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Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

What is the PGCLT (HE)?

This is a post-graduate certificate in HE learning and teaching aimed at in-service academic staff who are new to HE. It is a university requirement that academic staff with less than one year's UK higher education teaching experience (upon appointment), and on contracts of 0.5 or above, should undertake the programme. But it is also available to more experienced academic staff who would like to undertake it for their own CPD.

What does it cover?

The programme has three parts:

Part One – two modules - Core Practice - 20 master's credits in total:

Introduction to learning and teaching in HE| and Curriculum, Assessment and QA|.

Part Two – two optional Modules (from a choice of four) - 20 master's credits in total:

Enhancing Pedagogic Practice|; Supporting Students and Guidance|; Research Supervision, and Guidance|; Contextualizing Higher Education|.

Two dedicated NMC modules may also be taken in place of these optional modules - Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Professional Practice| and Teaching and Learning in Interprofessional Contexts|.

Part Three – one module - Pedagogic Study| – 20 master's credits in total:

Participants will undertake an individual research project focused on a pedagogic issue from within their own professional practice.

Professional accreditation?

The programme is accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA), and successful completion grants fellowship status with that professional body. Academic staff who are required to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) may also take a dedicated pathway on the programme and upon successful completion achieve dual professional recognition with both professional bodies. The programme carries 60 credits at master's level, with the option of continuing to a diploma or full MA Education (HE).|

What are the entry requirements?

All participants should have a degree or equivalent level of qualification, be teaching on a Christ Church validated academic award, and be on a contract of 0.5 or above (or equivalent). Entry on to the programme requires endorsement from a head of department who will negotiate a workload plan to enable each participant to effectively engage with the programme.

What support is there?

There is a programme tutor to assist with assessment and monitor progress and each participant will have a mentor to assist with the identification of discipline specific issues and to undertake observations and reviews of teaching.

Length of programme?

It can be studied over one or two years, but participants have three years to complete a portfolio to be presented to the Examination Board (which meets each year in December).

When does it run?

4.30pm - 7.30pm every Wednesday (during term time) at the main Canterbury site for completion in one year, every other Wednesday for completion in two years.

How do I apply?

For an application form and further details please click here|.

This programme is part of the CCCU academic professional development framework:|