Professional Contexts in Advancing Practice

Short Course - 15 credits at SCQF level 11 | 7.5 ECTS points
Professional Contexts in Advancing Practice - 15 credits at SCQF level 11 | 7.5 ECTS points

This module explores the professional strategic, cultural and organisational contexts involved with advancing professional practice. Within the areas of complexity and diversity in healthcare, students explore knowledge, evidence and policy agendas in their area of practice, encompassing regulatory, legal and credentialing requirements. Information technology and contemporary health communication.

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date


Course Length

12 weeks
  • Knowledge, evidence and policy agendas of advancing practice in your area of practice, encompassing regulatory, legal and credentialing requirements.
  • Specialist areas of practice that contributes to the processes of personal and professional development in advancing nursing practice.
  • Diversity and complexity within communities and the workplace.
  • How information technology and contemporary health communication can enhance and improve performance in practice and health outcomes.
  • The healthcare environment in the context of advancing practice by considering the strategic, cultural and organisational challenges.


The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Learning Methods

This module runs over 12 weeks. It is delivered online for 6 weeks, followed by 4 weeks of preparation of the academic summative assessment. This module is delivered online through the University's Virtual Learning Environment, CampusMoodle.

Independent Study

You are expected to undertake approximately 15 hours per week of independent study.


Assessment is a written assignment (2500 words) and supporting poster (500 words).


Academic Support

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Credit from this module may contribute to the MSc Advancing Practice (Nursing) or the University’s Professional Studies Framework. 


This module is suitable for registered nurses, midwives and health and social care professionals. Normally, applicants are expected to be able to demonstrate degree level study; however, if this is not the case, interested individuals are encouraged to make contact and discuss their circumstances.


Newly Qualified Nurses who have successfully gained a place on the in NHS Grampian PG Certificate of Advancing Nursing Practice may be funded to complete this module.

For Academic Year 2022/2023

  • All Students: Fees to be confirmed

For Academic Year 2021/22

  • UK/EU Students - £690
  • International Students - £1,230

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Practice Professional Development Team and we'll do out best to help.

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