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PgCert Learning, Teaching & Assessment Practice in Higher Education

Edinburgh Napier University

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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Location

    Edinburgh Napier University

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date

    JAN, SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Boost your career prospects and develop your learning, teaching and assessment skills on this accredited course for university academics.


Develop your knowledge of quality enhancement, student support and scholarship in higher education on this accredited course.

As a subject specialist, you're already well established in your discipline. But teaching at a university or other institution at Higher Education (HE) level requires a distinct collection of skills and knowledge.

You’ll appreciate that opportunities for personal and professional development are fundamentally important for making the transition into teaching.

If you are already working in a higher education institution, this course offers you the chance to gain an accredited qualification at postgraduate level and to be recognised as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

You'll need to engage in an entire year of part-time, work-based, collaborative online study.

Course details

This course aims to develop your engagement with the scholarship of learning and teaching and with the principles of student-centred higher education curriculum design, delivery and assessment. You’ll explore how people learn and investigate how assessment and feedback practice shapes learning.

As you read around the module topics, you can expect to become increasingly fascinated by the challenges and complexities that underpin evidence-based teaching and learning. You’ll be joining a community of reflective practitioners and together, you will engage in collaborative online learning activities which develop your confidence, skills and experience in teaching.

Successful completion of the course enables you to be recognized as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. If you’re a registered nurse or midwife you may also be eligible to register as a teacher on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register.

Course aims

  • To introduce students to a scholarly community of reflective pedagogic practitioners
  • To embrace an enhancement-led, student-centred, evidence-based approach to learning, teaching and assessment practice
  • To inspire career-long continuing professional development in high-quality, student-centred pedagogic practice
  • To embed research, knowledge exchange, scholarship and evaluation within the context of academic practice in the digital university.


This qualification will consolidate your status within your own university or teaching institution.

You may undertake the course as part of a probationary programme for a new appointment or use it to increase your opportunities for transfer within the university system, upgrade your current standing, or pursue further educationally-focused studies.

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 6,525per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Edinburgh Napier University

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  • Campus address

    Edinburgh Napier University, 219 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City Of, EH14 1DJ, Scotland

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