PGCert Workplace-based Postgraduate Medical Education

Evidence meeting the General Medical Council’s criteria for the clinical and educational supervision of postgraduate trainees while also gaining accreditation with Health Education England North West as a Clinical or Educational Supervisor.

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      Course Length: 18 Months - 5 Years Part-Time
      Start Dates: September 2022, February 2023, September 2023, February 2024
      Subjects: Health and Social Care
      Location: Blended Learning

      This is a course designed to meet the needs of medical educators. It will enable you to meet the General Medical Council (GMC) standards for trainers and be accredited by Health Education England North West as a Clinical or Educational Supervisor.

      The programme is suitable for consultants, higher speciality trainees and non-consultant career-grade doctors working within the Health Education England North West region. It is specifically designed for those working in a hospital setting.

      The course is accredited by Advance HE and the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME).

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      What will I study?

      You will study three modules, the first two of which will provide you with an introduction to medical education in the clinical workplace and offer an in-depth exploration of clinical and educational supervision in the medical workplace.

      For the third module, you will choose a specific theme from options including educational leadership, medical leadership, simulation, technology enhanced learning, management, teaching and learning, and mentoring and coaching.

      How will I study?

      The programme primarily comprises substantial studying online via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment where you will find an array of specially-created learning materials to support each module and also a discussion board for active debate within each Learning Set. You will also have access to a vast range of electronic resources, including e-books and electronic journals, which can be accessed online.

      The course also requires attendance at one full induction day in addition to a small number of half-day workshops for each module.

      How will I be assessed?

      You will be assessed through a variety of coursework assignments. These will include reflective case studies on actual practice, peer observation of teaching, and short seminar presentations.

      Who will be teaching me?

      The course team consists of a mixture of academic staff and experienced medical educators from clinical practice. You can expect to have contact with both academic tutors and experienced clinicians throughout the course. The course team is highly experienced in designing and delivering postgraduate online learning for medical educators.


      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:

      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%.

      CPD4706Teaching and Learning in the Medical Workplace (20 credits)

      Teaching and Learning in the Medical Workplace offers an introduction to the role of the Clinical Supervisor in the medical workplace. The module will raise your awareness of key concepts involved in teaching and facilitating learning, including understanding the theories of learning, the educational climate, adult learning, styles of learning, styles of teaching, clinical skills teaching and clinical workplace teaching. You will also explore your personal approach to teaching and peer observation of teaching and be introduced to reflective practice, workplace assessment and feedback, portfolios and supervision.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      You will select one of the following optional 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%.

      CPD7004Educational Leadership in Health Settings (20 credits)

      Educational Leadership in Health Settings provides you with a critical and evaluative perspective on educational leadership. The module will address leadership theories, styles and approaches in the specific context of clinical education and will facilitate the application of theory to practice. Educational leaders can face unique challenges in working across organisational and professional boundaries and you will, therefore, be encouraged to apply leadership concepts to your own role and consider your personal contribution to the development of ‘learning organisations’.

      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%.

      HEA4251Inclusivity in Clinical Education (20 credits)

      Inclusivity in Clinical Education enables you to critically examine the concepts of equality, diversity and inclusivity within your clinical discipline. You will critically reflect on your responsibilities, accountability, practices and values and develop a culture of inclusivity to enhance clinical education within your workplace. This will be achieved through role modelling inclusive behaviours and recognising how these can contribute to a good patient experience and sharing of best practice. You will also explore how to break down barriers to equity of outcome and experience in clinical education, including unconscious bias and stereotypes, and discover how to challenge unacceptable behaviour effectively.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      CPD4708Managing and Developing Medical Education (20 credits)

      Managing and Developing Medical Education introduces and raises your awareness of key concepts involved in managing and developing medical education within the context of the clinical workplace. The module will explore the principles of curriculum planning, course design and evaluation for the quality assurance of educational interventions. You will also study a range of approaches to medical education (including problem-based learning and e-learning), and methods of medical education (such as presentations and group work).

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      HEA4117Medical Leadership (20 credits)

      Medical Leadership examines the importance of the personal attributes of a leader, including emotional intelligence and personality type, using psychometric tools such as the Jungian Type Indicator (JTI). You will have the opportunity to analyse and reflect upon your personal effectiveness against Covey’s seven effectiveness domains. You will also use Belbin’s team roles as a way of understanding your own and others’ contributions to team meetings.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      CPD7011Mentoring and Coaching in Clinical Education (20 credits)

      Mentoring and Coaching in Clinical Education focuses on mentoring and coaching in relation to the purposes, context, processes, skills and impact on the clinical learning environment. You will engage in an analysis of the nature of supportive/developmental relationships in the field of clinical education, including conducting an evaluation of the theoretical constructs of mentoring and coaching, current research and the benefits to both the individual and the organisation. You will explore the roles of mentoring and coaching in your own specific area of clinical practice in some depth.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      HEA4220Promoting Professionalism and Ethics in Multidisciplinary Practice (20 credits)

      Promoting Professionalism and Ethics in Multidisciplinary Practice enables you to explore and critically appraise the notion of professionalism. You will critically examine ethical aspects associated with professionalism in healthcare, for example public expectations versus personal expression, to assist in reflective practice. The aim is to encourage you to critically reflect on your practices and values when working in a multi-disciplinary team. You will explore ways in which an individual can validate and support the development of professionalism, creating a professional environment in healthcare settings and role-modelling professional values and behaviours to enhance both the patient experience and the sharing of best practice.

      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%.

      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

      You need to have a relevant degree, usually in medicine. You should be a hospital doctor, consultant, staff-grade and associate specialist (SAS) or higher speciality trainee (ST3 and above).

      Modules are open to suitably qualified clinicians across all specialities, however as places are limited, priority will be given to those nominated by Health Education England North West.

      Career Prospects

      What are my career prospects?

      Successful completion of this programme will enable you to critically analyse and explore the role of teaching and learning in the clinical context and make critical judgments within the medical workplace.

      You will enhance your skills in teaching, assessment, appraisal, supervision and reflective practice, with the opportunity to review your own professional needs and to plan and undertake relevant and appropriate activities to meet those identified needs.


      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.

      9th December 2020 - Change of Modules

      HEA4220 Promoting Professionalism and Ethics in Multidisciplinary Practice (20 credits) and HEA4251 Inclusivity in Clinical Education (20 credits) added as optional modules.

      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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