Practitioner Enquiry: Gathering Data


This course introduces a range of data gathering techniques suitable for practice based enquiry.

  • Questionnaires, focus groups and interviews
  • Consider the general advantages and disadvantages associated with each method
  • Take account of samples and piloting early drafts
  • Applying data gathering to a range of contrasting enquiry scenarios and evaluating their suitability and effectiveness
  • Developing the ability to make a case for and defend the selection of techniques

Duration, attendance and delivery

The course usually lasts approximately 10 weeks. The blended learning structure consists of online learning, workshops, tutorials, self-study, reflection, application of learning at work and the completion of assessment tasks.


At the end of the course you will undertake an assessment. This is a work based assessment rather than a theory based essay. Typically you will be required to apply what you have learnt to your practice, evaluating concepts for their applicability and usefulness.

The assessment format may be a written exercise, in-class presentation, project report or another appropriate method. A written piece would be around 2000 words in length.

Entry requirements

You will need to be in a work role (paid or unpaid) which allows you the scope to put the concepts learned into practice. There are no formal qualification requirements for entry; we assess suitability on each individual application.

Start dates

  • May 2017