Preparing professional educators for practice.


The PGCert in Education will enable you to become a teacher of Nursing and/or Midwifery in Higher Education and clinical practice. The course explores how people learn and equips you to be an effective educator to facilitate learning in the classroom and at the bedside. This course will equip you with a range of skills that are applicable to practice in a variety of contexts and will enable you to teach students from undergraduate novices to postgraduate/post registration experts.

This course represents great value for money and not only will provide you with a postgraduate certificate from Ulster University but will also allow you to record your qualification as a teacher with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, (NMC). On top of this, you will be able to be recognised as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

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About this course

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The PGCert in Education will enable you to become a teacher of Nursing and/or Midwifery in Higher Education and clinical practice. The course will enable you to discover how people learn and what you can do as an effective educator to facilitate the production of professional knowledge.

The guiding documents used to write the course content were developed from the Standards to Support Assessment and Learning in Practice (NMC 2008) and the UKPSF published by the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, (NMC) and has been accredited at D2 by the Higher Education Academy (HEA).


Attendance usually consists of one face to face session per week in the University. This is supported by an online presence and as such this is a blended learning course. In addition to attendance in class students are expected to accumulate teaching experience in higher education and in clinical practice. This is set by the NMC at 360 hours across the calendar year. This means that you will need to be released from your workplace for more than one day per week.

Start dates

  • September 2018
How to apply


Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Principles of Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Healthcare Practice

Year: 1

The purpose of this module is to enable you to develop your understanding and skills around learning and teaching in practice. The module will provide you with opportunity to construct professional knowledge about the fundamental principles of learning, teaching and assessing and directly impact upon how you use these skills to develop practice.

Enhancing Learning and Teaching in the Practice Setting

Year: 1

This module provides the opportunity for practitioners who undertake the role of practice educator, facilitating students' learning on practice placements, to develop their understanding of effective learning and teaching in practice settings. It enables participants to develop and enhance their skills in practice-based learning, teaching and assessment. It provides the opportunity for participants to reflect critically on their own experience as a learner, a practitioner and an educator, and to identify aspects of their own practice that could be developed and/or improved.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a degree in Nursing or Midwifery.

Applicants must have gained

(i) an Honours or non-Honours degree from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council or from an institution of another country which is recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or

(ii) an equivalent standard in a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma or an approved alternative qualification; [and]

(b) provide evidence of competence in written or spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent);

or as an alternative to (a) (i) or (a) (ii) and/or (b):

(c) in exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.

Specific Requirements for admission are detailed below

Applicants must have current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 7.0 with no band score less than 7.0.

Teaching and learning assessment

As you might imagine on a course about learning and teaching a variety of methods are used. This gives students the opportunity to experience different approaches and reflect on them. One of the key skills to be developed in this course though is the extent to which you will be able to self-assess.

Similarly a variety of assessment techniques are used such as essays, observation and simulation.

Exemptions and transferability

Accreditation of previous learning is an important concept in the School of Nursing. If you have any queries about this you should contact the Course Director directly.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

The course continues to be an attractive option for those wishing to develop their career. The primary function of the course is to ensure that upon qualification students can become recorded teachers with the NMC. This is a requirement for those wishing to teach substantively on NMC approved courses. In addition there are colleagues who practice in areas that have a substantial educational component and have found that having a qualification as a teacher at a postgraduate level has been very beneficial.

This is a versatile course and it continues to enjoy approval from the University, the NMC and the Higher Education Academy

Work placement / study abroad

Whilst there is no placement as such it is recognised that a vital component of nurse education takes place in the clinical area. Therefore you will be expected to accumulate a specified number of teaching hours in the workplace.

Academic profile

The Course Director is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is an experienced educator in Nursing. The staff who contribute to the course are also experienced educators in Nursing and Midwifery and have Fellowship of the HEA, (at least) and have recorded teaching qualifications with the NMC.


How to apply Request a prospectus

This course is commissioned by Department of Health so in the first instance you should contact the Practice Education Facilitator (if based in a HSC Trust).

If you are self-funding you should contact the course director directly.

If you have a funded place from the independent sector then you should apply online.

Start dates

  • September 2018

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Fees illustrated are based on 18/19 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
Visit our Fees pages for full details of fees

Northern Ireland & EU:

Scholarships, awards and prizes

The Valerie Morrison Memorial Cup is attached to this course. This cup is awarded to the student who demonstrated excellence in all areas of the course overall.

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.


Course Director: Mr Brian McGowan

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6492

E: brian.mcgowan@ulster.ac.uk

For more information visit

Faculty of Life and Health Sciences

School of Nursing