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Nursing Midwifery Council Recordable Teacher Qualification PG Cert

The aim of the integrated postgraduate certificate in higher education (Pg Cert HE)  programme is to prepare nurses, midwives for the role of ‘teacher’. The overriding philosophy of the programme is to meet the NMC standards for teachers (NMC 2008).


The programme is designed to meet the needs of Registered Nurses and Midwives who are new to teaching in a HEI or working clinically in a wide range of practice settings to achieve the competencies necessary to undertake and record their teaching qualification with the NMC.

Reasons to study Nursing and Midwifery Council Recordable Teacher Qualification at DMU:

  • Achieve the Nursing and Midwifery Council Recordable Teacher Qualification (NMC RTQ)
  • The course has undergone successive re-accreditation by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - recognition of teaching quality achieve Associate Fellowship or Fellowship with the HEA - recognition of your professional development plus as a fellow you will receive a range of benefits for ongoing development and progression of your career
  • Benefit from the support of both an academic-and practice-based mentor-a registered nurse or midwife employed as a teacher and holding the RTQ relevant to your field of practice
  • The course is integral to DMU’s wider academic professional development provision, enabling seamless progression from initial qualification to continuing professional development

To be eligible for the programme you must hold a registered qualification with the NMC in the field of practice in which you will support student learning. You must confirm that you will be able to practise a minimum of 12 weeks (360 hours) for the NMC RTQ component, undertaking wide-ranging educational activities including teaching in academic-and work-based settings.

PGCHE with NMC Recordable Teacher Qualification or NMC Recordable Teacher Qualification (as a stand-alone)

Nursing and midwifery students can elect to undertake the PGCHE or PGCHE with NMC Recordable Teacher Qualification or the NMC Recordable Teacher Qualification as a standalone module if they are already in possession of a level 7 teaching qualification.

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Course code:
PG Cert in HE with NMC RTQ: X30080

One year part-time over three semesters for the PG Cert component. The maximum completion time for the PG Cert HE is two years. The maximum completion for the Combined Programme PG Cert HE with NMC RTQ is three years from the date of commencement of the PG Cert.

One day per week for the PG Cert. There are no specific dates of attendance for the NMC RTQ component but applicants must be able to complete the hours and requirements of the programme.

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding:
If you work in the NHS, you may be eligible for funding from Health Education East Midlands

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or by submitting a direct application form.

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Not available to international students.

Entry criteria

PG Cert HE

  • Competence in the use of the English language to the satisfaction of the University
  • A UK honours degree with at least second class honours, or an academic or professional qualification deemed by the University as equivalent
  • Undertaken successful level 6 academic study within the last three years
  • To be eligible for the programme students should be either new academic staff with 3 years or fewer teaching experience or Registered Nurses and Midwives who teach as part of their role in regional NHS Trust establishments.
  • Students are required to be able to offer evidence of at least 50 hours HE teaching in the academic year in which they commence the programme.


Nurses and midwives who intend to take on the role of teacher must fulfil the following criteria in line with NMC (2008) requirements:

  • Students must be Registered Nurse or Midwives who are either in the process of, or who have successfully completed an NMC approved teacher preparation programme at level 7 such as the PG Cert Higher Education or equivalent at an NMC Approved Education Institution (AEI).
  • Be registered in the same part or sub-part of the register as the students they will support.
  • Have completed at least three years post-registration experience, gained additional professional knowledge and skills, and have experience in an area where students are gaining practice experience relevant to their registration.
  • Have extended their professional knowledge, relevant to their field of practice, to at least first degree level, prior to undertaking an NMC approved post-graduate teacher preparation programme.

Before enrolling on the course applicants need to have:

  • the written support of their manager to have a minimum of 60 days/360 hours protected time
  • the name of an experienced practice-based mentor to supervise and assess them in practice. This supervisor should ideally hold a NMC recordable teacher qualification. Practice-based mentors who do not hold a NMC recordable teacher qualification must hold as a minimum, live ‘sign off’ mentor status and be annotated as such on their local register. The practice-based mentor must be registered on the same part or sub-part of the register as the student teacher they are assessing

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Academic expertise


Course modules

The combined programme runs over one-full academic year comprising four modules.

  • EDUC 5520 Learning, Teaching and Research - 30 credits M level
  • EDUC 5003 Assessment and Feedback - 15 credits M Level
  • EDUC 5004 The Academic in Practice - 15 credits M level
  • MPHE 5109 NMC Recordable Teacher - 0 credit M level

Successful completion of the first three modules leads to the award of 60 Level M credits. You must successfully complete the full 60 credits to be awarded the PGCertHE qualification. You must successfully complete the NMC teacher requirements (portfolio mapping and time log activities) to be entitled to apply for the NMC RTQ Qualification to the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Learning, teaching and research

This comprises two parts: Part A: Introduction to Academic Practice, and Part B: Learning Teaching and Research.

  • Part A: Introduction to Academic Practice comprises a three-day block

The aims of the first part of the module are to consider wider contexts of working in higher education, to introduce the principles and practices of teaching, learning and research in HE; to consider how these might impact on your practice and subsequent discussions on the programme

  • Part B: Learning, Teaching and Research

This part of the module sets out to pick up and to consolidate some of the issues raised in Part A on the planning and delivering of learning opportunities in a higher education context, but with more attention to underlying principles and research evidence. It seeks to consider learning theories and curriculum design in a bid to integrate principles into practice

Some of these sessions may involve self-directed individual or group activities in negotiation with the course tutor or may be optional, special interest sessions.

The assessments attached to the module will comprise:

  • An abstract for a conference paper/workshop
  • A short presentation
  • A paper for a group workshop
  • Organisation and facilitation of a group workshop
  • Assessment and Feedback

The module is timetabled from January to March. Some of these sessions may involve self-directed individual or group activities in negotiation with the course tutor or may be optional, special interest sessions.

The focus of this module is upon the role of HE practitioner as an assessor of student learning. The introduction of innovatory forms of assessment, together with a strong interest in giving and receiving feedback in higher education and vocational education mean that professional development in this area is important.

The assessment for this module comprises:

  • A presentation
  • A poster
  • A written paper
  • The Academic/Practice Educator in Practice

This module aims to ensure that you can reflect upon what it means to be an academic in HE Today. It is also an opportunity for you to gather evidence of your teaching skills, to reflect upon them, and to devise strategies for further improvement, supported by the observations of others. It is primarily workplace-based, with the assistance of a discipline-based mentor who has a sound understanding of your working situation.

The assessments for this module comprise evidence of critical reflection on 30 hours of teaching in a portfolio of practice, which includes:

  • Critical evaluation of theory and practice
  • Documentation evidencing practice

Feedback from the statutory six observations; that must pass as satisfactory:

  • Two observations by a mentor
  • One observation of their mentor
  • One observation by a peer
  • One observation of a peer
  • One observation by a tutor
  • NMC RTQ MPHE 5109 module

This module enables students to work towards achieving the NMC requirements for teacher of nurses and midwives. There are two assessment components; these include:

1. Mapping learning achievement against NMC teacher outcomes in a portfolio

2. Compiling a time log showing a minimum of 360 hours spent in supporting student learning in the academic setting and in clinical practice

The NMC RTQ part of the programme:

Assessment: NMC RTQ

  • Undertaken a minimum of 360 hours of assessed teaching and wide ranging activity with students on an approved NMC programme towards fulfilment of the NMC teacher outcomes. A minimum of 250 of these hours will be undertaken within the student’s main place of employment e.g. clinical area/HEI. A minimum of 110 of these hours will take place in the student’s secondary environment e.g. clinical practice if the student teacher is employed in academia or within a HEI if the student is employed in a clinical setting.
  • Map their learning and experience to demonstrate that the outcomes of stage 4 of the NMC (2008) standards for support, learning and assessment in practice have been met.
  • Prepared a portfolio of evidence relating to the outcomes of stage 4 of the eight interrelated domains of the NMC standards for support, learning and assessment in practice.
  • Undertaken appropriate teaching, support and assessment of students in both University and clinical environments.
  • Brought together and synthesised their professional nursing / midwifery knowledge with that of their role of ‘teachers’ within the nursing / midwifery profession. 

Students will be supported by an academic and practice-based mentor. Your academic mentor will be a registered Nurse or Midwife employed as a Teacher is a HEI holding a recordable teaching qualification with the NMC and with ‘due regard’ to your field of practice. Your practice-based mentor will be a minimum of a sign off mentor and be on the same part or sub part of the NMC Register as you are.

Teaching and assessment

There is a range of learning and teaching strategies including taught sessions of lead lectures, seminars, workshops and learning sets. Tutorial support will be available and there will also be direct observation of teaching sessions. Mentors will be appointed from same disciplines/fields of practice as the students to give support within that area.

There is a range of assessment to enable students to demonstrate achievement of modules outcomes at the appropriate level. These include writing an abstract, paper, presentations, conference, progressive portfolio work and poster. These strategies combined are designed to give students the experience of participating in an academic conference.

All assessments for the PgCertHE programme are directed towards planning and participating in a learning, teaching and research conference. Final assessments are submitted in a portfolio at the end of the third semester.

NMC RTQ: There are no formally taught sessions; however, at the beginning of the module, you will meet with the Programme/module Leader to help you understand what is required to fulfil the module learning outcomes and to develop an individualised action plan for your learning. The NMC RTQ can be commenced either during the PGCHE or after its completion. There is no fixed start date.

Teaching Contact Hours

There are no formally taught sessions; however, at the beginning of the module, you will meet with the Programme/module Leader to help you understand what is required to fulfil the module learning outcomes and to develop an individualised action plan for your learning. You will be allocated an academic mentor who is an experienced HEI teacher and who is also in possession of a NMC RTQ. The NMC RTQ can be commenced either during the PGCHE or after its completion.

Academic expertise

The programme is managed by a highly experienced team of professional educators specialising in their subject areas; many continuing to actively engage in various academic pursuits to enhance their expertise and professional development.

Visiting lecturers actively contribute enabling wider perspective on education and professional issues. This programme is fully supported by its own complement of administrators/coordinators; ensuring high quality service to our students and staff.

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences facilties

Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

Learn more about DMU’s first-class study facilities.

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

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As part of the university's commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates. We offer an Alumni scholarship programme. For more information visit Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships >


Graduate careers

A postgraduate academic qualification and the combined PG Cert HE with NMC recorded teacher qualification will further enhance your prospect as qualified educator to various career opportunities, including teaching in a HEI or teaching in the clinical setting.


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