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Study mode

Part time


12 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching (General) Higher Education (General)

Course type


Course Summary


This PGCE in Higher Education is aimed at academic staff working in higher education and covers contemporary approaches to both teaching and student learning. You'll be introduced to academic practice, with an overview of learning theories, practical classroom teaching and learning approaches, and will cover a range of pedagogical approaches. You'll explore key theories in learning and teaching in the context of your own academic practice and you'll engage in technology-enhanced learning, both in use and pedagogy.

You'll develop insight into the theory behind pedagogical approaches to learning and teaching, such as gamification and object-based learning, as well as more traditional approaches to large group lectures and smaller group seminar and workshop activities. Your skills and confidence in delivering learning using such methods will develop as you progress through the course.

Why us?

  • The course aims to transform teaching practice by introducing a range of tools and techniques which promote student engagement and success
  • Visiting guest speakers from a range of backgrounds will share their experiences of working in the field
  • You will be taught in state-of-the-art facilities and through the use of virtual, augmented and immersive equipment and environments
  • On successful completion of the course, you may apply for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, providing you with recognition of your practice (Subject to Approval)

Career ready

On completion of the course, you may look to find employment at higher education institutions, teaching across a range of year groups.


Explore academic practice and gain an overview of learning theories, practical classroom teaching and learning approaches, while also covering a range of pedagogical approaches. Identify both why you are taking an approach as well as having the ability to implement, adapt and evaluate contemporary approaches to health professions education.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

Part-time courses are not available to international applicants who require a Student visa to study in the UK.

Entry requirements

You are expected to have a substantial teaching workload which should equate to more than 100 hours of direct student contact each year. You must undertake a full range of academic practice in line with the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) in order to complete the course. The majority of students undertaking the course will be academics on a teaching and research contract, although the course is open to research assistants and associates who also contribute to teaching provided they are able to meet all of the dimensions of the UKPSF.