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Postgraduate Study

1 course offered in the Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning

This Postgraduate Certificate Programme in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is part of the Institute of Continuing Education’s award-bearing programme at FHEQ level 7, offered to part-time students.

This Postgraduate Certificate Programme in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is open only to University of Cambridge staff who teach / support the learning of Cambridge students. It is offered as a collaboration between the Institute of Continuing Education and the Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning; the course director is Dr Meg Tait (Head of the CCTL).

The programme is worth 60 credits at FHEQ level 7. It is made up of three units, taught over three terms. This programme is also designed with reference to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF). The UKPSF is the national benchmark against which most UK HE educational development programmes are accredited.

The programme is designed to enable participants to define and pursue their own independent enquiries, with appropriate tutor support and formative feedback. The programme design also encourages the formation of peer-learning networks within the programme, as a complementary source of collegial learning and support; in particular, this peer-to-peer learning is encouraged through reciprocal peer observation of teaching and through collaborating on giving and receiving formative feedback on draft assignments throughout the programme. The programme’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) provides access to core materials and structured activities which enable participants to develop their knowledge of influential theoretical perspectives and their understanding of how to pursue well designed lines of enquiry into teaching and learning in higher education.  

The course is structured around three modules, providing a core contact time of 60 hours (including structured activities on the programme’s Moodle (VLE) site, workshops and individual tutorials). A significant amount of independent study in preparation for modules and between modules is expected, including via supported self-study units on Moodle, and participants should expect to devote around 35-40 days over the course of the programme. Participants will also draw on their work in teaching, assessment and preparation during the course of the programme. The programme is characterised by continuing formative feedback between peers (using a developmental framework) and from the participant’s tutor. The programme is assessed through a portfolio. 

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