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  • Translate new ideas and theories into practical teaching methods and strategies
  • Use creative techniques and evaluate them in practice
  • Participate in our collaborative, workshop-style course

Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at Winchester equips you to develop as a motivational and inspirational teacher who is able to understand the needs of the learners you work with. We specialise in evidenced-based pedagogy and student engagement, alongside the belief that effective practice with assessment and feedback should be at the heart of education.

This course is suitable for existing lecturers and a diversity of academic role profiles including aspiring lecturers as well as industry specialists who wish to develop a portfolio in teaching. You do not need to be in a teaching role to take this course however having practice to reflect on will be encouraged and is required for HEA fellowship.

The modules are designed to offer you the opportunity to experience new pedagogies and technologies. They include Engaging Students in Learning, Contemporary Higher Education: Practice and Pressures, Constructing Knowledge in Higher Education, Practitioner Research, and a Dissertation or published article and critical commentary.

The programme is delivered via a range of group settings. For example, each module of the PGCert commences with a 3-day intensive block followed by flexible workshops and self-determined learning via a Reflective Practice Group, allowing you to capitalise on your current and/or prior experience within higher education, and to learn from the group. The importance of evidence-based practice is acknowledged, but not at the expense of creativity and innovation. Throughout the programme, you are encouraged to relate your learning and experiences back to your role as an educator to enhance the quality of your interactions with the students you work with.

The programme is built on the University’s foundations of research excellence in learning and teaching. Our aim is to prepare you and help you to further develop your knowledge and skills as you pursue a successful career in the higher education sector.


AdvanceHE/Higher Education Academy (HEA) D2 Fellow Recognition.

Please note: this qualification is accredited to students who are employees of the University of Winchester and are qualifying with the PGCert route.  Module staff will advise all students on their options for AdvanceE/HEA accreditation, but for those not employed this may incur a cost.


The programme aims to prepare and further develop individuals striving for a successful career in the higher education sector.


Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and Teaching

Teaching takes place: various delivery modes, please contact the Programme Leader for further information.

The modules are designed to offer individuals the opportunity to experience new pedagogies and technologies. The programme is delivered via a range of group settings allowing students to capitalise on their current and/or prior experience within higher education, and to learn from the group.

The importance of evidence-based practice is acknowledged, but not at the expense of creativity and innovation. Throughout the programme, students are encouraged to relate their learning and experiences back to their roles as educators to enhance the quality of their interactions with the students they work with.


Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.


The programme structure allows for innovative assessment practices to be adopted and our inclusive assessment strategy deploys a variety of methods for assessment including portfolios, blogging, conferences, e-portfolios and reflective essays. Timely, relevant and helpful feedback is paramount to our assessment practice and aims to foster motivation and develop the individual's capacity for self-assessment.

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.


2020 Entry: Normally a first or second-class Honours degree in a related subject or professional experience. Successfully applicants would expect to be working in a Higher Education environment. The programme is suitable for aspiring teachers. Exemption from some modules may be granted for appropriate prior learning including credits gained on a PGCE course. For example, if you have 60 M-level credits from your PGCE (or similar level 7 credits) in the last five years, you may be eligible to complete two years of the degree, rather than three.

If English is not your first language:

IELTS 6.0 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent

Course Enquiries and Applications

Please contact the Programme Leader for any enquiries or applications

International Students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Applications need to be submitted before the 31 May 2021. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information see our How to Apply section.

Year 1: Level 7

Modules Credits

Engaging Students in Learning 30

The module offers colleagues the opportunity to explore and critically examine contemporary theories of student learning, motivation and engagement with a view to reflecting on and applying these in their own professional practice. The module will be responsive to the experiences and identified needs of colleagues, using these as the basis for critical reflection, and exploring paradigms and practices which support student learning. As a result of the responsive approach to candidates’ professional practice and experience, the areas of enquiry covered on the module may change from year to year in response to need and the changing context. The lens through which these different areas will be explored will remain constant: theories and practices around student learning, motivation and engagement, and the UK Professional Standards Framework which underpins good practice. Areas that could be examined may include; Inclusive Learning Environments, Assessment and Feedback, Reflective Practice, Problem Based Learning; Technology Enhanced Learning. The module will enable participants to develop critical awareness of the many factors that influence the introduction of electronic or resource-based learning.

Contemporary Higher Education: Practice and Pressures 30

This module will enable participants to expand their knowledge and critical analysis of the frames and contexts for their roles in learning and teaching in higher education, and as a result continue to refine their practice.  Set within appreciation of the debates and controversies concerning professional practice within the sector and the role of higher education, the module will enable exploration of theory and practice regarding: curriculum design within modules, programmes and departments; supervision and mentoring to facilitate change; and, effective working within teams and networks. Participants will develop their skills as teachers, critically review relevant literature, evidence a critical appreciation of higher education practice, and enhance their understanding of and capacity to work within contemporary higher education in ways aligned with debates, research and educational principles.

Constructing Knowledge in Higher Education 30

Reflecting a sociocultural perspective to teaching and learning, and underpinned by an assumption of learning as a co-construction, this module focusses on its social character and thus the collaborative construction of knowledge.  It examines the way in which students and lecturers align their existing frames, ideas and expertise to create new meaning and understanding.  Core content explores epistemology framed within higher education theory related to, for example problem-based, project-based, and inquiry-based learning and teaching.  Central to discussion is understanding of knowledge objects as activities that anchor learning and facilitate sense-making.  Supported by blended learning, participants work together in Action Learning Sets to produce a knowledge object (epistemic, material, and/or technological) that can be applied to their practice and may create a foundation for further research.

Practitioner Research 30

This module will enable educators to consolidate their understanding of the nature of professional research, including ontology and epistemology; methodology and ethics. It will develop and extend students' awareness of and capability in a range of research methods and ethical issues associated with them. The focus will be on the educators' own professional practice, and will provide them with a review of relevant literature to facilitate their understanding and their capacity to conduct enquiries into their practice. A major focus will be on the understanding of data.

Dissertation 30

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth and independent empirical study in a topic of interest related to pedagogic practice in Higher Education. Students will demonstrate originality in the development and application of knowledge and research skills (gained in other modules). A research proposal will initially be produced that will outline the chosen research process, building on proposal formulation undertaken in the Practitioner Research ‘gateway’ module. No research will be permitted without ethics approval. Students will be required to resolve complex conceptual, methodological and practical problems that are often encountered by researchers. Completion of a dissertation will demonstrate students’ comprehensive understanding of all stages in the research process, an ability to deal with complex issues creatively and systematically, and how to communicate information in a clear and appropriate fashion (e.g. in a format akin to a research/journal article). The module will also prepare students to undertake future research through the practical experience that they have gained under the supervision of a member of academic staff.

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.


UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

Full-time entry | £6,800
Part-time entry | £2,266 p/a

Total Cost | £6,800

International Students*

Full-time entry | £13,800
Part-time entry | £4,600 p/a

Total Cost | £13,800

*Please note, the tuition fees for students from the EU (excluding UK and Republic of Ireland) are yet to be confirmed by the University.


As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.


Printing and Binding

The University is pleased to offer our students a free printing allowance of £20 each academic year. This will print around 500 A4 mono pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing. Our Reprographics team also offer printing and binding services, including dissertation binding which may be required by your course with an indicative coast of £1.50-£3.

Course Specific Bursaries/Scholarships

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.


Key course details

Part-time only: 3 years
Typical offer
Normally a first or second-class Honours degree in a related subject or professional experience.
On campus, Winchester