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  • Study Type

    Part time available

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  • Course Duration

    2-3 years part time

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  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    26 July 2017

Course content

This Postgraduate Certificate, which includes the ‘Teaching and Supervision’ courses provides a route for academic staff to show fulfilment of the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education.

Why this programme

◾The programme will help you to develop practices in critical reflection and judgement that you can apply in relation to your own teaching.
◾The programme strives to provide practical advice and support to enhance teachers’ confidence and ongoing development alongside evidence-based, theoretical approaches to learning, teaching and assessment.
◾Upon successful completion of the Teaching and Supervision courses (TSC), which form the first 40 credits of the Postgraduate Certificate, you will be eligible for professional recognition with the Higher Education Academy.

[Programme structure]]
The Postgraduate Certificate consists of core and optional courses involving small numbers of participants utilising an interactive, discussion-based classroom approach. You will take 2 core courses (which from the TSC) and 2 optional courses.

Core courses
◾Learning and teaching in higher education
◾Developing effective supervision practices.

Optional courses

The key areas of learning, teaching and assessment include
◾course and curriculum design
◾evaluation of teaching practice
◾principles of assessment and feedback
◾research supervisions
◾teaching methodologies including, lecturing, small group work and online learning.

Background and aims

From September 2014, there are changes to the professional development requirements for staff on new academic contracts at the University of Glasgow. This means that most 'research' and 'research and teaching' staff will be required to complete 40 credits of Teaching and Supervision Courses (TSC), while most University Teachers will be required to complete the full 60 credits of the Postgraduate Certificate.

Staff with a contractual requirement to complete TSC or the 60 credits of the PgCert will be given priority. If you are unsure whether or not you fall within this category, please check your contract letter or contact your HR manager.

Staff required to undertake the TSC but wishing to complete the full PgCert are encouraged to do so. We will continue to recruit four cohorts of participants each year - two commencing October and two commencing January. Where we have places available, existing University who have not been required to undertake either TSC or the PgCert are also welcome to apply.

Career prospects

It is likely you will already be employed within higher education. The professional accreditation and skills you gain should help enhance your career and enable you to gain professional recognition for teaching and supporting learning in higher education.

Visit the Academic Practice - PGCert page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!






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