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Education for Healthcare Professionals

This interprofessional course is designed to enable healthcare professionals to facilitate learning and teaching in their practice. Primarily facilitated through practice learning supported by university sessions, it will prepare you to engage in learning and teaching in the workplace with colleagues, peers, other professionals, and service users.

The first module will introduce you to the principles that underpin learning and teaching and enable you to understand the rationale behind decisions made about teaching practices. The second module introduces you to a variety of techniques used in practice such as small group teaching, facilitation, patient education, and skills teaching.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a degree or equivalent in a healthcare related subject or demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior experiential learning.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants

The University has a standard English language entry requirement of IELTS 6.0 with the added provision that no individual band score (in the four bands of reading, listening, speaking and writing) be below 5.5.

Exemptions and transferability

Accreditation of previous learning is an important concept in the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences. If you have any queries about this you should contact the Course Director directly.



Blocks of teaching time in the university will occur across the academic year. Normally six days, (2 days on 3 occasions), in semester 1 and six days in semester 2. Details of these will be provided on induction.

Careers or further progression

Having completed the PGCert you will have the opportunity to exit or proceed to a higher linked course to continue your studies. Graduating with a skill set in learning and teaching that will be immediately relevant to your current practice, the course also enables you to progress to further study at postgraduate level.

Further enquiries

Admissions - Commissioned places
Karen Devlin
T: +44 (0)28 7032 3604

Admissions – Self-funding places
Karen McCarroll
T: +44 (0)28 9036 8983

Brian McGowan
T: +44 (0)28 9036 6492

Subjects taught

Year one

Principles of Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Healthcare Practice
The purpose of this module is to enable you to develop your understanding and skills around learning and teaching in practice. The module will provide you with opportunity to construct professional knowledge about the fundamental principles of learning, teaching and assessing and directly impact upon how you use these skills to develop learning activities in your practice.

Enhancing Learning and Teaching in the Practice Setting
This module provides the opportunity for practitioners who undertake the role of practice educator, facilitating students' learning on practice placements, to develop their understanding of effective learning and teaching in practice settings. It enables participants to develop and enhance their skills in practice-based learning, teaching and assessment. It provides the opportunity for participants to reflect critically on their own experience as a learner, a practitioner and an educator, and to identify aspects of their own practice that could be developed and/or improved.

Application date

Application is through the University's online application system.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2020/21

Postgraduate Information Session 20 February 2020
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