Independent Study

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

This course is offered at Level 3 (Degree) and Masters level and is delivered at our Glenside Campus.

Course content:

Specific course content is negotiated with a member of the academic staff and will vary as a function of the identified area of practice for exploration. On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Identify an aspect of practice that lends itself to study and exploration
  • Critically review a range of theories related to the knowledge base of an aspect of practice identified for exploration
  • Justify and analyse your ideas and/or views related to the identified aspect of practice and related to professional practice
  • Engage with debates in relation to ways in which your own practice might be enhanced, improved or maintained
  • Reflect upon evaluation strategies for practice.


There is no formal contact time but you will receive sufficient support to remain focused. You will engage with staff and identify early on what your focus for the Independent Study will be. Contact time may be through the use of email discussion groups, virtual learning environments and other technology-aided means and can also take place in a work-based setting by negotiation. You will be encouraged to integrate your practice activities into the study, perhaps visiting specialist areas of practice, which you will be expected to arrange. This Independent Study module does not entitle you, or expect you, to carry out research.

Funding may be available to support your learning. Please contact your Trust Education Lead. If you work in the Private, Independent and Voluntary Sector please contact your employer who will advise you.

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