PgCert Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning

Can a simulated education environment improve the confidence of trainee nurses? Does simulated technology have a role to play in reducing healthcare costs? Can STEL help solve ethical medical dilemmas?

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Overview

On our part-time course, you’ll develop the skills to lead the design, development and evaluation of simulation and technology enhanced learning (STEL).

It’s designed for anyone interested in education and STEL from all disciplines. You might work in the emergency services, in the oil and gas industries, or the military, for example. Whichever sector you work in, you’ll share your experiences with fellow students to help broaden your knowledge of how organisations use STEL.

You’ll usually learn through group tutorials and interactive workshops, with activities ranging from role plays, discussions and presentations to immersive games. Our specialist facilities on-campus include simulated ward environments with human patient simulators, a simulated community flat, and an immersive interactive virtual reality (VR) CAVE space. 

These practical sessions help you to gain a deeper understanding of both curriculum design and evaluation principles, and how they can apply to your practice.

Through the taught units, you’ll critically evaluate STEL methods, from mobile applications, gamification and immersive scenarios to the use of VR. You’ll consider ways to use STEL in practice within a wide range of settings, from community enterprises to business and law industries.

You’ll use your newly acquired knowledge and skills to develop a work-based project unique to your interests, experiences and workplace. This assignment helps you to develop your professional skills, as well as support innovation and development within your workplace.

Experts whose work focuses on simulation-based education lead this course.

The three units on this course all provide 20 credits at Level 7 (masters degree level). You can build up credits and exit with a postgraduate certificate (60 credits) or complete single units as part of your continuing professional development (CPD).

 

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

You’ll have the advanced knowledge and understanding to design, implement and evaluate STEL innovations.

These skills will support you in leading improvements in the quality of education and training across a broad range of settings, from education to healthcare.

When you complete PgCert STEL, you’re awarded 60 credits at Level 7 (masters level). 

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Entry requirements

Applicants must have a UK Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a health and social care or education discipline. Applicants with a diploma who have gained significant clinical and professional experience are also welcome to apply and will be considered on an individual basis.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

Course details

Our part-time course is designed for people who are working in, or responsible for, the design, delivery and evaluation of STEL in learning and teaching innovations, assessment and research.

As a graduate, you’ll be able to critically analyse the current evidence behind STEL, how STEL applies to your area of professional practice, and new insights in your field.

If you complete the full PgCert, you’ll study three core units, completing an independent study project as one of these units.

You’ll consider topics such as the evidence behind innovation in teaching and learning, teaching methods (such as technologically advanced simulators and video games), and the frameworks that guide simulation-based activities.

Some of the contemporary issues you’ll explore include national and regional strategic priorities, and quality measures. You might also develop a business case or economic evaluation through the core study units.

The Contemporary Issues in Practice unit is an opportunity for you to complete an independent study assignment that reflects on your workplace or interests. Typically, this assignment is 4,500 words and it can take the form of an essay, project or portfolio of evidence.

You can use your independent study project to support a business case, support the evaluation of an innovative development, or to publicise your work in peer-reviewed journals.

Over the duration of the course, you'll cover the following core units:

  • STEL: Learning Theory, Curriculum Design and Evaluation
  • STEL: Practical Application
  • Contemporary Issues in Practice

For the full unit descriptions, click read more about this year of study below.

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Core Units

Contemporary Issues in Practice

The content for this unit will be entirely student led. You'll be encouraged to take account of your own practice based issues and negotiate your own content for this unit with your course tutor.

There will be elements of tutor-led learning (including tutorials and directed study for 40 hours) and an independent study aspect for 160 hours.

STEL: Practical Application

We've designed this unit for UK and International personnel involved in or considering the provision of Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning (STEL) in military, emergency services, community enterprises, business and law industries or any other context. It will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and application of pedagogical principles underpinning the development of STEL innovations, facilitation and debriefing for learning, teaching, assessment and research purposes. The unit will require you to practically demonstrate an evidence-based approach to innovative STEL design, facilitation and debriefing.

STEL in Healthcare: Learning Theory, Curriculum Design and Evaluation

We've designed this unit for clinicians, educators and managers in healthcare, and educators and lecturers in academia, who are involved in, or considering embedding simulation and technology enhanced learning (STEL) in learning and teaching innovations, assessment and research. It will provide you with the opportunity to critically evaluate the pedagogical principles underpinning the use of a wide range of STEL modalities (from case studies, mobile applications, gamification, immersive scenarios to the use of virtual reality) in healthcare.

You'll examine and apply theory and evidence-based practice to enhance the ability to design, develop and evaluate a healthcare training course or academic curriculum featuring STEL. Through interactive workshops, you'll gain a deeper understanding of course/curriculum design and evaluation principles and apply them to the context of their own practice.

Department of Health Professions

Our Department of Health Professions teaches subjects including physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, and nutritional sciences.

The department is committed to ensuring its courses stay relevant and up-to-date with current professional practice, by maintaining links with colleagues in clinical practice and research.

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Fees

UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £945 per 20 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £1778 per 20 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

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How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for postgraduate taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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