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Award of Institutional Credit in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

This Award of institutional Credit in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (ALTHE) is a Masters level, 20 credit programme and is an ideal first step towards a full teaching qualification in HE. This introduction to teaching, learning and assessment in HE is designed specifically for those with relatively little teaching such as fractional & part time staff and those who do training, teaching assistance or support roles as part of, or in addition to other professional roles. Specifically, it is aimed at those:

  • Who only have limited teaching responsibilities (eg. primarily research-focussed HE professionals)
  • Whose professional role is non-academic but still do some student-facing work (e.g. librarians; technicians)
  • Who would like to complete the PGCert HE but find appeal in spreading the study over two years
  • Who are post-Graduate Researchers (PGRs) nearing the end of their doctoral studies who are committed to an academic career
  • Without a first degree (who may have professional or non-traditional qualifications) who are teaching or who can secure some voluntary teaching.

Programme structure

The programme's two modules provide a 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 modules is studied with PG Certificate in Higher Education participants.

The 'Learning, teaching and assessing in higher education' module 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 third party observations. Successful completion of this also entitles the participant to claim Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).

Part-time online learning

Aside from two study days (both Saturdays) early in the academic year, the programme is online, using a variety of web 2.0 tools to provide a socially interactive experience. You will be expected to participate in activities including group work and webinars. Face to face contact supplements the online elements in the form of teaching observations and 1-1 tutorials. Support is provided by the programme team, peers, online tutor, personal tutor and mentors. For further information please contact the programme leader at: 


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:

  • Enable participants to design and implement individual teaching and learning episodes
  • Develop participants' facilitative, reflective and evaluative skills for teaching and learning
  • Provide the opportunity and impetus for participants to advance their own professional development as part of a community of scholars and professionals
  • Provide a basis for progression into the PG Certificate in Higher Education or equivalent HE teaching qualification.

What you will study

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.


The programme helps to equip participants for a career in HE teaching and provides a first step towards an HE teaching qualification.

Visit the Award of Institutional Credit in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education page on the University of Greenwich website for more details!





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