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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date

    September, February

  • Course Duration

    1-3 years, part-time

  • Course Type


  • Last Updated

    16 January 2019

Course content

This Postgraduate Certificate in Simulation and Clinical Learning has been designed for a range of health professionals (medical doctors, dentists, nurses and allied health professionals), clinical educators and healthcare managers who wish to develop specialist knowledge, skills and understanding of simulation as a modality for teaching and supporting learning and assessment. It will equip you with a critical understanding of how simulation can be deployed to enhance teaching, learning and assessment in the field of healthcare.

Simulation can be defined as emulating a real life situation in a controlled (non-real) environment, to safely provide a life-like experience. This creates the opportunity to act, reflect and obtain feedback to assist in achieving competence and progression towards expert level through deliberate and repeated practice in an ascending learning spiral.

The programme will be run on a multi-professional basis, allowing practitioners, managers and clinical educators from different professions and locations to share their knowledge, experience and skills. You will systematically and creatively analyse the complexities of clinical education and explore and articulate opportunities for developing simulation in your own practice.

What will I study?

The course will focus on furthering your understanding of simulation as a teaching, learning and assessment modality for clinicians.

In the first two modules, underpinning theory will be explored in relation to simulation, and the range of different potential types and uses of simulation will be examined in relation to existing literature.

You will then have the opportunity to specialise in the particular area of clinical education most suited to your own situation and professional interests. Pathways are available in Curriculum Design, Educational Leadership, Educational Supervision, Technology Enhanced Learning and Improving Practice.

How will I study?

The course is delivered through online blended learning, using the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), with streamlined access to online reading materials, many of which have been specially optimised for use with mobile devices. It is designed to be ‘step on, step off’, offering flexibility for participants to study in a single year or over a maximum three-year period.

The online learning is blended with a small number of face-to-face workshops, typically up to three per module. Attendance at the face-to-face sessions is highly recommended but, due to the flexibility of the programme, it is not compulsory.

Edge Hill University is the usual location for face-to-face sessions. The campus provides a modern and stimulating environment for study and is equipped with state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities. The VLE is used to deliver the online elements of the programme.

How will I be assessed?

There are no examinations. A range of assessment strategies are employed in this programme including online tasks, critical reflection on practice, assignments, evaluative reports, case studies, peer observation of teaching, the design of learning activities and the creation of portfolios. You will be supported by your academic tutors with academic skills practice and ‘formative feedback’ on work-in-progress. You will be expected to write approximately 4,000 words (or equivalent) for each module.

Who will be teaching me?

The academic team comprises highly experienced tutors from Edge Hill University, as well as a Visiting Professor and Emeritus Professor. Many of the team are research active in the fields of technology enhanced learning and clinical education and some are also University Teaching and Learning Fellows or SOLSTICE Fellows, with an extensive publication record.

Some of the academic tutors are, or have been, practising clinicians who have specialised in clinical education whilst others are experienced educationalists from a range of backgrounds. The team is further enhanced by an experienced learning technologist and there is guest input from clinical experts and practitioners.

What are my career prospects?

This PGCert will provide specialist knowledge that would be useful for any career in the field of healthcare that involves the support of learning and assessment in practice. In addition, the programme will enable you to develop the skills of critical analysis, critical reflection and the evaluation of research evidence commensurate with postgraduate study.

Visit the Simulation and Clinical Learning page on the Edge Hill University website for more details!




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