PGCert Teaching and Learning in Clinical Practice

  • Professional Accreditation

Overview

Course Length:18 Months - 3 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:February 2016, January 2017
Department:Faculty of Health and Social Care
Location:Blended Learning
  • 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 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 the Higher Education Academy. Students completing this course will therefore be eligible to apply for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Faculty of Health and Social Care

Course 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. Edge Hill University is the usual location for the face-to-face sessions, although some may be held at the Woodlands Centre in Chorley. 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?

There are no formal examinations. 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.

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Modules

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.

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.

You will select one of the following modules:

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.

CPD4707 Supporting the Postgraduate Learner in the Medical Workplace (20 credits)

Supporting the Postgraduate Learner in the Medical Workplace offers you an in-depth exploration of educational supervision in the medical workplace. The module will introduce and raise your awareness of key concepts involved in mentoring, coaching and supervision, drawing on theory, practice, and the broader scholarly literature. You will explore assessing learning needs, learning agreements and learning objectives, and supervising and supporting trainees in difficulty. The module also covers evaluation assessment and appraisal principles before concluding with an introduction to careers support, mentoring and coaching, Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) principles and quality management. Assessment for learning and the use of feedback to support learning will also be considered.

Please note, optional module selection is subject to module availability and timetabling. Some restrictions on optional module choice may apply.

For more information about each module, including the dates and times of module sessions, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/cpdmodules.

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.

Finance

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 www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradfinance2015.

Apply

How to Apply

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

Get in Touch

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