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Nursing & Health

Negotiated Learning University Certificate in Postgraduate Continuing Education

The award provides you with the opportunity to select and explore specific areas of professional practice or academic study. You critically evaluate relevant theory and research, linking such theory to your chosen area of study/professional practice, as well as encouraging and facilitating independent and reflective approaches to learning with tutor support.


11 weeks, part-time


Course overview

You are responsible for your own learning with tutorial guidance. The learning contract negotiated between you and your supervising tutor provides a framework for learning and teaching strategies. The form of assessment is also negotiated within the learning contract and includes a reflective paper (4,000 words) which evaluates the impact of the study on personal learning and professional practice. A seminar in week two of the term is used to discuss the process of negotiating a learning contract and models of reflective learning. Advice and guidance are also available online through the University's blackboard site. A maximum of six hours of individual tutorials takes place at agreed times during the term with your supervising tutor. The use of email for tutorial advice is encouraged.

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Where you study

Teesside University Middlesbrough Campus.


Course details

What you study

Award content includes:

  • the use of critical thinking to identify individual learning needs and the evaluation of personal development with regards to lifelong learning
  • the synthesis, appraisal and critical evaluation of theory and research relevant to the selected area of study / professional practice
  • the demonstration of skills in critical reflection and evaluation of theoretical concepts in order to inform and enhance personal learning and professional practice
  • the development and implementation of a learning contract, which enables you to
  • address an aspect of professional practice or academic study for investigation, development and reflection
  • demonstrate achievement of negotiated specific learning and award outcomes
  • plan, negotiate and manage your own learning whilst making effective professional use of others.

How you learn

The emphasis of negotiated learning is not on weekly attendance at lectures, seminars and tutorials but is on 'student-led' independent learning. Initially there is a two hour seminar in week one of the term to introduce the award and discuss the process of independent study. Subsequent individual tutorial contact time is agreed within a learning contract.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You should be working in the field of health and social care and undertaking postgraduate study.



2024/25 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Length: 11 weeks, part-time
  • Start date: October and January
  • Credits: 20

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