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Edge Hill University Distance Learning

Edge Hill University Distance Learning

PGCert Teaching and Learning in Clinical Practice

About This Masters Degree

Course Description

This is a collaborative, multi-professional programme for those working in a clinical setting, providing the opportunity for participants to improve teaching and assessment skills and understand how individuals learn. The course is suitable for all experienced clinicians, including medical doctors of all disciplines, general practitioners, dentists, nurses and allied health professionals who teach, support learning and are involved in assessment processes, whether formal or informal.

The course is run by Edge Hill University and is an accredited programme of the Higher Education Academy. Students completing this course will therefore be eligible to apply for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

What will I study?

The course will enable you to study the key concepts and approaches involved in teaching and facilitating learning in the clinical environment, furthering your application of theory to practice.

You will also analyse relevant forms of assessment and evaluation and consider the roles of learning support and learning resources in effective delivery.

There will be opportunities to practice your teaching skills and to observe and give feedback to others.

How will I study?

The course is delivered through online blended learning, using the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), with streamlined access to online reading materials, many of which have been specially optimised for use with mobile devices.

The programme commences with a detailed introduction to studying online. Please note, you will require access to a PC with an internet connection, as well as speakers or headphones. Specialist software is not required. Interaction online between fellow students is encouraged and facilitated by means of discussion boards.

The online learning is blended with contact sessions, 3-4 per module. Edge Hill University is the usual location for the face-to-face sessions, although some may be held at the Woodlands Centre in Chorley. Attendance at these face-to-face sessions is highly recommended. These are not compulsory, although if you are unable to attend the first session you will be expected to demonstrate accessing and taking part in the online activities at the earliest opportunity.

How will I be assessed?

There are no formal examinations. A range of assessment strategies are employed on this programme, including online tasks, critical reflection on practice, assignments, evaluative reports, case studies, peer observation of teaching, the design of learning activities and the creation of portfolios. You will be supported by your academic tutors with academic skills practice and ‘formative feedback’ on work-in-progress. You will be expected to write approximately 4,000 words (or equivalent) for each module.

Who will be teaching me?

The academic team comprises highly experienced tutors from Edge Hill University, some of whom are, or have been, practising clinicians, experienced educationalists and experienced learning technologists. The team is further enhanced by guest input from clinical experts and practitioners.

Many of the team are research active in the fields of technology enhanced learning and clinical education and some are also University Teaching and Learning Fellows or SOLSTICE Fellows, with an extensive publication record. Specific research interests include the role and influence of tutors when facilitating e-learning, the use of e-portfolios and informal workplace learning.

What are my career prospects?

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will have developed the knowledge and skills required of clinical and educational supervisors, practice education facilitators, as well as other roles in clinical and medical education.

If you are already working in such a position, the programme will enable you to develop your role and enable you to reflect upon and share your expertise whilst acquiring an accredited academic qualification.

Visit the PGCert Teaching and Learning in Clinical Practice page on the Edge Hill University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants need to be qualified clinicians, with some experience of, or access to, supervising and/or teaching in their daily work. A degree, degree-level qualification or professional qualification supplemented by relevant experience will normally form part of an applicant’s profile.