Taught course

Simulation and Clinical Learning

Edge Hill University · Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine

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Entry requirements

You should normally have a degree and be an experienced healthcare professional within healthcare with some responsibility for clinical education. Applicants are not expected to be currently using simulation when they apply to join the course, although experienced simulation practitioners are welcome to apply. You will be asked to provide references. Interviews may also be used to supplement the application process.

Months of entry

February, September

Course content

If you have previously undertaken any Masters level study in Education, it may be possible to join this programme in a future September or February intake. If you have no prior Masters level experience in Education, it will only be possible to join this programme in a future September intake due to the learning requirements of a compulsory module delivered in the Spring semester. This Postgraduate Certificate in Simulation and Clinical Learning has been designed for a range of health professionals (medical doctors, dentists, nurses and allied health professionals), clinical educators and healthcare managers who wish to develop specialist knowledge, skills and understanding of simulation as a modality for teaching and supporting learning and assessment. It will equip you with a critical understanding of how simulation can be deployed to enhance teaching, learning and assessment in the field of healthcare. Simulation can be defined as emulating a real life situation in a controlled (non-real) environment, to safely provide a life-like experience. This creates the opportunity to act, reflect and obtain feedback to assist in achieving competence and progression towards expert level through deliberate and repeated practice in an ascending learning spiral. The programme will be run on a multi-professional basis, allowing practitioners, managers and clinical educators from different professions and locations to share their knowledge, experience and skills. You will systematically and creatively analyse the complexities of clinical education and explore and articulate opportunities for developing simulation in your own practice.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for UK students enrolling on this Postgraduate Certificate in academic year 2021/22 are £37.50 per credit, i.e. £750 per 20 credit module. 60 credits are required to complete a Postgraduate Certificate.EU students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.The University may administer a small inflationary rise in part-time postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


A range of assessment strategies are employed in this programme including online tasks, critical reflection on practice, and a range of written assignments such as the design of learning activities, evaluative reports or case studies. You will be supported by your academic tutors with academic skills practice and 'formative feedback' on work-in-progress. Most modules include preparation for assessments during face-to-face sessions through group or individual work. You will be expected to write approximately 4,000 words (or equivalent) for each module.

Course contact details

+44(0)1695 575171