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.
Location of study
On-site teaching will take place at St George’s, University of London at Tooting.
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.
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).
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 IThardship@sgul.ac.uk so we can look at support options for you.
Personal protective equipment (PPE), if needed, will be provided for you by the university.
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.
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: www.sgul.ac.uk/study/courses.
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.