Health CPD modules at University of Brighton


Practice Development Through Independent Learning

This module is for students who have an interest in a particular specialism or area of practice that is not covered in other modules.

Module Information

Module code



This module has been designed to enable health and social care practitioners to develop their practice in a chosen area of clinical or practice specialism. It offers a unique opportunity for a student to design his or her own learning experience and embark on a voyage of discovery. The module promotes independent learning, which is supported by an Action Learning Set, a personal tutor and a mentor. The assessment tasks are geared towards promoting reflective practice and the dissemination of new knowledge gained during the course of the module.

Each student will write a learning contract in negotiation with a Personal Tutor that will be formatively assessed and signed when completed satisfactorily. The outcome of their study will be assessed against the learning contract. Students will participate in and be supported by ALS that will be held as agreed by set members and facilitated by tutors. Individual students will each hold a “budget” of 3 hours personal tutor time, which they will be encouraged to manage themselves in order to make most effective use of personal tutorials for support and guidance in their independent learning. Students will also be required to appoint a mentor. Individual students will each hold a “budget” of 5 hours mentor time, which they will be encouraged to manage themselves. The module team will be responsible for approving the proposed mentor and the learning contract.

The aim of this module is to allow students to synthesise and evaluate material relating to their field of practice and to extend their specialist knowledge and/or skills.

Entry requirements

Applicants at level 7 would normally possess a bachelor degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.


The exact nature of the assessment and number of elements will be agreed in the learning contract. Examples include a critical review of the evidence for an area of practice, or an evidence-based treatment plan.

Module leader

Dr Helen Fiddler

Module dates

2024-25 – Semester 1 Falmer  Campus (Dates subject to change)

  • October 14
  • December  5
  • January 10
  • February 10
  • March 11
  • April 29


If you are choosing this module as part of a postgraduate course, please contact for specific information on the fee for this module

If you are taking this as a single module, the fee is:

2024-25 £830

Further Information

Please contact for further information about the module

This open remit module is an optional module for many of the programmes, please talk to your course leader about the appropriateness of this module for you.

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