Flexible learning

Higher qualification courses are developed by universities and hospitals, accredited by the College and delivered through flexible learning to fit around your work and professional commitments.

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Places are usually limited to between 15 and 30 per course to ensure more personal attention and greater access to lecturers and equipment. Methods of learning are designed to be engaging, relevant and accessible – and will typically include some, or all, of the following: 

  • distance learning - this can be completed when, and where, best suits you, and could include online lectures, tutorials, group work, webinars and podcasts
  • face-to-face learning - this could include demonstrations, workshops, case-based discussions and lectures hosted by your provider. Sessions will normally be held over two or three consecutive days arranged over a weekend to minimise disruption to your home and work life. They are also a great opportunity to meet your fellow students and discuss the course with your tutors. You may also need to attend assessment days
  • self-directed study - providers will normally recommend essential reading to boost your knowledge 
  • placements - at Higher Certificate and Professional Diploma levels you may be required to undertake a placement in a hospital clinic. Some providers may help you to arrange the placement
  • portfolio or logbook - some courses, especially at higher levels, will require you to compile your own records of patient episodes, either from your own practice, or from a placement in a hospital or clinic.


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