The course is delivered as a blended learning approach, through a combination of lectures, skills workshops and work-based tasks through online and on-campus learning. All modules will require attendance at tutor-led classes which are normally scheduled to be delivered on a weekly basis. One day per week (Friday) is spent attending the University for off-the-job training and the remaining 4 days per week (Monday-Thursday) in the workplace. The Apprenticeship Programme requires a minimum of 80% attendance on placement, monitored by the employer and a minimum of 80% attendance in off-the-job training, delivered at Staffordshire University.
Apprentices will undertake a series of formative activities which will develop knowledge and skills, and which will prepare them for the summative assessments. Examples include critical reflection of skills development in patient engagement or assessment, use of feedback from tutors and peers to develop skills, recording role plays, peer-assessment of role-plays, participation in a group presentation on assessment case study scenario, feedback from tutors on presentations.
The modules incorporate assessments as specified by the British Psychological Society (BPS); including clinical competency assessments, academic assessments, and portfolios demonstrating achievement of practice outcomes.
The End Point Assessment organisation is the British Psychological Society (BPS). Once all of the academic work has been passed on modules 1-3, a Gateway meeting will take place between the apprentice, employer, and University representative to ascertain whether the apprentice is ready to undertake the end-point assessment. Once this has been confirmed, an EPA will be scheduled with the BPS.
In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).
Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties. You will also have full access to our support services such as Student Guidance.
Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.