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    Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHE)

    This programme is for academic staff or learning support staff who are embarking on a career in higher education, or who may have been in their role for years but have had no formal guidance in learning theories, teaching pedagogies or assessment strategies. Teaching and learning in higher education has its own specialist knowledge base and is an academic subject just as valid and important as any other.

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    • Overview - Why Sign Up?

      The Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education programme is a vital professional developmental qualification for staff working to support learning in a predominantly higher education environment. This is a part-time, integrated course for higher education professionals to focus their enquiry, research and scholarship activity on developing practice that is more effective and raising achievement in their particular area.  All modules are based upon gaining and sharing knowledge of good practice through research and literature, implementing this and reflecting on the effect or impact. The course is designed so that assignments are built into the working practice. Studying the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education provides an important grounding in higher education pedagogies, current debates in HE policies, as well as providing support mechanisms for the continuing development of your teaching practice.

      The programme is fully accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in UK. Successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education programme confers Fellowship status of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) on participants upon making the appropriate payment directly to the HEA.

      Graduates of the programme gain professional skills and attributes such as:

      • Engagement with e-learning environments;
      • Recognising your professional insight and expertise;
      • Developing the skills and outlook of a practitioner-researcher.
      • An internationally recognised teaching qualification in higher education.
      • Recognition as Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
    • Course Highlights

      • The field of Higher Education is changing rapidly. This Programme develops your skills to use professional and theoretical knowledge and findings from published research to inform and enhance your professional practice.
      • This programme aims to develop evidence-based higher educational practitioners, so that they can improve their own practice and can make a significant contribution to improving educational practice and raising achievement in their specialist area.
      • The course is designed to enhance existing practice either teaching or supporting learning through your day-to-day work, allowing you to reflect on your day-to-day practice.
      • Following completion of the PGCertHE, students will receive 60 credits at Masters level and be eligible to go on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education, or further to an MA in Higher Education.
      • Recognition as Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.  Successful participants are entitled to use the post-nominal letters FHEA to identify their professional expertise.

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    What will you study on the PGCertHE Programme?

    The programme comprises four modules, 15 credits each that allow students to develop their practice at an appropriate level and pace.

    The programme offers an important grounding in teaching techniques and supportive learning practices, current debates in HE policies, as well as providing support mechanisms for the continuing development of your higher education practice beyond the confines of the programme itself. The programme is fully accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in UK. Successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education programme confers Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) status on participants upon making the appropriate payment directly to the HEA. Successful participants are entitled to use the post-nominal letters FHEA to identify their professional expertise.

    Study is undertaken at Masters (Level 7) throughout. As the programme is at postgraduate level, we expect participants to study independently and take responsibility for their own progress in their studies.

    In some cases, credit may be awarded for accredited prior certificate learning, subject to conditions, and consideration will be made case-by-case based on your submitted application form.

    • Associated Modules

      • Philosophy and Policy of Higher Education (15 credits)

        This module focuses on the study of higher education from different philosophical perspectives and explores key debates in national and international higher education policy. The core topics of the module will explore the purpose and aims of higher education as well as the notion of education flourishing and what it is to be human. You will look at higher education policy and current developments, and focus on diversity in higher education and the marketisation of higher education.

        The summative assessment of this module will be based on the production of two essays, displaying the QAA level 7 descriptors derived from the programme learning activities and module learning outcomes.

      • Pedagogy in Higher Education (15 credits)

        This module focuses on your development as a teacher or a supporter of learning. It offers a range of practical techniques and methods, underpinned by scholarship, which supports your work with students and allows you to grow in confidence. The core topics of the module will introduce the key learning theories and approaches, and identify the needs of a diverse group of learners. You will learn to structure and plan learning experiences, learning materials and effective teaching techniques to engage students. You will explore assessment strategies and the theories that underpin such approaches as well as effective feedback practices and theories. You will ensure that your curriculum design promotes learning.

        The summative assessment of this module is based on one teaching observation and the production of an evidence-based reflective narrative, displaying the QAA level 7 descriptors derived from the programme learning activities and module learning outcomes.

      • Psychology of Learning in Higher Education (15 credits)

        This module focuses on promoting student engagement and learning through the study of various psychological theories and practical applications relevant to enhancing the experience of higher education. The core topics of the module will focus on psychological perspectives and research on thinking and learning. You will explore motivation and agentic engagement with feedback as well as positive psychology, emotional intelligence, resilience and development of self-identity and self-efficacy. You will understand organisational change management and evaluation approaches for implementing developments in higher education.

        The summative assessment for this module will be a presentation, displaying the QAA level 7 descriptors derived from the programme learning activities and module learning outcomes.

      • Pedagogy and Practice in Higher Education (15 credits)

        This module focuses on the key aspects of module and programme design, including the importance of classroom methodologies and assessment systems in promoting and supporting learning. The core topics of the module will explore strategies to engage students in a variety of contexts and disciplines as well as assessment strategies and the theories that underpin such approaches. You will learn effective feedback practices and theories, and curriculum design to promote inclusive learning.

        The summative assessment for this module will be one teaching observation and the production of an evidence-based reflective report, displaying the QAA level 7 descriptors derived from the programme learning activities and module learning outcomes.

    What will you gain?

    • You will gain an internationally recognised teaching qualification in higher education.
    • This is a tailor-made postgraduate degree to better satisfy the needs of academics, nurse educators and others who may be supporting learning in higher education.
    • This programme is at the forefront of good practice in higher education, you will develop new insights to be creative and original in dealing with current practical problems.
    • Many participants gain promotions. Others use evidence collected from the assignments as evidence for enhanced practice when applying for new posts.
    • Participants report a close connection between what they have studied and how their practice has improved.
    • Successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education programme confers Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) status on participants upon making the appropriate payment directly to the HEA.
    • Successful participants are entitled to use the post-nominal letters FHEA to identify their professional expertise.

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    Fees and Funding

    Course fees are subject to annual inflation. An international Admin Fee is also applicable for international students. For more details, see link to respective fees and payment plans below.

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    • Teaching and Learning

      You will be actively involved in a range of learning and teaching approaches as part of the degree.  Such active approaches aim to put you at the centre of your learning so you are involved and engaged in all aspects of your assessment and learning. Your programme will require your active participation in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students both individually and collaboratively, working and learning with other students as part of a small group. Your learning will also be supported by technology. Increasingly your tutors will be using existing and emerging learning technologies to engage you in e-learning activities.  In addition, you can arrange one to one sessions with your personal tutor or module leader. You will also have access to and use resources to support your learning including library support, a broad range of available software on loan throughout your course.

      During each module (level 7), your weekly timetable will typically consist of:

      • 2 hours of lectures held on one weekday evening (5-7pm) at Uniciti.
      • Engagement with e-learning materials.

      Study is undertaken at Masters (Level 7) throughout. As the programme is at postgraduate level, we expect participants to study independently and take responsibility for their own progress in their studies.

      Independent Learning

      When not attending your teaching sessions mentioned above, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on projects, undertaking research, and preparing for assessments including presentations and coursework. Your independent learning is supported by the facilities available including the library, Study Rooms and online materials accessible via MyUniHub.

      Overall Workload

      Your overall workload will include the activities listed above, with each credit completed being equated to 10 hours of study time. On the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education programme you will complete 60 credits. This equates to 600 hours of study time for the award of this programme. Study is undertaken at Masters (Level 7) throughout. As the programme is at postgraduate level, we expect participants to study independently and take responsibility for their own progress in their studies.

      Academic Support

      You will have access to academic support services that assist you in the following areas;

      • Study Skills, including academic writing, reading and numeracy skills.
      • Employability, with workshops and tutorials on CV writing, interview and presentation skills.
      • Library Support, including sessions on finding, and choosing the right resources and software and tutorials on referencing and plagiarism.
      • Progression and Support Advisors to assist you if you experience difficulties with your studies.

      More information on how to access these services would be provided to you at your induction.

      Teaching Staff

      You will be taught by an experienced teaching team who possess the expertise, knowledge and experience closely aligned to the content of the modules on offer. The team includes academics, professional practitioners, and technical staff.

    • Assessment

      The course will provide you with opportunities to interrogate your knowledge and understanding informally through ‘formative’ assessment. This will be completed before your formal ‘summative’ assessment which will count towards your overall achievement. Each module normally contains at least one piece of formative assessment from which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental.

      There is formal ‘summative’ assessment as part of the module, towards the end of the module. Assessment is by coursework only – this includes project reports, presentations and other written work. Assessments are reviewed annually and may be updated based on student feedback, to suit content or based on feedback from an external examiner.

      Percentage of course assessed by coursework

      The Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education programme is assessed wholly through coursework, there are no exams.

      Level 7

      100% Coursework (no examination)

      Philosophy and Policy of Higher Education (15 credits)

      The summative assessment of this module will be based on the production of two essays, displaying the QAA level 7 descriptors derived from the programme learning activities and module learning outcomes. This assessment is marked Pass or Fail.

      Pedagogy in Higher Education (15 credits)

      The summative assessment of this module is based on one teaching observation and the production of an evidence-based reflective narrative, displaying the QAA level 7 descriptors derived from the programme learning activities and module learning outcomes. This assessment is marked Pass or Fail.

      Psychology of Learning in Higher Education (15 credits)

      The summative assessment for this module will be a presentation, displaying the QAA level 7 descriptors derived from the programme learning activities and module learning outcomes. This assessment is marked Pass or Fail.

      Pedagogy and Practice in Higher Education (15 credits)

      The summative assessment for this module will be one teaching observation and the production of an evidence-based reflective report, displaying the QAA level 7 descriptors derived from the programme learning activities and module learning outcomes. This assessment is marked Pass or Fail.

      Feedback

      You will receive feedback on formative assessment and written summative assessments. Feedback is intended to help you learn and progress, and you are encouraged to review and discuss your feedback with your module or personal tutor.

      We will aim to provide you with feedback within 15-21 working days of submission.

      Details of progression and pass marks for assessment can be found in the university regulations.

    How can the PGCertHE Programme support your career?

    • The Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education programme is an internationally recognised teaching qualification in higher education. This is a tailor-made postgraduate degree to better satisfy the needs of academics, nurse educators and others who may be supporting learning in higher education.
    • This programme is for those professionals employed in higher education institutions or training organisations, contributing to the educational or training process. This programme is at the forefront of good practice in higher education, you will develop new insights to be creative and original in dealing with current practical problems. The course is designed to enable participants to enhance their career development.
    • Successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education programme confers Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) status on participants upon making the appropriate payment directly to the HEA.  Successful participants are entitled to use the post-nominal letters FHEA to identify their professional expertise.
    • Many participants gain promotions. Others use evidence collected from the assignments as evidence for enhanced practice when applying for new posts. Participants report a close connection between what they have studied and how their practice has improved. This programme is at the forefront of good practice in education, you will develop new insights to be creative and original in dealing with current practical problems.

    I was delighted to find exactly the right programme I was looking for. The Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education is rich in pedagogical and contemporary content, it is well-tailored to adult learners. The lecturers utilise a well-chosen selection of up-to-date resources. They expertly guided us through the numerous interesting and interactive activities, including on-line sessions. It truly enriched my knowledge of different teaching strategies, assessment practices, feedback techniques and I enjoyed the fact that I was able to work on my own project at the end of the course. The way the whole programme is designed is absolutely enjoyable.

    Oxana Yuryevna Jugun, Alumnus, PGCertHE

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