The Postgraduate Certificate in Education for Health, Social Care and Allied Professionals aims to enable you to achieve a professional teaching qualification whether you are a nurse, midwife, social worker or any other allied professional. The PGCert aims to develop your knowledge and skills for teaching so that you can facilitate and manage learning and assessment at higher education level within a health or social care context. The course aims to be sufficiently flexible to enable you to develop specific expertise which can be applied to the complexities of your professional practice area. The PGCert is committed to your individual development as a teacher. It will enhance your critical analytical skills and enable you to synergise the demands of practice development with current research.
A range of blended learning and teaching activities will be employed to enable you to explore a range of educational frameworks. You will do this by undertaking the following three modules of study:
7HW037 Professional Teaching Practice ( to include 360 hours teaching practice)
20 Level 7 credits
Learning, Teaching and Assessing in Health & Social Care
20 Level 7 credits
Facilitating the learning journey
20 Level 7 credits
7HW037 Professional Teaching Practice
This year-long module enables you to engage in high quality teaching practice by combining the demands of the practice environment with supporting educational theory and research. The module promotes a critically reflective approach to evidence based professional teaching practice and is the arena in which you will accumulate the requisite number of teaching hours for this course using a web folio.
7HW009 Learning, Teaching and Assessing in Health & Social Care
In this module you will analyse, evaluate and synthesise learning, You will explore learning, teaching and assessment theories. There will be opportunities to explore the diversity of learning within different environments and how this informs your planning and execution of learning and teaching through different technologies within the areas in which you work.
7HW010 Facilitating the learning journey
In this module you will share current ideas about curriculum design in higher education. You will have the opportunity to implement a learner-centred curriculum framework through an enquiry based learning approach.
The PGCert was developed collaboratively to capture a broad range of expertise and promote the highest standards and suitability. Schools involved in the development of the PGCert curriculum included Health and Wellbeing, Education and Applied Sciences. The PGCert is delivered by the School of Health and Wellbeing which has established an excellent reputation for the quality of its courses, its innovative approaches to learning and teaching and for the friendliness of its staff.
“I have found this course invaluable in guiding me to be a better teacher. I am already applying the knowledge and skills gained so far to the teaching sessions that my team and I provide. Colleagues have commented on how much more interactive, interesting and well-received the sessions are and they are ‘pinching’ ideas generated from the course for their own sessions. Oh, and we are all producing teaching plans for every session now!” April 2017
“This course has had the biggest impact on my 20 years of nursing practice. It’s just so great to be able to have gained so much insight into why we do the things we do using educational theory. The course has opened my eyes; I know what great teaching looks like. The course leads by example in what makes great teaching. I will never be the same again, not as a teacher or a nurse. I will be better”. April 2017
"Essential and invaluable preparation and development for the transition from practitioner to lecturer. Thoroughly enjoyed the course, amazing insight into the world of teaching and learning. Great support in a safe environment, I have grown so much it's been an exhilarating journey" May 2017
Successful completion of the PGCert will enable you to pursue a professional teaching career either within the higher education arena or within your practice area. The PGCert is approved by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) and meets the NMC teacher standard. If you are a nurse or a midwife, successful completion of the PGCert enables you to record your professional teaching qualification on the professional register.
Upon successful completion of the PGCert you will be able to evaluate critically a range of educational frameworks that are specifically relevant to your area of professional practice. You will be able to explore critically the complex learning needs of professional students, stakeholders and commissioners and develop educational experiences that are both context and research-based. You will be able to engage in evidence based teaching and assessment and evaluate your own interventions as a teacher whilst proposing interventions for enhancing the overall learning experience.
Please note a place on the course is subject to interview.
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2017/8. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number . A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.
University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.
Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.
If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay.