Independent Study - Level 6 - 6NU995

About this module

This module provides an opportunity for you to work independently to develop a study of your own choosing (subject to approval).

It enables you to explore in detail an aspect of practice that is of particular interest to you as an individual practitioner. The use of a practice based project as a vehicle for critical exploration of current practice in relation to the literature ensures that theory and practice are fully integrated into one cohesive body of work.

The process of developing this study will enhance your ability to work independently through the entire process of project management. This includes consideration of ethical and legal issues; communications including obtaining relevant permissions; literature review; discovering and using internal systems and processes; managing time and resources; planning, implementing and evaluating the project; evaluation; recommendations; report writing and dissemination.

It will enable the you to further develop academic skills such as problem solving, critical analysis and objective evaluation leading to recommendations for improving practice. It provides an opportunity for you to demonstrate their creative thinking and organisational skills.

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.

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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 Professionals

Course code: - Module code: 6NU995

Start dates are usually: September

Module level: Level 6

Module credits: 20 credits

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse and evaluate an aspect of practice
  2. Demonstrate the ability to work independently.

In addition you will be required to formulate specific objectives for your individual work, which will require approval by the Independent Studies Committee.

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

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 and online 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

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

T: +44 (0)1332 591703