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  1. Supporting and Assessing Learning in Practice Settings (NM3272)
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Supporting and Assessing Learning in Practice Settings (NM3272)

Supporting and Assessing Learning in Practice Settings is a 15 credit, level 3 module run by the Education Development Unit. The module is available to a wide range of health and social care professionals, providing opportunities to share experiences and good practice and facilitate interprofessional learning for students and those they mentor in practice. The module is validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council according to the Standards to Support Learning and Assessment in Practice (NMC 2008) as it prepares practitioners for local registration as mentors for pre-registration nursing and midwifery students. However, mentorship is also recognised by the Health Professions Council (HPC) as an important professional activity in meeting continuing professional development needs of its registrants.

The module introduces core aspects of supporting learners who are developing their professional knowledge in work-place settings. In particular, the following domains, or areas of practice are explored through class, work-based or online learning activities:

  • 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

Modules are lead by experienced health and education specialists, and a range of activities to promote learning are used to create exciting and innovative learning spaces within the classroom and virtual learning environment. Students are expected to be active participants in their learning.

Structure of the module

The module consists of four study days held at City on alternate weeks over a 10 week period.

Each semester 4-5 modules are available, each with 35-40 places. Supporting and Assessing Learning in Practice Settings can be studied as a stand-alone module, or as part of a post-registration BSc programme. Students may be self-funding, but should liaise with their clinical manager regarding suitable supervision and access to learners.


Throughout the module students will be expected to:

  • Participate in 22 hours of teaching and learning activities spread over the 5 taught days of the course
  • Spend at least 38 hours of protected time working as a mentor over the period of the module.
  • Undertake at least 68 hours of self-directed study relating to the module outcomes including the use of our Moodle virtual learning environment.


Each student must provide mentorship for a learner in their own practice area under the supervision of an experienced qualified member of staff (for nursing and midwifery applicants this person should be a locally registered mentor) who will assess their progress and competence in this role. Assessment of learning outcomes will be through portfolio submission. To prepare for assessment, students are advised to keep a reflective diary to document and reflect upon their experience of mentorship in the light of theories of learning, assessment and facilitation.

The module addresses KSF dimensions: C1, C2, C4, C5, C6, G1, G2, G5 and G6.

Prospective students should:

  • Have been qualified for one year or part-time equivalent
  • Have experience of study at diploma level (or equivalent) within the past 5 years as this course is at degree level only
  • Have access to a (qualified) mentor and a learner in their practice area for the duration of the course


Suitable for: initial entry level jobs, support workers, senior health assistants/technicians, assistant practitioners, practitioners, associate practitioners, senior practitioners, specialist practitioners, advanced practitioners, consultant practitioners, more senior staff, social care professionals, voluntary sector, public sector, service sector, managers, optometrists, police, consumer workers, radiographers, health care professionals, allied health care professionals, public health, primary care professionals.

Further Information

Enquiries regarding the application process, availability of places, checking the status of an application, or changes to bookings should be directed to our module administration team:

pghealth@city.ac.uk or
Tel: 020 7040 5828

Enquiries about course content, professional issues or suitability of the module for your needs should be directed to the programme leader:

Julie MacLaren
julie.maclaren.1@city.ac.uk
Tel: 020 7040 5739