Research underpins the programme

As healthcare professional undertaking the PgC EAPS you are preparing to enter the ‘profession of teaching’.  This is considered a secondary profession for you as your first or ‘primary’ profession is nursing, radiography, podiatry or paramedic practice etc.  Consequently the programme introduces you to an new evidence base.  This new evidence base is around pedagogy, or the theory and practice of teaching.  Theoretical concepts drawn from education theory along with educational research, underpins the PgC EAPS.  As part of my doctoral studies, this year I presented at the WHO conference in Cairns, Australia.  My doctoral work (and poster) focuses on those of us who teach nurses (and other health professionals) to become teachers.  So really the ‘teachers of teachers’.  Some of the material I have sourced for my study, plus the early findings  will be used in class in both year 1 and 2. By undertaking the PgC EAPS you are entering a secondary profession that currently is accredited by the NMC (NMC teacher) and Higher Education Academy HEA Fellowship  (now HE-Advance). These professional /regulatory organisations have developed outcomes for their awards and it is these outcomes that direct the programme theory and practice.  We look forward to supporting you on your journey to become teachers.

Induction 17th September 2018

I am looking forward to meeting you all at induction very soon. It is important you attend the sessions which are key for university orientation and PG study.  On this day you can sort out registration issues and access your student matriculation card.  As soon as you are offered a place then please accept as this triggers to registration processes.  This is a blended module so it is very important that you can access the online material prior to induction and you can only do so by accepting and registering.  If you are an on-line student at a distance then I will have made contact with you. So far I have made 16 unconditional offers and four of you are registered which is a great start. A few of you are sitting with conditional offers until you submit all your evidence and hopefully that will come soon.  I have placed a copy of the induction timetable below for you to view.  I look forward to meeting you all very soon.  Best wishes helen

Postgraduate Nursing Induction

Programmes:     Master of Public Health

                                PgD Advanced Practice in District Nursing (FT & PT)

                                PgD Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (FT & PT)

                                PgC Education in Academic and Practice Settings (FT & PT)

Induction Activity 17/09/2018
Generic Induction in C001
What is Postgraduate Study? 11.00-12.00 in A426F
Principal’s Address 12.00-13.00 in Saltire Centre
Lunch 13.00-14.00
Programme Overview 14.00-15.00 (various Rooms for different programmes see below)


A523 – PgD Advanced Practice in District Nursing (FT & PT)

A527 – Master of Public Health

A426 – PgD Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (FT & PT)

A527A – PgC Education in Academic and Practice Settings

Library Session (Kirsten McCormick)

LDC Session (Kim McWilliams)

15.00-15.30 in C001

15.30-16.00 in C001


Hello all

I am currently off on AL but please continue to send in your applications and supporting evidence and these will be processed asap. Remember too to accept your Unconditional Offer as this triggers the registration process and key information for commencing the programme. Great to hear from you all over the summer and it has been a busy time. For those of you new to the BLOG please scroll back to access key information about applying (required evidence to support your application), class dates and online attendance.  Plus lots of comments from current and past students too.  Looking forward to seeing you all next month and we are hoping for a class of around 18+ students. There is still time to apply and we have places so you can share this with your colleagues too.  You can email me too at if you have a question that is not answered via the Blog information.  Bye for now helen

Change to induction date!!


since I returned from abroad there has been a change made to the Induction date for the School of health and life sciences.  Induction will now take place on Monday 17th September from 9-4pm.  For those of you who have accepted offers, your timetable that includes induction, will be sent to you in the next few weeks.  I have returned to processing applications and updating admissions with offers as you send in your references, copies of qualifications etc.  More updates to follow so please visit the Blog over the next few weeks as information becomes available.  Best wishes helen

Accepting your Unconditional offer

Please remember to accept your unconditional offer asap.  The programme numbers are counted this way and its how we show the programme is viable (got enough students).  For those of you with conditional offers please submit your evidence when you can to and cc me in.  When I return from work/leave trip on 27 July I can process any outstanding offers. Best wishes


Summer holidays


I am still receiving lots of enquiries about the programme and currently processing your application forms.  I will be away from 12/7 until 25/7 on university business and some AL.  Please continue to send your application forms etc (see earlier blog posts for your supporting evidence, references etc) to GCU admissions at and I will process these on my return.  The programme needs to have 15 students registered to be viable to run.  I am expecting a class size larger than this but I am obliged to let you know this information (as I have done every year since 2012) in the rare event we do not have a full class and the programme does not run.  We have a had a class every year since 2008 and I am looking forward receiving quite a few more applications following some recent email contact.  Induction will be on Thursday 20th September and I look forward to meeting you all then.  Meantime, enjoy this fabulous summer.  Best wishes helen (Programme Leader, PgC Education in academic and practice settings (teacher preparation)

Looking forward to meeting you

New applicants

Great to see so much interest in the PgC EAPS programme.  Many thanks to all 12 of you so far who have submitted application forms.  You will all receive an email asking for supporting evidence to allow me to progress your application.  What I require from each of you is detailed below and of course if you have already sent your references/copies of degree qualification etc then I tailor the email for you.

Here is what is required to support every application and I am happy to receive scanned email copies:

  • One academic and one professional reference (on headed notepaper and signed)
  • Copies of academic and professional qualifications such as degree/honours qualifications and any masters modules you have completed
  • Your statement of entry from NMC/HCPC
  • A completed honours level equivalency if you do not hold an honours degree or M level modules (I will attach guidance)
  • Your personal statement supporting application for this particular programme (so your teaching as a professional and why this programme will enhance your professional practice)

Please email your attachments to BOTH me and for speedier processing. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.


Thoughts from our year two students who complete the PgC in June 2018

Kate (year 2 student May 2018)

This programme has opened the door to my own teaching ability, fostered my enthusiasm and motivation for personal professional development, with the aim to be a teacher of the highest standard. Overall I am thrilled at nearing completion of this programme which has transformed my understanding of a teaching role and has developed my approach to teaching, assessment and curriculum development. To become recognised by the HEA is both an honour and a privilege. This formal recognition provides credibility for my future teaching role.

Joyce (year 2 student May 2018)

I now have a different view of myself as a teacher. I have learned a significant amount about teaching and learning, evaluation, curriculum development and quality assurance. I feel more confident and capable…and view myself as a dual professional. The professional drivers that are influential in my development as a teacher are the NMC quality assessment framework…HEA and QAA. Having reflected on the requirements of the HEA in relation to Fellowship, I believe I have achieved these and enjoyed the process. Overall I have learned the value of CPD in relation to my teaching.

University attendance and fees 2018/19 academic session

dates for your diary (last year the trimester calendar changed in the summer which affected these dates) Therefore these dates will be confirmed in summer 2018 on this BLOG

The theory of teaching, learning and assessment: class sessions 9-1pm

Thursday 27/9/18, 8/11/18, 6/12/18, 14/2/19, 14/3/19, 11/4/19

Curriculum development and quality in educational practice: class sessions 2-4pm

Thursdays 27/9/18, 8/11/18, 6/12/18, 14/2/19, 14/3/19, 11/4/19

GCU post-graduate fees information