HA7020 - Focusing on the SPP Apprenticeship Journey

What will I learn on this module?

This module is the third of five designed to enhance your development and in so doing to ensure your progress towards the End Point Assessment (EPA) that is the culmination of your Higher Apprenticeship.

Your learning will be designed around the 12 core duties that underpin the HA standard but will be tailored by you to reflect how knowledge, skills and behaviours are constructed and enacted within the context of your employment, via your specialist route.

Your performance on this module (and hence the award of academic credits) will depend upon your engagement with the HA standards and your ability to demonstrate the progress of your learning and development towards the fulfillment of these standards. Completion of this module and progress to the next stage of your studies will depend upon:

• The production of a reflective log demonstrates your continuing commitment to your own continuing professional development and your engagement with programme learning materials.
• Satisfactory performance in the regular tripartite reviews convened between you, your coach and your workplace mentor.
• Satisfactory progress in the development of your portfolio of learning as evidenced by the production of a minimum number of draft portfolio evidence components as agreed during your tripartite reviews.

There will be curated technology enabled learning (TEL) to support remaining 20% off the job learning including Zoom/Teams/Blackboard collaborate in addition to the following to support your learning:
• Practice and Academic reading lists
• Video lecture content
• Professional memberships.

How will I learn on this module?

You will develop through learning and development opportunities that arise in the context of your work supported by learning opportunities curated across the HRM/D curriculum. This module has been designed to enable you to seek out and pursue such opportunities by providing a platform for knowledge exchange and skills development, which while tutor-led is focused upon the distinctive learning needs of Higher Apprentices. These opportunities will introduce you to the leading knowledge in the field, and current practices across sectors, and provide time and space to discuss with tutors and your peers how these relate to your own work-based experiences and practice.

Underpinning this module will be an understanding and support for Safeguarding: Prevent & Fundamental British Values. These are embedded in our teaching and learning sessions through topics such as Employee Relations, Employment Law and Equality & Diversity. Additionally, your work place mentor will place a key role in supporting your learning. In Programme Days, Employability will also be embedded through a collaborative approach with the Northumbria University Graduate Futures Team.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be guided in your learning and development by a team of academics, practice tutors, workplace coaches and, of course, your workplace mentor. You will work with these individuals to develop a portfolio of learning that demonstrates your appreciation of how the knowledge, skills and behaviours outlined in the HA standard allow you to perform the 12 core duties that underpin leadership and management at this level.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. You will focus your application of critical knowledge and understanding of key concepts relating to HRM/D as defined in the standard, in the area of your chosen specialism route.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. You will focus your application of skills and abilities relating to HRM/D as defined in the standard, in the area of your chosen specialism route.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
3. You will focus your application of behaviours relating to HRM/D as defined in the standard, in the area of your chosen specialism route.

How will I be assessed?

This module will assess the evidence you are developing for your Higher Apprenticeship, to award academic credit. Therefore, you are not required to do anything further than your apprenticeship. The award of academic credit will be made based on:

1. Satisfactory evidence of progress reviews to date, with records of these agreed by the workplace coach and mentor. (MLO1, 2, 3) (MLO1, 2, 3)
2. Satisfactory evidence of ‘personal development reflective learning account’ to date, with records of each learning opportunity undertaken, across the range of opportunities offered on-programme and in the workplace environment. (MLO 1, 2, 3)
3. Satisfactory evidence of three holistic workplace evidence narratives. These should focus on your chosen area of the specialist route, have completed narratives, supporting artifacts and witness testimony, and are agreed upon by the workplace coach and mentor. (MLO 1, 2, 3)
4. Evidence of engagement with English and Maths at level 2 (if required) (MLO 2).


Module 1 HA7018 – Commencing the SPP Apprenticeship Journey
Module 2 HA7019 – Developing the SPP Apprenticeship Journey



Module abstract

This six-month module focuses your development towards the Senior People Professional Higher Apprenticeship programme. In particular, this module requires you to have made a final selection of the specialist route you intend to take in your final portfolio. Over the duration of this period, you will advance your knowledge, understanding, and practical skills central to senior people professional roles, in addition to key skills essential for academic learning.

The themes covered will include:

Block Topic Knowledge Skills Behaviours
11 Evidence Based HR Professional K3, K4, K11 S2, S3, S5, S7, S11 B6, B7
12 Contemporary Work Design K5, K12, K14, K21 S17, S18, S19 B5
13 Information Systems using Data K4, K16, K24 S3, S5, S6, S15, S26 B6
14 Strategic Performance and Reward Management K12, K22, K24 S4, S8, S25, S26 B5
16 Contemporary Issues in L&D K3, K5, K9, K18, K19 S10, S19, S20, S21, S23 B5

You will engage in learning within your own workplace, attend university masterclasses and practice development sessions, conduct an independent study across a range of curated TEL resources, and reflect on the learning and experience of this journey.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 24 months part-time

Department Newcastle Business School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or January 2025

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