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Higher Education Practice

PG Certificate
Duration: 18 months
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: PG Certificate
Not suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Health Studies
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Overview

This course is aimed primarily at staff who are currently employed in the higher education sector in teaching and/or learner support roles.

Courses of this nature are an accepted part of the career development of HE teaching staff.

Why Bradford?

  • It serves the needs of you and your fellow participants, in terms of helping to support you to build on and develop your existing professional knowledge, skills and values associated with being a teacher and enabler of student learning in higher education
  • Unusually for the field of education, many people start work as teachers in HE without having had much experience or training. In this course we therefore support people in making the transition to becoming an established HE teaching professional. As an accredited programme, successful participants will be eligible to become Fellows of the Higher Education Academy
  • The course is a work-based learning course developed in collaboration with the employer (the University), and this is recognised by the fact that the PGCHEP is one of the University's ESCALATE programmes (the University's employer engagement initiative). The course forms a key part of the University of Bradford's framework for the professional development of teaching staff, and will act as a platform for your ongoing CPD in this area
  • The course is addressed to the needs of students - through engaging with the course, you will be in a better position to evaluate and enhance the quality of your own students' experiences

Rankings

Financial Times rankings for the School of Management:

  • University of Bradford School of Management is ranked No.1 in Yorkshire, 11th in the UK and 42nd in Europe in the European Business School rankings 2015
  • Our Full-time MBA is ranked 31st in Europe in the European MBA rankings
  • Our Full-time MBA is also ranked 9th in Europe for % Salary Increase
  • Our Executive MBA is ranked in the Global Top 100, No.1 in Yorkshire and No.5 in the United Arab Emirates in Executive MBA rankings
  • Our Distance Learning MBA ranked 11th in the world, 3rd in the UK in Online MBA rankings
  • Our Distance Learning MBA is also ranked 1st in the world for salary increase (percentage) and 2nd in the world for value for money
  • We are ranked 7th in the UK and 61st in the world for Masters in Management

Entry requirements

  • Admission to the course is by direct application to the Centre for Educational Development
  • To be eligible for the course you must be employed (at least part-time) in a teaching and/ or learner support role within higher education. Participants will normally have at least a first degree awarded by an approved UK or overseas university, or a professional qualification
  • You must demonstrate that you have sufficient breadth, depth and quantity of teaching and/or learner support practice within your professional role to enable you to show engagement with the range of areas of professional activity required of the UK Professional Standards Framework

Participants who have previously been enrolled as associate students to study the module 'Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (GTAs and P/T Tutors)' will be permitted to proceed onto the full programme only if they satisfy the normal entry requirements for the programme. If such participants do move onto the full programme they will need to study the remaining two modules: Inclusive Curriculum Design and Teaching Practice and Professional Development.

English language requirements:

IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

Modules

The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Find more information on our module descriptors page.

(C) = Core, (O) = Option

Stage 1 (30 Credits - 2 x (C) Modules and 1 x (O) Module):

  • Inclusive Curriculum Design (20 Credits split over both Stages, 10 Credits per Stage) (C)
  • Teaching Practice and Professional Development (20 Credits split over both Stages, 10 Credits per Stage) (C)
  • Learning and Teaching in Higher Education  (20 Credits split over both Stages, 10 Credits per Stage) (O)
  • Learning and Teaching in Higher Education  (GTAa and P/T Tutors) (20 Credits split over both Stages, 10 Credits per Stage) (O)

Stage 2 (30 Credits - 2 x (C) Modules and 1 x (O) Module)

  • Inclusive Curriculum Design (20 Credits split over both Stages, 10 Credits per Stage) (C)
  • Learning and Teaching in Higher Education  (20 Credits split over both Stages, 10 Credits per Stage) (O)
  • Learning and Teaching in Higher Education  (GTAa and P/T Tutors) (20 Credits split over both Stages, 10 Credits per Stage) (O)
  • Teaching Practice and Professional Development (20 Credits split over both Stages, 10 Credits per Stage) (C)

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

See the Fees and Financial Support website for 2018/19 module fees.

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email admissions@bradford.ac.uk to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.