The Postgraduate Certificate of Special Study in Supporting Learning is a one-semester 20-credit module at level 7 (Masters level). It is designed for colleagues in the University of Westminster (or teaching on University of Westminster programmes in partner colleges) who have a role in teaching/supporting the learning of students at the University of Westminster, but who do not have the full role of an academic member of staff. You might be interested in the module if you are for example:
a research student or research fellow who tutors or demonstrates to students or who runs a seminar group
a visiting lecturer with only a small teaching load
a librarian or careers advisor who does face-to-face sessions with groups of students
a member of the technical staff who supports students in the studio, laboratory or computer suite.
It is normally necessary for you to have at least 15 hours of supporting student learning during the semester in which you would take the course.
The course is delivered by educational development specialists in the Department of Leadership and Professional Development (Westminster Business School), and led by Jennifer Bright. The educational development team supports the University in a range of teaching and learning developments, including the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE), which is a course for new and established academic staff.
Applicants should normally hold a first degree from a recognised institution (minimum Lower Second Class Honours or international equivalent), demonstrate interest and motivation in the subject area, and have at least 15 student contact hours planned for the semester they take the course.
Alternative professional qualifications with at least three years´ relevant professional experience will also be considered.
If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6 in each element.
The module aims to help you enhance your students’ learning by helping you to gain an understanding of effective learning design, planning and student engagement, and further aims to encourage a culture of quality enhancement in teaching and supporting learning.
Module topics and themes supporting this process include:
the scholarship of learning and teaching and linking teaching and research
reflective practices and using student feedback for evaluation and development
threshold concepts, graduate attributes and signature pedagogies
session design and peer observation of teaching
learning design, sustainability and ethics
managing the learning environment
using technology to enhance student learning
student-centred and activity-based learning
facilitating student learning in different subject contexts and in face to face and online environments
facilitating one to one, small group and whole group learning
inclusive practices and using student diversity as a resource
personal and professional development planning
We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.
During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.
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