PGCert Teaching and Learning in Clinical Practice

Reflect upon and share your experience of teaching, supporting and assessing learning within a clinical context, developing the knowledge base to make critical judgments within a clinical setting.

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      Course Length: 18 Months - 3 Years Part-Time
      Start Dates: February 2023, September 2023, February 2024
      Subjects: Health and Social Care
      Location: Blended Learning

      Please note, this course is closed to further applications for September 2022 entry. It remains open to applications for February 2023 entry.

      This is a collaborative, multi-professional programme for those working in a clinical setting, providing the opportunity for participants to improve teaching and assessment skills and understand how individuals learn. The course is suitable for all experienced clinicians, including medical doctors of all disciplines, general practitioners, dentists, nurses and allied health professionals who teach, support learning and are involved in assessment processes, whether formal or informal.

      The course is run by Edge Hill University and is an accredited programme of Advance HE. Students completing this course will be eligible to apply for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

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      In Depth

      What will I study?

      The course will enable you to study the key concepts and approaches involved in teaching and facilitating learning in the clinical environment, furthering your application of theory to practice.

      You will also analyse relevant forms of assessment and evaluation and consider the roles of learning support and learning resources in effective delivery.

      There will be opportunities to practice your teaching skills and to observe and give feedback to others.

      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.

      The programme commences with a detailed introduction to studying online. Please note, you will require access to a PC with an internet connection, as well as speakers or headphones. Specialist software is not required. Interaction online between fellow students is encouraged and facilitated by means of discussion boards.

      The online learning is blended with contact sessions, 3-4 per module, at Edge Hill University. Attendance at these face-to-face sessions is highly recommended. These are not compulsory, although if you are unable to attend the first session you will be expected to demonstrate accessing and taking part in the online activities at the earliest opportunity.

      How will I be assessed?

      A range of assessment strategies are employed on this programme, including online tasks, critical reflection on practice, assignments, evaluative reports, case studies, peer observation of teaching, the design of learning activities and the creation of portfolios. You will be supported by your academic tutors with academic skills practice and ‘formative feedback’ on work-in-progress. 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, some of whom are, or have been, practising clinicians, experienced educationalists and experienced learning technologists. The team is further enhanced by guest input from clinical experts and practitioners.

      Many of the team are research active in the fields of technology enhanced learning and clinical education and some are also University Teaching and Learning Fellows or SOLSTICE Fellows, with an extensive publication record. Specific research interests include the role and influence of tutors when facilitating e-learning, the use of e-portfolios and informal workplace learning.


      The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine offers some of the best facilities for the education and training of health and social care professionals in the country.

      The outstanding teaching and learning resources include leading edge clinical skills facilities, an 860-seat lecture theatre, and a variety of teaching rooms and social learning spaces.


      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.


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      Compulsory modules:

      CPD4456Delivering Teaching and Facilitating Learning Opportunities (20 credits)

      Delivering Teaching and Facilitating Learning Opportunities allows you to examine the variety of approaches to teaching and learning and to experience/develop skills in a number of teaching techniques. The module will also examine the role of learning support and learning resources in promoting teaching and learning. It will relate research on the effectiveness of various approaches and techniques to the actual experience of participants. Topics include approaches to and techniques used in teaching and learning facilitation, selecting appropriate approaches and techniques, supporting student learning and using learning resources.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      CPD4454Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context (20 credits)

      Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context introduces and raises awareness of the key concepts involved in teaching and facilitating learning in both the clinical context and Higher Education. The module critically examines theories of learning and teaching and their relevance to learning and teaching facilitation in the clinical context. Topics include using the clinical environment for the teaching and facilitation of learning; theories of learning; aligning learning, teaching and assessment; reflective learning and a philosophy of teaching.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      You will select one of the following optional modules:

      CPD4455Assessing Learning and Evaluating Teaching (20 credits)

      Assessing Learning and Evaluating Teaching provides the opportunity to examine the form of assessment used in your profession and the different means by which teaching is evaluated and learning facilitated. The module reviews and critically analyses the principles informing assessment and evaluation and applies them to actual practice within the clinical context. There will also be opportunities for you to practice your teaching skills and to observe and give feedback to your peers. Topics include assessing learning, evaluating teaching, methods of assessment and evaluation, and peer observation of teaching.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      CPD4707Supporting the Postgraduate Learner in the Medical Workplace (20 credits)

      Supporting the Postgraduate Learner in the Medical Workplace offers you an in-depth exploration of the role and remit of the Educational Supervisor in the medical workplace. The module will introduce and raise your awareness of key concepts involved in educational supervision, drawing on theory, practice and broader scholarly literature. You will explore the assessment of learning needs, learning agreements and learning objectives, appraisal, report writing, the Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) cycle, and assessment for learning and feedback. The module also covers supervising and supporting diverse trainees, such as those in difficulty.

      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

      Entry Criteria

      Entry Requirements

      Applicants need to be qualified clinicians, with some experience of, or access to, supervising and/or teaching in their daily work. A degree, degree-level qualification or professional qualification supplemented by relevant experience will normally form part of an applicant’s profile.

      Career Prospects

      What are my career prospects?

      Upon successful completion of this programme, you will have developed the knowledge and skills required of clinical and educational supervisors, practice education facilitators, as well as other roles in clinical and medical education.

      If you are already working in such a position, the programme will enable you to develop your role and enable you to reflect upon and share your expertise whilst acquiring an accredited academic qualification.


      Tuition Fees

      Tuition fees for part-time study on this Postgraduate Certificate are £39 per credit for UK students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2022/23. This is equivalent to £780 per 20 credit module.

      60 credits are required to complete a Postgraduate Certificate.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

      Financial Support

      For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2022/23 guide at

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see for further details.


      How to Apply

      There is an online application process for this programme.

      Please choose the application form for your preferred intake date and mode of study.

      Visit for more information about the application process.

      Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

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      Course Changes

      Expand All This tab 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. Future material changes will be added here as amends are made to course information.

      8th July 2020 - Revision to Tuition Fees

      Please note, the tuition fees for this programme have been amended to £37.50 per credit (i.e £750 per 20 credit module) for academic years 2020/21 and 2021/22.

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