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PGCert Teaching and Learning in Biology, Medicine and Health at The University of Manchester
PGCert Teaching and Learning in Biology, Medicine and Health Sciences

Develop teaching and assessment skills to educate future generations of professionals in biology, medicine, health and social care.

PGCert Teaching and Learning in Biology, Medicine and Health Sciences / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course description

Our blended learning PGCert Teaching and Learning in Biology, Medicine and Health course will give you the skills and knowledge to become a world-class educator in biology, medicine and healthcare.

You will develop the skills you need to educate future professionals who will go on to meet the health and social care needs of the most vulnerable people in our society.

Inter-professional learning is central to the ethos of the course and provides the added value of learning alongside colleagues from other disciplines. You will benefit from the wisdom and experience of your peers, as well as the expertise offered by healthcare teaching professionals.

You can take this PGCert on its own or as part of our 4 Year International PhD .

Teaching and learning

Each unit will use a blended learning approach, with a number of face-to-face teaching sessions, pre-sessional tasks and flip teaching.

Online learning will take place via the Blackboard platform.

Coursework and assessment

There will be formative and summative assessments for each unit. Throughout the course, you will be asked to complete a reflective learning log.

Course unit details

Introduction to Reflective Teaching and Learning Practice

The course unit aims to:

  • introduce you to current theoretical concepts in teaching and learning, encouraging you to apply the theory to your own teaching practice;
  • encourage you to engage in reflective practice as an educator;
  • prepare you for observed teaching practice;
  • introduce you to higher education principles that apply to developments in your discipline area.

Evidence-based Teaching and Learning

The course unit aims to:

  • critically explore the relationship between teaching and learning theories and your own teaching practice;plan for effective teaching and learning;
  • critically assess the utility of a variety of teaching methods;
  • explore the issues around incorporating diversity and equality into teaching;
  • develop your awareness of learning technologies and their potential for appropriate teaching and learning.

Curriculum Development and Teaching Methodology

The course unit aims to:

  • critically analyse a range of teaching and learning methods;
  • improve your understanding of the appropriate teaching methods to enhance learning within healthcare settings;
  • assess the issues in inter-professional, education, mentoring and professionalism;
  • provide you with an understanding of the principles of curriculum design and course development.

Assessment and Feedback

The course unit aims to:

  • introduce assessment within the context of teaching within higher education;
  • evaluate a range of relevant literature on assessment in biology, medicine and health;
  • critically evaluate current practices of assessment;
  • improve your understanding of how assessment fits into the broader remit of evaluation and quality assurance;
  • provide you with an understanding of the impact and value of giving feedback.

Delivering Teaching and Facilitating Learning in Practice

This course unit aims to:

  • enable you to develop the skills necessary to support the teaching learning and assessment of healthcare students as part of an effective, supportive and dynamic learning process;
  • empower you to critically analyse your role as a teacher and assessor of healthcare students in theory and clinical practice;
  • develop creative, innovative approaches to supporting, assessing and managing the learning process;
  • ensure you become a critically reflective educator able to deliver effective, robust, innovative and dynamic educational events, units of learning and educational curricula as part of a period of educational teaching practice.


Manchester has a range of facilities for students on our postgraduate taught courses.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email:

CPD opportunities

Individual units can be made available for CPD. Please contact us for further information.