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An undergraduate degree course comprises 360 credits. If you are studying full-time, you will normally complete these credits over a 3 year period. If you are studying part-time, you will complete these over a longer period, usually 6 years.
A postgraduate degree course comprises 180 credits. If you are studying full-time, you will normally complete these credits over one year. If you are studying part-time, you will complete these over a longer period, usually 2 years.
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You need to be teaching or supporting learning in Higher Education and hold a first degree from a recognised Higher Education Institution.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Further study is possible through the MA provision of the School of Humanities & Lifelong Learning that can lead to Postgraduate Diploma or MA awards.
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.