Learning, Teaching and Assessment (Nursing and Midwifery) PgCert

1. Overview

This course aims to equip nurses and midwives, in a teaching role, with contemporary knowledge to enhance the quality of the learning experience for nursing and midwifery students.

This will be catalytic in enriching the quality of the learning experience of pre and post registration students. Such a course will provide life-long learning opportunities for the registrant throughout the local region, allied health professionals, various other disciplines across the University and may stretch into the international market. 

The course has been developed to meet the needs of teaching staff who are nurses and midwives on probation within Robert Gordon University. However, it is also for the continuing professional development needs of all nursing and midwifery staff that teaches and supports learning in a variety of contexts. The course is aimed at enabling individuals to become competent registered nurse teachers, autonomous life-long learners, reflective practitioners and Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (UKPSF 2011). The content of the course has been written to reflect the Mission Statement of the Robert Gordon University, which is “to transform people and communities”.

The aim of the PgCert Learning, Teaching and Assessment (Nursing and Midwifery) is:

  1. to meet the needs of newly-appointed staff with academic or learning support roles
  2. to meet the University's requirements of probation for academic staff
  3. to meet NMC (2008) requirements for nurse / midwife teachers
  4. to meet the requirements of the Descriptor 2 of the UK Professional Standards Framework (2011)
  5. to meet the requirements of SCQF level 11 attributes
  6. to provide flexible learning routes that are efficient, and which promote synergies between the student's learning activities and their work role
  7. to promote enhancement of the Interprofessional Educational experience of RGU learners.

PgCert LTA Course Structure (PDF 68KB)

2. What you will study

At the end of the Postgraduate Certificate Learning, Teaching and Assessment, it is expected that the student will have:

  • Generic Cognitive Skills: Employ a critical pedagogical approach to learning, teaching and assessment using appropriate methods taking cognisance of the subject and the level of the academic programme consistent with institutional, professional requirements and guidelines.
  • Knowledge and Understanding: Exercise appropriate critical judgement to create an effective and supportive student-centred learning environment which respects students as equal, individual, autonomous learners whilst recognising and promoting the value of reasonable adjustments and diversity.
  • Communication, ICT and numeracy skills: Critically appraise student learning activities and/or programmes of study, including the appropriate choice of learning technology, to achieve the intended learning outcomes.
  • Practice: applied knowledge and understanding: Critically reflect on professional practice in the context of Interprofessional Educational learning, teaching and assessment to evidence the application and achievement of professional standards and quality frameworks in higher education (e.g. NMC, HEA and QAA) and continue their own professional development while contributing to a learning community
  • Autonomy, accountability and working with others: Exercise appropriate evidence-based judgement to create an effective and supportive student-centred learning environment with peers both within the University and practice settings which respects students as equal, individual, autonomous learners whilst recognising and promoting the value of reasonable adjustments and diversity.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course Disclaimer for more information.

3. How you will learn

This course is delivered via blended learning which comprises both face-to-face contact and online via our Virtual Learning Environment CampusMoodle.

Using the United Kingdom Professional Standards Framework (2011) for supporting teaching and learning in higher education, the course enables students who have successfully undertaken modules and earned academic credit to use that credit to gain professional recognition as Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), thus enabling a highly personalised and work relevant experience. 

The course content is delivered via three individual SCQF level 11 modules which are aligned to the UKPSF (2011) core knowledge and professional values of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the NMC's (2008) Standards to Support Learning and Assessment in practice .

4. Entry Requirements

You should be a Registered Nurse or Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. 

Nurses and midwives who intend to take on the role of teacher must fulfil the following criteria: 

  • Be registered in the same part or sub-part of the register as the students they support.
  • Have completed at least three years post-registration experience, gained additional professional knowledge and skills, and have experience in an area where students are gaining practice experience relevant to their registration.
  • Have extended their professional knowledge, relevant to their field of practice, to at least first degree level, prior to undertaking an NMC approved post-graduate teacher preparation programme.
  • Have the ability to lead programme development and co-ordinate the work of others in delivering and assessing programmes of learning in practice and academic settings supporting a wide range of students.

Special Requirements: Acceptance to all nursing and midwifery courses is subject to a health screening and satisfactory PVG clearance (previously an enhanced disclosure). More details about the PVG scheme please visit Disclosure Scotland.

English Language

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

5. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2018/2019

All Students

  • £2,150 .


Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


6. How to apply

Information for Postgraduate Applicants

Terms and Conditions of Admissions

The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

7. Meet your course leader

Fiona WorkDr Fiona Work is the Course Leader for the Postgraduate Certificate Learning, Teaching and Assessment (Nursing and Midwifery).

Fiona's Staff Profile

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Course Length

2 years (pro rata)

Mode of Attendance

Blended Learning

Academic School
School of Nursing and Midwifery
More Information:
Nursing CPD
Accredited By
Higher Education Academy
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