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Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

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Study mode

Part time

Duration

1 year

Start date

11-AUG-21

Key information
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Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Teaching / Training In Higher Education Higher Education (General)

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

This course is designed for Cambridge staff and takes an enquiry-based approach to exploring challenges in teaching and learning in higher education in Cambridge and beyond, as identified by its participants. The course is delivered in collaboration between the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education and the Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Who is the course designed for?

The course is aimed at staff who teach and/or support learning of students who are studying at the University of Cambridge. Participants normally have at least one to three years’ experience of teaching in higher education. The course assumes a significant amount of independent study, as well as active involvement in teaching and/or supporting learning during the course. The course is not normally open to PhD students.

The course is designed so that participants are able to investigate aspects of teaching and learning that are particularly important to them. Some of the outcomes that are likely to arise from taking the course are:

  • greater understanding of student engagement in higher education;
  • increased confidence;
  • an ability to think creatively and from an evidence base, about how to improve education within and beyond your own practice.

Aims of the programme

The course is designed to enable its participants to develop enquiry-based approaches to engaging with educational challenges and contributing to improvements in the education of students at Cambridge and at tertiary level more broadly. You will:

  • develop your understanding of how students learn;
  • extend your repertoire of teaching, learning and assessment methods; and
  • develop a cogent personal philosophy of education drawing on understanding, use and critical awareness of educational research methods and reflective practice.

In doing so, you will develop practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge about teaching and learning in higher education. The programme is also designed to facilitate cross-disciplinary discussion of teaching, learning and assessment.

Teaching

The course is structured around three units and includes plenary day-long workshops, defined periods of online study through the VLE, individual tutorials and small-group peer learning communities. All participants design a practitioner research proposal, which provides an opportunity to integrate learning and practice during the programme. It is expected that participants attend all day-schools, as well as participate fully in online learning through the course VLE and in termly individual tutorials and peer-learning communities. A significant amount of independent study is also required.

Assessment

You will submit three assignments for formative assessment You will receive formative feedback from your tutor and will be supported in developing and acting on collegial formative feedback through your peer-learning community. The course is summatively assessed through a 10-15,000-word portfolio which you will develop from your formatively assessed drafts and which you will submit by the final deadline of 3 October 2022.

Modules

Introduces selected practitioner research methods and methodologies.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

This course is open to staff who teach and/or support the learning of University of Cambridge students. There is no course fee. We do not currently accept participants who are not eaching/supporting the learning of University of Cambridge students.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

This course is open to staff who teach and/or support the learning of University of Cambridge students. There is no course fee. We do not currently accept participants who are not eaching/supporting the learning of University of Cambridge students.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

If you wish to apply to join the programme you must: teach and/or support learning of students who are studying at the University of Cambridge; have confirmed teaching commitments at Cambridge during the course of the Postgraduate Certificate; normally have at least one to three years’ experience of teaching in higher education; be able to attend all day-schools, tutorials and peer learning activities, as well as engage fully in online learning through the course VLE; be able to arrange your commitments so that you are able to undertake a significant amount of independent study during the course.