The Postgraduate Certificate is a practice-based flexible learning course designed principally as continuing professional development for people with at least 72 hours of teaching per year at the University of Westminster. External applicants must have at least 72 hours per year teaching in a higher education setting and be able to secure a mentor to observe their teaching during the course.
The course is delivered substantially online supported by some face to face elements, with flexible ways of accessing and contributing to activities, although it is possible to complete the course wholly through distance learning.
As this is a part-time only course, it is not eligible for University of Westminster scholarships. It is also not suitable for those not currently teaching at least 72 hours per year in a higher education setting.
The aim of the course is to develop your practice as a teacher and then you can expand your practice to include educational research related to your discipline and interests through continuing to Higher Education MA.
The course develops your learning and teaching process set against the wider context of policy, research/knowledge and societal developments. It is designed to support those who wish to take a lead in the development of learning, teaching and assessment in their own context and to contribute to the wider field of research and developments in learning and teaching.
The Postgraduate Certificate Higher Education (Pg Cert HE) includes a recognised programme of professional development in learning and teaching for staff in Higher Education that is accredited by the Higher Education Academy for membership as a Fellow.
Entry requirements vary among our postgraduate courses, but most courses have the following minimum standard entry requirements. Any course-specific requirements are described on our course pages.
Note that even if you meet our minimum entry requirements, we cannot guarantee you a place on the course.
Our standard postgraduate entry requirements for most courses are:
a good honours degree from a recognised university or qualification or experience deemed to be equivalent
English Language competency requirements vary among courses, but as a minimum, you will need the equivalent to an IELTS* score of at least 6.5 overall (and minimum 5.5 in each component)
Supporting Student learning
This module provides the opportunity for participants to reflect and develop their professional practice in teaching and/or supporting student learning in HE. It provides the opportunity to explore key concepts, challenges and the application of evidence informed practice in teaching and supporting learning.
Curriculum Development, Assessment and Feedback
This module examines the role that assessment plays within the overall learning process. It covers two main areas: firstly, assessment and quality assurance and secondly, the role of assessment and feedback in the learning process locating assessment and feedback as an integral part of the teaching and learning process.
Using Technology to Enhance Learning
This module will examine how technology can impact on the major teaching and learning activities on a taught course. Module delivery will draw on the experience of participants, either as a teacher or a learner, to determine and evaluate opportunities for the use of technology in face to face or blended environment.
Blended Learning: Engaging students and Transforming Curricula
The aim of this course is to enable participants to develop an informed personal view of the issues involved in preparing for the online aspects of blended learning, chiefly designing curricula, organising activities and managing online participants. The approach is practical, aimed at enabling the development of participant´s own blended learning teaching practice.
Supervising Student Research
This module provides a framework within which participants may evaluate and develop their practise of research supervision – at any level of Higher Education but with a particular focus upon their current and/or future supervision of students researching at doctoral level.
Leadership in an Academic Context
The aim of this module is to encourage participants to demonstrate and develop their practice in leading the development of effective approaches to teaching and learning. You´ll do this through critical reflection on theory, research, and practice relevant to academic leadership, through development of an e-portfolio of their personal experience and through participation in online mentoring activities as part of a collaborative learning community.
Continuing Professional Development (Negotiated Study)
This module is a vehicle for an individually negotiated project that builds on work that the participant is engaged with, but that is contextualised through Higher Level (M-level) intellectual skills and practice.
NB Not all options modules will necessarily be offered in any one year.
Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.
We can help you to:
find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
plan your career development
identify your career options
market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
develop your enterprise skills
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