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Learning and Teaching in Higher Education PgCert

Learning and Teaching in Higher Education PgCert

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1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Teaching / Training In Higher Education Higher Education (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Why choose this course?

This course is ideally suited for those who wish to develop their teaching in line with the current demands and opportunities in higher education teaching and learning. The course is fully delivered online, making it especially appealing for busy in-service teachers who are pressed for time.

Our course is designed for those already employed by institutions that deliver higher or further education. It is aimed at those who teach and:

have fewer than three years' full-time teaching experience or
are involved in supporting learning (such as librarians, learning technologists, academic developers, skills advisers, technicians).

This course would also benefit anyone in these roles who wishes to strengthen or refresh their understanding and knowledge of learning and teaching. Our tutors are educationalists and specialise in online learning, in addition to being active researchers in higher education studies.

What you will study

The course comprises two modules each lasting 19 weeks (16 weeks of structured learning and three weeks of assessment preparation) that contextualise your teaching experiences within the wider issues, such as classroom teaching, curriculum design, learning environment, student learning. Within each module, you will critically examine, reflect upon and develop your professional practice in teaching and supporting learning in higher and further education.

Given the interactive nature of the course, it is important that from the beginning you see the teachers as facilitators on the course, but not the primary source of knowledge. Independent reading and reflection on books, online journals, internet articles, and collaboration with your colleagues and mentor will all contribute to your learning. Your success on the course will be achieved by making full use of all these resources and integrating them in ways which show that your teaching is aligned with the principles of active learning.

After you graduate

This course has been designed to be a practical, work-based course in learning, teaching and assessment in higher education. As such, it prepares you for working as a teacher and/or facilitator in higher or further education.

The award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education is recognised by most universities in the UK, and increasingly internationally, as necessary qualifications for teaching in higher education institutions.

Additionally the course thoroughly prepares you for every success in applying for the status of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with the Higher Education Academy, a status recognised by most universities in the UK, and increasingly internationally, as necessary/desirable recognition for teaching in higher education institutions.


This module offers participants the opportunity to examine, reflect upon and develop their professional practice in teaching and supporting learning in HE. The main focus will be on how students learn and participants will examine their practice in relation to a range of ideas drawn from different subject disciplines and scholarship in the field of learning and teaching.

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Entry requirements

The minimum entry qualifications for the course are: a professionally relevant first degree or equivalent qualification; 70 hours teaching per annum; and a mentor approved by the course team. The mentor should be an experienced academic in the higher education institution in which you undertake your teaching (somebody who has been teaching for more than three years in higher education and is recognised by the institution for their teaching practice). Mentors will: assist you with understanding the principles of active learning and what this means for your practice; provide advice and guidance on general aspects of teaching in the participants' subject area; they will help with embedding general pedagogic principles into a participants' discipline of specialisation; support and manage all aspects (including relevant documentation) of teaching observation integrated into the course; offer general support as a colleague, including regular meetings; and act as link with the course tutors.

University information

Located in South-West London, Kingston University offers a high-quality portfolio of taught postgraduate and research degree courses in a buzzing, student-friendly, riverside town. Students at Kingston are equipped with the skills they need to succeed in the modern workplace and are provided with a huge variety of learning opportunities, state-of-the-art resources and facilities and support services. Postgraduate study spans four academic...more