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Higher Education PGCert

Learn about the course below
Code
034X344
Start
September 2021
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 and practices, as well as providing support mechanisms for the continuing development of your teaching practice. The programme is fully accredited by the Advanced 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. Face-to-face with study days throughout the year and engaging in reflection on practice
  2. Distance learning, delivered entirely online with dedicated tutor support.

The PGCert HE will have two starting dates in the next academic year: September 2020 and January 2021.

September 2020 Start Cohort

We are planning to teach LED4010, LED4011, LED4012 online 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

  • LED4011: 7 September 2020 to 7 December 2020
  • LED4010: 30 November 2020 to 22 February 2021
  • LED4012: 24 February 2021 to 30 April 2021
  • LED4013: 12 May2021 to 15 July 2021

January 2021 Start Cohort

We are planning to teach LED4010, LED4011, LED4012 online 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.

LED4013 will likely be offered face-to-face on campus and/ or online depending on what is possible and safe by that date.

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

  • LED4011: 11 January 2021 to 15 March 2021
  • LED4012: 15 March to 14 May 2021
  • LED4010: 17 May to 12 July 2021
  • LED4013: 6 September 2021 to 10 January 2022

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 September 2020 start timetable or the January 2021 start timetable for details of the course dates and times.

Teaching and learning

Changes for students in 2021

If you’re a new student for January 2021, your teaching will start online due to national lockdown restrictions. We plan to start in person teaching on campus sometime after mid-February when the lockdown ends. When restrictions are lifted, we’ll be teaching you in different ways to make sure you get the best learning experience possible. You’ll learn through live sessions with teaching staff and have the chance to study independently too, with access to all the online resources you need through our globally available student portal.

We’re planning different scenarios for teaching so we can be flexible. While we’re social distancing, we currently plan to teach your course fully online through a mixture of live interactive sessions and independent learning. This will ensure you’re equipped with the same skills as on campus study, and offer you an engaging learning experience where you can meet and network with your lecturers and fellow students through online platforms. We are also exploring opportunities for face-to-face interactive sessions with smaller groups of students and staff where possible and we can make the appropriate arrangements. You will still be able to access bookable study spaces on campus, and any of the facilities and support services which are open, as well as our extensive online support.

Read more about our scenarios for returning to campus and what they might mean for your teaching and learning experience, and how you’ll be able to access student support.

Future plans for teaching

We’re developing our timetable for face to face teaching  with current government advice on social distancing to keep you safe. If social distancing requirements are lifted, we’ll start to safely move back towards our usual teaching arrangements with more opportunities for face to face learning. Some learning and support might stay online in this scenario. If more restrictions are put in place, or there is another lockdown, we’ll be prepared to deliver your learning and support fully online, with alternative arrangements made for any required placements. We’ll always give you notice of any changes that we make.

Definitions of terms

  • Live learning – Live learning will cover everything you’ll do with teaching staff like lectures, seminars, workshops and other classes, and we’ll schedule all of this for you. This might include some study outside your regular timetable, like taking part in discussion forums or online blogs where you’re supported by academic staff.
  • Independent learning – Independent learning is all the studying you’ll do outside your live learning sessions with teaching staff. This self-paced study will give you the chance to learn, prepare, revise and reflect in your own time as you need to, and you’ll have access to on-demand resources and materials to help you do your best.
    • Self-paced study – Self-paced study will give you the chance to learn wherever and whenever you want to and at your own pace, outside your live learning sessions. This independent learning could include reading and reflection, preparation for classes, revision or homework along with access to other online activities such as quizzes.
    • On-demand resources – You'll have access to on-demand resources like pre-recorded video lectures and workshops as part of your independent study. You’ll be able to review and revisit whenever you need to at your own pace.

Support

You’ll 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 mainly be delivered online and you’ll 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’ll 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.

More on teaching for your subject in 2020/21

Read our guide to what’s been happening in your subject area recently and more about what to expect this autumn.

  1. Standard entry requirements
  2. International (inc. EU)
  3. How to apply
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  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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