Education for Health Professionals PGCert – 2023 entry
Start date: September 2023
- Study mode and duration
- Part-time: 3 years (maximum course length)*
Why choose this course
- Study a hands-on, clinical curriculum to inspire and nurture new talent to meet modern healthcare demands – as an existing qualified health or social care professional, including:
- Allied health professionals
- Learn from a multidisciplinary team of lecturers, who are all healthcare professionals with experience of working in the NHS
- Access one of the only health education programmes in the south of England
- Gain a teaching qualification to become an educator within healthcare practice.
What you will study
We'll teach you how to develop a creative, innovative approach to your teaching and professional practice, and how to apply theory to practice. You'll explore the complexities associated with professional assessment and the evaluation of medical staff. You’ll identify personal goals and develop a learning plan to enhance your teaching skills.
You’ll understand the complex nature of curriculum design, ranging from philosophical underpinning, student experience and learning and teaching strategies. With this, you’ll develop a formal curriculum document based on a topic of choice.
You’ll study topics, including the art of learning and teaching, framing learning through the curriculum and supporting education in practice.
You’ll benefit from our multi-million-pound facilities, including our lecture theatres and seminar rooms, designed to promote knowledge exchange and networking with other health and social care professionals.
You’ll be taught by qualified healthcare practitioners and senior teaching staff, giving you a combination of both clinical and educational expertise. This may include:
- Professor Melaine Coward, adult nurse and Head of the School of Health Sciences
- Amy Dopson, adult and children’s nurse and Head of Continuing Professional Development
- Nikki White, operating department practitioner and Senior Teaching Fellow.
Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of:
- Group work (e.g. discussion groups)
- Online learning
- Role plays
Outside of these, you’ll be expected to carry out independent study, including coursework, essays and reading.
There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by graduate teaching assistants. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.
We use a variety of methods to assess you, including case studies, presentations and written work.
Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University. Our graduates have lifetime access to Surrey Pathfinder, our online portal for appointment and events bookings, jobs, placements and interactive development tools.
By completing this course, you’ll fulfil the growing demand for excellent teachers within the healthcare sector. 91 per cent of our health sciences postgraduate students go on to employment or further study (**Graduate Outcomes survey 2022, HESA). Our alumni typically work for the NHS, private healthcare organisations and academic institutions.
Visit the NHS careers website for further information.
Academic year structure
This part-time course will enable you to flexibly complete modules, fitting these around your existing commitments.
*This course can take between 1-3 years to complete. This is dependent on how many modules you select to study at a given time.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:
Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday – Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the Academic Hive. View our Code of practice for the scheduling of teaching and assessment (PDF).
Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.
A minimum of a 2:2 in a relevant UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. You must be currently registered as a healthcare professional to apply.
Do I meet the requirements for this course?
We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).
International entry requirements by country
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 7.0 in each element.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
Applications are screened for standard documentation and then referred to the programme lead for review.
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If your experience exceeds the typical requirements for entry to the programme, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience. If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for specific modules through your previous learning, it may be possible to exempt you from those modules, and for you to be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
In some cases, prior knowledge and skills may allow applicants to join the start of a course without meeting the formal entry requirements.
Please see our code transfer and recognition of prior learning guide (PDF) and recognition of prior learning and prior credit web page for further information. Please email Admissions (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any queries.
Fees per year
Start date: September 2023
Part-time - 3 years
- To be confirmed
- To be confirmed
Students will pay fees on a module-by-module basis, please see our modules for further information.
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2023-24 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually
- If you are on a two-year full-time MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme
- Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.
- Travelling expenses such as those incurred for travelling between their clinical practice area and the University
- General programme related costs such as study materials.
Scholarships and bursaries
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Education for Health Professionals PGCertPart-time, 36 months, September 2023
Closing date: Monday 31 July 2023
Please note that we may have to close applications before the stated deadline if we receive a high volume of suitable applications. We advise you to submit your application as soon as it is ready.
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Course location and contact details
Campus locationKate Granger Building
Our Medicine (Graduate Entry) BMBS degree, nursing and midwifery, and health science courses are taught at the Kate Granger Building (30 Priestley Road), on the Surrey Research Park.
Some modules on this course will be taught on Stag Hill campus.
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