PGCert Teaching and Learning in Clinical Practice

  • Professional Accreditation


Course Length:1 Year Part-Time
Start Dates:January 2016, January 2017
Department:Faculty of Education
Location:Online Study
  • Reflect upon and share your experiences of teaching, supporting and assessing learning within a clinical context;
  • Develop the knowledge base to make critical judgments within a clinical setting;
  • Review your individual professional needs and learn with colleagues from across the spectrum of multi-professional clinical expertise;
  • Join a programme delivered using a blend of online bespoke reading materials, online discussion and face-to-face contact sessions.

This is a collaborative, multi-professional programme for those working in a clinical setting, providing the opportunity to improve teaching 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 professions.

The course is run by Edge Hill University, in collaboration with the Mersey Deanery and the Department of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education. The course is an accredited programme of the Higher Education Academy (formerly Institute for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education). Students completing this course will therefore be automatically eligible for admission as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Faculty of Education

Course in Depth

What will I study?

The programme will enable you to study the key concepts and approaches involved in teaching and facilitating learning in the clinical environment.

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 programme is delivered by part-time, supported online distance learning, and attendance at five one-day workshops over the calendar year.

Specially devised study material is provided by means of the Internet. Discussion and contact between fellow students is encouraged and facilitated by means of email and special discussion boards. In addition, all participants receive support and guidance throughout the year from a personal tutor. The programme commences with a detailed introduction to studying online.

Please note, you will require access to a PC which has a link to the Internet, CD-ROM drive and speakers / headphones. Specialist software is not required.

How will I be assessed?

There are no formal exams for this programme. Each module is assessed separately by submission of written assignments.

Who will be teaching me?

The programme team has a combination of clinical and educational expertise. Specific research interests include the role and influence of tutors when facilitating e-learning, the use of e-portfolios, and informal workplace learning.

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CPD4454 Teaching 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.

CPD4455 Assessing 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.

CPD4456 Delivering 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.

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.

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?

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 £30 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2015/16, i.e. £600 per 20 credit module.

60 credits are required to complete a Postgraduate Certificate. Please note, 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 in academic year 2015/16, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2015/16 guide at


How to Apply

Apply directly to Edge Hill University. Download the application form (pdf).

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme, please contact:

If you would like to talk to the programme leader about the course in more detail, please contact: