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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 Administrator 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 20

This module is underpinned by the understanding that continual professional development is crucial to successful educational systems with regards to enhancing teacher and teaching quality, organisational effectiveness, and student engagement. Core to the enactment of that excellence in teaching/student support is the deliberate location of the self as educator. Thus, this module affords participants with the opportunity to explore, consider, and discuss paradigms, theories, professional values, approaches, methods and skills involved in engaging richly diverse students through and in a range of learning environments.  Through an appreciation of sector and university frameworks and debates within scholarship of teaching and learning, participants will articulate, develop and enhance their own teaching/student support practices.

Online Teaching 20

In this module, students will work with a structured body of support materials that assist academic staffto develop online teaching practices. These have been developed alongside an agreed set of principles that govern online teaching at The University of Winchester. These principles are intended to represent the entitlements of online learners, and staff are encouraged to interpret and apply these in ways that are appropriate to the requirements of their curriculum and the needs of their students. You will work in structured, tutor led and group work activities to identify and justify objectives and to plan a programme of tailored development. The assessment of this module will be a portfolio within which you chronicle (evidence and reflect) your personal journey through a structured process of professional development in online teaching practice. 

Designing Curriculum and Assessment for Learning 20

This module will explore historical, political and contemporary factors influencing approaches to designing curriculum and assessment in higher education as students develop in-depth appreciation of a range of perspectives, models, and theories, and their impact on student engagement and attainment whilst applying their learning to practice. The module will enable students to develop a detailed appreciation of the significance of assessment literacy and quality assurance processes, by, for example, taking part in assessment calibration, enhancing their understanding and practice as a result.

Year 2: Level 7

Modules Credits

Education Practitioner Research 20

The module has been designed to enable students to examine research approaches and methods; data collection and analysis; and ethics related to pedagogic research (i.e. for research in education practice, educational development and higher education). It  will prepare students for engaging in practitioner research in education settings and support them through the process of creating a research proposal for a project relevant to their interests and the MA LTHE. This module is compulsory for the award of PGDip LTHE, and is a prerequisite for students who elect to proceed to the award of MA.

Optional Modules
  • Decolonising the Curriculum and Anti-Racist Pedagogy - 10 Credits
  • Inclusive Education and Universal Design for Learning  - 10 Credits
  • Advancing Technology Enhanced Learning - 10 Credits
  • Co-Operative Education - 10 Credits
  • Contemplative Pedagogy - 10 Credits
  • Critical Reflection on Teaching and Learning - 10 Credits
  • Leading, Managing and Mentoring Colleagues - 10 Credits

Year 3: Level 7

Modules Credits

Independent Inquiry 60

This module is self-directed, and supported through supervision. Students are expected to act with initiative with regards to decision-making and accessing support within guidelines, in order to engage in a professional inquiry of interest related to pedagogic practice in Higher Education. Initially, they will produce a research proposal that will outline the chosen process and selected submission format. Students will demonstrate originality in the development and application of knowledge and research skills, although no research will be permitted without ethical review and approval. Completion will demonstrate comprehensive understanding of all stages in the research process, an ability to deal with complex issues creatively and systematically, and the ability to communicate information in a clear and appropriate fashion for the elected format. The module will 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

Part-time entry | £2,300 p/a

Total Cost | £6,900

International Students

Part-time entry | £4,700 p/a

Total Cost | £14,100


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