Higher and Professional Education

For HM Forces

Study options



Key facts

Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Part-time, distance learning
12 Months
Start date:
26 September 2022

MOD focused

Curriculum content designed to complement your professional development within the MOD

Flexible Learning

Minimal attendance with remote/onsite support available for all modules

Virtual Learning Environment

Highly interactive distance learning opportunities delivered through Blackboard (our VLE)

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Professional Education is designed specifically for MOD personnel.

This award has been purposely designed for MOD personnel who have completed the QFI A2 Instructor training and 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 PgCHPE consists of two (15 credit) modules which are:

  • Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education
  • Wider Professional Practice

To make an initial enquiry about this programme, please contact the HM Forces team.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: PgCert Higher and Professional Education

Course content

The overall aim of the PgCHPE is to provide a framework for the initial and continuing professional development of academic staff in higher and professional education. The PgCHPE is designed to encourage participants to critically evaluate their own approach to teaching within their discipline area, supporting student learning and contributing to development across their Higher Education Provider (HEP).  The PgCHPE therefore aims to:

  • critically analyse research informed evidence to enhance their ability to plan, implement, evaluate and reflect on their professional practice;
  • support the development of academic professionals to facilitate teaching, learning, behaviour enhancement, assessment and use of feedback;
  • support academic professionals’ ability to contribute to curriculum development
  • develop their teaching and learning through working collaboratively with stakeholders;
  • engage in practitioner led research to improve professional practice in order to meet changing demands within the higher education environment and across their discipline.


The course fee is £1,700

Entry requirements

In order to be admitted onto the award you are normally expected to have:

  • Completion of MOD A2 QFI Cat.
  • QFI Instructors who work in an Educational role.
  • Undertaking a job role which includes teaching and assessing learners at level 4 or above, with a minimum of ten hours teaching per month.
Teaching and assessment


Delivery is through a combination of lectures, collaborative learning activities, student led presentations, workshops, work-based tasks and self-assessments, online delivery, independent study and mentor supported learning.

All modules will require you to attend a series of tutor led classes. A delivery schedule will be provided. The classes will include a variety of teaching and learning methods, including presentations by experienced practitioners, large and small group discussions, case studies and task-centred investigations. Classes have been specifically designed so as to synthesise the theoretical underpinning and/or current educational research with your own practice in order to encourage engagement in reflective practice. Such reflective practice will help to develop your learning about teaching in order to improve the quality of the student experience. Additionally, you will lead and participate in group activities which will develop your teamworking skills, enable sharing good practice and provide you with an opportunity to professionally network.

In this way the classes will be designed to build on your current practice in order to maximise personal development and shared learning among diverse subject areas and/or professional domains.


As a practice-based programme, you will be encouraged to undertake a series of work-based tasks that support the learning from each module.  Some of these tasks and self-assessments will be used for your assessments whereas others will either be used to inform group discussion or consolidate the learning from the workshops.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Inclusion Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Independent learning

As with all taught postgraduate Awards, there will be a significant amount of work to undertake outside the taught sessions. This will mainly take the form of reading journals and recommended texts to both consolidate the learning from the sessions and prepare you for the modular assessments. You will also be asked to engage with on-line discussion forums and other tools as appropriate.


Location Award Study option Start date Apply Link
Stoke-on-Trent campus PgCert Part-time, distance learning 26 September 2022 Apply now

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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