PgCert Learning, Teaching & Assessment Practice in Higher Education (international)

Postgraduate, Online learning

Develop knowledge and skills focused on learning, teaching and assessment practices on this course designed for practitioners working in HE contexts.

  • Napier code:

    11255MC

  • Course type:

    Online learning

  • Duration:

    12 months

  • Award:

    PgCert

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Course introduction

If you are currently working in a substantive learning, teaching and assessment role within a higher education institution (or at higher education level) this course offers you the opportunity to develop your knowledge base and its application as it concerns:

Learning and Teaching
Assessment and Feedback
Scholarship and Practice Enhancement

Throughout the course the emphasis will be on enhancing your current practice in the interests of students and their learning.

It is a work-based course within which you, the learner, drive the learning experience.

Delivered full online you have the opportunity to make a real difference in your career with a minimum of disruption to your work and personal life.


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The course values your capacity for critical reflection and evaluation, enabling you to tailor the learning opportunities to meet your needs and maximises opportunities for active, collaborative learning. Successful completion of the course will result in the award of Pg Cert Learning, Teaching and Assessment Practice in Higher Education (International). Please note that successful completion of the course will not result in the conferment of Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Your learning is supported by our online learning environment where we seek to engage you as an individual, you as a member of a small group and the cohort as a whole in a cross-disciplinary active learning experience designed to enrich your knowledge/understanding.

For the award of Pg Cert you must successfully pass all three modules, giving a total of 60 credits. All modules are 20 credits.

What you study

Introduction to Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (International) 
This module focuses on an introduction to learning and teaching and includes a number of topics designed to facilitate the development of your everyday practice and its underpinning knowledge base.

Assessment and Feedback (International)

This module focuses on developing assessment and feedback to support learning. It will illuminate some of the key concepts, dilemmas and debates that have informed the assessment for learning movement in higher education in recent years. You will be encouraged to use these to critically review an aspect of practice in your own professional area and make recommendations for enhancement. 

Scholarship and Practice Enhancement (International)
This module focuses on scholarship and practice enhancement and provides you with the opportunity to select a topic of interest within your own area of work where you can plan for a small-scale change project and the evaluation of its impact. The module will also facilitate your exploration of how you might manage and lead change.


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.

The Pg Cert Learning, Teaching and Assessment Practice in Higher Education (International) provides a recognised qualification and should support continuing professional development within your own context.


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.

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
All Students 2017/18 2018/19
All students *£770 tba
Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.
Modules are purchased via our online store and paid for in full at time of enrollment.
This course comprises of 60 credits, therefore the total cost is £2,310.