Medical Education PG Cert

Additional start dates are available in January, May and September for further details please contact the course lead Dawn Suffolk D.Suffolk@staffs.ac.uk

Please note: When you are applying for the May intake please ensure you submit your application before May.

Facilitation of learning within a healthcare setting part of your professional post must involve teaching draws upon your experience of teaching and learning opportunity to undertake an independent study module

This part time distance learning award aims to enhance your skills in the facilitation of the learning of others within your own workplace setting. Completion of the Postgraduate Certificate stage provides the opportunity for accreditation as Associate Fellow with the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

The award will enable you to:

  • Examine, reflect upon and improve your teaching skills.
  • Consider the strengths, drawbacks and practical implications of different teaching methods and relate these to your own workplace setting.
  • Deepen your knowledge of the evidence base for some of the underpinning theory of education.

The course is aimed at all medical educators, clinical and postgraduate tutors, nurses, health visitors and therapists, general practice course organisers and trainers, undergraduate tutors and all others involved in teaching in a health or social care setting. It is suitable for experienced teachers who wish to up-date or re-assess their skills as well as novice teachers looking for a 'teaching tool-box' of new skills and knowledge.

You will expect to complete the PGC between 12 -15 months to achieve.

In order to fit in with your work commitments this is a distance learning course, you can study at your own pace, the modules run over a 12 week period. All course material necessary for the modules is available on line through Staffordshire University's virtual learning environment, 'Blackboard'. This approach to learning offers you choice and flexibility about when you access your learning materials and you are able to study at a pace that suits you.

You are expected to engage with all on-line activities in a timely manner and you should be prepared to allocate around 150 hours of independent study per module including engagement with on-line resources, reading time, and assignment preparation.

The Postgraduate Certificate stage of study comprises of 4 x 15 credit modules (see below) which provide an underpinning knowledge of educational theory, aiming to improve your teaching and learning skills with your learners / trainees in your workplace. You will consider all aspects of teaching and learning from devising a lesson plan to assessing a learner at the end of their period of study. You will consider how students learn and how you can adapt your teaching style to optimise learning; you will evaluate the effectiveness of various teaching methods and how you use the resources available to you in your own teaching practice; you will reflect upon the effectiveness of your teaching style and will analyse the assessment methods utilised in the teaching and learning process.

Completion of the Postgraduate Certificate stage provides the opportunity for accreditation as Associate Fellow with the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Course Fees and Finance

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 60 credits in your first year of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay a fee of £2,040 for your first year in 2017/18. You will be invoiced for the modules that you register for each year, so if your study pattern is different from the expected pattern, you will pay more or less each year accordingly.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Alumni Discount: If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to 15% off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.'

Course content

You will undertake a total of 60 credits to achieve the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education.

You will study:

  • Introduction to Educational Theory (15 credits)
  • Approaches to Teaching and Learning in Healthcare (15 credits)
  • Assessment and Appraisal in Healthcare Education (15 credits)
  • Observation and Reflection on Healthcare Teaching (15 credits)

Successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate will lead to accreditation as Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

PG Cert Award
September Start
Part-time, Distance Study Mode
1 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

You must have a professional health or social care qualification, such as medicine, nursing, social work, complimentary therapies, physiotherapy, occupational therapy or podiatry, is required.

It is advisable that you are actively involved in teaching in some capacity i.e. students, colleagues or patients, as the modules are based around your own experiences of teaching in the workplace, although it is not a requirement for you to hold a formal teaching position.

Competence in the English language is essential. Applicants for whom English is not the first language must be able to demonstrate their competence, at an IELTS level of 7 or equivalent

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