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Simulation in Health and Social Care


School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Nursing

Start Date(s): September


Nine months part-time

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

Part-time - £2,520 (£1,260 per 30 credit module)

In Brief:

  • You will have the opportunity to get first-hand experience of using the exceptional facilities in our state-of-the-art accredited simulation centre
  • You will be provided with a unique experience of being taught by a multi-disciplinary team of academics
  • You will gain a specific qualification which will enhance your credibility as an expert in the field of simulation
  • A part-time only course

Course Summary

This unique course is aimed at anyone with an interest in simulation in health and social care, working either in practice or education. Examples include doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, paramedics, occupational therapist, social workers, midwives and technicians.

The PgCert Simulation in Health and Social Care will equip you with the contemporary knowledge and skills required to develop and advance simulation practice/ education in your specific area of practice.

By studying the two modules you will gain an understanding of the underpinning theory of simulation based education and you will spend time in the simulation suites applying this theory to practice.

Course Details

This course is designed to give you the confidence to develop and advance simulation in your area of practice or education and is tailored specifically to your needs. 

This course runs part-time over nine months and encompasses two Level 7 modules.

By undertaking this postgraduate course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the knowledge and skills related to simulation based education (SBE)
  • Develop knowledge and skills required to design, develop and facilitate SBE
  • Master a comprehensive understanding of how SBE can be applied to own individual practice discipline
  • Show originality in the application of how simulation is essential to advancing practice
  • Share and explore the diverse perspectives of discipline specific SBE that is encountered globally, that could inform professional practice in own local practice setting

Module 1        

This module focuses on the models and teaching and learning theories applicable to SBE, debriefing strategies, human factors, different modalities used in SBE and curriculum development.        

Module 2      

In this module you will learn how to develop, design, facilitate and debrief simulation scenarios specific to your own area of practice, how to evaluate simulation and reflection on own practice, the practical use of human patient simulators and simulated patients. In this module you will spend around 25 hours of your study time in the state-of-the-art simulation suite.

Entry Requirements

A bachelor’s degree with honours from a UK university (normally a 2:1) or equivalent academic or professional qualification.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

Unfortunately, we cannot accept international applications for this programme.

Suitable For

This course is aimed at innovative and creative health and social care practice and education workers who have the ambition to advance practice. This course is applicable for (but not limited to) nurses, midwives, doctors, physiotherapists, radiographers, occupational therapists, social workers and technicians who want to develop their knowledge and skills in simulation based education.

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£2,520 (£1,260 per 30 credit module)

Scholarships and Bursaries

For more information please see our funding section.


This course is delivered on a modular basis and you will attend face-to-face study days throughout the duration of the module.

  • Simulated practice learning: Students will spend a considerable amount of time during the programme engaging in simulated practice within the University setting.  This will involve the observation of and participation in simulated practice. These sessions will take place in the simulated hospital environment, clinical skills rooms and if applicable, the simulated home environment.
  • Seminars: These will be used to provide an introduction to specific content areas from which students can be directed to independent study and tutorials.
  • Independent study: The programme aims to enable all students to act as independent, autonomous learners able to utilise experiential learning in order to develop professional and personal skills and knowledge related to SBE.
  • Digital enhanced learning: This approach makes effective use of the University information technology to support and facilitate learning on and off site. The VLE will be used to facilitate collaborative and individual working. Debate and discussion will be enhanced through the optional use of social media across a variety of platforms, for example Twitter, Facebook and blogging sites.
  • Critical thinking and reflection on personal SBE practice: The development of critical reflective skills is an integral part of this programme. The aim of such reflective practice being to improve the practice based on evidence.


The assessment process reflects learning outcomes of the curriculum.This programme is professionally-orientated, and as such there is a strong focus on authentic assessment by field specific practition.

Two methods of assessment will be utilised and enable assessment against the level 7 grade descriptors. Students will be provided with formative assessment and feedback within each module in preparation for summative assessment.

The assessments include:

  • Poster presentation – Theoretical perspectives of simulation based education
  • Demonstration of self-developed simulated scenario and Viva – Practical Application of Simulation-based education

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Course leader:

Amanda Miller

Amanda Miller is the Simulation Lead in the School of Health and Society. Amanda is research active and areas of interest include service user involvement in simulation, enhancing outcomes for children and young people through simulation and the emergency care of children.

Amanda is a registered children’s nurse and a member of North West Simulation Education Network (NWSEN) and the Association of Simulated Practice in healthcare (ASPiH).


Career Prospects

By undertaking this programme you will gain a specialist qualification which will enhance your knowledge and skills in simulation based education. 

This course will equip you with the necessary skills to undertake to develop and lead on simulation within your area of practice.

Students may wish to extend their study to the MSc Nursing (Research, Practice, Education) - Simulation pathway.

Links with Industry

We work closely with industry partners specifically in relation to the resources required to effectively create an immersive and interactive simulation environment for the students.


There are a variety of clinical ward areas in which healthcare students learn and practice essential clinical skills such as CPR, wound care, physiological observations and hand-washing.

Opened in March 2016, the brand new simulation suite has been designed to replicate a real hospital environment. This facility includes the following: An adult and children’s ward, treatment room, nurse’s station, bathroom, day room, two side rooms, a midwifery home area and labour room. All of the bed spaces are equipped with oxygen delivery ports, suction points, nurse call button, emergency buzzer and bed lights, all of which mimic a real hospital environment.

There are a vast range of human patient simulators (HPS) including two fully portable wireless adults, a newborn, an infant, a child and a birthing mum.

The HPS can simulate breathing, blinking, bleeding and sweating and also have chest, heart and bowel sounds. Many different clinical procedures and scenarios can be practised using the simulators and experienced staff strive to ensure that health and social care students learn in a safe and supportive environment. Examples of simulated scenarios include cardiac arrest, psychosis, fitting, pulmonary embolism, post-partum haemorrhage, asthma and fractured femur.

There are also sound proof control rooms where specialist technicians operate the reactions and voice of the HPS and coordinate the audio-visual requirements for the scenarios. In order to enhance the students learning there is a dedicated room for debriefing and streaming the scenarios into, which enable peer observation, learning and feedback.

Discover more about our Healthcare Simulation Suites here.

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