AdvDip(CPD) Critical Evaluation for Evidence Based Practice (HE7)

To progress in health and social care, having the knowledge and skills to make sound, well-informed decisions is crucial. Study our professional development course in Critical Evaluation for Evidence and Practice and you’ll have the opportunity to develop the critical analysis abilities to challenge evidence and inform your decision making.

Critical Evaluation for Evidence Based Practice (HE7)

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Mode of Study:



14 weeks


University of Bolton

Start date:


Course Details

In the health and social care arena, high-quality service delivery based on sound evidence and decision making is always a priority. The advanced professional development course in Critical Evaluation for Evidence and Practice offered by the University of Bolton aims to provide you with an in-depth insight into the gathering and assessment of research, encouraging you to develop a critical, constructive and questioning attitude and adopt independent lines of enquiry to inform your decision making and practice.

Designed to help you meet the growing demands of the health and social care sector, this course will introduce you to research theories such as positivism and social constructionism, as well as key concepts within quantitative and qualitative approaches to research. You’ll have the opportunity to explore and learn more about evidence-based practice, strategy methodologies and critical appraisal tools, as well as studying the principles of ethics and research governance.

  • Our dedicated academic team has a wealth of experience working in health and social care settings and in relevant research, bringing their expertise and passion for service excellence to their teaching.
  • The course is flexible and designed to fit in with busy home and working lives.
  • As you study this course, you’ll be encouraged to develop employability skills, values and behaviours, such as the 6Cs, action planning, personal impact and confidence, self-awareness, social and ethical responsibility, respect and commitment to quality.
  • On successful completion of this course you will be awarded an Advanced Professional Development qualification in Critical Evaluation of Evidence and Practice that is worth 20 credits at Level HE7.
  • This course is part of a professional development framework and the credits gained on completion can be used towards the University of Bolton’s PgDip Community Specialist Practice (District Nursing) or PgDip Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) qualifications.
Key Features
  • We’ve been offering high-quality courses specifically designed to meet the needs of the health and social care sector for more than three decades.
  • We have the knowledge and experience to anticipate and respond to change. Our courses and programmes are developed with the requirements of the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) in mind, which is integral to the career and pay progression strand of Agenda for Change.
  • The course curriculum is regularly reviewed to ensure that contemporary theories are adopted.
  • You may be given financial support by your employer to undertake this course, or you may fund your studies yourself. Because you’ll require access to a mentor who helps the university assess your progress on the course, you’ll need your employer’s support to complete this qualification.

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

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 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 eligibility 2021-2022 policy 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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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.

  • Critical Evaluation for Evidence Based Practice
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 80%, Practical exams 20%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 79%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 21%

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

Sue First
Programme Leader

+44 (0)1204 903755

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903

Postgraduate Options

MSc Physician Associate Studies

Mode of study
24 Months

University of Bolton


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