PgCert Learning & Teaching in Higher Education

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Accreditation: classes within the programme are accredited by the Higher Education Academy to lead to professional recognition at Associate Fellow of the HEA (AFHEA)
  • Study mode and duration: part-time, blended learning (combination of face-to-face and online learning with some independent study)

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  • a flexible, academic development degree
  • ideal for university teaching staff, academics or any member of staff looking to enhance their understanding and skills relating to learning and teaching in higher education
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Why this course?

The Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education is a flexible, academic development degree which normally takes one to two years' part-time study.

The course examines factors influencing teaching, learning and assessment in higher education and offers a range of intellectual and practical methods to inform, explore, and develop learning and teaching across the disciplines.

You'll be encouraged to draw from your own area or discipline and to explore contemporary issues relating to learning and teaching in these areas throughout the course.

All courses are delivered in our in-house teaching facilities. We use a number of technologies to enhance provision.

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Course content

To obtain a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), you require to complete three classes – the core class Teaching, Learning and Assessment within the Disciplines, one recommended class, plus one recommended OR optional class.

Recommended classes:

  • Course (Re)Design
  • Teaching and Learning Online (TALON)
  • Academic Writing
  • Supervising Postgraduate Research
  • Management and Leadership in HE

As optional classes, you'll be able take any module delivered through the Strathclyde Programme in Academic practice Researcher development and Knowledge exchange (SPARK) programme, including those from either the or pathways.

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Learning & teaching

All classes are taught using experiential and reflective techniques to ensure learning outcomes are applicable, useful and based in authentic activity. Classes are flexible, allowing you to make choices based on your personal interests.

Classes involve a face-to-face element comprising roughly 16 hours, in addition to blended learning elements and individual study. Online elements are conducted through Myplace, the University's online learning environment. The fully online version of the course is in development.

Guest lectures

Individual classes make use of a selection of guest lecturers who can provide training on specialist topics.


Assessment types differ from class-to-class and align constructively with teaching and learning aims. Essays, presentations, individual projects and other methods are commonly used.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

An Honours degree or an equivalent qualification.

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Fees & funding


University of Strathclyde applicants

Staff with contracts totalling 12 months or longer: free of charge
Staff employed for less than 12 months at Strathclyde: £600 per module

External applicants

Bespoke training can be designed for external clients on request for an additional fee. Please contact

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All SPARK classes are designed and delivered to help students enhance their current and future practice, providing opportunities for both career and personal development.

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Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Qualification: PG Certificate
Start Date: Sep 2019
Mode of Delivery: part-time

Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Qualification: PG Certificate
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: part-time