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Work-Based Tutoring (Postgraduate Certificate)

Course Description

The Postgraduate Certificate in Work-Based Tutoring will offer work-based tutors, trainers and supervisors the opportunity to complete a formal academic qualification based upon their role. Currently the course is only available for UK-based applicants.

The course will provide background information on the historical and current theories of learning, learning styles, types of learner, teaching, training, preparation, motivation, delivery and assessment, feedback and reflective practice and the opportunity for candidates to apply these theories to their areas of practice. The course comprises of two 30 credit modules: Principles of Work-based Tutoring, in the first year of study and Reflective Practice of Work-Based Tutoring, in the second year of study.

Study is by blended learning, a combination of University attendance and online teaching. The course will start with a day-long orientation at the Cavendish Campus. The modules will be delivered predominantly by use of our virtual learning environment, allowing for flexible study. This will be supplemented by two University half-day workshops per year in addition to workplace visits for the second module. On successful completion of each year of the course you will earn CPD (Continuing Professional Development) credits from the University as approved by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). The course is also accredited by the Higher Education Authority.

Core Modules:

- Principles of Work-Based Tutoring
You will explore the role, function and purpose of further and higher education; the role of work-based tutors and mentors in further and higher education; theories of teaching, learning and assessment; facilitating student learning and improving student motivation to learn; reflective practice; effective engagement with administrative, interpersonal and tutorial roles; pro-active approaches to equal opportunities issues; inter-professional education.

- Reflective Practice of Work-Based Tutoring
This module consists of Work-based tutoring as an arena for enquiry; cycles of planning, teaching and reflecting on practice; teaching session observation; learning journals, continuing professional development resulting in the compilation of a teaching activity, enquiry and reflective practice portfolio.

Associated careers

The course is designed to meet the needs of employees with an interest or role in work-based teaching and training. It will facilitate the further development of current practice or prepare you for future roles in teaching and training.


At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life. We place as much emphasis on gaining skills relevant to the workplace as on learning the academic discipline that you are studying.

Obtaining a placement, part-time or vacation job while you study will provide you with extra cash and help you demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for.

In London, there is a plentiful supply of part-time work - most students at the University of Westminster work part-time (or full-time during vacations) to help support their studies.

Visit the Work-Based Tutoring (Postgraduate Certificate) page on the University of Westminster website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants admitted to the course will normally have training/teaching roles and would be expected to hold an Honours degree from a UK university or its equivalent. If your first language is not English you should have an IELTS score of at least 6.5, with 6.0 in each element. All applicants will be assessed by interview.

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