Course Overview

Attendance
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Duration 1 year

* Price per 20-credit module

Course summary

Please note, this course is currently only available to internal applicants at the University of Westminster. 

The Postgraduate Certificate is a practice-based flexible learning course designed principally as continuing professional development for people with at least 72 hours of teaching per year at the University of Westminster. This course is currently available to University of Westminster staff only. 

The course is delivered substantially online supported by some face to face elements, with flexible ways of accessing and contributing to activities, although it is possible to complete the course wholly through distance learning.

As this is a part-time only course, it is not eligible for University of Westminster scholarships. It is also not suitable for those not currently teaching at least 72 hours per year in a higher education setting.

The aim of the course is to develop your practice as a teacher. The course develops your learning and teaching process set against the wider context of policy, research/knowledge and societal developments. It is designed to support those who wish to take a lead in the development of learning, teaching and assessment in their own context and to contribute to the wider field of research and developments in learning and teaching.

The Postgraduate Certificate Higher Education (Pg Cert HE) includes a recognised programme of professional  development in learning and teaching for staff in Higher Education that is accredited by the Higher Education Academy for membership as a Fellow.

This stage takes as its starting point the disciplinary context within which you are working and the challenges posed by teaching in an increasingly complex and diverse sector. All modules provide opportunities for you to extend your own teaching practice informed by debate, key concepts, current developments, insights from your peers in similar or different disciplines and the research literature. In the first module of the course you will be expected to arrange for two observations of your teaching by experienced staff in your institution, and to observe others’ sessions. We will provide guidance for you and your observers as to how to get most out of these experiences. You are also encouraged to take a pro-active role in the development of learning and teaching practice within your own subject. Optional modules allow you to focus on your own specific interests in areas of learning and teaching practice.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. Please note that not all optional modules will necessarily be offered in any one year.

Each individual module can be taken as a stand-alone short course or accumulated towards an award.

The module Supporting Student Learning can be taken for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate of Special Study in Supporting Learning. This award is particularly appropriate for staff for whom teaching is not their main role eg. Part-time lecturers, PhD students who support teaching, librarians etc.

For further details please email [email protected]

Core Module

This module provides the opportunity for participants to reflect and develop their professional practice in teaching and/or supporting student learning in HE. It provides the opportunity to explore key concepts, challenges and the application of evidence informed practice in teaching and supporting learning.

This module examines the role that assessment plays  within the overall learning process. It covers two main areas: firstly, assessment and quality assurance and secondly, the role of assessment and feedback in the learning process locating assessment and feedback as an integral part of the teaching and learning process.

Optional Modules

This module will examine how technology can impact on the major teaching and learning activities on a taught course. Module delivery will draw on the experience of participants, either as a teacher or a learner, to determine and evaluate opportunities for the use of technology in face to face or blended environment.

The aim of this course is to enable participants to develop an informed personal view of the issues involved in preparing for the online aspects of blended learning, chiefly designing curricula, organising activities and managing online participants. The approach is practical, aimed at enabling the development of participant's own blended learning teaching practice.

This module provides a framework within which  participants may evaluate and develop their practise of research supervision – at any level of Higher Education but with a particular focus upon their current  and/or future supervision of students researching at doctoral level.

The aim of this module is to encourage participants to demonstrate and develop their practice in leading the development of effective approaches to teaching and learning. You'll do this through critical reflection on theory, research, and practice relevant to academic leadership, through development of an e-portfolio of their personal experience and through participation in online mentoring activities as part of a collaborative learning community. Before applying you must contact the Course Leader to discuss eligibility.

Entry Requirements

Please note, this course is currently only available to internal applicants at the University of Westminster. 

Applicants (University of Westminster staff and PhD students) need to apply through UKPASS

Download the application guidelines for staff (PDF)

As a member of staff, you're applying to study a credit-bearing, postgraduate course, and to all intents and purposes you should consider yourself as a student, as there are various pieces of correspondence you'll need to look out for and respond to as you progress through application and enrollment.

After obtaining your line manager's approval, you'll need to fill out the form below to gain exemption from course fees.

Download a fee exemption form (PDF)

 

Please note, this course is currently only available to internal applicants at the University of Westminster. 

Applicants (University of Westminster staff and PhD students) need to apply through UKPASS

Download the application guidelines for staff (PDF)

As a member of staff, you're applying to study a credit-bearing, postgraduate course, and to all intents and purposes you should consider yourself as a student, as there are various pieces of correspondence you'll need to look out for and respond to as you progress through application and enrollment.

After obtaining your line manager's approval, you'll need to fill out the form below to gain exemption from course fees.

Download a fee exemption form (PDF)

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: (Price per 20-credit module)

Internal applications are eligible for a full fee exemption on production of an annual fee exemption form signed by their line manager or head of department.

International tuition fee: (Price per 20-credit module)

Internal applications are eligible for a full fee exemption on production of an annual fee exemption form signed by their line manager or head of department.

Course Location

Please note, this course is currently online-only. 

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