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PgCert Clinical Education

Course Description


The PG Certificate in Clinical Education is specifically designed for doctors and healthcare professionals wishing to develop their roles as clinical educators. The programme is designed in response to the increasing expectation from the clinical and academic world that those teaching on clinically based programmes have a formal qualification in education.

This is a blended (face to face and online), part–time course and is open to both national and international students. We will work around your priorities and the major service and time pressures you have enabling you to complete the course at your own pace.

The themes running through the programme are a comprehensive introduction to clinical education, coaching and mentoring, principles of assessment and practical delivery of teaching. The programme looks at clinical education from a new more practical standpoint based on the reality of delivering clinical education in modern healthcare environments. The course is evidence-based - incorporating the latest research and current issues in academic clinical education. Some of this research has been carried out by the course tutors, consisting of highly experienced clinical educators and researchers. It is planned that this part time programme will expand to include a Diploma and a full Masters programme.

Features include:

• Focus on real-life practical teaching skills using videos of your own teaching and evaluating the teaching of others
• Practical skills developed in tandem with a sound understanding of educational principles
• Education tailored to different contexts within the clinical operating environment
• Recognised by South West Deanery (Health Education England)
• Flexible accreditation of prior experience and learning (APEL) to allow for further study

Programme structure

The programme is flexible and entails applicants completing 4 modules. Face to face teaching is delivered over two days per module, with further reading, teaching practice, project work and assessments making up the remainder of learning activities.
Further modules including education in the digital age and evaluation of teaching can be selected leading to awards at Diploma and Masters level.

Core modules

The Core modules include; Education essentials; Principles of mentoring and supervision; Principles of assessment and Teaching practitioner module.

Please note these modules provide examples of what you can expect on this course based on recent teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand. For an up to date list and more detailed description please see the website http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/medicine/clinicaledcert/#Programme-structure

In addition, some modules may be taken as non-credit bearing modules without the subsequent need to complete assessments. These modules may therefore be suitable for those wishing to undertake continuing professional education for professional interest or appraisal purposes. For further information please see the CPD pages at http://medicine.exeter.ac.uk/cpd/

Visit the PgCert Clinical Education page on the University of Exeter website for more details!

Student Profiles

Funding for Postgraduate Study - 20+ Awards

We offer a range of postgraduate scholarships and studentships for talented students. For 2016 entry, the total value of scholarships for taught postgraduate programmes exceeds £500,000. This is in addition to over 100 PhD studentships we make available each year.Students who reside in England and are interested in our Masters programmes can now take advantage of the UK government's postgraduate loan scheme which offers loans of up to £10,000.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Varies, but most awards are competitive and merit-based.

Application Procedure

Please see the details of each scheme as listed in our search: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/search

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. For full information please View Website

Course Fees

See our web site for more information (click on "Finance") View Website

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