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PGCert Practice Assessor (Community)

Postgraduate - Taught PGCert

Open for admission in 2023/24

Start in September

Part time
PGCert 1 year

About the course

This PGCert programme is designed to prepare you for a career as a practice assessor in accordance with the standards published by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

It is aimed at nurses who hold Specialist Practitioner Qualifications (SPQ) and Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) qualifications, who fulfil NMC requirements and have normally completed a mentor programme to extend their role to assess and sign off practice students.

The Postgraduate Certificate can be the first step towards a Postgraduate Diploma or an MSc in Health Studies.

What you'll study

The programme offers a combination of University and work-based learning.

The two theory modules are based around themed study days covering the eight domains within the NMC. The practice-based module involves being placed with an experienced practice teacher who is responsible for supervising your progress and assessing your achievement of the practice learning outcomes.

Learning methods include workshops, discussions, group work and lead lectures – enabling you to play an active part in your learning. All learning and teaching activities are supported by eBridge, our virtual learning environment.

There are no optional modules for this stage of the programme. If you want to register for the Postgraduate Diploma or MSc programme, your programme leader will help you to choose the best options.

Core modules

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • Practice Teaching in Context

    ​Utilising contemporary leadership and management theory, you will be able to contextualise the role of the practice educator, in healthcare, as a manager of education in a learning organisation​.

  • Effective Practice Teaching

    ​This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore the knowledge base that supports the facilitation of teaching, learning and assessing in practice in order to validate the role of the practice teacher / educator in healthcare.

  • Specialist Practice Teaching (practice-based)

Where you'll study

Blended between Hull Campus and online learning. 

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Hull Campus

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Our teaching staff

"The teaching staff have helped me bring together my skills and experiences and apply them to my studies and practice. Studying at Hull gave me the chance to shine.”

Timothy Buescher, PhD Health Studies
Timothy Buescher MSP_9389

Fees and funding

Home: Please contact fhs.admiss@hull.ac.uk

International: Please contact fhs.admiss@hull.ac.uk

International Scholarships and Bursaries

For a list of all scholarships and bursaries for international students, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

For more information, please visit the Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Benefit from the amazing facilities of our new £28-million Health Campus with its mock operating theatre, hospital ward and intensive care unit.

Find out more

Developed with our NHS partners, our programmes are constantly updated to reflect the very latest in health care thinking.

Our postgraduate taught options prepare professionals to deliver safe and compassionate care underpinned by the latest research and evidence.

Expert staff work with NHS clinicians to deliver programmes from 'bite-size' taster sessions to PhDs in some of the UK’s finest facilities.

Entry requirements

Typically you are expected to have a good Honours degree in nursing, midwifery or another relevant discipline (or international equivalent), plus appropriate experience in a professional environment


In order to ensure our students have a rich learning and student experience, most of our programmes have a mix of domestic and international students. We reserve the right to close applications early to either group, if application volumes suggest that this blend cannot be achieved. In addition, existing undergraduate students at the University of Hull have a guaranteed ‘Fast Track’ route to any postgraduate programme, subject to meeting the entry criteria.

International students

Application deadline
  • 15 August 2022

Your deposit should be paid by 25 August, you should accept any offer by 29 August and your CAS must be issued by 5 September.

Language requirements

If you require a student visa to study or if your first language is not English you must provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other accepted English language proficiency qualifications.

If your English currently does not reach the required standard, you may be interested in our pre-sessional English Language programmes.

Visit your country page to find out more about entry requirements.

Future prospects

This programme is approved by the NMC. On successful completion, you can be annotated onto the practice teacher register for your employing organisation.

Completing this programme of study often leads to students engaging in further study at masters level, developing their skills and knowledge in research leadership and education, and consequently, career pathways in education or management.

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