The PGCertTL programme is designed for staff who require detailed pedagogic knowledge of learning and teaching. It is intended for staff for whom teaching and learning is a substantive part of their work.
Teaching includes (but is not limited to) design and delivery of live sessions (e.g. seminars/webinars, tutorials, lectures, studio or lab sessions); design of learning resources and activities; assessment design, marking and feedback; provision of support for learning (e.g. demonstrating, tutoring, field trip support, tutorial and seminar support, library and skills support, learning technologist support); dissertation or project support and supervision; course and programme design, and course and programme leadership.
We expect that staff undertaking the PGCertTL programme might be in the following categories:
- Early career academics e.g. Assistant Professor, Teaching Fellow.
- Academic-related and/or support staff holding substantive teaching and learning responsibilities.
- Experienced academics relatively new to UK higher education.
- Staff with (sometimes significant) teaching-only responsibilities including, for example, within work-based settings.
These align with Descriptor 2 of the UK Professional Standards Framework to enable us to maintain accreditation of the pathway at Fellowship level.
For entry to the PGCertTL programme you must meet both the minimum previous experience and the minimum current teaching requirements.
- Minimum of FTE 120 hours of prior teaching experience in higher education in any HEI; with substantive personal teaching responsibilities working at Descriptor 2 of the UKPSF, for example designing and delivering teaching sessions, setting and marking assessment (formative and/or summative), providing feedback to students, course development etc. AND
- Minimum of 5 hours per week teaching responsibilities, commensurate with Descriptor 2 of the UKPSF, for the full duration of the programme (2 years). This requirement reflects that this is a practice-based course and must have responsibility for design and planning of learning activities or programmes of study; design and marking of assessments, feedback to students and course development etc.
If there is a semester when you will not be teaching, please speak to the PGCertTL team to discuss whether the programme is right for you at this time.