AdvDip(CPD) in Negotiated Studies (HE7) (Online)

If you want to deepen your knowledge of a specific area of health and social care, our stand-alone Negotiated Studies short course can support you in broadening your skillset and pursuing your career ambitions. You can negotiate a bespoke course of study tailored to your professional development needs and benefit from the flexibility of online learning.

in Negotiated Studies (HE7) (Online)

Key information



Mode of Study:

Part-time Distance Learning


15 weeks


University of Bolton

Start date:

23/09/2024, 20/01/2025

Course Details

The University of Bolton's professional development course in Negotiated Studies aims to help you develop knowledge and skills for a specific aspect of your role that will benefit you and your employer. You can choose the area of focus. You may wish to explore a particular issue affecting your work, develop your clinical skills or pursue further study. We'll work with your employer (where possible) to negotiate appropriate learning outcomes and assessment strategies. You'll also have the opportunity to outline plans for your own development and negotiate a programme of study that meets the necessary criteria.

During the work-based programme, you'll be largely responsible for your learning and demonstrating your achievements. We'll also expect you to review your development and assessment plans critically.

If you decide to progress with further study on completing this course, you'll be able to use the credits you've earned towards the University of Bolton's MSc Health and Social Care.

  • Our dedicated staff have a wealth of experience working in health and social care settings and engaging in relevant research. We aim to reflect this expertise and passion for service excellence through our teaching.
  • This course is designed to be beneficial for your career while also meeting your employer's needs.
  • You'll have the opportunity to access all University's facilities, including the IT suites, library and student support services.
  • Designed to help you achieve your potential and enjoy your work, the course aims to equip you with the skills and understanding for a successful and rewarding career in healthcare.
Key Features
  • The University of Bolton has been offering high-quality courses designed to meet the health and social care sector’s needs for over 30 years, so we have the knowledge and experience to anticipate and respond to changes in the health and social care sector.
  • As you study this course, we'll encourage you to develop employability skills, values and behaviours, such as professional identity and skills mastery.
  • We review our courses regularly to ensure we incorporate contemporary theories and advancements.
  • Your employer may give you financial support to undertake this course, or you may be self-funded.
  • When you successfully complete this course, the University of Bolton will award you an Advanced Diploma of CPD in Negotiated Studies worth 20 credits at Level HE7.

  • You must offer current professional registration as a health or social care practitioner.
  • We may also consider applicants offering recent study at Level HE6.
  • Preferably, you should be working in a health and social care setting in a role where you have a specific professional development need that requires a bespoke programme of study.
  • As this is an online course, you'll need access to a computer with the appropriate software and accessories, including a webcam, microphone and a sufficient broadband connection. You'll also need basic IT skills. In particular, you'll need to be able to access and use the University of Bolton's virtual learning environment, Moodle. Please contact the programme leader for details if you are uncertain that you'll be able to meet these requirements.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • Please note that this course is subject to the University of Bolton's Fitness to Practise procedure.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

Course fees

Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £800 for the academic year 2024/25.

Overseas students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Overseas fee of £800 for the academic year 2024/25.

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2023-2024 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on for information.

The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.


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The Royal College of Nursing may offer educational grants. Please visit for information.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.

You'll need to attend the scheduled online sessions that introduce the aims and objectives of the programme remotely. They will help you establish a learning framework that will support you in meeting the programme's learning outcomes.

To help you achieve your personal and professional goals, your supervisor will offer support and advice on developing your area of study through a series of individual online tutorials.

You'll have the opportunity to submit a sample of work to meet one or more of the learning outcomes. We expect you to complete this formative assessment and will offer you feedback so you can see what you have done well and identify areas that need further development.

We adopt a blended learning and teaching style, including online delivery and engagement where appropriate.

  • Negotiated Studies
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 100%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 95%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 5%


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Helen Lord
Programme Lead

+44 (0)1204 903722

CPD Health Team
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903

Related courses

AdvDip(CPD) Negotiated Studies (HE6)

Mode of study
15 Weeks

University of Bolton

Postgraduate Options

MSc Health and Social Care

Mode of study
36 Months

University of Bolton


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