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Learn more about current thinking and practice in HE, and reflect upon your findings. Our tailored Master's level course is suitable for working professionals at any career stage.
At the University of Dundee, we are committed to excellence in teaching. The PG Cert is underpinned by the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF, 2011) and reflects our expertise in the field.
The course is also accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). If you are a member of staff at the University of Dundee this means that you will gain professional recognition. If you are taking this course as an external participant, you will able to apply directly to the HEA for professional recognition.
The programme is delivered primarily online, with an Orientation Day for Associate Module entry. We will provide you with individual tutor support and access to a community of practice. You will also be able to draw upon your everyday practice and experiences to aid your learning.
This course has a strong student-centred focus. You will see this in the curriculum content but also in the tailored approach to your studies. You will develop a personal learning journey, with the support of your tutor, suited to your career stage and practice context. This means that you can select the topics you would like to study and create a programme that meets your own professional development needs.
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
What you will study
The course consists of three modules which you will complete consecutively. Each one is based on the standards required by the UKPSF (2011).
- The Associate Module (if you leave the course at this point, you will be awarded credit for this module). This consists of set core topic units.
- The Fellowship Module part 1
- The Fellowship Module part 2 (if you leave the course at this point, you will be awarded the PG Certificate)
You will usually start the course by taking the Associate Module. Once you have completed this, you can progress to the Certificate level to complete the Fellowship modules parts 1 and 2. You can also choose to exit at this point and receive module credit.
At the certificate level, the Fellowship Modules offer a choice of optional topic units. You can select those which are the most suitable for your own career stage and practice context. You will work with a tutor to develop your personal learning journey through the course.
Currently available options are:
- Base unit (core content for the Associate Module)
- The flexible learner (core content for the Associate Module)
- Developing and evaluating your teaching (defined core content for the Associate Module
- Assessment and feedback (core content for the Associate Module)
- Collaborative working in higher education
- Postgraduate supervision
- Internationalising the curriculum
- Student transitions
- Leadership in higher education
- Nursing & health care discipline option
- Scholarship of teaching and learning
- Negotiated study (a topic of your choice). This unit can take the form of:
- a project on an agreed topic
- a reflective commentary based on experiential learning. You will draw upon your engagement with continuing professional development activities
- a paper prepared for submission to a teaching and learning journal.
How you will be taught
If you are a local student, you will be taught by a combination of face to face meetings and online instruction. For distance learners, the course will be completely online.
We will help you to identify and learn from opportunities appropriate to you. You will be able to access course materials and resources through the University’s virtual learning environment, My Dundee.
We will support you in developing an online portfolio for your assessment materials using a social media platform relevant to your practice context.
There will be opportunities for discussion, sharing and learning with your peers. Each module will also include peer review of practice.
Your time commitment
The Associate Module begins with the Associate Module Orientation Day. This is a full day commitment and an important starting point for study. After this, we don’t hold any formal workshops but there are informal lunch time meetings to encourage student communications. You are also encouraged to arrange your own personal groups.
Individual modules are normally completed within 6 months and the full certificate in 18 months to 2 years.
We estimate that you will spend 200 hours on each module. This will involve using the module materials online, reading and reflecting on practice, experiential learning, and providing evidence of your attainments for the UK Professional Standards framework.
Total 200 hours Notional student effort (NSE)
- 80 hours: working through the material on the VLE plus related activities
- 60 hours: independent reading and research
- 60 hours: activities and associated learning related to assessment and refining the patchwork assessment
Total 50 hours Notional student effort (NSE)
- 20 hours: working through the material on the VLE plus related activities
- 15 hours: independent reading and research
- 15 hours: activities and associated learning related to assessment and refining the patchwork assessment
How you will be assessed
Each topic unit has four small assessment tasks. This means a manageable workload for you, helps you to see the progression in your studies, and provides you with regular opportunities for feedback. At the end of the Fellowship modules, you’ll be assessed by a reflexive commentary on your learning.
- Base Unit (1000 words)
- The Flexible Learner (1000 words)
- Developing and Evaluating Your Teaching (1000 words)
- Assessment and Feedback (1000 words)
The assessment for the Associate Module includes 3 teaching observations and you should ensure you have sufficient teaching opportunities in place.
Fellowship Module 1:
- Option Topic Unit (2000 words)
- Option Topic Unit (2000 words)
- Final reflexive commentary considering the ways in which you have extended your practice through study, learning and assessment on the module (500 words)
Fellowship Module 2:
- Option Topic Unit (2000 words)
- Option Topic Unit (2000 words)
- Final reflexive commentary considering the ways in which you have empowered your practice through study, learning and assessment on the module (500 words)
This master's level qualification is increasingly viewed as an essential requirement for university staff who teach and/or support learning.
Participants who are members of staff and PG Tutors, where appropriate, of the University of Dundee will gain professional recognition with the Higher Education Academy. This is increasingly seen as a requirement in the higher education sector both in the UK and internationally. Successful completion of the first module or the full programme leads to professional recognition with HEA as follows:
- Associate Fellow (AFHEA) – on completion of The Associate Module, or
- Fellow (FHEA) – on completion of the Certificate.
The course is also available with HEA accreditation, where appropriate, to PG tutors who are developing their teaching role within the University and have completed the University’s Learning to Teach in Higher Education (LTHE) Development Programme.
Guidance for external participants
You can use your experiences of study on the course to apply directly to the Higher Education Academy for professional recognition.
Guidance for nursing participants
Following consultation with colleagues in the School of Nursing & Health Sciences we are not currently seeking NMC accreditation for this course. We would therefore advise nursing participants, on completion of the NMC’s required number of teaching hours, to submit the appropriate claim against the standard based on their work for the PGCAPHE, which may then be verified by a suitably qualified colleague in the School of Nursing & Health Sciences for submission to the NMC.
Please contact Dr Joan Cameron email@example.com to discuss the options under development within the School before you submit an application to this course.
You must be actively teaching and/or facilitating learning in higher education. Your teaching activity can be anything from lectures, practicals, studios, labs, one-to-ones but must be at tertiary level and enable you to:
- reflect on your practice
- implement in your practice what you are learning in your studies
- engage with the peer review of teaching requirements of the Associate Module
- demonstrate your ability to work at master's level
- have appropriate teaching in place for the duration of your studies. Where appropriate, we may request confirmation of your teaching activity within your work context
In addition to working with a personal tutor from the PGCAPHE programme team we also encourage you to work with a discipline-based mentor. This could be your probationary mentor or a colleague acting in the role of a critical friend.
English Language Requirement
English Language Programmes
We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.
Members of staff including postgraduate tutors at the University of Dundee who are actively involved in teaching or supporting learning are entitled to the University’s staff fee waiver. If you are unsure of your status, please contact us for clarification.
The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.
|Fee status||Fees for students starting academic year 2019-20|
|Scottish and EU students||£1,920 per year of study|
|Rest of UK students||£1,920 per year of study|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£4,200 per year of study|
You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.
Examples of additional costs:
|One off cost||Ongoing cost||Incidental cost|
|Graduation fee||Studio fee||Field trips|
*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.
- may be mandatory or optional expenses
- may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
- vary depending on your programme of study
- are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable
Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.
For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.
If applying for direct entry to the Certificate level to complete the Fellowship Modules, Part 1 and 2, please ensure that you provide evidence of the relevant qualification with your application.
If you are a PG Tutor
- you must complete the University’s Learning to Teach in Higher Education (LTHE) Development Programme prior to formal application. Find out more and enroll for the LTHE programme
- provide with your application confirmation from your School that you will be actively teaching within the University over your intended period of study
- we also advise that you discuss your study plans with your PhD supervisor.
If you are a new member of staff at the University of Dundee
- If you have a mandatory requirement as part of your probation, the Associate Module replaces former modules under the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education. If you are unsure of your status with the University please contact your HR Officer for further guidance. Find out more about University probation
The Centre for Academic Skills (ASC)
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