Health Professional Education PgCert

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

Start date

9 September 2019

Duration

1 year part-time

Places available (subject to change)

20

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 473015

About the course

This course is aimed at all healthcare professionals wishing to gain a recognised teaching qualification.

This interdisciplinary course explores teaching and learning theory and practice within a national and international context. This will enable you to develop your knowledge, skills and abilities related to evidence based learning, teaching and assessment and apply them within a range of academic and health professional settings.

There are opportunities to develop and enhance integration of scholarship, research and professional activities in relation to teaching and supporting learning through your demonstration of teaching hours.

Through continuing professional development processes you will be supported to reflect on and continue to develop your current and ongoing knowledge, skills and competence as an educator. It also provides a medium for recording your progress, creating an effective CV and may be used to update your personal portfolio linked to professional body requirements.As well as helping you to achieve your individual career aspirations whilst ensuring quality provision for learners under your supervision.

The course is great as it actively involves students who come from all health professional backgrounds, allowing us to share our experiences and knowledge with each other. This allows for a greater level of reflection amongst peers, not only theoretically but also with regards to our own practice and teaching. The course is underpinned by educational standards outlined by both the Higher Education Academy and the Nursing and Midwifery Council. It is a professional course, with the aim of a gaining an additional professional qualification upon completion, therefore these standards are fundamental, and are referred to throughout the delivery of theory, and are also expected to underpin the practical teaching elements of the course. 

The knowledge of the staff is exceptional, and I find that the staff are able to share and apply their knowledge with all students. The staff clearly come with a wealth of experience, and are very enthusiastic and passionate about the topics being delivered.

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Lizzie Garrett, current student on the Health Professional Education PgCert

Course detail

Learning and Teaching: Theories Processes and Strategies in HPE

In this module you will study theories related to learning, teaching and assessment applicable to health professional educators and teachers. You will explore major learning theories such as behaviourism, cognitivism and humanism amongst others, and will have the opportunity to apply a variety of teaching approaches within a peer group setting. You will be assessed through two pieces of coursework; firstly a written essay on learning theories and secondly a presentation on teaching strategies.

Assessment in Health Professional Education

This module aims to provide you with the opportunity to explore and develop your knowledge and understanding of current approaches to assessment. You will be supported to develop your role as a critical reflective practitioner and teacher in this area by undertaking and critically evaluating the purposes and methods of assessment. In addition, you will critically review and debate implications for education and training in relation to the developing academic, vocational and professional qualification structures. You will have the opportunity to identify and negotiate your chosen assessment method in line with your individual learning needs and the module outcomes.

You will also study one of the following:

Practice of Health Professional Education (Teaching Practice)

You will be provided with the opportunity to further develop your teaching skills in a variety of academic and practice settings. You will be required to complete and negotiate a teaching practice experience, providing the opportunity for you to explore the interface of theory and practice critically, thus enabling you to be involved in managing and critically evaluating teaching and learning approaches. You will be assessed through one piece of coursework, involving the collation of an e-portfolio which demonstrates evidence of your application and critical reflection of theoretical concepts within your teaching practice.

Teaching in Clinical Practice

This module is designed for healthcare practitioners from a range of acute and community disciplines, provides the opportunity to develop mastery of practice teaching in a clinical setting. You will also have the chance to develop the ability to lead in the design, delivery and assessment of programmes of learning in a multi-disciplinary practice environment. You will have responsibility for enabling the effective learning of a student/s whilst you are studying and also identify opportunities to support the development of newly qualified staff and/or the existing workforce to ensure evidence based practice and a research focus is maintained. You will be assessed through coursework in an e-portfolio.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are:

Teaching route * Be a health or social care practitioner, registered with a professional body such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). * Have an Honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent. * Have at least 3 years post-registration employment.

Practice teaching route * Be a healthcare practitioner, registered with a professional body such as HCPC or NMC and an experienced clinician working in a role where they are able to provide practice education. * You must also hold an Honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent.

Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (SQPHN) and Specialist Practice Qualification (SPQ) applicants must: * Hold the appropriate community nursing qualification and have a minimum of 2 years relevant practice experience (NMC 2008 requirement).
* Negotiate access to a Practice Teacher with ‘sign off' status in order to provide supervision in relation to their Practice Teacher role and to supervise the final ‘sign-off' of the SCPHN/SPQ student at the end of their final placement.

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Placements


To meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards, nurses and midwives will be required to gain 60 days (360 hours) teaching practice experience. Non-nursing healthcare and international professionals are required to complete 180 hours. In order to achieve this you will be required to access teaching and learning opportunities in practice and Higher Education. This will be facilitated through negotiation and under supervision of a registered teacher.

I attended a placement within my own workplace, which involved providing practical and theoretical education to specialist community public health nursing students. It helped me to develop the practical skills required to meet the needs of the students.

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Paula Elliott, graduated from the Health Professional Education MSc

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which provides you with support in a variety of areas. These include:

Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances and extension requests, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks, welfare support, as well as binding, loan of MP3 recorders and print credit.

Academic Skills Development Team: provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.

Student Support Officer: provides confidential and impartial advice on welfare and course related issues.

Royal Literary Fund Fellow: a professional writer who helps students improve their essay writing. They provide assistance with structuring essays, developing an argument and improving the style and use of language.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Unilearn System, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing modules.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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