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Higher Education PGCert

Learn about the course below
Code
034X344
Start
September 2022
January 2022
Duration
1 years part-time
Attendance
Part-time face-to-face
Distance learning
Fees
£53 per credit (UK) *
£53 per credit (EU/INT) *
Course leader
Agi Ryder

Studying the PGCert Higher Education provides an important grounding in teaching techniques, approaches and theories as well as supporting the continuing development of your teaching practice. The programme is fully accredited by the Advance HE (formerly HEA).

Why study PGCert Higher Education at Middlesex University?

The PGCert Higher Education is a vital developmental qualification for both new members of academic staff who are just embarking on a career in Higher Education, as well as those who may have been teaching for a while but have had no formal guidance in learning and teaching strategies.

It is mandatory for all new members of academic staff 0.5 FTE and above who join the University, and should be undertaken within the first two years of service. You will not need to undertake the programme if you have achieved a similar, recognised qualification at another institution.

Successful completion of the full programme confers Fellowship of the Advanced HE (formerly HEA) on members of staff.

Course highlights

  • The course is designed to enhance your existing teaching practice through your work, allowing you to reflect on day-to-day experiences
  • Following completion of the PGCert, students will receive 60 credits at Masters level and be eligible to go on to complete an MA in Higher Education
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module

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What will you study on the PGCert Higher Education?

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 practices as well as providing support mechanisms for the continuing development of teaching practice beyond the confines of the programme itself. The programme is fully accredited by the Advanced HE (formerly HEA).

This programme is taught through two modes:

  1. Blended mode: face-to-face with study days throughout the year are complimented with some online learning activities
  2. Distance learning: delivered entirely online with dedicated tutor support.

The PGCert HE will have two starting dates in the next academic year: September 2021 and January 2022.

September 2021 start cohort

This cohort will undertake the programme entirely online (no attendance on campus is required) via a combination of carefully curated online content, asynchronous discussion boards on My Learning (Moodle). In addition, virtual live sessions will be held on Wednesdays conducted via Zoom.

You are expected to engage in learning together as a group and completing some independent study, as well as being supported individually by the tutors.

Timetable

  • Application deadline: 29 July 2021
  • LED4011: 6 September 2021 to 6 December 2021
  • LED4012: 6 December 2021 4 March 2022
  • LED4010: 7 March 2022 to 30 May 2022
  • LED4013: 6 June 2022 to 5 September 2022

January 2022 start cohort

Important update: The January 2022 cohort will study fully online. We want the best for our students and due to the rising number of Covid19 infections we feel that it is safer to continue with the online learning option for this cohort. We will continue to deliver the course as it is now using a mix of live online sessions, asynchronous activities and online resources with no attendance on campus required.

Timetable

  • Application deadline: 2 December 2021
  • LED4011: 3 January 2022 to 21 March 2022
  • LED4012: 21 March 2022 to 10 June 2022
  • LED4010: 13 June 2022 to 5 September 2022
  • LED4013: 3 October 2022 to 4 January 2023

Modules

  • Modules

    • Pedagogy in Higher Education (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module focuses on your development as a teacher. 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.

      Assessment

      The module will be assessed by:

      • Maintenance of a reflective learning blog (formative)
      • Teaching observations (two formatives and one summative)
      • Reflective narrative accompanied by of evidence of practice (summative)
    • Philosophy and Policy of Higher Education (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

      Assessment

      The module will be assessed by:

      • Maintenance of a reflective learning blog (formative)
      • Two written pieces of coursework (summative)
    • Pedagogy and Practice in Higher Education (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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. 

      Assessment

      The module will be assessed by:

      • Maintenance of a reflective learning blog (formative)
      • Teaching observations (one formative and one summative)
      • Reflective report (summative)
    • Psychology of Learning in Higher Education (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

      Assessment

      The module will be assessed by:

      • Maintenance of a reflective learning blog (formative)
      • Presentation (summative)

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are not offered on every course. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

Timetable

Please download the January 2022 start timetable for details of the course dates and times.

We are regularly reviewing and updating our programmes to ensure you have the best learning experience. We are taking what we've learnt during the pandemic and enhancing our teaching methods with new and innovative ways of learning. Please regularly check this section of the course page for updates.

Important update: The January 2022 cohort will study fully online. We want the best for our students and due to the rising number of Covid19 infections we feel that it is safer to continue with the online learning option for this cohort. We will continue to deliver the course as it is now using a mix of live online sessions, asynchronous activities and online resources with no attendance on campus required.

Teaching and learning from 2022

We have developed new approaches to teaching and learning for the 2021/22 academic year, and have resumed the majority of our teaching on campus.

We are currently reviewing our approach to teaching and learning for 2022 entry and beyond. We've learned a lot about how to give you a quality education - we aim to combine the best of our pre-pandemic teaching and learning with access to online learning and digital resources which put you more in charge of when and how you study. We will keep you updated on this throughout the application process.

Your timetable will be built around on campus sessions using our professional facilities, with online sessions for some activities where we know being virtual will add value. We’ll use technology to enhance all of your learning and give you access to online resources to use in your own time.

The table below gives you an idea of what learning looks like across a typical week. Some weeks are different due to how we schedule classes and arrange on campus sessions.

This information is likely to change slightly for 2022 entry as our plans evolve. You'll receive full information on your teaching before you start your course.

Learning structure: typical hourly breakdown in 2021/22

Live in-person on campus learning

Contact hours per week, per level:

4 hours

Live online learning

Average hours per week, per level:

2 hours

Tutor set learning activities

Average hours per week, per level:

2 hours

Outside of these hours, you’ll be expected to do independent study where you read, listen and reflect on other learning activities. This can include preparation for future classes. In a year, you’ll typically be expected to commit 1200 hours to your course across all styles of learning. If you are taking a placement, you might have some additional hours.

Definitions of terms

  • Live in-person on campus learning – This will focus on active and experiential sessions that are both:
    • Led by your tutors including seminars, lab sessions and demonstrations We’ll schedule all of this for you
    • Student-led by you and other students, like small group work and presentations.
  • Live online learning – This will include lectures, tutorials and supervision sessions led by your tutor and timetabled by us. It also includes student-led group work that takes place online

  • Tutor set learning activities – This covers activities which will be set for you by your tutor, but which you will undertake in your own time. Examples of this include watching online materials, participating in an online discussion forum, completing a virtual laboratory or reading specific texts. You may be doing this by yourself of with your course mates depending on your course and assignments. Outside of these hours, you’ll also be expected to do further independent study where you’ll be expected to learn, prepare, revise and reflect in your own time.

Support

You have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.

Our support services will be delivered online and on campus and you have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.

You have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

  1. Standard entry requirements
  2. International (inc. EU)
  3. How to apply
  1. UK
  2. EU/International
  3. Additional costs

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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