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Introduction to Evidence-based Practice University Certificate in Continuing Education

This award appeals to individuals from a wide range of professional backgrounds and is designed to introduce the concept of evidence-based practice.


Course overview

The award enables you to underpin your practice with contemporary knowledge and evidence and to develop practical skills in effective, structured literature searching. You also enhance your confidence when interpreting or presenting graphical and statistical data.

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Where you study

Teesside University campus.


Course details

What you study

On successful completion of this award, you can:

  • plan and manage the acquisition of available research evidence from a range of sources
  • critically analyse published research reports and assess their relevance to promoting evidence-based practice and practice effectiveness
  • analyse the complementary nature and purposes of various research methodologies to evidence-based practice
  • apply numerical and statistical skills to the interpretation of published research findings.

How you learn

You get an overview of a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods and explore issues surrounding the implementation of evidence-based practice. You develop skills in critical appraisal of individual research studies, and key skills in critical thinking and academic writing.

You undertake IT lab practical work and a range of review activities, this provides you with regular formative feedback so that you are able to assess your progress.

The summative assessment is in two parts:

  • Part 1 – you are provided with a small amount of statistical data. You answer a series of structured questions, which allow you to demonstrate you can accurately interpret the data and identify its potential significance.
  • Part 2 – requires you to submit a 2,500 word critique of a published research article, selected by you and related to your own area of practice.


Entry requirements



2024/25 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Start date: February
  • Level: Diploma
  • Credits: 20

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