Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning (PGCertTL) 

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. 

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 the enhancement 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.

Applications and to register your interest 

The PGCertTL Programme is open to Heriot-Watt University staff across all our campuses. 

Applications for Course 1: Learning about Learning and the PGCertTL are open until 21st August 2020 for commencement in September 2020. 

To find out more or join the waiting list for future programmes contact the PGCertTL team at