Learning and Teaching in Higher Education PGCert - 2023/4

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Professional recognition

Higher Education Academy (HEA)
Accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) for the purpose of professional recognition.

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Part-time PSX55002 60 credits and 30 ECTS credits

JACs code


QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Other internal and / or external reference points

UKPSF (Advance HE national Framework for learning and teaching)

Faculty and Department / School

Education PSG - Surrey Institute of Education

Programme Leader

GRAVETT Karen (Sy Inst Educ)

Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • develop an understanding of the interrelationship between learning and teaching in higher education:
  • develop an ability to respond appropriately to individual, identified challenges
  • adopt a questioning approach that can support the development of their own future practice as they evolve and develop

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Develop knowledge, skills and understanding of academic practice within Higher Education KCP PGCert
Justify the selection and implementation of appropriate learning and teaching strategies to different contexts CP PGCert
Develop participant understanding of the depth and breadth of literature on academic practice in relation to learning and teaching at generic and discipline level and the ability to critique this evidence KC PGCert
Enhance participant understanding and demonstrate the ability to analyse ethical issues and boundaries within learning and teaching PT PGCert
Analytically reflect upon the interrelationship of theory and practice, and how this is framed within policy developments KCT PGCert
Apply learning and teaching knowledge when planning their professional and personal development PT PGCert

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This programme is studied part-time over eighteen months.

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Postgraduate Certificate - FHEQ Level 7

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

Quality assurance

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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.