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

Overview

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 Higher Education Academy.

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

Mode of Study:

Distance learning

Duration:

1 year

Start date:

JanSep


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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 the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Successful completion of the course enables you to be recognized as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. If you’re a registered nurse or midwife you may also be eligible to register as a teacher on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register.

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), the values expressed by SEDA and, where applicable, meet the standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in respect of the ‘Teacher’ part of the NMC register.

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Disclaimer

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

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above, or equivalent.  Applicants will need to be in a substantive teaching and assessment role within higher education or at a higher education level in order to be eligible for the programme.

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 pgadmissions@napier.ac.uk

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 non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • 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 2018/19 2019/20
Home/EU £2,660 £2,766
Overseas £5,850 £6,084


Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Careers

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.

Photo of Onye, an undergraduate law student.