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Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (PGCert)

Course Description

Boost your career prospects and develop your learning, teaching and assessment skills and your knowledge of quality enhancement, student support and scholarship in higher education.

This course offers academics already working in higher education the chance to gain an accredited qualification at postgraduate level and to be recognized as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

As a subject specialist you’ll already be well established in your discipline. But teaching at a university or other institution at higher education level requires a distinct collection of skills and knowledge and you’ll appreciate that opportunities for personal and professional development are vital for making the transition into teaching.

You’ll need to engage in a year of part-time, work-based, collaborative online study.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/PgCert-Teaching-and-Learning-in-Higher-Education-Postgraduate-Distance-Learning-part-time

What you'll learn

This course aims to develop your engagement with the scholarship of learning and teaching and with the principles of student-centred higher education curriculum design, delivery and assessment.

You’ll explore how people learn and investigate how assessment and feedback practice shapes learning. As you study the module topics, you can expect to become increasingly fascinated by the challenges and complexities that underpin evidence based teaching and learning.

You’ll be joining a community of reflective practitioners and together, you’ll engage in collaborative online learning activities which develop your confidence, skills and experience in teaching.

This course is supported by:
- online induction and step by step guides to using the virtual learning environment and eportfolio
- digital literacy resources
- online workshops and webinars (all with a face-to-face alternative)
- virtual learning environment (Moodle) resources for individual study and collaborative discussion
- weekly online drop-in sessions
- one-to-one support from a personal development tutor
- observed teaching practice
- eportfolio (Mahara)

This course is recognized by Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) and accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Successful completion of the course enables you to be recognized as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. If you’re a registered nurse or midwife you may also be eligible to register as a teacher on the NMC register.

Subjects include

- learning, teaching and evaluation of teaching
- assessment, feedback and student support
- research and scholarship and the supervision of students’ research

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.


This qualification will consolidate your status within your own university or teaching institution. You may undertake the course as part of a probationary programme for a new appointment or use it to increase your opportunities for transfer within the university system, upgrade your current standing, or pursue further educationally-focused studies.

Visit the Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (PGCert) page on the Edinburgh Napier University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You’ll need to be in a substantive teaching and assessment role within higher education or at a higher education level.

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