Medical Education - (PgCert)

About the course

Busy medical professionals who wish to increase and develop their knowledge want courses that are flexible and adaptable, and this PgCert fulfils that need.

Each unit combines focused study days that range over a three month period, with interactive online learning and supported self-directed study.

You will have opportunities to concentrate on your work-related professional progression, develop a critical, analytic and reflective attitude to medical and healthcare education, and grow as a medical educator and leader.

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Medical Education - (PgCert) - Putteridge Bury Campus, Luton

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  • Course level - Postgraduate
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  • Campus Location - Putteridge Bury Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Feb,Oct
  • Duration - 1 Years
  • Attendance - | Part-time block delivery
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Why choose this course?

  • Study a core unit that looks at Medical Education in Practice and then focus on either Work-Based Learning or Contemporary Educational Perspectives
  • Explore the wide range of learning, teaching and assessment methods used across all levels of clinical education and training, and discover how to use these in practice
  • Develop the skills, attitudes and practices of an excellent teacher, and an awareness of personal responsibility and professional codes of conduct
  • Gain the capacity for innovation in education through the design, implementation and evaluation of a small scale education research, development or leadership project
  • Benefit from studying with from a highly experienced, knowledgeable and accessible team who will encourage you to appraise your practice and address emerging development needs through independent and collaborative activities.

This course enables you to develop and evidence your competence as a medical educator. It combines face-to-face, on-line and practice-based learning opportunities (through teaching observation), exploring approaches to teaching, learning, curriculum development and assessment in both university and practice settings.

It is accredited by the Academy of Medical Educators and graduates may apply for membership of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) on successful completion.

The course has been designed with the diverse educational roles and responsibilities of medical educators in mind and focuses on how you can develop an informed approach to the design, delivery and evaluation of medical education and training, whether you are new to education or have considerable prior experience.

This course provides you with opportunities to develop a sound theoretical underpinning to the practice of medical education in its contemporary policy, professional and practice contexts. In doing so, it aims to foster the development of a full range of medical educator skills, providing you with opportunities to engage in a range of work-related professional development activity.

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

The PgCert in Medical Education is obtained by attending and passing two units:

  • The Core unit (Medical Education in Practice)

and either:

  • Workplace Based Learning or
  • Educational Perspectives for the Workplace

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How will I be assessed?

Your assessment combines formative and summative elements i.e. assessment for learning and assessment of learning. It is designed to foster strong links between learning on the course and the lived realities of medical and healthcare educators working in Higher and Professional education contexts.

There are three assignments in the core unit (Medical Education in Practice): a reflective report, a teaching observation report and a reflective portfolio.

The second (option) unit requires either a literature review and an academic paper, or an individual report following collaborative on-line work and an academic paper.

Entry requirements

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

The course is endorsed by the Academy of Medical Educators; this means on successful completion you can apply for membership through the ‘fast track’ accredited course route. The course therefore provides a sound basis for evidencing your competence as a medical educator and trainer.  

The course enables you to adopt a critical stance to your own and others’ educational practice and to propose ways to enhance student and trainee learning experiences. You will rehearse these skills through opportunities for peer observation of teaching and collaborative activity (including online work).

This course will equip you with the skills and understanding to provide excellent, and enjoyable, training opportunities to less-experienced professionals in your field.

Committing to understanding how you, your students and your trainees learn, and how we can facilitate this effectively will transform your approach to learning and teaching and increase both your confidence and competence as an educator.
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Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Fees and funding

    Dental Education and Medical Education PgCert

  • UK /EU
  • Fees for 2018/19 to be confirmed.

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

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See UK/EU Postgraduate students for full information on fees and funding.

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A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See Fees and Funding for International Students for full information.


Putteridge Bury campus

Putteridge Bury is a magnificent country mansion set in 30 acres of landscaped gardens and picturesque parkland. Built in 1911, it is just four miles from the University Square campus on the Hertfordshire - Bedfordshire border. 

It is home to the Bedfordshire Business School postgraduate programmes and the University’s Conference Centre.

A free shuttle bus service operates between Putteridge Bury and University Square.

Comprehensive Learning Resources Centre

The Putteridge Bury campus has its own comprehensive Learning Resources Centre equipped with PCs, which give you access to online information databases and more than 2,000 electronic journals.

Students based at Putteridge Bury can also benefit from the 200,000 books and specialist texts, 9,000 journals and 300 fully networked PCs that are available at the University Square campus.


Ideally located only four miles from Luton town centre, Putteridge Bury is set in picturesque parkland just off the A505 and enjoys a tranquil rural environment and ample parking within the grounds.

Putteridge Bury lies close to the University Square campus, and is a short drive from the London Luton airport, the train station and bus station.

How to Apply

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