Practice Teacher PG Cert

Practice Teacher PG Cert
The Practice Teacher programme aims to prepare and develop practitioners who will be able to facilitate, supervise and assess students transferring knowledge and competence to a new context of practice. In addition to this, the course will provide the opportunity for you to critically appraise and evaluate practice teaching from operational and strategic perspectives.

The course is designed to encompass key themes including establishing effective working relationships, creating and maintaining a learning environment, facilitating learning and assessment and evaluating learning by utilising evidence-based practice and leadership strategies within the context of contemporary practice. The course is available for practitioners working in Health and Social Care environments who wish to enhance their knowledge in order to ensure evidence based practice.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

PG Cert

Ancillary Award:




Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

Part-time: Over six months.


School of Community Health and Midwifery

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:


Entry Requirements:
Normally the following general entry requirements apply:
  • Have a first degree (2:2 class or above) or equivalent, in a relevant subject (i.e. health related or social science) from an approved institution of higher education. If you do not meet the criteria you are advised to contact the course leader for advice. Transfer of credits in accordance with the University regulations may be possible.
    Specific entry requirements:

All students must meet the following criteria:

  • Evidence of contributing to the facilitation, supervision and assessment of learning.
  • Have access to student/s who are transferring knowledge and competence to new area/s of practice.
  • Evidence of recent relevant study.
  • Demonstrate an ability to study at academic Level 7 through providing evidence via the Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) process.
  • Agreement / support in partnership with the relevant employer organisation and HEI.

Specific professional requirements:

  • Be registered in the same part or sub part of the register as the students you are assessing.
  • Developed your own knowledge skills and competence beyond registration and where appropriate gained specialist practice qualifications relevant to your field of practice, that is, registered and worked for at least 2 years, and gained additional qualifications that will support students in practice.
  • Be able to support learning in an interprofessional environment.
Course Handbook

To read about the course in more depth, please download the course handbook: 2016/17 | 2017/18.

Course Content

Course Outline:
The course is comprised of 2 modules.

The first module is Preparation of Mentors (minimum level 6, 20 credits). The mentorship module is offered as a taught or e-learning option. The taught module consists of 6 university study days over a 13 week period. Alternatively the mentorship module can be undertaken via an e-learning option (at Level 6 or 7). The content is the same for all mentorship modules and the option you choose will be dependent upon your personal and professional decision. Please note, there is a separate course information sheet which contains more detail about the various mentorship modules that are available.

The second module in the Postgraduate Certificate is Practice Teacher Preparation (Level 7, 40 credits). This module consists of 10 university study days, 2 days of action learning sets and 3 days of student initiated study, all over a minimum of 6 months.

The course covers the following subject areas:

  • Role transition / role development of student (enhanced / specialist / advanced practitioner), mentor and practice teacher.
  • Role of mentor / practice teacher – personal, professional e.g. supporting mentors, students and peers.
  • Teaching, learning, assessment and evaluation strategies within the practice environment.
  • Facilitation of critical thinking / reflection in and on practice.
  • Learning environments, leadership, change, management, innovation and interprofessional education.
  • Learning organisations.
  • Curriculum design and development – aims, outcomes, assessment and evaluation.
  • Quality assurance – learning contracts, professional and academic standards.
  • Collaborative working across professional and organisational boundaries.

This course has been mapped against professional standards specifically for Nursing and Midwifery and the UK Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education. In addition the course has also been mapped to the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework to assist with your career progression.

Course at a Glance

To complete the PG Cert Practice Teacher, applicants have generally already completed the Preparation of Mentors module or equivalent. The PG Cert is then generally completed over 12 months whilst supervising a specialist practice health or social care student. For those who have not completed the Preparation of Mentors module (now called: Multiprofessional Support of Learning and Assessing Practice), this could be completed in year 1, which would then be followed by completion of the Practice Teacher Preparation double module in year 2.

Year 1

  • Preparation of Mentors (now called: Multiprofessional Support of Learning and Assessing Practice) - intakes September, January or April.
  • Practice Teacher Preparation (NU4045) - one intake September, spreading over semesters 1, 2 and part of 3.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Teaching and learning strategies reflect a range of approaches, eg key lectures, group discussion, seminars, reflection and analysis. In addition action learning sets are used to allow students to actively engage in problem solving activities particularly in relation to work based learning. Module materials are also available on the University’s Virtual Learning Environment - eLearn.

The course is assessed through the completion of module specific assignments and production of a course portfolio which contains evidence from both the Preparation of Mentors module (or equivalent) and the Practice Teacher Preparation module.

The Preparation of Mentors module includes an assignment and the Practice Teacher Preparation module assessment includes the analysis of a learning plan, critical reflection upon the practice teacher’s role and the completion of action learning set documentation.

Confirmation of achievement of NMC Practice Teacher standards will be required for those candidates who are required to support learning of Community Specialist Practitioner or Specialist Community Public Health Nurse students.

Academic Expertise

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

Learning outcome & aims

We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.

Industry links & professional accreditation

Nursing Midwifery Council, Higher Education Academy.

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


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Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

Fees & Funding

For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.

The fees for this course are: £630 per module. 

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

Individuals working in health care organisations who undertake the course in order to demonstrate achievement of NMC Practice Teacher standards will be required to provide support to students in clinical practice. Therefore they should initially discuss their application with their employer in order to put in place the necessary support arrangements.

Individuals can purchase this course as an independent student and should obtain an application form from:

Post-registration Recruitment
School of Health
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

Faculty of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839