Certificate of Professional Studies: Practice Teacher Award (NMC approved) (Level 7: 30 Credits)

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Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Supervise students at a higher level within your organisation

On this flexible course you will gain a Nursing and Midwifery Council-approved qualification that enables you to supervise students at a higher level within your employing organisation. Study is underpinned by opportunities to implement your learning in your own practice.

This course combines study with practical learning and students gain the Practice Teacher Award. Supported by a team of teaching staff with strong professional backgrounds, you will study a double module that reflects the current developments in benchmarking for practice teaching.

During the course, students are required to attend the university on four separate study days. The NMC stipulates that students complete 30 days in total, therefore there are also four designated independent study days to provide you with time to reflect, read and consolidate your learning. The remaining 22 days will be spent engaging in teaching and learning activities in practice (including two observed teaching sessions), which might include preparation, lesson planning, one-to-one tutorials, mentoring and informal teaching in the workplace. These hours will be logged. In addition to the support you receive from your practice mentor, you will be supported by a specific member of our experienced teaching team.

Study style

This part-time programme allows for a flexible approach to study that gives you the opportunity to implement your learning in your practice while you gain knowledge.

Assessment is through a variety of methods, including written assignment, portfolio and teaching observations.

Entry requirements

  • You must be employed in a relevant clinical setting
  • You must be NMC registered
  • You will be able to demonstrate evidence of ability to study at Level 7
  • You will need support from your employer for clinical experience and study
  • Supervision is required to support learning in clinical practice.


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As a recorded Practice Teacher/Sign-Off mentor, health professionals are able to supervise students at a higher level within their employing organisation.


Successful completion of this course leads to the Practice Teacher Award, a qualification that is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Dedicated support

A dedicated member of the teaching team will support you throughout this programme, in addition to your practice mentor.

Support student learning

On this course you will develop skills and competencies to support student learning in your workplace.

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