Gateway to Further Study

Key facts

  • Module codeNURU228
  • Start date 1 Feb 2021
  • Application deadline18 Jan 2021
  • Duration11 weeks
  • Credit value SCQF SCQF 9 20
  • Fees Home: £545 Overseas: £1003
  • Study mode Stand-alone modules


This module is designed to help you gain the necessary confidence and academic skills for degree level education and to develop professionally.  It is particularly useful for you if you're thinking of starting a degree programme but have not studied at degree level before (or in a while).


This module is available to all health, social care and allied healthcare professionals who are either working in practice or planning to return to practice.

Find out more about fees and funding.

The Gateway to Further Study module will develop your confidence and ability as an independent learner.  It will prepare you to move on to further study at degree level.

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Analyse your learning needs and articulate these into a meaningful plan for learning and development;
  • Demonstrate the ability to be critically reflective within professional practice and formal learning;
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply critical reasoning and judgement within a range of learning activities;
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of different learning styles and how this can impact on the learning experience.

The module is delivered online via Canvas and optional workshops on campus.

The module is divided into five learning units, which you may work through at your own pace:

  • Introduction to critical thinking;
  • Identifying critical reading materials;
  • Critical reading;
  • Introduction to critical writing;
  • Introduction to critical reflection and reflective writing.

You should expect to set aside approximately 10 hours of study time a week for this module.

The module is delivered online, supported by electronic media (email, Skype and discussion board).

There are two written assignments:

  • Annotated bibliography – 50%
  • Reflective essay – 50%

Exact details are made available in the student handbook prior to module commencement.

Gwenne McIntosh

You can utilise the learning from the module as part of your current academic career pathway development and Personal Development Plan.