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Practice Educator Training for Allied Health Professions University Certificate in Postgraduate Continuing Education

This interprofessional module provides practice educator training for those involved in teaching, assessing and supporting learners enrolled on allied health profession (AHP) courses.


14 weeks


Course overview

Recognising the need for flexibility, this module is delivered through the TU Online platform. You gain the relevant knowledge and skills and develop values and behaviours to support safe, effective and sustainable practice-based learning placements.

Teaching includes taught content led by AHP academics and guided, self-directed learning tasks. The taught content is delivered over four three-hour sessions spread out over the semester. The self-led content allows you to fit pre and post-session tasks around you and your other commitments.

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Course details

What you study

You take part in four sessions.

In session one, you are introduced to the module and discuss:
• key drivers within practice-based learning
• regulatory bodies, professional standards and expectations within practice-based learning
• terminology and roles within practice-based learning
• learning opportunities for practice educators.

In session two, you explore the importance of supportive learning environments and how they are created including:
• literature underpinning supportive learning environments
• current induction processes
• practice-based learning models and supervision methods for innovative practice
• perceptions of placement and existing culture within organisations.

In session three, you dive into educational inequalities covering:
• experiences of equality, diversity, inclusion and belonging
• approaches to tackling discrimination
• challenges of common neurodiverse conditions and reasonable adjustment
• professionalism in practice-based learning.

In session four, you examine the details of giving and receiving feedback, such as:
• coaching versus mentoring
• compassionate leadership
• critical appraisal of feedback models and suitability for learners
• models and frameworks to develop skills.

How you learn

You learn through lectures and group learning within the virtual learning environment (VLE) platform. During online sessions, work-based experiences are explored using digital tools (interactive whiteboards, quizzes, word clouds, breakout rooms) to aid interprofessional learning engagement, discussion, debate and online socialisation.

Additional learning content, for example TEDtalks and publications, are available on the VLE site. Activities include self-assessment, critical appraisal, reflection and peer discussion.

Additional guided self-study materials are provided on the VLE site, including signposting to relevant NHS England, AHP and profession-specific learning and teaching resources.

How you are assessed

Formative assessment
Evaluates your development needs, learning progress and actions. Informal peer group feedback is given at the halfway point.

Summative assessment
To be eligible for the UCPCE award, you submit a 20-minute oral presentation to the TU Online platform. This presentation critically reflects on your practice educator contribution to pre-registration training of AHP learners. This is optional – you may choose to complete the training without this award.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You should be involved in the training of AHP learners on practice-based learning placements.



Career opportunities

This continuing professional development activity is an opportunity to learn with other AHPs and develop expertise in practice-based learning.

You explore the latest thinking around inclusive learning environments, feedback and coaching conversations.



2024/25 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Length: 14 weeks
  • Start date: June, October and February
  • Level: Master's
  • Credits: 20

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