Facilitating Learning and Assessment in Practice Certificate

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Develop your capacity to mentor others and support their progress. Mentor, supervise and assess other team members. Become qualified to sign off the professional development of junior colleagues and students.

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This course covers learning theories, assessment and how to evaluate educational programmes. You will also cover aspects of supervision, mentorship and preceptorship. More broadly, you will receive training in feedback skills, communication and negotiation. There is also a unit on reflective practice and theory, which encourages your on-going professional development.

The contact time for this course includes three intensive days of teaching at the University of Sunderland (two consecutive days, then a third after 10 weeks). There are three routes to choose from for this course, so please ensure you select the correct one when applying. More information can be found under the Course Structure section.

NUR360 – Facilitating Learning and Assessment in Practice
PQC303 – Developing Learning and Assessment in Practice
PQC304 - Facilitating Learning and Assessment in Practice

Why us?

  • You can be assessed at Level 6. The course can either be a stand-alone course or it can count towards a diploma or degree.

Course structure

This course mixes taught elements at the University of Sunderland with work-based learning and development. 

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, group discussions and seminars. These are supported by additional materials and resources on the University’s online teaching space.

You will be assessed by an essay to identify if you have met the learning outcomes, alongside this you will also complete a reflective essay on a teaching session that demonstrates your work-based learning.

NUR360 – Facilitating Learning and Assessment in Practice

This route is both accredited and approved by the NMC. This route is suitable for all nurses but is mandatory for certain health professionals such as midwives. This route requires students to have access to a stage 3 student in their final placement. You will be assessed through a portfolio of work that will be formally assessed.

PQC303 – Developing Learning and Assessment in Practice

This route is accredited, but not approved by HCPC or any other body at this stage. This is the ideal route for allied health professionals such as paramedics who are looking to gain credits for their studies. You will be assessed through a portfolio of work that will be formally assessed.

PQC304  - Facilitating Learning and Assessment in Practice

This route is suitable for nurses, staff nurses and anyone who does not suit the two above categories. This route is non-accredited and does not require the sign off of a third-year student. You will be asked to complete a portfolio, but it is not formally assessed. The possibility to gain credits for this module does exist. By choosing to do ‘Recognition and Accreditation of CPD PQC301’ module, you can complete an assignment that will relate credits to your studies.

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This course is based in the Sciences Complex at our City Campus, which boasts excellent facilities and cutting-edge equipment thanks to multi-million-pound investments.

Entry requirements

We usually require applicants to be health care professionals. You will also need your manager’s support for the course’s work-based learning.

Fees and finance

The fee for this course is £700.

This information was correct at the time of publication.

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