Professional Development in HE

Professional Development in HE


Postgraduate Certificate Professional Development in HE

Enhance your understanding of higher education teaching and assessment to help you convey your enthusiasm for your subject and inspire others.

This course is aimed at helping you to enhance the quality of learning, teaching, assessment and evaluation in higher education. The programme of study is ideal for newly-appointed lecturers and researchers with teaching responsibilities. The aims of the course are to ensure that you are promoting a learning environment, applying and adapting theoretical conceptual frameworks in response to the changing context within the higher education sector and that you are able to encourage autonomous learning within the boundaries of professional practice.

Overview

Whilst undertaking the course you will engage in reflective practice by critically reviewing your own conceptions of learning, teaching, assessment and evaluative procedures and processes within HE. You will undertake critical scrutiny and broaden your understanding of the institutional, national and international contextual developments impacting upon higher education.



Key Facts

  • A course for newly-appointed lecturers and researchers with teaching responsibilities
  • You will undertake focused professional development in a multi-disciplinary context enabling you to better promote learning in an HE context
  • You will have an identified mentor in your subject discipline.
  • The course will enable you to become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Course Content

Whilst undertaking the course you will engage in reflective practice by critically reviewing your own conceptions of learning, teaching, assessment and evaluative procedures and processes within HE. You will undertake critical scrutiny and broaden your understanding of the institutional, national and international contextual developments impacting upon higher education.

Modules

  • Academic Practice in Higher Education (20 credits at level 7)
  • Supporting Student Learning in Higher Education (20 credits at level 7)
  • Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education (20 credits at level 7)

Career Opportunities

Completion of the Supporting Student Learning in Higher Education will enable participants to gain professional recognition as Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) at Descriptor 1 of the UKPSF, which is the sector standard required of staff new to teaching in or support academic provision in higher education.

Completion of the full award (PgCPD) will enable participants to gain professional recognition as Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) at Descriptor 2 of the UKPSF, which is the sector standard required of teachers in higher education.

Employability & Assessment

Assessment is 100% coursework.  Students on the course will normally be employed within the HE sector.



Entry Requirements & Applying

Entry Requirements

You will normally have an undergraduate degree in your own discipline and access to regular teaching in a higher education institution.

Find out more

If you have any questions or would like further information about this course, entry requirements or application process, please contact our Admissions and Enquiries Team here.

Applying for the course

If you are applying as a Home or European Union student, you should make your application through the direct application form. This is an editable PDF file and can be completed electronically or by hand on a printed version. A paper version is available upon request from the Admissions and Enquiries Team.

If you are applying as an International Student, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus. You will also be able to track your application status and receive your offer letter and CAS letter here.

Course Duration & Fees

Course Duration

One calendar year starting in Sep/Oct each year

Fees

Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages.

Meet the Team

Meet the lecturer: Sue Horder

Sue’s teaching career began in Further Education teaching ICT, Business Studies and Essential Skills.  During this time Sue also worked with Airbus (in partnership with the FE college)  in setting up a Learning Resource Centre on the Airbus site in Broughton offering a range of on-line and classroom taught courses from soft skills, leadership skills, ICT and modern foreign languages to support the European consortium of which Airbus is a partner.  In 2004 Sue won the national title of Learning Centre Manager of the Year at the annual World of Learning Conference (WOLCE) event.

Further details

Postgraduate Careers

Students who complete the programme who do not have a higher degree can use the 60 credits from this course towards an MA in Education.  Students who complete the programme graduate with 60 level 7 credits and Fellowship membership of the HEA.



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Dr Peter GossmanDr Peter Gossman delivers a lecture on the Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development in HE course