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Learning and Teaching for Higher Education PgC

Course Description

Improve your knowledge and understanding of teaching practice and advance your professional skills! Our programme has been designed by staff highly experienced in academic practice, providing you all the skills you need in supporting student learning in higher education.

We understand that you will have a busy working life, which is why our flexible approach to learning will allow you to study at a pace that best suits you. You'll develop professional skills and values in your work role, gaining professional accreditation with the HE Academy and the NMC that will help you advance to new levels in your career.

Course outline

You'll develop into a reflective practitioner within your HE community, building your academic knowledge, skills and confidence to engage with your roles and responsibilities. The range of activities, assessments and emphasis on practitioner development forms the foundation of your studies. You will need to provide a range of evidence of your developing practice that can be gathered from your workplace, your teaching, student evaluations and other professional contexts.

Designed to be studied at a distance, we provide optional face-to-face/virtual workshops and webinars to enhance your learning further. All learning activities are designed to be authentic and relevant to your professional HR teaching, developing your practice with an emphasis on teaching observation and review.

Graduate destinations

You'll gain professional recognition and an entry into further study at a masters level. We recommend the MA in Education Professional Practice if your interest is pedagogical research, or the MSc Practice Development for those with health-related interests.

Other admission requirements

You should have a good honours degree (2:2 or above), however suitable professional experience may be an accepted alternative. As this programme is designed around work-place learning, applicants are expected to undertake higher education teaching or learning support or be able to for at least 30 hours per module, in order to achieve the learning outcomes within their work context. Applicants choosing the NMC recognition option must have a minimum of three years practice - see NMC Requirements for details: https://www.nmc.org.uk/standards/additional-standards/standards-to-support-learning-and-assessment-in-practice/

All applicants are asked to identify a suitable mentor within their workplace.

All entrants will be required to meet English language proficiency standards and must have access to a computer with good internet connection.

Applicants with the required qualifications are not normally interviewed but accepted on the strength of their references and evidence of their experience. Where an applicant has suitable professional experience and qualifications but does not hold a good first degree they are interviewed by the programme leader, and offered a place if considered to have the appropriate attributes suitable for post graduate study. Occasionally, applicants may be required to write a short piece of work to demonstrate the necessary attributes.

Particular attention will be made to the personal statement which must clearly state how this programme will enhance the participant's professional practice.

Visit the Learning and Teaching for Higher Education PgC page on the University of Cumbria website for more details!

Entry Requirements

1st or 2nd class honours degree. Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course via Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) procedures. See course description for further admission details.

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