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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

Carry out independent study in an area of professional interest and/or professional context to enhance work-based practice. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Full Year Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Rachel Shanks

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • BA Professional Development (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course encourages autonomy, independent thought, negotiation, planning and management skills. Students negotiate their learning outcomes and goals based on learning priorities. On completion they evaluate whether their learning outcomes have been met and evaluate their own learning.

Students are supported by a tutor and, where appropriate, other class members.

Further Information & Notes

Assessment is by a 3000 word report or equivalent. It is a 15 credit SQCF level 8 distance learning course, although there is a requirement to attend some face-to-face and online workshops.

To undertake this course participants ideally should be employed in a relevant professional context or be able to access one. Voluntary work is acceptable. Contact the course co-ordinator if in doubt about suitability for access.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 assignment (100%) comprising a 3,000 word report.

Resit: Resubmission of failed criteria within the Assignment (100%).

Formative Assessment

Formative feedback will be available to participants in tutorial sessions, and also for early part draft assignment work.


Formative feedback will be provided to participants verbally during tutorials, or by email correspondence.
Summative feedback will be provided in writing as a pdf file sent by email.

Course Learning Outcomes


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