Taught course

Professional Practice (PCert)

University of Kent · Centre for Professional Practice

Entry requirements

Applicants are welcomed from a variety of private, public and third sector settings such as health and social care, education, local government and public services. Applicants are normally required to have a minimum of two years’ professional experience and hold an undergraduate degree or equivalent professional qualification. If you do not hold the required entry qualification(s) but believe that you would be able to participate in this programme and have the potential to work at Master's level please contact us.

Months of entry


Course content

The Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice is a work-related learning programme designed for participants from private, public and third sector settings such as health and social care; education; local government; and public services.

The programme offers you the opportunity to attain academic recognition for the skills, knowledge and experience that you have developed in the workplace whilst focusing on a specific area of practice relevant to your work and enhance career progression.

You will consider the challenges associated with your professional practice, with modules that have been designed to help you review and analyse the current debates relevant to the professional context in which you are working. In particular, you develop strategic skills, critical analysis and knowledge relating to inter-professional working and evidence-based practice.

The programme is delivered over four taught weekends plus independent study. This programme delivery is subject to student numbers.

Course structure

You take the following core modules over a series of extended taught weekends:

  • Learning and Development in Organisations (30 credits)
  • Inter-professional Working (15 credits)
  • Evidence-Based Practice (15 credits)

Taught sessions are delivered in a welcoming, supportive and flexible academic environment, by an academic team with extensive professional practitioner experience. They are experienced in delivering work-related programmes and understand the constraints of balancing a career with the demands of higher education.

Teaching and Assessment

As the prime objective is to enhance professional practice applied within the workplace you will be expected to demonstrate an appropriate level of conceptual and analytical skills.

All assessment tasks are designed to allow you to develop expertise in the application of professional practice within the context of your work and specialist subject area.

Assessments can be through:

  • Oral presentations
  • Written assignments
  • Work-based projects
  • Portfolio assessments

Information for international students

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Fees and funding

Please visit our funding website for the most current information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Centre for Professional Practice
+44 (0) 1634 888929