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Course content

Our PGCert in Higher Education (HE) is an interactive online blended programme which offers the opportunity to reflect on and develop your teaching. 

Our programme is suitable for people already employed in higher education who need to gain a teaching qualification and also wish to gain Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. For those of you registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), we also offer NMC Teacher status.

Our programme models a range of pedagogies and innovations in HE teaching. We promote engagement with various approaches to teaching, learning and assessment and use a variety of models and tools. You will learn how to design and implement effective courses, as well as individual teaching and learning episodes.

Our PGCert may be appropriate for suitably qualified people who are not yet employed in the sector, dependent on a suitable placement.

Online and interactive learning

Most teaching and learning activities take place online and use a variety of web 2.0 tools, including Moodle, to provide a socially interactive and engaging experience. Online content includes learning materials, resources, webinars and other activities and opportunities for sharing. Our programme will provide student interaction both in study groups and across the programme cohort.

Throughout your time with us, you will be supported by the programme team as well as your peers. You will have an online course tutor, a personal tutor, and a mentor who is normally from your own department or institution. If you are based in the UK, you will have face to face teaching and observations. There will be video/skype as well as face to face observations for our international students. 

Time commitment

Our PGCert includes compulsory study days. For UK participants these will be on Saturdays, at our Greenwich campus, and will include an induction day in September, plus three further study days. For groups at international partners of the university, you will have several face to face induction days at your own institution with members of the programme team. These will be followed by both online and face to face study days.

Approaches and Practice

You will engage with a range of approaches, practices and innovations that you can apply to teaching, learning and assessment in your own context. Our programme 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 environments; learning design, including assessment design and technology enhanced learning; Quality Assurance and enhancement; curriculum evaluation; teaching and learning in inter-professional settings (NMC); professionalism.

Graduates of this programme can apply for the MA Education with automatic advanced standing, and with the option of a higher education endorsement; NMC qualified participants can proceed to the MSc in Advanced Practice (for healthcare practitioners).

What you will study

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 1 course from this list of options.


Assessment includes a range of individual and group assignments and observations of teaching practice. Formative assignments through the term provide feedback, feed forward and include group assignments; summative assignments are individual and are marked on a pass/fail basis.

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.


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

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





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