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PGCert Clinical Education

Key facts

Start date October 2019

Duration/mode 12 months part time

UK/EU fees £3,500 (total)

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 any component.

This course is available to UK/EU residents only


The Clinical Education PGCert has been been created to equip you to become an exceptional education practitioners. The course provides a responsive, work-related and academically robust route for all healthcare practitioners who engage with teaching and learning. Whether you're from clinical settings or Higher Education institutions, this course will develop your understanding of the education and assessment of the next generation of clinical practitioners.

The course enables you to learn with (and from) a range of healthcare and healthcare-related professions which each cohort attracting up to 11 different professions. As the course is centred on healthcare research and learning, we encourage you to make critical and creative connections between policy, educational theory and your own practice.

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

The course 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 and practitioners from NHS Trusts.

This is a part-time course 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.

The Postgraduate Certificate course consists of two 30 credit modules at M level. You may finish your studies with the PGCert or continue for a further twenty-four months to complete the Masters (MEd) in Clinical Education.


The course 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 course, although a one-off fee is payable by students who do not hold a teaching contract with a subscribing higher education institution. The course was successfully revalidated in 2018.

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.

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Course content

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

The Clinical Education PGCert helps you to critically analyse your own practice as a clinical educator. You will evaluate a range of educational theories and strategies in reference to teaching, learning and assessment in the clinical context. You will be encouraged to apply these ideas to the development of your own teaching practice. There is direct observation of your teaching in practice and regular opportunities for peer reviewing of your teaching practice (micro-teaching).

There is a high level of support for academic skills development, both to help you to fulfil your potential on this course 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 programmes, 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 Clinical Education PGCert course. It is an opportunity for you to bring together all the ideas and learning encountered through the course 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 will 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 you to a range of learning and teaching modes and strategies, in order that you can experience a variety of approaches to learning, some of which you may be using in your professional life and some with which you may be unfamiliar. These include: lectures, seminars, tutorials, enquiry-based learning, peer learning and assessment, collaborative learning, peer and tutor assessed micro-teaching and observed teaching in practice. 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

If you successfully complete the Clinical Education PGCert are eligible to apply for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Dates for Taught Units 2019/20 Academic Year

Module 1 – MEDS5106M: Learning and Teaching in the Clinical Context

  • Unit 1 – October 2019 TBC (4 days)
  • Unit 2 – November 2019 TBC (3 days)

Module 2 – MEDS5107M: Assessment and Evaluation in the Clinical Context

  • Unit 1 – February 2020 TBC (3 days)
  • Unit 2 – May 2020 TBC (3 days)

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

Successful completion of all modules on time will result in graduation in December 2020.

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


Both modules are assessed in the same way, by an essay and a reflective case study. You will be required to complete each module and associated coursework successfully before proceeding to the next module. Assessment for each of the modules comprises:

  • An essay relating to an aspect of the module, which draws on your own relevant experience, integrating this with a critical coverage of the literature on the topic. (3000 words.)
  • A reflective case study linked to your observation of teaching practice. (3000 words.)

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Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

  • a bachelor (hons) degree in a health-related subject.
  • a minimum of three 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.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 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: 2 September 2019.

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 one 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 one of your two references.)
  • copy of your degree certificate, or equivalent.
  • professional body documentation or number (GMC, NMC, etc.).
  • sponsorship/funding confirmation letter, where applicable. Find more information about sponsorship here.
  • copy of your IELTS results, where applicable.

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

Admissions policy

Link to admissions policy document


UK/EU fees: £3,500 (total)
International fees: Not applicable

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Residential accommodation and travel is not included in the course fees.

Additional cost information

The taught sessions are located off campus and you will be required to travel independently to the venue; 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 course 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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