Entry requirements

Applicants must normally possess at least one of the following:

  • BSc Honours degree in a suitable subject.
  • A professional qualification of equivalent status and associated work experience
  • The postgraduate certificate in Biomedical Sciences with a suitable specialism or a graduate diploma in Biomedical Science
  • An equivalent qualification which is deemed suitable by the course team In addition to the above applicants for the postgraduate certificate in work-based tutoring must be employed in a post where they have some local teaching, training or staff development responsibilities.

Months of entry


Course content

The postgraduate certificate in work-based tutoring will offer work-based tutors, trainers and supervisors the opportunity to complete a formal academic qualification based upon their role. Currently the course is only available for UK-based applicants.

The course will provide background information on the historical and current theories of learning, learning styles, types of learner, teaching, training, preparation, motivation, delivery and assessment, feedback and reflective practice and the opportunity for candidates to apply these theories to their areas of practice. The course comprises of two 30 credit modules: principles of work-based tutoring, in the first year of study and reflective practice of work-based tutoring, in the second year of study.

Study is by blended learning, a combination of University attendance and online teaching. The course will start with a day-long orientation at the Cavendish Campus. The modules will be delivered predominantly by use of our virtual learning environment, allowing for flexible study. This will be supplemented by two university half-day workshops per year in addition to workplace visits for the second module. On successful completion of each year of the course you will earn CPD (Continuing Professional Development) credits from the University as approved by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). The course is also accredited by the Higher Education Authority.

Information for international students

Applicants who have not had their secondary or tertiary education through the medium of English should have attained an IELTS score of at least 6.5 in all components or the equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
6-12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)207 911 5000