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PGCert Professional Practice (Healthcare)

  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: Uxbridge
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: September 2021
Our Professional Practice (Healthcare) course provides you with a flexible framework to study and will help enhance your knowledge, skills and expertise across a variety of healthcare areas.
Discover our blended academic and hands-on learning, state-of-the-art facilities and supportive lecturers who can help you go further in your career.
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Fees and Funding

There’s a range of ways you can secure funding for your course, including sponsorship, scholarships and loans. And if you recently graduated from BNU, you may be eligible for a fee discount.

Why study this subject?

This course is designed for experienced healthcare professionals from a variety of settings, looking to enhance their clinical knowledge and leadership skills at Level 7.

Normally a first degree will be required, however, if you are an experienced healthcare professional with evidence of recent successful study at Level 6 you may also be considered. You must have a background in healthcare and currently be working in clinical practice.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

This is a flexible programme of study which will suit experienced practitioners as well as those who registered more recently, and a number of students will have previous appropriate qualifications from Buckinghamshire New University.

What will I study?

The modules within this course focus on the following topics:

  • Research
  • Leadership
  • Innovative clinical practice from a contemporary perspective
  • Speciality clinical modules.

This will enable you to innovatively lead, direct and enhance clinical practice, whilst expanding the evidence base for your own area of practice. In order for you to deliver appropriate interventions aimed at the management of patients, the course structure will focus on the evidence for a range of assessment skills and therapeutic management strategies. You will also be able to synthesise contemporary initiatives in relation to current practice and service delivery to creatively provide a safe and effective service.

This course offers you:

  • flexible study relevant to your current area of practice
  • range of optional Level 7 theoretical and
  • clinical modules
  • opportunities to develop practice based projects
  • skills in leadership and management in clinical practice settings.

You will be required to complete optional modules which total 60 credits.

There is an option to top-up this qualification to a PG Diploma or master's degree.

How will I be taught and assessed?

A range of teaching strategies will be employed throughout the course, with each module assessed.

Related documents

MSc Professional Practice Programme Specification.pdf

What are the course entry requirements?

Normally a first degree will be required. However, experienced healthcare professionals with evidence of recent successful study at Level  6 will be considered. Students will have a healthcare background and currently be in clinical practice.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Leadership, Management and Professional Issues (optional)

Advanced Medical Assessment (optional)

Anaesthetic Management in the Perioperative Environment (optional)

Aeromedical Repatriation and Retrieval (optional)

Cancer Care (optional)

Cardiac Care (optional)

Diabetes Management (optional)

Delivering and Sustaining Improvement in Healthcare Settings (optional)

Dementia Management and Care (optional)

Emergency and Unscheduled Care (optional)

End of Life Care and Symptom Management (optional)

Enhancing Practice through Work Related Learning (optional)

Essentials of Spinal Care (optional)

Introduction to Clinical Innovation in Healthcare Practice (optional)

Intensive Care (optional)

Mentoring in the Practice Setting (optional)

Minor Injury Management (optional)

Minor Illness Management (optional)

Neonatal High Dependency and Intensive Care (optional)

Neonatal Special Care (optional)

Physical Assessment of the Adult (optional)

Principles and Practice of Infection Prevention and Control (optional)

Principles of Practice Education (optional)

Recovery Management in the Perioperative Environment (optional)

Respiratory Care (optional)

Stroke Management and Care (optional)

Surgical Management in the Perioperative Environment (optional)

The Renal Care Practitioner (optional)

The Theoretical Concepts in Renal Care (optional)

Wound Care Management (optional)

Enhancing Skills for Preceptors (optional)

Advanced Therapeutic, Mental & Physical Health Skills for Mental Health Practitioners (optional)

Leadership and interpersonal communications (optional)

Clinical decision Making for Non Medical prescribing (optional)

Applied Pharmacology for Non Medical prescribing (optional)

Student Supervision and Assessment in Healthcare (optional)

Frailty: An Integrated Approach (optional)

How much does it cost

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Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

What are my career prospects?

The enhanced skills of analysis that you will gain through this programme of study may lead to promotional opportunities either in the clinical area, or in the fields of education, management or research. You will have the opportunity to top-up this qualification to a PG Diploma or master's degree. You will then be able to progress on to doctoral studies in your specific subject context, and the generic, transferable skills acquired throughout the programme may also open up employment opportunities outside these areas.

Ricardo Khine
Dr Ricardo Khine
  • Associate Head of School of Health Care & Social Work
  • Associate Professor – Health Care (CPPD & Partnerships)
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