Northumbria University

Northumbria University

Education in Professional Practice

This programme meets the developmental needs of mentors, practice educator/teachers and qualified teachers within health and social work contexts. The programme is focused on the development of the individual as a supporter and facilitator of learning and will enable greater flexibility in the participants' learning journey. Greater cohesiveness in the provision of the programme will also create a forum within which learning and development can be shared amongst learning groups that may act as a community of practice to both explore educational principles and critically consider their efficacy in professional practice. The programme has 3 main pathways: mentor-educator; practice teacher-educator (postgraduate certificate level); qualified teacher (postgraduate diploma and masters levels). These pathways are linked so that the learning journey of the individual professional is integrated with that individual's role and stage of professional development. Each phase of the programme (Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma / MSc) will normally last for 1 year. The mentor preparation programme will be conducted within 1 semester.

Entry requirements

Year 1 entry participants will normally be expected to have graduate status. In addition, various courses may require additional entry qualifications such as professional registration and relevant career experience. Non-standard entry will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students need to provide evidence of professional and subject qualifications relevant to the focus of their teaching role. It is anticipated that those students not possessing a Degree in higher education (HE), will be able to demonstrate equivalence. University application processes and, where necessary, interviews enable students and academic staff to assure themselves of the student's ability to progress to level 7 study. For those students who are registered nurses, midwives or specialist community practitioners wishing to record the successful completion of the award with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), they must have: an entry on the appropriate part(s) of the current NMC register; completed a minimum of 3 years full-time experience (or equivalent part-time experience) in relevant professional practice during the last 10 years; acquired additional professional knowledge that must be relevant to the intended area of teaching/practice, and at no less than 1st degree level.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time September 2016 - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Coach Lane Campus Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7XA North East

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Admissions Office
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0191 243 7900