Multiprofessional Support of Learning and Assessing Practice Cert

Multiprofessional Support of Learning and Assessing Practice Cert

The module covers the following subject areas; the role of the mentor personal, professional and organisational perspectives including professional relationship building, assessment of learning in practice settings, the management of the learning and the development of learning environments, teaching and learning strategies within the practice environment, assessment is structured portfolio consisting of a written assignment of 4000 words.

This award is offered at Levels 6 & 7, meeting the diverse needs of a range of multi-professional practitioners.

Entry and Admissions


ANCILLARY AWARD:Post-Registration

LEVEL:Short Course / CPD

STUDY MODE: Part time

DELIVERY METHOD: Distance without attendance


SCHOOL: School of Community Health and Midwifery

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston

START DATE: September, January, March

Entry Requirements:

Applicants must be working throughout the duration of the programme as a practitioner in a relevant post within a relevant professional setting.
Applicants must have a minimum of 12 months’ post-qualifying experience.
Evidence of contributing to the facilitation, supervision and assessment of learning.
Have access to students who are undertaking pre-registration / higher education programme.
Demonstrate an ability to study at the appropriate academic level.
Support from line manager to undertake the course, access students and to negotiate protected learning time in practice.
All applicants must have identified an appropriately qualified mentor/practice supervisor who has agreed to, supervise, support and assess in the practice learning environment.

Course Handbook

To read about the course in more depth, please download the course handbook: 2019/20 | 2020/21.

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Course Content

The award has been mapped to the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework.

The module covers the following subject areas:-

  • The role of the mentor - personal, professional and organisational perspectives including professional relationship building.
  • Assessment of learning in practice settings.
  • The management of the learning and the development of learning environments.
  • Teaching and learning strategies within the practice environment.

Mentor role:-

  • Personal, professional, educational and organisational role modelling.
  • Professional development - evidence based practice.
  • Political and professional awareness.
  • Professional relationship building: dynamics, openness, honesty, critical questioning.
  • Feedback - role and effectiveness.
  • Supportive communication: active listening, objective analysis, constructive feedback.
  • Role conflict
  • Coping mechanisms
  • Impact of mentors on service users.

Assessment of learning in practice:-

  • Evaluation, peers, learning environment, organisation.
  • Collaborative working across professional boundaries.
  • Learning contracts.
  • Assessment strategies.
  • Evaluation strategies.
  • Meeting the needs of students with disabilities.

Management of learning:-

  • Managing the learning environment.
  • Self management in: the learning environment, planning learning, learning contracts/agreements.
  • Self evaluation - role/profession/organisation.
  • Student evaluation.
  • Enhancing student experience through regular critical reflection on mentorship in practice.

Learning, self and others:-

  • Identifying learning needs.
  • Learning and teaching strategies.
  • Learning and teaching theories and application.
  • Learning and teaching styles.
  • Life long learning.

The standard module (20 credits) equates to a notional figure of 200 hours of student learning effort. At the end of this period of learning, you will demonstrate successful achievement of the module learning outcomes and demonstrate achievement of those competencies of relevance to your professional body, when you complete and pass your assignment, including 18 hours as work-based learning activity. The remaining hours are allocated to your learning through course activities, and assignment work.

Timetables, reading material, links to useful websites and lesson plans will be posted to the course website and access to a computer at home or at work will be useful as you will be asked to access information via the internet.

Other levels and modes of study are available to you and you will be taught alongside colleagues studying at different levels. There are also online e-learning versions of the module. What will be best for you requires both personal and professional consideration and planning.

Taught courses require attendance at university, e-learning ones do not. With classroom contact you get a lot of support from other students and staff that you meet, but you have to travel. With e-learning, there’s no travelling and the support that you get is over the internet. To benefit from e-learning you need to feel confident about your computer skills and you need also to be quite self disciplined in terms of motivation and time management. Quite what would be best for yourself is a personal judgement.

It should be noted that Level 6 and above is recommended for Nurses to progress. Successful completion of the award will lead to entry onto the mentor database held with partner NHS Trusts. The School of Health offers a wide range of pre-registration and post-registration programmes and mentors provide a key focus supporting practice learning and assessment.

Course at a glance

Year 1
Core Dimensions

  • Communication
  • Personal and People Development
  • Service Improvement
  • Quality
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Health
  • Safety and Security
  • Health and Wellbeing

HWB1 Promotion of Health and Wellbeing and Prevention of Adverse Effects on Health and Wellbeing

General Dimensions

  • G1 Learning and Development
  • G6 People Management

Information and Knowledge

  • IK1 Information Processing

Learning Environment & Assessment

For taught modules, NU3096 (Level 6) & NU4096 (Level 7), teaching and learning consists of lectures with small group discussion within a workshop framework to facilitate debate and analysis of knowledge, skills and behaviours. The module will be supported by e-learning - students will engage with this to access learning materials, supporting directed reading and study, access to blogs and chat rooms. The taught modules consist of 7 study days.

For e-learning modules, NU3097 (Level 6) & NU4097 (Level 7) there will be a structured use of chat rooms for discussion and support on a regular basis, supported by blogs on key module themes. Students will be encouraged to access online learning packages, explore the web and read appropriately. Breeze technology will be used to supplement presentations and teaching materials.

The course learning outcomes will be achieved by the successful completion of an identified assessment. There will be a theoretical and clinical component to the assessment. You will negotiate a topic with your cohort leader with an indicative word count of 3000 words at Level 6 and 4000 words at Level 7. This could be an essay, development of a teaching tool or SWOT analysis for example.

For the clinical component you will be expected to submit a statement of competence in practice.

Industry links & professional accreditation

Nursing and Midwifery Council and emerging HPC standards.

Fees & Funding

For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

Individuals working for health and social care organisations should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

Individuals can purchase this course as an independent student and should obtain an application form from:

Post-registration Recruitment
School of Health
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

Faculty of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839