PG Certificate Clinical Education (Part Time)


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Key facts

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Studying for a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education at UEA will set you apart as a leader and educator in your field. Designed for health and social care professionals, it’s a great way to develop your teaching, support and supervision skills, so that you can help others to learn, whether in clinical practice or higher education.

You can complete your PG Cert qualification in one year part-time, during which you’ll explore clinical education theory and practice, and apply your knowledge and skills to work-based projects. You’ll develop fresh insights and a new level of critical thinking, and you’ll also get to grips with research methodologies.

If you are an excellent communicator and have a desire and aptitude for teaching, our course will open new doors for you. You could become a full-time educator, a mentor, or a supervisor in a health care setting. Either way, you’ll graduate ready to train and inspire the healthcare workforce of the future.


Our course offers you the ideal opportunity to learn from experienced clinical educators in an inter-professional context. Our teaching combines workshops and distance learning. And our course activities are designed to facilitate critical thinking, collaboration, workplace-based reflection and learning, and professional development.

The course attracts students from a variety of professional backgrounds, across the fields of health and social care, including intercalating MBBS students. This rich mix of student knowledge, skills and experience is an incredible resource, challenging you to think about the different ways different people learn and helping you grow into an adaptable and creative teacher in the future.

Throughout the course you’ll explore advances in both theory and practice in clinical education, and you’ll apply what you have learned to work-based projects. You will increase your knowledge and skills and broaden your perspective. You’ll also develop fresh insights and get motivated to bring about change and promote excellence in clinical education.

Course Structure

You can complete your Postgraduate certificate by studying one year full-time.

During your time with us you will need to complete two compulsory modules:

  • Enhancing teaching learning & assessment in clinical education (20 credits)
  • Leading teaching learning & assessment in clinical education (40 credits)

Within your compulsory modules you will explore advances in both theory and practice in clinical education, and you’ll learn to apply your knowledge to the practical design and development of teaching and inquiry methods.

The clinical education modules are designed to help you reflect on your own learning in order to support learning in others. They will also help you develop the skills you need to design your own teaching programmes and techniques, in a way that is relevant to your discipline and clinical area.

Teaching and Learning


This programme is a collaborative initiative between the Norwich Medical School and the School of Health Sciences within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMH) at UEA. The Faculty has an excellent reputation and this course offers you the ideal opportunity to learn from experienced clinical educators in an inter-professional context. Its blended approach combines workshops and distance learning, with activities designed to facilitate critical thinking, collaboration, workplace-based reflection and learning, and your professional development as an educator.

Face-to-face contact hours vary between modules, ranging from three to four full contact days.

Independent study

As well as hours spent in the classroom, you will undertake pre- and post-class activities, independent study, and spend time preparing assignments.


You will experience a variety of formative and summative assessments methods throughout the course. They include critical and reflective 4000-word essays and oral presentations of work-based projects.

Study abroad or Placement Year

You’ll be need to have access to teaching opportunities while you are on the course, to enable you to make concrete theory-practice links, and to facilitate work-based projects.

If you don’t have access to such opportunities for teaching, your course director will endeavor to identify suitable teaching opportunities for you. However, you will need to notify us about this before commencing the course.

After the course

Complete our MClinEd programme successfully and you’ll be eligible for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). What’s more, your Master’s will provide you with a variety of career options, such as a full-time educator, or a mentor or supervisor working in an education or healthcare setting. Whichever route you choose, you’ll be playing a vital role in developing the workforce and nurturing careers.

Our programme is designed to complement the relevant professional, statutory and regulatory body standards and frameworks, and is aligned to the UK Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education (UKPSF).

Career destinations

  • Educator
  • Mentor
  • Supervisor
  • Educational setting
  • Healthcare setting

Course related costs

No additional costs anticipated beyond the course fees. Electronic reading lists are available for all modules and link to electronic and hard copy resources available in the UEA library.

Course Modules 2020/1

Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module will introduce you to the underpinning educational theory and practice required to enhance your clinical education role, particularly as a clinical supervisor, mentor, or practice educator. It recognises the uniqueness of learning in clinical and practice settings and the importance of the role of the educator in facilitating learning which occurs in the context of client care.You will develop skills and experience professional socialisation which cannot readily be acquired elsewhere. The overall aim of the module is to provide you with a body of knowledge and principles to facilitate teaching, learning and assessment in practice-based settings. This will enable you to work effectively with learners who will become the workforce of the future and ultimately to improve services.



Leading Teaching Learning and Assessment in Clinical Education

This module will support you to advance your skills as educators and develop your knowledge in leadership in education and supporting other educators. This module is relevant to all health and social care professionals who supervise/mentor students and or educators/mentors/supervisors, other clinicians, or those who teach in higher education, whether you are new to these roles or new to studying at masters level.




Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Further Reading

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject A Health Care profession
  • Degree Classification Bachelors degree - 2.2 or equivalent
  • Alternative Qualifications The University will also consider applications from applicants with current registration as a health professional with an appropriate professional statutory regulatory body

Entry Requirement

Applicants should normally have a good Bachelors degree from a recognised higher education institution.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English or those whose degree was not taught in English. To ensure such students benefit fully from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. We also will require a certain standard to be achieved on the written element of the test. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 7.0 in all component)
  • PTE: 65 (minimum 65 in all components)

All scores must be less than two years old.

Alternative Qualifications

Acceptance of those who do not possess the formal qualifications normally required will depend on their general educational qualifications, professional experience and demonstrated capacity to benefit from the course.  In practice, this means that candidates should have:

  • a minimum of two years’ working experience in a health care setting, and
  • evidence of continuing professional development, and
  • two supportive references attesting to their suitability for the course, including at least one academic reference. Candidates who cannot provide an academic reference may be asked to attend a short academic skills course and will be asked to write a 1,000 word essay on a topic to be determined by the Course Directors. Such candidates may also be asked to attend for an interview.

Course Open To

Please note this course is only open to UK or EU applicants.

Fees and Funding

Fees for the full course for the academic year 2020/21 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £2,600

Part-time students can pay per module studied. However, module fees may be subject to an annual increase.

For those applying under the Health Education England contract, contract prices will apply.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

Please note that the closing date for receipt of complete applications (including all documentation and references) is 12 July 2020. However, the course may be full before the closing date and so candidates are advised to apply as early as possible.

You can apply online.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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