PgCert Clinical Education

Duration Part time 1 year
  • Healthcare and Medicine
LocationExeter (St Luke‘s)
Face-to-face with online support
Start date September


The PG Certificate in Clinical Education is specifically designed for doctors and healthcare professionals wishing to develop their roles as clinical educators. The programme is designed in response to the increasing expectation from the clinical and academic world that those teaching on clinically based programmes have a formal qualification in education.

This is a blended (face to face and online), part–time course and is open to both national and international students. We will work around your priorities and the major service and time pressures you have enabling you to complete the course at your own pace.

The themes running through the programme are a comprehensive introduction to clinical education, coaching and mentoring, principles of assessment and practical delivery of teaching. The programme looks at clinical education from a new more practical standpoint based on the reality of delivering clinical education in modern healthcare environments. The course is evidence-based - incorporating the latest research and current issues in academic clinical education. Some of this research has been carried out by the course tutors, consisting of highly experienced clinical educators and researchers. It is planned that this part time programme will expand to include a Diploma and a full Masters programme.

Features include:

  • Focus on real-life practical teaching skills using videos of your own teaching and evaluating the teaching of others
  • Practical skills developed in tandem with a sound understanding of educational principles
  • Education tailored to different contexts within the clinical operating environment
  • Accredited by the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME)
  • Recognised by South West Deanery (Health Education England)
  • Flexible accreditation of prior experience and learning (APEL) to allow for further study

AoME accreditation

This programme is Academy of Medical Educators (AoME) accredited. AoME accreditation means that anyone who successfully completes the course is eligible to apply for Membership of the Academy without the need to go through the full application and assessment process.

Programme structure

The programme is flexible and entails applicants completing 4 modules of 15 credits each. Completion of these 4 modules leads to the Certificate award (60 credits).

Face to face teaching is delivered over two days per module, with further reading, teaching practice, project work and assessments making up the remainder of learning activities.

Further modules including education in the digital age and evaluation of teaching can be selected leading to awards at Diploma and Masters level.

In addition, some modules may be taken as non-credit bearing modules without the subsequent need to complete assessments. These modules may therefore be suitable for those wishing to undertake continuing professional education for professional interest or appraisal purposes.

Core modules

Education essentials

Contact days 2016/17: 13 and 14 October

  • Day 1
    • Introduction to Masters-level study
    • The history and current context of clinical learning
    • What is teaching? What is learning? What is your motivation to teach?
    • Introduction to teaching – how to teach
    • Introduction to learning – how do students learn?
    • How to demonstrate good teaching
  • Day 2
    • Teaching practice

Principles of mentoring and supervision

(Contact days 2016/17: 8 and 9 December)

  • Design supervision strategies for clinical practice and apply this to a variety of settings.
  • Familiarise students with a range of models, frameworks and methods suitable for application in learners own practice.
  • Develop a quality assurance process in line with current policy and practice for healthcare clinical education.

Principles of assessment

(Contact days 2016/17: 9 and 10 February)

  • What is assessment? Why do we use assessment?
  • Assessment types:
    • Formative
    • Summative
  • What do we do with the results of Assessment?
  • Choosing professionally relevant curriculum areas that require assessment (Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes ‘KSA’, Professionalism)
  • Model Assessment techniques
  • Supporting learners through assessment processes

Teaching practitioner module

(Contact days 2016/17: 6 and 7 April)

  • Day 1
    • Advanced teaching (Builds on module 1)
    • Advanced learning (Builds on module 1)
    • Introduction to educational leadership and management
    • Introduction to getting published
  • Day 2
    • Advanced teaching practice

Module dates are currently set but may be subject to change.  

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

This course makes use of contemporary teaching methods necessary for acquiring a skill such as teaching.

Teaching methods on the Masters course include:

  • Interactive arena sessions
  • Masterclasses from highly experienced teachers and educational researchers
  • Practical classes; Practice delivering teaching in a variety of styles
    • Tutorial / small groups
    • Lectures using PowerPoint and other technologies
    • Work-based teaching and learning
  • Using webcams to record your teaching
  • Viewing the teaching of others and giving feedback
  • Practical classes; Practice designing you own assessments
  • Maintaining a teaching portfolio. Collect evidence of your teaching as the course progresses and use it to apply for Membership of professional teaching bodies (HEA and AoME)

Teaching is backed up with comprehensive online support, support from your individual tutor and support from the many contacts you will make through the contact sessions.


It is expected that you will already be in employment in the healthcare sector/clinical academics. This programme will enhance your opportunity to take on more demanding roles within medical schools or faculties of healthcare or in management roles within hospital trusts. The eventual full Masters programme will also enhance opportunities for further educational research, PhD programmes and leadership roles within higher education and healthcare sectors.

All University of Exeter students have access to Career Zone, which gives access to a wealth of business contacts, support and training as well as the opportunity to meet potential employers at our regular Careers Fairs.

Entry requirements 2017

Normally a minimum 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Relevant clinical or professional experience may be taken into consideration as evidence of equivalency.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2017/18

  • UK/EU: Part-time £2,650
  • International: Part-time £6,350

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Contact us

Phone: +44 (0)1392 725500