Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice in Higher Education

Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice in Higher Education

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This course is validated by The Open University.

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This In-Service (while in teaching) post-graduate teacher training course leads to a professional qualification in higher education and training.  It aims to advance the continued professional development of staff in higher education and covers the key aspects of a HE practitioner’s expertise in accordance with the three dimensions of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) (2011).

If you are currently teaching in a Higher Education Institution (HEI), including College Based Higher Education (CBHE), this course will help you to develop your teaching skills and enhance the complex specialist knowledge that characterises the role of the HE practitioner. In addition, the programme aims to foster the development of a research-based approach to teaching, learning and assessment in HE and enable HE practitioners to design transformative undergraduate experiences for all students including traditionally underrepresented groups.

 
Duration 1 Year
Study mode Part Time
Start date 16/09/2019
Campus University Centre
Course code 72603-01
Fee £3,625 (per academic year)

What you learn

You will learn alongside other HE teaching professionals and develop your ability to respond to the progressive and changing demands of the higher education context.

You will learn how to:

  • Synthesise the dominant discourses of higher education pedagogy and the constituent elements of professionalism in higher education practice.
  • Develop a scholarly and research-based approach to teaching, learning and assessment in higher education.
  • Make and justify sound professional judgements within the learning contexts of higher education.
  • Design transformative undergraduate experiences for all students including traditionally underrepresented groups.
  • Formulate structured educational interventions that link to departmental and institutional strategies for the enhancement of higher education provision.
  • Draw on current and creative developments in higher education, including technological innovation and sustainability, to inform own learning and teaching in higher education.
  • Contribute to the strategic development of undergraduate curricula within an organisation in line with changing national policy directives and institution-wide priorities.
  • Connect with colleagues across a range of higher education institutions to foster the development of collaborative and innovatory professional and inter-professional practices.
  • Engage with the key values of the Quality Code and expertise in all dimensions of the UKPSF.

 

Modules may include:

  • Demonstrating Professional and Inter-Professional Practice
  • Building a Research Identity
  • Pedagogies in Higher Education

Benefits / Skills you will develop

You will learn how to:

  • Critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in own discipline.

  • Critically analyse current scholarly developments in higher education pedagogy.

  • Identify elements for change in the design of higher education curricula.

  • Reshape curricula interventions and drive quality improvements across all aspects of the higher education experience.

  • Maintain initial and continuing professional development in order to facilitate progression in specialist

  • Respond to the progressive and changing demands of the higher education context.

  • Communicate complex academic or professional issues clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed through the following methods:

  • Individual investigation

  • Training session

  • Online multimedia exhibit

  • Personal Research Portfolio

  • Learning Study

  • Teaching Practitioner File

Where is the course delivered (facilities / classrooms)

This course will be delivered at the University Centre where students will have access to a HE-specific study zone, including computer facilities, and social area.

Entry Requirements

Below is what a typical offer is likely to be:

  •  English and Mathematics at GCSE level Grade C or above and a minimum of two A level (minimum grade D) or equivalent qualifications. These can be in any subject.
  • A good first degree or equivalent qualification.
  • If the degree is not in your main teaching area, you will be required to hold at least a minimum of NVQ (NQF) level 3 in your vocational area.
  • A guaranteed minimum of 50 hours teaching in HE (levels 4-7) during the period of registration, at least 10 hours in the first term. This may include a range of teaching activity, including tutorials and supervision.

Other:

  • To attend and successfully pass an interview.

  • Satisfactory enhanced check for regulated activity with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau check.

How to apply

If you wish to apply for one of our part-time teacher education courses for a September 2019 start please apply here

What's next

The Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice in Higher Education provides a route to Higher Education Academy (HEA) fellowship status.

Job opportunities include higher education teaching in:

• General and specialist further education colleges delivering Higher Education programmes

• Higher Education Institutions

Campus Locations

University Centre

Park Lane
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS3 1AA
0113 216 2406
Nearest train station
Leeds Central Station, 0.6 MilesWebsite