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

September 2020 S1

Venue: Ormskirk Campus

Starts: Thu 10th Sep 2020

Session Times:
  • Thu 10th Sep 2020 – 9.30am -5pm Attendance
  • Mon 5th Oct 2020 – 1pm – 5pm Attendance
  • Mon 12th Oct 2020 – Tutorial by phone or F2F
  • Tue 13th Oct 2020 – Tutorial by phone or F2F
  • Wed 4th Nov 2020 – 1pm – 5pm Attendance
  • Mon 16th Nov 2020 – Submit drafts
  • Submission of Assignment – Mon 21st Dec 2020 4pm

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 FAQs www.edgehill.ac.uk/health/cpd/faqs.

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


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.