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 Practice (PGCLTHE) provides a nationally recognised qualification for teaching and academic practice in Higher Education. The course is accredited within the MMU Professional Standards Framework and therefore meets the requirements of the UK Professional Standards Framework for Fellow status. Successful completion of the PGCLTHE, incorporates recognition as Fellow of the HEA (free for MMU staff).

The course incorporates the Introduction to Learning and Teaching Unit (ILTA), which is the key unit for all staff new to teaching. It is recommended that staff with no or minimal teaching experience complete this unit as soon as possible. Successful completion of this unit also leads to Associate Fellow of the HEA (free for MMU staff). The programme structure is shown below:

Note: Associate Fellowship and Fellowship of HEA is free for MMU staff. Any other applicant who would like to undertake the PGLTHE and otbain fellowship, please contact the Programme Leader (

The PGCLTHE is designed to develop a sound academic grounding in pedagogical theories and the link between these and the practical experience and skills necessary for carrying out a professional role in teaching and supporting learning in Higher Education. Participants gain a clear understanding of the core activities that comprise academic practice in higher education and the relationship between them.

On successful completion of the PGCLTHE participants will gain 60 masters’ level credits and will then have the option to proceed to the Master's in Higher Education.

in addition, for NMC Teachers Award Participants only: NMC Teacher Practice Unit (15 credits) details »

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;
  • 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 (

Applicants for the NMC Teachers Award must also meet the NMC entry requirements

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.


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, ext 4652


Course Leader

Stephen Powell

Programme Administrator

Rick Lighten



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)