Business and Management Education (Teacher Training) PGCert - 2023/4

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

PGCert Business and Management Education (Teacher Training) PGCert

Professional recognition

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Distance Learning PKA55022 60 credits and 30 ECTS credits

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Business and Management (Master)

Other internal and / or external reference points


Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Surrey Business School

Programme Leader

RIVERS Christine (SBS)

Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • Knowledge and understanding - A systematic, in-depth understanding of the development, issues and influences relevant to business and management education globally and in different cultural contexts including the role of accrediting bodies, external governing bodies and industry, Sustainability, Digitisation, Responsibility and Ethics.
  • Application - an ability to apply different learning and teaching concepts inside and outside the classroom and demonstrate their adaption in teacher training sessions, peer feedback exercises, curriculum and assessment design and the ability to critically evaluate the impact of learning and teaching concepts and approaches to various business and management subjects in the context of learning and experience (e.g. sustainability, resourcefulness and resilience, global and cultural capabilities, digital capabilities and employability).
  • Synthesis and creativity - an ability to design innovative curriculum and conduct educational research. This ability services educators to remain competitive in the market (employability).
  • Reflection and prospection - critically interrogate theoretical assumptions, development and practices in business management education and develop personal and professional resourcefulness and resilience and to identify opportunities to learn from reflective and prospective behaviour in order to develop an individual learning and teaching philosophy.
  • Transferrable Skills - Students will gain knowledge and skills about reflective and prospective thinking through coaching and mentoring and the value of educational coaching and mentoring to foster resourcefulness and resilience of students and teaching colleagues. Such knowledge acquisition is key to strengthen global and cultural capabilities as an educator inside and outside the classroom.

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
To identify challenges and opportunities for business and management educators and schools globally based on knowledge acquired in the context of sustainability, globalisation, resourcefulness and resilience, employability and digitisation. K PGCert
To critically evaluate educational research and practices in business and management education and to develop sound pedagogic arguments for curriculum design. C PGCert
To design practical, digital and innovative learning resources and skills for teaching in an online and offline space and advance their own digital capabilities. PT PGCert
To adopt and advance a personal and individual learning and teaching philosophy based on reflective and prospective self-evaluation, increased confidence and self-awareness. PT PGCert
To give peer feedback on various types of assessment including coursework, practice teaching and discussions to strengthen self-awareness and interpersonal skills development. CP PGCert

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure

Distance Learning

This programme is studied part-time over six months.

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics N
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
Study exchange (Level 5) N
Dual degree N

Other information

This programme is delivered as an online programme with a 3-day summer school at the end. There is a strong focus on independent learning and reflective and prospective thinking. This approach is supported by the idea of coaching sessions throughout one┬┐s study. Each student is allocated a personal learning Coach and offered weekly face-to-face session virtual or in person to help students sharpen their reflective and prospective skills. Students are encouraged to keep a reflective diary and to discuss aspects of it with their Personal Learning Coach in order to enhance their skills and develop these further. This should help students to meet the programme learning outcomes outlined above and to specifically establish an individual pedagogic philosophy/ approach in ME necessary for teaching students of any FHEQ level. This will be achieved by introducing students from the beginning to reflective and prospective thinking skills. Each module has a specific focus and uses coaching techniques to support this aspect. Module 1 (Introduction to Management Education) focuses on developing reflective and prospective skills either from the start or further depending on the level of reflective and prospective awareness of the student. Module 2 (Theoretical Foundations in Management Education) builds on the skills acquired and feedback and 1:2:1 consultations aim to improve these skills where necessary through coaching techniques. Module 3 (Innovation and Leadership in Management Education) advances reflective and prospective skills to the point that students should be able to follow the techniques learned through 1:2:1 coaching sessions themselves. This is an important aspect for student interaction. Module 4 (Management Education in Practice) gives students the opportunity to demonstrate how mastering these skills supported the development of their pedagogic philosophy. The strong personal and professional development focus enables graduates to compete in the global business school market (employability). The learning and teaching approach of the programme emphasises the importance if sustainability, globalisation, digitisation, resilience and resourcefulness inside and outside the classroom and has these pillars firmly embedded.

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2023/4 academic year.