This 20-credit module is offered at shared masters and degree level. It is taught for one year, including five taught days and five Action Learning Set days.
After successful completion of the module, you will have the knowledge, skills and competence required to support and lead high-quality education at specialist skill level and in the context of practice learning.
The current NMC requirement for 30 days protected time – both in academic and practice arenas – is reflected in the module design, providing a structure whereby all of the current NMC outcomes for practice teacher and the UKPSF D1 descriptors can be achieved.
Normal entry requirements for graduate (Level 7 NA781) or continuing professional development (Level 6 NA6157) apply.
Applicants need to demonstrate they are in good standing, hold NMC registration (two years minimum) and have a Mentorship qualification at Level 6 or 7 (normally).
Applicants will need to be in a post with an actual or potential educational remit and have access to a facilitator with a Practice Teacher or Practice Educator qualification.
They will complete a pre-interview checklist and be expected to attend for interview.
Keynote sessions will be given where appropriate by the module team and guest speakers. The teaching and learning strategies include self-directed learning, engagement with blog activities, introductory lectures, high-fidelity simulations, experiential workshops and student-initiated activities such as presentations and group discussions. The module uses blended learning, meaning you engage with specific materials and activities through our VLE (Virtual Learning Environment).
The taught content is based on four themes: teaching, learning and assessment; supervision and support; leadership and teams; and quality assurance. Students will then attend five Action Learning Sets and present issues from practice related to teaching, assessing and leading education.
Students will complete a portfolio, which will be electronically submitted and include both theoretical and practical elements to evidence role preparation. The theoretical elements will include a poster-electronic submission and critical incident analysis (1000 words, including an annotated bibliography). Formative submission and tutorial support will be provided to support the portfolio e-submission.
The practical elements of the portfolio include one teaching and three 'sign off' assessments of a learner's skill, as well as a Practice Teacher log featuring 60 hours of related activity mapped to the NMC (2008) stage 3 outcomes and the UKPSF D1. The facilitator (practice teacher with sign-off status) will assess and verify completion of these elements.