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PgCert Teaching in Higher Education

Year of Entry 2022/23

Teaching in Higher Education

Enhance your knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to teaching and learning in higher education.


100% of our graduates are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating (2018/19 Graduate Outcomes Survey).

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £3,500 for the course
International/EU: £4,965 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? January 2023

Course summary

  • Develop skills in creating and managing effective learning environments.
  • Learn how to design effective assessment and feedback processes.
  • Gain an understanding of theories and models underpinning pedagogical practice in higher education learning, teaching and assessment.
  • Complete the postgraduate certificate and gain Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

This course is aimed towards both experienced and newly appointed higher education academic staff. Studying part-time, with flexible start dates to fit around your other commitments, you'll develop an informed, reflective and self-critical approach to learning, teaching and assessment, enhancing your skills as a practitioner in higher education.

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Abdishaku Tarah

'This course helped me to think differently about my lesson planning, and I have become more flexible in my teaching. The facilitators were firm, fair, and supportive, providing us with excellent resources and expertise.'
Abdishakur Tarah, PgCert Teaching in Higher Education, 2018 graduate

How you learn

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Watch lecturer Dr Jonathan Wainwright talk about Teaching and Education at Sheffield Hallam University.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

We focus on learning from each other, across subjects, as well as helping you to develop your knowledge of teaching and learning in your subject specialist area by establishing subject support groups and exploring subject specialist pedagogies. The course is practice-orientated and gives emphasis to your interests and career aspirations.

You learn through

  • tutor-led seminars
  • workshops
  • participant-led activities
  • group and peer discussion
  • self-directed study and reading
  • assessment of practice

Applied learning

Work placements

The course is structured around your professional practice, with each module involving an observed assessment in your practice setting.

Future careers

This course is designed to enhance your career potential by developing your skills as a member of academic staff working in a higher education environment.


This course sits within the Higher Education Academy (HEA) accredited TALENT framework at Sheffield Hallam and completing both modules leads to Fellowship of the HEA.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • technologies for learning and teaching
  • virtual learning environments

Entry requirements

All students

Typically you need

• a UK honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject

• 60 hours scheduled teaching in a HE context for each academic year - this must include planning, design and assessment, and can include up to five hours of research supervision and tutorials

• Sheffield Hallam staff need line manager approval

You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 with 6.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

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.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Developing As An Academic Practitioner Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Higher Education Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting part-time study in 2022/23 is £3,500 for the course.

† 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 for International/EU students starting part-time study in 2022/23 is £4,965 for the course.

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Postgraduate student loans

Up to £11,222 available for Home students on most masters courses.

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Additional course costs

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.

Additional costs for Teaching and education courses (PDF, 257.5KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


How do I apply?

Complete an application form to apply for this course. Sheffield Hallam staff need to complete our internal application form, as well as read the application guidance and FAQs.

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