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e-PgCert Professional and Higher Education

Online Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh    School of Health Sciences

Part time September, January PGCert 1-4 years part time 31 January 2024 30 September 2023

About the course

This course is for people who teach and support learning at higher education level (SCQF Level 7 or higher), whether within a university, college or other professional setting, and will enable you to become effective in facilitating and enhancing learning experiences. Delivered fully online, it allows you to fit study around your other commitments. This course is dynamic, interactive and work related.

Why QMU?

  • Unique, fully online course that allows flexible study.
  • Brings together professionals from a range of disciplines and cultures.
  • Enhances career advancement.
  • Friendly, person-centered education.
  • The course prepares participants to apply independently for Associate and Fellowship status of Higher Education Academy (by Advance HE). This is highly recommended.

Who is this course for?

This course has been designed in response to the continuing professional development (CPD) needs of professionals with an educational role, for example nurses and midwives, allied health professionals, social workers, doctors, lecturers in any discipline and professional services staff.

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Entry Requirements

Normally the equivalent of a UK honours degree. Candidates with alternative qualifications and appropriate relevant professional experience may also be considered.

It is currently required that you have an existing teaching role in your workplace at undergraduate level (SCQF Level 7).

Candidates who do not have standard entry requirements may be asked to submit a formative essay to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required at this level.

International: You will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 7.0 and no individual component score below 6.5.

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Where will I study?

Where is Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh


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Student Profile(s)

Victory Oforji

I currently work as a Clinical Nurse in the Emergency Department with Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, where I am also a Nursing Practice Educator, which is something I also do on behalf of private healthcare providers and trainers. I have been a nurse since 2013 and throughout my career I have taken a combined role in Clinical Practice, Nursing Research, Clinical Governance and Education both in my home country and in both the UK and the Republic of Ireland. In addition to my clinical and educational commitments, I run a joint private business, Synergy International Nursing Network that facilitates training and support for overseas nurses looking to migrate to the UK and Ireland.

"As an immigrant I have become used to being subjected to various rules and situations that makes education and learning more challenging compared to UK-based students. I have taken time to look at areas that need improvement within my practice, and I really wanted to raise awareness about some of the barriers and challenges that international students often experience when trying to access and progress through the education system. As I have had firsthand experience of being an international student studying in the UK, I believe I had the potential to be a force for change – raising awareness of exclusive nature of some of the education systems and identifying ways to improve access to education for international students. Consequently, to achieve this I needed to get the right educational skills and qualifications, and decided to do a postgraduate course in education. However, when looking at study options, again most institutions were inflexible and exclusive in their offers. However, QMU seemed to have put a lot of thought into including a wide range of students in the development of this course.

"This course is helping me in my current role. Even after only one module I am already equipped to start making the changes I have always wanted. I looked into "Inclusivity in curriculum design" within my discipline by creating an innovative video, to reflect on this issue. This video has further been used within my department to promote an inclusive curriculum and I now aim to reach a wider range of people by getting it on the RCN website to hopefully influence UK nursing curriculum in general. I have also personally changed my entire perspective to curriculum design in practice.


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