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Year of Entry 2019/20

Professional Practice in Digital Teaching and Learning

Distance learning Teaching and Education

Enhance your own professional practice through gaining a deeper understanding of digital learning and teaching.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: See fees section below
International: See fees section below
How long will I study? 5 Months
When do I start? January 2020
May 2020

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Course summary

  • Develop your professional practice through digital learning and teaching.
  • Understand how and why new tools and software are used to teach.
  • Become a creative, effective education professional.

This course is designed for current or future education professionals to enhance their teaching practice as a continuation of the Blackboard eTeacher programme. You'll learn to understand the processes that lie behind the design of e-learning materials, and how you can better implement technology for the benefit of your students.

How you learn

Your lecturer's view
Watch course leader David Darwent talk about this course.

This course is aimed at teaching and education professionals who have completed the Blackboard eTeacher programme. It balances academic knowledge, vocational experience and personal skills development at postgraduate level.

The course has been designed to meet the needs of those teachers, teaching assistants, lecturers and others who use technology regularly in their professional context. It blends face-to-face and distance learning — allowing you convenience and flexibility around your existing commitments.

By the end of the course, you'll be equipped with the theoretical and practical grounding you’ll need to work creatively and effectively in your learning environment.

You learn through

  • asynchronous and synchronous online distance learning experiences
  • problem solving activities
  • workplace-based learning
  • group activities
  • reflection on learning
  • one-to-one support

Course leaders and tutors

Dave Darwent
Dave Darwent
Senior Lecturer: E-Learning Technologist, and Course Leader: PGCert Digital Teaching & Learning

Senior Lecturer: E-Learning Technologist

Applied learning

Live projects

Work-based learning is integrated into the course, allowing you to apply your studies to real-world situations.

Future careers

This course allows you to further your career as a

  • teacher
  • college or university lecturer
  • special education
  • teaching assistant
  • support staff
  • academic advisor
  • technology or IT professional

Where will I study?

You study at your own location by distance learning

Entry requirements

All students

Academic Qualifications

A 2:2 Honours degree or equivalent-with no specific subject requirements

Level of English language capability

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent for non-native speakers of English (minimum 5.5 in each element)

Any other specific, formally certified qualifications

Successful completion of the associated certificated Blackboard eTeacher Programme

Previous relevant work or work-related experience

The course targets people in employment pursuing personal and professional development through work-based learning. Therefore their role/ circumstances must be of the required standard to enable them to use the workplace as a site of learning.

Applicant entry profile

The award has been designed for current or future education professionals in digital or technology-enhanced learning. Applicants therefore will be typically working in an educational organisation in a teaching or professional role, and will have demonstrated success through career progression with sufficient experience in line with the level of study.

The main attributes are to be motivated to develop personally and professionally, be willing and have the time to complete the extensive studies associated with such a course.

The formal academic admissions criteria are an honours degree at 2:2 level or above or equivalent, applicants who do not meet these criteria will need to demonstrate that they will benefit from and have the capability to complete the course successfully through completion of the application form and interview with the course leader.

In addition applicants are required to have successfully completed the associated certificated Blackboard eTeacher programme.

When applying for this course you are applying to study the first module. Once the first module is successfully completed, you can choose to end your studies or continue onto the next module. If you successfully study all 4 modules, you will achieve the Postgraduate Certificate.

All admissions decisions will be at the discretion of the course admissions team in accordance with University admissions policy.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Modules studied may differ depending on when you start your course.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Professional Practice Design Case Study Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee per module for UK/EU postgraduate distance learning students starting part-time study in 2019/20 is as follows: • Fundamentals of Digital Teaching and Learning - £325 • Designing for Digital Teaching and Learning - £325 • Excellence in Digital Teaching and Learning - £325 • Professional Practice Design Case Study - £535 Please note that you will be invoiced separately for each module (listed above) as you enrol onto it during the academic year rather than the full amount at the start.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee per module for international postgraduate distance learning students starting part-time study in 2019/20 is as follows: • Fundamentals of Digital Teaching and Learning - £325 • Designing for Digital Teaching and Learning - £325 • Excellence in Digital Teaching and Learning - £325 • Professional Practice Design Case Study - £535 Please note that you will be invoiced separately for each module (listed above) as you enrol onto it during the academic year rather than the full amount at the start.

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This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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You apply for this course via our online application form.

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