Postgraduate (12 months part-time, distance learning)
12 months (September starts); 12 months (January starts)
Semester 1: Thursday 10:00 - 13:00 (September intake)
Semester 2: Thursday 10:00 - 13:00 (September and January intake)
Semester 1: Friday 10:00 - 13:00 (September intake)
Semester 2: Friday 10:00 - 13:00 (September and January intake)
Practice-based and underpinned by theory, our course is taught by a team of active researchers in education. As a teacher/lecturer in Higher Education (HE), this course supports you as part of your own Continuing Professional Development (CPD) so that you are able to make positive contributions to teaching and learning within the HE sector.
Whether you are new or experienced in teaching in HE, our course is for you. Accredited against the Higher Education Academy Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), the PG Cert encourages you to reflect upon your own practice, learn from sharing practice with others, and develop a deep understanding of educational models framing HE in contemporary University settings.
Regardless of whether you study it face to face or online, our highly interactive course exposes you to the very best teaching practice. Our qualified and experienced team offer face to face sessions at both our Chelmsford and Cambridge campuses; if you need the flexibility to study where and when it suits you, then our distance learning option may provide the most useful opportunity for you.
The course comprises of two modules, with each module containing a compulsory teaching observation within your HE institution. As you’ll be undertaking observations within your institution as part of their quality assurance processes and support for your continuing professional development, this observation will focus on assessing your practice in relation to the related learning outcomes within the modules.
You’ll have access to our Canvas Learning Management System (LMS), which provides you with a wide range of teaching and learning resources as well as interactive opportunities to engage with the materials and other students. You’ll be encouraged to reflect upon the impact of your teaching practice on learning, continually critique and develop it and share your experiences with others.
As you start your course you’ll be invited to a face to face induction session in Cambridge or Chelmsford during teaching week 1. This will provide you with the opportunity to get to know your course, your fellow students and the campus better. If you are studying by distance learning, you are more than welcome to attend the induction.
Our course is accredited by the Higher Education Academy and provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate that at the point of successfully completing your studies you are evidencing your practice in line with Descriptor 2 of the UKPSF. This means that you are eligible to apply to become a Fellow of the HEA. Please note that if the HE institution in which you work is not a member of the HEA, then a separate application fee will apply at that point.
Successful graduates who work in Higher Education Institutions will be able to apply to become a fellow of the HEA
With the needs of the 21st Century classroom and learners constantly changing, our course will provide you with the transferable skills to communicate, research and apply relevant teaching knowledge and understanding to practice. With a focus on continuing professional development, the course and modules provide the opportunity to apply for Fellowship status of the HEA, can contribute to the MA Education course and ultimately towards Professional Doctorate study.
In order to meet the course requirements, it is necessary that you are currently teaching and supporting learning within the HE sector both on application and during the entire course. Each module contains a compulsory teaching observation within your HE institution. As you'll be undertaking observations within your institution as part of their quality assurance processes and support for your continuing professional development, this observation will focus on assessing your practice in relation to the related learning outcomes within the modules.
Assessment for both modules involves the completion of a series of pieces of academic work that are informed by your both your practice and theoretical understanding. The assessment approach, named patchwork text, supports you to demonstrate your engagement with each module’s outcomes and compile the assessment for each module as the module progresses. The planning for and observation of your practice, as well as your subsequent reflection, is aligned to the module outcomes and forms part of your academic submission.
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 views of the tool, as well as the opportunity to try out the system from a student perspective.
The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.
We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.
We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.
Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.
Study at a time that suits you, using our online learning management system.
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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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 email@example.com for further information.
The course you have applied for requires you to evidence your professional practice of teaching Higher Education students at the Higher Education Academy Fellowship level. Therefore, we need to ensure that the institution in which you work can confirm that your teaching role supports these requirements and that they will provide a suitably qualified observer as part of your PG Cert assessment.
Therefore, as part of your application, you will need to provide a reference from them that confirms;
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