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Key details

Attendance Master of Professional Practice
Duration 3 years
Code HFAB7050B
Attendance Master of Leadership and Management
Duration 3 years
Code HFAB7060B
Awarding Body University of Bolton
Level Master
Start Date 18/01/2021

Other start dates

Course overview

These Masters pathways are suitable for those already working or looking to pursue a career in social care, health care (non-medical), education (teaching and non-teaching) and other areas of community practice who may wish to move into leadership roles and/or enhance their individual or organisational knowledge and practice. The courses aim to support your professional development and the modules can be tailored to reflect the need of your working context.

The programmes are designed to accommodate a range of professionals in order to promote and enhance multidisciplinary understanding.

Your tutors will work alongside you as colleagues and our expectation is that peer learning and support are a key feature.

If you have Masters level credit from a relevant qualification you may be able to transfer this credit into the master’s course of your choosing.

You will plan your master’s route on an individual basis and the modules chosen will inform the title of the award you will receive.

The core modules, taken by all students, are:

  • Professional Development (in year one) which will prepare you for academic study at Masters level
  • Research: Practice and Planning (in year two) which will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge to carry out primary research
  • Dissertation (in year three). The focus of your dissertation will be your individual choice and you will be supported by a supervisor.

There are two start dates: September and January to enable you to start when it best suits.

These courses are delivered flexibly to allow time for independent study and research, on Saturdays and online.

What you'll study

The generic core encompasses all the learning outcomes for the programme to ensure that you have coverage of the necessary skills and attributes.

40 further credits are dedicated to the core subject module for the named route and another 40 to optional modules with specific recommendations made for each title.

Core Modules:

• Professional Development (20 Credits)

• Research: Practice and Planning (20 Credits)

• Dissertation (60 Credits).

Subject Core and Optional Modules:

• Developing Inclusion

• Leadership and Management

• Theory and Policy in Action

Interactive learning, together with individual tutorials, provide you with relevant and appropriate understanding to develop learning and consider the impact on professional and practical skills.

The learning and teaching process are participative and you are encouraged to discuss your professional practice, enabling the development of a deeper understanding of how theory applies to practice.

Courses are taught using a blended approach which integrates face-to-face and online learning both in real time, in the form of a virtual class, and through the college online platforms.

Sessions for the core and 40 credit point optional modules are held on three Saturdays with an additional half day if presentation is part of the assessment. Some of the module content, seminars and tutorials will be delivered online in the form of a virtual class.

  • The generic core encompasses all the learning outcomes for the programme to ensure that you have coverage of the necessary skills and attributes.

    40 further credits are dedicated to the core subject module for the named route and another 40 to optional modules with specific recommendations made for each title.

  • Core Modules:

    • Professional Development (20 Credits)

    • Research: Practice and Planning (20 Credits)

    • Dissertation (60 Credits).

    Subject Core and Optional Modules:

    • Developing Inclusion

    • Leadership and Management

    • Theory and Policy in Action

  • Interactive learning, together with individual tutorials, provide you with relevant and appropriate understanding to develop learning and consider the impact on professional and practical skills.

    The learning and teaching process are participative and you are encouraged to discuss your professional practice, enabling the development of a deeper understanding of how theory applies to practice.

  • Courses are taught using a blended approach which integrates face-to-face and online learning both in real time, in the form of a virtual class, and through the college online platforms.

    Sessions for the core and 40 credit point optional modules are held on three Saturdays with an additional half day if presentation is part of the assessment. Some of the module content, seminars and tutorials will be delivered online in the form of a virtual class.

Assessment

Assessment methods are varied, rigorous and appropriate to the element of the award being studied.

You will have the opportunity to receive feedback from formative assessments to develop your skills and confidence prior to submitting summative assessments.

There are no exams on these courses.

Depending on the routes and modules you choose, assessment methods may include: the completion of a reflective professional development portfolio, a critical analysis of current initiatives and appropriate literature, research, a TED Talk and presentations to small groups of fellow students and written accounts relating to the appropriate modules.

Entry requirements

You should normally hold a good honours degree or an equivalent vocational qualification and be working in relevant setting.

If you have other qualifications and/or experience, you may be considered for entry to the postgraduate certificate and diploma stages, from which you can then transfer to master’s level if you are achieving at an appropriate standard

If applicants have a masters level Diploma in Education and Training (100 or 120 credits) within the past 5 years you can be considered for a top-up route.

You will complete a 20 credit Research: Practice and Planning module and a 60 credit dissertation to achieve a full Masters qualification.

Enrolment will be online and we will update you nearer your start date.

Work experience

There is no work placement associated with this programme but we expect you to draw upon your experience of professional practice.

Next steps

These courses provide CPD opportunities for a range of professionals for whom a master's qualification may enhance opportunities for progression or a change in work roles or contexts.

Your future career will be built on a solid foundation of being able to research, think critically and produce written work of a very high standard.

Further academic study is also possible if you wish to progress to a doctorate award.

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Tuition fees

£5,750 per year

(£1,920 per 60 credits)

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