Preparing professional educators for practice.
Learning and teaching takes many forms in practice and accounts for a sizable portion of any healthcare professionals role. This interprofessional postgrad certificate is designed to enable healthcare professionals to facilitate learning and teaching in their practice. The course is primarily facilitated through practice learning supported by university sessions. It prepares the professional to engage in learning and teaching in the workplace with colleagues, peers, other professionals and service users.
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About this course
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The first module, (NUR776), will introduce the student to the principles that underpin learning and teaching and enable them to understand the rationale behind decisions made about teaching practices. The module will also introduce an opportunity to engage in simulated teaching practice with a view to getting feedback from self, peers and tutor.
The second module, (OTH803), builds on the first and introduces the student to a variety of techniques used in practice such as small group teaching, facilitation, patient education and skills teaching. Opportunities for assessment in practice will be taken throughout the course and enable the student to design and deliver a bespoke teaching session that is congruent with their work needs.
Blocks of teaching time in the university will occur across the academic year. Normally six days, (2 days on 3 occasions), in semester 1 and six days in semester 2. Details of these will be provided on induction.
- September 2019
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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Principles of Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Healthcare Practice
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 learning activities in your practice.
Enhancing Learning and Teaching in the Practice Setting
This module provides the opportunity for practitioners who undertake an educational role, facilitating others' learning in the practice setting, to develop their understanding of effective learning and teaching. 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.
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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Applicants must hold a degree or equivalent in a healthcare related subject or demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior experiential learning.
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for international applicants
The University has a standard English language entry requirement of IELTS 6.0 with the added provision that no individual band score (in the four bands of reading, listening, speaking and writing) be below 5.5.
Teaching and learning assessment
As you might imagine on a course about learning and teaching a variety of methods are used. This gives you 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 Faculty of Life and Health Sciences. If you have any queries about this you should contact the Course Director directly.
Careers & opportunities
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The course is an attractive option for those wishing to develop their career. The primary function of the course is to enable you to develop a skill set in learning and teaching that will be immediately relevant to your current practice.
The course also enables you to progress to further study at postgraduate level
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.
Work placement / study abroad
Whilst there is no placement as such it is recognised that the majority of students undertaking this course will be embedded in practice. Thus a lot of what you study at the university will be interpreted through the lens of its applicability to your clinical practice.
The staff who contribute to the course are experienced educators in Healthcare and are Senior Fellows of the HEA.
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If you work in a HSC Trust be aware that this course is commissioned by Department of Health so in the first instance you should contact the staff responsible for commissioning
If you are self-funding or if you have a funded place from the independent sector then you should apply online.
- September 2019
Fees and funding
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Fees (total cost)
Important notice - fees information
Fees illustrated are based on 19/20 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.
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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.
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
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