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PgCert Workplace-based Postgraduate Medical Education

PgCert Workplace-based Postgraduate Medical Education

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5 years

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Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Health Care / Medicine Teaching / Training Education Studies Health Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This is a course designed to meet the needs of medical educators. It will enable you to meet the General Medical Council (GMC) standards for trainers and be accredited by Health Education England North West as a Clinical or Educational Supervisor. The programme is suitable for consultants, higher speciality trainees and non-consultant career-grade doctors working within the Health Education England North West region. It is specifically designed for those working in a hospital setting. The course is accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME).

The programme primarily comprises substantial studying online via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment where you will find an array of specially-created learning materials to support each module and also a discussion board for active debate within each Learning Set. You will also have access to a vast range of electronic resources, including e-books and electronic journals, which can be accessed online. You will be assessed through a variety of coursework assignments. These will include reflective case studies on actual practice, peer observation of teaching, and short seminar presentations.

Successful completion of this programme will enable you to critically analyse and explore the role of teaching and learning in the clinical context and make critical judgments within the medical workplace. You will enhance your skills in teaching, assessment, appraisal, supervision and reflective practice, with the opportunity to review your own professional needs and to plan and undertake relevant and appropriate activities to meet those identified needs.


Teaching and Learning in the Medical Workplace offers an introduction to the role of the Clinical Supervisor in the medical workplace. The module will raise your awareness of key concepts involved in teaching and facilitating learning, including understanding the theories of learning, the educational climate, adult learning, styles of learning, styles of teaching, clinical skills teaching and clinical workplace teaching. You will also explore your philosophy of teaching and peer observation of teaching and be introduced to reflective practice, workplace assessment and feedback, portfolios and supervision.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Tuition fees for studying on this Postgraduate Certificate are £34 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21, i.e. £680 per 20 credit module, with the exception of module CPD4706 Teaching and Learning in the Medical Workplace (20 credits) which carries a tuition fee of £700.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a relevant honours degree, usually in medicine, to join this programme. You should be a hospital doctor, consultant, Staff-grade and Associate Specialist (SAS) or higher specialty trainee (ST3 and above).

University information

Edge Hill University has been shaping the minds and futures of its vibrant student community since 1885. Established with a clear mission to create opportunity from knowledge, Edge Hill is now one of the UK’s leading universities and a popular choice for postgraduate students looking to undertake world-leading research, advance their career prospects, or specialise in their field. Awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework for...more

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