Education for Health Professionals PGCert - 2020/1

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

PGCert Education for Health Professionals

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Part-time PSA55015 60 credits and 30 ECTS credits

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Other internal and / or external reference points


Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences - School of Health Sciences

Programme Leader

WHITE Nikki (Health Sci.)

Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • Enable appropriately qualified health and social care professionals and teachers who are developing their role to support learning in a variety of settings, to acquire a professionally accredited teaching qualification, through achieving formal recognition for their existing expertise and through the development of new knowledge, skills and understanding.
  • Provide participants with a stimulating and conducive learning context in which to develop knowledge and understanding of contemporary policy, practice and theoretical perspectives for education.
  • Facilitate in a variety of domains the development of teaching practice that is learner-centred, enquiry-based, innovative and generates lines of enquiry for educational research and development.

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Explore the conceptual models, theories and frameworks that support the provision of educational practice K PGCert
Demonstrate depth of knowledge and understanding through the scholarship of teaching K PGCert
Consider strategies that will enhance the quality of learning and teaching K PGCert
Analyse and evaluate the journey of learning for both teacher and student C PGCert
Integrate disciplinary research into their role as a teacher / facilitator of learning C PGCert
Be self-directed and autonomous through research and enquiry to generate a deeper understanding of the approaches to learning and teaching C PGCert
Critically explore the effectiveness of learning and teaching strategies through the synthesis of innovative approaches C PGCert
Design creative and innovative learning, teaching and assessment strategies to support the development of professional knowledge and practice P PGCert
Plan, facilitate and evaluate learning through conceptual, critical thinking and research P PGCert
Utilise a range of resources to effectively manage the pathway of development P PGCert
Make effective judgements regarding their students' achievements through rigorous assessment processes P PGCert
Guide and support students and others who contribute to the learning process P PGCert
Engage creatively in participative learning techniques, i.e. Problem-based / enquiry-based / action learning, enabling sound judgements to be made in complex and unpredictable situations T PGCert
Adopt a critical reflexive stance towards their own practice and its development T PGCert
Work collaboratively with colleagues, through team work and leadership, to ensure that resources are managed responsibly T PGCert
Become autonomous, utilising professionalism to all aspects of their role T PGCert
Effectively communicate, working in partnership with colleagues from a range of disciplines to explore learning T PGCert

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This programme is studied part-time over one to five years, consisting of 60 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Parts of this programme may be studied outside of the standard University structure and may be subject to professional body requirements.

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Unstructured (1-5 years) - FHEQ Level 7

Module Selection for Unstructured (1-5 years) - FHEQ Level 7


Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics Y
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) Y Yes
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
Study exchange (Level 5) N
Dual degree N

Other information

¿ All students are initially registered for 5 years
¿ The (programme) is part time
¿ On successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate Education for Professional Practice programme NMC registered practitioners may apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Council for recognition of their Qualified Teacher Status and be recorded on their Registration record.
¿ The Programme is divided into 3 modules. All taught modules are worth 15 credits which is indicative of 150 hours of learning; there is one exception - Art of Learning and Teaching is worth 30 credits, which is indicative of 300 hours of learning. The pass mark for the modules is 50%

Quality assurance

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.