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