Independent Scholarship - Level 7

About this module

Students by the third phase of their professional and academic course are rapidly moving towards developing a sound critical knowledge of theory and practice with eligibility for registration or accreditation.

This module supports the process of accreditation and accreditation whilst also enabling you to undertake a piece of scholarly work that will further prepare you for professional practice, support professional development and be a prerequisite for Doctoral level study in the future.

This module reflects the complexity of the interaction of many different aspects of counselling, psychotherapy and therapy practice. There will be an emphasis on the continued development of theoretical learning, advanced development of clinical skills and an emphasis on independent scholarship. 

Independent study will focus on both the use of research to support the development of a therapeutic style and the development of an evidence based review of contemporary theory or a small scale research project. The aim is to equip you to reach the level of independent, evidence-based practitioner. There will be a continued emphasis on anti-discriminatory, reflective and ethical practice throughout the module.

Learning Beyond Registration

Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) is a vital part of developing competent, capable health service practitioners prepared to deliver a dynamic, flexible, quality, client-focused service. If you're employed by the NHS in the East Midlands then you may be eligible for fee-free access to our LBR modules and/or programmes. You'll need to supply evidence of approval from your line manager and Trust Education Lead when you apply.

Find out more about LBR at Find out more at www.derby.ac.uk/lbr.

Continuing Professional Development

CPD is a core element of every health and social care professional's development journey. We have CPD modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels (levels 6 and 7), which have all been tailored to meet the needs of practitioners and managers working within the health and social care sectors. We have modules to suit nurses, occupational therapists, hand therapists, radiographers, psychotherapists, and those working within complementary therapies.

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Which professions is this module aimed at? All Health and Social Care Professionals

Start dates are usually: September

Module level: Level 7

Module credits: 60 credits

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  1. Understand academic discourse associated with your chosen area of investigation and make use of the conventions of modern scholarly writing in the formulation and completion of a coherent and realisable dissertation, work based project or small scale research project.
  2. Handle advanced critical methodological and theoretical arguments germane to the issues addressed within the dissertation, work based project or small scale research study.
  3. Understand by the synthesis of personal insight, theory and practice, issues and problems relating to practice whilst meeting specific professional body requirements for accreditation/registration and competencies in an ethical and professional way.

Fees and finance

Studying via LBR

If you're employed by the NHS in the East Midlands you may be eligible for fee-free access to out LBR modules. You'll need to supply evidence of approval from your line manager and Trust Education Lead when you apply. Find out more at www.derby.ac.uk/lbr

Self-funded CPD

If you're self-funding, then the team you need to contact depends upon how you wish to study. Some modules are available online whereas others are studied on campus, through distance learning or a mixture of the two.

Where will I study?

You'll study this course via on campus learning.

Contact details

To find out more about studying this module through the LBR scheme, please contact the LBR team:

T: +44 (0)1332 591992
E: lbr@derby.ac.uk

Or visit www.derby.ac.uk/lbr

For campus, blended or distance learning modules please contact the College of Health and Social care team:

T: +44 (0)1332 591703
E: hsc@derby.ac.uk