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 programmeThe 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 pathwayThe 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.
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
Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Education
NB Modules for the Post graduate Diploma include all those modules studied at the Postgraduate Certificate and:
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
Previous Students’ feedback on the programme:
‘Brilliant support from the lecturers, I have learnt so much and supports my professional development’
"It's good that there are no right or wrong answers at a Masters Level, it provides me the freedom to explore further"
"Being in a small cohort and from various healthcare backgrounds it worked really well"
‘I thoroughly enjoyed completing the MA in Healthcare Education. Certain aspects were challenging but through appropriate support of the lecturing staff, I have been able to progress further than I dared imagine (as propounded by Vygotsky and their theory of ZPD - Zone of Proximal Development!). See, I have learnt something from the course! I thoroughly enjoyed completing the MA in Healthcare Education as I looked to the future with my career progression. I have had the opportunity to view the newly validated MA and am so envious of the students who are about to embark upon it - you lucky people, enjoy your studies at UCS!’
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A maximum of five years part-time
You need the following IELTS score:
Minimum required score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Schedule IELTS
You need the following GPA score:
Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).
Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).
At least 1 year(s) of work experience are required.
Currently working in the field of health and social care for a minimum of one year.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.
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