Postgraduate Certificate
in Teaching and Learning (

The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning (PGCertTL) builds on the Learning about Learning pathway
to provide detailed pedagogical study of learning and teaching, opportunities for reflective practice, practical support and scholarship.
It is designed for colleagues who undertake university teaching or who support teaching and learning as a substantive part of their work.

The PGCertTL Programme is delivered online and is open to Heriot-Watt University staff teaching across all our campuses. It blends live and asynchronous collaborative work, practical micro-teaching sessions and observed practice, be that on campus or online, to facilitate the development and enhancement of teaching practice and of our students’ learning experiences.

The PGCertTL replaced the previous PGCiLT programme in September 2020.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning (PGCertTL) is delivered over 2 years and comprises four courses:

  • Course 1: ‘Learning about learning’ (semester 1, year 1)
  • Course 2: ‘Reframing feedback and assessment’ (semester 2, year 1)
  • Course 3: ‘Exploring learning spaces’ (semester 1, year 2)
  • Course 4: ‘Scholarly inquiry into teaching and learning’ (semester 2, year 2)

The PGCertTL is aligned with the UK Professional Standards Framework for Higher Education.

Successful completion of the programme leads to Fellowship of AdvanceHE.

Register your interest and apply

Before you apply, please read the PGCertTL Information sheet which provides further information on the course and a list of frequently asked questions.

Register your interest: to join the information list for future courses contact the PGCertTL Programme team at

Apply: Application is through completion of this application form. You may also be invited to attend a short interview. Applications for PGCertTL are open until 2nd August 2021 for study commencing on 6th September 2021.

If you are waiting for the next presentation of the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning (PGCertTL) we recommend:

  1. Reading ‘In At The Deep End’,
  2. Participating in the New to Teaching Network, and
  3. Attending relevant LTA events in the interim.