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PGCert Education in Primary Care

Key facts

Start date September 2018

Duration/mode 24 months part time, 24 months part time

UK/EU fees £2,750 (total)

International fees £6,500 (total)

Entry requirements Medical degree or bachelor degree with 2:2 (hons) in related subject + working in primary care.

Language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component


The Education in Primary Care PGCert is for health professionals working and teaching in primary care in the UK. It will suit any primary care educator, including nurse practitioners, GPs, community pharmacists and practice nurses, intending GP trainers and training programme directors.

The programme offers a deep understanding of education in primary care and equips you to succeed in learning and teaching at a wide range of levels and primary care disciplines, as demonstrated by our alumni.

All facilitators on the programme are GP trainers, undergraduate tutors or training programme directors. You’ll benefit from links with current practitioners and expert researchers working at the Academic Unit of Primary Care at the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences. You’ll also have the opportunity for one-to-one support from a mentor throughout the programme.

Funding for is available from Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber for those on the Intending GP Training Pathway.

You can study this programme over one or two years, so you can fit your study time around the clinical environment and other commitments.

To study this programme over one year, see the Education in Primary Care PGCert – 12 months.

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Course content

You’ll study four modules, all focused on primary care. Each module consists of two teaching days alongside online activities and discussions.

You’ll reflect on education in primary care, critically examine key aspects of your work and gain skills and ideas for your own development and the development of others. Students also have the opportunity to critically evaluate current research and contribute to the evidence base in education in primary healthcare.

The programme aims to develop the skills to implement and evaluate a curriculum, as well as critically evaluate consultation models and personal consultation skills. This is the only programme approved by Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber that offers teaching on consultation skills.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

For more information on typical modules, read Education in Primary Care PGCert Part Time in the course catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read Education in Primary Care PGCert Part Time in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

The programme is taught through a blended learning approach, combining face-to-face learning (at teaching days) with online activities.

Teaching is mostly in small groups with a facilitator, ensuring a personalised learning approach. You’ll learn through lectures, practical classes, tutorials, seminars and supervised research projects. We make extensive use of IT and a wide range of materials is available to enable you to study at your own pace and to enhance and extend on the material taught formally. Besides access to online materials, the Virtual Learning Environment offers continued peer and tutor support.


Assessment for all four modules is through written assignments, submitted approximately six weeks after the end of the module.

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Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

Medical degree or bachelor degree with 2:2 (hons) in a related subject.

Applicants should normally be working in primary care in the UK.

We also consider applications from primary care professionals with equivalent work experience.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

How to apply

Please note: all places for September 2018 have now been filled. The application cycle for September 2019 will open in the autumn, please check our course pages then and submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

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Admissions policy

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UK/EU fees: £2,750 (total)
International fees: £6,500 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Funding from Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber

This is a preferred training programme for intending GP trainers and funding is available from Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber (HEYH). To follow this route you should seek funding approval before enrolling on this programme. Find out about joining the Intending GP Training Pathway (HEYH).

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

This programme is one of the steps in the process to become a GP trainer with Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber. Many successful local educators have completed this programme.

Graduates of this programme have become GP trainers, vocational training programme directors and gone on to work in Health Education Yorkshire and Humber, in roles such as Locality Lead for GP Education and GP School Lead for Trainer Quality Management.

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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