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Learning and Teaching (Higher Education) PGCert

Learning and Teaching (Higher Education) PGCert

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Higher Education (General) Teaching / Training In Higher Education

Course type


Course Summary

This course supports you as part of your own Continuing Professional Development (CPD) so that you are able to make positive contributions to teaching and learning within the HE sector. Accredited against the Higher Education Academy Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), the PG Cert encourages you to reflect upon your own practice, learn from sharing practice with others, and develop a deep understanding of educational models framing HE in contemporary University settings. Regardless of whether you study it face to face or online, our highly interactive course exposes you to the very best teaching practice. Our qualified and experienced team offer face to face sessions at both our Chelmsford and Cambridge campuses; if you need the flexibility to study where and when it suits you, then our distance learning option may provide the most useful opportunity for you. The course comprises of two modules, with each module containing a compulsory teaching observation within your HE institution.

As you’ll be undertaking observations within your institution as part of their quality assurance processes and support for your continuing professional development, this observation will focus on assessing your practice in relation to the related learning outcomes within the modules. You’ll have access to our Canvas Learning Management System (LMS), which provides you with a wide range of teaching and learning resources as well as interactive opportunities to engage with the materials and other students. You’ll be encouraged to reflect upon the impact of your teaching practice on learning, continually critique and develop it and share your experiences with others. As you start your course you’ll be invited to a face to face induction session in Cambridge or Chelmsford during teaching week 1. This will provide you with the opportunity to get to know your course, your fellow students and the campus better. If you are studying by distance learning, you are more than welcome to attend the induction.

Different course options

Part time | Cambridge Campus | 12 months | SEP

Study mode

Part time


12 months

Start date



This module is designed to introduce practitioners in various higher education contexts to the knowledge and skills necessary to plan, deliver, and evaluate learning. It will encourage you to use effective models of reflective practice to develop and enhance your own teaching practices in the light of relevant theoretical models of learning and your own experience as a learner and teacher. The module will address practical aspects of teaching, ranging from teaching students in large and small groups through using technology to support learning to developing courses of learning based on the principle of constructive alignment. It places considerable emphasis on developing practical teaching skills to enhance the learning experience of students. Seminars, tutorials, presentations, workshops and online activities will be used to facilitate the learning and teaching process.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

This course is not currently available for International students - please contact the University for further details.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

As a candidate for the course they must already be employed in an appropriate higher educational context and must have regular access to teaching students there. This is so that throughout the course they can actively engage with the course outcomes, be observed teaching and reflect upon and develop their continuing practice. A first degree is desirable and a high standard of written English is essential.