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If you’re currently employed in teaching and learning in higher or professional education this Advance HE/HEA approved distance-learning programme offers you the opportunity to develop high-quality skills in teaching, professional practice, scholarship and research. We’ll also support you to develop a critical approach to supporting student learning.
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This course is designed for those seeking professional recognition as Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)/Advance HE. Underpinned by the relevant professional standards, it’s designed to help you attain professional recognition for your work, meet your organisational goals and enhance your professional profile.
This programme consists of two modules. The first, Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education, is designed to help you learn how to plan for effective and inclusive teaching and learning environments. You’ll have the opportunity to study the theories, principles and application of teaching and learning strategies, as well as explore action learning, enquiry and work-based learning, and technology-enabled and reflective learning.
The second module, Professional Academic Practice in Action, gives you the opportunity to explore the nature of action research and its application to programme planning, design and evaluation in professional practice. This module also covers professional ethics, the policy context, and broader issues that impact professional academic practice within the higher education sector.
Our Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education is informed by the UK Professional Standards Framework (UK PSF) for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education.
The programme has been approved by Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy - HEA) for those seeking Fellowship of the HEA. Associate Fellow is awarded after completion of module EDM7040 or 7042 and Fellow after completing the full programme.
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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.
This programme is designed for those who already have experience and current employment in teaching and learning in higher or professional education. It aims to help you to develop high-quality teaching skills underpinned by relevant professional practice, scholarship and research skills. You should develop a critical, reflective and scholarly approach to teaching and supporting student learning.
Skills gained on this course can enhance your professional practice in a wide range of areas, including developing learning plans, creative and innovative methods for teaching, approaches to learner assessment and support, designing and managing programmes of learning and accountability in assessment. Additionally, it aims to develop your e-learning and communication skills.
This course is designed to enhance your career potential by developing your skills as a member of academic staff in higher education institutions and could, therefore, improve your promotion prospects within higher education or improve access to a higher education career.
The skills and knowledge on offer would benefit anyone aiming for a career in education. Obtaining this qualification will assist entry to further study at master’s or doctoral level; for instance when applying to the University of Bolton’s MA Teaching and Learning or doctorate programmes.
Postgraduate certificate holders can also use the qualification to enter a range of other careers, and for some of these roles, both relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these careers include:
Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £1,800 for the academic year 2021/22.
Overseas students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Overseas fee of £4,150 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 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.
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
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Apply online: University of Bolton Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education - 20 September 2021
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.
Two core modules will be taught, each worth 30 credits at HE7 (master’s level). Throughout the course, we aim to deliver stimulating, challenging and engaging programmes of study that help you broaden and deepen your knowledge.
By building on your current knowledge and experience with informed research, this course is designed to help you develop the skills needed to study at master’s level. You’ll be exposed to a mix of subject knowledge, theoretical perspectives and professional best practices, using a wide variety of teaching and learning strategies to enhance your overall experience.
To help keep you engaged, we’ll use a range of teaching and learning methods, such as lectures, presentations, seminars, workshops, group work, action learning, and group and individual tutorials. This course also features the use of technology and multimedia: resources are made available through our virtual learning environments (VLEs), and much of the course communication will also be conducted via VLEs.
You’ll also be encouraged to build strong relationships with your peers, sharing ideas and discussing relevant ideas for practice and development. Personal study time is also a significant element in this programme.
Assessment will also be varied, and you can expect to complete coursework such as critical reflections, presentations, portfolios and a written project.
The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.
|Level one||Coursework 80%, Practical exams 20%|
|Level one||Guided independent study 88%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 12%|
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.
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