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Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education PGCert

University of Bolton

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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Location

    University of Bolton

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date


  • Duration

    30 weeks

Course summary

If you’re currently employed in teaching and learning in higher or professional education this HEA and NMC 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.

Course Details

This online course is designed for those seeking professional recognition as Associate Fellow or Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) or Teacher status with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). 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 upon professional academic practice within the higher education sector.

Course Highlights:

  • The course is designed to help you develop a comprehensive understanding of the local and national context and trends across the sector.
  • By committing to ongoing critical reflection, evaluation and action, you could develop high-level scholarship and research-informed practice.
  • If eligible, you could gain professional recognition by acquiring a qualification in learning, teaching and assessment in higher or professional education.
  • Our supportive learning environments promote learning, equality of opportunity, and responsiveness to student diversity.

Career Opportunities

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.

What Can I Do With This Qualification?

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 Doctorate level; for instance when applying to the University of Bolton’s MA Teaching and Learning or Doctorate programmes.

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University information

University of Bolton

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  • Campus address

    University of Bolton, Deane Road, Bolton, Bolton, BL3 5AB, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    79th out of 81 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    101 51%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    47 47%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.25 85%



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