Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education

(Step 1 towards a Masters Degree)

or you can enrol straight on to an MSc in Medical Education

Who is it for?

This programme is designed to meet the GMC's strategy that all those involved in the development and education of doctors should be competent in the principles and practices of medical education.
Whether you directly teach undergraduate student doctors through to supervising specialist trainees, this programme will help you to:

• develop and consolidate your knowledge and understanding of core principles of medical education
• enhance your skills as a medical educator
• evidence your competence in line with the Academy of Medical Educators learning domains

Course Details

To achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education you need to achieve 60 credits. The modules in the Postgraduate Certificate are as follows:

Personal Planning Session (mandatory)
You get to know us and we get to know you. We make sure that the programme is right for you and help you to determine whether you would benefit from making a claim for the accreditation of prior learning (APL) to give exemption from some of the modules.

Recognition and Accreditation of Prior Learning (10 credits - optional)
This module supports you to present your evidence of prior learning to make your claim for credit. The process of 'tapping' your knowledge generates new learning in itself! This means that you will be awarded 10 credits for successful completion of the module plus APL credits, if your APL claim is successful, to a maximum of 20 credits towards the Postgraduate Certificate.

Personal Learning and Development (10 credits - mandatory)
In this module your Work Based Learning Mentor will work with you to develop and implement your personal development plan and choose the modules in the Certificate which will best meet your needs. This module runs alongside the 'taught' modules in the Certificate and supports your learning throughout. You will meet regularly with your Work Based Learning Mentor and with a small group of fellow students as a learning set.

Core Module (10 credits - mandatory)

Introduction to Medical Education

Core Modules (10 credits - mandatory or exemption given by an APL claim)

Designing Effective Medical Teaching and Learning Sessions

Clinical Teaching Techniques

Assessment, Feedback and Evaluation

Optional Module (10 credits - exemption can be given by an APL claim)

An optional module can be taken from our list of short course modules so long as it meets the learning outcomes for the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education. Examples might be:

Creative Thinking and Problem Solving

Dealing with Difficult People

Developing Emotional Intelligence

Introduction to Mentoring and Coaching


On successful completion of your Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) you may progress with your studies by completing a work based education project enabling you to gain a a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education (120 credits) or an MSc in Medical Education (180 credits).


There are no exams. Assessments are varied and work related.

Entry requirements

You don’t need formal qualifications to apply. If you have qualifications we normally accept a minimum of a second class honours degree or equivalent qualification. In the absence of formal qualifications, equivalent experience and aptitude for study at the level of your target qualification will be considered instead.

Applicants will need to be working in roles involved in the education and training of medical students and staff with opportunities to achieve the aims and learning outcomes of the qualification.

If English is not your first language an overall IELTS score of at least 6.5 is required (minimum element apply). Alternative qualifications are accepted. Overseas students will need a visa for study.


Course Fees 2014/15

How to Apply?

Contact CETAD on 01524 593318 or email

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