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Education for Professional Practice - PGCert

Course Description

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.


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.


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). 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.
-Art of Learning and Teaching
-Supporting Education in Practice
-Framing Learning through the Curriculum

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.


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


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


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.

Visit the Education for Professional Practice - PGCert page on the University of Surrey website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Sarah Bolger

“Although the demands on my time and energy were challenging, I received unbeatable support from the team at Surrey.”

Sarah, a Practice Development Midwife with 15 years’ experience as a qualified nurse and 11 years’ experience as a qualified midwife, explains how a Masters from the University of Surrey has boosted her career prospects.

“I wanted a course that would enable me to consolidate my previous experience and give me the qualification I needed for career progression. I chose the University of Surrey because it offers higher education as part of a contract with local Trusts. I was also looking to study at a university that could rival others at a national and even an international level.

The most challenging aspect of the course was juggling my academic work, working for the Trust and family life. The impact of studying for a Masters on family life can never be underestimated, so time management is key. For me, this often meant studying in the evening, which after a long day at work was gruelling.

Although the demands on my time and energy were challenging, I received unbeatable support from the team at Surrey. The emphasis wasn’t on taking away my challenges, but providing me with guidance so I could find a path that enabled me to achieve my full potential.

Now I have completed the course, the sense of achievement I have is immeasurable. At Surrey, you’re encouraged to think outside the box and consider new ideas.

Based on the results of my Masters, I have been awarded a full-time funded PhD studentship at Surrey. It’s thanks to the experience I had during my Masters that I had the confidence to even apply.”


Discounts for Surrey graduates - No. of awards TBC

If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount


Self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on [email protected]

Entry Requirements

All applicants must have a relevant professional qualification with a minimum of one year’s experience (post-qualification), a degree or equivalent with the potential to achieve at postgraduate level, and be employed in a teaching/training capacity. Nurses must have three years’ full-time experience (or equivalent part-time) in relevant professional practice in the last ten years.

Last Updated

22 November 2016

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