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Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE)

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE)

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30 weeks

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Higher Education (General)

Course type


Course Summary


Develop the expertise to support you within your role in both digital and face-to-face teaching and learning contexts.

Engage with your peers and scholarship and develop as a creative, confident, competent and committed practitioner, able to learn from both your own work and examples of best practice. 

Benefit from our ‘learning by doing’ approach and discover through your own learning experience, what it’s like to learn and teach, both face-to-face and online.

The PGCHE has been designed in consultation with education professionals and external bodies for professional teaching and learning practice, such as the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

You will:

  • Push the limits of your practice by trying new initiatives, and taking risks within a safe, supportive environment
  • Become more confident in your practice and your ability to respond to the rapidly shifting HE sector and its growing emphasis on the student experience
  • Benefit from studying alongside peers from different countries, disciplines and backgrounds, allowing you to interact with new perspectives
  • Develop your ability to critically evaluate your practice in the light of pedagogical research, scholarship and policy 
  • Gain the confidence, knowledge and pedagogical fluency to be able to effectively explain your approach to colleagues, students and managers
  • Gain the knowledge to be able to prepare applications for professional recognition from various professional bodies. E.g. a portfolio for Fellowship recognition (FHEA) from the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in the UK
  • Gain an internationally-recognised qualification for teaching and learning in Higher Education.

Who is this PGCHE for?

As the sector places more and more emphasis on the student experience, effective teaching and learning practice is taking centre stage. This creates a need for both academics and support staff that are confident and qualified in the teaching they deliver.

What you’ll learn

Investigate current theories, concepts and practices within higher education, and explore and develop the ways you can support student learning in a variety of different learning environments.


All assessments are taken and submitted online.

You will be assessed through written coursework and practical activities, such as:

Work-based assignments that are grounded in your current teaching and learning practice where you apply pedagogical scholarship and best practice to develop it 
Written assessments where you design and critically evaluate your curriculum
Practical assessments where you plan, deliver, and evaluate learning activities with your learners, in both face-to-face and online/blended learning contexts.


Further explore and develop the ways in which you can support student learning, especially via online and a mixture of blended learning environments. Learn from your peers and share your practice and experience of supporting learning in different environments. Discuss the relative advantages and challenges for learning offered by these. Engage with and apply pedagogical learning theory and scholarship to your reflection on and development of your practice. Engage with the design, implementation and evaluation of use of technology to enhance learning as part of a blended or online learning approach. Engage in reflective discussion and generation of strategies for curriculum design for supporting flexible, inclusive learning in online and/or blended learning environments. Evaluate and critically reflect on your practice and learning to inform your continuing professional development.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

All applications are considered on an individual basis. You would normally be expected to hold an honours degree. Applicants with qualifications other than a first degree, and those without formal qualifications or accreditation but with substantial, relevant professional experience are also encouraged to apply. As part of the application process you will be asked to submit a description of your prior experience, motivations for studying the course and how you believe it will develop your career aspirations. Within your application you will be expected to demonstrate sufficient previous and current practice in supporting student learning in Higher Education (HE). As a guideline, we expect applicants to be actively engaged in supporting student learning in HE for a minimum of 50 hours over the course’s duration, and be able to evidence this.