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Faculty of Health Sciences

PGCert Practice Educator

Postgraduate - Taught PGCert

Open for admission in 2023/24

Start in September

Qualification Part time
PGCert 1 year

About the course

This programme prepares you for a career as an educator in professional practice.

It has been developed in response to demand from our local NHS trust and private healthcare providers. It uses the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for learning and assessment as its framework.

You will develop your skills and knowledge so that you can facilitate and coordinate learning activities in practice settings with other like-minded professionals from a range of healthcare backgrounds. You can also develop your career as a leader of education environments. The programme can be the first step towards a PG Dip or MSc in Education and Leadership.

Students will usually have prior experience as a mentor or assessor, as well as evidence of academic study within the past five years. However, all application will be considered on individual merit.

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 practice; establishing effective working relationships; evidence-based practice; leadership; creating an environment for learning; facilitation of learning; assessment and accountability and evaluation of learning. The work-based module offers the opportunity to explore an educational issue within your own sphere of practice.

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.

A popular pathway is to complete additional modules in leadership and complete a PG Dip or MSc Education and Leadership.

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.

  • Driving Specialist Developments through Contract Learning

    This module offers the opportunity for you to focus on a topic related to your own professional practice. You'll have the chance to develop the skills required to make a positive difference to organisational performance. 

"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£11,550
  • International£11,000/year (2022/23 entry)

Please see the terms and conditions for International fees 2022/23

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.

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

You will have a minimum of a 2:2 Honours degree or international equivalent in nursing, midwifery or another relevant discipline, 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 (excluding Social Work).

International students

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

Completing the PG Certificate enables students to develop knowledge and skills in research and leadership as well as education opening up career pathways in a variety of healthcare environments, training departments and education institutions.