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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

Year of entry: 2019

Overview

Degree awarded
Postgraduate Certificate
Duration
1 year FT, 2 years PT
Entry requirements

We require an Upper Second degree or overseas equivalent, or registration as a healthcare practitioner with a nationally recognised professional body.

Significant relevant experience may be considered where the academic qualification falls below an Upper Second class degree.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
20 places
How to apply

Please apply our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

Applications for the PGCert as part of our 4 Year International PhD should be made via the PhD process .

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications earlier if the course is full.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
PGCert Y Y N N

Course overview

  • Learn and develop skills in educating and developing the next generation of healthcare workers.
  • Exchange ideas and best practice with other healthcare professionals working in a range of areas thanks to our unique multidisciplinary learning environment.
  • Explore the challenges of and differences within teaching and assessment across all disciplines, supporting your continuing professional development.
  • We offer units from this PGCert as standalone courses for continuing professional development (CPD). Please contact us for further information.

Open days

Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying at Manchester is like. Find out about our upcoming open days .

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PGCert (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,800
  • PGCert (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £1,900

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for international students for the course duration at the year of entry).

For general fees information please visit postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Additional expenses

The University permits applicants with comparable previous experience to submit an application for consideration of Accreditation Prior (Experiential) Learning (AP(E)L). The maximum AP(E)L is 15 credits to a PGCert, 45 credits to a PGDip and 60 credits to an MSc.

If your AP(E)L application is successful, the University charges £30 for every 15 credits of AP(E)L. The overall tuition fee is adjusted and then the administrative charge is applied.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 5220
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/
Academic department overview
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require an Upper Second degree or overseas equivalent, or registration as a healthcare practitioner with a nationally recognised professional body.

Significant relevant experience may be considered where the academic qualification falls below an Upper Second class degree.

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS : 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with no less than 20 in writing)

See further information about requirements for your country .

We may also accept evidence of a confirmed place on a University Pre-sessional English language course , if your current IELTS scores are:

  • Minimum 6.0 overall with 6.0 in writing plus enrolment and attendance on the 6-week pre-sessional course (PS6)
  • Minimum 5.5 overall with 5.5 in writing plus enrolment and attendance on the 10-week pre-sessional course (PS10)

Please note, we must approve this before you apply for the English course.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

Applications for the PGCert as part of our 4 Year International PhD should be made via the PhD process .

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications earlier if the course is full.

Advice to applicants

Your application form should include:

  • One academic reference on letter headed paper, signed and dated, or sent from work emails. Professional references can be provided in instances where you have been out of university for more than 3 years. We do not contact referees directly.
  • copies of official degree certificates (with translations if not in English);
  • copies of official university transcripts (with translations if not in English);
  • a CV; 
  • a scanned copy of your passport (if you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK)
  • proof of English language proficiency (if required). 

Supporting documents can be uploaded with the online application form, or sent directly to pgtaught.medicine@manchester.ac.uk . After applying, please do not submit documents in any other way without telling us first so we can provide you with the most efficient service.

Please make sure you include your University ID number on any correspondence and do not send any documents before you have submitted your application.

How your application is considered

Applications are considered on an academic and relevant professional experience basis, using all information provided.

Returning to education

We welcome applications from individuals returning to education.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

CAS Information

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Please upload a copy of your current valid passport with your application showing the photograph page with your application. For CAS purposes, this must show your full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number and the date the passport is valid until, which must be later than the date of your planned arrival in the UK, and the start date of your course.

You cannot use your CAS to apply for a visa more than three months before the start date of your course. This means that if you intend to begin a course on 16 September 2019, we will not issue you with a CAS number before 16 June 2019.

Your CAS number is only valid for one Tier 4 application.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again.

Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

Our blended learning PGCert Teaching and Learning in Biology, Medicine and Health 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 as a standalone programme 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 flipped 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 compile a reflective teaching and learning portfolio.

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.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Reflective Teaching and Learning Practice MEDN67081 15 Mandatory
Evidence-based Teaching & Learning MEDN67082 15 Mandatory
Delivering Teaching and Facilitating Learning in Practice MEDN67090 30 Mandatory
Curriculum Development and Teaching Methodology MEDN67091 15 Mandatory
Assessment and Feedback MEDN67092 15 Mandatory

Facilities

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 .

CPD opportunities

We offer units from this PGCert as standalone courses for continuing professional development (CPD). Please contact us for further information.