Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) Workplace-based Postgraduate Medical Education

All trainees need to develop their portfolios using course attendance and other evidence to demonstrate that they meet the required standards to be a Clinical Supervisor for future consultant practice.  Each year HEE offers one year group of hospital based higher specialty trainees the opportunity to apply for a funded place to complete module 1 (CPD4706) of the PGCert in Workplace-based Postgraduate Medical Education at Edge Hill University. The eligible year group for each specialty has been identified by the Training Programme Director as the most appropriate time within the training programme to undertake the course; please see the HEE Funded Places: Specialty Year Group List for details. 

What the module will cover

The module offers an introduction to medical education and the Clinical Supervisor role in the medical workplace. The module will develop knowledge of key concepts involved in teaching, learning and assessment as they pertain to the Clinical Supervisor role.  This includes: - understanding learning; adult learning theories; the learning environment; reflective practice; styles of learning; styles of teaching; teaching clinical skills; ad-hoc workplace teaching; the principles of workplace-based assessment and how to give effective feedback.

How the module will be delivered and how you will study

Full details on what you will study and how, along with the study / workshop dates can be found on Edge Hill University web pages:

Attendance at the workshop sessions is required and you are expected to arrange study leave accordingly. Failure to attend workshop 1 (induction) means you will not be permitted to progress further with the module, and you will be liable for cancellation fees.

Eligibility & application process

Trainees who are eligible to apply for the funded opportunity will be contacted directly by Edge Hill University from early June and no later than July. Please regularly check spam and junk mail for emails from Edge Hill.

Applicants must have received a satisfactory outcome from their ARCP and have the approval of their TPD / ES to apply.

We are unable to accept applications from trainees who are currently on:

  • Maternity / Paternity / Sick / Special Leave
  • Out of Programme

Study Dates

Induction and workshop dates for the September 2022 and February 2023 intakes can be found on Edge Hill University website:

Please note these may be subject to change

Study Leave

Once you have enrolled onto either the September or February cohort for module 1 (CPD4706) you need to apply for a full day’s study leave for the course induction day and for each of the workshop days. Even if you are unable to attend the workshops in real time you can book study leave, in order to view the resources at your own convenience, and complete necessary course work.

Cancellation Policy

The value of this course is equivalent to £750 and as we are accountable for the management of public funds, HEE reserves the right to enforce the cancellation policy. Please ensure you are familiar with this prior to completing the registration process for a funded place.

Self-Funded Applications

If you would like to self-fund your place on this course, please visit Edge Hill University webpages to download an application form

For information on current module fees, please refer to the Edge Hill University website:

Frequently Asked Questions

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Dr Alistair Thomson  

Associate Postgraduate Dean for Educator Development 

Health Education England

(Learner Support and Faculty Development Team)   01616257651 

Angela McMahon

Programme Support Manager

Ismahan Abdullah

Programme Officer