Supporting Education in Practice

Key information

Start date: To be confirmed

Due to run in 2022/23

Attendance dates:

To be confirmed

Time commitment: 5 days (3 flexible)


Distance learning / Kate Granger Building, 30 Priestley Road, Surrey Research Park, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7YH

Some modules may be taught at: Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH

Contact details:

  • Level
    7 (postgraduate)
  • Credits
  • Module code

Module aims

This module will enable you to consider and critically evaluate links between theory and practice, and to explore strategies relevant for the facilitation and assessment of learning within the work place.


Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Critically examine and evaluate the methods of facilitating learning within work-based settings while analysing the nature of practice education and the perceived demands of inter/multi-professional practice.
  • Critically explore and reflect on theories of learning, teaching, assessment and accountability relevant to practice, in order to critically evaluate evidence based strategies to assist with the integration of theory and practice.
  • Analyse and implement educational standards through effective use of communication and leadership skills in order to create an optimum learning experience. 

Course content

Indicative module content includes:

  • Standards for education and practice
  • Recontexualising Learning
  • Exploring the quality of the learning environment
  • Applying learning theories and domains
  • Theories of coaching and practice development
  • Applying technology to enhance learning
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Supporting the struggling learner
  • Critical evaluation of learning and teaching strategies
  • Constructive realignment theories
  • Socio-politico landscape of education in practice
  • Dynamic direction of education in healthcare.

Learning and teaching methods

Usual learning and teaching methods include:

  • Teacher-led sessions
  • Case studies
  • Discussion groups
  • Seminars
  • Experiential workshops
  • Small group work and large group discussions
  • Role modelling
  • Active learning methods, such as problem-based learning, enquiry-based learning and action learning
  • Blended learning
  • E-learning.

Emphasis will be placed upon work-based/practice based learning and teaching, with opportunities for you to explore and share your views and experiences with regard to the facilitation of learning and evidence-based practice within your working environment.


This module will be assessed through the completion of an academic essay.

Course leader

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Cathy Derham

Principal Teaching Fellow, School of Health Sciences

Reading list

Take a look at the module reading list.


Entry requirements

  • Ability to study at level 7
  • Professional registration as a healthcare professional:
    • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
    • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Working in health and social care.

Fees and funding


How to apply

Please download and fill in an application form. 

Please note: 

  1. Applications typically close four weeks before the start of the module or earlier if we reach a maximum number of applications. If we still have spaces on the course, we may extend the application deadline date.
  2. It is important to ensure that you complete all sections and answer all questions, incomplete forms will cause a delay and may result in you missing out on an available place.
  3. If you are registered on a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course then you will need to complete an application form for each CPD module you wish to apply for.

Send your completed application to

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations and our terms and conditions. You are also confirming you have read and understood the University's prospective student privacy notice.

If your sponsoring healthcare provider is funding you for this module, by submitting an application you agree to allow all information regarding your module (for example your exam results) to be shared with the sponsoring provider.

Cancellation policy

If you withdraw less than seven days before the module commences or do not attend on the first day (without informing the module administrator) the full cost of the module will be charged. Withdrawals after the module commences will also be charged.

Module availability

Places are confirmed approximately one month before the module start date. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps. 


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to module content) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the module. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a module with us. Read more.