15 credits)
  • Specialist Core Skills in Cardiac Care (15 credits)
  • Cardiac Care Specialist Role Development (15 credits)

Elective modules

  • Education in the Workplace (15 credits)
  • Pathophysiological Principles for Advanced Practice (15 credits)
  • Leading Change (15 credits)
  • Personal and People Development (15 credits)
  • Work Based Project (15 credits)

Professional Practice (Intensive Care)

You must have a pre-existing qualification in Nursing and be working in an Intensive / Critical Care to be eligible to select modules for the award PG-Cert Professional Practice (Intensive Care).

To be awarded on the Intensive Care Pathway you must complete or be exempted from the core modules and one additional module from those listed below:

Core modules

  • Professional Leadership (15 credits)
  • Intensive Care Core Skills (15 credits)
  • Intensive Care Role Development (15 credits)

Elective modules

  • Education in the Workplace (15 credits)
  • Pathophysiological Principles for Advanced Practice (15 credits)
  • Leading Change (15 credits)
  • Personal and People Development (15 credits)
  • Work Based Project (15 credits)

Professional Practice (Neonatal)

You must have a pre-existing qualification in Nursing or Midwifery and be working in a Neonatal care environment to be eligible to select modules for the award PG-Cert Professional Practice (Neonatal).

You must complete or be exempted from the core modules and one additional module from those listed below:

Core modules

  • Professional Leadership (15 credits)
  • Neonatal Care Specialist Core Skills (15 credits)
  • Neonatal Care Specialist Role Development (15 credits)

Elective modules

  • Neonatal Surgical Care (15 credits)
  • Education in the workplace (15 credits)
  • Leading Change (15 credits)
  • Personal and People Development (15 credits)
  • Work Based Project (15 credits)

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

After you graduate

Career prospects

The flexible nature of the course makes it particularly suitable for professionals with general and highly specific requirements for personal and professional development. Advice will be available on the course options open to you, so that you can maximise the opportunities. This programme will enhance your skills and knowledge in leadership and professional practice and can lead to posts in administration, management and clinical practice in a variety of different public and private settings.

PG-Certificate Professional Practice (Specialism) will strengthen both your career prospects and employability in your area of chosen specialism

As part of your Continuing Professional Development, and if future study is part of your personal development plan, this programme can be used toward progressing onto a PG-Dip or MSc programme. You can choose from the suite of Advanced Practice Health and Social care programmes or any other relevant MSc.


Applications for this programme are not yet open.

When applications open you will need to submit:

  • Online application form (to add the link)
  • Personal statement
  • Summary CV

For general enquiries, please contact the Programmes Office:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 5790
Email: pghealth@city.ac.uk

Postgraduate Admissions
School of Health Sciences
City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB

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