Key details
Award title
Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE)
Awarding body
Falmouth University
Level
7
Duration
30 weeks
Mode of study
Online, part-time
Total PGCHE course fee
£3,050
2 start dates a year
January and September
Next start date
25 January 2021
Welcome week
16 January 2021
Application deadline
11 January 2021

Introduction

Develop the expertise to support you within your role in both digital and face-to-face teaching and learning contexts.  

Engage with your peers and scholarship and develop as a creative, confident, competent and committed practitioner, able to learn from both your own work and examples of best practice.  

Benefit from our ‘learning by doing’ approach and discover through your own learning experience, what it’s like to learn and teach, both face-to-face and online. 

The PGCHE has been designed in consultation with education professionals and external bodies for professional teaching and learning practice, such as the Higher Education Academy (HEA). 

You will: 

  • Push the limits of your practice by trying new initiatives, and taking risks within a safe, supportive environment 
  • Become more confident in your practice and your ability to respond to the rapidly shifting HE sector and its growing emphasis on the student experience 
  • Benefit from studying alongside peers from different countries, disciplines and backgrounds, allowing you to interact with new perspectives 
  • Develop your ability to critically evaluate your practice in the light of pedagogical research, scholarship and policy  
  • Gain the confidence, knowledge and pedagogical fluency to be able to effectively explain your approach to colleagues, students and managers  
  • Gain the knowledge to be able to prepare applications for professional recognition from various professional bodies. E.g. a portfolio for Fellowship recognition (FHEA) from the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in the UK 
  • Gain an internationally-recognised qualification for teaching and learning in Higher Education.

 

Who is this PGCHE for?

As the sector places more and more emphasis on the student experience, effective teaching and learning practice is taking centre stage.

This creates a need for both academics and support staff that are confident and qualified in the teaching they deliver. 

You may be: 

  • Starting a teaching career within Higher Education and wish to gain an award that is increasingly considered mandatory for applicants to jobs in the sector 
  • Moving into Higher Education from industry 
  • Relatively new to teaching at a university  
  • Inexperienced in e-learning and wishing to gain the knowledge and skills required to teach through blended and online approaches 
  • An experienced teacher looking for the time, space and support to reflect upon and evaluate your practice 
  • Working in a support/subsidiary role that's increasingly student facing, with elements of teaching 
  • Teaching in an institution outside the UK, looking to gain an internationally-recognised qualification.

 

Entry requirements

All applications are considered on an individual basis. You would normally be expected to hold an honours degree. Applicants with qualifications other than a first degree, and those without formal qualifications or accreditation but with substantial, relevant professional experience are also encouraged to apply. 

For applicants whose first language is not English, proof of proficiency is generally required (minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening or TOEFL IBT (Internet Based Test) with a minimum of 88 overall and at least 21 in all 4 components). 

As part of the application process you will be asked to submit a description of your prior experience, motivations for studying the course and how you believe it will develop your career aspirations. 

Within your application you will be expected to demonstrate sufficient previous and current practice in supporting student learning in Higher Education (HE). As a guideline, we expect applicants to be actively engaged in supporting student learning in HE for a minimum of 50 hours over the course’s duration, and be able to evidence this. 

We also accept a range of equivalent recognised English language qualifications. Candidates without a degree or formal qualification are still encouraged to apply.

For more information regarding equivalent international qualifications and Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) please call us on +44 (0)1223 447713 or view our handy guide: 

APL guide

Course details

What you’ll learn

Investigate current theories, concepts and practices within higher education, and explore and develop the ways you can support student learning in a variety of different learning environments.  

Course structure

You will need to complete two 30-credit modules (60 credits in total). Both modules are compulsory and must be passed to complete the award. 

Module one

Supporting Student Learning (30 credits) 

Reflect on and develop different areas of your practice in teaching and/or supporting learning in Higher Education (HE).  

Investigate and apply a range of theories, concepts and practices of planning teaching, learning and assessment that are current in HE 

Get an introduced to key areas of activity, knowledge and professional values commonly viewed as important (e.g. by professional recognition bodies such as the UK HEA) for practitioners working to support student learning in HE.  

Through online and offline activities, learning-by-doing, preparatory readings and reflective discussion, share your experience in supporting student learning.

Demonstrate your understanding of pedagogy in your own teaching context, incorporating perspectives from sector and subject scholarship into your evaluation and development of your practice.  

Module two

Developing Flexible Learning Environments (30 credits) 

Further explore and develop the ways in which you can support student learning, especially via online and a mixture of blended learning environments.  

Learn from your peers and share your practice and experience of supporting learning in different environments. Discuss the relative advantages and challenges for learning offered by these.  

Engage with and apply pedagogical learning theory and scholarship to your reflection on and development of your practice.  

Engage with the design, implementation and evaluation of use of technology to enhance learning as part of a blended or online learning approach.  

Engage in reflective discussion and generation of strategies for curriculum design for supporting flexible, inclusive learning in online and/or blended learning environments 

Evaluate and critically reflect on your practice and learning to inform your continuing professional development.  

 

Supporting Student Learning (30 credits) 

Reflect on and develop different areas of your practice in teaching and/or supporting learning in Higher Education (HE).  

Investigate and apply a range of theories, concepts and practices of planning teaching, learning and assessment that are current in HE 

Get an introduced to key areas of activity, knowledge and professional values commonly viewed as important (e.g. by professional recognition bodies such as the UK HEA) for practitioners working to support student learning in HE.  

Through online and offline activities, learning-by-doing, preparatory readings and reflective discussion, share your experience in supporting student learning.

Demonstrate your understanding of pedagogy in your own teaching context, incorporating perspectives from sector and subject scholarship into your evaluation and development of your practice.  

Developing Flexible Learning Environments (30 credits) 

Further explore and develop the ways in which you can support student learning, especially via online and a mixture of blended learning environments.  

Learn from your peers and share your practice and experience of supporting learning in different environments. Discuss the relative advantages and challenges for learning offered by these.  

Engage with and apply pedagogical learning theory and scholarship to your reflection on and development of your practice.  

Engage with the design, implementation and evaluation of use of technology to enhance learning as part of a blended or online learning approach.  

Engage in reflective discussion and generation of strategies for curriculum design for supporting flexible, inclusive learning in online and/or blended learning environments 

Evaluate and critically reflect on your practice and learning to inform your continuing professional development.  

 

How you'll learn

With Falmouth Flexible, you access your course content, interactions with other students and tutors, and learning resources, through Canvas, an easy-to-use online platform.  

You can access the course wherever you are in the world, and you can stop, pause and rewind lectures whenever you want.  

 

Learning activities

Engaging learning activities will help you apply theory to practice. They could include: 

  • Online presentations to introduce key concepts 
  • Guided online E-seminars, forums, discussions and activities to facilitate interaction and dialogue 
  • Self/ peer and tutor feedback and evaluation on teaching and learning practice 
  • Independent study and ongoing engagement with pedagogical theory and research to develop your practice 
  • Practical assignments, for example a micro-teaching session and the development and use of an online learning resource.

 

Assessments

All assessments are taken and submitted online.  

You will be assessed through written coursework and practical activities, such as:

  • Work-based assignments that are grounded in your current teaching and learning practice where you apply pedagogical scholarship and best practice to develop it  
  • Written assessments where you design and critically evaluate your curriculum 
  • Practical assessments where you plan, deliver, and evaluate learning activities with your learners, in both face-to-face and online/blended learning contexts. 

 

Student support

Throughout your studies, you’ll be supported by a student advisor. Their job is to answer any non-academic queries you may have, and they can be contacted via email, phone, text or WhatsApp.  

They can show you around the online learning platform, guide you through enrolment, and give advice on managing your work/life balance.  

As a Falmouth student, you enjoy an equal status to students studying on campus: 

  • Your own student ID card 
  • Access to online software tutorials at lynda.com 
  • 24/7 online access to library resources 
  • Students’ Union community. 

Teaching team

You will be taught by academics who are experts in their field and have access to leading industry professionals.

"What I really liked was the interaction with your peers. We had regular forums that we all contributed to and I made friends in the same way that I would have done on a traditional course."
Ben Atkinson-Foster, PGCHE

“I’ve put a number of practices into place and it’s made a massive difference in terms of my teaching and the experience of my students. The blended learning module taught me how to create my own e-lectures and use the flip classroom approach.”

Lucy Cokes, PGCHE

Video intro to the course

Meet the course team and find out more about the PGCHE:

Watch our PGCHE video

 

PGCHE

Face-to-face events

Up to twice a year, you’ll have the optional opportunity to meet your classmates and tutors in person. Dates and location of the events will vary. Events usually incorporate a weekend to accommodate busy schedules.  

Previous events have included Agile on the Beach in Falmouth. 

This event encouraged students from the courses MA Advertising Strategy & Planning, MA Creative App Development, MA Creative Events Management and Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education to join their peers in collaborative projects, workshops and live-streamed talks by professionals from the Agile on the Beach conference.

Find out more about face-to-face events on our student experience page.

How to apply

 

Before you apply 

Before you submit your application, please contact one of our course advisors so they can guide you through the process and ensure you submit the best application possible for entry into the course. 

Call us on  +44 (0)1223 447713.

 

Application steps 

  • Submit an online application form
  • Submit a copy of your first degree certificate or Level 6 equivalent qualification and your IELTS/TOEFL certificate if English is not your first language and we have requested proof of proficiency.  

Late applications may be considered if places are available. 

For free advice, please contact our friendly and knowledgeable course advisors on +44 (0)1223 447713.

Fees & funding

Fees

Total course fee 

£3,050 (including £250 acceptance fee)

Payment options  

  • One-off payment 
  • Two equal instalments 

 

The first payment is due at the start of the course and the final payment is due one week before the second module begins.  

Payment methods  

Payments can be made online or by phone, using a credit or debit card, or by bank transfer. 

 

Please visit our fees and funding page for more information or call us on +44 (0)1223 447713 to speak to a course advisor.

 

Funding options

Application offers

We offer a range of bursaries, early application offers, and alumni discounts.

Loans

You may be eligible for funding from the UK Government.

 

Please visit our fees and funding page for more information or call us on +44 (0)1223 447713 to speak to a course advisor.

 

Total course fee 

£3,050 (including £250 acceptance fee)

Payment options  

  • One-off payment 
  • Two equal instalments 

 

The first payment is due at the start of the course and the final payment is due one week before the second module begins.  

Payment methods  

Payments can be made online or by phone, using a credit or debit card, or by bank transfer. 

 

Please visit our fees and funding page for more information or call us on +44 (0)1223 447713 to speak to a course advisor.

 

Application offers

We offer a range of bursaries, early application offers, and alumni discounts.

Loans

You may be eligible for funding from the UK Government.

 

Please visit our fees and funding page for more information or call us on +44 (0)1223 447713 to speak to a course advisor.

 

Hear from a graduate

What's it like to study on the course?

Ben Atkinson-Foster talks about his experience on the PGCHE course in our video.

 

 

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Contact us

If you have any questions about the programme, our experienced course advisors are here to help.

You can call our friendly and knowledgeable team on +44 1223 447713. 

PGCHE resources