Education for Health Professionals PGCert - 2024/5

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

Standards for Practice Education, NMC, HCPC and GMC are used to inform this programme. GMC (No date) Standards, Guidance and Curricula. Available at: HCPC (2017) Standards of Education and Training. Available at: NMC (2023) Standards framework for nursing and midwifery education. Available at: Standards framework for nursing and midwifery education (

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

  • Equip students with the ability to critically explore conceptual theory, underpinning effective educational practice.
  • Empower the students to creatively develop a critical, reflective, and innovative approach to teaching and learning, across diverse educational and practice settings, whilst also formulating plans for their own professional development.
  • Enable the student to apply an advanced awareness of ethical and professional values and codes of conduct when making personal and strategic decisions.
  • Equip the student to apply a comprehensive knowledge of techniques and methodologies within research design to facilitate a positive change through their final year research project.
  • Challenge students to think critically and evaluate educational strategies that enhance, and transform the quality of learning, teaching and assessment.
  • Support students to design innovative educational solutions that respond to the ever-evolving demands of policy drivers within health and social care.
  • Enable to the student to develop practice that is inclusive of the unique and diverse needs of the individual learner, ensuring they have access to resources facilitating student autonomy.
  • Develop proficiency in fostering effective learning environments, that utilise digital and technological enhanced learning strategies.

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Comprehensive understanding of the theory and contemporary evidence base underpinning quality education provision. KCPT PGCert
Become competent and confident educators, with the ability to design, deliver, assess and evaluate innovative education solutions. KCPT PGCert
Demonstrate compassionate, inclusive, ethical, and professional leadership with education design and delivery, responsive to the individual needs of the student. KCPT PGCert
Thrive with digital capability, utilising complex information, problem solving and innovative approaches within own practice. KCPT PGCert
Act autonomously when making strategic decisions, giving confidence to support and drive positive change. KCPT 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 36 months, 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 - FHEQ Level 7

Module Selection for Unstructured - FHEQ Level 7

Students must take all core modules. Students can RPL Educating Healthcare Professional module at FHEQ level 6 if completed prior to enrolling onto the PG Cert.

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) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
Study exchange (Level 5) N
Dual degree N

Other information

The School of Health Sciences is committed to developing graduates with strengths in Employability, Digital Capabilities, Global and Cultural Capabilities, Sustainability, and Resourcefulness and Resilience. This programme is specifically designed to allow students to develop knowledge, skills, and capabilities in the following areas, specific detail is provided within each module specification:

Digital capabilities: Students will develop their digital capabilities by the critical use of information, problem solving and innovative approaches, such as technology enhanced learning. These skills will be transferable to their educational professional role, whilst working in a teaching or curriculum team; designing learning opportunities; support and facilitate learning and being proactive in peer learning; design and adopt different modes of learning as appropriate to the educational provision that they have designed (e.g., self-directed, blended, hybrid, asynchronous/synchronous).

Employability: Students are registered healthcare professionals and will be developing skills and knowledge that can be applied to their educational role and will enhance their future career aspirations and employability.

Global and cultural capabilities: The programme incorporates perspectives and practices from a range of cultures, thus enabling students to diversify their knowledge and reflect on different experiences in a healthcare setting.

Resourcefulness and Resilience: Students are guided to develop the ability to reflect, evaluate, adapt, and respond flexibly to ever changing needs of the education setting to reflect the changing landscape in healthcare practice. This pillar is fundamental to the development of safe and confident educators through problem solving, creativity whilst identifying and responding to the needs of learners, the organisation, and wider context of healthcare practice.

Sustainability: Students are encouraged to recognise and respond to the need for sustainable education provision, achieved through critical exploration and alignment of educational philosophy and pedagogic practices with sustainability principles. By embedding sustainability within educational processes, students contribute to a more sustainable future, where knowledge and skills are imparted in ways that align with environmental and societal well-being.

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 2024/5 academic year.