If training or teaching is part of your role as a healthcare professional and you want to develop these skills, this course is for you. You learn how to design and develop high-quality learning packages that have an evidence-based approach. You can apply and test what you learn through teaching practice in your workplace and teaching small groups of students at the University. If suitable, you can also register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and gain Higher Education Academy accreditation.
This course is for healthcare professionals involved in a teaching or training role who want to develop their skills and expertise in clinical and educational practice. You study the teaching skills needed to support and assess learners in the workplace.
It helps you to meet your organisation's training needs, aiming to ensure better educational experiences for all staff. The healthcare educator has a lead role in developing a flexible workforce that can address future challenges in healthcare delivery. By providing a clear link to patient outcomes, educators can help to address the variation in standards of healthcare education and training currently delivered.
As a dentist, doctor or allied health professional you can demonstrate your revalidation and continuing professional development as the course is mapped to recognised professional standards.
If you are a nurse, midwife or specialist community public health nurse you can gain registration as a nurse teacher with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. If you work in higher education settings then you can also apply for Fellowship with the Higher Education Academy after successfully completing the course.
You are introduced to contemporary issues in healthcare education that place the educator at the heart of service enhancement and better patient care. We explore with you your role as an educational leader and interprofessional educator.
Action learning sets with your peers enable you to explore key theories and strategies and then apply them critically to your practice. You have opportunities to rehearse skills and explore a variety of learning teaching and assessment strategies. Face-to-face or online workshops allow you to explore contemporary issues and instigate new educational opportunities in your workplace.
You develop teaching and learning skills applicable to various clinical settings. You also draw on current work-based teaching and learning to strengthen links between your professional practice and educational role.
During the course you design and develop learning packages that have an evidence-based approach. You evaluate a range of learning and teaching strategies and develop your personal teaching style, in line with your educational and specialist expertise.
Observed teaching practice is available where you teach small groups of students in the workplace or at the University. We encourage you to film your teaching practice and receive feedback on your performance. This helps inform your teaching practice and identify your strengths and weaknesses. You also develop on-going action plans to address these issues in the form of portfolios.
Both full-time and part-time students are taught alongside each other on the course. This ensures that you are part of a larger group and will be able to share ideas and discuss issues with a range of different professionals.
The distance learning route runs parallel, using collaboration tools via the University's virtual learning environment Blackboard. You learn in action learning groups and use discussion forums and web portfolios to demonstrate your new knowledge. Social media helps bring you together with your peers to share comments and create a strong course community.
We provide tailored support to ensure you gain the most out of your course including one-to-one tutorial support. You are taught by an enthusiastic and multiprofessional course team passionate about high quality education for better patient care.
When you successfully complete the postgraduate certificate you may receive Higher Education Agency (HEA) accreditation as Fellow or Associate Fellow - dependent on your role as an educator, which recognises your skills in teaching and learning to a national standard.
If you are a therapy radiographer, College of Radiographers approval has been applied for and further information will be given as this process reaches a conclusion.
**The postgraduate certificate is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Nurse Teacher. **You must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in order to practise in the UK.
If you are an allied health professional then by completing a module in year one you can gain accreditation as a practice educator.
The course is mapped to AoME standards and COPDEND standards for doctors and dentists to use as evidence for continuing professional development.
2017 entry requirements
You must have a
• health-related professional qualification with a minimum of three years post qualifying experience and experience in working alongside students in an educational capacity
• an honours degree or equivalent
You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more
If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.
Nursing and Midwifery Council registration requirements
For registration as a nurse teacher with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, you must
• be on the NMC professional register
• have a recognised qualification in a specific field of practice
• hold a mentor qualification or suitable previous experience
• an honours degree or equivalent
• have support from your employer and access to a practice assessor
International and European entry qualifications
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.
Full-time – 18 months
Part-time – 3 years
Distance learning – 18 months - 3 years
Typical modules may include
The postgraduate certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits.
|Postgraduate certificate core modules||
Introduction to healthcare education (30 credits)
You also develop the skills needed to support and develop positive learning environments in your workplace, which have a direct impact on the quality of care and services for the public.
You gain skills in assessing and supporting students, as well as managing student underperformance from an educational perspective, particularly when safe care and service need to be assured. This module meets the accreditation criteria required by a variety of professional body/accreditation schemes, such as the practice educator role in the Allied Health Professions, and can be used as evidence to gain accreditation as an educator.
Advancing your healthcare education practice (30 credits)
The module is highly interactive and introduces you to a range of teaching and assessment strategies. It also addresses innovations in healthcare education and other technology enhanced learning strategies to develop your educator practice.
|Postgraduate diploma core modules||
Interprofessional education for quality enhancement (15 credits)
You are supported to develop IPE activities that have a focus on improving services for the public. You work in interactive workshops with your peers, facilitated by a team of staff who have first-hand experience of developing national and internationally respected IPE.
You are also encouraged to develop a range of independent study skills to locate and use best evidence to inform your learning.
Research methods for practice (15 credits)
|Postgraduate diploma optional modules||
30 credits from:
Developing simulation and human factors in education (15 credits)
Simulation and human factors education are seen to have a direct impact on patient safety, allowing practitioners to rehearse for practise in a safe and controlled environment. The module is facilitated by an interprofessional team to help broaden your perspectives outside of your professional group.
Workplace mentoring (15 credits)
You gain skills that can be used across a range of mentoring relationships, as well as communication skills transferable to other aspects of your role. You are able to reflect on your own mentoring practice and potential service improvement within the context of your organisation.
Technology enhanced learning for healthcare education (15 credits)
You are supported to develop aspects of, or a whole e-enabled learning object using open source software. You work in interactive workshops using the technology and are guided by a team of staff who have first-hand experience of developing open educational materials using open source software.
The module is facilitated by an interprofessional team to help broaden your perspectives outside of your professional group. You are encouraged to develop a range of independent study skills to locate and use best evidence to inform your learning.
This module is mapped to the Framework for Technology Enhanced Learning (Department of Health 2011) to ensure that technology in healthcare patient and service outcomes are identified within the following six key principles:
Dissertation (60 credits)
You are supported and encouraged to develop a researchable question that is of both personal and professional relevance as an educator, and as much as possible, one that enables you to generate evidence that is of value to your own local practice and seeks to improve the service delivered.
As an independent piece of study, you are allocated a supervisor who supports and guides you through your study journey. While working on the dissertation you enhance and develop a number of skills that are transferrable into your working world.
This course helps your career path in education and clinical practice. The ability to facilitate learning in others is an essential part of professional practice in modern healthcare settings.
Students from the medical professions use this course as part of their preparation for consultant posts. The course allows you to evidence and demonstrate educational leadership.
Nurse educators use this to gain recognition with the NMC as a nurse teacher. Others choose to enhance their career as part of a higher education team providing pre-registration nursing and midwifery education.
Dental trainers have used this course to enhance their eligibility in the support of dental trainees.
Home / EU student
Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)
2016/17 academic year
Full-time – typically £6,300
Part-time – typically £2,100 a stage for PgCert, PgDip and MSc stages
Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.
2017/18 academic year
Full-time – typically £6,400 for the course
Part-time – typically £2,135 a stage for PgCert, PgDip and MSc stages
2016/17 academic year
Full-time and part-time – typically £12,500 for the course
Distance learning – typically £7,650 for the course
2017/18 academic year
Full-time and part-time – typically £13,250 for the course
Distance learning – typically £7,950 for the course
Additional course costs
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