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Professional course

Practice of Teaching in Higher Education (nurse/midwife teacher)

15 credit Masters level module

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Nursing and Midwifery
Course director:
Joseph Jamu

Page last updated 2 November 2017


On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Effectively support a wide range of learners and demonstrate in-depth understanding of a working relationship with others whilst facilitating a therapeutic learning environment.
  • Demonstrate a creative understanding of current innovative learning and teaching strategies across a range of settings and act as a practice expert to support professional development.
  • Apply in-depth understanding of the assessment and feedback processes to ensure accountability to decisions related to the standards of proficiency for NMC registration.
  • Integrate evidence based practice and expert knowledge to create an effective learning environment and critically evaluate the learning experience and how it enhances the quality of learning and healthcare delivery.
  • Consolidate analysis of how healthcare and educational policies influence professional practice and explore how research findings are disseminated to enhance the quality of learning and healthcare delivery.
  • Demonstrate in-depth leadership skills to initiate or facilitate innovative educational initiatives in nurse/midwifery teaching and involve others to ensure comprehensible standards of professional practice.

Entry requirements

You must be a qualified nurse or midwife.

Careers / Further study

This course may contribute towards:

  • PG Cert Education
  • Postgraduate Certificate Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Nurse/Midwife teacher)



The module will be focussed on your experience in nursing and midwifery educational practice. As well as teaching observations from NMC qualified practitioners, there will also be thematic, student led study days which will enable you to gain a greater understanding of your role in nursing and midwifery teaching and learning.

Everyone will lead seminar sessions on several developments in nursing and midwifery educational practice. A total of eight study days will cover the following student led topics, focussing specifically on nurse/midwifery settings and consolidating previous generic learning regarding practice:

  • Creating a conducive learning environment.
  • Assessment and constructive feedback.
  • Conducting effective lectures.
  • Conducting effective seminars.
  • Practice based learning.
  • Evaluating the learning experience.
  • Dealing with disability and mixed ability groups.
  • Technology and/or Simulation in professional practice.

You will receive feedback on six practical teaching sessions and this is a compulsory element of the portfolio.

Learning and Teaching

In this module, you will maintain a comprehensive record of teaching activities throughout the year. You will receive feedback on six practical teaching sessions, namely, three from a mentor (NMC registered Teacher), two peers (at least one from a peer outside Nursing and Midwifery) and one from a module tutor (NMC registered Teacher). (In agreement with the module tutor, the peer observations may be substituted by observation visits from a suitably qualified and experienced person).

For the purposes of this module, 'teaching' can be taken to include a wide range of activities within which your intention is to foster the learning of others.

The range would include: lecturing to large and small groups; conducting seminars and tutorials with groups and individuals; group and team-based work of various kinds; one-to-one support; inducting learners into an organisation; electronic communication to foster learning, whether in 'real time' or in a 'virtual' environment; telephone tutorials. You should ensure that your observed activities and portfolio content address the outcomes for the NMC Standards for Supporting Learning and Assessment in Practice (SLAiP), Stage 4 of the developmental framework.


General procedures and paperwork
At the beginning of the observed session you will give a copy of the lesson plan and a relevant feedback sheet to the observer. Plans should follow the standard form issued at programme Induction; this will help the observer give appropriate feedback. Each visit must result in a consultation with the observer. The consultation will include an oral self-evaluation by you and a discussion of written feedback from the observer, given in relation to the five categories below and in relation to any other criteria requested by you. You will then complete a 'teaching activity self-appraisal' form, which will be included in the assignment together with the plan and written feedback. The discussion between you and the module tutor will include a consideration of assignment requirements, including relevant readings. All observers provide written feedback, which becomes your property and is used in completing assignment tasks.

All the forms for this module are accessible electronically on Blackboard.

Arranging observations
You are encouraged to begin planning your observations at the earliest opportunity. It is recommended these are spaced evenly over the period of the module. It is expected that this module will address your use and development needs of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) and that the practical teaching activities will involve (TEL) where practicable. Therefore at least one observation and feedback should include TEL explicitly.

It is a condition of participation in this module that you agree to visit a colleague to observe teaching. The peer observation is a necessary part of the experience of this module, but it should be understood that a fellow participant's evaluation of teaching competence does not contribute to the final assessment. The assignment will include records of the above activities, as well as of unobserved teaching and an evaluation of the colleague and an extended self-evaluation.

Study time

A minimum of 12 weeks (360 recorded hours).

This must include at least six occasions of contact with the mentor and the academic tutor.

Prices and dates

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Funding may be available to support your learning. Please contact your Trust Education Lead. If you work in the Private, Independent and Voluntary Sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.


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How to apply

How to apply

You will apply online for your CPD modules, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate (level 3) or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

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