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PGCert Education for Professional Practice


Course Description

This engaging and dynamic programme - validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council - will help qualified healthcare professionals become creative, innovative and competent teachers in practice or higher education.

WHY SURREY?

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education for Professional Practice is built on the premise that all students are individuals who come with personal attributes, knowledge, skills and experience. Through the programme, you will 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.

Visit the website http://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/education-professional-practice

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Education for Professional Practice offers a fantastic opportunity to engage in a dynamic and exciting programme that leads to qualified teacher status.

It is suitable for a wide range of individuals from health and social care settings who wish to further their role in teaching and supporting learners within education and/or practice development settings, with the aim of becoming a creative, innovative, competent teacher.

The programme will help you develop an enquiring, reflective, critical and innovative approach to contemporary educational and professional practice, and will extend your knowledge, skills and understanding through critical thinking and analysis. You will 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. The programme will also enable you to continue to develop your ability to display in yourself and 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.

Before you start the course, an informal discussion will take place to ascertain your previous learning and development. This will help you to make an informed decision as to the right journey of learning for you, based on your needs, wishes and interests, and the requirements of your professional role.

Following the completion of the Postgraduate Certificate, plus the requisite 360 teaching hours, nurses and midwives will be eligible for a recordable teaching qualification with the NMC.

Additionally, healthcare professionals with responsibility to support learning in practice may undertake a mentorship module, which forms part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) standards for Supporting Learning and Assessment in Practice (Mentor).

Individuals on the Nursing and Midwifery Council register may undertake the Practice Teacher NMC qualification, which offers preparation for Primary Care nurses who are supporting learners undertaking Specialist Community Public Health Nursing qualifications and Specialist Practice qualifications.

Programme structure and modules

- Art of Learning and Teaching
The focus of the Art of Learning and Teaching module is to provide students with an opportunity to increase their knowledge and understanding of the complexities of learning teaching, assessment and evaluation in order to review critically and enhance their expertise in these areas of professional practice.

- Supporting Education in Practice
The Supporting Education in Practice module considers and critically evaluates links between theory and practice and explores learning and teaching strategies relevant for the facilitation and support of learning within the work place.

- Framing Learning through the Curriculum
The Framing Learning through the Curriculum module is a critical analysis of the processes involved in curriculum design, what constitutes a quality curriculum and to construct a curriculum based on an innovation in practice. The ethos of this module is the development and enhancement of a meaningful learning journey.

Postgraduate Certificate

The Postgraduate Certificate is built around three compulsory modules: Art of Learning and Teaching, Supporting Education in Practice and 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.

Learning and teaching module selection

The ethos of the programme is based on an individual’s developmental learning journey and, as such, commences at the initial applicant enquiry. It is at this stage that an informal discussion will take place possibly with the administrator, module leader and/or the Director of Studies (DOS) to offer information regarding the modules/programmes whether it is Mentorship, Practice Teacher or Qualified Teacher

Through this enquiry, a general discussion takes place that will assist the individual to make an informed decision as to the right journey of learning based on their learning needs, taking into account previous study and the requirements for their professional role in learning and teaching.

A nurse or midwife could apply for AP(E)L for up to 100% against the Mentorship programme and the Practice Teacher qualification if appropriate study has been successfully completed. This process takes place rarely but the mechanism is still in place. Each application for AP(E)L is considered on an individual basis by the AP(E)L committee using the University’s standard AP(E)L procedures.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/postgraduate

Visit the PGCert Education for Professional Practice 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.”


(Scholarship)

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

Eligibility

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 .



Entry Requirements

All applicants must have a relevant professional qualification with a minimum of one year’s experience (post-qualification) and 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. English language requirements-IELTS minimum overall: 7.0-IELTS minimum by component: 7.0

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