Dip(CPD) Introduction to Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education

The Diploma of Continuing Professional Development (DipCPD) in Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is a short course offered by the University of Bolton. This bite-size programme is worth 20 credits at Level HE5 and focuses on essential knowledge and skills that could help get your teaching career underway.

 Introduction to Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education

Key information



Mode of Study:



5 days


University of Bolton

Start date:


Course Details

The DipCPD Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is a stand-alone programme designed to introduce you to the fundamental principles of teaching and learning in the higher education context. It offers a focused preparation for the initial stages of your teaching career.

Our experienced teacher educators will help you build skills in planning and preparation and support you as you develop, deliver and evaluate a microteaching session. This process will help you gain knowledge and understanding of a professional teacher's role in the higher and professional education sectors. You'll also explore the boundaries and legislation that apply to this role.

This professional development course uses the University of Bolton as a context for exploring policies and procedures. We offer you an intensive programme of tuition through block delivery using a blended approach, usually over five consecutive days. You'll then have two weeks to digest the course content and prepare your coursework for assessment.

This short course is an excellent introduction to teaching for anyone new to a teaching role within the Higher Education sector. Upon completing this course, you could consider applying for a place on the PgCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education that the University offers.

We provide a supportive, challenging and interactive environment for your learning and development.

This short course is appropriate for staff without a teaching qualification or teaching experience and should be undertaken before undertaking the PgCert Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education.

This programme is also suitable for PhD students as an introductory teaching module. Participating PhD students will need access to at least 10 hours of teaching practice to ensure that they can apply what they have learned on the programme before taking on further teaching commitments.

  • We'll support you in taking your initial steps into a career as a professional practitioner in the higher education sector.
  • You can learn how to reflect on your personal and professional experiences to help you identify specific areas for development.
  • We offer opportunities to build your communication and interpersonal skills, along with a greater awareness of your professional roles and responsibilities as a curriculum-specialist teacher.
  • You can enhance your specialist skills and gain the confidence to continue developing in learning and practice settings.
Key Features
  • This stand-alone short course focuses on key practical and theoretical issues involved in planning and preparing to teach.
  • We'll help you understand how your knowledge can be applied to classroom practice and supports the approaches you take towards planning, preparing, assessing, evaluating and reviewing learning.
  • You can develop your skills in evaluating educational literature and research and learn how to apply your insights in practice.
  • We'll support you in developing inclusive approaches to teaching and learning that address issues of disability, age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, class and sexual orientation.

  • As a minimum, you must have a level 3 qualification.
  • If you're a PhD student wishing to use this course as an introductory teaching module, you'll need access to at least 10 hours of teaching practice. This will ensure you can apply what you have learned on the programme before you take on further teaching commitments.
  • If you're a staff member, you must have approval from your line manager, with agreement from HR.
  • If you're a PhD student, you must have approval from your supervisor to ensure that these additional studies will not interfere with your progression. The Operational Lead or Head of Service must approve your proposed teaching hours, and the Dean of Faculty should also agree.
  • Fee waivers must be signed off by the Dean of the Faculty in which you are based and must also be agreed by the Head of Education and Dean of Professional Studies.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • Please note that this course is subject to the University of Bolton's Fitness to Practise procedure.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

The University of Bolton's DipCPD in Introduction to Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education offers essential skills if you're at the outset of your career in this sector. This course will help you build confidence and prepare you for further study.

You could also consider applying for the PgCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education offered by the University of Bolton. Please see the postgraduate options section of this page for details.

Course fees

Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £1,500 for the academic year 2024/25.

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2023-2024 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on www.gov.uk for information.

The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.


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For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.

We use various teaching and learning methods to help you acquire and develop the appropriate knowledge, understanding, skills, and competencies to achieve the learning outcomes. You can expect formally timetabled classes with your tutor, workshops, small group and individual practical activities, and structured exercises and discussions. You'll receive individual support in tutorials.

We adopt a blended learning and teaching style, including online delivery and engagement where appropriate. For instance, you'll need to participate in e-discussions with peers and tutors and make full use of ICT as a source of information and support. You'll also need to maintain a portfolio of evidence.

We'll expect you to demonstrate significant independence in your study, taking responsibility for managing your own learning time.

Assessment is via coursework. You'll receive formative and summative assessment during class and via feedback in tutorials. You'll be guided and directed to areas of research and appropriate background reading to complete the required assignments.

  • Introduction to Teaching and Learning
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 100%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 80%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 20%


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Lisa Adjei
Programme Leader


+44 (0)1204 903309

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton


+44 (0)1204 903903


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