Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (PGCert)

The Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGCert) is a 60-credits, level 7 award delivered by the Education Team. 

Enrolment on the PGCert provides an opportunity for university teaching staff to engage with the United Kingdom Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF). The UKPSF is a comprehensive, nationally recognised, set of professional standards and guidelines for those involved in higher education (HE).  

The PGCert is taught by members of Education Team staff with regular contributions from other staff from across Aston University.  Our team philosophy is:

“This work-based learning programme is designed from the perspective that learning is a social activity, best undertaken within a multi-disciplinary community.  We see learning as a product of discussion and debate.  Using conceptual modules and theoretical perspectives of learning and teaching to underpin debate we intend to be provocative and so enhance critical reflection upon tacit assumptions about professionalism and ‘power’ within higher education.  We uphold diversity of identities and approaches to teaching within an anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory context.  We support the development of creative academic practice and innovation.”

PGCert Entry requirements

To join the programme, you should be able to meet the following criteria:

  • To be an active lecturer, tutor or other staff member who teaches or supports students’ learning at Aston University.
  • To have the equivalent of at least one years’ full-time teaching experience. If you have less experience, for example as a postgraduate who does a small amount of teaching or student support, please see our ILTP programme.
  • To have enough of a teaching and assessment workload to be able to demonstrate your skills in large group, small group and 1-to-1 contexts. Again, if you only have limited opportunities to do this the ILTP is a more appropriate choice.
  • There are exceptions to these requirements, for example for learning support staff, administrators, learning technologists or lab technicians, but please contact the Programme Director to discuss your application.
  • To have a first degree from a recognised University or Institute of Higher Education, or a qualification deemed by the University to be at least of equivalent standing.
  • To remain as an employee of Aston University at the point the PGCert is awarded i.e. the Exam Board. The programme runs from February to January the following year, and the Exam Board is in June. We are aware that the PGCert is therefore not possible for staff on one-year contracts and are currently exploring options.

For a handbook please contact Caroline Smeeton

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be possible for elements of the PGCert, if you would like to enquire about this please contact Mr Adam Warren    

Exemption from the requirement to take the PGCert can be considered under certain circumstances, if you would like to enquire about this please contact Mr Adam Warren

For all other enquiries please contact Caroline Smeeton, Education Team Programmes Administration Officer.

Programme Director

Programme Director

Mr Adam Warren