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Professional Practice (Negotiated Specialism) BA/BSc/GradCert

Our flexible learning course gives you a work-based route to gaining a graduate qualification in your specialist area of professional practice.
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October 2020
January 2021
BA/BSc: Typically 2 years
GradCert: 12 week semester
Part-time blended learning
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,400 (INT) *
Course leader
Ruth Miller

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning as we start the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting in autumn 2020, there’s more detail on how we’ll deliver your course below, and in particular on the ‘Teaching’ tab under ‘Teaching and learning – changes for students in 2020’.

Designed with you and your workplace in mind, our course will help you achieve the professional development needs of employers

Why support your professional development with us?

Our specialist course gives you the flexibility to customise your studies to suit your professional development needs, and those of your employer. Designed to build on your existing accredited activities, higher apprenticeship or other qualification in the health, social care and education sectors, we’ll help you develop your knowledge, skills and experience in the context of your current workplace.

You’ll build your confidence in presentation and dissemination through group seminar presentations and written reports, while developing the advanced practitioner inquiry, leadership, and project skills that will let you advance in your chosen career.

Enhancing your professional skills

You’ll be able to optimise your career ambitions through negotiating your own programme and specialist award title to suit your individual needs, and that of your employer and industry.

Studying online gives you the flexibility to plan your study around your current work requirements. You’ll also get plenty of peer support through our community of learning and one-to-one academic supervision.

You’ll have the opportunity to design and lead a work-based project that has the potential to transform both your own practice and that of others.

Get the support you need to succeed

While you’re an undergraduate or foundation year student, you’ll have a Personal Tutor directly related to your course. If you need support with academic writing, numeracy and library skills, we’ll be sure to provide it. Our Student Learning and Graduate Academic Assistants have studied specialist areas within Professional Practice and can support you based on their own experience.

Taking into account the changing needs of the health, social care and education sectors, our flexible learning programme gives you the professional skills, knowledge and professional development that will help you achieve your career ambitions.

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What will you study on BA/BSc/GradCert Professional Practice (Negotiated Specialism)?

During the course of this programme, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of relevant theoretical concepts, practice and evidenced based knowledge that can be applied to real work contexts and complex issues. You will study ethical principles, values and codes of practice and explore how these can be applied to your own practice. You will also explore the influence of current policy, organisational context, and workplace priorities on practice development. You will also look into relevant methodologies and approaches for developing your own practice and/or that of others in health, social care and education settings.

What will you gain?

On completion of this programme, you will be able to effectively engage, network and communicate with relevant stakeholders and academic audiences, and take initiative and leadership for practice development in your own setting or work context (within limits of role). You will understand how to evaluate practice or identified issues and apply appropriate problem solving techniques, inquiry and action planning. You will have the ability to systematically design, undertake and manage a work-based project that has the potential to improve your own practice and/or that of others. Finally, you will learn to critically reflect and evaluate your own practice and systematically plan professional development.


We’ve made sure that the skills and knowledge that you’ll gain on your course will not change during the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re applying to start this course or progressing into year one, two or three this autumn, your module information is below.

BA/BSc modules

  • Modules

    • Review of Learning (15 credits) - Compulsory

      Review of learning module.

    • Personal and Professional Development (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module runs throughout the programme and is designed to enable you to critically evaluate your personal and professional development needs and develop a professional development plan. It will also support the academic skills needed to succeed at graduate level.

    • Practitioner Enquiry (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is designed to develop your understanding in a range of advanced inquiry methodologies appropriate for practitioners to design a proposal for a real work based project that has clear objectives related to your own professional development and/or the development of practice in your setting.

    • Work Based Project (30 or 60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is the culmination of a your degree and will support you to undertake and evaluate a real work-based project that is designed to develop or inform areas of your own or your colleagues' professional practice in a healthcare, social care or educational setting.

      Both 30 and 60 credit options are possible depending on the requirements of the individual's negotiated programme.

      Availability of placements is subject to restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

GradCert modules

The Graduate Certificate is particularly suitable for practitioners who have undertaken accredited CPD modules with their organisation or a University and want to achieve a small graduate award in the first instance. Progression from an accredited course(s) to a named award may have been negotiated by your organisation as part of the accreditation.

  • Modules

    • Pre programme (30 - 40 credits) - Compulsory

      Bring in relevant certificated credit from Middlesex modules, another university or accredited partner or gain credit for experiential learning through recognition of prior learning (RPL).

    • Small Work-Based Project (20 or 30 credits) - Compulsory

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

If you’re interested in January 2021 courses, we will provide more information on plans for teaching and learning in the coming months.

We’re planning different scenarios for teaching so we can be flexible. While we’re social distancing, we currently plan to teach your course online through a mixture of live interactive sessions and independent learning. This will ensure you’re equipped with the same skills as on campus study, and offer you an engaging learning experience where you can meet and network with your lecturers and fellow students through online platforms. We are also exploring opportunities for face-to-face interactive sessions with smaller groups of students and staff where possible and we can make the appropriate arrangements.vYou will still be able to access bookable study spaces on campus, and any of the facilities and support services which are open, as well as our extensive online support.

How is the BA/BSc/GradCert Professional Practice (Negotiated Specialism) taught?

On all programmes, modules are supported through an online learning approach, including online workshops, supported (online) peer interaction, tutor support and guided self-study.

Most modules run over 12 week semesters from October to January or January to May. The final project module can run over 2 semesters.


We’re planning to deliver our assessment in a similar way to previous years. We will review this regularly, and let you know in advance of your assessment if we need to make any changes.

All modules are assessed through course work that is directly relevant to your own practice and work context. Key assessment requirements are:

  • Structured reflection on professional development
  • Designing a project proposal
  • Undertaking a practitioner inquiry/ work based project
  • Producing a project written report and seminar presentation
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How can the BA/BSc/GradCert Professional Practice (Negotiated Specialism) support your career?

These programmes are designed to support your professional development requirements. Previous graduates have progressed successfully to School Direct Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme or Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) programme and gained employment in Schools and early years settings.

Other graduates have gained promotion to care manager in social care residential settings.

Ruth Miller
Associate Professor

Ruth is the Director of Programmes for Accreditation, RPL and Work-Based Learning across the School of Health and Education. She has extensive experience across FE and HE developing programmes in response to workforce development needs across the sector. She has a particular interest in the recognition of students experiential learning and developing their project skills to lead real practice development.

Dr Paula Nottingham
Senior Lecturer

Dr Nottingham is based in the Department of Education within the Faculty of Professional and Social Sciences working on the professional doctorate programme and degree apprenticeships. Her research interests are in higher education and work-based pedagogy, lifelong learning and professional doctorates. She has been the co-covenor for the UALL Work and Learning Network since 2015 and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education academy.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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Duration: A minimum of 1 year part-time

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Start: October 2020, January 2021

Duration: 2 years part-time

Code: B70D

Midwifery (Professional Practice) (Top-up) BSc Honours

Start: October 2020, January 2021

Duration: A minimum of one year part-time

Code: B7MM

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