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Learning and Teaching in Higher Education PgCert

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Learning and Teaching in Higher Education PgCert

The Learning and Teaching in Higher Education PgCert is designed to support individuals wishing to teach in higher and further education and to learn to do so in alignment with principles of student-centeredness and active learning in a classroom setting. It responds to the needs of those people who, whilst being professionally busy or unable to come to London for a residential course, wish to learn how to teach in active and involving ways.

Kingston University is a large London-based institution which prides itself on its pedagogical innovative approaches and a number of specialisms, including education studies. The course has been designed and is conducted by a number of academics who are experts and active researchers both in higher education studies and online learning.

This course is built on the premise that learning and teaching that actively involves students is essential in today's complex societies, where people are increasingly being required to come together to solve problems and learn from one other. This requires forms of teaching which encourage students to take central stage in their learning efforts, in collaboration with others. We will encourage you to think about educational issues in fruitful and inquisitive ways, both on your own and in collaboration with the other students on the course, through the help of both your tutor and your local mentor. We help you reflect, ask (yourself and others), find solutions, share and compare thoughts throughout the course.

The course therefore aims to help you become a facilitator of knowledge transfer in higher and further education. It is structured to help you think about teaching in active ways; using methods that are involving for your students and encouraging them to reflect, independently and with others, on specific topics. This is what is commonly understood as active learning and the way this can be facilitated that involves students fully and responsibly. As such, the course prompts you to interrogate educational practices such as lecturing, small group work, assessment and feedback. As you progress through the course, not only will you learn about different pedagogical methods but you will also experience active learning and you will be encouraged to reflect on your own experience as a learner to enhance your practice as a teacher.

What will you study?

The course is made up of two modules (each 12 weeks long) that take you from issues of classroom teaching to wider ones of curriculum design.

The first module, Active Learning in Teaching Practice, offers you the opportunity to critically examine, reflect upon and develop your professional practice in teaching and supporting learning in higher and further education. The main focus will be on the issue of how students learn and what can be done to help them do this effectively and efficiently. You will examine your practice in relation to a range of ideas and practice drawn from different subject disciplines and scholarship in the field of learning and teaching.

The second module, Active Learning in Curriculum Design, offers you the chance to critically examine, reflect upon and develop your practice further by considering active learning in terms of curriculum design and development, assessment and feedback, quality assurance and enhancement.

Given the interactive nature of the course, it is important that, from the beginning, you see the teachers on the course as not the only source of knowledge – books, the internet, your colleagues and mentor will all contribute to your learning. Success on the course is achieved by you making full use of all these resources and your ability to integrate them in ways which demonstrate that your teaching is aligned with principles of active learning.

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education PgCert page on the Kingston University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry qualifications for the course are:• a professionally relevant first degree or equivalent qualification.The general requirement for participation in this course is 70 hours teaching per annum. In addition, it is a requirement that all applicants have a mentor approved by the course team. The mentor should be an experienced academic in the higher education institution in which a participant undertakes their teaching (somebody who has been teaching for more than three years in higher education and is recognised by the institution for their teaching practice).

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