Postgraduate Certificate
in Teaching and Learning (

Our PGCertTL provides a foundation in learning and teaching theory and practice and a supportive
springboard into the next stage of your teaching career. It is designed for colleagues who undertake
university teaching or who support teaching and learning as a substantive part of their work.

The programme offers a common learning experience for staff across all our campuses through delivery online. The PGCertTL Programme 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 allow the development and enhancement of teaching practice and of our students’ learning experiences.

The PGCertTL replaced the previous LEADS and PGCILT programmes in September 2020.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning (PGCertTL) comprises four courses:

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

The programme is delivered over 2 years as follows:

Year 1: Course 1 (semester 1), Course 2 (semester 2), Consolidation time (semester 3)

Year 2: Course 3 (semester 1), Course 4 (semester 2)

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

Successful completion of Course 1 leads to Associate Fellowship of AdvanceHE and successful completion of the programme leads to Fellowship of AdvanceHE.

Register your interest and apply

Before you apply, please read the PGCertTL and Course 1 Information sheet which provides further information on the programme and a list of frequently asked questions.

Register your interest: To join the information list for future programmes contact the PGCertTL programme team at

Apply: Applications for Course 1: Learning about Learning and the PGCertTL will open towards the end of semester 2. They will be open until 13th August 2021 for study commencing on 6th September 2021. Anyone on the waiting list will be sent an application form once applications open.

If you are waiting for the next presentation of the PGCertTL we recommend participation in the New to Teaching Network and attending relevant LTA events in the interim.