Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE)

The centrepiece of Regent’s professional development provision for academics who teach is our 60-credit, part-time Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE).

The PGCHE is a programme for professionals currently engaged in teaching in higher education. With accreditation by the Higher Education Academy, it aims to meet the needs of both newcomers to higher education and those with greater experience but an interest in developing their pedagogic practice within a more reflective and theoretical framework. It is designed to enable participants to meet the standards activities and values described in the Higher Education Academy’s Professional Standards Framework (the UKPSF). The programme learning outcomes are mapped against the UKPSF so participants can clearly see how their learning relates to nationally-agreed standards.

Additionally, modules within the programme are designed to be of value to those not engaged in the teaching per se of university-level students but whose role it is to support their learning, so that such staff can better understand some of the issues and processes involved in learning at higher education level. The first module, Introduction to Academic Practice, is always open to such support staff. Most of the remaining modules will be useful to staff engaged in learning support, depending on their level of engagement with students. Some modules, particularly the Assessment for Learning module, require participants to be actively engaged in assessing students and so may not be appropriate for support staff.

The programme aims to enable participants to enhance the quality of the learning experience of their students. By means of a strong focus on critical and reflective practice, the objective is to integrate the participants’ professional experience and current practice with relevant theoretical concepts, and to share good practice within the group and with the wider learning community of their institution.

In addition, the programme has been designed to provide a platform upon which participants can experience the modelling of activities as learners and reflect upon the usefulness and potential application of these activities for their own practice. Completion of all 60 credits of this programme leads to the award of Fellow of the HEA.

Please contact if you are interested and/or want more information, or if you wish to meet with the Programme Leader  to discuss options.  Click here for an application form, which should be e-mailed to

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The Academic Practice Hub
Regent’s Effective Academic Practice Scheme
Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE)
Workshops and Teaching Forum Events
Peer observation of teaching
Regent’s learning, teaching and assessment strategy
Assessment Framework