Health Professional Education PgCert 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

About the course

This course is aimed at all healthcare professionals wishing to gain a recognised teaching qualification.

This interdisciplinary course explores teaching and learning theory and practice within a national and international context. This will enable you to develop your knowledge, skills and abilities related to evidence based learning, teaching and assessment and apply them within a range of academic and health professional settings.

There are opportunities to develop and enhance integration of scholarship, research and professional activities in relation to teaching and supporting learning through your demonstration of teaching hours.

Through continuing professional development processes you will be supported to reflect on and continue to develop your current and ongoing knowledge, skills and competence as an educator. It also provides a medium for recording your progress, creating an effective CV and may be used to update your personal portfolio linked to professional body requirements.As well as helping you to achieve your individual career aspirations whilst ensuring quality provision for learners under your supervision.

Start date:
11 / 09 / 2017


1 year part-time

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are:

Teaching route

•  Be a health or social care practitioner, registered with a professional body such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

•  Have an Honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent.

•  Have at least 3 years post-registration employment.

Practice teaching route

•  Be a healthcare practitioner, registered with a professional body such as HCPC or NMC and an experienced clinician working in a role where they are able to provide practice education.

•  You must also hold an Honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent.

Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (SQPHN) and Specialist Practice Qualification (SPQ) applicants must:

•  Hold the appropriate community nursing qualification and have a minimum of 2 years relevant practice experience (NMC 2008 requirement).

•  Negotiate access to a Practice Teacher with ‘sign off' status in order to provide supervision in relation to their Practice Teacher role and to supervise the final ‘sign-off' of the SCPHN/SPQ student at the end of their final placement.


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Course content

Learning and Teaching: Theories Processes and Strategies in HPE

In this module you will study theories related to learning, teaching and assessment applicable to health professional educators and teachers. You will explore major learning theories such as behaviourism, cognitivism and humanism amongst others, and will have the opportunity to apply a variety of teaching approaches within a peer group setting. You will be assessed through two pieces of coursework; firstly a written essay on learning theories and secondly a presentation on teaching strategies.

Assessment in Health Professional Education

This module aims to provide you with the opportunity to explore and develop your knowledge and understanding of current approaches to assessment. You will be supported to develop your role as a critical reflective practitioner and teacher in this area by undertaking and critically evaluating the purposes and methods of assessment. In addition, you will critically review and debate implications for education and training in relation to the developing academic, vocational and professional qualification structures. You will have the opportunity to identify and negotiate your chosen assessment method in line with your individual learning needs and the module outcomes.

You will also study one of the following:

Practice of Health Professional Education (Teaching Practice)

You will be provided with the opportunity to further develop your teaching skills in a variety of academic and practice settings. You will be required to complete and negotiate a teaching practice experience, providing the opportunity for you to explore the interface of theory and practice critically, thus enabling you to be involved in managing and critically evaluating teaching and learning approaches. You will be assessed through one piece of coursework, involving the collation of an e-portfolio which demonstrates evidence of your application and critical reflection of theoretical concepts within your teaching practice.

Teaching in Clinical Practice

This module is designed for healthcare practitioners from a range of acute and community disciplines, provides the opportunity to develop mastery of practice teaching in a clinical setting. You will also have the chance to develop the ability to lead in the design, delivery and assessment of programmes of learning in a multi-disciplinary practice environment. You will have responsibility for enabling the effective learning of a student/s whilst you are studying and also identify opportunities to support the development of newly qualified staff and/or the existing workforce to ensure evidence based practice and a research focus is maintained. You will be assessed through coursework in an e-portfolio.

Paula Elliott, graduated from the Health Professional Education MSc

“The quality of the course and lecturers was excellent. The lecturers made me feel well supported, provided prompt and helpful feedback and were accessible throughout the course.

“I attended a placement within my own workplace, which involved providing practical and theoretical education to Specialist Community Public Health Nursing students. Both my assessor and the University lecturers provided me with guidance and support around lecture planning, assessment and feedback, which helped me to develop the practical skills required to meet the needs of the students, as well as a theoretical understanding of how students learn and progress.”

Teaching and Assessment

The modules are delivered through a range of teaching methods including formal lectures, seminars, small group tutorials, and case-based tutorials.

Assessment involves a variety of formative and summative methods including micro teaching, learning contracts, Eportfolio, presentations and written assignments.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.


To meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards, nurses and midwives will be required to gain 60 days (360 hours) teaching practice experience. Non-nursing healthcare and international professionals are required to complete 180 hours. In order to achieve this you will be required to access teaching and learning opportunities in practice and Higher Education. This will be facilitated through negotiation and under supervision of a registered teacher.

Career opportunities

This course provides you with the opportunity to further develop your career and role in health professional education within healthcare practice, further or higher education.

The course meets the employment requirements of Higher Education Institutions where a recorded teaching qualification is a required.

Professional links and accreditations

For those registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) the teacher route is an approved course leading to eligibility for recording of a teaching qualification and is accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) for Fellow status.

How much will it cost me?

Please contact the Student Finance Office for more information about 2017/18 fees and finance.

You may be eligible for funding from Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber. Detailed guidance on such funding arrangements is available in their funding guide. For further information please contact the SSPRD Admissions Team.

Further study

Upon completion you may wish to APL the 60 credits from the Postgraduate Certificate and undertake further modules in order to complete the Health Studies MSc (180 credits).

How to apply

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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