The Developing Professional Practice in Higher Education course is for you if you are an early career academic or a learning support practitioner seeking accreditation, or a postgraduate student in a full-time research role in an academic environment with some teaching duties. The course is delivered by the School of Humanities and Lifelong learning which is based at the Caerleon campus of the University of South Wales.
The course is unique as it is offered exclusively through distance learning, in addition to face-to-face support being available from tutors at the Caerleon campus. The PGCertHE is a flexible and bespoke programme of study that supports participants in identifying and progressing specific areas for enhancement. The interactive nature of the programme creates a dynamic environment where you can come together to share experiences and provide peer support.
The programme comprises of two 30 credit Masters Level modules which is taught online via Moodle supported by web conferencing. Completing the modules will enable you to achieve 60 M Level credits which could be taken forward to a masters programme and will also enable you to achieve Higher Education Academy Accreditation.
The assignment work includes an action research investigation into your practice, two teaching observations, and the completion of a portfolio of coursework tasks. You are supported in demonstrating a range of relevant knowledge and skills and then mapping these onto the HEA Professional Standards Framework.
Delivery of this distance learning course is via Moodle, the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, supported by video conferencing. You must ensure you have adequate access to the internet to support these tools.
Each topic of study makes use of video, audio PowerPoint presentations, an online reading list, online tutorials and an e-portfolio. Some guest lectures by experts from other Higher Education institutions are also included where appropriate.
• Investigating Learning and Teaching Through Action Research
• Approaches to Teaching
• Planning Learning in Higher Education
• Managing Learning
• Developing Good Practice in Assessment
• Culture, Communication and Learning
• Building on Student Strengths
• Innovation and Technology in Learning and Teaching
• Employability and Work-Based Learning
• Developing and Supervising Research
Each module has two assessment components: an action research project and the compilation of an e-portfolio of professional practice, including your reflections on your professional development, reports from a teaching observation and the maintenance of an evidence log.
Amanda Kelland has worked in Special Education for over fifteen years, and has specialised in working with pupils with specific learning difficulties (dyslexia).
Shirley started her career as a teacher of English, French and Religious Studies at a secondary modern school in London, before taking up the post as Head of Philosophy & Religious Studies at a sixth form college.
In 2003, Sara returned to CCLL as a Lecturer/Development Officer, her remit being to engage non traditional learners into Higher Education both in community-based venues in Newport and Monmouthshire and on campus.
In 2011 one of our participants went on to win the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Rising Star Award.
In 2012 another of our participants went on to win a Chairman’s Award from his University.
Read what students think about the course - PGCert HE participants in the spotlight!
Participants have full access to University of Wales Newport library resources and to other online services provide by the University’s portal ‘myNewport’.