AdvDip(CPD) Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher and Professional Education (Online) (HE7)

Do you want to gain a qualification in teaching and supporting learning in higher or professional education whilst further developing your skills and knowledge, but need the flexibility of online learning? If you have experience and are currently employed in higher or professional education and aspire to gain professional recognition, this programme is designed for you.

Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher and Professional Education (Online) (HE7)

Key information



Mode of Study:



15 weeks


The University of Bolton

Start date:


Course Details

At the University of Bolton we have a ‘Teaching Intensive, Research Informed’ ethos. This means we aspire to offer postgraduate student-focused courses that inform best practice in teaching and learning, underpinned by the research knowledge of our high quality staff.

This contemporary and stimulating programme of study gives you the opportunity to critically evaluate current educational developments and research, and improve your own professional practice. We’ll guide you in an exploration of the theories, principles and application of different strategies and approaches that can be employed to create effective and inclusive teaching and learning environments. You’ll be encouraged to draw from and focus on work-based experiences to share and explore the most effective techniques and methodologies.

Our welcoming team of highly experienced, professionally and academically qualified staff will cover topics that include action learning, enquiry and work-based learning, learning and teaching theory, formative and summative assessment, and the use of information technology.

The programme can potentially contribute to Higher Education Academy (HEA) professional recognition.

  • We promote research and critical enquiry helping you learn to make sound, evidence-based independent judgements.
  • This course is part of a suite of professional development courses covering contemporary issues and developments in teaching and learning in higher and professional education that are designed to equip you with advanced skills and knowledge to help your career progression.
  • On successful completion of this course you will be awarded a certificate worth 30 credits at Level HE7 that can contribute towards the Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) in Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education offered by the University of Bolton.
Key Features
  • Taking this course allows you to gain career enhancing skills without the need to commit yourself to an entire postgraduate degree.
  • One-to-one support is offered by our team of highly experienced, enthusiastic and dedicated experts.
  • Our academic team is actively involved in educational research, helping you to explore issues from a robust research-informed knowledge base.
  • Our well stocked library offers a comprehensive selection of relevant texts and access to an extensive online database of multimedia sources including eJournals, podcasts, vodcasts and eBooks.
Professional recognition

The programme is underpinned by the UK PSF. It is accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and may lead to Associate Fellowship of the HEA for those seeking professional recognition.

  • You’ll need to demonstrate that you are ready to undertake study at Master’s-level (HE7); for example, you’ll normally have successfully completed an Honours degree.
  • You must have a substantive role in teaching and/or facilitating learning (minimum of 6 hours per week) and access to a mentor for support, review and verification of evidence from practice.
  • You must have the written support of your line manager in your employing organisation (or Head of School if you are a University of Bolton employee).
  • As this is an online course, you’ll need access to a computer with appropriate software. You’ll also need basic IT skills. In particular, you’ll need to be able to access and use the University of Bolton’s virtual learning environment, Moodle. Please contact the programme leader for details if you are uncertain that you’ll be able to meet these requirements.
  • You may be required to attend for interview and provide a portfolio of appropriate work.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 394.

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.

Course fees

Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £900 for the academic year 2021/22.

Overseas students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Overseas fee of £2,075 for the academic year 2021/22.

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 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 eligibility 2021-2022 policy on 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.


Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.

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

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.

  • Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher and Professional Education - Online Version
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 80%, Practical exams 20%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 88%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 12%

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

Duncan Cross
Programme Leader

+44 (0)1204 903289

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903

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PgCert Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education

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Mode of study
15 Weeks

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