Short courses
Nursing, Midwifery & Health Professions

Enhancing the Role of the Practice Teacher
University Certificate in Professional Development


Course overview

  • Standard University fee applies.

This award builds on the module, Mentoring in Practice. If you are working towards practice teacher status it enables you to meet the requirements of the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). If you are a specialist community public health nurse, or if you support students undertaking specialist practitioner qualifications, you can also apply.

Professional accreditation

If you are working towards practice teacher status, this enables you to meet the requirements of the NMC (2008).


Course details

What you study

You study how to apply your knowledge to a practice teaching role. This award is delivered over ten weeks, with an initial taught day followed by a series of three workshops and working with your student in practice supported by a sign off practice teacher.

How you learn

You learn by a combination of action learning sets to advance your problem solving skills in dealing with real world problems. You also take part in scenario-based activities that give you experience in a wide range of situations including learner behaviours, failure to progress, responsibility, accountability, proficiency and fitness for practice. You take part in flexible exploration of the context of practice teaching with emphasis on application of the theoretical concepts and the attributes required. You participate in peer reviewed assessments to develop and enhance your skills in preparation for an observed simulation.

How you are assessed

You log teaching practice and assess hours spent with students. In addition to the teaching practice hours of the Mentoring in Practice module, you also have further teaching practice hours to meet the requirements of the NMC for practice teacher status.

The summative assessment has two elements:

a 30 minute observed sign off mentor simulation, assessed in week nine which you pass or fail

a portfolio of evidence (100%) which includes:

  • your log of 30 days of teaching and assessing hours spent with students studying NMC programmes
  • completion of the practice teacher verification document
  • your log of sign off practice teacher supervision
  • your log of formal assessments undertaken in practice in conjunction with an academic institution and a 2,000 word critical review of an episode from the teaching log submitted in week 10.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You are involved in the facilitation of learning, teaching and assessment of students undertaking an approved NMC programme. You must have two years registration in the area of clinical expertise. You act as a practice teacher to students in specialist community public health nursing or students undertaking a specialist practice qualification. This must be under the supervision of a qualified practice teacher.

Mentoring in Practice is a pre requisite to undertaking this award.

You may access this award at the discretion of the module leader if you have the equivalent of the pre-requisite.



2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants:

Limited funded places available

  • Length: 10 weeks
  • Credits: 20, Level: Degree
  • Enrolment date: January
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176

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