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PgCert Workplace-based Postgraduate Medical Education

PgCert Workplace-based Postgraduate Medical Education

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18 months

Start date


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).

What will I study?

You will study three modules, the first two of which will provide you with an introduction to medical education in the clinical workplace and offer an in-depth exploration of clinical and educational supervision in the medical workplace.

For the third module, you will choose a specific theme from options including educational leadership, medical leadership, simulation, technology enhanced learning, management, teaching and learning, and mentoring and coaching.

What are my career prospects?

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 students

Tuition fees for UK students enrolling on this Postgraduate Certificate in academic year 2021/22 are £37.50 per credit, i.e. £750 per 20 credit module. 60 credits are required to complete a Postgraduate Certificate.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You need to have a relevant degree, usually in medicine. You should be a hospital doctor, consultant, staff-grade and associate specialist (SAS) or higher speciality trainee (ST3 and above). Modules are open to suitably qualified clinicians across all specialities, however as places are limited, priority will be given to those nominated by Health Education England North West.

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. The university provides an environment that inspires students...more

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