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The PGCert in Education will enable you to become a teacher of Nursing and/or Midwifery in Higher Education and clinical practice. The course explores how people learn and equips you to be an effective educator to facilitate learning in the classroom and at the bedside. This course will equip you with a range of skills that are applicable to practice in a variety of contexts and will enable you to teach students from undergraduate novices to postgraduate/post registration experts.

This course represents great value for money and not only will provide you with a postgraduate certificate from Ulster University but will also allow you to record your qualification as a teacher with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, (NMC). On top of this, you will be able to be recognised as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).


Attendance usually consists of one face to face session per week in the University. This is supported by an online presence and as such this is a blended learning course. In addition to attendance in class students are expected to accumulate teaching experience in higher education and in clinical practice. This is set by the NMC at 360 hours across the calendar year. This means that you will need to be released from your workplace for more than one day per week.


Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. 

Teaching Practice Experience

The practice learning experience in all nursing programmes forms an integral part of the curriculum delivered that has several key functions for students. All theoretical instruction needs to be grounded in the context of its professional practice and this module provides that context in both the clinical and higher education environment.

Principles of Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Nursing & Midwifery

The purpose of this module is to enable you to become a lecturer/practice educator and record your award with the NMC. The module will provide you with a sound knowledge of the fundamental principles of learning, teaching and assessing in higher education so that you can apply this to professional education and practice. The module is provided as part fulfilment of the requirements for Lecturer/Practice Educator described by stage 4 of the Nursing & Midwifery Council Standards for Supporting Learning and Assessment in Practice (2008). The module also reflects the principles outlined at descriptor 2 of the UKPSF. This is a national framework that benchmarks education practice in higher education.

Consolidating Learning, Teaching and Assessing Practice in Nursing & Midwifery

The purpose of this module is to build upon the ideas and concepts introduced in NUR776 to provide students with a complete view of the elements that combine to make learning, teaching and assessment effective in higher education and clinical practice. This module will also enable students to complete the requirements specified by the NMC and thus record a qualification as a Lecturer/Practice Educator. The module will also enable students to meet the requirements of D2 described by the United Kingdom Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).

Work placement / study abroad

Whilst there is no placement as such it is recognised that a vital component of nurse education takes place in the clinical area. Therefore you will be expected to accumulate a specified number of teaching hours in the workplace.

Professional recognition

Accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery council (NMC) to record the qualification of teacher (TCH)

Accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) for the purpose of professional recognition as Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Career options

The course continues to be an attractive option for those wishing to develop their career. The primary function of the course is to ensure that upon qualification students can become recorded teachers with the NMC. This is a requirement for those wishing to teach substantively on NMC approved courses. In addition there are colleagues who practice in areas that have a substantial educational component and have found that having a qualification as a teacher at a postgraduate level has been very beneficial.

This is a versatile course and it continues to enjoy approval from the University, the NMC and the Higher Education Academy

Visit the Education for Nurses and Midwives - PGCert page on the Ulster University website for more details!





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