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Teaching and Learning in the Medical Workplace CPD4706


Teaching and Learning in the Medical Workplace is delivered in partnership with the Royal College of Physicians and offers an introduction to fundamental principles of medical education and the role of the Clinical Supervisor in the medical workplace. Following successful completion of the module, you will be recognised by Health Education England North West as meeting the GMC requirements for the role of Clinical Supervisor.

This module is delivered by blended learning and combines face to face workshops with online learning. It offers you opportunity to discuss best educational practice with module tutors as well as other participants. Module studies draw on both practice and theory as found in the broader scholarly literature. You will need to participate in all four workshops to meet the professional standards for the Clinical Supervisor role.

Satisfactory completion of this module will provide recognised evidence in the following domains of the GMC’s standards for Clinical Supervisor status:

  • Domain 1: Ensuring safe and effective patient care
  • Domain 2: Establishing and maintaining an environment for learning
  • Domain 3: Teaching and facilitating learning
  • Domain 4: Enhancing learning through assessment
  • Domain 7: Continuing professional development as an educator
Module code:CPD4706
Module credits:20
Cost for new students:£1000 for 2024/25 academic year

If you are an existing student who is undertaking this module as part of a programme, your fee will have been advised to you by email. You can also check your fees online. For any queries, please contact [email protected]

If your tuition fee is being paid by a sponsor or you are a sponsor paying a student’s fee, you are required to send a copy of a purchase order to [email protected].

For further guidance please visit: Sponsored students – Edge Hill University

Who is this module for?

The module is suitable for consultants, higher speciality trainees (for example, ST3 and above) and non-consultant career-grade doctors. The module is specifically designed for those working in hospital-based specialties. Applicants working within the Health Education England North West region may be eligible for funding:

What are the key aims of the module?

  • To study the core principles of learning, teaching and assessment in postgraduate medical education, as relevant to the role of the Clinical Supervisor.
  • To enhance the ability of the participants to use appropriate skills for clinical teaching, workplace-based assessment and feedback.
  • To enable participants to provide evidence of appropriate training to meet the General Medical Council (GMC) requirements for the Clinical Supervisor role.
  • To provide a context in which participants can review their own continuing professional development as educators.

How will I study?

This module is delivered through a blend of online learning and 4 workshop sessions. You are offered a choice of dates for each session and some sessions will be delivered on campus, with others offered as synchronous online sessions. There is some preparatory work to complete online prior to attendance at the first workshop session. There are 2 intakes per year and the module runs over 1 semester. For example, Semester 1: September to December and Semester 2: February to May.

What will I study?

This module offers an introduction to medical education and clinical supervision in the medical workplace.
The module will raise your awareness of key concepts involved in teaching and facilitating learning, including:

  • Adult learning theories
  • The educational climate
  • Styles of learning
  • Styles of teaching
  • Clinical skills teaching
  • Ad hoc clinical workplace teaching
  • Principles of reflective practice
  • Workplace-based assessment
  • Giving meaningful feedback

How will I be assessed?

The module assessment will build on what you learn during your studies and you will be required to produce two pieces of academic work to demonstrate your achievement of the module learning outcomes:
Assessment 1: Personal Approach to Teaching (Essay)
Assessment 2: Peer Observation of Teaching (Essay and Portfolio)

On successful completion you will:

Successful completion of this module will enable you to critically analyse and explore the role of teaching and learning in the clinical context and make critical judgements about the support of trainees within the medical workplace. You will be able to provide evidence that you have met the GMC requirements for the role of Clinical Supervisor.
You will enhance your skills in teaching, assessment, clinical supervision and reflective practice, with the opportunity to review your own professional development needs as an educator and to plan and undertake relevant and appropriate activities to meet those identified needs.

Study dates and venues

February 2024


Starts: Wednesday 14 February 2024

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September 2024


Starts: Wednesday 4 September 2024

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February 2025


Starts: Wednesday 12 February 2025

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How to apply

Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

We encourage you to apply as early as possible to give you the best chance to obtain a place on your preferred cohort, module applications will close as soon as the module is full. As many modules have online module induction and/or pre-reading to do before the first workshop, applications received within two weeks of the start date may have to be considered for a later cohort.

To apply for this module please access the online application form here: module application form.

We cannot guarantee that any applications received after 23 August 2024 will be allocated a place in September and may be allocated to the February 2025 cohort instead. Similarly, applications for the February 2025 cohort received after 30 January 2025 may be allocated a place in September 2025.

If any applications are accepted following these deadlines, this is done so on the understanding that applicants will make time to complete the required pre-module work.

Contact us

For further information on module content, please contact the module leader – Helen McNeill
email [email protected] or Telephone: 01695 650846

Or you can contact the Medical School email on [email protected].


This module is available as a standalone module or as a module within the PGCert Postgraduate Medical Education