This Postgraduate Certificate equips healthcare professionals with the skills, attitudes and capabilities to be a competent educator.

It explores current concepts and theories of teaching and learning, and will enable educators to make informed choices regarding teaching, learning, and assessment methods in both the classroom and clinic based learning settings.

Examination of contemporary research and practice in education will help students develop a critical and reflective approach.

A range of assessment and e-learning strategies will be employed to support diverse student needs, including an assessment with a choice of lead areas to allow students to develop an area of special interest from a choice of supervisory relationships, assessment tools or models of curriculum design.

Key course features

  • Designed to support the development of healthcare practitioners involved in education to become more effective as scholarly educators within an academic healthcare institution.
  • Develops the skills to support both academic and clinical teaching, learning, and assessment, informed by a critical appraisal of current educational theory and conceptions.
  • Unique emphasis on exploring and examining the educational and professional skills required teaching healthcare, a field which requires both the integration of academic and clinical material and the transfer of classroom learning to practical and clinical settings.
  • Focus on situated learning within a community of practice and examines concepts and theories of teaching and learning, clinical supervision, supervisory relationships and teaching clinical skills at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  • Offers opportunities to acquire, develop and practice the skills required to plan, design, deliver and support effective academic and clinical teaching and learning.
  • Provides a deeper understanding of experiential learning and the different educational models exploring this process.
  • Devised to be practical and flexible in its delivery with an emphasis on supporting collaborative learning in the workplace. It is shaped to allow delivery to a range of healthcare professionals, including visiting overseas practitioners as well as for delivery by a flying faculty to overseas institutions.
  • Fosters the development of intellectual, professional, and personal attributes required to become an effective and scholarly educator within your own discipline. 

Entry requirements

  • A Bachelor's Degree with Honours (or equivalent)
  • English qualification equivalent to an IELTS overal score of 7.0
  • Recognised qualification with the appropriate professional, statutory and regulatory body in healthcare. For EU and International students from non-regulated countries a qualification in healthcare is required.
  • Involvement in teaching healthcare at pre-registration or postgraduate level (minimum of 20 hours per academic year).
  • Selection will normally be made by application form, although some applicants may be invited for interview.

The UCO is committed to a policy of inclusion, actively seeking to widen participation and to increase opportunities for high-calibre students with the aptitude and potential to undertake a degree in osteopathy. Students from diverse ethnic and social backgrounds, UCO-leavers, mature ‘second career’ applicants and students with a range of seen and unseen disabilities are all warmly welcomed. Every application to the UCO is considered on its own merits.

Additional entry requirements

  • An English qualification equivalent to an IELTS overall score of 7.0.
  • A recognised qualification with an appropriate professional, statutory and regulatory body in healthcare. For international and European Union students from non-regulated countries, a qualification in healthcare is required.
  • Involvement in teaching healthcare at pre-registration or postgraduate level; minimum of 20 hours per academic year.

All students must agree to comply with our Student Terms & Conditions and other Policies and Procedures.

Careers & employability

  • The two modules may be used as elective modules and enable students to join a Masters programme in Education or Medical Education at another institution.
  • This postgraduate certificate supports professional development in academic practice. 

Course structure & delivery

The course consists of two units, which are intended to be taken sequentially.

Unit Credits   Level  Schedule
Unit 1:
Education for Academic Teaching
in Manual Therapy
30 7 Sep-Feb 
Unit 2:
Education for Clinical Supervision
& Teaching Clinical Skills
30 7 Feb-Jul 


More information can be found in the Course Information Form available to download on this page.

Unit information

More information can be found in the Course Information Form available to download on this page.

Assessment & feedback

The course is assessed through both summative and formative assessments including:

  • written assessments
  • critical appraisal of background literature and theories
  • development of a reflective diary portfolio
  • teaching observations
  • development and delivery of group work.

More information can be found in the Course Information Form available to download on this page.

Students must successfully pass both units to receive the PGCert ACE award.

Mode of study


Dates & duration

September - July, 1 year


University College of Osteopathy
275 Borough High Street
London SE1 1JE

Teaching may on occasion be delivered at other sites as required.

Award & awarding body

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert), University College of Osteopathy

Discussions with AECC University College 
The UCO is currently in discussion with AECC University College about a proposed merger to create a unique inter-disciplinary environment for education, clinical practice and research in osteopathy, chiropractic, and across a wide range of allied health and related disciplines. This may involve a change to the awarding body for UCO courses. About the proposed merger...

Professional body accreditation


Facilities & resources

Students have access to a variety of resources at the UCO to support learning. These include a recently refurbished library with an extensive collection of osteopathic resources, an ergonomic IT suite, spaces for group and independent study, practice rooms, a student union and common room, and the UCO Clinic. Students also have access to our virtual learning environment (VLE) and Anatomy TV.

Read more about our facilities and resources.

Support for students

Students will be supported by unit coordinators and the teaching staff, as well as the Course Leader and an allocated academic tutor. The UCO also has a dedicated Student Support team who are on hand to provide advice and guidance on a range of issues, including learning and welfare, budgeting and finance, disability and dyslexia, pastoral care, bereavement and personal issues, as well as counselling. Find out more.

Costs & financial support

The course fee for all students (Home/UK, EU, international) for the 2024-25 academic year (2024 entry) on this course is £2,700. More details on course fees, discounts and payment plans for this course, as well as a copy of our Course Fee Policy, can be found on our course fees page.

Students should be aware that there may be some additional costs to consider when budgeting for the course. 

There may be financial support available to you depending on your circumstances. Details can be found on our Financial Support page.

How to apply

To apply, please complete the application form available on this page and return to

For more information about how to apply and to read a copy of our Admissions Policy & Procedure (including our Complaints Process) visit our How to Apply page.


Please note that while the University College of Osteopathy makes every effort to run courses as advertised, courses are subject to change or cancellation if enrolment targets are not met. 

Courses are typically approved for a period of five years from the point of approval to the point of periodic course review. During this period it may be identified that modifications to a course would enhance the provision. As part of this process current students shall be consulted on any proposed change and current and prospective students shall be notified of any change.

Open days

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