Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine

PgCert Clinical Education

Explore education theory and how it can apply to teaching in the clinical environment. This one year postgraduate certificate programme is designed to meet your needs if you are a doctor, dentist or healthcare professional. Develop knowledge and skills in teaching, learning and assessment, and be primed to confidently transfer your experience into your professional role. On successful completion of this award you may choose to progress onto a second year of study towards a postgraduate diploma.

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Enhance your career in the healthcare professions

This programme is part of the largest range of healthcare study options in the South West.

Key features

  • Your learning journey – this postgraduate certificate programme will be delivered on a part-time basis over one year. The programme will include the completion of two modules – clinical educational practice: theory, evidence and application, and assessment in clinical education, totalling 60 credits.

  • On successful completion of this postgraduate certificate award you may choose to progress onto a second year of study towards a postgraduate diploma.

  • Develop your knowledge and skills in teaching, learning and assessment. 

  • Explore underlying educational theory with its application to teaching in the clinical environment, together with an analysis of current assessment methodology and the role of work based assessments in learning.

  • Benefit from a programme accredited by both  The Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME). These bodies uphold national standards for educators, and confer professional recognition of teaching excellence.

  • Be supported by a blended learning approach with face-to-face sessions and interactive materials, electronic learning environments and tutorial support.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • You'll complete two modules worth 30 credits each: Clinical Education Practice: Theory, Evidence and Application, and Current Issues in Clinical Education. You'll advance your knowledge, understanding and experience of teaching, learning and assessment in clinical education, and collaborate with colleagues from a wide range of healthcare professions. On successful completion of the postgraduate certificate, you may choose to progress onto a second year of study towards a postgraduate diploma.

    Please note: there may be limited availability of places on some modules.

    2017 Programme delivery dates
    Core modules
    • CLI713 Clinical Education Practice: Theory, Evidence and Application

      This module will develop your knowledge and skills as a clinical educator, exploring theories of learning as well as the practical aspects of planning to teach, teaching methods, giving feedback, reflection in practice and ways to evaluate your teaching. A key aspect of the module will be the opportunity to practise and reflect on teaching skills within a friendly and supportive environment and to gain feedback from tutors and peers.

    • CLI714 Contemporary Issues in Clinical Education

      In this module we will explore current issues, drivers and challenges in undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing clinical education, drawing widely on contemporary research and scholarship. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their roles as clinical educators, including professional standards and values, and to investigate the impact of culture and policy on practice.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

Masters Clin Ed Prog Spec PT June 2016 final 4609

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

Normally a recognised first degree or equivalent will be required. Experience acquired through work or other means that enables staff responsible for admissions to be confident of your ability to succeed in the programme may also be considered, in line with QAA guidance. It is essential that within your professional role you have opportunities to teach in order to be able to complete some of the assignments.

If your first language is not English you will be required to provide evidence of competence in English language. To check your requirements for IELTS and PTE Academic, please visit our entry requirements for international students page.

Accreditation of prior certificated learning (APCL) and accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) refer to the process by which previous formal certificated learning and informal non-certificated learning can be awarded credit towards modules within the sphere of Higher Education. Credit for prior learning, whether certificated or experiential, may count towards the requirements for the named award. The maximum amount of credit for prior learning (certificated or experiential) claimed towards the award is 120 credits.  To qualify for the award of a masters degree, your dissertation must be completed at Plymouth University. If you are seeking credit (whether certificated or experiential), you will normally be required to apply for such credit on receipt of an offer of a place on the programme. Requests for APCL if you are already on a programme will be considered, provided that you submit the request in the session before you would normally begin the module/stage for which you are seeking credit. In the case of requests for APEL, this would be at least six months prior to the beginning of the session before you would normally begin the module(s)/stage against which you are seeking credit.

Plymouth University is committed to providing equality for all irrespective of age, disability, ethnicity (including race, colour and nationality), gender, gender reassignment, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and will work to ensure that all students, employees and visitors, as well as those who apply or seek to apply to work or study at the University, are treated fairly and are not subjected to discrimination by the University on any of these grounds (University Equality and Diversity Policy, Revised April 2011).

Plymouth Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry welcomes applications from people with disabilities who will be considered on the same academic grounds as other potential students. Considerations about individual needs arising from disability will be made separately, and we will strive to meet an individual disabled student's needs wherever possible and in consultation with Disability Services.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU To be confirmed To be confirmed
International To be confirmed To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) £2,640 £3,150
Part time (International) £5,370 £6,300
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 60 credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

How to apply

Make sure you meet the entry requirements for this programme.

Before you apply

Make sure you have all your supporting documents. Documents required usually include:
  • Evidence of qualifications (degree certificates or transcripts), with translations if not in English, to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language
  • Personal statement of approximately 250-400 words about the reasons for your interest in this course and outlining the nature of previous and current teaching experience. You can write this into the online application form, or send it as a separate attachment.
  • Two academic/professional references, confirming your suitability for the course 
  • Two passport photographs
  • Curriculum Vitae or résumé, including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience, professional registration/s and visa status for overseas workers
  • Proof of sponsorship, if applicable

When to apply

Applications for postgraduate programmes of study can usually be made throughout the year. When applying for a taught postgraduate programme, please check for any submission deadlines with the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry Admissions team (contact details below). For full-time programmes, you may be invited for interview.

Check the closing date and apply as early as possible as our programmes are popular.

Apply for this course

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

Admissions policy

More information and advice for applicants can be referenced in our online admissions policy for taught programmes. Prospective students are advised to read the policy before making an application to the University.

What happens after I apply?

For more information contact the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry Admissions team.

If you would like to speak to one of our course information advisors, please contact us:

Plymouth University

Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry
The John Bull Building
Research Way
Plymouth Science Park

Tel: +44 (0)1752 437333
Fax: +44 (0)1752 517842

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information, to take part in an interview (which in the case of overseas students may be by telephone or video conference) or you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Information team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. The Doctoral College is also available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Services website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office.

Meet Nick Cooper

Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

"As a medical educator and practising GP, I was instrumental in developing this programme and continue to be involved as a tutor and contributor. The programme is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of healthcare professionals and continually evolves in response to the fast-changing environment of clinical practice as well as feedback from our participants. We look forward to working with you."

"The postgraduate certificate helped me situate my role as a clinical teacher in a much broader context, giving me an increased understanding of the landscape of clinical education as well as new skills to bring to delivery. I am continuing onto the masters programme in clinical education where my proposed project will explore the theme of resilience in clinical practice."

Sarah Ansell
GP and GP Appraiser, North Devon

"The postgraduate certificate has been of great value to me for my progression as a health educator and novice academic. It helped me to think in new ways about learning and encouraged me to take more of a facilitative role in my teaching. The programme also gave me a better and deeper understanding of the core principles of assessment, quality assurance, standard setting and feedback within the Higher Education sector."

Anastasios Plessas
Lecturer, Peninsula Dental School

Aled Picton – MClinEd Clinical Education graduate

Studying the MClinEd programme provided an excellent grounding in the principles of teaching and learning. I learned how to reflect on and appraise teaching practice. I also learned valuable research and academic writing skills.

Aled now works at the University of Birmingham Medical School as a Central Education Fellow.

Learn more about Aled Picton

Did you know that you can undertake the Masters in Clinical Education as a full-time programme?

If you are interested in pursuing a career in education, or want to do the academic foundation programme, then definitely consider doing the MClinEd as an intercalated degree!

Elliot talks to us about placements, completing an intercalated year, and working for the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.

Learn more about MClinEd Clinical Education graduate Elliot Catchpole

Research-informed teaching

Research is an integral part of the academic environment of the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. It informs the development, content and delivery of all our academic work including undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Find out more about the benefits of our research-informed teaching

Career opportunities

This programme will provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills for multiple roles within the clinical educational environment.

Additionally, recognition by The Higher Education Academy supports you with contracts in Higher Education.

Find out more about your possible future career prospects