Learning and Teaching Grad Cert - 2023/4

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 6

Final award and programme/pathway title

Grad Cert Learning and Teaching

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 USX51001 60 credits and 30 ECTS credits

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Other internal and / or external reference points


Faculty and Department / School

Education PSG - Surrey Institute of Education

Programme Leader

LYGO-BAKER Simon (Sy Inst Educ)

Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • The overall aim of the Certificate is to develop participants' understanding of theories of learning and teaching, to enhance reflection on how these underpin effective practice in higher education and help evaluation of past, present and future activity. The programme emphasises the integration of conceptual knowledge, practical capability and personal development.
  • Develop participant knowledge , skills and understanding of academic practice within Higher Education
  • Broaden participant understanding of learning and teaching strategies and enhance their capacity to select appropriately and implement these effectively
  • Develop participant understanding of the depth and breadth of literature on academic practice at generic and discipline level
  • Enhance participant understanding and appreciation of ethical issues and boundaries within learning and teaching
  • Develop participant ability to analyse and reflect upon the dynamics between theory and practice
  • Enable each participant to apply their developing knowledge when planning their professional and personal development

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Knowledge of conceptual models, theories and vocabulary in the subjects covered in the programme K Grad Cert
Knowledge of educational theory and practice in a variety of contexts and the ability to examine these and draw supported conclusions K Grad Cert
Examine practice to provide responses to problems and redefine knowledge to establish and apply new approaches to situations encountered in practice K Grad Cert
Independently analyse different approaches and accurately assess work of own and others K Grad Cert
Able to examine complex knowledge and make confident selections to enable effective practice C Grad Cert
Able to negotiate with others, engage with his or her peers to reflect on practice in order to suggest and undertake change C Grad Cert
Assess the impact of complex action and policy and evaluate its contribution to current practice C Grad Cert
Examine information about individuals, groups, programmes and institutions in order to develop appropriate learning and teaching strategies C Grad Cert
The ability to design and implement courses and programmes of study, including evaluation, assessment and monitoring of student progress P Grad Cert
Demonstrate the management/facilitation of the learning process in a variety of contexts P Grad Cert
Reflect upon and demonstrate understanding one's own professional practice P Grad Cert
Demonstrate teaching proficiency P Grad Cert
Able to work independently to review practice and reflect on individual practice to develop as an autonomous learner T Grad Cert
Ability to provide and receive constructive feedback orally and in writing T Grad Cert
Take responsibility for personal and professional development T Grad Cert
Work effectively as part of a small team towards common goals T Grad Cert

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This programme is studied part-time over 18 months consisting of 60 credits at FHEQ level 6. All modules are worth 15 credits.

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

On successful completion of the programme (consisting of four modules) participants are eligible for Fellowship status of the Higher Education Academy. Successful completion of Module 1 only can lead to Associate Fellowship status of the Higher Education Academy. Participants may also apply to progress to the Masters in Higher Education.

Quality assurance

The Regulations and Codes of Practice for taught programmes can be found at:


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.