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Health & Social Care Education - PGCert

Course Description

The aims of the Health and Social Care Education course are to prepare and develop nurses and midwives who will facilitate, supervise and assess students and critically appraise and evaluate practice teaching from operational and strategic perspectives.

The course is designed to encompass key themes including establishing effective working relationships, creating and maintaining a learning environment, facilitating learning and assessment and evaluating learning by utilising evidence-based practice and leadership strategies within the context of contemporary practice.

Teaching and learning strategies reflect a range of approaches such as, key lectures, group discussion, seminars, reflection and analysis. Action learning sets will be used to allow students to actively engage in problem solving activities.


Teaching and learning strategies will reflect a range of approaches e.g. key lectures, action learning sets, work-based learning, group discussion, seminars, reflection and analysis. Module materials will also be available on the University's Virtual Learning Environment-eLearn.

Each module uses a variety of continuous assessment activities, including peer observation of teaching practice, essays and reports and evidence of completion of 360 hours of teaching practice, which must be conducted in both academic and practice settings. Through assessment and work-based learning activity, evidence is gathered to demonstrate achievement of relevant professional standards. There is no final examination.


The course is designed to develop the practitioner in their role as a teacher, able to support learning of health and social care practitioners on courses approved by professional bodies, in both academic and practice settings. On successful completion of the programme students will be able to have the teacher qualification recorded by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and will be able to register with the Higher Education Academy (pending accreditation).


The course covers the following subject areas:
-A critical review of (and opportunity to engage with) contemporary education practices in health and social care.
-Current and future developments in regulation of health and social care education.
-Approaches to curriculum design and delivery.
-Theories and models concerning the nature and processes of teaching, learning, assessment and student support.
-Principles of evidence-based practice and research into learning and teaching issues, including evaluation.
-Quality assurance and enhancement of programmes supporting learning of health and social care professionals.

Visit the Health & Social Care Education - PGCert page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Be registered in the same part or subpart of the NMC register as the students they support; Have completed at least three years post-registration experience, gained additional professional knowledge and skills, and have experience in an area where students are gaining practice experience relevant to their registration; Have extended their knowledge, relevant to their field of practice, to at least first degree level; Be working as a lecturer in a higher education setting or demonstrate relevant and appropriate role responsibilities in practice, working with students undertaking recordable programmes of study; Support from a line-manager to perform 360 hours teaching activity.

Last Updated

02 March 2017

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