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Higher Education PGCert

Learn about the course below
September 2023
January 2024
1 years part-time
Part-time face-to-face
Distance learning
£63 per credit (UK) *
£63 per credit (EU/INT) *
Course leader
Dr Gillian Lazar

Studying for the Post-graduate Certificate in Higher Education (PG Cert HE) 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 Advance HE (formerly HEA).

Why study PG Cert Higher Education at Middlesex University?

The PG Cert 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 Middlesex 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. We also welcome applications from staff at other universities and institutions teaching students in Higher Education.

Successful completion of the full programme confers Fellowship (D2) of Advance 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 teaching experiences
  • Following completion of the PG Cert HE, 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 PG Cert 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 considering underpinning theories and policies relevant to Higher Education. The programme is fully accredited by Advance HE (formerly HEA).

This programme is taught through two modes:

  1. Blended mode: face-to-face at our campus in North London, with study days throughout the year which are complemented with some online learning activities
  2. Distance learning: delivered entirely online with dedicated tutor support.

The PG Cert HE usually has two starting dates each academic year: September and January.

September start cohort

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

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.

The timetable for this course will become available later this year

  • Application deadline: 14 July 2023

Dates for the September 2023 course will be available soon and will be downloadable here.

  • 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.


      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.


      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. 


      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.


      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.

We are regularly reviewing and updating our programmes to ensure you have the best learning experience. We are taking what we've learnt in the recent years and enhancing our teaching methods with new and innovative ways of learning.

We aim to model a wide range of teaching strategies and approaches on the course which you can adapt to your own setting.


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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Duration: 1 year full-time

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Duration: 1 year full-time, 2-3 years part-time

Code: PGX32X

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