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If you are interested in gaining a teaching qualification in higher education practice that is tailored to science and healthcare disciplines, the Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Healthcare and Biomedical Education is for you.

The course is designed primarily for new or early-career higher educators and clinical teaching fellows. It aims to help you develop your teaching and assessment practice and support you to become a confident, scholarly, reflective professional, prepared for the opportunities and challenges you will encounter in higher education.

The PGCert in Healthcare and Biomedical Education is:

  • normally completed part-time over 12 to 18 months

  • accredited by Advance HE (previously the Higher Education Academy) leading to recognition as a fellow on successful completion*

  • taught flexibly using a combination of 10 days face-to-face intensive blocks as well as tutorial support and teaching observation and online learning using St George’s virtual learning environment, Canvas.

See our "Provisional Timetable for the 2021-22 academic year". Please note dates and mode of delivery may alter as a result of teaching room availability and Covid 19 precautions.


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Course structure

 To complete the course you must pass the following three modules to achieve the required 60 credits.

Module 1: Principles of Transformative Education (Level 6, 15 credits)

The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of the fundamental principles of teaching in ways that foster active learning in higher education and clinical settings. During this module you will explore these principles in relation to large group and small group teaching, designing for learning, teaching online, assessment and feedback.

You will evaluate your practice in a number of different ways including student feedback and a simulated teaching experience called microteaching as the basis for enquiry into practice.

This module is assessed at Level 6 to support you to familiarise yourself with the concepts, discourses and practices of higher education pedagogy as a discipline.

Module 2: Practising Transformative Education (Level 7, 30 credits)

The aim of this module is to support you to put your learning from Module 1 into practice in your own specific disciplinary and professional work-place contexts. The module includes in-practice teaching observations.

In this module you reflect critically on your own and others’ teaching through teaching observation and reciprocal peer supported review of teaching as well as evaluate assessment and feedback in practice to generate evidence-informed solutions to identified issues.

Module 3: Transformative Education for Professional Life (Level 7, 15 credits)

The final module in the course is designed to support you to integrate and embed you learning from the first two modules into your professional life and identity as an educator. You will explore your understanding of your identity as an educator including how you articulate and enact your professional values.

Modules 2 and 3 are assessed at postgraduate Level 7.


Who is it for?

This course is appropriate for you if you are:

  • a newly-appointed St George’s academic staff member who does not already have an equivalent teaching qualification or recognition at Descriptor 2 of the UK Professional Standards Framework

  • a new or experienced staff member, including clinical teaching fellows, in healthcare or biomedical education seeking a teaching qualification and fellowship recognition.

To undertake the course you will need to confirm a minimum commitment of 40 hours of teaching and 25 hours assessment design, marking and/or feedback over the duration of your enrolment.

Please note, applicants in their medical or academic foundation years (e.g. FY1/FY2) are not eligible to apply. Please complete your foundation years before applying.

Priority for places will be given to applicants from Clinical Teaching Fellows and academic and teaching staff at St George’s, University of London.

All applicants are required to provide line manager approval for their application, a personal statement and two references.

Other professional development options

If you are seeking to develop your practice systematically and work towards a recognised higher education teaching qualification, the PGCert in Healthcare and Biomedical Education will give you structured support to reflect on and develop your teaching.

Alternatively, if you do not want to complete a full qualification at this time, there are a number of other routes to develop your teaching:

  • Edufocus is our standalone continuing professional development programme for teaching or pedagogic research.

  • SHINE is a recognition scheme that enables you to work towards fellowship recognition at associate, fellow or senior fellow category, followed by continuing professional development. The scheme is self-directed and designed to help you to evidence your experience and reflect on practice. 

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To find out more about the course, including what you will study, entry requirements and how to apply, please visit the postgraduate course page.
Have a question?

You may find the answer within our Frequently Asked Questions, or otherwise email the course director, Dr Saranne Weller

(*) For an additional fee, if not employed by an Advance HE member institution. This is the case if your main employer is, for example, an NHS Trust. See Advance HE Fellowship Feesfor current fees for ecognition as a Fellow via accredited provision for an individual from a non-subscribing institution. These fees are paid directly to Advance HE.


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