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Postgraduate course

Transforming Practice PGCert

Further your professional development and enhance your understanding and skill set in transformative practice across health and social care.

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If you are an established professional working in a health and social care setting, and looking to develop and refine your professional practice, this course could be for you. This is a unique model of continued professional development for allied health professionals. You will learn from experts in the field in small postgraduate groups, alongside fellow professionals.

York campus

  • Duration – 1 year part time
  • Start date – October 2021
  • School – School of Science, Technology and Health

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:1 degree in a related subject

    3 years in a professional healthcare setting

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021-22 £2,167 part time

    International 2021-22 N/A part time

Course overview

This course is a unique model of continued professional development for allied health professionals. You will be a qualified professional working in UK health and social care. Examples of these include physiotherapist or occupational therapist. You will be engaged in, or seeking to develop, advanced practice in your own specific clinical area.

On the course, you will engage with an approach to learning that mirrors and enhances the practice in which you work. You will refine your practice, focusing on autonomous activity and complex decision making. By engaging with this format, you will have the abilities to develop innovative methods that will enhance your clients' experiences and improve outcomes.

York St John University offer related undergraduate and pre-registration master’s qualifications in occupational therapy and physiotherapy, and have delivered a successful CPD portfolio of master’s level study for many years, most recently offering the MSc Professional Health and Social Care and the MSc Leadership in Health and Social Care awards.

These awards have helped professionals like you advance their career, and now elements of those programmes have been embedded in this new, clinically oriented suite of postgraduate awards.

Course structure

How you will study

For postgraduate study our academic year is split into 3 semesters.

You can study this postgraduate course part time. This allows you to fit your studies around other commitments.

The course will take 1 year to complete. You will study:

  • 1 compulsory module across the academic year.

Due to the structure of the course, this module constitutes your entire postgraduate award.


Credits: 60

Compulsory module

On this module, you will focus on transforming practice. As a clinician, you will develop your own specific areas of expertise and advanced practice. You will consider the service and practice within which you work and how to enhance it:

  • You may transform your own service and its interaction with other services in patient pathways through innovation inside and across different services
  • You may transform your relationship with patients by adopting a health coaching approach
  • You may transform the effectiveness of your interventions by understanding how health literacy influences patient compliance  to treatment regimens.

As a clinician, you will reflect on and develop your practice through engagement with theories, models and tools of change management, health coaching and health literacy. This will be underpinned by your critical appraisal of the relevant evidence.

You will be assessed on four different pieces of written work. Each one is worth 25% of your total qualification:

  • A 2500 word critique of a health coaching-related research paper
  • A 25 minute presentation on service transformation, including plan for change, implementation of change, personal and theoretical reflections on change
  • A 2500 word critical self reflection
  • A 2500 word critical evaluation of the effectiveness of communications with patients/users of service


Teaching and assessment


You can expect to engage as an adult, independent learner suited to your professional status.

The course consists of 1 module. Your learning time is expected to be 600 hours, which includes any external independent research and tutor and peer review sessions. You will learn with experts in intimate learning groups.

You will engage in a variety of modes of learning:

  • Discussions on critiques and theories
  • Consideration of case studies to explore authentic scenarios
  • Critical appraisal of evidence
  • Self-reflection.

These modes of learning will help you gain the knowledge and experience for your summative assessments.


The course is made up of formative and summative assessments, designed to support and inspire your development. Assessments are carried out in as authentic a manner as possible.

Your formative assessments include:

  • Opportunities to share a critique of a research paper with your peers and tutors
  • A plan for transformational service change
  • Self-reflection on your experience of implementing a health coaching approach with a service user

These activities all closely resemble your summative assessments for this module but are carried out in a safe and supportive peer group, enabling you to further develop your ideas.

Across the academic year, you will be able to book tutor and peer review sessions, in which you can share ideas and gather critical feedback on your progress.

Entry Requirements


Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:1 degree in a related subject

    3 years in a professional healthcare setting

The minimum entry requirements for this course are: 

  • A 2:1 degree in a related subject 

If you have a 2.2 degree in a relatable subject you may be considered if you are able to demonstrate significant academic or professional experience.


International Students

This course is not open to international students. Discover the other courses we offer. 

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Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

If you do not have traditional qualifications, you might be able to provide evidence of professional experience in the subject as an alternative way to meet the entry requirements. This is called Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). Appropriate references and records of employment would need to be presented to support your case for admission. 

Fees and Funding

UK and EU 2021-2022

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this postgraduate course is:

  • £2,167 for part time study

This price applies to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

If you are delivering NHS services within the Humber Coast and Vale area, Health Education England/Humber Coast and Vale have confirmed limited funding for this course in 2021. Information about the geographical area can be found here:

Geographical area information

In order for us to access funding for you from Humber Coast and Vale you will need the approval of your line manager and workforce development lead. Please complete our funding form and ask your line manager and workforce development lead to confirm their approval by signing it. Please return your completed form to

Advanced Practice funding form (103 KB)

If funding from Humber Coast and Vale is not available the other options you have are:

1. Access CPD funding or other organisation-based funding. The way this is managed varies from one organisation to another so it would be best to discuss this with your line manager and workforce development lead.

2. Self-fund.

Funding your studies

You can find out more about postgraduate funding by following the link below to our funding opportunities page.

Postgraduate funding opportunities

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021-22 £2,167 part time

    International 2021-22 N/A part time

Additional costs and financial support

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.



Career outcomes

Where could Transforming Practice take you?

You will already be a qualified professional working in UK health and/or social care. This course will help you further develop the advanced level of your practice in your own clinical area and enhance your career options.


Stand out from the crowd with postgraduate study.

Our careers service, LaunchPad, provides career support tailored to your ambitions. Through this service you can access:

  • Employer events
  • LinkedIn, CV and cover letter sessions
  • Workshops on application writing and interview skills
  • Work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Personalised career advice.

This support does not end when you graduate. You can access our expert career advice for the rest of your life. We will help you gain the experience and confidence you need to succeed.

Apply for this course

You can apply directly to the course via our Apply Now links. You will need to create a login and password and complete the online form.

Your personal statement should be a maximum of 1000 words.

Please contact a referee in advance of submitting your application as an automated request will go out as soon as you submit, and your application will not be reviewed until the reference is in place.

We only consider the first 100 applicants for each course. Incomplete applications may not be reviewed.



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