Whether you are new or experienced in teaching in HE, our course is for you. 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.
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.
Our course is accredited by the Higher Education Academy and provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate that at the point of successfully completing your studies you are evidencing your practice in line with Descriptor 2 of the UKPSF. This means that you are eligible to apply to become a Fellow of the HEA. Please note that if the HE institution in which you work is not a member of the HEA, then a separate application fee will apply at that point.
With the needs of the 21st Century classroom and learners constantly changing, our course will provide you with the transferable skills to communicate, research and apply relevant teaching knowledge and understanding to practice. With a focus on continuing professional development, the course and modules provide the opportunity to apply for Fellowship status of the HEA, can contribute to the MA Education course and ultimately towards Professional Doctorate study.
In order to meet the course requirements, it is necessary that you are currently teaching and supporting learning within the HE sector both on application and during the entire course. Each module contains 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.
Modules & assessmentCore modules
- Enhancing Learning and Teaching Through Reflective Practice
- Developing Assessment for Learning
Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change.Assessment
Assessment for both modules involves the completion of a series of pieces of academic work that are informed by your both your practice and theoretical understanding. The assessment approach, named patchwork text, supports you to demonstrate your engagement with each module’s outcomes and compile the assessment for each module as the module progresses. The planning for and observation of your practice, as well as your subsequent reflection, is aligned to the module outcomes and forms part of your academic submission.
We use online submission and feedback for our final assessments. With students across the sector increasingly expected to use online plagiarism detection software packages, this offers you an insight into both views of the tool, as well as the opportunity to try out the system from a student perspective.