PgCert Learning, Teaching & Assessment Practice in Higher Education

Postgraduate, Distance learning

Learning, Teaching & Assessment Practice in Higher Education PgCert

Boost your career prospects and develop your learning, teaching and assessment skills on this accredited course for university academics


Develop your knowledge of quality enhancement, student support and scholarship in higher education on this accredited course.

As a subject specialist, you're already well established in your discipline. But teaching at a university or other institution at Higher Education (HE) level requires a distinct collection of skills and knowledge. 

You’ll appreciate that opportunities for personal and professional development are fundamentally important for making the transition into teaching. 

If you are already working in a higher education institution, this course offers you the chance to gain an accredited qualification at postgraduate level and to be recognised as a Fellow of the HEA (formerly the Higher Education Academy, now AdvanceHE).

You'll need to engage in an entire year of part-time, work-based, collaborative online study.

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Mode of Study:

Distance learning


1 year

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Course details

This course aims to develop your engagement with the scholarship of learning and teaching and with the principles of student-centred higher education curriculum design, delivery and assessment. You’ll explore how people learn and investigate how assessment and feedback practice shapes learning.

As you read around the module topics, you can expect to become increasingly fascinated by the challenges and complexities that underpin evidence-based teaching and learning. You’ll be joining a community of reflective practitioners and together, you will engage in collaborative online learning activities which develop your confidence, skills and experience in teaching.

This course is recognised by Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) and accredited by AdvanceHE.

Successful completion of the course enables you to be recognised as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Subjects include

  • Learning, teaching and evaluation of teaching
  • Assessment, feedback and student support
  • Research and scholarship and the supervision of students’ research

You'll enhance your learning, teaching, assessment and research skills as well as your capacity for academic and reflective writing.

The PG Cert Learning, Teaching and Assessment Practice qualification is an important part of becoming a fully qualified member of academic staff in the higher education sector.

Course aims

  • To introduce students to a scholarly community of reflective pedagogic practitioners
  • To embrace an enhancement-led, student-centred, evidence-based approach to learning, teaching and assessment practice
  • To inspire career-long continuing professional development in high-quality, student-centred pedagogic practice
  • To embed research, knowledge exchange, scholarship and evaluation within the context of academic practice in the digital university
  • To facilitate the successful articulation of UKPSF (D2),and the outcomes and values expressed by SEDA.



Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Placement and study abroad opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this course is current work experience in a teaching and/or  supporting learning role in higher education with a minimum of 6 hours per week face to face contact with students. Experience must include design, delivery and assessment of undergraduate or postgraduate learning experiences. 

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test.  The English Language requirements for this programme are IELTS (Academic) with an overall score of 6.5 with no individual component score of less than 6.0.  For guidance on the acceptability of other English Language tests please contact

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult or Mental Health)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2021/22 2022/23
Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £3,025 tba
Overseas and EU £6,525 tba

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships


This qualification will consolidate your status within your own university or teaching institution.

You may undertake the course as part of a probationary programme for a new appointment or use it to increase your opportunities for transfer within the university system, upgrade your current standing, or pursue further educationally-focused studies.

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