The Award of Institutional Credit in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (ALTHE) is an applied, practice-based programme supporting professional development in higher education and offering a first step towards a higher education teaching qualification. The programme provides an introduction to teaching, learning and assessment in higher education for those with relatively little teaching but for whom a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education is not appropriate; fractional or part-time staff; those with teaching support or assistant roles.
The programme's two courses provide solid grounding in the practice of teaching and reflection in higher education. Using a reflective and experiential approach, participants evaluate their own professional practice, relating this reflection to educational theory and scholarship to develop pedagogical understanding and innovative responses to the challenges of teaching in higher education. One of the two courses is studied with PG Certificate in Higher Education participants.
The 'Learning, teaching and assessing in higher education' course includes planning and facilitating learning, assessing, and giving feedback. 'Foundations of professional development in HE' includes development of a portfolio of evidence meeting expectations of the UK Professional Standards Framework, including teaching practice assessments.
The programme is online blended, using a variety of web 2.0 tools to provide socially interactive experience through learning activities including group-work and webinars, with two face-to-face study days (Saturdays) and teaching observations. Support is provided by the programme team, peers, online tutor, personal tutor and mentors. For further information please contact the programme leader at: [email protected]
Outcomes of successful completion include eligibility for Associate Fellowship of the HEA and 20 credits at Level 7, for potential progression into a PG Certificate in HE using the credit transfer system.
The aims of the programme are to:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
The programme is assessed through a variety of coursework assignments including formative group and individual assignments using different media and summative individual reflective assignments including essays, teaching practice assessments and an e-portfolio which evidences reflective practice, meeting the expectations of the UK Professional Standards Framework (Associate Fellowship). All coursework is marked on a pass/fail basis, and excellence is recognised in the feedback.
Accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) for Associate Fellowship of the HEA.
The programme helps to equip participants for a career in HE teaching and provides a first step towards an HE teaching qualification.
For successful participation in the programme access to a computer with audio capacity, a camera/webcam and very good broadband connection are required. The programme provides induction and support where needed in use of technology for online learning and teaching.
What is the MSc in Veterinary Education?
The MSc in Veterinary Education is a unique part-time programme. It is designed to promote teaching excellence in the field of veterinary education and workplace training. The programme will equip you with the skills to develop your performance as an educator, and to provide an enhanced learning experience to anyone you teach or train.
Developed by experts at the RVC's prestigious LIVE Centre, it is a flexible programme of study aimed at:
The Postgraduate Certificate is accredited by the Higher Education Academy and on successful completion of the course, participants are eligible to become AFHEA (Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy) or FHEA (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy), depending on the number of units completed.
The programme comprises three separate, progressive courses. The majority of programme participants begin their studies with the PG Certificate. For advice on the level of entry most suited to your needs, check the entry requirements or email [email protected]
Postgraduate Certificate in Veterinary Education
The Postgraduate Certificate in Veterinary Education aims to facilitate skills and knowledge in all areas of teaching and assessment, to maintain evidence based professional practice, and to develop competent and reflective practitioners. On successful completion of this part of the programme, graduates are entitled to become FHEA, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (this may be subject to an additional fee payable to the HEA).
The Postgraduate Certificate comprises 60 credits and consists of ten units of study, structured within two modules:
Module 1 - Fundamentals in Veterinary Education (FIVE)
This module provides a broad overview of the key principles which underpin professional education. The units of study are:
Module 2 - Current Perspectives in Veterinary Education (CIVE)
This module provides a broad overview of five topical issues in education at Higher Education level and how these are relevant to practice in veterinary and para-veterinary education. The units of study are:
Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Education
The Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Education comprises four optional modules of 15 credits each, chosen from:
MSc in Veterinary Education
The MSc in Veterinary Education comprises two compulsory modules:
(Students who have already taken Educational Research methods – Qualitative and Quantitative as part of the PG Diploma must choose another 15 credit module from the above list that has not been taken as part of the PG Diploma).
On successful completion of the programme, you will be able to:
Beginning in September, the programme is delivered part-time, over a period of one to six calendar years (depending on your level of study), and has a flexible structure, designed to give you multiple entry and exit points, depending on your experience and career aspirations.
We have devised two modes of delivery:
Course participants may choose the study mode most suited to their needs.
The MSc programme will provide you with the skills to develop your performance as an educator and to provide an enhanced learning experience to anyone you teach or train. It will enable you to get expert input on your teaching, to enhance your career progression and to participate in a supportive peer community of veterinary educators around the world.
The MSc appeals to a broad range of individuals from a wide variety of veterinary professions. For example, as well as those aiming to build a career in higher level education or academia, course participants have included animal welfare education officers, veterinary pharmaceutical company representatives, veterinary librarians, practising veterinarians, veterinary nurses and many more. Approximately half of our students are UK based with the remainder studying as distance learners from USA, Canada, Australia, France, Spain, Denmark, Ireland, Hong Kong, Sri-Lanka and Kenya, amongst others.
Your MSc is internationally recognised, being awarded by the University of London with the Lead College named as the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). The RVC is the only school in the world to hold full accreditation from AVMA, RCVS, EAEVE and AVBC.
Our Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Secondary Education provides a high standard of training for those preparing to take up a teaching post in the secondary school sector. The course complies with the statutory guidance from the National College for Teaching and Leadership for Initial Teacher Training courses.
The aim of the Physical Education course is to develop thoughtful teachers who can respond effectively to the learning needs of young people in school by providing a balanced physical education programme. We also want to inspire a generation to become physically literate and active by providing well prepared, high quality physical education experiences for all students. As a trainee you will learn how to teach physical education to pupils in the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase, with additional primary and post-16 enhancements. You will learn how to develop skills, knowledge and understanding for teaching physical education through a combination of university-led and school-led training.
This course is designed to meet the NCTL Teaching Standards which assesses all trainees working towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
This postgraduate qualification offers 60 Masters-level credits that can be used towards our Masters degrees in the field of education.
This Physical Education route sits within an exciting range of Secondary Education subjects we offer within the Institute of Education.
This is NOT an appropriate training course for applicants who wish to teach in Primary schools or Post Compulsory Education establishments.
Over the one year course, you will undertake learning at University and other educational settings. You will spend 120 days divided between at least two different school placements across the 11-16 age range within the Secondary age phase.
Your University tutor team is available to assist you throughout your training, supporting development of reflection. Every effort is made to ensure that high-quality school placements are provided to you, facilitating learning through observing, co-teaching and being observed by experienced teachers in the classroom.
All course modules provide examples of good practice in pedagogy which you will reflect upon as you develop your own teaching style - you will be expected to actively participate in your own learning and development.
Teaching on the course comprises a variety of methodologies that will prepare you for life in the classroom including teacher-led discussions, pupil-led exploration, peer-group discovery, problem based learning, e-learning and the provision of individual targets.
You will be assessed in a variety of ways including written assignments; classroom based investigation and other school-based activities, and appraisal of practical teaching skills.
Typical activities may include:
PGCE: Programme Structure
The PGCE course takes place over 180 days, and 120 of those days are spent in a school. You will have one school attachment during the autumn term and another (in a different school) in the spring/summer terms.
One of our strengths is that we have a vast network of high quality partnership schools in which to place you for the extended school placements. We ensure that you receive high quality school-based training by selecting schools with highly trained mentors and a proven track record of excellent trainee outcomes. We will also take other factors into consideration when placing you, such as your geographical location and transportation, to provide you with the best possible experience in a convenient and suitable setting.
The University-led elements of the course take place at our Walsall Campus. Our PGCE starts in early September and ends in June, and it is an intensive academic and professional training course that effectively prepares you for your first teaching post and beyond.
The course comprises of a two day professional placement in mixed subject groups, two extended school placements in your subject specialism and two periods of University-based teaching – September to October and January to February. The programme also includes a short Primary school placement and additional opportunities for a range of enhancements to your course; for example, experience of teaching pupils with special educational needs, teaching pupils at post-16 level or teaching pupils for whom English is an additional language.
Following on from his PGCE with us (during which he had to cope with a severe injury to his knee), Matthew began work as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) at Deansfield Community School in Wolverhampton. In his NQT year, Matthew won a national award for being an 'Inspirational Educator' from the Company of Educators Charitable Trust.
Matthew has been instrumental in developing interest and participation in rugby at the school, including running after-school clubs for the sport. He has also promoted sports such as volleyball, fitness and cricket which had either not been played for a while, or not at all. Due to his commitment to out of school hours work, the school currently has between 50 and 70 boys per week attending sports clubs, playing fixtures and going on sports related trips.
The University will award students with the PGCE in Secondary Education with 60 credits at Master’s level.
All students who have fully met the Teachers’ Standards as set by the National College for Teaching & Leadership will be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
The award of QTS is essential to teach in a maintained school in the United Kingdom and, upon gaining this award, the student becomes a qualified teacher.
Through online delivery of content, our Higher Education MA offers you the flexibility to create a programme that suits your professional development needs in the field of university teaching, and is offered on a part-time basis over five years.
The programme allows you to construct your own developmental pathway through a choice of optional modules. You will do this by engaging with the explicit pedagogic framework that underpins the programme, emphasising the connections between concepts, theory and practice, teaching and research, disciplinary methods, and teachers and students.
On the programme you will analyse issues relating to your everyday teaching practice, share practice and explore solutions with your fellow participants and tutors.
This programme is studied over three academic years and is part-time via distance learning. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.
On successful completion of the PGDip in Higher Education and a review of a portfolio of work via an accreditation panel, participants may apply to become a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (subject to accreditation).
Example module listing
The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
As part of induction to the programme, you will have a discussion with a personal tutor to help you make the appropriate choices for your professional learning journey based on your previous teaching and learning experience in the higher education context and your developmental aspirations.
A personal tutor will work with you to develop a personalised plan to ensure you get the most from the programme by developing your professional knowledge and skills.
As we recognised that you will be working within your own higher education institutions while you study, the programme is offered as part-time registration. It is anticipated that the Diploma would be completed within two years of registration and the Dissertation would normally be completed within an additional year.
You will be registered initially for the MA in Higher Education (180 credits). However, you can choose to step-off at Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or the Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) Level.
You can decide to study for a general MA in Higher Education or a MA in Higher Education with a specialist pathway. Specialist pathways are only available for the MA in Higher Education (not at the award of Diploma).
If you decide, a pathway is right for you, you will need to take 60 credits from the specialist modules and conduct research within the Research Dissertation module on an area relating to the pathway. The following are the three specialist pathways available:
If you decide to take the Academic Leadership pathway, you will be awarded for example, 'MA in Higher Education (Academic Leadership)'.
The postgraduate certificate is built around the compulsory module of 'Teaching in Your Own Discipline'. You will choose three optional modules that help builds your own professional pathway and suits your needs.
For the Postgraduate Diploma, based on your personal/professional development plan, you will choose three further modules that fulfil your personal and professional aims and which strengthens your activities, knowledge and professional values in your career.
You will also do the compulsory module of 'Researching in Higher Education', which aims to help you to start thinking about how to investigate and explore issues that intrigues and challenges you in the Higher Education landscape.
For the MA in Higher Education, you will have to conduct a piece of independent research as part of the compulsory Research Dissertation module.
This allows you to investigate an issue that you have personally selected that will contribute to your growing understanding of your professional practice.
The programme will be delivered online so you can access the materials from your place of work, home or elsewhere. All materials will be available through the University’s virtual learning environment (SurreyLearn).
Each participant will also have their own personal tutor from the Department of Higher Education.
We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.
In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.