Practice Learning and Student Support

University of the West of England, Bristol
Delivery Method: Face-to-face

This module is designed to enable a range of Allied Health Professionals (AHP) to become mentors in their area of practice. It combines both multi-professional and generic learning, with some profession specific content. To apply for the course you must be working in a relevant area of practice.

The module can be studied at Level 3 (Degree), level M or non-credit bearing. For non-credit bearing applications your organisation has been given a set number of places and your Education lead will process your application with this in mind.

The module (except non-credit bearing) is delivered at our Glenside Campus.

Course content includes:

  • Describing the role and identifying the attributes of the effective practice-based/ placement educator:
    • Outlining of the placement student's programme, portfolio, learning outcomes and the assessment/sign off process.
    • Establishing effective working relationships and support mechanisms between practice educators and UWE Bristol.
  • Identifying the knowledge, skills and personal attributes of an effective practice educator including:
    • Positive role modelling
    • Appropriate values and behaviours
    • Clinical leadership.
  • Applying learning theories that are appropriate for adult and professional learners:
    • Exploring a range of appropriate learning theory including learning styles and domains of learning
    • Applying this theory to the role of practice educator.
  • Planning, implementing and facilitating learning in the placement setting:
    • Creating an environment for learning
    • Integrating learning from the academic setting into the workplace
    • Developing an awareness of possible barriers to learning in the practice setting
    • Exploring effective communication and questioning techniques
    • Identifying and supporting additional learning requirements
    • Managing common problems in placement.
  • Applying sound principles and judgement in the assessment of performance in the placement setting:
    • Identifying learning outcomes and objectives
    • Exploring assessment methods and collecting evidence
    • Establishing validity, consistency and fairness in assessing
    • Reviewing effective feedback techniques
    • Identifying frameworks and techniques for supporting students
    • Exploring barriers to failing a student
    • Developing awareness of student expectations and their responsibilities including codes of practice/fitness to practice
    • Recognising placement educator accountability.
  • Evaluating learning in the practice setting:
    • Exploring methods of monitoring the quality of learning and assessment delivered in practice, including receiving feedback
    • Evaluating practice educator effectiveness in delivering learning and making improvements.
  • Reflecting on experience and formulating action plans to improve future practice (Based upon experiences in delivering learning outcomes 1-5):
    • Exploring reflective practice models including SWOT analysis
    • Formulating personal action plans to improve effectiveness as a practice educator
    • Recognising how being an effective practice educator can improve a clinicians
    • Broader practice and how it can support CPD.


The course is delivered in two formats:

  • Online: All seven units are accessed online and will require self- directed learning. There will be a workbook available as part of the material which you can use to record your learning tasks.
  • Face to face: A variety of learning approaches with contact hours expected to be equivalent to 125 hours in total, including scheduled learning, online learning, student support and work-based learning. You will be required to attend lectures and seminars totalling a maximum of 18 hours across separate 3 days. You will also have access to a module leader and/or module supervisor for additional 1:1 support and guidance.

Get Mentor updates and training information from the Practice Support Net at UWE Bristol. Practice Support Net provides advice, guidance and tools to support you in your mentorship role.

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