Background to the course
The course is
designed for our own academic staff at UCE Birmingham.
It aims to contribute to the quality of teaching,
learning and assessment in the University by assisting
academic staff in reviewing and developing
It meets the growing requirement that academic staff
develop knowledge and good practice in the area of learning
and teaching in addition to their subject expertise, a
requirement which was reflected nationally in the creation of
the Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
(now the HE Academy)
in June 1999.
members of staff, including six Heads of School, have
completed the Postgraduate Certificate or its predecessors
(Certificates in Education and in Professional Studies).
The courses have been well received by both new and
existing staff and have contributed positively to QAA subject
reviews and continuation audits.
Here's what recent PG Cert
participants said about the course:
'Extremely enjoyable and beneficial. Brilliant.'
'I am still amazed how you manage to get us to do so much
work each day, through a very varied yet organized
programme, but still ensure a very enjoyable experience. I
associate PG Cert days with stimulation, enjoyment and
'As a course director, this knowledge is so valuable in
review and revalidation work on a course; I wish I had done
'I was initially rather negative about attending the PG
Cert, as I already have one, but I was won over immediately
by the relaxed atmosphere and the usefulness of the material
and techniques presented.'
professionally delivered and very stimulating.'
'Very, very good and most of all relevant to my teaching
experience – I feel more confident to try new ideas out.'
Who is the PG Cert (Education) designed for?
The course is open to all
members of staff who have a teaching contract and wish to
develop their skills in teaching.
New members of staff who don’t have a teaching
qualification and have less than three years teaching
experience are normally required to complete the Postgraduate
Certificate in their first two years at UCE Birmingham.
What are the
criteria for joining the course?
To join the course,
you must be a member of academic staff who has:
contact with students
responsibility for creating and carrying out student assessment
responsibility for curriculum design
You will need all of these to
be able to complete the assignments on the course. If you
support learners but don't fit these criteria, then our separate
course on Designing and Implementing Student
Support is likely to be appropriate to your work.
does it lead to?
course comprises a double module, ‘Learning & Teaching in
Higher Education,’ successful completion of which leads to the
award of Postgraduate Certificate (Education).
This is awarded through the Faculty of Education.
The Postgraduate Certificate is worth 60 credits at Masters
(M) level. You can then
gain a further 60 M level credits to receive a Postgraduate Diploma,
and an additional 60 M level credits by completing a dissertation,
leading to an MA in Education.
The Postgraduate Certificate is accredited by the HE
Academy (formerly the Institute for Learning & Teaching in Higher
and successful completion of the course entitles you to membership
of the Academy. The course
is also recognised nationally by the Staff and Educational
Development Association (SEDA); successful participants are
accredited by SEDA and receive a SEDA certificate.
Once you have
successfully completed the course, you can have PG Cert,
PG Cert (Ed) or PG Cert (HE) after your name; please note
that you CANNOT use PGCE, as this is specifically a qualification
denoting Qualified Teacher Status at school level.
the time commitment?
course runs on 12 days throughout the academic year, from
October to June (see dates
lasts from 9.30 to 4.00.
A minimum of 80% attendance is required. In addition, there are assessment tasks to complete. All of these are designed to integrate with your normal
practice of teaching and course development. It is University
policy that staff attending the course be given 12 further
study days spread throughout the academic year to enable them
to complete the assignments.
does it cost?
is no charge to participants or their schools for the
Postgraduate Certificate or subsequent modules en route to the
Postgraduate Diploma or MA.
Schools and Departments are expected to arrange release
time for attendance and study. Staff in the Technology Innovation Centre are paid for
by the TIC.
When does it take
meets on Wednesdays. Dates
for 2007-08 are as follows:
The New Technology Institute (NTI)
does it take place?
the Wednesday group take place at the
NTI (New Technology Institute),
15 Bartholomew Row, in Birmingham City Centre.
A free lunch is provided.
does the programme consist of?
are three units to the programme:
Teaching skills and techniques for different learning contexts in Higher
Promoting effective student learning in Higher Education
Designing curriculum to support self-study
is the programme taught and assessed?
teaching of the course seeks to model the use of a variety of
teaching and learning methods.
Assessments all have a practical focus, designed to
help you use ideas from the course in reflecting on, and developing,
The course coordinator is
Alan Mortiboys from the Staff and Student Development
Department, and staff from the Department are responsible for
the majority of the teaching and assessment on the course.
In addition, there are contributions by a range of
staff from schools and departments across the University.
can I find out more?
Tutor for Educational Development
Staff and Student Development Department
Edge Building, Room E212
Perry Barr Campus
Tel. 0121 331 7657/5380 •