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Higher Education, PGCert

Course Description

The PG Cert in Higher Education is offered in online blended mode and is part time. It is suitable for people already employed in higher education (HE) who need to gain a teaching qualification and who also wish to register with the Higher Education Academy/Nursing and Midwifery Council; it may be also be appropriate for suitably qualified people who would like to teach in HE but are not yet employed in the sector.

Most teaching and learning activities take place online and the programme uses a variety of web 2.0 tools, including Moodle, to provide a socially interactive and engaging experience. This includes learning materials, resources, webinars and other activities and opportunities for sharing and interaction both in study groups and across the programme cohort. The programme includes four compulsory face to face study days on Saturdays, on campus at Greenwich (an induction day in September and three further Study Days). For international participants at Partner Colleges, induction will consist of more than one day, at your own institution.Teaching practice assessments are also conducted face to face. Participants are supported by the programme team and their peers, the online course tutor, personal tutors, and a mentor who is normally from your own department or institution.

Graduates of this programme can join the MA Education and NMC qualified participants can proceed to the MSc in Advanced Practice (for Healthcare Practitioners).

The programme is build around critical reflection on practice and integration of practice and theory, and includes the following topics: pedagogical theories and their application in teaching strategies and planning; reflective and evidence-based practice; inclusivity and diversity; assessment and feedback; student experience and engagement; learning lnvironments; learning design including assessment and technology enhanced learning; Quality Assurance and enhancement; curriculum evaluation; teaching and learning in inter-professional settings (NMC); professionalism.

The aims of the programme are:

- To enable participants to design and implement effective courses and individual teaching and learning episodes

- To develop participants' facilitative, reflective and evaluative skills for teaching and learning

- To provide the opportunity and impetus for participants to advance their own professional development as part of a community of scholars and professionals.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/eduge/hep

Education - General

Our programmes in education benefit post graduate professionals and researchers from a wide range of backgrounds. Focus on independent research. Or combine taught coursework with a supervised thesis. You can tailor your programme to suit your own interests and ambitions.

What you'll study

- Learning, Teaching and Assessing (Level 7)

- Learning Design and Evaluation (Level 7)

- Professional Development in Higher Education (HEA) (Level 6) OR Professional Development in HE (NMC teacher) (Level 6)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.


Assessment includes a range of individual and group assignments and assessment of teaching practice.

Professional recognition

This programme leads to recognition as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (An additional fee may apply). For NMC registered participants, it also leads to NMC Teacher status.

Career options

The programme provides a recognised teaching qualification for those working in Higher Education.

You can find further information on our PG Cert HE blog (http://blogs.gre.ac.uk/pgcertinhe/) and you can contact the Programme Leader with any queries at :

Visit the Higher Education, PGCert page on the University of Greenwich website for more details!

Student Profiles

Fast Forward Master's Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Our Fast Forward Master's Scholarship will provide £5000 support which can be taken either as a discount from the normal fee or a cash bursary.Up to 80 scholarships will be available across the university.Criteria and who can apply?- Final year University of Greenwich home undergraduates (subject to a simple financial means threshold details below) who are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree. Offers for the Scholarship scheme will be made conditional upon achievement of that degree outcome.- Available for part time programmes. Part time fees will be split across the first two years of study.- Students will need to have a declared household income of £40,000 or less, and will be asked to demonstrate this by providing certain information as requested by the university.- Students funded by Student Finance England (SFE) will need to ensure that SFE have "consent to share" their household income assessment with the university.- Students who receive funding from Student Finance Services European Team, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland will be asked to by the University to provide documents from their funding provider to verify their household income.- Fees will be subject to a 5% prompt payment discount if paid in full by the end of September 2016. Other fee waivers (for example the Alumni and First Class Honours waivers) will not be payable in addition to Fast Forward Master's Scholarships.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Final year University of Greenwich home undergraduates (subject to a simple financial means threshold details below) who are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree. Offers for the Scholarship scheme will be made conditional upon achievement of that degree outcome.

Application Procedure

Before applying for this scheme you must first make an application for an eligible University of Greenwich Master's programme.Applications for Fast Forward Master's Scholarships will be addressed to check whether:- They meet the eligibility tests as summarised above and as set out more fully in the self-check eligibility test (see below)- They are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree.Those applications which pass this assessment will result in scholarship offers, on a first come/ first serve basis. These offers will be conditional on the achievement of a first or upper second class degree.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A good honours degree AND qualifications and experience appropriate to their specialist area sufficient to make them credible contenders for appointment to the higher education sector AND a guaranteed minimum of 60 hours teaching in HE (level 4-7) during the period of registration, at least 10 hours of this in the first term. This may include a range of teaching activity, including tutorials and supervision.

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