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Advanced Professional Practice

Module titleAdvanced Professional Practice
Module codeBEF2106DA
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Dr Julie Pepper (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

48 weeks over the year

Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

This module provides you with the opportunity to connect the concepts, approaches and theories which you have learnt throughout the degree apprenticeship and combine this with application in your workplace to enable you to advance your professional practice and facilitate your career development. Drawing upon academic guidance, professional development coaching and workplace mentoring you have a wealth of inspiration and advice to guide and support your own professional practice.

Exploring the advanced requirements of professional practice, you will develop and refine the skills you have built up over the course of the degree and consider your behaviours in relation to working as a Financial Services Professional. Based within professional codes of conduct and organisational policies and processes, you will develop your personal leadership approach to excellence in your role, identifying and building upon personal values, behaviours, skills, strengths and experience.

This module is a part of the formal process of portfolio building which contains work-based evidence that has been built up progressively through the apprenticeship and will illustrate the application of knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the level 6, degree apprenticeship standards for the Financial Services Professional. The personal and professional development that you undertake and the activities, assignments and reflections that you produce, all offer material for your final EPA professional portfolio and panel interview.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module offers a series of advanced activities aimed at equipping you to evidence and critically reflect on your development of the skills and behaviours required for practice in financial services. The module empowers you to think critically and helps you to recognise how you can advance your workplace through your own personal leadership.  It will also develop your ability to reflect on the impact resulted from your degree apprenticeship and work experience, plus the development and exhibition of your professional behaviours. 


The module is designed to pull together learning from research-inspired content and activities in support of proactively managing one’s own professional learning and development. Through constructive feedback from both academic and workplace mentors, you will critically reflect on your progress, developing and refining your skills and behaviours in order to establish yourselves as a Financial Services Professional.  


The module aims to equip you to demonstrate the skills and behaviours for your level 6 Financial Services Professional Degree Apprenticeship, which include but are not limited to:


Time Management (S21)

Problem Solving and Decision Making (S22)

Communicating and Networking (S23,24)

Teamwork and collaboration (S25-28)

Honesty and Integrity (33-36)

Adaptability (37)

Innovation and Creativity (41)

Resilience and Enthusiasm (38-40)

Attention to Detail (42)

Developing Self and Others (29-32)

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Problem Solving and decision making (S22): Gathers and organise the appropriate facts and evidence, evaluate information quickly and draw accurate conclusions in order to solve problems and implement effective decision making.
  • 2. Self-Awareness and Personal Leadership (28,30,31,32) Take ownership for self-development by reflecting upon professional practice to identify, evaluate and modify own behaviours using self-analysis and constructive feedback, identifying opportunities for taking a leadership role in the team; and acting as a role model and supporting others in their development as appropriate
  • 3. Team Working, Collaboration and (S25,26) Apply a suite of professional skills to enable effective team working, collaboration and personal leadership, in order to build/maintains strong, positive working relationships with clients/colleagues/suppliers as appropriate; support colleagues and collaborate to achieve results;
  • 4. Time Management (S21) Proactively plan and organises your work and time, clearly identifying priorities to meet commitments/KPIs/ deadlines.
  • 5. Communicating and Networking (S15,23-24) Apply strong interpersonal skills and communicate well through a range of media, using language that is clear and meaningful to the recipient. This may include but is not limited to: listening actively to understand needs and adapts their style to the recipient; Builds ethically sound and trusted relationships with internal and/or external clients/customers to form the basis of a long-term partnership.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. Critical Thinking Develop critical arguments both of self and of module-related theories that support and deepen learning.

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. Apply reflection to professional practice through an integration of theory, frameworks and models into evaluating and improving behaviours. These behaviours include but are not limited to: Honesty and Integrity (33-36) Adaptability (37) Innovation and Creativity (41) Resilience and Enthusiasm (38-40) Attention to Detail (42)
  • 8. Compile, manage and edit a portfolio of evidence in support of own progression against the relevant Degree Apprentice learning objectives.

Syllabus plan

Through a series of advanced online, research-inspired learning activities, applied exercises and reflective assignments finance professionals can expect to develop and refine their management and leadership skills; professional effectiveness and critical reflection.  In addition, through portfolio building, they are expected to demonstrate and evidence the behaviours of honesty and integrity, adaptability, resilience and enthusiasm, innovation and creativity and attention to detail.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
? Self-directed and self-managed research, with support from module lead, academic mentor tutor and a line manager in learner’s organisation.
? Formative feedback during the 12 month period of the personal development planning module (48 weeks in total).
? Mentoring support and feedback from a senior colleague/s in the workplace.
? Ongoing reflection against self-development plan.
Seminars (Master classes/Webinars)28Taking place during the synchronous seminars there will be at least 28 hours of taught input.
Online activities and PDP coaching 48Ongoing PDP coaching throughout 48 weeks of the online module. Drawing upon academic guidance, professional development coaching and workplace mentoring.
Applied Professional Development374Guided and independent learning which will be applied to the work context in consultation with a manager from the organisation. It will include a mixture of reading material, self-development exercises, online discussion forums, self-assessments, videos, and 360-degree feedback.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
4 Journal Submissions into OneFile 400 – 500 words equivalent per submission 1-8Academic or Peer Feedback.
Mock EPA 10-15 mins1-8Academic or Peer Feedback.

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
1. 2,500 word personal brand “webpage”/document showcasing your skills and behaviours. 202,500 words (equivalent to 3,500 with portfolio evidence)1-8 (a choice from ILO’s 1-8)Academic tutor will provide written feedback
2. Critical reflection of Mock EPA (formative 2) with an accompanying plan for evidencing 8KSBs for Portfolio252,000 words1-8 (a choice from ILO’s 1-8)Academic tutor will provide written feedback
3. Write a journal submission for your portfolio that critically analyses and evaluates your progress against 8 FSP skills and behaviours. This must have an accompanying portfolio of evidence.552,500 words (equivalent to 4,500 words with portfolio evidence)1-8Academic tutor will provide written feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
1. As per original: 2,500 words1-86 weeks
2. As per original: 2,000 words1-86 weeks
3. As per original: 2,500 words (equivalent to 4,500)1-86 weeks

Re-assessment notes

Defer – as first time

Refer – capped at 40%

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Recommended text:


Cottrell, S. (2021) Skills for success: personal development and employability. Palgrave Macmillan

Day, T. (2018) Success in Academic Writing. Palgrave Study Skills. Palgrave Macmillan.

Kahneman, D. (2012) Thinking Fast and Slow. Penguin: UK

Miller, D. (2015) Brilliant Personal Effectiveness: What to know and say to make an impact at work. Pearson: UK


Supplementary text:


Cottrell, S (2017) Critical Thinking Skills; Developing Effective Analysis, argument and reflection.

Palgrave Macmillan:

Paul, D., Cadle, J., & Thomas, P (2012) The Human Touch: Personal Skills for Professional Success. BCS: UK


ELE– Web-based and electronic resources will be posted and made available throughout the module

Key words search

Personal effectiveness, interpersonal effectiveness, self-development, personal

development, career management. Professional Development

Credit value45
Module ECTS


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