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Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE)

Falmouth University
Program overview
30 weeks
Part time
Graduate diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
Start dates
January 2022

January 2023

January 2024
Falmouth University

Program description

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE)

Develop the expertise to support you within your role in both digital and face-to-face teaching and learning contexts.

Engage with your peers and scholarship and develop as a creative, confident, competent and committed practitioner, able to learn from both your own work and examples of best practice.

Benefit from our ‘learning by doing’ approach and discover through your own learning experience, what it’s like to learn and teach, both face-to-face and online.

The PGCHE has been designed in consultation with education professionals and external bodies for professional teaching and learning practice, such as the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

You will:

  • Push the limits of your practice by trying new initiatives, and taking risks within a safe, supportive environment
  • Become more confident in your practice and your ability to respond to the rapidly shifting HE sector and its growing emphasis on the student experience
  • Benefit from studying alongside peers from different countries, disciplines and backgrounds, allowing you to interact with new perspectives
  • Develop your ability to critically evaluate your practice in the light of pedagogical research, scholarship and policy
  • Gain the confidence, knowledge and pedagogical fluency to be able to effectively explain your approach to colleagues, students and managers
  • Gain the knowledge to be able to prepare applications for professional recognition from various professional bodies. E.g. a portfolio for Fellowship recognition (FHEA) from the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in the UK
  • Gain an internationally-recognised qualification for teaching and learning in Higher Education.

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Admission requirements

Entry requirements

Language requirements

If your first language is not English, you'll need to take one of the following tests to verify your proficiency:

  • IELTS - minimum overall score of IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
  • TOEFL iBT (online test) - minimum of 80 overall and at least 19 in all 4 components
  • LanguageCert (online test) - a High Pass from the ESOL B2 Communicator test in reading, writing, speaking and listening (2 parts)

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Module one

Reflect on and develop different areas of your practice in teaching and/or supporting learning in Higher Education (HE).  

Investigate and apply a range of theories, concepts and practices of planning teaching, learning and assessment that are current in HE.  

Be introduced to key areas of activity, knowledge and professional values commonly viewed as important (e.g. by professional recognition bodies such as the UK HEA) for practitioners working to support student learning in HE.  

Through online and offline activities, learning-by-doing, preparatory readings and reflective discussion, share your experience in supporting student learning.

Demonstrate your understanding of pedagogy in your own teaching context, incorporating perspectives from sector and subject scholarship into your evaluation and development of your practice.  

Module two

Further explore and develop the ways in which you can support student learning, especially via online and a mixture of blended learning environments.  

Learn from your peers and share your practice and experience of supporting learning in different environments. Discuss the relative advantages and challenges for learning offered by these.  

Engage with and apply pedagogical learning theory and scholarship to your reflection on and development of your practice.  

Engage with the design, implementation and evaluation of use of technology to enhance learning as part of a blended or online learning approach.  

Engage in reflective discussion and generation of strategies for curriculum design for supporting flexible, inclusive learning in online and/or blended learning environments.  

Evaluate and critically reflect on your practice and learning to inform your continuing professional development.  

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships and funding are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

Total course fee: £3,150 (including £250 acceptance fee)

Payment options 

  • One-off payment
  • Two equal instalments 

The first payment is due at the start of the course and the final payment is due one week before the second module begins. 

Payment methods 

Payments can be made online or by phone, using a credit or debit card, or by bank transfer.


What you’ll learn

Investigate current theories, concepts and practices within higher education, and explore and develop the ways you can support student learning in a variety of different learning environments.

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Falmouth University

For more than 100 years, Falmouth University has been a hub of creative thinking and design innovation. Today, our portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses represents the breadth of the Creative Industries, from art, design and fashion, to gaming, music...

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Falmouth University

Treliever Road
TR10 9FE Penryn Cornwall

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