Postgraduate Certificate Education for Health Care Professionals

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education for Health Care Professionals is specifically designed to prepare registered health care professionals to develop and adopt an educational role across a range of settings, both academic and practice based.

Participants will have a genuine interest in supporting learning and the development of effective learning environments.

You will develop your learning and teaching skills in a variety of state-of-the-art facilities, including the University's Clinical Simulation Centre and Hydra Simulation Centre.

What's more, you will be supported to develop specific innovations in relation to facilitating learning and be encouraged to disseminate these within your peer-group and own settings.

For healthcare professionals registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the course reflects the significant changes made in 2018 by the NMC. Successful completion will enable these students to fulfil the new roles of practice / academic assessor. 

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year April Glyntaff A
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year April Glyntaff A

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education for Health Care Professionals will critically appraise and examine some key themes, including:

  • The theories, principles and evidence base which inform effective facilitation of learning, teaching and assessment in the context of your practice.
  • Promoting inclusivity and meeting the equality and diversity needs of diverse learner populations.
  • The development and enhancement of effective learning environments.
  • Professional accountability in supporting the learning and assessment of students.
  • Establishing effective relationships to support the development of students learning and competence in the educational and practice setting.


The 60-credit course consists of a 40-credit and a 20-credit module at level 7. Both modules offer theoretical and work-based learning.

The first module runs from April through to September and the second from September to February. Study days are held on a Friday at the University's Glyntaff Campus. 

Theoretical learning will be managed through facilitated learning processes that include tutorial, workshops, role-play, participant-led learning activities and use of simulated learning environments.

There will also be best practice exemplar lectures where expert educationalists will demonstrate the innovative learning and teaching methods they employ.

Work-based–practice learning will focus on supporting learning and student assessment within the context of the participant's practice. 

Student support

Students will be allocated a Personal Tutor to offer support and guidance with all aspects of the course. Personal tutors will also offer academic supervision to help the participant prepare for summative assessments and undertake observations of the participant's facilitation of learning and assessment.

The teaching team will actively encourage peer support and learning and facilitate the group to form a community of practice to share experiences and resources and hopefully begin some lasting network contacts.

Office hours and meetings with participants will be flexible with due consideration of participants working patterns.


Participants will have two summative observed facilitations of learning / assessment opportunities with students. The participants will critically reflect and develop from the feedback on these sessions.

Core to being an effective facilitator of learning is to be able to develop and enhance the learning experience, therefore an element of assessment will focus on developing and leading an initiative within the participant's context of practice to enhance the students and others learning experience.


Students will develop their learning and teaching skills in a variety of state-of-the-art facilities, including the Clinical Simulation Centre and Hydra Simulation Centre


The core course team are:

There will also be best practice lectures where expert educationalists will demonstrate the innovative learning and teaching methods they employ.

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

Applicants must hold a 2:2 or above in a degree and have evidence of recent engagement with CPD activities. They must also be in a role whereby they are able to facilitate learning and assessment of learning.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees

  • Part-time UK:  £1055 per 20 credits

August 2024 - July 2025 Fees

  • Part-time UK:  £1140 per 20 credits

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.


Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).

To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.

Please apply directly to the University for this course.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education for Health Care Professionals will support the development of health care professionals who wish to consider a teaching and learning role in a Higher Education setting.