Academic Development and Quality Enhancement

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHE)

This 60 credit level 7 course taken part-time over one year is required for Lecturers and Teaching Fellows at the University on permanent contracts at above 0.4FTE with less than three years’ consecutive HE teaching experience in a substantive faculty role. Successful completion of the course including assessments supports staff professional development through skills acquisition and the award of a recognised professional qualification and Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Participation is optional for Teaching Fellows and Lecturers with more than three years higher education teaching experience and for staff in other roles (e.g Research Fellows, Library and Careers staff) employed on permanent contracts at or above 0.4FTE and who would like to support their professional development by developing their teaching skills and gaining a recognised professional qualification. Staff without formally assigned teaching responsibilities must be able to gain some practical experience of HE teaching – either independently or through team teaching sessions with a more experienced colleague, in order to be able to complete the PGCertHE and FHEA accreditation.

The course is designed to take into account the need for staff to manage course participation alongside their other responsibilities, and includes provision for acknowledgement of prior relevant learning. Workshop participation is agreed through an individualised learning plan with an assigned departmental mentor.

The PGCert HE comprises the following core modules:

  • Starting to Teach (15 credits) – This module aims to develop the core skills, methodologies and confidence essential for good teaching at University level.
  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (45 credits) – This module is delivered through a series of optional workshops and explores elements of delivering HE teaching, paying attention to the demands of staff with a level of responsibility for design and monitoring of academic delivery, and focusses throughout on understanding how students learn.

The course starts in September each year.

In order to register for the PGCertHE, please complete the PGCertHE Registration Form together with your Head of Department and return to

Participants may apply for exemption from Starting to Teach, in the case of any one of the following circumstances:

  1. Having three or more years’ experience teaching in higher education in any role - including as an Associate Tutor or Graduate Teaching Assistant.
  2. Already being an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA);
  3. Having already completed a similar course to Starting to Teach elsewhere.

If you wish to apply for exemption from the first module, please complete the APEL form and return to us with your registration form along with any supporting evidence and documentation, including a copy of your CV.

The course team is responsible for the final decision on module exemption and will require the relevant documentation (as above) to consider the application.