Information for Potential Participants

Programme Structure:

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE

60 Credits
HEA Fellow Status



Introduction to Learning, Teaching and Assessment (ILTA) details »

Developing Academic and Professional Practice (DAPP) details »

Either one 30 credit or two 15 credit units
see options available »

15 credits

15 credits

30 credits

HEA Associate Fellow Status


The Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGC LTHE) provides a nationally recognised qualification for teaching and academic practice in HE. The course is designed for participants to gain a clear understanding of the core activities and pedagogical theory underpinning a professional role in teaching and supporting learning in HE and is accredited by AdvanceHE (Higher Education Academy).

The course incorporates the Introduction to Learning and Teaching (ILTA) unit, which is the key unit for all staff new to teaching. Upon successful completion of this unit participants will gain Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). On successful completion of the second core unit, Developing Academic Professional Practice (DAPP), participants will gain Fellow of the HEA.

On successful completion of the PGC LTHE participants will gain 60 masters’ level credits and will then have the option to proceed to the Masters in Higher Education.

Entry Requirements

Entry to Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

To apply for the PGCLTHE you must:

  • Teach for at least 4 hours per week in a higher education setting;
  • Be involved in the design and planning of learning activities;
  • Assess and give feedback to learners;
  • Hold a first degree (or equivalent) in any subject.

If you have any questions relating to the PGCLTHE entry requirements or the programme in general please contact Stephen Powell (

If you are not eligible for the PGCLTHE, then the MA HE, our workshop programme or FLEX could be for you. Check out your options via the CPD route planner.


To apply for the PGCLTHE please

  • ensure you meet the entry requirements
  • complete the application form and email it together with a reference from your line manager that demonstrates their support for you attending the course and confirmation of your role within their department. (This is required to verify your eligibility for exemption from course fees) to

Once you are enrolled on the PGCLTHE you will need to select units and map your own route through the programme by registering on each unit page. Please contact for further advice if required.

Applicants External to MMU

We welcome applications from those who teach within a higher education setting and meet the entry requirements above.

The fee for entry in the 2018/19 academic year is:

  • £2836 for Home / EU students
  • £4836 for Overseas students

The fee for entry in the 2019/20 academic year is:

  • £2836 for Home / EU students;
  • £5168 for Overseas students

Upon enrolment, participants will be billed for the full fee for 60 credits. It is your responsibility to arrange for fees to be paid. Our Finance Department website has further details on how to pay fees, including payment in instalments. It is possible to arrange for a sponsor to pay your fee, for example your employer. If a sponsor is paying on your behalf see “Employer/Sponsor Funding”, and please ensure that you provide your sponsor with clear instructions on how to pay.

A further fee may be payable to the HEA (AdvanceHE) to claim the award of Associate Fellowship (upon completion of the ILTA unit) or Fellowship (upon completion of the DAPP unit). See the HEA website for further details on these fees.


All units are delivered through a blended learning model that incorporates a range of approaches utilising variety of face to face teaching methods together with online guided learning. To offer the maximum flexibility and the opportunity for participants to personalise their own learning, online learning blocks have been developed and the participants can engage with these at the most convenient time for them.

Participants are required to complete the online guided learning in advance of attending the face to face sessions but can interact with these at a time convenient to them. Attendance of the face to face sessions are compulsory. This is particularly relevant to the delivery of the course core units where the underpinning material is delivered via a number of online learning blocks. Within each delivery of the core units there will be a choice of attendance modes for the face to face sessions - check the ILTA and DAPP pages to see the different delivery options available.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning is another route to entry on the PGCLTHE. Generally, this option is relevant to staff who have three or more years’ experience teaching in a higher education context and should be discussed with the course leader Stephen Powell, tel: 0161 247 4652


Course Leader

Stephen Powell tel: 0161 247 4652

Programme Administrator

Rick Lighten tel: 0161 247 4675



How to Apply

To apply for this course, please download and complete the relevant form from the application form page »

As well as completing an application, you need to register for the units you wish to study as part of the course. Register for any units you know you want to study now on the webpage for each unit. If you haven't decided exactly what to study and when, you can register at a later date






See a diagram of the PGCLTHE application, registration and completion process


Please contact for further advice if required.


Nowhere has the culture and essence of the values of the institution been more clear and pure than in the PGCAP experience. I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to model behaviour from my tutors and peers during PGCAP attendance and I have picked up positive attitudes that counter the occasional jaded cynical teachers in the field.

PGC AP participant, 2014
(Note: The PGCAP was the previous name for the PGCLTHE)