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Duration

One year part-time

Application Deadline

TBC

Location

St George's, University of London

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

Start dates

October 2023

This Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare and Biomedical Education is a part-time, professional development course tailored to those teaching in science and healthcare disciplines. The course aims to:

  • Equip you with the knowledge, skills and professional attitudes to enable you to become an effective teacher in healthcare and biomedical education.
  • Promote reflective practice, scholarship and planning for continuing professional development in teaching.

The course is designed for new or early-career higher educators and clinical teachers as well as those who want to extend their understanding of the theory and practice of university teaching and learning. It aims to help you develop your approaches to teaching and assessment and support you to become a confident, scholarly, reflective professional, prepared for the opportunities and challenges you will encounter in your career as an educator in higher education.

As a specialist professional course, applicants must fulfill our entry criteria as stated on the application site. We do not accept applications from medical or academic Foundation Year doctors (e.g. FY1, FY2).

 For more information, please see the Entry requirements tab.

Read more information about our courses and university services terms and conditions.

Course highlights

  • Shared campus with one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK.
  • Engage with expertise in scientific, healthcare and clinical teaching, learning and assessment with peers within the University and our linked teaching hospitals
  • Access to postgraduate learning centre.
  • Development of a broad range of transferable skills relevant to future educational roles in clinical and higher education.
  • 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 as part of your studies.

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Applicants must meet all of the following criteria.

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Undergraduate degree or equivalent

A minimum of a second class degree (2:2), or, for healthcare graduates, a pass.

You should not be registered for a qualification of St George’s, University of London or other institution of equivalent standing during your enrolment on 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 study@sgul.ac.uk

English language requirements

Proficiency via the International English language Testing System (IELTS) or Pearson’s English Language test. SGUL will accept test scores as valid for two years.

The required overall score for IELTS is 6.5 (with at least 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in other 3 components).

The required overall score for Pearson’s is 59 (with at least 59 in writing and at least 51 in other 3 components).

Teaching Experience

As a practical teaching professional development course, you must be able to demonstrate a substantive teaching and/or supporting learning role(s) for undergraduate and/or postgraduate students while enrolled on the course. All the course assessments require you to develop and reflect on the teaching and assessment that you will be undertaking as an educator during the year. You will also complete an assessed observation of your practice as an educator.

For Category 2 applicants this is normally equivalent to 168 hours per annum or one-half day of teaching and/or assessment per week. For Category 2 applicants at least 50% of the teaching hours must be for St George's, University of London students.

Teaching and/or support of learning may include some or all of the following: the design of face-to-face, blended or online learning activities, bedside or ward-based teaching and assessment, lecturing or small-group teaching, assessment and/ or feedback practice, personal tutoring and clinical or academic supervision.

Employment

We only accept applications for applicants in one of the following categories:

  • Category 1: St George’s, University of London employees who need or wish to obtain the PgCert HBE qualification. As university employees, postdoctoral researchers are included in this category and are eligible to apply, but subject to the approval of the grant holder/Principal Investigator for whom they are working, and only if consistent with the terms of the funding body.
  • Category 2: Those teaching St George's, University of London students who are not employed by the University, most notably Clinical Teaching Fellows (CTFs) and clinical educators holding St George's, University of London honorary contracts.

Personal statement and references

You will be asked to outline your reasons for applying for the course in a brief personal statement on the application form. You will also need to provide two satisfactory references. See the Apply tab for more information.

You will complete the following three modules to achieve the required 60 credits for the award of Postgraduate Certificate over a 12-month period.

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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 academic and clinical settings. You will evaluate your practice in a number of different ways including student feedback and from your course peers through a simulated teaching experience called microteaching as the basis for inquiry into practice.

This introductory 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. 

Teaching is undertaken through intensive teaching blocks rather than on a regular weekly or bi-weekly basis. The 5 teaching blocks are normally 1 to 2 days in length depending on the module. The total number of days of teaching for the course is 7.5 days.

We use a blended approach to the delivery of the course with, normally, one day onsite and one day online. In both face-to-face and online teaching we use a combination of lecture, individual self-directed and peer-to-peer learning activities. In addition, between teaching blocks you will receive focused individual tutorial support.

See our Provisional Timetable for the 2022-23 academic year (PDF). Please note dates and mode of delivery may alter prior to the commencement of the course. The timetable is provided as guidance of the typical timeline and requirements of the course.

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 to ensure you meet the required standards.

All applications must be submitted through our online application system.

To apply, follow the instructions below:

1. Create an application form account

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

  • Your previous and your job title and employer from October for your year of entry
  • Proof of your undergraduate qualification or equivalent (e.g. copy of degree certificate or transcript)
  • Proof of your employment (e.g. in form of reference from or on behalf of your employer/line manager, role offer letter). This should be if possible redacted to exclude salary or other personal information
  • Proof of required teaching responsibilities if not stated in proof of employment as above (e.g. this can be in the form of a written reference from or on behalf of your employer/line manager)
  • Proof of funding and full contact details for the person who should be invoiced for fees if not self-funding for applicants who are not employed by St George’s, University of London (e.g. details are likely to include name, email and purchase order number)

Applications that do not include this information will not be referred to the Admissions Tutor until this information is provided and this will delay a decision on your application.

3. When you have checked that your application is complete and accurate, click ‘Submit’. You can track your application online via the Applicant Portal.

4. Add pgadmissions@sgul.ac.uk to your address book to ensure you do not miss any important emails from us.

From 2022, we no longer operate a full and reduced fee structure. All applicants meeting the course entry criteria related to employment and teaching responsibilities will pay a single, subsidised fee of £1500.

If the course is a requirement for your academic probation or as part of a Clinical Teaching Fellowship then you should declare this in your application. In these cases, the university or NHS Trust will normally pay your fees for the course.

If an alternative funder is not stated as part of your application, you will be invoiced by the university as a self-funding student.

Additional costs

On successful achievement of Fellowship recognition, applicants employed by non-Advance HE members are normally eligible for a one-off recognition fee of £220 payable directly to Advance HE if they wish to claim the Fellowship (FHEA) recognition. This is normally the case for those who apply for the course under Category 2 or only hold an honorary contract from a university. This is a condition of Advance HE accreditation policy and is in addition to the course fee.

For more information, see our fees and funding pages.

At the moment there are no changes to our programmes due to Covid-19.

If you start at St George's in 2023 your course will be delivered in the normal way and you can expect the full university experience from us.

If you started prior to this and would like to see the changes that were made to your programme, please visit this webpage.

PGCert Healthcare & Biomedical Education (PgCert HBE) Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for the PgCert HBE?

From 2022 entry, we accept applications from two categories of applicants. Category 1 are St George's, University of London employees who need or wish to obtain the PgCert HBE qualification. This includes staff who are required to undertake the course as part of their probation. Category 2 are those teaching St George's, University of London students who are not employed by the University, most notably Clinical Teaching Fellows (CTFs) and clinical educators holding St George's, University of London honorary contracts. Places on the course are limited and priority during admissions will be given to Category 1 applicants.

In addition to these employment requirements, applicants must also meet the other entry criteria for the course including teaching role requirements.

I am currently on the Foundation Programme. Can I apply for the course?

No. We do not accept applications from FY1 and FY2 doctors due to the teaching hours requirements for the course and clinical focus of the Foundation Programme. We invite you to apply for the course at a later stage in your medical training.

If you are due to complete your Foundation Programme before the course commences in October you are eligible to apply as long as you meet the other entry criteria for the course.

I am a postdoctoral researcher. Can I apply for the course?

Yes. As university employees, postdoctoral researchers are included in this category and are eligible to apply, but subject to the approval of the grant holder/Principal Investigator for whom they are working, and only if consistent with the terms of the funding body.

Do I need to already have a teaching or learning support role to apply for the course?

Yes. The course is a practice-oriented qualification and all the assessments require you to develop and reflect on the teaching and assessment that you will be undertaking during the year. You will also complete an assessed observation of your practice as an educator.

All applicants are required to evidence substantive teaching and/or learning support role when making an application. For applicants in Category 2 who are Clinical Teaching Fellows or clinical educators, you must be able to confirm normally a teaching role equivalent to 168 hours per annum or one-half day of teaching and/or assessment per week. For Category 2 applicants at least 50% of this teaching must be for St George's, University of London students.

The course team are not able to arrange teaching opportunities for applicants to enable them to fulfill the teaching hours requirement. Further opportunities for contributing to skills or PBL teaching and assessment (e.g. OSCEs, SBAs, SAQs) at St George’s, University of London may be advertised to participants at the beginning of the course.

How long does it take to complete the certificate? Can I complete it in a shorter period of time?

The course has one intake and commences in October of each academic year. If you complete the three modules within the normal schedule with no interruptions to study or extensions you will normally complete the course within a 12-month period.

In line with university regulations relating to the minimum length of the course, you cannot complete the PGCert HBE in a shorter period of time than stated in the course specification.

I applied for the course several weeks ago but have not received an outcome. When will I know if I have a place?

There are limited places on the course and therefore the admissions process is very competitive. We also prioritise applications from Category 1 during admissions. As a result, we normally do not finalise places until after the closing date for applications in September. You will be notified if you have been offered a place shortly after the deadline and asked to confirm if you wish to take up this place.

Am I eligible for a reduced fee?

From 2022, we no longer operate a full and reduced fee structure. All applicants meeting the course entry criteria related to employment and teaching responsibilities will pay a single, subsidised fee of £1500 for the PgCert HBE.

I am employed by St George’s, University of London. Will the university pay my fees?

Yes, as long as your application is fully supported by your line-manager, the university will pay your fees via the Education Staff Development budget.

Is the course accredited?

The course is accredited by Advance HE and successful completion of the course and evidencing of your practice in relation to the UK Professional Standards Framework will entitle you to recognition as a Fellow of Advance HE (FHEA).

If you are employed by a non-Advance HE member, you will normally need to pay an additional fee directly to Advance HE to register your Fellowship. This fee is currently £200 and is not included in the PgCert course fee. Most universities in the UK are members of Advance HE while NHS Trusts are not Advance HE members. Upon completion of the course and successful evidencing of your practice in relation to the UKPSF ratified by the Board of Examiners in November each year, you will be registered by the course team on the Advance HE database of completers. At this stage you will be asked to confirm your current employer.

What are the dates for the intensive teaching blocks?

Teaching is undertaken in intensive blocks rather than on a regular weekly or bi-weekly basis. Dates for the next academic year are normally published in July/August. Induction and pre-course reading will be provided from October. The 5 teaching blocks are normally 1 to 2 days in length depending on the module. The total number of days of teaching for the course is 7.5 days.

We use a blended approach to the delivery of teaching blocks with, normally, one day onsite and one day online. In both face-to-face and online teaching we use a combination of lecture, individual self-directed and peer-to-peer learning activities.

How is the course assessed?

Module 1 is assessed by a single 1500-word reflective essay based on the collection and analysis of student evaluation data for a period of teaching.

Module 2 is assessed by a poster and recorded 10-minute oral presentation, an assessed teaching observation in practice and two 1500-word reflective essays on teaching and assessment practice.

Module 3 is assessed by a 2500-word reflective account.

What is the time commitment for the course?

The PgCert HBE hours include attendance and/or completion of teaching blocks for the three modules, completion of the teaching observation, engagement with your allocated PgCert HBE tutor and preparation of assessments. You are also expected to complete formative assessments and contribute to peer discussion and peer feedback activities as part of the course.

Module 2 is the longest module and is undertaken in the Spring term. This can often clash with other commitments and you are strongly advised to work with your tutor and your line manager to plan your completion of the course.

Can I contact someone about the course if I need more information?

If the information on the course application page and this Frequently Asked Questions document has not answered your question please email your query to Dr Saranne Weller, PGCert HBE Course Director.

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Duration

One year part-time

Application Deadline

TBC

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