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Simulation in Clinical Practice

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Simulation in Clinical Practice

Key facts


Part-time: 1 year

Eligible applicants: Open to UK applicants only (and EU applicants who are appointed to a post within HEESE)

Location: University of Brighton Falmer campus, Falmer, local hospital trust and via the virtual platform

Course Leader: Joanna Lawrence 

General enquiries:

This course is jointly validated by the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex. Applications for 2021/22 entry are now open.

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COVID-19 update for 2021/22

We are now welcoming applications for the 2021/22 academic year. Course delivery methods are still to be confirmed as we take into account the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the intention will be to provide a blended learning approach of both online and face to face provision where possible. 

Key areas of study

  • Multidisciplinary approach to learning
  • The evolution, variety and importance of human factors in healthcare practice
  • Knowledge and skills required to design, develop and facilitate simulation training
  • Debriefing skills required to aid learners and subsequent reflection and development
  • Simulation-based medical education principles
  • Transformative learning
  • Role of extrinsic and intrinsic feedback
  • Producing a portfolio of teaching experience

Course overview

This course is purpose-built to meet the clinical and professional development needs of the NHS workforce, including potential educators in simulation-based learning in the South East.

It allows participants to advance their skills and knowledge in a mix of theoretical and practical sessions including group work activities, debriefing and feedback, the exploration of technical issues, human factors and fidelity. Students are expected to develop a portfolio of experience which reflects the educational principles of the modules and demonstrates competence in their educational approach

student examining a dummy's ear

"Overall, the module was absolutely amazing. The teaching was outstanding, the format was well thought through, I feel like I learned a great deal. And for the first time, I am sad that it is Friday and the module is over."

Dr Thomas Kurka
PGCert Simulation in clinical practice student 

Course Structure

Principles and Practice of Simulation is delivered over the course of five days in the medical school, whereas Feedback and Debriefing in Simulation is a smaller module, allowing students to develop their teaching portfolio in practice. Principles and Practice of Simulation and Teaching and Learning in Medical Education are assessed by way of academic essays following the delivery of each module. 

  • Principles and Practice of Simulation (20 credits)
  • Feedback and Debriefing in Simulation (20 credits)
  • Teaching and Learning in Medical Education (20 credits)

Career opportunities

This PGCert will provide specialist knowledge that will be useful for any career in the field of healthcare that involves the support of learning and assessment in practice.

In addition, the programme will enable you to develop the skills of critical analysis, critical reflection and the evaluation of research evidence commensurate with postgraduate study.

Delegates who graduate from the PGCert will take with them specialist knowledge and the confidence to design simulation scenarios, and facilitate beneficial debriefing sessions.

As most graduates will already be employed in a medical educator role prior to starting the course, the PGCert is designed to increase the repertoire of the educators, and to enable them to deliver simulation sessions more effectively within their chosen setting.

Entry requirements

Applications are welcome from medicine, nursing, paramedics, physician associates and other healthcare specialist groups. Current employment in a clinical role which includes teaching or developing simulation-based education is essential.

The course forms one of two validated routes for entry to the PGDip or MSc in Clinical Education, the other being via the PGCert in Medical Education.

Prior study at level 6 and experience in delivery of simulation is also a requirement. 

This course is open to UK applicants only (and EU applicants who are appointed to a post within HEESE).

Fees and funding

The fees listed below are the overall costs for full-time courses taken in the academic year 2021/22. Where courses are taken part-time over more than one academic year, fees are usually charged pro-rata for the modules taken during each academic year.  


UK £3,084

Full bursaries are available from Health Education England South East (HEESE) for modules Principles and Practice of Simulation and Feedback and Debriefing in Simulation


All BSMS students on Masters courses accredited jointly by the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton are eligible to apply for University of Sussex postgraduate scholarships in 2021/22.

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