Advancing knowledge of learning and teaching for practice

Key features

This 20 credit module prepares the student to make a demonstrable contribution to education and take a lead role in the development of education in practice. Participants are enabled to apply contemporary educational knowledge, skills, and behaviour to address emerging issues in educational practice. Students will develop and apply advanced knowledge and critical awareness of teaching and learning methods and approaches in complex and specialised contexts. 

Delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars, presentations, online activities, access to educational resources and independent learning.

This module meets Level 7 SEEC criteria. 

Module code




FHEQ Level 

Level 7 – masters degree


Blended learning approach with face to face delivery in Plymouth

Module aims

To develop and apply advanced knowledge and critical awareness of teaching and learning methods and approaches in complex and specialised contexts.

A creative and innovative module, using the latest technological developments to create a seamless journey from practitioner to educator. 


  • Policies and frameworks, ethical and legal issues.
  • Equality and diversity.
  • Educational climate.
  • Fundamental pedagogic and professional underpinnings.
  • Evidence-based educational practice.
  • Facilitating learning.
  • Teaching strategies.
  • Evaluation, assessment and feedback.
  • Interpersonal skills and communication.

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to select and critically apply pedagogical theory and methodological approaches to delivering curriculum in a variety of specialised learning contexts.
  • Critically consider the application of emerging teaching methods/educational technology to enhance curriculum design, delivery and evaluation.
  • Innovate, synthesise and critically evaluate knowledge in relation to educational practice, taking account of professional and ethical boundaries.
  • Provide evidence of dynamic personal/professional development through engagement, Eportfolio development and reflection upon teaching practice.


In class seminars / workshops.

Written assignment 50%.

E-portfolio 50%. 

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.

Access to: 

  • application forms 
  • change of name forms
  • pre-course information
  • downloadable guides
  • student card.

Visit our admissions homepage for full details.

Module dates

3, 10, 17, 24, 31 March, 21, 28 April and 5, 12 May 2021. 

Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change – always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit.

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers.

In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date.

Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.

Entry requirements 

You will normally be a healthcare professional with a first degree or a related academic degree. BSc (Hons) at 2:2 or above, or European first cycle equivalent. Clinicians without a degree but with appropriate experience may be eligible to apply. Overseas students require IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent required.


Please see our Professional Development module fees page.

Module lead

The lead for this module is Dr Nadine Abelson-Mitchell

COVID-secure module delivery

The University is adhering to government guidance relating to COVID-secure operation. For this reason, modules are being delivered in a variety of formats, with much content delivered online, either in an interactive manner (i.e. requiring participation at the allotted times), or sometimes in a passive manner (i.e. you may be able to conduct some of the study outside of the typical taught hours of 09:00–17:00).

Some sessions, particularly clinical assessments, will continue to be delivered face-to-face with appropriate risk-mitigating measures in place. Others may allow you the option of attending face-to-face or synchronously engaging on-line with peers who attend face-to-face.

When you receive confirmation of your enrolment on a module, you will be granted access to our Digital Learning Environment (DLE or Moodle). You should access this prior to the start of your module to determine the teaching format of the module’s sessions.

You can contact the Professional Development Unit with any queries

Prospective student enquiries:


Phone: +44 1752 586951

Current student enquiries:


Professional Development Unit, Level 4 Rolle Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, United Kingdom.

Monday–Thursday 8:30–17:00 and Friday 8:30–16:30.