PG Cert

Practice Education

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Are you an experienced practitioner who is interested in supporting and developing learning in your professional workplace? The Post Graduate Certificate in Practice Education provides multi-professional education for health and social care practitioners undertaking a practice educator role. The programme is delivered flexibly, with significant opportunities for application, on-the-job learning, and research. 

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Course overview

Our exciting programme of study is taught via online learning and is applicable to professionals working across a range of health care and social work settings. It is divided into two equally-weighted modules, which are mapped to the Social Work Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS) stages 1 and 2.

The first module, Supporting Learners in Practice Education, will cover the application of creative supervisory methods that address complexity of learning, including different models of supervision. You will explore how to manage complex and contentious issues such as managing failing students, unconscious bias, diversity, appeals and assessment bias. This module will include assessing performance in practice, assessment standardisation and observation of supervisory and assessment skills.

The second module, Leading Learning in Practice Education, will encourage you to develop your own practice by demonstrating application of practice, new roles and contemporary practices such as long arm supervision. There will be a focus on leadership in practice education, facilitating a culture of supervision and learning support and interprofessional working. In the final component you will address supervision in practice through the implementation of a quality improvement project around supervision and practice education.

You can take the modules over 1 year, starting in September, or over 2 years. The course has been structured to be accessible to working professionals with different schedules and demands on time. The assessment has been designed to be appropriate for application in practice and will consist of a portfolio and the implementation and evaluation of a quality improvement project.

What you need to know

Course start date



Distance learning

Course length

  • 1 year part-time


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Typical offer

A first or second-class honours degree or equivalent professional experience


From £2,920 pa

Course features

  • Develop essential skills to successfully support learning and teaching in contemporary professional contexts
  • Learn to critically reflect and evaluate your own current practice
  • Benefit from significant opportunities for application, on-the-job learning, and research
  • Collaborate with other professionals and learn from passionate and dedicated staff in a community of knowledge
  • Join a programme that is accessible to working professionals with different schedules and demands on time.

Course details

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

Start dates:


Distance learning available:

This course is offered as distance learning only.


Assessments take the form of reviews of literature, reflective accounts of practice in relation to research, portfolios, case studies or workplace-based assignments.

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations or written exams.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes.


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures section.


Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing. The University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed. For further information please refer to


Supporting Learners in Practice Education

This introductory module will explore educational theories relevant to practice education and will develop skills in facilitating and constructing effective learning through a constructivist collaborative approach. Practice educators will explore barriers to learning and assessment in their setting as well more generic factors such as unconscious bias and student expectation. Managing a student who is failing to achieve learning objectives, risk of failure processes, and supporting learning in complex environments will also be explored. Issues of standardisation of marking, sensitivity, and inter-rater reliability will be evaluated in relation to fairness and equitability for students at different levels of their training, as well as ensuring feedback is fair and transparent.

Leading Learning in Practice Education

This module enables practice educators to build on the Supporting Learners in Practice Education module to develop leadership skills in practice education. Practice educators will consider different modules of supervisory practice that could be adapted to different placement opportunities. They will review their current practice and develop enhanced leadership skills to develop supervisory skills in others. The module will consider the implementation of a multi-professional approach and the development of a culture of lifelong learning and supervision from novice through to advanced clinical practice. Professional issues, problems and concerns will be explored in the context of the practice area, and solutions and opportunities developed to extend practice education opportunities. Using this information, practice educators will develop an online learning package for novice practice educators that will support the context of transformational practice education.

Entry requirements

A first or second-class honours degree or equivalent professional experience

Normally a first or second-class Honour degree awarded in the past 6 years or professional experience in the area of study.

Course enquiries and applications

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To apply for our either our September or January intake, please visit our How to Apply page.

International points required

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent.

Applications need to be submitted by the published deadline date on our website. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year. For more information see our How to Apply section.

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at



Additional costs

UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man / International

Part-time entry | £2,920

Total Cost | £2,920

If you are a University of Winchester practice placement provider then we will apply a discount to your fee invoice which will reduce your overall fee as follows:

Part-time entry | £1,920

Total Cost | £1,920


As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:


Printing and binding

The University is pleased to offer our students a free printing allowance of £20 each academic year. This will print around 500 A4 mono pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing.


We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards page.


Successful completion of the programme is likely to lead to advancement in your health and social care profession, workforce development or educator role.

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“I love the flexibility of distance learning on this course and how it allows me to connect with students from a broad range of backgrounds.” - Leyla, MSc Graduate

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11 June 2024