Taught course

Diploma in Higher Education in Professional Practice

University of South Wales · University of South Wales

Entry requirements

Applicants will usually be a holder of a higher education certificate-level course in a related subject, and/or a current registered professional qualification in an appropriate discipline. Applicants who have accumulated related credit outside the University may be admitted to an appropriate point in the course. Equivalent international qualifications are also acceptable.

Months of entry


Course content

The Diploma in Professional Practice will greatly improve your personal and professional development so you can respond efficiently and effectively to the changing healthcare environments in which you practice. This qualification can also act as a means of access to a range of related degree courses.

This flexible, modular course provides the opportunity to achieve a Diploma in Higher Education in Professional Practice or to achieve Level Five or Level Six credits under the Associate Student Scheme. We offer an extensive range of modules that provide an enjoyable and challenging educational experience. It is also possible to undertake single modules so you can focus on a specific area of your professional development.

What You Will Study

This course promotes a flexible approach and you can progress at your own pace, studying 20-80 credits each calendar year. You will be able to choose from a list of approximately 40 modules in any year. Within the Associate Student Scheme, most modules are run jointly at degree level and can be used towards a BSc Professional Practice or other related BSc awards.

Most modules are worth 40 credits. Research is a core module and must be undertaken if you want to complete the course. You can be accredited with up to 75% of this diploma course which has been taken at other institutions (50% for degree).

How You Will Study

The theory component is undertaken at the University and includes independent activities such as assignment preparation, journal compilation, directed study and individual tutorials. The practice component entails a minimum of 100 hours in clinical practice and the achievement of predetermined clinical learning outcomes, which are assessed by a clinical mentor/supervisor.

You can start this course in January, June or September. Many of our students are supported by their employer, so if you work in an NHS Trust you should seek their support using the appropriate form before you enrol. Alternatively, you are welcome to attend as a fee-paying student and pay by instalments.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months

Course contact details

Enquiries and Admissions
08455 194 787
01443 654050