Advanced Practice (Public Health Practice) PGCert - 2020/1

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
PGCert Advanced Practice (Public Health Practice)

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Part-time PTA55013 60 credits and 30 ECTS credits

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Health Studies

Other internal and / or external reference points

RCN Credentialing for Advanced Level Nursing Practice (2017) Supporting the development of Advanced Nursing Practice : a toolkit approach ( The Scottish Government, 2009)

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences - School of Health Sciences

Programme Leader

BROOKS Sue (Health Sci.)

Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • Facilitate practitioners to develop the knowledge and skills to deal with complex issues, making sound decisions and judgements in the absence of complete data.
  • To enable the student to communicate their decisions both systematically and creatively
  • To facilitate the practitioner to develop self-direction and originality in problem solving, facilitating and assessing learning and act autonomously in planning, delivering and co-ordinating care

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Critically explore the conceptual models, theories and frameworks that support the provision of advanced practice K PGCert
Develop and be able to articulate, a rational framework of values and beliefs, which underpin their practice K PGCert
Critically explore and assess evidence, cases and situations in practice to allow a high level of decision making and judgement C PGCert
Utilise critical thinking and problem solving skills in the demonstration of complex decision making C PGCert
Demonstrate high levels of autonomous practice in complex decision making in an extended scope of practice role P PGCert
Evaluate links between theory and practice to explore strategies relevant for the facilitation and assessment of learning within the work place P PGCert
Critically evaluate their own and other’s practice, in order to ensure that practice is of a high standard and evidence based T PGCert

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This programme is studied part-time over five years, consisting of 60 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Parts of this programme may be studied outside of the standard University structure and may be subject to professional body requirements.

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Unstructured (2-5 years) - FHEQ Level 7

Module Selection for Unstructured (2-5 years) - FHEQ Level 7


Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics N
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) Y Students undertake practice in their practice area
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
Study exchange (Level 5) N
Dual degree N

Quality assurance

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.