PG Cert in 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 of 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. There are two intakes per year, one in September and one in February.

What the module will cover

CPD4706 offers an introduction to medical education and the Clinical Supervisor role in the medical workplace. The module will develop your 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

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, there is still uncertainty regarding how much campus-based classroom teaching will be permitted from September 2020. The modules have previously been delivered as a blended approach to learning and teaching, using a variety of face-to-face formats supported by a wide range of online activities.

It is the university’s intent to provide a blended learning approach from September 2020, if it is possible to deliver face-to-face sessions which meet the Coronavirus safety requirements to protect students and staff.

Dependent on Government advice, Edge Hill may:

  1. Offer some campus-based face-to-face contact teaching supported by online activities.
  2. Offer wholly online delivery using a combination of synchronous and asynchronous engagement. The latter will provide flexibility for student engagement at convenient times.
  3. Commence delivery online, but with the option of moving to campus-based face-to-face sessions as permissible as things evolve.

All sessions will be recorded and hosted on our Virtual Learning Environment together with our extensive range of support resources.

Prospective students must therefore be able to 'attend' the published dates whether these are face-to-face or online. These options will allow course provision to continue, whilst ensuring your safety.

Assessment required for successful completion

The module assessment will build on what you learn during your studies and you will be required to produce two pieces of academic work to demonstrate your achievement of the module learning outcomes:

  • Assessment 1: Personal Approach to Teaching (Essay)
  • Assessment 2: Peer Observation of Teaching (Essay and Portfolio)

In addition to the module assessments, you are required to complete a number of online learning activities, however, these are not formally assessed.

More information about CPD4706 can be found on the Edge Hill University website here.

What are the benefits of doing the module?

  • There are 2 intakes per year in September and February, and the modules are delivered flexibly which means that the course will fit in with your work commitments and clinical exam schedule.
  • Satisfactory completion of CPD4706 (module 1) will provide recognised evidence in meeting the relevant domains of the GMC’s standards for Clinical Supervisor 
  • Those who wish to continue their studies to undertake the PG Cert in Workplace-based Postgraduate Medical Education will complete two further modules:
  • CPD4707 will provide recognised evidence in meeting the relevant domains of the GMC’s standards for Educational Supervisor
  • One further module is chosen from a range of options such as leadership, mentorship, e-learning, simulation, etc.
  • The PGCert in Workplace-based Postgraduate Medical Education has been accredited by the Academy of Medical Educators and by Advance HE.
  • One-to-one support is available from your personal tutor and you will have access to the full range of university resources and library facilities.

Eligibility & application process

Trainees who are eligible for a funded place will be contacted directly by Edge Hill University no later than August. Applicants must have received a satisfactory outcome from their ARCP and provide a signed statement of approval from their TPD/ES.

If you think that you are eligible and by the middle of August you have not received an email from Edge Hill (please check your spam/junk mail),  please contact

Due to large numbers and the complexity of the administrative process, this will be the only opportunity to be funded through the programme by HEE. Individual requests/swaps between academic years will not be possible without one of the following extenuating circumstances:

  • Maternity / Paternity / Sick / Special Leave
  • Out of Programme
  • Pre-booked holiday

Key Dates

Click here for online induction and workshop dates for the September 2020 and February 2021 intakes.

Please note these may be subject to change - for more information visit Edge Hill University website

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 online course induction day and for each of the online workshop days.

Even if you are unable to attend the workshops in real time you can book study leave in order to view them 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

A list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) has been compiled for your information.


Dr Alistair Thomson  

Associate Postgraduate Dean for Educator Development 

Health Education England

(Learner Support and Faculty Development Team)   01616257651 
Sarah Metcalfe Programme Support Manager

Justin Baker

Programme Officer
Helen McNeill Programme Leader Edge Hill University


Paula Hunter

Postgraduate Medical Institute Programmes Administrator