Post Graduate Certificate of Special Study in Teaching and Learning (UoW awarded)
Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning course is a study for professionals supporting learning. The course is an enjoyable and valuable professional development experience. The ideas and experiences that you will encounter on the course will enhance your practice and widen your professional development. You will become a part of a learning community of students coming from a variety of backgrounds and you will learn new things about yourself, experience a ‘rainbow’ of emotions and get professional satisfaction.
Aims of the course
The aim of the PGC in Teaching and Learning is to provide a wide range of opportunities for participants professional development. This includes support for immediate teaching practice and related concerns, exchanging advice and guidance and the opportunity to share experiences with peers, engagement with research in education, assistance in planning for learning, teaching and assessment. More specifically the course aims to:
- Engage participants with the educational literature and encouraging a scholarly approach to their practice;
- Provide a means to foster reflection;
- Enhance the quality of participants’ learning experience through sharing good practice principles and expertise;
- Promote digital learning opportunities;
- Encourage professional networking in wider communities of practice;
- Facilitate a variety of professional development opportunities;
- Support engagement with pedagogic issues in specific disciplines through curriculum design and assessment;
What will you be expected to achieve?
On completion of the course you will be able to:
- Demonstrate awareness of broad notions, concepts and theories of teaching, learning, assessment and material design;
- Provide an underpinning rationale for your approach to teaching/ supporting learning informed by educational literature and current best practice;
- Demonstrate an awareness of the impact of the broader external and institutional context on the student experience and curriculum development;
- Have enhanced your professional practice through critical evaluation and reflection.
- Design and develop teaching and assessment strategies;
- Promote student learning through assessment and feedback;
- Evaluate learning materials and processes with reference to current research and developments in the subject/field;
- Support student learning in a variety of contexts using traditional and e-learning tools.
Key transferable skills
- Communicate appropriately in the professional context;
- Act autonomously taking professional responsibilities employing critical thinking;
- Work as part of a team;
- Plan on-going professional development;
- Utilise e-technologies to support learning and teaching.
In order to be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning, a student must pass modules worth 60 credits. Course structure can be subject to change each academic year following feedback from a variety of sources. Modules can be Core - the ones that must be taken and Option - the ones that relates to specific needs or interests and can be chosen. All the modules massed be passed.
|Module Code||Module Title||Status||UK Credits|
|Supporting Student Learning||Core||20|
|One Option from the list below|
|Inquiry-based Professional Learning||Option||20|
|Curriculum Development and Material Design||Option||20|
|Supervision for Learning||Option||20|
Please note: Not all option modules will necessarily be offered in any one year. In addition, timetabling and limited spaces may mean you cannot do your first choice of modules.
What our students say
PGCTL course had a significant impact on me both professionally and personally. It evokes a great interest in constant reflection about one's own teaching practice. All hands-on practice sessions are delivered in a professional manner and cater to the needs of novice and experienced teachers.”
Applicants should normally hold a first degree from a recognised higher education institution or a recognised educational qualification from a professional body. Applicants without a formal HE qualification can be considered, if the following conditions apply.
- They are or have been in employment where their employed role is in the area of the course and involves a high level of analysis and critical thinking. If so, such candidates will be required to provide evidence of such employment, its nature and level. This evidence will be considered at Interview and the decision of the panel (see below) will be final.
Applicants must have:
- Had their first or second degree taught and assessed in English; or
An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6 in the writing component or another English Language Test recognised by the University of Westminster.
Applicants must be in work employment as a practicing teacher, a teaching assistant or a specialist supporting learning, experience on application.
Applicants who have met the minimum entry requirements will be formally interviewed. The purpose of the interview is to determine the suitability of the candidate to undertake and complete the course. The panel will also consider any equivalent or non-standard admission qualifications. In so doing the Panel may require additional evidence from the candidate to support the candidates request for consideration for equivalency, such as the nature and level of the work experience.
Please Note: even if you meet our minimum admission requirements, we cannot guarantee you a place on the course
Recognition of Prior Learning
Applicants with prior certificated or experiential learning at the same level of the qualification for which they wish to apply will be considered. They will have to contact the admission officer\course leader for further guidance.