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University of Stirling


Practice Teacher Preparation Programme

Key facts

  • Module codeEYPP004
  • Start date 23 May 2016
  • Application deadline29 Apr 2016
  • Duration6 months
  • Days on campus6
  • Credit value SCQFSCQF 11 40
  • Fees Fees: £1105.
  • Study mode Part-time, Mixture of online and classroom delivery

If you enjoy teaching, learning, assessing and supporting students in practice you should consider applying for the Practice Teaching preparation programme at the University of Stirling.  Students who are engaged within a programme of study to register as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN), or a Specialist Practitioner Qualification (SPQ’s) are supported, guided and taught by Practice Teachers.

The University of Stirling, Nursing and Midwifery Council approved Practice Teacher Preparation programme provides you with the opportunity, resources, skills and confidence to complete a programme of study that will develop your abilities to fulfill the role of a Practice teacher.

The content of the Practice Teacher Preparation Programme is designed to meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards to Support Learning and Assessment in Practice (NMC 2008).

The programme is based on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Masters level  (SCQF level 11) with 40 credits. This programme will normally be completed within six months and includes a combination of blended learning and learning in practice.

  • Entrance requirements

    To undertake the programme all entrants to the programme must meet the following requirements:

    • Valid registration on the Professional register maintained by the NMC;
    • The candidate must meet the additional criteria for a NMC sign off mentor;
    • The registrant must have developed their own knowledge, skills and competence beyond registration, i.e. registered and worked for at least two years, and gained additional qualifications such as Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) or Specialist Practice Qualifications (SPQ).;
    • In order to protect the public the NMC require that all registrants must have up-to-date membership of the Disclosure Scotland:  Protection of Vulnerable Groups scheme, before they commence the programme;
    • Students must demonstrate ability to study at degree level (minimum academic SCQF Level 9);
    • Understand the programme requirements regarding length of programme;
    • Support from Senior Practice Line Manager.

    English Language Requirements

    If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency (minimum IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL: Listening 23, Reading 23, Speaking 23, Writing 23).

  • Funding

    Funding is available from the Scottish Government for first 10 accepted applicants.

  • Objectives

    On completion of this programme students will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and confidence to undertake the role of Practice Teacher as identified in the Standards to Support Learning and Assessment in Practice (NMC 2008).

    Students will be able to demonstrate the achievement of the following learning outcomes:

    • Demonstrate effective relationship building skills sufficient to support learning, as part of a wider inter-professional team, for a range of students in both practice and academic learning environments.
    • Facilitate learning for a range of students, within a particular area of practice where appropriate, encouraging self-management of learning opportunities and providing support to maximise individual potential.
    • Assess learning in order to make judgements related to the NMC Standards of Proficiency (Competencies) for entry to the register or for recording a qualification at a level above initial registration.
    • Determine strategies for evaluating learning in practice and academic settings to ensure that the NMC Standards of Proficiency (Competencies) for registration or recoding a qualification at a level above initial registration have been met.
    • Create an environment for learning, where practice is valued and developed, that provides appropriate professional and inter-professional learning opportunities and support for learning to maximise achievement for individuals.
    • Support learning within a context of practice that reflects health care and educational policies, managing change to ensure that particular professional needs are met within a learning environment that also support practice development.
    • Apply evidence based practice to their own work and contribute to the further development of such a knowledge and practice evidence base.
    • Demonstrate leadership skills for education within practice and academic settings.
  • Structure and content

    The programme consists of one 40-credit module, spanning the University’s Summer and Autumn semesters and completed on a part-time basis. Each semester is fifteen weeks in length. Successful completion of the programme will allow students to join their local Practice Teacher register and supervise students seeking to become Specialist Community Public Health Nurses or achieve Specialist Practitioner Qualifications in the future.

  • Delivery and assessment

    The use of lectures, seminars, guided study, self-directed study, engagement with e-learning resources, teaching sessions, simulation activities, and practice learning opportunities.

    Campus based learning (175 hours) includes:

    • Face to Face teaching sessions;
    • Web based discussion forums utilising SUCCEED, the University of Stirling's e-learning platform;
    • Web based learning resources  that include independent study and group activities;
    • Assignment /Portfolio development workshops;
    • Library and Database workshops;
    • Access online teaching and learning materials and podcasts;
    • Simulation activities (academic preparation for Practice Teacher sign off).

    Learning in Practice (225 hours/30 days) includes:

    • Face to Face teaching sessions;
    • Tripartite learning sessions  (Practice teacher, HV student and Academic team member);
    • Preparation for teaching : Development of learning resources and teaching plans;
    • Delivery of assessed teaching sessions x 2;
    • Reflective activities for development of Learning Log in Practice;
    • Portfolio  of Evidence development;
    • Simulation activities (practice preparation for final practice Teacher sign off)
    • Live sign off as Practice Teacher

    As stipulated by the NMC the programme includes at least 30 days protected learning time, to include learning in both academic and practice settings. A Learning Log of practice hours and experience will be maintained by the student PT as part of their overall assessment of the programme.


    Students develop a 6000-word Portfolio of Evidence (POE) to demonstrate achievement of the programme domains and outcomes and to ensure the integration of theory to practice, essential for professional practice as a Practice Teacher.

    N.B There are no examinations.

  • Dates on campus

    University of Stirling on-campus dates:

    Monday 23rd May.

    Tuesday 24th May.

    Thursday 23rd June.

    with 3 other dates between June - Dec TBC.

  • Module co-ordinator

    Sandra Bannister

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