Centre for Teaching and Learning Research (CTLR)


The Centre for Teaching and Learning Research is closely connected with a number of courses offered in the School of Education and Social Work. Together they provide a good range of full and part time opportunities. They share a strong commitment to developing research informed practice and many include a strong focus on individual practitioner enquiry.


The Primary and Early Years Education BA (with Qualified Teacher Status) is studied over a three year period and focuses on the learning and wellbeing of primary and early years children – ideal preparation for postgraduate training and a career in schools or early years settings. Teaching is by experts, and there are regular opportunities for professional placements to help you gain a solid understanding of significant issues in education across a range of contexts, environments and age phases.

Initial Teacher Education (ITE)

Under the umbrella of ITE, the Department of Education's Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) and School Direct courses are designed for future teachers who want full-time, flexible training. There are PGCE courses for both Primary (5-11) and Secondary (11-16 with enhancement opportunities 16-18) in a wide range of subjects. The Assessment-only route to QTS is available for experienced but unqualified teachers already in post in a school. We also run Subject Knowledge Enhancement modules free of charge for those needing a boost to their specialist subject knowledge in Science, Maths, English, Geography, Classics,  MFL, Design Technology and Primary Maths prior to starting a PGCE/SD course at Sussex.


The Education MA is an innovative, flexible course comprising a significant research component and designed for education professionals and students interested in the field of education. The course enables you to develop your understanding of a broad range of educational issues and theoretical perspectives on practice and policy in both UK and global contexts. The course can be studied full or part-time.

The Early Years Education MA (with Early Years Teacher Status) is a one-year, full-time, fully-funded course characterised by rigorous and critical engagement with Early Years pedagogy, in-depth exploration of contemporary educational discourses, and extended practical experience of teaching and research in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Higher Education Postgraduate Certificate is aimed at staff engaged in teaching or supporting learning within the University and its partner institutions. It is a flexible, part-time course designed to be incorporated alongside core responsibilities, with a focus on enhancing professional development through critical reflection on practice and collegial support as part of a community of practice. Encompassing areas from Curriculum Design through Technology, and Supporting students skills development, course teaching brings together diverse interdisciplinary expertise from across the University, underpinned by a central focus on fostering Inclusivity in Higher Education Teaching and Learning.
It is accredited by the Higher Education Academy, successful completion conferring Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.


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Fundamentals of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Fundamentals is a course aimed at those currently teaching or hoping to teach in an Associate Tutor role  at the University of Sussex. As such, it is open to doctoral students in the first or second year of their PhD and is required for all those with less than three years’ experience teaching in higher education. This intensive short course runs throughout the year, providing a supportive introduction to aspects of teaching including Large and Small Groups; and assessment and Feedback.

Course delivery includes input from the University’s Technology Enhanced Learning team, and successful completion confers Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Fundamentals also forms part of the University’s Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education.