PGCert Educator in Practice

How to applyHealth, Nursing and Midwifery

About the course

This programme prepares you for a career as an educator in professional practice. It has been developed in response to demand from our local NHS trust and private healthcare providers, and uses the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for learning and assessment as its framework.

You will develop your skills and knowledge so that you can facilitate and coordinate learning activities in practice settings with other like-minded professionals from a range of healthcare backgrounds. You can also develop your career as a leader of education environments. The programme can be the first step towards a PG Dip or MSc in Education and Leadership.

Students will usually have prior experience as a mentor or assessor, as well as evidence of academic study within the past five years. However, all application will be considered on individual merit.

This part-time programme has start dates available in January and September. 

Key facts

Tuition fees

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Overseas: Please contact

More information on fees can be found in the funding information section of this page.

Application deadlines

All applicants: TBC

Entry requirements

You will have a minimum of a 2:2 Honours degree or equivalent in nursing, midwifery or another relevant discipline, plus appropriate experience in a professional environment.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each skill.

For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Study information

The programme offers a combination of University and work-based learning. Core modules are:

  • Practice Teaching in Context (theory)
  • Effective Practice Teaching (theory)
  • Making a Difference Through Work-based Learning (work-based)

The two theory modules are based around themed study days covering practice; establishing effective working relationships; evidence-based practice; leadership; creating an environment for learning; facilitation of learning; assessment and accountability; and evaluation of learning. The work-based module offers the opportunity to explore an educational issue within your own sphere of practice.

Learning methods include workshops, discussions, group work and lead lectures – enabling you to play an active part in your learning. All learning and teaching activities are supported by eBridge, our virtual learning environment.

There are no optional modules for this stage of the programme. If you want to register for the Postgraduate Diploma or MSc programme, your programme leader will help you to choose the best options.

A popular pathway is to complete additional modules in leadership and complete a PG Dip or MSc Education and Leadership.

* All modules are subject to availability.

Funding information

Future prospects

Completing the PG Certificate enables students to develop knowledge and skills in research and leadership as well as education opening up career pathways in a variety of healthcare environments, training departments and education institutions.