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PGCert Clinical Education

Key facts

Start date October 2018

Duration/mode 12 months part time

UK/EU fees £3,250 (total)

International fees Not relevant

Additional cost information

Entry requirements A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) in a related subject + professional registration and experience

Language requirements

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


The Clinical Education PGCert provides a responsive, work-related and academically robust route for all healthcare practitioners who engage with teaching and learning, whether in clinical settings or Higher Education institutions. The programme equips individuals to become exceptional education practitioners. It will strengthen your insights into the evidence-base which underpins the education and assessment of the next generation of clinical practitioners in your practice area.

The programme enables you to learn with, and from, a range of healthcare and healthcare-related professions; each cohort attracts up to 11 different professions. It is centered on research and learning for the healthcare workplace. We encourage you to make critical and creative connections between policy, educational theory and your own and your learners’ practice.

This part-time programme will particularly suit professionals who want to gain a postgraduate qualification whilst working.

More information
The programme provides research-led teaching and coaching from a highly experienced, interdisciplinary team of expert tutors. These are drawn from the Faculty of Medicine and Health, Health Education England Yorkshire and the Humber, the School of Education, and practitioners from NHS Trusts.

This is a part-time programme which has an intake every year. The two modules contributing to the Postgraduate Certificate can be completed in a minimum of one year and a maximum of three years. There is a Masters option which consists of a further twenty-four month period of study.

The Postgraduate Certificate programme consists of two 30 credit modules at M level.


The Clinical Education PGCert has been accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) since its inception in 2004. This enables registered nurses and midwives who successfully complete the Postgraduate Certificate to gain a recordable teaching qualification.

The programme 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 programme, although a one-off fee is payable by students who do not hold a teaching contract with a subscribing higher education institution. The programme was successfully revalidated in 2013.

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Course content

The programme has been designed with the needs of healthcare practitioners in mind.

The Learning and Teaching in the Clinical Context module helps you to critically analyse your own teaching and learning experience, evaluate a range of educational theories and strategies in reference to teaching and learning in the clinical context, and develop and apply appropriate teaching and learning methods. There is direct observation of your teaching in practice and regular opportunities for peer reviewing of your teaching practice (micro-teaching).

As you progress through the programme emphasis shifts from your individual practice as a clinical educator to your wider role, as a change agent and advocate for learning and teaching in a broader context.

There is a high level of support for academic and research skills development, both to help you to fulfil your potential on this programme and promote your further development and progression. We hope you'll have an inspirational experience of research-led teaching, which you'll seek to emulate in your own clinical education context.

Module 1 MEDS 5106M 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 programme, 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.

Module 2 MEDS 5107M 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 Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Education. It is an opportunity for you to bring together all the ideas and learning encountered through the programme 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.

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

Learning and teaching

Demonstrating our philosophy of inter-professional education, you’ll be taught by expert academics and clinicians from the Faculty of Medicine and Health and practitioners from NHS Trusts.

Learning and teaching emphasises participative, learner-centred and active learning approaches and introduces students to a range of learning and teaching modes and strategies, in order that they can experience a variety of approaches to learning, some of which they may be using themselves in their professional lives and some with which they may be unfamiliar. These include: lectures, seminars, tutorials, teaching with patients, enquiry-based learning, peer learning and assessment, teaching with simulators, collaborative learning, peer and tutor assessed micro-teaching in the classroom and the clinical skills lab, and observed teaching in practice, practical skills workshops, problem-based learning, student presentations, peer observations, e-learning and blended learning. Throughout, the learning draws on, and makes connections with, the real-world experiences of the learners.

Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy: claim for recognition

Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education are eligible to apply for fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. The programme has been carefully designed to ensure that it provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate engagements with the areas of activity, core knowledge and professional values of the UK PSF. The Programme team includes Fellows and Senior Fellows of the HEA.

There is a one-off fee of £200 (correct as of August 2017) for recognition as a Fellow of the HEA (Level 2). This fee is waived for students who are contracted to teach on a full-time, fractional or honorary basis at the University of Leeds or at any other HEI which subscribes to the Higher Education Academy.

Dates for Taught Units 2018/19 Academic year

Module 1- MEDS5106M- Learning and Teaching in the Clinical Context

Unit 1- 2nd- 5th October 2018

Unit 2- 21st- 23rd November 2018

Module 2- MEDS5107M- Assessment and Evaluation in the Clinical Context

Unit 1- 25th- 27th February 2019

Unit 2- 1st- 3rd May 2019

Please contact us if you have any issues regarding attendance before apply.

Successful completion of all modules on time will mean graduation will be in December 2019.

The taught blocks will be held at an external venue in Leeds.


Both modules are assessed in the same way and you will be required to complete each module and associated coursework successfully before proceeding to the next module.

  • An assignment relating to an aspect of practice, assessment and evaluation of learning and teaching in clinical settings. The assignment should draw on your own relevant experience, integrating this with a critical coverage of the literature on the topic. (3000 words)
  • The case study should consist of a written piece of work (3000 words) which reflects on a range of two assessment strategies/methods which are appropriate to your discipline area. You should include any new assessment strategies/methods you have been involved in and should include your observed assessment session. The assessment materials should be presented as appendices. You should critically review your practice against the appropriate elements of the UK PSF, with particular attention to core knowledge and professional values. The guidance about the case study for Module MEDS5106M also applies to this piece of work (3000 words).

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Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

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

A minimum of 3 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

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the entry requirements or if you will be a non-standard entry applicant

International qualifications

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the Clinical Education Admissions Team.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.


How to apply

Deadline: 14th September 2018.

Please contact us if you want to apply after this date.


This link 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.

Documents and information you MUST include as part of your application:

  • Two referee details- please ensure the details are correct and that we have permission to contact them for a reference.
  • Personal statement (minimum 1 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.
  • Letter of support from your manager, confirming that you are and will be engaged in teaching in your work place as part of your role and that you will be given sufficient teaching time to meet the assessment requirements for the course. (This can be counted as 1 of your 2 references)
  • Copy of your degree certificate, or equivalent
  • Professional body documentation or number (GMC, NMC etc.)
  • Sponsorship/funding confirmation letter http://students.leeds.ac.uk/info/10210/paying_fees_and_charges/609/sponsored_students
  • Copy of your IELTS results, if applicable

Please ensure you include the above documentation where possible. Not doing so will delay your application and jeopardise your place on the programme.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Link to admissions policy document


UK/EU fees: £3,250 (total)
International fees: Not relevant

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Course Fees

There are postgraduate loans available but this is if you sign up for the full Masters programme, which is 3 years part-time. Please go to this link for further information www.leeds.ac.uk/info/101050/fees_and_scholarships/262/postgraduate_loans

Residential accommodation is not included in the course fees.

Additional cost information

The taught sessions are located off campus, details will be sent out after registration.

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.

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Career opportunities

Past graduates of this programme 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 at the Careers website.

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