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Teaching and Learning Essentials for New Teachers (TALENT)

Please note, the current iteration of TALENT (beginning January 2020) is the last time the unit will run.

TALENT is a 15-credit masters-level unit that provides opportunities to plan, deliver and observe teaching in a developmental environment with peer, and tutor support. Successful completion of the unit leads to professional recognition through the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) at Associate Fellow (D1).

TALENT is mainly aimed at Graduate Teaching Assistants and Postgraduate Researchers who are new to teaching.

The above can take the unit before they start to teach or in the early stages of their teaching career for professional development.

If you teach regularly then you could be eligible for the Learning, Teaching and Assessment in HE (LTA) unit. If you want more information or to discuss professional development opportunities then, please contact Orlagh McCabe:, x5422

TALENT comprises of two workshops: 3Ps (Planning, Preparation and Purpose) and Microteaching, with additional online and face-to-face support. If you have already completed the 3Ps workshop and now wish to enrol for TALENT, please contact us first at

External participants will be charged the standard unit fee. External participants will normally have an undergraduate UK honours degree (or international equivalent) or a professional qualification recognised as equivalent to an honours degree.

It is recognised that applicants without an undergraduate degree but with relevant professional experience may be well equipped to successfully complete this unit of study. Please contact Orlagh McCabe if you want to discuss this further.

Unit Learning Outcomes

  • Plan effective learning and teaching opportunities for a specific group of learners, based on an understanding of models of student learning appropriate to their own practice.
  • Critically evaluate feedback from observations and participation in microteaching  for professional development in order to enhance the student/client experience;
  • Construct an evidential record of professional development and action planning for future developments aligned with Descriptor 1 of the UK PSF (Professional Standards Framework).


The processes of designing, planning and assessment for learning introduced at the start of the unit, set the context for experiential learning where participants engage in multiple episodes of microteaching. Participants develop their skills in observing teaching through the microteaching activity, as well as receiving ongoing peer and tutor feedback to inform their own development.

Unit Assessment

The assessment for the unit aligns to MMU’s PSF scheme providing a taught route to gain HEA professional recognition at Descriptor 1: Associate Fellow. The elements of the assignment will include-

  1. A summary of professional activity linked to teaching and learning and mapped to the UKPSF dimensions of practice
  2. A reflective commentary focusing on areas of activity (AA) 1, 2 and 5 of the UKPSF dimensions of practice. This will include a reflection on your learning from microteaching and peer observations. (suggested word count 1400-1700)
  3. An annotated bibliography (UK PSF: CK 1,2)


TALENT as part of the PGC LTHE or MA HE

TALENT can be taken as an optional 15-credit unit in the MA HE programme. It is not available to participants on the PGC LTHE, or relevant to colleagues with an existing PGCE in HE or professional recognition at D1. However, colleagues who complete TALENT and later find that their role changes so that they become eligible for the PGC LTHE can take TALENT into the programme as a 15-credit optional unit.

Please note, the current iteration of TALENT (beginning January 2020) is the last time the unit will run.

For any enquiries and further information, please contact

As well as registering below, in some circumstances you may need to complete an application form to study this unit. Please check on the application form page »

In brief


  • Acquire a good grasp of the principles for planning teaching
  • Practical opportunities for delivering sessions
  • Multiple opportunities to receive feedback on teaching to help improve your delivery

Mode of study: F2F

Number of sessions: 3 (+1 optional)

Type of session: workshop

Assessment type and size:
2500 word approx portfolio

Prior knowledge/experience required: none

When will it run: Spring term

Unit leader/contact: Orlagh McCabe

Delivery Dates and Registration

Please note: Units are delivered online. Processing time required for applications and preparation time for participants means that the last registration date cannot be extended

There are no forthcoming dates available for this unit at the moment


Please contact the UTA CPD team if you have any queries.