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Course Content

Course content

This course is for healthcare professionals interested and involved in a teaching or training role who want to develop their skills and expertise in clinical and educational practice. You study the teaching skills needed to support and assess learners in the workplace.

It helps you to meet your organisation's training needs, aiming to ensure better educational experiences for all staff. The healthcare educator has a lead role in developing a flexible workforce that can address future challenges in healthcare delivery. By providing a clear link to patient outcomes, educators can help to address the variation in standards of healthcare education and training currently delivered.

As a dentist, doctor or allied health professional you can demonstrate your revalidation and continuing professional development as the course is mapped to recognised professional standards.

If you are a nurse, midwife or specialist community public health nurse you can gain registration as an NMC teacher with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. You can also apply for accreditation with the Higher Education Academy and practice educator accreditation with the Society of Radiographers.

You are introduced to contemporary issues in healthcare education that place the educator at the heart of service enhancement and better patient care. We explore with you your role as an educational leader and interprofessional educator.

Action learning sets with your peers enable you to explore key theories and strategies and then apply them critically to your practice. You have opportunities to rehearse skills and explore a variety of learning teaching and assessment strategies. Face-to-face or online workshops allow you to explore contemporary issues and instigate new educational opportunities in your workplace.

You develop teaching and learning skills applicable to various clinical settings. You also draw on current work-based teaching and learning to strengthen links between your professional practice and educational role.

During the course you design and develop learning packages that have an evidence-based approach. You evaluate a range of learning and teaching strategies and develop your personal teaching style, in line with your educational and specialist expertise.

Observed teaching practice is available where you teach small groups of students in the workplace or at the University. We encourage you to film your teaching practice and receive feedback on your performance. This helps inform your teaching practice and identify your strengths and weaknesses. You also develop on-going action plans to address these issues and support your development.

Both full-time and part-time students are taught alongside each other on the course. This ensures that you are part of a larger group and will be able to share ideas and discuss issues with a range of different professionals.

The distance learning route runs parallel, using collaboration tools via the University's virtual learning environment Blackboard. You learn in action learning groups and use discussion forums and web portfolios to demonstrate your new knowledge. Social media helps bring you together with your peers to share comments and create a strong course community.

We provide tailored support to ensure you gain the most out of your course including one-to-one tutorial support. You are taught by an enthusiastic and multiprofessional course team passionate about high quality education for better patient care.

Professional recognition

When you successfully complete the postgraduate certificate you may receive Higher Education Agency (HEA) accreditation as Fellow or Associate Fellow - dependent on your role as an educator, which recognises your skills in teaching and learning to a national standard.

If you are a therapy radiographer, College of Radiographers approval has been applied for and further information will be given as this process reaches a conclusion.

**The postgraduate certificate is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Nurse Teacher. **You must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in order to practise in the UK.

If you are an allied health professional then by completing a module in year one you can gain accreditation as a practice educator.

The course is mapped to AoME standards and COPDEND standards for doctors and dentists to use as evidence for continuing professional development.

Course structure

The postgraduate certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits.

The postgraduate diploma (PgDip) is achieved by successfully completing 120 credits.

The masters award (MSc) is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits.

Postgraduate certificate core modules

  • Introduction to healthcare education (30 credits)
  • Advancing your healthcare education practice (30 credits)

Postgraduate diploma core modules

  • Interprofessional education for quality enhancement (15 credits)
  • Research methods for practice (15 credits)


  • Developing simulation and human factors in education (15 credits)
  • Supporting learners and colleagues in difficulty (15 credits)
  • Technology enhanced learning for healthcare education (15 credits)


  • Dissertation


  • work-based learning
  • presentations
  • reflections
  • evaluations
  • assignments such as creation of simulations, online learning assets, observed teaching assessments
  • portfolio development


This course helps your career path in education and clinical practice. The ability to facilitate learning in others is an essential part of professional practice in modern healthcare settings.

Students from the medical professions use this course as part of their preparation for consultant posts. The course allows you to evidence and demonstrate educational leadership.

NMC registered professionals can use this towards gaining NMC teacher status. Others choose to enhance their career as part of a higher education team providing pre-registration nursing and midwifery education.

Dental trainers have used this course to enhance their eligibility in the support of dental trainees.

Visit the Healthcare Education MSc/PgDip/PgCert page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!




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