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MA/PgD/PgC Healthcare Education

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University of Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront
Institution code: 
S82
Location: 
Ipswich
Duration: 

Part-time: A maximum of five years

This course starts in September.

Typical Offer: 

Qualifications and management experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Please see Entry Requirements below.

Introduction

Modules for this course are commencing in semester 2, beginning January 2016.  If you are employed within the NHS and wish to apply please contact your Education/Training Lead in the first instance.  If you are working within the Private, Independent or Voluntary Sector please email cpdprovision@uos.ac.uk.

The MA Healthcare Education is a dynamic new programme developed in response to a growing need for practitioners to align with emerging policy agenda and develop knowledge and understanding of learning and teaching within a variety of settings.

It provides a platform from which students can develop a comprehensive range of skills, to direct their own learning and development and that of others, enabling students to widen their appreciation and application of learning, teaching and assessing approaches in the practice and academic settings.

The course seeks to develop the skills required to teach, supervise and assess  students and other practitioners, be they pre or post-registration, undergraduate or postgraduate learners, in the higher education or clinical practice setting. It aims to develop the skills practitioners require to identify and promote initiatives which develop the culture for continuing professional development.

Throughout this course, students are encouraged to consider new and developing digital technologies used to support healthcare education.

The programme is NMC approved for Practice Teachers and Teachers; AHP Educator accreditation schemes and Higher Education Academy Fellowships.

This course is offered via either a blended programme incorporating classroom and virtual learning based activities, or an innovative distance learning pathway.

Blended programme
The blended programme is aimed at healthcare educators, allied health professionals, nurses, midwives and health visitors who wish to meet regulatory and professional standards for education within both practice and academic settings. This course will enable students to meet the NMC Stage 3 Practice teacher, NMC Stage 4 teacher, Chartered Society of Physiotherapists Clinical Educator, Society of Radiographers Practice Educator and College of Occupational Therapists Practice Placement Educator Standards. Completion of the PGC element will entitle students to apply for a Higher Education Academy Fellowship a UK recognised teaching qualification within the Higher Education sector.

Distance learning pathway
The innovative distance learning pathway is aimed at UK and international health and social care professionals and healthcare educators who wish to explore the concepts and principles of healthcare education in relation to their own practice. The course team use a wide variety of teaching methods to engage, support and collaborate with students throughout the programme. Face to face attendance is not required.

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Course modules

Recruitment and applications for this course are suspended for the next two years with effect from September 2017. Applications from September 2019.

 

The course is a part-time programme designed to provide students with choice and flexibility through the option of studying through a blended learning or distance learning pathway. The Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Education offers modules both as blended or distance learning; the Postgraduate Diploma is offered as distance learning only, whilst the Master dissertation is again offered as blended or distance learning. 

All modules are mandatory. The structure presented here is the same for both blended learning students and distance learning students.

Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Education

Semester 1

Semester 2

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

40 credits

Education in Action

20 credits

Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Education

NB Modules for the Post graduate Diploma include all those modules studied at the Postgraduate Certificate and:

Semester 1

Semester 2

Perspectives in Education

20 credits

Effective Leadership in Education

20 credits

Research Methods

20 credits

MA Healthcare Education

NB Modules for the Masters include all those modules studied at the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma and:

Semester 1

Semester 2

Dissertation

60 credits

 

NMC Practice Teacher Programme (UK students only)
The Practice Teacher programme runs over two semesters (September April) and includes 30 protected learning days within the programme, 12 of which will be dedicated academic learning days either within the university or via distance learning. The remaining 18 days will be negotiated with the supervising Practice Teacher / Practice Verifier to enable the student to achieve all the NMC Practice Teacher requirements including teaching within the practice and academic setting. The principles and practice required of sign off mentorship and Practice Teaching are incorporated within the academic learning days.

SCPHN and /or SPQ nurses who currently work within the United Kingdom who wish to fulfil the NMC Stage 3 Practice Teacher requirements complete the following programme of study.

Practice Teacher Programme

Module

Level 7 Credits

 

Core

No. of semesters

Learning, Teaching and Assessment

 

40

 

ü

 

Sept - April

This pathway meets the:

NMC Stage 3 Practice Teacher standards

HEA UKPSF

Students may progress to the PGC, PGD and Masters Award elements of the programme

Students may progress to the NMC Teacher programme by completing the PGC and the Stage 4 Teacher: Teaching Log

 

NMC Teacher Programme (UK students only)
The Teacher programme runs over one academic year and requires you to evidence 12 weeks (or 360 hours) of learning, teaching and assessment activities within the academic and practice setting.

Nurses and Midwives who currently work within the United Kingdom who wish to fulfil the NMC Stage 4 Teacher requirements complete the following programme of study.

Postgraduate Certificate

Module

Level 7 Credits

 

Core

No. of semesters

Learning ,Teaching and Assessment

40

ü

2

Education in Action

20

ü

2

This pathway meets the:

NMC standards for Teachers for registration with the NMC as teacher at stage 4

HEA standards

Students may progress to the PGD and Masters Award elements of the programme

 

Allied Health Professionals Practice Educator Programme (PEAS, APPLE, ACE) (UK students only)
Allied health professionals who currently work within the United Kingdom who wish to fulfil the CoR, CSP or COT practice /clinical educator accreditation requirements complete the following programme of study.

Practice Educator Programme

Module

Level 7 Credit

Core

No. of semesters

Learning, Teaching and Assessment

 

40

 

ü

 

1

This pathway meets the:

College of Radiographers - PEAS

Chartered Society of Physiotherapists ACE

College of Occupational Therapists - APPLE

HEA UKPSF

Students may progress to the PGC, PGD and Masters Award elements of the programme

 

Other Health and Social Care Professionals and Non Registrants (UK students only)
Other health and social care professionals who currently work within the United Kingdom who wish to fulfil the HEA Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education complete the following programme of study.

Practice Educator Programme

Module

Level 7 Credit

Core

No. of semesters

Learning, Teaching and Assessment

 

40

 

ü

 

1

HEA UKPSF

Students may progress to the PGC, PGD and Masters Award elements of the programme

 

Module Structure
The programme follows a two semester per year framework. The blended structure will have classroom time built into the start of the module is a blended learning approach. Periods of two, three or four days of face to face contact will be built into the module delivery two or three times. Throughout the module, virtual activities will take place (this can include activities within LearnUCS such as discussion, wikis and blogging, or may include live virtual classrooms, or other educational technologies).

The distance learning model has no face to face classroom contact. Technological solutions are deeply embedded in this module approach, and used throughout the module for the learning experience. It is important to stress that technologies include recent innovations such as social networks, but also include established technologies such as the telephone or letters.

Example Timetable
Learning, Teaching and Assessment Module (Year 1)

Week 1

Module Introduction

 

Philosophies of Education

 

Ideologies underpinning curricula: developing the curriculum

Week 2

Introduction to Education Psychology

 

Role of the Educator embedding   professional and regulatory standards
(including Sign off Mentorship)

Week 3

Learning and teaching theories, styles and strategies

 

Assessing learning needs; Empowering learners to learn

Week 4

Building partnership in the student teacher relationship

 

Managing the learning environment

Week 5

Digital and innovative technologies in education current contexts

 

E learning: issues of assessment, plagiarism, how to assess using the technology + Online Tutorial on the Formative Assessment

Week 6

Diversity, equality, equality in healthcare education; supporting learners with additional needs

 

Interprofessional approaches to education

Module evaluation

 

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Fees and finance

2019-20

  • Part-time tuition fee: £870 per 20 credits (please contact the Infozone for further information).

Further Information

  • 20% reduction in fees for University of Suffolk graduates
  • Also see Postgraduate Study within Student Finance

At the University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements
  • A 2:2 minimum classification or equivalent from undergraduate degree in a relevant subject.
  • A qualification in healthcare;
  • Currently working in the field of health and social care for a minimum of one year;

or;

  • A qualification in healthcare;
  • Evidence of the student’s ability to work at level 7;
  • Currently working in the field of health and social care for a minimum of one year;

Also see How to Apply.

International Requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Tier 4 international students are not able to register on this course however we welcome interest from international students not wishing to apply for Tier 4.

 

Also see International and EU.

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.

Staff

Senior Lecturer in Child Health Nursing

Associate Professor in Diagnostic Radiography

Associate Professor and Head of Subject: Post Qualificatory Provision

Head of Subject: Nursing and Midwifery