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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. 

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Course structure

The course comprises the following three modules:

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

The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of the principles of transformative education and active learning and how these apply to large or small group teaching, assessment, feedback and designing for learning.

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

The aim of this module is to support you to enact and reflect on the application of the transformative pedagogies in your own specific disciplinary and professional work-place contexts. The module includes microteaching and in-practice teaching observations.

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.

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/or assessment over the duration of your enrolment.

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

Alternative route into the PGCert in Healthcare and Biomedical Education

If you are not sure if you want to enrol on the course at this time you can get a taster of the first module by attending six workshops offered as part of the EduFocus programme.

See the EducFocus programme for dates of the workshops.

If you would like to discuss this option, please contact the PGCert HBE course director, Dr Saranne Weller

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?

Email the course director, Dr Saranne Weller

 (*) For an additional fee, if not employed by an Advance HE member institution.


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