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Managing Own Professional Development

Module description

This module is focused on establishing oneself as a Financial Service Professional and provides an important foundation upon which to further develop your career. 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 development planning.

Exploring the essential requirements of professional practise, 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, skills, strengths and experience.

This module is a part of the formal process of portfolio building in which you are required to evidence the knowledge skills and behaviours set out in the level 6, degree apprenticeship standards for the Financial Services Professional. The personal 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.

Full module specification

Module title:Managing Own Professional Development
Module code:BEF3106DA
Module level:3
Academic year:2021/2
Module lecturers:
  • Ms Michelle Trottier - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:






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Duration (weeks) - term 2:


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Module aims

This module offers a series of advanced activities aimed at developing the skills and behaviours required for practise in financial services. It seeks to pull together learning from across a variety of sources in support of proactively managing one’s own professional learning and development. Through constructive feedback from both academic and workplace mentors, the apprentice will critically reflect on their progress, developing and refining their skills and behaviours in order to establish themselves as a Financial Services Professional.  This module culminates in the production of a portfolio that draws together and evidences personal and professional development.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Develop critical arguments both of self and of module-related theories that support and deepen learning.
  • 2. Reflect upon professional practice to identify, evaluate and modify own behaviours using self-analysis and constructive feedback. Recognise where learning originates and translate new knowledge into own PDP.
  • 3. Compile, manage and edit a portfolio of evidence in support of own progression against the relevant Degree Apprentice learning objectives.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Takes a leadership role in the team when appropriate (S28)
  • 5. Acts as a role model and supports others in their development as appropriate (S32)
  • 6. Time Management (S21): Proactively plan and organise your work and time, clearly identifying priorities to meet commitments/KPIs/deadlines
  • 7. Communicating and Networking (S23-24): Use strong interpersonal skills and communicate well through a range of media, using language that is meaningful to the recipient e.g. written reports, presentations, phone, face to face, email. Communicate complex information clearly. Listen actively to understand needs and adapt your style to the recipient.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. Honesty and Integrity (33-36): Truthful, sincere and trustworthy in your actions. Shows integrity by doing the right thing, demonstrating the organisation’s values. Maintains appropriate confidentiality at all times. Visible role model, and coaches’ others where appropriate. Follows and promotes appropriate organisational procedures and policies.
  • 9. Adaptability (37): Adapt positively to changing work priorities and patterns and is flexible to the needs of the organisation. Demonstrates willingness to adapt approach to assist organisation and individuals to manage priorities as circumstances change, new tasks need to be done, or when business requirements change. Respond well to change.
  • 10. Resilience and Enthusiasm (38-40): Displays energy, determination and enthusiasm in the way you go about your role, dealing positively and with determination when setbacks occur, or when managing difficult situations. Stays positive under pressure and shows tenacity to follow jobs through to completion.
  • 11. Innovation and Creativity (41): Demonstrate a curious and questioning approach in your work. Is creative, innovative and enterprising when seeking solutions to business needs, whilst understanding relevant boundaries e.g. Financial Services Regulations.
  • 12. Attention to detail (42): Handles tasks with thoroughness and accuracy. Takes ownership for the quality of work and recognises and resolves errors.

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
Seminars (Master classes)6Taking place during scheduled face-to-face masterclasses there will be at least 6 hours of taught input.
Seminars (Webinars)9Taking place during scheduled face-to-face webinars there will be at least 9 hours of taught input.
Online activities and PDP coaching 48Ongoing PDP coaching throughout 33 weeks of the online module. Drawing upon academic guidance, professional development coaching and workplace mentoring.
Applied Professional Development87Guided 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
Drawing from your learning journal, produce four 500-word critical reflections which demonstrate at least 4 of the listed ILOs for the module. Equivalent to 2,000 words.1-11Academic lead will provide written and verbal feedback.
Draft critical reflection2,000 words1-12Academic lead will provide written or verbal 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. Write a critical reflection with an accompanying portfolio of evidence demonstrating how you have met 4 areas of the Apprenticeship Standard702500 words1-12Academic tutor will provide written feedback
2. 1,500 word personal brand webpage/document showcasing your knowledge, skills and behaviours301500 words (or equivalent)1-12Academic 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
As per original2500 words, 70%1-126 weeks
As per original1500 words (or equivalent), 30%1-126 weeks

Re-assessment notes

Defer – as first time

Refer – capped at 40%

Syllabus plan

Through a series of advanced online 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.  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. 

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Recommended text:

Cottrell, S. (2015) 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. (2014) 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

Winstanley, D. (2009) Personal Effectiveness. Excel Books: UK

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