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Course details

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1YR (PT)

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Course Highlights


for new teachers looking to enhance their skills and knowledge in the profession.


your approaches to effective practices in a higher education context. 


to gain professional recognition as a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Why choose? this course?

The Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education is ideal for newly-appointed lecturers in higher education and researchers with teaching responsibilities.

  • The aim of the programme is to develop participants’ approaches to effective teaching, learning, assessment and evaluation practices in a higher education context. In addition, the programme supports the development of the scholarship of learning and teaching.
  • The programme of study will focus on the delivery of Level 4 and above programmes on the Qualifications and Credits Framework (QCF) and the wider context of supporting learning and teaching in higher education. 
  • The programme is aligned to Descriptor 2 of the UK Professional Standards Framework (Advance HE) and on successful completion of the programme, participants can claim professional recognition as a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Key course features

  • The programme is pivotal in supporting and encouraging newly appointed staff and existing staff in both their academic practices of learning, teaching, assessment and evaluation, and in the development of their research and publication profiles. 
  • Consolidates personal development and evidence of professional practice in your higher education career.
  • The programme enables HE lecturers and others with substantial teaching roles to gain professional recognition with Advance HE and the Higher Education Academy (HEA) through the alignment of their practice with the UK Professional Standards Framework.

What you will study

The programme is delivered over the course of one academic year at Wrexham University. The two modules are aligned to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) and enable participants to reflect upon their own practice, learn from sharing practice with others and develop a deep understanding of the educational models that support learning and teaching in higher education. 


  •  Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Higher Education (30 credits at level 7)
  •  Academic Practice in Higher Education (30 credits at level 7)

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.


Entry requirements & applying

Applicants will normally be expected to have an undergraduate degree in their own discipline and access to regular teaching in a higher educational institution.


Teaching & Assessment

Assessment is 100% coursework. Students on the course must be employed within the HE sector and have a substantive teaching role.

Assessments include:

  • A micro-teach to peers.
  • An observation of the participant’s practises in HE.
  • A reflective essay that critically evaluates the participants’ learning, teaching and assessment practice.
  • A critical study into an applied area of academic practice is designed to enhance the participants’ practice and support student learning. 

Teaching & Learning

Wrexham University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential. We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.


Career prospects

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Completion of the full award (PG CERT Learning and Teaching in Higher Education) will enable participants to gain professional recognition as fellows of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) at Descriptor 2 of the UKPSF, which is the sector standard required of teachers in higher education.


Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages. You will also find information about what your fees include in the fee FAQs.

All fees are subject to any changes in government policy, view our postgraduate fees.

Programme specification

You can see the full programme specification here