Professional Development Centre


The Professional Development Centre offers short courses and programmes for professionals who require skills-based training. The Centre is an established provider of CPD for qualified professionals. We work closely with employers from a range of public, private and third sector organisations to provide targeted, academic and practice based courses. The Centre has a strong track record of delivering courses to meet continuing professional development requirements of a variety of sectors including the Nursing, Care, Teaching, Social Work, Legal, Emergency Services, Criminal Justice, Medical and third Sector.

The Professional Development Centre offers a range of short courses and degree programmes to enhance skills, learning and knowledge. This in turn can help develop careers after the initial qualification and beyond.

We work across the College of Social Science to deliver programmes relevant to current practice, taking into account the important work-life-study balance that professional students need to thrive. The Centre offers a range of services at different levels. These include the opportunity to top-up existing qualifications to degree level, embark on an MSc programme or attain credits from individual modules which can be used toward a BSc or MSc in the future. Students can undertake study alongside their existing work commitments and use their employment experiences to place theories into context.

Popular Programmes

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MSc Advanced Clinical Practice

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice offers registered practitioners a flexible, bespoke and student-centred programme of study that aims to meet their personal and professional development needs as they progress within their role towards advanced expert practice.

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Best Interests Assessor

This module provides the opportunity to acquire the qualification required to carry out the duties of Best Interests Assessors, as required by the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) regulations. It is open to professionals from social work, nursing, occupational therapy and psychology who have at least two years post-qualifying experience.

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Supporting Learning and Assessment in Practice

The programme is designed to prepare healthcare professionals to be responsible for the learning, supervision and assessment of students in practice settings.

Contact Us

The Centre will be broadening its course offering to other disciplines. For more information contact or call +44 (0)1522 83 7412/7348.