Learning and Teaching (Higher Education) PG Cert

Postgraduate ( part-time, distance learning)

Cambridge, Distance learning, Chelmsford

January 2017, September 2017

12 months (September starts); 12 months (January starts)

Teaching times: Fridays 10am-1pm (Cambridge), Thursdays 10am-1pm (Chelmsford).


Practice–based and underpinned by theory, our course is essential for staff wishing to offer their students the very best of teaching excellence. You’ll be taught by an expert team of active researchers in higher education.

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Full description


With the needs of the 21st century classroom constantly changing, our course will provide you with the transferable skills to communicate, research and apply relevant knowledge to teaching practice. Our course offers Fellowship status of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), alongside the tools and skills to give you the potential to progress to Senior and Principal Fellowship awards in the future.

The PG Cert modules can contribute towards an MA Education, and ultimately towards Professional Doctorate/PhD study.

Work placements

Our compulsory teaching observations mean you do need to be working in a teaching position.

Links with industry and professional recognition

Our course is accredited by the Higher Education Academy, and when you graduate you’ll be able to work in Higher Education Institutions as well as have adaptable skills for other teaching and learning contexts. 

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Enhancing Learning and Teaching Through Reflective Practice
    This module is designed to introduce practitioners in various higher education contexts to the knowledge and skills necessary to plan, deliver, and evaluate learning. It will encourage you to use effective models of reflective practice to develop and enhance your own teaching practices in the light of relevant theoretical models of learning and your own experience as a learner and teacher. The module will address practical aspects of teaching, ranging from teaching students in large and small groups through using technology to support learning to developing courses of learning based on the principle of constructive alignment. It places considerable emphasis on developing practical teaching skills to enhance the learning experience of students. Seminars, tutorials, presentations, workshops and online activities will be used to facilitate the learning and teaching process.
  • Developing Assessment for Learning
    Developing assessment for learning is crucial to the development of practitioners in post compulsory education - irrespective of the context of learning and/or the extent of practice. This module is designed to help you to become critically aware of the range of strategies available to you and of the need to promote assessment strategies which are reliable, fair and valid. This module will provide the opportunity for you to examine and reflect upon your own practice and develop an understanding of theoretical frameworks particularly in relation to the use of formative assessment, feedback and feed-forward as ways of promoting learning. You will be required to select a form of assessment from a range on offer which you feel will best allow you to meet the learning outcomes for the module. You will also be given the opportunity to develop skills in the use of feedback and feed-forward as well as helping to develop specific assessment criteria which will be used to help assess your own work. This module will seek to develop your range of skills and knowledge which will enhance your professional practice as a teacher and will encourage you to see assessment as an integral part of the learning and teaching process.

Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change.


Assessment for the Enhancing Learning and Teaching through Reflective Practice module is through the completion of a patchwork text (a series of separate pieces of work that are ‘sewn’ together at the end to link to the structure of the module) and reflective commentary; it includes the observation of your teaching.

The Developing Assessment for Learning module is based on a negotiated format which you can discuss with your tutor and also includes a reflective commentary. You could choose to carry out a patchwork text, group project or an essay, depending on your individual strengths and the methods you work best with.

We use online submission and feedback for our final assessments. With students across the sector increasingly expected to use online plagiarism detection software packages, this offers you an insight into both ‘sides’ of the tool, as well as the opportunity to try out the system from a ‘student’ perspective.  

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.

With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.

At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly, supportive and experienced staff.With over 150 research students across our three doctoral programmes (PhD; DProf and EdD), we provide the multi-disciplinary perspective and potential for academic debate that reflects our position as a leader in practitioner-focused and practice-led research studies.

Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.

You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, social services, local and regional authorities, schools and academic institutions.

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Distance learning
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Study at a time that suits you, using our Virtual Learning Environment.

More about distance learning

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time)


Distance learning, 2016/17


UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year part time)


Distance learning, 2017/18


How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.

How to pay your fees directly
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Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our funding guide for postgraduate students to learn more about the following:

  • The Government’s new £10k Masters loan
  • Applying for our scholarships
  • Additional funding options and support

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

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