Taught course

Professional Education (PGCert)

University of Chester · Faculty of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

  • A degree or equivalent, which will normally be 2:1 or above. Candidates without a first degree but with exceptional professional experience and evidence of the ability to study at Master’s level will also be considered.
  • Contemporary professional experience with access to learners.
  • IELTS level 7.0 with no less than 7.0 in each band.

Months of entry


Course content

The role of educators are key to improving professional practice and in meeting the rapidly changing demands of service provision. This interdisciplinary course will enable you to integrate and apply current educational theory and pedagogical research into unique practice settings.

This is a well-established course accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). On successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate you can apply to become a Fellow of the Academy or an NMC Stage 4 tutor. This recognition is highly sought after in higher education and worth seeking in your role as an educator.

There are progression opportunities on completion of the course to Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Education awards, or you can accredit your prior learning and complete a professional course of your own choosing, such as Advanced Practice or Professional Studies.

You will experience a variety of learning, teaching and assessment methods to promote your personal and professional development and application to practice. This will include reflection, seminars, and experiential, problem-based, online, peer and self-directed learning. Learning during the course is a dynamic process, with a particular focus on interprofessional learning.

You will be exposed to a variety of assessment methods designed to ensure that the content, outcomes and level of the modules are measured in a fair and transparent manner. Knowledge and intellectual skills will be assessed through coursework, and you will be asked to demonstrate thinking and cognitive ability through written assignments, portfolios, seminar presentations and reflective accounts. All aspects of the assessment strategy will be used to evaluate transferable/key skills and, where relevant, mapped against national benchmarks.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    18 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Health and Social Care Admissions