Education for Professional Practice PGCert

This engaging and dynamic programme - validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council - will help qualified healthcare professionals become creative, innovative and competent teachers in practice or higher education.

Why Surrey?

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education for Professional Practice is built on the premise that all students are individuals who come with personal attributes, knowledge, skills and experience. Through the programme, you will engage in scholarly activities associated with learning and teaching, and explore the complexities of assessment and evaluation to gain qualified teacher status within the post-compulsory sector.

Programme overview

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Education for Professional Practice offers a fantastic opportunity to engage in a dynamic and exciting programme that leads to qualified teacher status.

It is suitable for a wide range of individuals from health and social care settings who wish to further their role in teaching and supporting learners within education and/or practice development settings, with the aim of becoming a creative, innovative, competent teacher.

The programme will help you develop an enquiring, reflective, critical and innovative approach to contemporary educational and professional practice, and will extend your knowledge, skills and understanding through critical thinking and analysis. You will engage in scholarly activities associated with learning and teaching, and explore the complexities of assessment and evaluation to gain qualified teacher status within the post-compulsory sector. The programme will also enable you to continue to develop your ability to display in yourself and pass on to your students the values required in modern healthcare and within the NHS Constitution, including compassion, kindness, empathy, advocacy, good communication and teamwork skills, and respect for patients’ privacy, dignity and individuality.

Before you start the course, an informal discussion will take place to ascertain your previous learning and development. This will help you to make an informed decision as to the right journey of learning for you, based on your needs, wishes and interests, and the requirements of your professional role.

Following the completion of the Postgraduate Certificate, plus the requisite 360 teaching hours, nurses and midwives will be eligible for a recordable teaching qualification with the NMC.

Additionally, healthcare professionals with responsibility to support learning in practice may undertake a mentorship module, which forms part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) standards for Supporting Learning and Assessment in Practice (Mentor).

Individuals on the Nursing and Midwifery Council register may undertake the Practice Teacher NMC qualification, which offers preparation for Primary Care nurses who are supporting learners undertaking Specialist Community Public Health Nursing qualifications and Specialist Practice qualifications. 

Programme structure and modules

C - Compulsory, O - Optional
Modules Credits PGCert
Art of Learning and Teaching 30 C
Supporting Education in Practice 15 C
Framing Learning through the Curriculum 15 C

Art of Learning and Teaching  

The focus of the Art of Learning and Teaching module is to provide students with an opportunity to increase their knowledge and understanding of the complexities of learning teaching, assessment and evaluation in order to review critically and enhance their expertise in these areas of professional practice.  

Supporting Education in Practice  

The Supporting Education in Practice module considers and critically evaluates links between theory and practice and explores learning and teaching strategies relevant for the facilitation and support of learning within the work place.

Framing Learning through the Curriculum  

The Framing Learning through the Curriculum module is a critical analysis of the processes involved in curriculum design, what constitutes a quality curriculum and to construct a curriculum based on an innovation in practice. The ethos of this module is the development and enhancement of a meaningful learning journey.

Postgraduate Certificate

The Postgraduate Certificate is built around three compulsory modules: Art of Learning and Teaching, Supporting Education in Practice and Framing Learning through the Curriculum. This pathway is open to individuals from health care environments who wish to extend their knowledge, skills and develop their understanding through critical thinking and analysis.

For nurses and midwives, this forms part of the NMC standards for Supporting Learning and Assessing in Practice (Stage 4 - Teacher). On completion of the three core modules, plus the requisite 360 teaching hours, the nurse or midwife can record this study as meeting the standards for the qualified teacher and therefore register the qualification with the NMC.

Learning and teaching module selection

The ethos of the programme is based on an individual’s developmental learning journey and, as such, commences at the initial applicant enquiry. It is at this stage that an informal discussion will take place possibly with the administrator, module leader and/or the Director of Studies (DOS) to offer information regarding the modules/programmes whether it is Mentorship, Practice Teacher or Qualified Teacher

Through this enquiry, a general discussion takes place that will assist the individual to make an informed decision as to the right journey of learning based on their learning needs, taking into account previous study and the requirements for their professional role in learning and teaching.

A nurse or midwife could apply for AP(E)L for up to 100% against the Mentorship programme and the Practice Teacher qualification if appropriate study has been successfully completed. This process takes place rarely but the mechanism is still in place.  Each application for AP(E)L is considered on an individual basis by the AP(E)L committee using the University’s standard AP(E)L procedures.

Mentorship module

The Mentorship module can be accessed by a variety of health care professionals who have a responsibility to support learning in practice and forms part of the NMC standards for Supporting Learning and Assessment in Practice (Mentor).

A nurse or midwife wishing to undertake this module will be required to have one year’s post-qualification experience prior to attending. In preparation for this module, you would be encouraged to engage in the Associate Mentor preparation provision, which will be offered within NHS Trusts, led by Trust personnel with educational responsibilities.

The Mentorship module is a generic module (offered at FHEQ Level 6 and FHEQ Level 7) and forms part of the NMC standards to support learning and assessment in practice (stage 2 – Mentor). It assists participants to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills through exploration, enquiry and reflexivity, aiming to develop and enhance effective assessment and facilitation skills. Students will have an opportunity to explore learning and teaching strategies relevant to practice; assessment and evaluation in the context of giving feedback, measuring achievements, competence and quality. The exciting challenge is to contextualise these areas for each student to ensure that the learning experience is meaningful.

Those who show an aptitude for learning, teaching and supporting learners or a keen interest in this area will be actively encouraged to progress on to further study.

Practice Teacher qualification

The Practice Teacher NMC qualification can be accessed by individuals on the NMC register. This pathway includes Supporting Education in Practice, and the Practice Module for the Practice Teacher. Both modules are offered at FHEQ level 7. Pre-requisite study for this qualification is Mentorship FHEQ Level 6 or FHEQ Level 7.

This qualification forms part of the NMC standards for Supporting Learning and Assessment in Practice (Stage 3 – Practice Teacher), which offers preparation for Primary Care nurses who are supporting learners undertaking Specialist Community Public Health nursing qualifications and Specialist Practice qualifications. Throughout the Practice Teacher programme, Practice Teacher students are supported by a qualified Practice Teacher to assist in developing skills associated with supporting specialist practice students.

Undertaking the Supporting Education in Practice module gives the opportunity for the student Practice Teachers to consider and critically evaluate links between theory and practice, and to explore strategies relevant for the facilitation and support of learning within the workplace. The Practice Module for the Practice Teacher is an effective strategy to test and extend your skills in supporting specialist practice students throughout their specialist practice programme. Opportunities are given to actively be involved in formative and summative assessments whilst being supported by a qualified Practice Teacher.

On successful completion of the Supporting Education in Practice module and the Practice Module for the Practice Teacher, the nurse can record this study as meeting the NMC standards for the Practice Teacher Qualification and be annotated on the local register of Practice Teachers which is held and maintained within their Trust. Education Leads within the Trusts are sent information as to who has been successful in achieving this qualification. Once the Practice Teacher qualification has been completed individuals are actively encouraged to continue with their postgraduate studies by undertaking the remaining modules associated with the Postgraduate Certificate.

Professional recognition

Nursing and Midwifery Council

The programme has been fully validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Following the completion of the Postgraduate Certificate, nurses and midwives will be eligible for a recordable teaching qualification with the NMC.

Related programmes

Postgraduate (Taught)

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Programme leader

Ms Clare Royal

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General enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 681 681

Admissions enquiries:

+44-(0)1483-682-222

admissions@surrey.ac.uk

Programme facts

Type of programme:

PGCert

Programme length:

  • Part-time: 12 months

Start date:

Sep 2016

Entry Requirements

All applicants must have a relevant professional qualification with a minimum of one year’s experience (post-qualification), a degree or equivalent with the potential to achieve at postgraduate level, and be employed in a teaching/training capacity. Nurses must have three years’ full-time experience (or equivalent part-time) in relevant professional practice in the last ten years.

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English language requirements

IELTS min overall 7.0

IELTS min by component 7.0

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Fees

Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Part-time Sep 2016 £4,000 £8,000

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2016/2017 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

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Disclaimer

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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