Practice Teacher Preparation Programme

If you enjoy teaching, assessing and supporting students in practice, this NMC-approved Practice Teacher Preparation Programme is for you. This part-time course is designed to meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards to Support Learning and Assessment in Practice (NMC 2008) and will enable Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (SCPHN) to become Practice Teachers.

The course provides you with real live experience of supporting a student to develop the knowledge and skills to become a specialist community public health practitioner. What's more, it has the additional benefit of contributing towards your own continual professional development for your revalidation and may help to progress your career.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 7 Months April Glyntaff A
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 7 Months April Glyntaff A

The content of the Practice Teacher Preparation Programme will cover:

  • Examination of the theoretical perspectives of learning, the associated evidence base and the critical application to learning, teaching and assessment in practice.
  • Exploration of the processes and skills required to support the development and maintenance of an effective physical, psychological and social learning environment in practice settings. • Exploration of the processes and skills required to establish effective working relationships to support the development of students learning and competence, including the development of competence beyond initial registration in ways that support equality, individuality and diversity of need.
  • Exploration of the processes and skills required to support the facilitation of others learning including the promotion of inter-professional working and support systems.
  • The critical use of reflection to enhance learning, growth and competence in self and others.
  • Exploration of the processes and skills required to assess learning and competence and manage failing students.
  • Exploration of the processes and skills required to evaluate own facilitation of learning, teaching and assessment practices.
  • Exploration of the quality assurance processes underpinning the provision of learning, teaching and assessment.
  • Developing knowledge and skills to lead and develop learning in and practice setting with consideration of the context of practice and the associated learning needs of SCPHN students.
  • Exploration of the processes and skills required to support assessment and confirmation of competence/ proficiency to enter a professional register. Exploration of the professional and ethical issues in relation to the role of assessor to confirm entry onto a part of the professional register.

These concepts meet the outcomes of the NMC (2008) Stage 3, in the domains of:

  • Establishing effective working relationships
  • Facilitation of learning
  • Assessment and accountability
  • Evaluation of learning
  • Creating an environment for learning
  • Context of practice in supporting learning
  • Evidence-based practice leadership


The Practice Teacher Preparation course runs from April to September and consists of one 40-credit module at degree level – CA3D011.

The course consists of 30 study days - 15 in theory and 15 in practice. The timetabled days will run on a Friday from 10am to 3pm. Practice days will be arranged to accommodate you, your student and the qualified practice teacher acting as your supervisor.

The course is part-time and will normally be completed in six months. The 15 days of practice teacher teaching practice gives you the opportunity to develop your practice and skills in a supportive environment.

The period of practice learning will offer the opportunity to develop the knowledge and competence to support and assess a student studying the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing qualification and critically reflect on this experience under the supervision of a qualified practice teacher.

Importantly, time will be made to reflect upon those experiences individually, with your practice supervisor (qualified practice teacher), within the group (through timetabled study sessions) and with a personal tutor, who will oversee the teaching practice experience.

You will be involved in four types of learning:

  1. Contact with your lecturer (supported hours)
  2. Study outside class times as directed by your lecturer (directed learning)
  3. Study at your own initiative (independent learning)
  4. Teaching and assessing in the practice setting


You will be assessed in three ways and each element must be passed to successfully complete the course.

  • You will be required to compile a portfolio of evidence of competence in each of the eight domains of practice (NMC 2008).
  • You will be required to undertake 4000 words academic writing including reflection on the NMC domains.
  • You will be assessed by a named qualified Practice Teacher/ Supervisor to confirm that you have demonstrated the Stage 3 outcomes (NMC 2008)


USW's Practice Teacher Preparation Programme is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.



You will have access to excellent learning and teaching facilities on Glyntaff site and have experience of learning and teaching in the state of the art Simulation Centre.


To undertake this course you must be able to demonstrate that you meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Registered Nurse with a Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Qualification.
  • Have evidence to support that you have developed your knowledge, skills and competence beyond registration i.e. registered and worked for at least two years, and gained additional qualifications that will support students in SCPHN, or SPQ where this is a local requirement.
  • Have met additional criteria for the sign-off mentor role.
  • Be of good health and good character to enable effective practice in accordance with the NMC Code.
  • Acquired additional professional knowledge, which must be relevant to the intended area of teaching / practice and at no less than first degree level.
  • Have employment in a post that facilitates you meeting the course outcomes
  • Be able to be supported and supervised by an experienced Practice Teacher during teaching practice.


Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

    This course attracts a standard Home/EU fee of £620 per 20 credits. The total 40 credit cost is therefore £1,240

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

    This course attracts a standard Home/EU fee of £640 per 20 credits. The total 40 credit cost is therefore £1,280.

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Enhanced DBS * £57.20
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service * £13
You are required to undertake an enhanced DBS and, as the course is longer than one year, to sign up to the update service.

Please apply directly to the University.

Successful completion of this Practice Teacher Preparation Programme will enable you to record a further qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Practice Teacher and may contribute to your CPD for revalidation as it will enhance your role as a specialist community public health nurse.