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Health and Social Care Education PGCert

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Health Care / Medicine Teaching / Training Health Education

Course type


Course Summary

The aims of the Health and Social Care Education course are to prepare and develop nurses and midwives who will facilitate, supervise and assess students and critically appraise and evaluate practice teaching from operational and strategic perspectives. The course is designed to encompass key themes including establishing effective working relationships, creating and maintaining a learning environment, facilitating learning and assessment and evaluating learning by utilising evidence-based practice and leadership strategies within the context of contemporary practice. Teaching and learning strategies reflect a range of approaches such as, key lectures, group discussion, seminars, reflection and analysis. Action learning sets will be used to allow students to actively engage in problem solving activities.

Each module uses a variety of continuous assessment activities, including peer observation of teaching practice, essays and reports and evidence of completion of 360 hours of teaching practice, which must be conducted in both academic and practice settings. Through assessment and work-based learning activity, evidence is gathered to demonstrate achievement of relevant professional standards. There is no final examination. The course is designed to develop the practitioner in their role as a teacher, able to support learning of health and social care practitioners on courses approved by professional bodies, in both academic and practice settings. On successful completion of the programme students will be able to have the teacher qualification recorded by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and will be able to register with the Higher Education Academy (pending accreditation).

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date



Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Preparation of Teachers: Health and Social Care Professionals
Introduction to Learning and Teaching in HE

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

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

Nurses and Midwives who intend to take on the role of teacher must fulfil the following criteria: Be registered in the same part or subpart of the NMC register as the students they support; Have completed at least three years post-registration experience, gained additional professional knowledge and skills, and have experience in an area where students are gaining practice experience relevant to their registration; Have extended their professional knowledge, relevant to their field of practice, to at least first degree level; Be working as a lecturer in a higher education setting or demonstrate relevant and appropriate role responsibilities in practice, working with students undertaking recordable programmes of study; Have the support of their line manager in order to achieve 360 hours of logged teaching activity.

University information

University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a leading modern university based in the centre of Preston. Offering innovation, world-leading research and real-world practicality to inspire their students, the University provides a high-quality experience. The University offers over 200 postgraduate courses – both taught and research – in a range of subjects. What's more, UCLan is ranked in the top 3.7% of universities in the world, while 16...more