Facilitating Learning in Healthcare Practice - Accredited by the Academy of Medical Educators Certificate

Facilitating Learning in Healthcare Practice - Accredited by the Academy of Medical Educators Certificate

School of Dentistry


Post- graduate




Preston or Durham

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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

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  • Duration:

    Part-time:The course is taught over five days, with a half day induction completed within a period of approximately five months.

  • Level:


  • Mode:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Part-time

  • Campus:

    Preston or Durham

  • Start Date:

    Preston: September / Durham: January

  • Award Type:


Why study this programme?

This course is intended to enable members of the Dental team to develop skills in effective facilitation of learning within and outside the workplace, so that they can support the professional development of students and other staff within their profession. The North Western Postgraduate Dental Deanery has been involved in the development of the course so that it offers General Dental Practitioners core training to fulfil the role of Foundation Year Educational Supervisors and acts as verifiable CPD in line with GDC requirements. The course is mapped into COPDEND Standards for Dental Educators (2013). This course is also an opportunity for other members of the Dental team who are able to study at level 7. On successful achievement of this course, students can apply for membership with the Academy of Medical Educators.

For Postgraduate Enquiries please contact schoolofdentistry@uclan.ac.uk.

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Entry Requirements

To be accepted onto the programme students must: 

  • hold a current degree-level qualification or show evidence of the ability to benefit from study at Level 7
  • be in current employment in a relevant healthcare setting
  • have access to learners in their discipline or associated disciplines, eg a student who is a dentist may support the learning of other dental care professionals such as dental nurses or dental hygienists

Programme at a Glance

Day 1

  • Roles and relationships in teaching and learning
  • Reflective practice
  • Assessments

Day 2 and 3

  • The clinical Environment as a learning environment
  • The nature of learning
  • Educational Audit

  • Teaching skills and strategies
  • Writing aims and objectives
  • Planning for a teaching session
  • Evaluation


Day 4 and 5

  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Large Group Teaching Activity

  • Supporting Learning in the Interprofessional Team
  • Experiential Learning and Microteaching activity

Further Information

The workplace as a learning environment

How people learn.
Personal and Professional development
Optimising learning in clinical environments
Ensuring and enhancing the quality of the learning environment: audit, evaluation and research
Planning and preparing learning activities

Understanding the curriculum and the standards required of trainees

Principles of effective facilitation of learning
1:1 coaching
Small group teaching
Problem and evidence-based learning
How to plan, prepare and deliver a teaching session
Evaluating teaching
Assessing the learner
Writing aims and objectives

The importance of assessment in the learning process
Diagnostic, formative and summative assessment
What to assess
Methods of assessment
Making sound judgements
Giving feedback students will use
Effective record-keeping
Supporting trainees undergoing assessment
Managing Education and Training


Roles of Professional bodies in education and training in healthcare practice
Learning and working in the inter-professional team
Managing and leading teams
Recruiting and selecting learners for educational activity – fairness and transparency; diversity and inclusivity
Team selection and faculty development
Management of poor performance
Problem-solving and overcoming resistance
Personal and professional development Reflection and feedback on participants’ facilitation of learning activities.
Generating personal and professional development action plans.

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: £1,591 per 20 credits

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Professional Accreditation


Learning Environment and Assessment

Course is taught in a well-equipped modern classroom.

Assessment is through completion of a work-based learning portfolio including an educational audit and an annotated bibliography.

The aim of the module is to enable health care practitioners to critically analyse the requirements for effective facilitation of learning within and outside the workplace and selectively and appropriately apply principles of best practice to teaching, supporting learning, assessing and giving feedback to others.


The course content is relevant for General Dental Practitioners who wish to become Educational Supervisors of Foundation Year Dentists. It is also relevant for General Practitioners in an educational role and other healthcare professionals who have a role, or wish to have a role in supporting the learning of others will find the course of benefit.