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PgCert Medical Simulation

University of Bedfordshire

Simulation is now well embedded within medical and healthcare learning but is not without it’s challenges. The use of simulation is often accepted uncritically and its success lies in skilled design and facilitation. Developing expert faculty is key.

This innovative course is designed to address these challenges, exploring the ideas underpinning the use of simulation, contextualised by practical experience. You will study the at The Putteridge Bury campus which has its own comprehensive Learning Resources Centre equipped with PCs, which give you access to online information databases and more than 2,000 electronic journals.

There is one core unit for the course: Simulation in Practice. You can chose one further optional unit from Workplace Based Learning and Contemporary Educational Perspectives. Each unit has four contact days, spread over one term. Assessment has a practical focus.

The course is designed to appeal to those who already have experience in the use of simulation, as well as those who wish to develop interests in this area. The PGCert in Medical Simulation can be progressed to a PgDip or MA in Medical Education.

Why choose this course?

The course focuses on a critical approach to simulation and its uses. This is a flexible, blended learning programme designed with the needs of busy medical and healthcare professionals in mind. The course is composed of the core unit (where you also spend time in the University simulation centre) plus one second optional unit (either Workplace Based Learning or Contemporary Educational Perspectives) and is designed to help you develop a sound theoretical basis to your practice as a medical educator, both within simulation and in your wider role as a clinical educator.

Career Opportunities

The course is endorsed by the Academy of Medical Educators; this means on successful completion you can apply for membership through the ‘fast track’ accredited course route. The course therefore provides a sound basis for evidencing your competence as a medical, dental or healthcare educator and trainer using Simulation. 

The course enables you to adopt a critical stance to your own and others’ educational practice and to propose ways to enhance student and trainee learning experiences. You will rehearse these skills through opportunities for hands-on simulation activities and online work. This course will equip you with the skills and understanding to provide excellent and enjoyable training opportunities using simulation to less-experienced professionals in your field.

Teaching/learning methods and strategies

The course team are highly experienced medical and healthcare educators and staff developers. They bring expertise in supporting learning in clinical and simulated settings, in faculty development and workplace based learning. They aim to model best practice in teaching and learning, drawing upon a range of established and innovative approaches to learner support and development.

Each unit involves three elements. Firstly, face to face learning, drawing on interactive teaching methods to foster peer learning. Secondly, supported and interactive e-learning, through the courses dedicated on-line learning environment. Finally, independent learning activity, including workplace based learning activity and case study work.


Our assessment strategy is designed to offer you considerable scope to develop interests and expertise. Methods vary across units and include case study work, literature review and reports. The team offer high quality assessment support and guidance.

Further details about the programme

Course units

Simulation in Practice:
The core unit, Simulation in Practice allows you to develop skills in the design and facilitation of high quality learning experiences in simulated settings. Importantly, you will be guided towards the adoption of an informed and critical stance towards the growing emphasis on simulation, unpicking some of the common assertions (‘improves patient safety’) and assumptions (‘learning can be transferred from simulation to practice’) associated with the approach.

The unit offers opportunities for peer learning in a simulated setting. Your assessment combines elements of choice (including a critical report and case study) into a learning portfolio, tailored to your development needs.

Contemporary Educational Perspectives:
This is one of the optional units for this award. This unit explores contemporary educational perspectives in the contexts of higher and professional education within healthcare. It provides you with an opportunity to explore both historical and contemporary approaches to education and training in your own professional contexts.

This includes consideration of the factors that influence professional education and training, including socio-political as well as educational factors. Assessment is based around small group work to develop an educational ‘big-thinkers’ wiki and individual work to develop an academic paper related to the your own educational practice. This can include a focus on simulation.

Workplace Based Learning:
The second optional unit starts by considering the impact of NHS reform on education and training. This will lead into an exploration of the conceptions of learning that underpin a so-called ‘modernised curriculum’.

You will become familiar with contemporary views of learning in the workplace and consider the ways in which you can enhance student learning in workplace and simulated settings (including simulation).

The assessment of this unit includes literature review (based on small group work to develop a literature compendium as a wiki) and case study exploring workplace based learning within your own professional context.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.

Fees, Bursaries, Scholarships, Costs

Fees for 2017/18 to be confirmed  


Each unit involves 4 contact days over one term (typically a three month period).

Find out more

Further details about the programme can be found on the University webpage

For more information about the course please contact:

Dr Hoda Wassif

Principal Lecturer Portfolio Lead Medical and Dental Education