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The Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education has been specifically designed for those teaching, tutoring and supporting the learning of students in Higher Education.

This programme provides an opportunity to:

  • develop your skills, understanding of and strategies in teaching, learning and assessment in face to face teaching;
  • engage with successful digital and online learning and develop your skills in this area through direct hands-on experience;
  • work with colleagues across the globe, in a community of practice.
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The PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education has been specifically designed for those teaching, tutoring and supporting the learning of students in HE.

As a graduate of the programme, you will gain:

  • A University of London Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education;
  • Enhanced skills, knowledge, experience and scholarship in learning, teaching and assessment;
  • University of London Worldwide Recognised Tutor status with a certificate and diploma supplement outlining this status.

Course details

The programme comprises two core 30-credit modules:

  • Supporting learning, teaching and assessment.
  • Enhancing learning, teaching and assessment.

You will need to complete both modules successfully to be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate.

October 2019 intake

Application deadline16 September 2019
Registration deadline23 September 2019

The programme is delivered online. Our programme design is characterised by highly engaging learning materials and activities that focus on your practices and support your development.

You will be supported online, and enjoy the benefits of being part of a network of tutors developing a community of practice.

Study materials

All essential resources, activities, videos, discussions and support are provided in the Virtual Learning Environment. This allows you to fit your studies around your working commitments.

Throughout the programme, you will be encouraged to explore new areas of learning, reflect on your own learning and teaching, and engage in an analysis and review of the learning experience itself, the technologies and approaches used.

The experience is enriched by working with colleagues who teach in a range of disciplines.

Online support

When you register, we will give you access to the Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources:

  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) offers online learning support, access to peer review software, reflective activities, informal discussion areas, and links to resources.
  • The Online Library contains thousands of journal articles. A dedicated helpdesk is available if you have any difficulties in finding what you need.
  • Online tutors and Student Relationship Managers provide advice to help you manage and get the most from your studies.

Time commitment

The modules run from April to September and from October to March.

We expect participants to undertake one module per session, starting with 'Supporting learning, teaching and assessment'.

The weekly activities have been designed to be studied over 22 weeks, for approximately 10-12 hours per week per module.

Your studies will be directly linked to your teaching practice, making it easier to engage. 


The assessment strategy supports you in developing theoretically informed reflection on your own teaching practice.

Assessment is through coursework, and there are no examinations.

In the second module, 'Enhancing learning, teaching and assessment', you develop a plan for enhancing teaching which will encourage you to continue developing as a professional after the programme has ended.

This module enables you to engage in planning for a development that may be of particular relevance to your current work setting.

What qualifications do you need?

To register, you must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Hold an undergraduate degree which is considered comparable to a UK degree, in any subject, from an institution acceptable to the University.
  • Be currently teaching or supporting learning on a higher education qualification. Teaching can be part-time or full-time. 

English Language requirements

You meet the English language requirement if you have an IELTS score of 7 with no element below 6.5, or an equivalent qualification.

If you don’t meet these requirements but believe you can meet the standard, we may also consider your application.

Computer requirements

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. For this course, you may also need Adobe Flash Player to view video material and a media player (such as VLC) to play video files.

More about computer requirements.

The fees below apply if you begin during the 2018-2019 session. These may be increased by up to 5% per year.

Academic year


Fee for each Module Band A countries (developing)

£ 650

Fee for each Module Band B countries (developed)

£ 850

Module continuation fee (per module)£280
See the list of Band A and B countries [PDF]


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We accept most traditional payment methods, including debit/credit card, international money order, and Western Union.

How to pay your fees.

This programme is ideal for those wishing to take on further responsibility as, for example, a Programme Leader or Curriculum lead.

In the UK, a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education is often required or desirable for those applying for HE roles.

This programme will provide you with an opportunity to develop your practice and skills. You will consider your own professional development while undertaking this programme and may focus your work in the 'Enhancing learning, teaching and assessment' module on an area of development that will enrich your leadership skills.

The programme has been mapped against the UK Professional Standards Framework. You will have the opportunity to consider your own developing practice and may wish to use this programme to support an application to the Higher Education Academy at Associate or Fellow level.

See the Higher Education Academy website for more information.

In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.

The programme team is comprised of five academics who are members of the University of London's Centre for Distance Education. The Centre provides an outstanding source of expertise and guidance in distance education and e-learning throughout the University of London, its member institutions, partner organisations, teaching institutions, and beyond.

The Centre makes a significant contribution to the University's standing as a world-leading university for open, distance and flexible education. The collective expertise of the team includes development and delivery on a range of distance learning and face-to-face programmes from various disciplines including similar teacher-development programmes.

The team are also all very familiar with the University of London programmes and international teaching institutions, therefore understanding the challenges faced by our tutors across the globe.

Programme team

The programme has been developed by the University of London and draws on Higher Education expertise from Dr David Baume, Dr Gwyneth Hughes, Dr Simon Rofe, Dr Ayona Silva-Fletcher, and led by Dr Linda Amrane-Cooper.

As well as their roles at various Higher Education institutions, the team are also members of the University of London's Centre for Distance Education.

Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London award anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there are additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.

More on funding your study.

If you are a tutor supporting a University of London programme at an 'Affiliate' or 'Registered' teaching institution, you may be entitled to a 20% discount on fees.

Please note: this cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount policy offered.