Module code: POVM019

Module Overview

The advanced practice module builds on the previous modules learning outcomes (for example Advanced Professional Practice, to ensure that the student achieves a professional level entry into the industry for which they have trained.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 60

ECTS Credits: 30

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 100

Clinical Placement Hours: 200

Independent Learning Hours: 200

Seminar Hours: 50

Tutorial Hours: 50

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Exploring relevant academic journals to inform individual research themes and ideas VASTA, (voice and singing teachers association), BVA (British Voice association), Vocology, etc.

Seminars focused on development of presentations of academic research.

One to one tutorials providing support on specific research ideas.


Workshops, tutorials, internal and public facing placements, as well as independent study. Public facing placements will take place in TB2. International students may choose to undertake placements within the UK or country of origin.


VASTA (Voice and Singing Teachers Association)BVA (British Voice Association)

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Sustained Independent Project 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is a sustained independent project whereby students will conduct, plan, and design an independent project, with supervised research towards the realization of EITHER a voice-based presentation (max 30 mins) and accompanying framing statement (circa 500 words) OR a 6000-word critical evaluation. This should inform debate and verify theories on professional practice followed by recommendations and support from teaching staff.


Formative assessment and feedback


Formative Assessment: Draft a mock research article which involves creating a new piece of research as if for publication within a scientific journal e.g., VASTA (Voice and Singing Teachers Association), BVA (British Voice Association), Vocology etc. This should propose and incorporate interdisciplinary theories where justification and recommendations can support new concepts of vocal training across the disciplines.


Continuous verbal feedback is provided to students throughout the learning journey.

Module aims

  • To enable autonomy and independence of students within the professional world.
  • To encourage and develop sound pedagogical practice and collaborative skills that enable students to operate effectively and appropriately in an external professional context
  • To engage in a rigorous advanced critical evaluation of integrated praxis

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate an ability to engage in independent practice and critical research PT
002 Demonstrate an ability to create and communicate advanced understanding and expertise through instruction of pedagogies both historical and present in both verbal and written form PT
003 D adopt and develop a disciplined and consistent approach to key teaching concepts examined in advanced integrated practice within a professional context PT
004 Effectively communicate at an advanced level in both verbal and written form PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Assist students in the creation of original work.

Encourage students to analyze and critique the synthesis of research,

Thus, the learning and teaching methods include:

Independent research and study

Group ‘think tank’ (discussion) research and collaboration


Group and individual tutorials

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information

GSA delivers its provision across three teaching blocks, within the University of Surrey’s existing semester structure.

Employability - cultivation of research, and presentation for enabling skills in wider publications, opening further opportunities at higher levels of education such as Universities and PhD supervision and conference and external examiner positions.

Global and Cultural Capabilities - this module employs inclusive approaches drawing upon a range of cultural viewpoints and practices, students are encouraged to engage with the socio-political contexts and questions surrounding their independent research through group tutorials and guided discussions.

Digital Capabilities - students will be encouraged to research accent and vocal qualities through data collation, give presentations, collaboration of ideas through  digital and online forums,

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Teaching and Practice of Voice and Singing MA(YEAR LONG) Year-long Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Teaching and Practice of Voice and Singing MFA(YEAR LONG) Year-long Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

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 2024/5 academic year.