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Learning and Teaching in Higher Education PG Cert

What makes Learning and Teaching in HE 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 take place 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.

Key features

  • 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 eight interactive study days
  • 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 and theoretically informed way.

Who's this course for?

This PG Cert is designed specifically for:

  • Higher Education lecturers, tutors and academics
  • those supporting Higher Education in an Further Education setting
  • anyone working in Higher Education, whose role includes significant responsibility for supporting student learning.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

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 PGCert. 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.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from   

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Learning and Teaching in HE student

Course content

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 staff to engage in accredited initial and continuing professional development in teaching and support of learning in HE
  • Enable staff to meet the requirements of the UKPSF
  • Provide support in any higher education learning, teaching or assessment problems programme members face
  • Promote a student-centred approach to learning, teaching and assessment in higher education
  • Develop programme members’ learning, teaching and assessment practice
  • Increase understanding of the learning process so programme members can make informed decisions about course design and choice of learning, teaching and assessment methods
  • Foster transformational reflective practice
  • Encourage engagement with systematic inquiry into professional practice to help programme members evaluate and develop
  • Support programme members development as skilled teachers of their discipline
  • Support programme members academic development as researchers and scholars in their field
  • Encourage engagement with wider policy, strategy and quality contexts and considerations that impinge on programme members’ work
  • Enhance intrapreneurship, professional development & career management


Completion of the PG Cert meets level 2 of the UK Professional Standards for Teachers in HE. Completion of the first module of the programme, ‘Supporting Student Learning’, demonstrates attainment of level 1 of the Standards.

The PG Cert is accredited by both the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) and the Higher Education Academy. The certificate is accredited at Fellowship level with the HE Academy. The module ‘Supporting Student Learning’ provides Associate Fellowship with the HE Academy specifically for those for whom learning and teaching is a smaller part of their role in HE.

Experienced lecturers and staff

All members of the course team are experienced tutors who engage in pedagogic research and have received recognition for their excellent HE teaching. The course leader’s achievement in teaching and educational development including leading and supporting the development of others is acknowledged through their Senior Fellow of the HE Academy recognition.

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Learning and Teaching in HE student

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

The course believes that learning is best when it is active, and seeks to build understanding on the basis of individuals relating theory to their experience and when that understanding is shared, developed and tested through collaboration.

The programme is supported through a series of 9 interactive study days. These offer the chance to experience and discuss a variety of learning activities. Regular lunchtime support sessions, e-learning materials, as well as peer, mentor and line manager support all feed into the learning of the programme.

The modules are assessed in a variety of ways, which give you the opportunity to reflect on different aspects of your higher education teaching.

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 and theoretically informed way.


How much will it cost?

University of Worcester staff

All staff employed by the University of Worcester, or who teach on University of Worcester accredited courses, can undertake this programme free of charge.

Completion of the PG Cert is compulsory for new inexperienced or relatively inexperienced academic staff at Worcester. Staff undertaking the programme are entitled to some time allowance to complete the programme.

Other HE practitioners

Staff from other Higher Education providers can also register for the programme and should consult our Admissions team to discuss the fee structure.

Postgraduate Loans

The Government will provide a loan of up to £10,000 per student for postgraduate Masters study. It will be at your own discretion whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs.

For full details visit our postgraduate loans page.


How do you apply?

For all taught postgraduate and PG Cert programmes, please apply directly to University of Worcester. You can download an application form, or can contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 /

When we receive your application form, your details will be passed to the Masters Programme Leader who will contact you to arrange an informal interview. You may include additional material, such as references, in support of your application or bring them with you to interview.

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

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions Office

01905 855111