Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context CPD4454


Covid-19 - Course Impact Statement

This module introduces and raises awareness of key concepts involved in teaching and facilitating learning in both higher education and the clinical context. It will provide the theoretical underpinning on which to build an understanding of pedagogy and learning theory, and will therefore also serve as a base on which to build on the rest of the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Clinical Practice programme.

For information on the impact of Covid19 on our teaching, please see our Covid19 Teaching Update page.

Module Code: CPD4454
Level: 7
Credits: 20
Cost: £750 for Sept 2020 to July 2021

Who is this module for?

Prospective participants are expected to be experienced professionals in their speciality, with some responsibility for clinical education. This might include the supervision of students' practice placements, the assessment of students, trainees or junior staff performing clinical skills, and formal/informal teaching sessions for students, trainees or junior staff etc. Participants need to be working in practice for the duration of the module.

What are the key aims of the programme?

This module commences the process of enhancing the participants' critical reflection on their roles as teacher and learning facilitator, and facilitates the articulation of their evolving personal philosophy of teaching.
The aims of the module are to:
• set teaching and learning within both a higher education and a clinical context
• critically examine theories of learning and teaching, and their relevance to teaching and learning facilitation in the clinical context
• support participants in reflecting on their own practice of learning and teaching.

How Will I Study?

This module is normally studied over 3 contact sessions, blended with online learning and discussion. The module overall takes 15 weeks.

What will I study?

• Changing context of teaching and learning in the clinical setting
• Theories of learning
• Understanding self as learner
• Research on student learning
• Creating a climate of trust
• Aligning learning, teaching and assessment
• Learning and teaching facilitation
• Using the clinical environment for teaching and facilitation of learning
• Evidence-based practice
• Reflective learning and a philosophy of teaching

How will I be assessed?

Contribute to a minimum of 70% online discussion activities and complete two written assessments.

Assessment 1.
A theoretical assignment negotiated around theories of learning and teaching which form the core of this module. Participants will be given the opportunity to negotiate their own title, linked to their areas of expertise and experience. The assignment will include a critical reflection on the theories being studied, and a commentary on the application of the theories to the participant’s experience as a learner and/or their experience as a teacher.

Assessment 2.
An articulation of their own evolving Personal Philosophy of Teaching. Participants will be expected to reflect critically, and make explicit their reasons for taking their specified personal approach, with reference to scholarly literature, and bearing in mind a student-focused approach to teaching and learning support.

On successful completion you will:

Confidently articulate opportunities for student-focused teaching and facilitating learning which occur in the clinical context, in relation to extant theory and research.
Demonstrate a critical understanding of major theories of learning and teaching in the wider context of higher education.
Demonstrate knowledge & understanding of the principles underpinning the structuring of student-focused learning in the clinical context.
Critically reflect on and analyse teaching and learning facilitation issues in their professional practice, with reference to achieving student-focused learning.

Study Dates and Venues

February 2021

Venue: Online Study

Starts: Tue 16th Feb 2021

Session Times:
  • Tuesday 16th February 2021, 9:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-5:00pm
  • Thursday 25th February 2021 (independent study)
  • Thursday 4th March 2021 (independent study)
  • Thursday 11th March 2021 (independent study)
  • Monday 15th March 2021, 9:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-5:00pm
  • Monday 22nd March 2021 & Tuesday 23rd March 2021 - appointment with tutor
  • Thursday 1st April 2021 (independent study)
  • Thursday 8th April 2021 (independent study)
  • Friday 16th April 2021, 9:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-5:00pm
  • Thursday 22nd April 2021 (independent study)
  • Monday 26th April 2021 - draft deadline, 4:00pm
  • Thursday 6th May 2021 (independent study)
  • Thursday 13th May 2021 (independent study)
  • Thursday 20th May 2021 (independent study)
  • Thursday 27th May 2021 (independent study)
  • Tuesday 1st June 2021 - submission deadline, 4:00pm
  • Study dates and times are subject to change.

    September 2021

    Venue: Online Study

    Starts: Thu 9th Sep 2021

    Session Times:
  • Thursday 9th September 2021, 9am-12pm & 1pm-5pm (attendance)
  • Thursday 16th September 2021 (online)
  • Thursday 23rd September 2021 (online)
  • Thursday 30th September 2021 (online)
  • Tuesday 5th October 2021, 9am-12pm & 1pm-5pm (online)
  • Monday 11th October 2021 (tutorial)
  • Tuesday 12th October 2021 (tutorial)
  • Thursday 28th October 2021 (tutorial)
  • Wednesday 3rd November 2021, 9am-12pm & 1pm-5pm (attendance)
  • Thursday 11th November 2021 (online)
  • Thursday 18th November 2021 (online)
  • Friday 26th November 2021 (online)
  • Thursday 2nd December 2021 (online)
  • Thursday 9th December 2021 (online)
  • Thursday 16th December 2021 (online)
  • Monday 20th December 2021 (online)
  • Monday 20th December 2021, 4pm (coursework deadline)
  • Study dates and times are subject to change.

    Further Information

    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

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

    If you have any other queries about studying with us, please see the FAQ page.

    For further module information, please contact Module Co-ordinator - Dr Lesley Briscoe email briscoel@edgehill.ac.uk.
    or Tel: 01695 657055

    Or you can contact the Medical School email on askmedschool@edgehill.ac.uk.


    This module is taken as one of the 3 modules comprising the

  • PG Cert Teaching & Learning in Clinical Practice
  • CPD4454 needs to be taken first, but the next 2 modules can be taken in either order.
    If you are a dentist and an Educational Supervisor (or aspiring to that role) then you would normally choose

  • CPD4707
  • . Likewise, if you are a consultant, a G.P. or a Specialist Trainee then you also can choose CPD4707 rather than CPD4455.