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Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGCLTHE)

What makes the PGCLTHE at Worcester special?

This part-time programme is specifically designed for those currently working in Higher Education.  Our Postgraduate Certificate is an experiential, work-based learning programme which can be studied alongside your day job.

At Worcester the course consists of three modules which provide you with an opportunity to gain knowledge, understanding and capabilities in learning, teaching, assessment and academic practice.

Key features

  • All staff employed by the University of Worcester, or who teach on our accredited courses, can undertake this programme free of charge
  • The programme is supported through a series of interactive study days
  • We seek to develop practitioners with clear professional values, who understand teaching as facilitating learning and who are constantly seeking to improve their practice in a reflective, scholarly and theoretically informed way.

Who's this course for?

This PGCLTHE is designed specifically for:

  • Higher Education lecturers, tutors and academics
  • those supporting Higher Education in an Further Education setting
  • anyone working in Higher Education, whose role includes significant responsibility for supporting student learning.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

You will normally have the following:

  • A first or second-class Honours Degree
  • Current and ongoing experience of supporting the learning of HE students
  • Current experience, or anticipated experience during the period of the programme, of curriculum and assessment design at HE level

Prior experience is valued on the PGCLTHE. Those course members who have the equivalent of three years’ full-time experience in a related educational setting can claim accreditation of prior learning against a module towards the certificate.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Any potential course participant may discuss informally their application with the Course Leader, Peter Gossman who can be contacted by email: p.gossman@worc.ac.uk

This course has been the beginning of a journey of enlightenment for me! ... In school I was awarded an excellent by OFSTED, however, the move to university work has led to a shift in my perception as to what good teaching is

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of areas that will be covered on the course, and how you will benefit.

Aims and benefits

The programme aims to:

  • provide an opportunity for participants to engage in accredited initial and continuing professional development in teaching and support of learning in HE
  • enable participants to meet the requirements of the UKPSF (in either Associate or Fellow categories)
  • provide support with higher education learning, teaching or assessment issue participants may face
  • promote a student-centred approach to learning, teaching and assessment
  • challenge and develop participants’ learning, teaching and assessment practice
  • increase understanding of the learning process so participants can make informed decisions about course design and choice of learning, teaching and assessment methods
  • foster transformational reflective practice
  • encourage participant engagement with systematic inquiry into professional practice
  • support participants’ development as skilled teachers of their discipline
  • support participants’ academic development as researchers and scholars
  • encourage engagement with wider policy, strategy and quality considerations as they relate to the participants context
  • enhance participants’ intrapreneurship, professional development & career management

Accreditation

The PGCLTHE is accredited by both the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) and the Higher Education Academy.

Completion of the full PGCLTHE meets Descriptor 2 of the UK Professional Standards Framework for Teachers in HE and confers Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Completion of the first module of the programme, ‘Supporting Student Learning’, meets Descriptor 1 of the UK Professional Standards Framework for Teachers in HE and confers Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).

Experienced lecturers and staff

Members of the course team are experienced tutors who engage in pedagogic research and have received recognition for their excellent HE teaching.

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Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

The course team believes that learning is most effective when it is active, and seeks to build understanding on the basis of individuals relating theory to their experience and when that understanding is shared, developed and tested through collaboration.

The PGCLTHE is supported through a series of interactive study days. These offer the chance to experience and discuss a variety of learning activities. Regular lunchtime support sessions, e-learning materials, as well as peer, mentor and line manager support all feed into the learning of the programme.

The modules are assessed in a variety of ways, which give you the opportunity to reflect on different aspects of your higher education teaching.

My personal and professional development has been vast over the last 18 months. It was not until writing these reflective portfolios that I realised the scale of this development.

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Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

This course will provide an opportunity for you to gain knowledge, understanding and capabilities in learning, teaching, assessment and academic practice, and will help you to develop clear professional values, understand teaching as facilitating learning and improve your practice in a reflective, scholarly and theoretically informed way.

Costs

How much will it cost?

University of Worcester staff

All staff employed by the University of Worcester can undertake this course free of charge.

 

Other HE practitioners

Staff from other HE providers can also apply for the course and should consult with the Course Leader (Peter Gossman, p.gossman@worc.ac.uk) or the Admissions team to discuss the fees structure. 

Apply

How do you apply?

For all taught postgraduate courses, please apply directly to University of Worcester. You can download an application form, or can contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 / pg-admissions@worc.ac.uk.

When we receive your application form, your details will be passed to the PGCLTHE Course Leader who will contact you to arrange an informal interview.

You may include additional material, such as references, in support of your application or bring them with you to interview. Applicants are welcome to discuss their application with the Course Leader, Peter Gossman, who can be contacted via email: p.gossman@worc.ac.uk

You can apply for postgraduate taught courses and PG Certs at any time, but preferably as early as possible before the start of the academic year, which begins in September.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions Office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk

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