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Health & Social Care

Advancing Learning in Health and Social Care Practice

University Certificate in Postgraduate Continuing Education:

  • Standard University fee applies once all funded places have been allocated.

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Part-time

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  • 20 credits, master's level
  • Enrolment date: March and October
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £510

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This award enables health and social care practitioners to develop their educational role to facilitate the teaching, learning and assessment of learners in the practice setting. Your learners may be accessing pre or post-registration courses. You are encouraged to demonstrate critical evaluation of your role as an educator/mentor by reflecting on how the learning from this award can enable you to effectively use the learning opportunities available in your practice setting. You can study this as a stand-alone award, or as an option module on several of the master's courses within the School of Health & Social Care. Successful students may be eligible for inclusion in their discipline-specific professional body accreditation schemes for practice educators, or contribute to meeting the requirements of regulatory bodies, such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This award also forms part of the UCPPD Role of the Practice Teacher award.

  • Educational theories, strategies and approaches to mentoring/supervision relevant to professional health and social care practice education.
  • Assessment of your learner's performance against their own programme and professional body requirements; provision of constructive feedback with evidence to support your decisions.
  • Personal reflection on your role, experience and development as a facilitator of learning within the practice setting in order to inform your own learning and future practice.
  • Reflection on the learning opportunities and challenges within your practice setting, including inter-professional learning.
  • Critically evaluate the learning experience and formulate appropriate action plans.

You are taught at the Centre for Professional and Executive Development, Darlington campus.

How you learn

Learning and teaching strategies include lectures, seminars and interactive group discussions. You are also encouraged to keep a learning log of your teaching in practice which could be used to inform the summative assessment.

The award is normally delivered over five days, delivered October to December or March to May. The taught contact focuses around learning, teaching, assessment and feedback strategies used within the practice setting for the enhancement of student learning. The Virtual Learning Environment (e-learning@tees.ac.uk) is used throughout the award as a repository for staff and student generated materials and to facilitate communication between students and tutors. You therefore require access to the internet to complete this module.

There is a formative 1,000-word written assignment submitted during the formal module teaching. This is used to assist in the development of academic writing and transition to mastery and to inform the summative reflective critical commentary.

There are two pathways for the summative assessment for this award, both of which address all the learning outcomes. Generally, allied health professionals and practice teachers do option 1; registered nurses and midwives undertaking the award as preparation for mentorship undertake option 2. Both options are normally be submitted five weeks after the formal module teaching has been completed.

Option 1 is a 4,000-word reflective critical commentary on the development of your role as an educator in the practice setting.

Option 2 is a 3,500-word reflective critical commentary on your development as a mentor, demonstrating achievement of the domains within the NMC framework to support learning and assessment in practice. The reflection is supported by learning logs as essential evidence which demonstrate achievement of protected learning time.

Career opportunities

This award assists in developing practitioners’ facilitation of learning within the practice setting. Learning outcomes have been mapped to the Department of Health Knowledge and Skills Framework and successful completion contributes to demonstration of achievement of the core dimensions: communication, personal and people development, health, safety and security, quality, equality and diversity, and general dimension: learning and development.

Entry requirements

You should be a registered health and social care practitioner who is involved in facilitation of learning and assessment of learners within the practice setting. You would be expected to be supervising a student at some point during the module. To meet NMC Requirements Nursing and Midwifery practitioners in addition are required to:

  • be qualified for a minimum of nine months
  • have evidence of attendance at a mentor workshop prior to starting the module
  • have an experienced, qualified mentor to supervise them during this period
  • have 35 hours of protected learning time in their practice setting over the length of the module
  • mentor pre-registration students for a minimum of four weeks during the course of the module.

Course information

Part-time

More part-time details

  • 20 credits, master's level
  • Enrolment date: March and October
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £510

Contact details

Further information