Clinical Education PGCert

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Start date
September 2024
Delivery type
On campus
Duration
12 months part time
Entry requirements
A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) in a healthcare related subject.
Full entry requirements
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component.
UK fees
£4,500 (Total)
International fees
£10,333 (Total)

Course overview

Clinical Education facilities at the School of Medicine

This variant of Clinical Education PGCert is taught on campus and starts in September. For our Clinical Education PGCert (Online) January start, please visit here.

Our Clinical Education PGCert is an interprofessional programme designed to develop healthcare professionals into exceptional education practitioners. Our course provides a responsive, work-related and academically robust route for all healthcare practitioners who engage with teaching and learning. Irrespective of whether you're from a clinical settings or a Higher Education institution, this course will develop your understanding of the education and assessment pedagogies of the next generation of clinical practitioners.

Develop your skills and understanding of the core concepts of clinical education and learn from expert academics and clinicians from the Faculty of Medicine and Health and practitioners from NHS Trusts.

With us, you will:

  • Debate and discuss the central themes and issues in clinical education.

  • Make critical and creative connections between policy, educational theory and your own practice.

Our course is rooted in workplace learning, encouraging you to make critical and creative connections between your own – and your students’ – practice and theoretical perspectives on teaching, learning and assessment.

The course received Higher Education Academy accreditation at Level 2 of the Professional Standards Framework for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education in 2010. Recognition as a Fellow is available to all students who successfully complete the course.

A one-off fee is payable by students who do not hold a current teaching contract with a subscribing higher education institution. The course was successfully revalidated in 2023.

The course received Higher Education Academy accreditation at Level 2 of the UK Professional Standards Framework for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education in 2010. Recognition as a Fellow is available to all students who successfully complete the course, although a one-off fee is payable by students who do not hold a teaching contract with a subscribing higher education institution. The course was successfully revalidated in 2023.

Course details

Our course has been designed with the needs of healthcare practitioners in mind. This means we’ll help you to critically analyse your own practice as a clinical educator. Throughout your studies, you’ll evaluate a range of educational theories and strategies in reference to teaching, learning and assessment in the clinical context and apply these ideas to the development of your own teaching practice.

There is direct observation of your teaching in practice, and regular opportunities for peer reviewing of your teaching practice (micro-teaching). There is a high level of support for academic skills development, both to help you to fulfil your potential on this course and promote your further development and progression. You will have an inspirational experience of research-led teaching, which you'll seek to emulate in your own clinical education context.

Learning & Teaching in the Clinical Context – This module adopts a practice-based and inter-professional approach to clinical education in the workplace and higher education institutions. We introduce the concept of learning and teaching as situated social practice and invite participants to explore their own learning and teaching experiences throughout the module.

The content of the module includes analysis of various ways of designing sessions, courses or programmes, the introduction and evaluation of a range of learning and teaching strategies, including discussion of the educational theories which underpin them and opportunities to apply this knowledge in practical exercises.

We encourage students to integrate the skills and knowledge introduced during the module into their practice as educators, and support their development as advocates for learning across, as well as within, their own clinical profession.

Assessment & Evaluation in the Clinical Context – This module adopts a practice-based and inter-professional approach to the assessment and evaluation of clinical education in the workplace and higher education institutions.

Participants are encouraged to draw on and present their own experience as learning opportunities throughout the module. The content of the module includes introducing the principles of good practice in assessment, the evaluation of a range of assessment strategies, critical analysis of current research into assessment and opportunities to apply this knowledge in practical exercises. We encourage students to integrate the skills and knowledge introduced during the module into their practice.

Observation of Teaching

The observation of teaching is central to your success on the Clinical Education PGCert course. It is an opportunity for you to bring together all the ideas and learning encountered through the course and to demonstrate your understanding of the Higher Education Academy UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learners in higher education. It provides an opportunity to develop and try out new perspectives and approaches to learning, teaching and assessment with the support and guidance of your tutor. The purpose of observing your teaching is to engage you in a reflective, developmental process that enables you to consider your teaching and professional practice and identify ways in which it can be developed.

Dates for Taught Units September 2024

Please note that we offer a fully online Clinical Education PG Cert for UK or international applicants. Details can be found on our online Clinical Education PG Cert course page.

Year 1

Learning and Teaching in the Clinical Context

Unit 1 – October 2023 (4 days)

Unit 2 – November 2023 (3 days)

Assessment & Evaluation in the Clinical Context

Unit 1 – February 2024 (3 days)

Unit 2 - late March 2024 (3 days)

Please contact us if you have any issues regarding attendance before applying. Successful completion of all modules on time will result in graduation in Summer 2024. The teaching blocks will be taught partly online and partly at the University of Leeds campus.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Clinical Education PGCert in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

Demonstrating our philosophy of interprofessional education, you will be taught by expert academics and clinicians from the Faculty of Medicine and Health and practitioners from NHS Trusts. Learning and teaching emphasises participative, learner-centred and active learning approaches and introduces you to a range of learning and teaching modes and strategies.

Our learning approaches include seminars, tutorials, enquiry-based learning, peer learning and assessment, collaborative learning, peer and tutor assessed micro-teaching and observed teaching in practice. Throughout, the learning draws on, and makes connections with, the real-world experiences of the learners.

Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

Claim for Recognition: If you successfully complete the Clinical Education PGCert, you are eligible to apply for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Please contact us if you have any issues regarding attendance before applying. Successful completion of all modules on time will result in graduation in December 2024. The teaching blocks will be taught partly online and partly at the University of Leeds campus.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.

Assessment

The Learning and Teaching in the Clinical Context module is assessed by an essay (3000 words), an observation of your teaching practice and a reflective case study (3000 words).

The Assessment & Evaluation module is assessed by an essay (3000 words) and a reflective case study of your assessment practice. (3000 words).

You will be required to complete each module and associated coursework successfully before proceeding to the next module.

Applying

Entry requirements

A bachelor (hons) degree 2.2 or above in a health-related subject.

A minimum of two years’ experience (or part-time equivalent) in practice and entry on the appropriate professional register. Involvement in education and training in current role.

Non-standard entry application routes are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Entry on the appropriate professional register.

International students

Due to the nature of blended teaching on this programme, this programme is not available to study by applicants who are outside the UK. We do offer a fully online Clinical Education PG Cert for UK or international applicants. Details can be found on the course page.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. .

How to apply

The application deadline is 7 June 2024.

Application deadlines may differ dependent on application pathway. Places are limited and, where necessary (for example, due to unprecedented demand), the University reserves the right to amend application deadlines.

The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.

If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Applications are considered on the basis of the applicant’s qualifications and experience. Applications may close before the deadline date if numbers accepted reach capacity.

Documents and information you MUST include as part of your application:

  • A letter of support from your manager, confirming that you are and will be engaged in teaching in your workplace as part of your role and that you will be given sufficient teaching time to meet the assessment requirements for the course. The reference should be provided on a headed document with either a stamp from the institution or an electronic signature.

  • Personal statement (minimum one paragraph) – outlining your reasons for wishing to undertake the course, details of relevant experience and how you will be able to satisfy the teaching requirements for the assessment. You should demonstrate through the supporting statement how the course will be of direct benefit to your personal and professional development.

  • Professional body documentation or number (GMC, NMC, etc.).

  • Sponsorship/funding confirmation letter, where applicable. Find more information about sponsorship here.

Admissions policy

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Fees

UK: £4,500 (Total)

International: £10,333 (Total)

Residential accommodation and travel is not included in the course fees.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

The taught sessions are located off campus and you will be required to travel independently to the venue; details will be sent out after registration.

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more on our living costs and budgeting page.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Career opportunities

Our graduates have gone on to gain promotion within the area of education and training in their professional fields.

Others have progressed to further study for the Clinical Education MEd or doctoral study.

Careers support

Studying in the School of Medicine at Leeds is an amazing opportunity, but we know that the cost can be difficult for many people to meet. If you are keen to join us, a range of funding opportunities are available.

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more about Careers support.