Clinical Education PGCert

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Start date
January 2025
Delivery type
Online exclusive
Duration
9 months part time
Entry requirements
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 course is taught fully online. For our Clinical Education PGCert September start (on campus), please visit here.

To register your interest for our January 2025 start, 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.

Please read our FAQs document which we hope answers some of your questions about the course.

Dates for Online Taught Units January 2024:

Please see Clinical Education PGCert September start for more dates.

Year 1

Learning and Teaching in the Clinical Context

Unit 1 – w/c 15 January 2025

Unit 2 – w/c 12 Februry 2025

Assessment & Evaluation in the Clinical Context

Unit 1 – w/c 15 April 2025

Unit 2 - w/c 13th May 2025

This is an online porgramme with both synchronous and asyncronous sessions.

Please contact the clinical education team on clinicaleducation@leeds.ac.uk should you have any queries. The academic team can provide advice on attendance concerns.

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

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context 30
Assessment and Evaluation in the Clinical Context 30

Learning and teaching

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.

Applying

Entry requirements

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

A minimum of 2 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.

This course is not currently open to International students (subject to change).

English language requirements

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

How to apply

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, which may include closing applications early.

Applications are reviewed and places offered to those who meet entry requirements as they are submitted. If the course is full you may be offered a place on an online programme pathway should it be running in the next academic year.

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

School of Medicine Taught Postgraduate Policy 2024

This course is taught by

School of Medicine

Contact us

School of Medicine Postgraduate Admissions

Email: pgmed-admissions@leeds.ac.uk
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Fees

UK: £ 4,500 (Total)

International: £ 10,333 (Total)

Additional cost information

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

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.