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PgCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Suitable for experienced and newly appointed academic staff, this course helps develop an informed, reflective and self-critical approach to learning, teaching and assessment activities at HE level.

Course description

This course is suitable if you are involved in teaching or supporting learning in higher education. It is designed for both experienced and newly appointed academic staff. You gain the skills, understanding and confidence to develop an informed, reflective and self-critical approach to learning, teaching and assessment activities. Prior qualifications and experience determine your entry level.

The course develops your understanding of theory and practice relating to learning, teaching and assessment in higher education. You develop your skills in creating and managing effective learning environments, module and course design, and how best to support students in higher education. It also aims to increase your awareness and understanding of the wider higher education context, current issues and the role of an academic in higher education today. Each module includes an observed assessment of your teaching.

The course sits within the Higher Education Academy (HEA) accredited TALENT framework at Sheffield Hallam. Completing the module learning and teaching in higher education leads to Associate Fellowship of the HEA, equating to ‘descriptor 1’ within the UK Professional Standards Framework.

Completing the full postgraduate certificate leads to Fellowship of the HEA, equating to ‘descriptor 2’ of the UK Professional Standards Framework. These are both nationally recognised within Higher Education. If you are not a member of staff at Sheffield Hallam you need to pay an admin fee to the HEA to claim your fellowship.

After completing this course, you may wish to progress onto the PgDip and MA Education.

Further information
For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.

Professional recognition

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.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

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. Find out more

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Part-time – typically one year

Starts September and January

The September 2017 course take place on Friday from 10am-1pm. It starts with a two-day study block on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 September 2017 (module 1 finishes on Friday 15 December 2017). Module 2 starts on Friday 26 January 2018.

The January 2018 course will take place on Friday afternoons from 1-4pm. It starts with a two-day study block on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 January 2018 (module 1 finishes on Friday 27 April 2018). Module 2 starts on Friday 21 September 2018.

Typical modules may include

Modules

• learning and teaching in higher education • extending the professional role in higher education

Assessment Assessment is based completely upon coursework.

Employability

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

Fees

Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2016/17 academic year

Typically £3,070 for the course

If you work for Sheffield Hallam, your fees are discounted and normally paid by your department. Gain approval from your line manager and then complete the internal funding form as this course is not available through headstart.

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.

2017/18 academic year

Typically £3,115 for the course

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,280 are available across the majority of subject areas.

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £4,170 for the course

2017/18 academic year

Typically £4,420 for the course

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 information

How to apply

External applicants need to complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form

Sheffield Hallam staff need to complete our internal application form and read the application guidance and FAQs.

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

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