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Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE)

Falmouth University

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  • Qualification

    PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

  • Location

    Falmouth University

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date


  • Duration

    30 weeks

Course summary


Develop the expertise to support you within your role in both digital and face-to-face teaching and learning contexts.

Engage with your peers and scholarship and develop as a creative, confident, competent and committed practitioner, able to learn from both your own work and examples of best practice. 

Benefit from our ‘learning by doing’ approach and discover through your own learning experience, what it’s like to learn and teach, both face-to-face and online.

The PGCHE has been designed in consultation with education professionals and external bodies for professional teaching and learning practice, such as the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

You will:

  • Push the limits of your practice by trying new initiatives, and taking risks within a safe, supportive environment
  • Become more confident in your practice and your ability to respond to the rapidly shifting HE sector and its growing emphasis on the student experience
  • Benefit from studying alongside peers from different countries, disciplines and backgrounds, allowing you to interact with new perspectives
  • Develop your ability to critically evaluate your practice in the light of pedagogical research, scholarship and policy 
  • Gain the confidence, knowledge and pedagogical fluency to be able to effectively explain your approach to colleagues, students and managers
  • Gain the knowledge to be able to prepare applications for professional recognition from various professional bodies. E.g. a portfolio for Fellowship recognition (FHEA) from the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in the UK
  • Gain an internationally-recognised qualification for teaching and learning in Higher Education.

Who is this PGCHE for?

As the sector places more and more emphasis on the student experience, effective teaching and learning practice is taking centre stage. This creates a need for both academics and support staff that are confident and qualified in the teaching they deliver.

What you’ll learn

Investigate current theories, concepts and practices within higher education, and explore and develop the ways you can support student learning in a variety of different learning environments.


All assessments are taken and submitted online.

You will be assessed through written coursework and practical activities, such as:

Work-based assignments that are grounded in your current teaching and learning practice where you apply pedagogical scholarship and best practice to develop it 
Written assessments where you design and critically evaluate your curriculum
Practical assessments where you plan, deliver, and evaluate learning activities with your learners, in both face-to-face and online/blended learning contexts.

Application deadline

30 August 2021

Tuition fees

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£ 3,150overall cost

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

University information

Falmouth University

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  • Campus address

    Falmouth University, Woodlane, Falmouth, Cornwall And Isles Of Scilly, TR11 4RH, England

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