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One year part-time

Application Deadline

15 September 2022


St George's, University of London

UK, EU and non-EU (international) citizens may apply

Start dates

October 2022

This Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare and Biomedical Education is a flexible course which aims to:

  • equip you with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable you to become an effective teacher in healthcare and biomedical education

  • promote reflective practice, scholarship and professional development in teaching.

Please note, applicants in their medical or academic foundation years (e.g. FY1/FY2) are not eligible to apply, and we will provide priority to applications from Clinical Teaching Fellows and academic and teaching staff at St George’s, University of London. For more information, please see the Entry requirements tab.

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Covid-19 updates

We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered.

Please see the Covid-19 updates tab for further details of how this may affect this course.

Course highlights

  • Shared campus with one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK.

  • Expertise in scientific, healthcare and clinical teaching, learning and assessment within the University and St George’s Hospital.

  • Access to postgraduate learning centre.

  • Development of a broad range of transferable skills.

  • Opportunities to develop your experience of teaching and assessment in a range of healthcare and academic settings.
  • Work towards recognition as a Fellow of Advance HE.

  • Learn more on our PGCert in Healthcare and Biomedical Education webpage.

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To be considered for this course, you will need to:

  • meet the entry criteria
  • write a personal statement
  • provide two suitable references
  • provide a Study Leave Confirmation (if your tuition fees are being paid by your employer)
  • demonstrate that you are working in an educational practice setting which enables the achievement of the UK Professional Standards Framework.

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

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Undergraduate degree or equivalent

You should have or be expected to achieve, a minimum of a second class degree (2:2). For healthcare graduates a pass is required. All degrees must be awarded before 1st August on the year of entry.

In addition to your degree, you should also be able to provide evidence of a teaching position, which would allow for at least 40 hours of teaching and 25 hours of assessment experience during the enrolment of the course.

International qualifications

We accept equivalent qualifications gained in other countries and use UKENIC to assess. Please see our International Student Support pages for more information. If you have any questions, you can contact us at

English language requirements

For details on English Language requirements, please see our English language requirements page. This is a Group 2 course.

Personal statement and references

You will be asked to outline your reasons for applying for the course in a brief personal statement. This must be completed on the subject-specific personal statement form located on the ‘Apply’ tab. Please upload this when completing your application form. You will also need to provide two satisfactory references.

See the Apply tab for more information.

Application timeline

The application timeline for Healthcare and Biomedical Education runs later than some of our other programmes to allow applicants to secure their professional positions before applying.

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Key application dates

  • Applications open on 1 June 2022
  • Applications close on 15 September 2022
  • Assessment will conclude and decisions will be communicated to applicants in the week beginning 26 September 2022
  • Term starts in mid to late October

How to apply

Before beginning your application please check the entry criteria of the course you wish to study to ensure you meet the required standards.

All applications must be submitted through our online application system.

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Complete a personal statement form

Please download and complete the personal statement form. This will need to be uploaded to the ‘Personal Statement’ section of your online application. Please note, we are unable to accept a personal statement that is not completed on the below form.

  • This form is being updated please check again again soon.

Submission of this form must be via our online application system once our applications have opened from 1 June.

Access our online application system

  1. Complete the personal statement form that can be found in the section above.

  2. Click on the application link and create an account: Healthcare and Biomedical Education PgCert (available from 1 June).

  3. Complete the application form and upload any relevant documents, including the personal statement form. You can save a partly completed form and return to it later. Please make sure you complete all sections, and that the information you provide is accurate, including the options you select in menus.

  4. Add to your address book to ensure you do not miss any important emails from us.

  5. When you have checked that your application is complete and accurate, click ‘submit’. You can track your application through your online account.

Guidance for completing your references

When completing your application, you will be asked to provide contact details of two referees. Please ensure these details are accurate. As soon as you have submitted your application, your referees will be contacted by the University asking them to upload a reference to your online application.

Your references should cover your suitability for the course and your academic ability, and be submitted by academic or professional/employee contacts. Your referees should know you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. We do not accept references from family, friends, partners, ex-partners or yourself.

We will send reminder emails to your referees but it is your responsibility to ensure that contact details are correct and referees are available to submit a reference. References should be uploaded within two weeks of making your application.

Our priority is to keep our students and staff safe and support their wellbeing, while protecting our community from the risks of Covid-19 on our site, based inside a hospital. We have listened to feedback and preferences from our student community about St George’s as a place to study.

We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see below for further details of how this may affect this course.

If government advice changes, we may need to update our plans, but our approach is designed to make it possible to continue with much of the on-campus teaching planned. If we do need to make changes, we will update this information, and will keep current students and offer holders informed by email.

We will also continue to update our frequently asked questions page for applicants and offer holders and current students as more information becomes available.

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Location of study

On-site teaching will take place at St George’s, University of London at Tooting.

Course content

We are not making any changes to the content of the PgCert Healthcare and Biomedical Education programme.

All practical elements of the course will be available.

There are some changes to the balance between online and face-to-face course delivery.

How the course is being delivered

Subject to future national and institutional social distancing measures or Covid-19 precautions, the course will be delivered using a blended model in 1 or 2 day Teaching Blocks per module and ongoing biweekly online support.

All Teaching Blocks for Module 1 and Module 2 will be delivered using a 50:50 balance of online synchronous and self-directed asynchronous study on one day and one day of each Teaching Block will be delivered on site.

Module 3 will be delivered fully online. On this basis, students will attend 3 full days on site in Module 1 and Module 2.

Support between Teaching Blocks is provided fully online and tutorial supervision will be provided online or in person on the basis of tutor and student availability and preference.

The online components of the course are designed to balance interactive real-time sessions with lecturers and other students and self-paced independent study. Students will have clear learning pathways through the activities they are expected to engage with and there will be opportunities to check learning and progress.

Observation of Teaching and Microteaching practical teaching activities can be conducted either online or in face-to-face settings to accommodate, as far as possible, the teaching responsibilities and preference of individual students on the course. Observation of Teaching can be conducted online or in person depending on the context of the teaching being observed.

Students can opt to undertake Microteaching online or in person depending on their preference and subject to availability.

Course length

There are no changes to the advertised length of the course.


We assess the knowledge, skills and attributes of our students in a variety of ways. These include Teaching Observation and in-course assessments which include essays and Poster and Oral Presentations.

All formal written in-course assessments including Poster and Oral Presentation, are submitted for assessment online via Canvas, the university’s virtual learning environment and Panopto, the university lecture capture system.

Teaching Observations can be undertaken virtually life or as a recording, where observed teaching is online, or in person where observed teaching is delivered on-site or in related hospital settings.

Placements and essential hands-on teaching

As in previous years, all practical teaching experience (Observation of Teaching and Microteaching) can be undertaken online where possible.

In cases where disruption caused by the pandemic results in limits to access to the university site for course team members, we will negotiate an appropriate extension on the completion of this and any related assessments in the first instance and/or replace this with an alternative assessment (subject to approval by our accreditor Advance HE).

Additional costs

There are no additional costs to students as a result of Covid-19 measures or precautions.

You will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online lectures. 

Information is available on recommended device specification.

If you are worried you might struggle with these requirements please email so we can look at support options for you.

Personal protective equipment (PPE), if needed, will be provided for you by the university.

Course timetable

As a professional development course, we operate on a block, day-release format rather than a weekly timetable.

The course timetable will be available in September 2021.

Term dates

Academic terms dates can be found on this page.

Our course operates on the following timetable:

  • Course induction: – Week commencing 25 October 2021
  • Module 1: Monday 1 November 2021 to Friday 28 January 2022
  • Module 2: Monday 31 January 2022 – Friday 10 June 2022
  • Module 3: Monday 13 June 2022 – Friday 16 September 2022.

Consenting to these changes

At enrolment or re-enrolment you consented to the changes we anticipated as a result of the pandemic, which were outlined on the ‘Covid-19 updates’ tab of your course page at:

The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice and our need to anticipate changes to that advice. Our capacity to offer alternatives is therefore limited.

We do not feel that the changes will adversely affect students.  If you wish to avoid these changes (e.g. by taking a year out from your studies) please discuss this directly with your course team in the first instance.

We remain, as always, focused on the best experience and outcomes for our students.  

Making a complaint

If you have concerns about the quality of course delivery, please raise these with your course team in the first instance. 

If you wish to take a more formal route, guidance is available to you in our student concerns and complaints procedure.

“I have found online studying to be quite successful for me. You can interact with your peers and lecturers as you usually would, but all from the comfort of your home. ”

- Jennifer, Medicine (MBBS) student, year 4

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One year part-time

Application Deadline

15 September 2022

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