University of Surrey

University of Surrey

Education for Professional Practice

This programme is suitable for a wide range of individuals (from health and social care settings) and helps qualified healthcare professionals become creative, innovative and competent teachers in practice or higher education.The programme helps develop an enquiring, reflective and critical approach to contemporary educational and professional practice, and extends knowledge, skills and understanding through critical thinking and analysis. Students engage in scholarly activities associated with learning and teaching, and explore the complexities of assessment and evaluation to gain qualified teacher status within the post-compulsory sector. Before students start the course, an informal discussion will take place to ascertain the student's previous learning and development; this helps students to make an informed decision as to the right journey of learning for them, based on their needs, wishes and interests, and the requirement for their professional role. Following the completion of the Postgraduate Certificate, plus the requisite 360 teaching hours, nurses and midwives will be eligible for a recordable teaching qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Additionally, healthcare professionals with responsibility to support learning in practice may undertake a mentorship module, which forms part of the NMC's standards for Supporting Learning and Assessment in Practice (Mentor). Individuals on the NMC register may undertake the Practice Teacher NMC qualification, which offers preparation for Primary Care nurses who are supporting learners undertaking specialist community public jealth nursing qualifications and specialist practice qualifications.

Entry requirements

All applicants must have a relevant professional qualification; plus a minimum of 1 year�s experience (post-qualification) and a degree or equivalent, and be employed in a teaching/training capacity; nurses must have 3 years� full-time experience (or equivalent part-time) in relevant professional practice in the last 10 years; applicants whose 1st language is not English require a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 with no component scoring less than this.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: Art of learning and teaching; supporting education in practice; framing learning through the curriculum.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time £ 4,200 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
PgCert Part-time £ 6,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
PgCert Part-time £ 4,200 per Academic year (EU fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Surrey Guildford GU2 7XH South East

Key information

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