Undergraduate Course

Innovating Learning, Teaching and Assessment Toward Enhanced Professional Practice Certificate of Credit

Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 12 weeks

UK fee

£1,000 (2023/24)

International fee

£1,000 (2023/24)

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The highlights

Innovating Learning, Teaching and Assessment Toward Enhanced Professional Practice Certificate of Credit is for registered health, social care or allied health professionals who support higher education learning, teaching and assessment across acute or community service provision.

The online course looks at how higher education can be designed and delivered to motivate and inspire diverse learners from across the care profession and how teaching and assessment practices can positively impact students and subsequently, service users. Course content is underpinned by education for sustainable development and inclusive practice helping you to incorporate and embed these principles into your work as you support diverse groups of learners.

This 12-week postgraduate course explores theories and principles of teaching, learning and assessment while exploring your values and self-awareness in your role supporting higher education students across the broad range of interprofessional health and social care learning environments. The online course seeks to foster critical reflection techniques as you develop as a Practice Educator.

Given the imperative need to protect service users, the online course also looks closely at the crucial role of assessment for the caring profession.

Learning through Professional Practice

Alongside your online studies, you will also engage in learning through your current workplace. To join this online course, you'll need to be able to facilitate learning as part of your role in the workplace and have full support from your employer. You will also need the support of a Practice Education Facilitator (PEF) from within your workplace, who will sign off your evidence and hours accrued towards meeting the programme requirements (20 hours of teaching and 40 hours of associated activity). The PEF will also observe some of your teaching in Practice and sign you off as 'fit for purpose and of good character'.

Work towards Advance HE Associate Fellow Status

This online course is accredited by Advance HE, meaning that you will be eligible to apply for Associate Fellow Advance HE upon successful completion of this module, giving you professional recognition as an educator.

Advance HE Associate Fellowship (AFHEA) (Descriptor 1)

Upon successful completion of the Innovating learning, teaching and assessment toward enhanced professional practice module, the requirements of Advance HE Professional Standards Framework (PSF) Descriptor 1 (D1) will be met.

Associate Fellowship is for you if you are typically:

Descriptor 1 demonstrates an understanding of specific aspects of effective teaching, learning support methods and student learning.

Please note: The Advance HE registration process incurs an additional fee that staff not employed by an Advance HE subscribing institution will be asked to pay to Advance HE before Associate Fellowship is awarded. Please refer to the Advance HE website for further information.

Offset credits towards a Postgraduate Certificate qualification

Once you’ve completed this course, you may be able to offset the 20 credits towards our online Leading Interprofessional Practice Education Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert). This would entail completing one additional 40 credit module to achieve the full PG Cert and Advance HE Fellowship recognition.

What you will study

The Innovating Learning, Teaching and Assessment Toward Enhanced Professional Practice Certificate of Credit can be obtained upon passing the core level 7, 20 credit module.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

You will study online with regular touch points with your module tutor. Live sessions will be delivered to discuss educational issues and engage and debate with fellow students via a community of practice and interprofessional cultural exchange.

Orientation Through a Course Induction

A full course online induction is available for you to familiarise yourself with the virtual learning environment (VLE) and your study materials, the online library resources, our student support services, study skills sessions and more.

Community of Practice and Professional Networks

Built into the course are opportunities for you to build a community of practice as an educator, with like-minded professionals. Our VLE features café forums and digital discussion spaces allowing you to engage in dialogue and debate with fellow students. All this helps you to build a peer support group and develop your professional networks.

Critical Appraisal via Feedback and Observation

Throughout the course there are opportunities for peer assessment and feedback. This will take place virtually and in your workplace. You will observe and critique others and have your own teaching observed to allow for constructive feedforward towards your personal development.

Mentoring from a Practice Education Facilitator

You will need to be supported within your place of work by a Practice Education Facilitator (PEF) / mentor. The PEF/Mentor will observe and assess your progression toward meeting the expectations of the practice requirements of the programme. The PEF/Mentor will sign off your final submission of the required hours and note your fitness for practice as an educator. Upon application, please evidence details of your PEF/mentor. It will be your responsibility to secure a PEF/Mentor who holds a PGCE and Advance HE Fellowship. If this is not possible, we may be able to help with this.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

Student support and guidance

Whilst we encourage our students to become independent, life-long learners, we also recognise that offering the right support and guidance will help you to achieve your goals. There is a wealth of support available to you at the University, from your dedicated Personal Tutor and Online Learner Advisor, through to our:

All these services, and more, are available to you as an online student at the University of Derby.

Who will teach you

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Suzanne Le Blond
Programme leader

Suzanne is a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline area of Midwifery, Children and Professional Practice within the School of Nursing and College of Health, Psychology and Social Care. As an experienced educator, in higher education and a Senior Fellow of Advance HE, Suzanne is passionate about facilitating student progression. 

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Entry requirements

You should normally have:

We will also consider your application if you have evidence of level 6 study (minimum 20 credits) plus at least 6-12 months experience of working in a relevant field.

English language qualifications

If English is not your first language, or you have not successfully completed your highest level of qualification in English, you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

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Fees and funding

2023/24 for new entrants

Starting between September 2023 and August 2024.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £1,000 1 £1,000

2024/25 for new entrants

Starting between September 2024 and August 2025.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £1,000 1 £1,000

About your fees

Prices are correct for the year of entry shown. These are subject to annual increase in subsequent academic years.

Flexible payment plan available

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

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For support with completing your application, view our guide to the application process.

Documents to support your application

In order for your application to be assessed, you will need to provide the following documents when you apply:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Please note: failure to submit any documentation when requested, may result in your application being withdrawn.

Application deadlines

All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.


Career prospects will be enhanced upon completion of this Certificate of Credit through demonstrating that you can study at postgraduate level, by developing a working knowledge of how higher education applies to a diverse range of settings and through networking with an interprofessional community of practice. You will develop competency and capability to assess at a higher level than at pre-registration and to work autonomously as an educator.

You could use this Certificate of Credit towards completing the Postgraduate Certificate in Leading Interprofessional Practice Education or toward another full master's programme.

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