Integrated advancing practice in context (degree level)

Key features

Successful completion of this 20 credit module will enable you to advance your practice in the provision of high quality, patient-centred care, appraising risk leading on the development of complex patient pathways to deliver safe care.

This module will build on your prior experience of practice and personal development planning across various areas of healthcare and your ability to apply current research to your practice. You will also examine the legal and ethical boundaries of advancing practice and accountability of practice on personal, professional and strategic levels.

If you would like to undertake this module at masters level please see ‘Advancing Practice in Context’.

Module code




FHEQ level

Level 6 - bachelors degree


Blended learning approach with face to face delivery in Plymouth

*This module was previously known as HEAD341

Course details

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • compare and contrast between the legal and ethical framework of different health care roles within the NHS and the wider health community
  • analyse clinical risk management strategies, and assess their impact on patient safety and how this affects the role of the competent practitioner
  • identify and critically interpret the professional issues relating to own practice role
  • compare and contrast a range of safeguarding and working with vulnerable people policies to predict potential conflicts within the health care communities and patient groups
  • evaluate the applied processes of selected complex and integrated care pathways and examine how they can enhance or hinder partnership working.


The assessment for this module is in two parts:

1.     A written assignment.

2.     Engagement in a blog.

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional - if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit.)

Module dates

Delivery one: 15, 22, 29 September and 6, 13, 20 October 2021. 

Delivery two: 12, 26 January and 2, 9, 16, 23 February 2022. 

The university is following government guidelines on COVID 19 and there is a possibility that some modules may require online delivery. We will keep you informed of any decisions regarding this.

(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.

This module can be studied as a standalone module, as a core module towards the BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Advancing Practice or as an optional module towards some other BSc (Hons) Professional Development pathways.

For further information please contact the Professional Development Unit.

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 Lead - Catherine McDougall

"This new and innovative short course has been designed to give clinicians the opportunity to study with other health care professionals wanting to pursue a clinical career in advancing their own practice. It ensures that the clinicians have not only the necessary clinical skills but have a deep and meaningful understanding of all issues surrounding advancing practice. The NHS of today and tomorrow needs a well-educated, integrated workforce to meet the healthcare demands of the 21st century. Come and join us on this exciting journey, I look forward to meeting you."

Find out more about Catherine McDougall

Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on this module you must:

  • be a registered practitioner working in an area of practice that will allow you to meet the module outcomes
  • in possession of previous study at level 5 (Diploma of Higher Education) or a foundation degree to study the module at degree level.

Each student will be considered and advised individually (where required) by the programme team and Professional Development Unit. Please contact the PDU or programme lead if you have any queries regarding your situation.

Funding and fees


This module is commissioned by Health Education England and you may, therefore, be eligible for funding through your employing trust.

Please contact your Trust’s Educational Co-ordinator who will guide you through the application process.

If you work in the private, independent and voluntary sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.


For those who are self-funding, please see our professional development module fees page.