Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I access my Qualification Transcripts?

Regarding a qualification transcript, this would be something that you would request from EduQual as the Awarding Organisation that issued the certificate. These documents are sometimes referred to as Notification of Performance (NOP) or in Scotland Record of Attainment (ROP). These documents should list all the modules or subjects you studied in each year, the marks or grades you achieved for each module and the UK credit value and level of each module. It should be stamped or signed by the registry of the Awarding Organisation. Comparing qualification levels between countries and regions can be confusing. See flipbook below to compare the credits and qualifications for different countries and regions.

What is recognised prior learning?

(Accredited Prior Learning/ Recognised Prior Learning/ Continuous Professional Development) 200 hours may be accredited as 'Recognised Prior Learning' (RPL). RPL can include the CPD required to support professional registration and any other relevant experience (including watching and shadowing/following others) or expansion of knowledge which is documented, verifiable and directly related to the candidate’s role. Candidates should be able to justify how the RPL being claimed relates to this qualification, if called upon to do so. Learning and experience related to a first degree does not qualify as RPL.

What will the deadlines for Assessment Submissions be on my course?

Deadlines for submissions are in the 'Examination Brief' which is given at the end of our Postgraduate Diploma courses. In line with our policies, all assignments must be uploaded within one months of the completion of the training. However, we are always open to extending this for exceptional circumstances. The two virtual training days on a Postgraduate Diploma course are consecutive. If you can only attend one day and wish to attend the second day on another course, we can, for example, with advanced notice, accommodate this. Get in touch with the Healthcare Skills Training International Office to discuss things, if issues arise.

I am a Medical Device Industry Professional. Which course do I need - 360 Theatre Access or 360 Hospital Access?

We offer two EduQual level 5 Qualifications: 360 Theatre Access: Professional Award in Access to Operating Theatres: National Occupational Standard, for those providing product support in operating theatres. 360 Hospital Access: Professional Award in Access to Patient-facing Clinical Areas: National Occupational Standard, for those supporting products in clinical areas (including Critical Care Areas such as Intensive Care Units, Interventional Radiology Units etc) where procedures are often carried out, but not operating theatres.

Are Healthcare Skills courses AoME accredited?

While Healthcare Skills Training International is a Corporate Partner of AoME, and AoME members teach on our courses, our courses are not AoME accredited.

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What credits do I gain after completing the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Education course?

The Awarding Organisation sets the limits for total learning time of a qualification. This may be based on Ofqual (one of the UKs national regulators) guidance as stated at Regulatory Condition E2. Here the total qualification guide times are given as: Award (120 Hours or less; Certificate (between 121-369 hours; Diploma (370 or more hours). Where a Diploma is stated to have a total Learning Time of 600 hours for example, then the credits awarded will be 60. The credit value of a qualification is thus the learning time divided by 10. Each multiple of 10 learning hours equates to one credit. All credits are identified on the certificate issued by our awarding organisation EduQual. Healthcare Skills Training International is the training arm of HC Skills International. Healthcare Skills Training International is an EduQual approved training centre.

How do I use credits gained during Postgraduate Diplomas towards a Masters Degree?

If you wish to use a Healthcare Skills Training International qualification to obtain a Masters Degree from a university, you are required to present the university with a qualification transcript (See below), the university reviews the qualification transcript and subsequently award what they feel is the correct number of credit exemptions. Each University is an institution in their own right and will award credits on individual basis at their discretion. Historically the majority of universities have allowed exemption for the whole of the credit value however it must be emphasised that this is discretionary - in other words, in any particular university, one student may be allowed all the credit value while another student may not. This is an arbitrary process, each student is assessed individually, and our organisation does not have any input to the universities exemption panels.

Compare credits and qualifications for different countries and regions


Does your Postgraduate Diploma in clinical education course have the same credits as other PG certificates in Clinical Education ?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Education (EduQual Level 7) course is 38 credits. This equates to approx 8 months of full time study as it takes into consideration the mandatory year CPD required by the professional clinician.

What is the pass rate for your courses?

Our two most popular courses are the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Education (EduQual Level 7) and the Award in Access to Operating Theatres (SCQF Level 8). Over the past two years, pass rates for the respective cohorts have been 88% and 94% respectively.

How long after passing the assessments on a Postgraduate Diploma course will I have to wait for my EduQual Certificate ?

On successful completion of the course and assessments, it usually takes about six weeks for certification to be completed. We submit your results promptly to EduQual (within five working days of the deadline for course-completion).

Is Healthcare Skills Training International able to confirm that I have successfully completed a course if I need confirmation for a job interview before my certificate arrives?

Yes. If you contact the Healthcare Skills Training International office by email, they can arrange that for you without delay.

I am a junior doctor and I don't perform very well in interviews and struggle to speak to larger groups, although my clinical work is excellent. Is there a short course that can help me develop my presentation skills and abilities at interview?

Yes, our Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Education has helped many in exactly your position. During our two-day course, you will learn and be individually coached on how to present yourself well. You should be able to speak on any subject in a structured and engaging way using the tools we give you. We also have advice to help the nervous presenter gain confidence and control.

When is the right time in my career to try the three key Postgraduate Diploma course bundle for clinicians?

Dr Jacki Haughton writes: We have had clinicians benefit from our Postgraduate Diplomas in Clinical Education, Clinical Leadership - Human Factors and Neuroscience at all career-stages, from immediately after graduation to those who are already established in primary and secondary care. We have had Consultants, GPs, junior doctors, dentists, nurses, physios, paramedics, and even vets who not only greatly enjoy their 2-day courses, but also feed back to us specific instances when they have used their training with us to good effect under stressful circumstances. Many clinical staff come on a course for a specific reason – perhaps because they want to improve their teaching skills, or maybe they need a leadership course before applying for a particular role. Some struggle during interviews while others recognise that they can miss the cues of colleagues or patients sometimes. Personally, I wished these courses were available early in my own clinical career.

Who is the REsilience: turbocharge your everyday course for?

Denise Cafarelli-Dees at Brain-First writes: Everyone in the Healthcare Sector - clinicians and industry professionals - has struggled in the aftermath of the pandemic. We have had very favourable reviews from clients who have tried our online self-paced REsilience course. Many like the confidentiality and ‘work-at-your-own-pace’ aspects of this resource. The one-to-one coaching element is also much appreciated by our clients. Anyone, at any level of seniority, working in healthcare organisations or the medical device industry who recognises that their resilience has fallen, should try this course.

Who is the Post Graduate Award in Principles of Remote Consultation for? I am a GP used to telephoning my patients, but am going to start offering to see patients online if I think they are suitable.

Dr Jacki Haughton writes: This course is for you and your secondary care clinical colleagues. This thought-provoking and stimulating course was designed and delivered by my colleague Dr Mateen Jiwani, a practicing GP with a long-standing interest in remote consultation who was at the forefront of developing online consultation best practice at the start of the pandemic.

If I fail one part of an online course assessment on my first attempt, is there support available at Healthcare Skills Training International, before I try again?

Diane Irvine writes: Most definitely. Always contact the Healthcare Skills office before making a second attempt, if one of your assessments fails to reach the threshold to pass. We recognise that many delegates don’t have English as their first language. Sometimes, a delegate might be dyslexic. Perhaps illness strikes and causes difficulties with submission deadlines. We give every assistance so that these difficulties aren’t an insurmountable barrier for delegates who ‘know their stuff’ or need additional study time to succeed.

Short Course Postgraduate Diplomas

Qualification times set by EduQual are based on Ofqual guidance. This means the minimum hours for a Post-graduate diploma are recommended as 370 hours of learning. Each multiple of 10 learning hours equates to 1 credit. 

All credits are identified on the Certificate issued by the awarding organisation, EduQual. 

If you wish to use a Healthcare Skills International qualification to obtain a Masters Degree

from a university you are required to present the university with a qualification transcript

(See below), the university reviews the qualification transcript and subsequently award what they feel is the correct number of credit exemptions.

Each University is an institution in their own right and will award credits on individual basis at their discretion. Historically the majority of universities have allowed exemption for the whole of the credit value however it must be noted that this is discretionary ie one student was allowed all the credit value and one student that was not. This is an arbitrary process, each student is assessed individually, and our organisation does not have any input to the universities exemption panels. 

Regarding a qualification transcript, this would be something that you would request from EduQual as the Awarding Organisation that issued the certificate.

These documents are sometimes referred to as Notification of Performance (NOP) or in Scotland Record of Attainment (ROP). These documents should list all the modules or subjects you studied in each year, the marks or grades you achieved for each module and the UK credit value and level of each module.  It should be stamped or signed by the registry of the Awarding Organisation.

(Accredited Prior Learning/ Recognised Prior Learning/ Continuous Professional Development)

Any APL/RPL for our qualifications is contained in the credit value for the Continuous Professional Development, and the APL/RPL must relate to the qualification you are undertaking and must be available for external scrutiny should it be requested by the Awarding Organisation. 

Deadlines for submissions are in the ‘Examination Brief’ which is given at the end of our Post Graduate Diploma courses. In line with our policies, all assignments must be uploaded within one months of the completion of the training. 

However, we are always open to extending this for exceptional circumstances.

The two virtual training days on a Post Graduate Diploma course are consecutive.  If you can only attend one day and wish to attend the second day on another course, for example, we can, with advance request accommodate this. Get in touch with the Healthcare Skills Office to discuss things, if issues arise.

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