The Postgraduate Certificate is a practice-based flexible learning course designed principally as continuing professional development for people with at least 72 hours of teaching per year at the University of Westminster. External applicants must have at least 72 hours per year teaching in a higher education setting and be able to secure a mentor to observe their teaching during the course.
The course is delivered substantially online supported by some face to face elements, with flexible ways of accessing and contributing to activities, although it is possible to complete the course wholly through distance learning.
As this is a part-time only course, it is not eligible for University of Westminster scholarships. It is also not suitable for those not currently teaching at least 72 hours per year in a higher education setting.
The aim of the course is to develop your practice as a teacher and then you can expand your practice to include educational research related to your discipline and interests through continuing to Higher Education MA.
The course develops your learning and teaching process set against the wider context of policy, research/knowledge and societal developments. It is designed to support those who wish to take a lead in the development of learning, teaching and assessment in their own context and to contribute to the wider field of research and developments in learning and teaching.
The Postgraduate Certificate Higher Education (Pg Cert HE) includes a recognised programme of professional development in learning and teaching for staff in Higher Education that is accredited by the Higher Education Academy for membership as a Fellow.
Applicants should normally hold a first degree from a recognised institution (minimum Lower Second Class Honours or international equivalent), demonstrate interest and motivation in the subject area, and be teaching at least 72 hours per year at UK higher education level 4 or above, including in further education, private college settings and internationally (international qualification levels taught will be checked against UK equivalents).
Alternative professional qualifications with at least three years' relevant professional experience will also be considered.
If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6 in each element.