Pg Cert Learning, Teaching and Assessment Practice in HE

Postgraduate, Distance Learning

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

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  • Course type:

    Distance Learning

  • Duration:

    1 year

  • Award:

    Pg Cert

  • Location:

    Distance learning

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Course introduction

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 level, requires a distinct collection of skills and knowledge and 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 post graduate level and to be recognized 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.


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 recognized 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’ll may also be eligible to register as a teacher on the 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your 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 are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Home/EU £2,660 tba
Overseas £5,850 tba

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