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.
- 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 sessions
- 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 a Further Education setting
- anyone working in Higher Education, whose role includes significant responsibility for supporting student learning.
What qualifications will you need?
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.
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for advice.
Any potential course participant may discuss informally their application with the Course Leader, Peter Gossman who can be contacted by email: email@example.com
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
The PGCLTHE is accredited by both the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) and the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
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.
I have become aware of an exciting array of potential changes to my practice which can be explored... to further promote student engagement and empowerment
Learning and Teaching in HE student
Teaching and Assessment
How will you be taught?
Teaching and Learning
The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.
The course assumes that learning is best when it is active, when it incorporates experience and when it can be shared and supported through collaboration. The workshops and discussions will be based around the experiential learning cycle.
This course is work-based and the course is structured to take participants through the process of auditing their practice against each modules outcomes and values, planning to address these via the formative assessments and participant’s role in teaching/ other roles in supporting students’ learning.
Critical reflection plays a key role throughout the course and participants are encouraged to become a reflective practitioner, where they will explore the scholarship of learning and teaching in HE; synthesise, explain, make sense of and ultimately develop meaning from, their teaching experiences.
The module encourages peer learning and the formative assessments and study sessions provide opportunities for peer feedback and discussion. The study sessions in particular will combine inputs from colleagues across the institution and various workshop activities.
Blackboard will be used to provide module information and an online forum for discussion.
Typically a fifteen credit module of the course will be structured:
Number of weeks and hours/days
|Taught sessions (3 study days)||e.g. 3 x 7 hours or 7/8 x 3/2.5hrs||21|
|Work based learning (peer observations)||e.g. 1 x 3 hours||3|
|Support sessions x 5||e.g. 5 x 2 hours||10|
|Guided independent study (including group work)||Formative tasks and Independent study approx. 116 hours||116|
Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.
You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes Dr Peter Gossman, Sharon Lesley Smith and Dr Seán Bracken, from the Institute of Education, alongside tutors from Institutes across the University.
Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and 100 per cent of course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the full list of education staff by visiting our staff profiles.
The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments. Each module has one formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.
Assessment is via the development of portfolios.
You will receive feedback on formative assessments and on formal summative assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with module tutors as appropriate.
We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.
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.
Learning and Teaching in HE student
Where could it take you?
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Admissions team to discuss the fees structure.
How do you apply?
Before applying below please download and complete the work based learning contract and student placement conduct and health and safety agreement and send them to AdmissionsA@worc.ac.uk.
If you have QTS (qualified teacher status) apply for September 2018 enrolment here
If you do not have QTS (qualified teacher status) apply for September 2018 enrolment here
Applicants are welcome to discuss their application with the Course Leader, Peter Gossman, who can be contacted via email: email@example.com
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
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