PGCert Simulation and Clinical Learning


Course Length:1-3 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:February 2020, September 2020, February 2021
Department:Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine
Location:Blended Learning

If you have previously undertaken any Masters level study in Education, it may be possible to join this programme in September or February. If you have no prior Masters level experience in Education, it will only be possible to join this programme in September due to the learning requirements of a compulsory module delivered in the Spring semester.

  • Join a distinctive programme for clinicians and achieve a named award in the exciting area of simulation and clinical learning;
  • Tailor the programme to your own interests and circumstances, combining the study of simulation with a range of elective topics in clinical learning;
  • Benefit from a flexible ‘step on, step off’ approach to online blended learning which means you can complete the programme in 1-3 years, studying at a rate to suit you.

This Postgraduate Certificate in Simulation and Clinical Learning has been designed for a range of health professionals (medical doctors, dentists, nurses and allied health professionals), clinical educators and healthcare managers who wish to develop specialist knowledge, skills and understanding of simulation as a modality for teaching and supporting learning and assessment. It will equip you with a critical understanding of how simulation can be deployed to enhance teaching, learning and assessment in the field of healthcare.

Simulation can be defined as emulating a real life situation in a controlled (non-real) environment, to safely provide a life-like experience. This creates the opportunity to act, reflect and obtain feedback to assist in achieving competence and progression towards expert level through deliberate and repeated practice in an ascending learning spiral.

The programme will be run on a multi-professional basis, allowing practitioners, managers and clinical educators from different professions and locations to share their knowledge, experience and skills. You will systematically and creatively analyse the complexities of clinical education and explore and articulate opportunities for developing simulation in your own practice.

In Depth

What will I study?

The course will focus on furthering your understanding of simulation as a teaching, learning and assessment modality for clinicians.

In the first two modules, you will explore underpinning theory in relation to simulation from existing literature and examine the range of different potential types and uses of simulation.

You will then have the opportunity to specialise in a particular area of clinical education most suited to your own situation and professional interests, with options to explore themes such as curriculum design or technology enhanced learning.

How will I study?

The course is delivered through online blended learning, using the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), with streamlined access to online reading materials, many of which have been specially optimised for use with mobile devices. It is designed to be ‘step on, step off’, offering flexibility for participants to study in a single year or over a maximum three-year period.

The online learning is blended with a small number of face-to-face workshops, typically up to three per module. Attendance at the face-to-face sessions is highly recommended but, due to the flexibility of the programme, it is not compulsory.

Edge Hill University is the usual location for face-to-face sessions. The campus provides a modern and stimulating environment for study and is equipped with state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities. The VLE is used to deliver the online elements of the programme.

How will I be assessed?

A range of assessment strategies are employed in this programme including online tasks, critical reflection on practice, and a range of written assignments such as the design of learning activities, evaluative reports or case studies. You will be supported by your academic tutors with academic skills practice and ‘formative feedback’ on work-in-progress. Most modules include preparation for assessments during face-to-face sessions through group or individual work. You will be expected to write approximately 4,000 words (or equivalent) for each module.

Who will be teaching me?

The academic team comprises highly experienced tutors from Edge Hill University who are research active in the fields of technology enhanced learning and clinical education. Some also have experience as University Teaching and Learning Fellows or SOLSTICE Fellows, with an extensive publication record.

In addition to this, some of the academic tutors are, or have been, practising clinicians who have specialised in clinical education while others are experienced educationalists from a range of backgrounds. The team is further enhanced by an experienced learning technologist and there is guest input from clinical experts and practitioners.


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CPD4010Teaching, Learning and Simulation in the Clinical Context (20 credits)

Teaching, Learning and Simulation in the Clinical Context introduces and raises awareness of the key theories and concepts involved in teaching and facilitating learning via simulation in the clinical context. The module will provide you with the theoretical underpinning on which to build further study and professional practice. It also commences the process of enhancing critical reflection on your role as a teacher and learning facilitator, stimulating the articulation of your evolving personal philosophy of teaching as you begin to explore the appropriate use of simulation as a teaching and learning modality in the clinical context.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CPD7009Using Simulation to Support Clinical Learning (20 credits)

Using Simulation to Support Clinical Learning analyses and critically appraises current and contentious debates surrounding the use of simulation to support clinical learning. The module will equip you with the academic skills required to critically evaluate simulation used to support clinical learning, advancing your knowledge through focusing on an individually identified aspect of simulation of particular interest to your professional needs.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will select one of the following modules:

HEA4034Negotiated Learning Shell (20 credits)

Negotiated Learning Shell provides an opportunity for you to study a topic or work-related issue at Masters level. It involves you identifying the chosen area for study before developing and negotiating a learning contract, which will outline the what, how, when, where and why of the study period as well as the means of assessment to showcase the acquired learning.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CPD7003Curriculum Design in Clinical Education (20 credits)

Curriculum Design in Clinical Education focuses on sharing an understanding of what constitutes curriculum and sets curriculum design for clinical educators in a broader context (e.g. professional bodies and NHS initiatives). It examines models of curriculum design, as well as some specific design tools. The module reviews the process of curriculum design and also looks at the more controversial debates with particular reference throughout to the clinical setting.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CPD7006E-learning in Clinical Education (20 credits)

E-learning in Clinical Education analyses the development of e-learning within the health context. It draws on the growing international research literature to identify key pedagogic and design principles which should underpin the effective use of communication and information technology applications in the field of clinical education. The module also facilitates you in applying available research to your own work environment, your own teaching, and in critically evaluating the potential of e-learning opportunities.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.

For more information about each module, including the dates and times of module sessions, please visit


You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

You should normally have a first degree and be an experienced healthcare professional within healthcare with some responsibility for clinical education. Applicants are not expected to be currently using simulation when they apply to join the course, although experienced simulation practitioners are welcome to apply.

You will be asked to provide references. Interviews may also be used to supplement the application process.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

This PGCert will provide specialist knowledge that would be useful for any career in the field of healthcare that involves the support of learning and assessment in practice. In addition, the programme will enable you to develop the skills of critical analysis, critical reflection and the evaluation of research evidence commensurate with postgraduate study.


Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for studying on this Postgraduate Certificate are £34 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic years 2019/20 or 2020/21, i.e. £680 per 20 credit module.

60 credits are required to complete a Postgraduate Certificate.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in part-time postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters guide for your intended academic year of entry.


How to Apply

Apply directly to Edge Hill University.

Download the Health and Social Care Professional Development pathway application form and notes for guidance (pdf).

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Course Changes

Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

2nd February 2018 - Change of Modules

HEA4034 Negotiated Learning Shell (20 credits) replaces CPD7007 Improving Practice in Clinical Education (20 credits) as an optional module.