Higher And Professional Education PgCert

Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 12 Months

2019/20 New Entrants, Part Time

  • Home and EU students: £3,400 per year of study
  • International students: £3,400 per year of study
Course start February, September
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Stoke-on-Trent CampusPart-time2018/19 Academic YearApply Direct
Stoke-on-Trent CampusPart-time2019/20 Academic YearApply Direct

Course outline

The overall aim of the PgCHPE award is to provide a framework for the initial and continuing professional development of academic staff in higher and professional education. You will be working within a university or other Higher Education Provider (HEP), typically with students studying at levels 4 to 8 in the Framework for HE Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ).  

This award has been purposely designed for staff who work within a higher or professional education context in order to respond to the challenges and opportunities presented to student learning within this sector. The overall aim of the PgCHPE award is to provide a framework for the initial and continuing professional development of academic staff in higher and professional education. The award is designed to encourage participants to critically evaluate their own approach to supporting student learning, as critically informed by theoretical and research-based evidence.

The PgCHPE award is designed to encourage you to critically evaluate your approach to supporting student learning, as critically informed by theoretical and research based evidence.

This programme aims to support your development as an academic professional in terms of:

  • Planning learning;
  • Developing resources;
  • Delivering and facilitating learning;
  • Enabling student participation and achievement;
  • Developing your ability and role as a researcher;
  • Providing networking opportunities.

This programme context provides a forum for sharing good practice between disciplines and role, as well as offering an environment where peer support and the development of a community of practice are fostered.

Mentoring provided by your employer provides an opportunity for participants to link their learning to their own discipline and professional context.

Staffordshire University employees may be directed to complete the PgCHPE as part of an Academic Professional Apprenticeship.  Please click here for further details.

Course content

The Postgraduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education (PgCHPE) is structured into two discrete modules; typical content for these modules is indicated in the Course content section. As the programme is dynamic, it will reflect continuous change in the Higher and Professional Education arena, and will change in response to the emergence of new contemporary topics, and the availability of new technology supported learning tools.

Facilitating Learning module – sample programme

  • Introduction to Constructive alignment
  • Learning theories and Learner Centred approaches
  • Supporting Diverse Learners
  • Effective Communication  and Resource Share
  • Learning Styles and Characteristics
  • Motivation and Problem-based Learning
  • Teaching Models and Styles of delivery
  • Personal tutoring
  • Feedback and Assessment
  • Micro-teach
  • Reflection and Evaluation
  • Assignment Workshop

Innovation and Contemporary Practice  – sample programme

  • The Changing context of HE: Technology, innovation and change
  • Assistive technologies - JISC workshop
  • Student experience: student voice; Twitter and Qualtrics
  • Mobile technologies; bring your own device
  • Student interactions with learning spaces: psycho-geography and virtual worlds
  • Flipped classrooms
  • Assignment workshop
  • Employer Panel
  • The 3 Es: employability, enterprise and entrepreneurialism; Partnership working and the curriculum
  • Disruptive innovations: MOOCs
  • External forces – strategic priorities
  • Impact for staff – implications for practice

The PgCHPE consists of 2x30 credit modules, “Facilitating Learning” and “Innovation and Contemporary Practice”. It is intended that the course will be run following the pattern illustrated above.

During the Facilitating Learning module, we will consider the diverse motivations and approaches to learning of individual learners, and the implications for effective for teaching, learning and assessment. You will be involved in the peer observation of teaching and will gain feedback on your own approaches.

During the Innovation and Contemporary Practice module, we will consider the key features of the changing context of HE, exploring topics such as the student experience, the learning environment and employability. We will also examine technology supported learning and the use of relevant tools within our own environments.

The distribution of the modules will allow you sufficient time to transfer the learning of knowledge, skills and techniques into your own disciplinary practice. It will also provide sufficient opportunity for your learning to be consolidated through discussion and feedback with subject-related mentors. In this way the course will strive to connect centrally driven content about the scholarship of learning and teaching with your own practice within their subject/professional domains.

Specific content and delivery profiles will be contained within module guides, which will be made available and explained as you progress through the course. Module descriptors can be found at http://www.staffs.ac.uk/current/student/modules/.


Entry requirements

An Honours Degree or equivalent professional qualification from an institution of Higher Education, or its equivalent from overseas.

An appointment as a full-time or fractional member of staff working in a teaching or supporting learning capacity at Staffordshire University or another institution in the higher or adult education sector.

Undertaking a job role which includes teaching and assessing learners at level 4 and above, with a minimum of ten hours teaching per month.


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