Education for Professional Practice PGCert

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Why Surrey?

Our engaging and dynamic Postgraduate Certificate in Education for Professional Practice programme will help qualified healthcare professionals become creative, innovative and competent teachers.

Students 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

This dynamic and exciting programme offers a fantastic opportunity to enhance your critical thinking an analytical skills whilst developing an enquiring, reflective and innovative approach to contemporary educational and professional practice.

It is suitable for a wide range of individuals from health and social care settings who wish to gain qualified teacher status.

The programme will enable you to 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.

Programme structure

All students are initially registered for five 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 in line with the NMC Standards for Learning and Teaching in Practice (2008).

Example module listing

The following modules 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.

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 per cent 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.

Educational aims of the programme

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education for Professional Practice are intended to:

  • 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

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Explore the conceptual models, theories and frameworks that support the provision of educational practice
  • Demonstrate depth of knowledge and understanding through the scholarship of teaching
  • Consider strategies that will enhance the quality of learning and teaching

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Analyse and evaluate the journey of learning for both teacher and student
  • Integrate disciplinary research into their role as a teacher / facilitator of learning
  • Be self-directed and autonomous through research and enquiry to generate a deeper understanding of the approaches to learning and teaching
  • Critically explore the effectiveness of learning and teaching strategies through the synthesis of innovative approaches

Professional practical skills

  • Design creative and innovative learning, teaching and assessment strategies to support the development of professional knowledge and practice
  • Plan, facilitate and evaluate learning through conceptual, critical thinking and research
  • Utilise a range of resources to effectively manage the pathway of development
  • Make effective judgements regarding their students’ achievements through rigorous assessment processes
  • Guide and support students and others who contribute to the learning process

Key / transferable skills

  • 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
  • Adopt a critical reflexive stance towards their own practice and its development
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues, through team work and leadership, to ensure that resources are managed responsibly
  • Become autonomous, utilising professionalism to all aspects of their role
  • Effectively communicate, working in partnership with colleagues from a range of disciplines to explore learning

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

Learn more about opportunities that might be available for this particular programme by using our student exchanges search tool.


Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Part-time Sep 2017 £3,500 N/A

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2017/2018 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

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Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Start date
PGCert Part-time Sep 2017

Entry Requirements

All applicants must have a relevant professional qualification with a minimum of one year’s experience (Mentorship) (post-qualification), Two years post SCPHN qualification (Practice Teacher) a degree or equivalent with the potential to achieve at postgraduate level, and be employed in a teaching/training capacity (Post graduate certificate; Education for Professional Practice).

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 7.0 overall, 7.0 in each component (or equivalent)

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.


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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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