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Education for Healthcare Workers


Learning and teaching takes many forms in practice and accounts for a sizable portion of any healthcare professionals role. This interprofessional postgrad certificate is designed to enable healthcare professionals to facilitate learning and teaching in their practice. The course is primarily facilitated through practice learning supported by university sessions. It prepares the professional to engage in learning and teaching in the workplace with colleagues, peers, other professionals and service users.


The first module, (NUR776), will introduce the student to the principles that underpin learning and teaching and enable them to understand the rationale behind decisions made about teaching practices. The module will also introduce an opportunity to engage in simulated teaching practice with a view to getting feedback from self, peers and tutor.

The second module, (OTH803), builds on the first and introduces the student to a variety of techniques used in practice such as small group teaching, facilitation, patient education and skills teaching. Opportunities for assessment in practice will be taken throughout the course and enable the student to design and deliver a bespoke teaching session that is congruent with their work needs.

Teaching and learning assessment

As you might imagine on a course about learning and teaching a variety of methods are used. This gives you the opportunity to experience different approaches and reflect on them. One of the key skills to be developed in this course though is the extent to which you will be able to self-assess.

Similarly, a variety of assessment techniques are used such as essays, observation and simulation.

Work placement / study abroad

Whilst there is no placement as such it is recognised that the majority of students undertaking this course will be embedded in practice. Thus a lot of what you study at the university will be interpreted through the lens of its applicability to your clinical practice.

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

Career options

The course is an attractive option for those wishing to develop their career. The primary function of the course is to enable you to develop 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

In addition, there are colleagues who practice in areas that have a substantial educational component and have found that having a qualification as a teacher at a postgraduate level has been very beneficial.

Further enquiries

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

Admissions contact commissioned places:
Karen Devlin
T:+44 (0)28 7032 3604

Admissions contact self-funding places:
Karen McCarroll
T:+44 (0)28 9036 8983

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

Start Date: September 2019

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