Practice Teacher Preparation - 30 credits

  • Level: Short Course
  • Starting: TBC
  • Study mode: Short Course (Eight taught sessions over six months)
  • Location: City South

The course prepares qualified health practitioners to develop a range of knowledge and skills within theory and practice to contribute to their development as a Practice Teacher as outlined within the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC 2008).

What's covered in the course?

The content of the double module meets the following:

  • The Nursing and Midwifery Council ‘Standards to support learning and assessment in Practice' (2008);
  • The General Social Care Council ‘Specialist standards and requirements for post-qualifying social work education and training - Practice Education' (2006);
  • The Health and Care Professions Council ‘Standards of education and training' (2007)

This will enable inter-professional learning and development as a practice teacher for those qualified practitioners who will support learning of students in practice settings.

Why Choose Us?

The course is designed to encompass the 8 domains in the NMC (2008) framework, each with identified outcomes at the four developmental stages. The domains are:

  • Establishing effective working relationships
  • Facilitation of learning
  • Assessment and accountability
  • Evaluation of learning
  • Creating an environment for learning
  • Context of practice
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Leadership


This course is worth...

30 credits

This course is not open to International students
Midwifery and social work

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  • UK/EU students (Employer Funded)
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Funding: Self Funded

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • Eight taught sessions over six months
  • TBC

Award: NA



Funding: Employer Funded

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • Eight taught sessions over six months
  • TBC

Sorry, this course is not available to International students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

How to apply

Once dates for this course have been confirmed you will be able to apply online. If you are interested in this course please contact the module leader, Laura Maguire on: 

Entry requirements

To undertake this course you must:
  • Be a registered Health Professional with the required level of post-registration experience.
  • Have access to pre or post registration healthcare students as you are required to experience the mentoring and assessing process for such students in order to pass the module (the level of experience and status of mentees is determined by the Professional/Regulatory Bodies)
  • Have an experienced Practice Teacher as your workplace supervisor (Your workplace supervisor will also be invited to attend the induction session)
  • Have the support of your Manager and an agreement to 15 days protected workplace learning time.
  • Have access to a computer connected to the internet.
What does the programme aim to do?
  • Prepare qualified health practitioners to support and assess both students undertaking approved courses leading to a registerable qualification and post-registration students undertaking specialist practice courses.
  • Prepare qualified practitioners to support learning within an inter-professional environment.
  • Prepare qualified professionals to demonstrate in practice, knowledge, skills and attitudes to undertake the role of the Practice Teacher in a variety of practice settings to achieve the NMC (2008) domains and Stage 3 Outcomes.
  • Prepare qualified practitioners to design, implement and evaluate learning opportunities within their practice setting.
  • Prepare qualified practitioners to contribute to the overall development of their workplace as a leading learning organisation-“enabling the learning of others” and to provide “critical insight and awareness” into the impact of learning and the assessment of learners on the delivery of care and standards.
  • Enable qualified nurses and midwives to meet the NMC's additional requirements to be a sign-off mentor.
  • Enable qualified practitioners to critically analyse and deliver evidence based practice, promoting leadership and professional accountability.  

During the module you will be able to critically examine debate and reflect upon a range of topics concomitant with the 8 Standards. The standards also form the basis of the practical assessment:


Six months consisting of eight taught sessions. This is a double module and involves 300 hours of study over a six month period achieved through a combination of study days and directed learning supported by 220 hours of workplace based self-directed study (15 days of which are protected learning time).


The course has two items of summative assessment and both items must be passed. 

Summative Assessment:

  • Item one - critically reflective assignment, 3000 words 
  • Item two - successful achievement of all stage 3 NMC outcomes to the level of dissemination (Pass/Fail) as identified within the Practice Placement Document and signed by your workplace supervisor (Practice Teacher)

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses cutting-edge facilities.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Virtual Case Creator

For pre-registration midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.

Hospital Ward

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.

The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.

Skills Practice and Clinical Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Biomedical Laboratories

We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

The SIM men and SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Laura Maguire

Laura Maguire

Senior Lecturer – Post Qualifying Practice Department

Laura’s professional background is in midwifery and health visiting.  She has worked in both hospital and community settings, here in the UK and in Australia.  She joined Birmingham City University in 2014 as a PhD student and Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant (GRTA).  Her interests include offering excellence in teaching and learning across both the undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, within the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences.  She is passionate about parenting, family support and child health, research and practice and strives to reflect this in the facilitation of learning and assessment.

Research is an equal passion and she enjoys being a member of the Family Health Research Cluster.  Her doctoral studies are focused on exploring parent’s experiences of parenting twins or higher order multiples during the first five years.

Course enquiries

To find out more about this course please contact Laura Maguire, Programme Director on: