PG Certificate Clinical Education (Part Time Online)

Part Time
Postgraduate Certificate


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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 healthcare 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 interprofessional context. Our teaching will be delivered online through our Virtual Learning Environment BlackBoard using a combination of asynchronous and synchronous methods.

All 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 part-time.

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

  • Enhancing teaching, learning and assessment in clinical education (20 credits)
  • Leading teaching, learning and 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 interprofessional context. The material will be delivered fully online with asynchronous activities designed to facilitate critical thinking, collaboration, workplace-based reflection and learning, and your professional development as an educator.

Material is organised in blocks which will be released fortnightly/ monthly and you will be able to work through the course material at your own pace. In addition, each block will have a synchronous session delivered remotely, which is an opportunity to meet as a cohort with the tutor(s) for the teaching session.

Independent Study

In addition to the online content, you will be expected to undertake directed reading as well as independent study, and will spend time preparing assignments. We wil also provide suggestions for workplace based reflection and learning. 


You will experience a variety of formative and summative assessments methods within the course. They include critical and reflective 4,000-word essays and a structured presentation of your work-based project (you will be required to upload a video recording to the course website). 

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

After the course

If you complete this course successfully, you will be eligible for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, and membership of the Academy of Medical Educators (MAcadMEd) as the course is accredited by both organisations.

What’s more, your qualification will provide you with a variety of career options, such as a full-time educator, or mentor or supervisor 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 which link to electronic 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.




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 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.


The next intake for the course is January 2021.

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. 

Fees and Funding

Fees for the full course for the academic year 2019/20 are:

  • UK/EU/International Students: £2,550

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

  • UK/EU/International Students: £2,600

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


How to Apply

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

To apply please use our online application form.

The next intake for the course is January 2021.

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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