Postgraduate Certificate Developing Professional Practice in Higher Education


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Newport (Campus code - C )



Tuition Fees

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Entry Requirements

You need to be teaching or supporting learning in Higher Education and hold a first degree from a recognised Higher Education Institution.

Interviewed Course

No interview required.

The Developing Professional Practice in Higher Education course is for you if you are an early career academic or a learning support practitioner seeking accreditation, or a postgraduate student in a full-time research role in an academic environment with some teaching duties.

About Postgraduate Certificate Developing Professional Practice in Higher Education

Essential Information

The course is unique as it is offered exclusively through distance learning, in addition to face-to-face support being available from tutors at the Caerleon campus. The PGCertHE is a flexible and bespoke programme of study that supports participants in identifying and progressing specific areas for enhancement. The interactive nature of the programme creates a dynamic environment where you can come together to share experiences and provide peer support.

The programme comprises of two 30 credit Masters Level modules which is taught online via Moodle supported by web conferencing. Completing the modules will enable you to achieve 60 M Level credits which could be taken forward to a masters programme and will also enable you to achieve Higher Education Academy Accreditation.

The assignment work includes an action research investigation into your practice, two teaching observations, and the completion of a portfolio of coursework tasks. You are supported in demonstrating a range of relevant knowledge and skills and then mapping these onto the HEA Professional Standards Framework.

What you will study

Module 1

  • Investigating Learning and Teaching Through Action Research
  • Approaches to Teaching
  • Planning Learning in Higher Education
  • Managing Learning
  • Developing Good Practice in Assessment

Module 2

  • Culture, Communication and Learning
  • Building on Student Strengths
  • Innovation and Technology in Learning and Teaching
  • Employability and Work-Based Learning
  • Developing and Supervising Research

Learning, Teaching and Assessment for Postgraduate Certificate Developing Professional Practice in Higher Education

Learning and Teaching methods

Delivery of this distance learning course is via Moodle, the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, supported by video conferencing. You must ensure you have adequate access to the internet to support these tools.

Each topic of study makes use of video, audio PowerPoint presentations, an online reading list, online tutorials and an e-portfolio. Some guest lectures by experts from other Higher Education institutions are also included where appropriate.

Assessment methods

Each module has two assessment components: an action research project and the compilation of an e-portfolio of professional practice, including your reflections on your professional development, reports from a teaching observation and the maintenance of an evidence log.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects for Postgraduate Certificate Developing Professional Practice in Higher Education


Further study is possible through the MA provision of the School of Humanities & Lifelong Learning that can lead to Postgraduate Diploma or MA awards.

Additional Information for Postgraduate Certificate Developing Professional Practice in Higher Education


In 2011 one of our participants went on to win the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Rising Star Award.

In 2012 another of our participants went on to win a Chairman’s Award from his University.

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