Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context CPD4454


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.

Module Code: CPD4454
Level: 7
Credits: 20
Cost: £680 for Sept 2019 to July 2020

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.

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 2019 S1

Venue: Ormskirk Campus

Starts: Tue 3rd Sep 2019

Session Times:
  • Tue 3rd Sept 2019 – 9.30am -4pm Attendance
  • Tue 1st Oct 2019 – 1pm – 5pm Attendance
  • Wed 23rd Oct 2019 – Tutorial
  • Wed 30th Oct 2019 – Tutorial
  • Tue 5th Nov 2019 – 1pm – 5pm Attendance
  • Submission of Assignment – Mon 16th Dec 2019 4pm

Study dates and times are subject to change.

February 2020 S2

Venue: Ormskirk Campus

Starts: Thu 20th Feb 2020

Session Times:
  • Thu 20th Feb 2020 – 9.30am -5pm Attendance
  • Tue 17th Mar 2020 – 1pm – 5pm Attendance
  • Mon 23rd Mar 2020 – Tutorial by phone
  • Tue 24th Mar 2020 – Tutorial by phone
  • Mon 20th Apr 2020 – 1pm – 5pm Attendance
  • Fri 1st May 2020 – Drafts due in
  • Submission of Assignment – Mon 1st Jun 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

For details of how to apply, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/health/cpd/apply.

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.