PGCHE: Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education
The Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) is a professional qualification for new lecturers/university teachers at the University of Nottingham. The PGCHE focuses on the teaching role of the academic in Higher Education, with reference to the diverse ways in which students learn. The PGCHE provides a practical and theoretical grounding in learning and teaching in Higher Education and emphasises the links between conceptual frameworks and your professional practice. The PGCHE aims to encourage participants to develop a scholarly, reflective enquiry base to inform their teaching and its development.
PGCHE participants can choose preferred topics and modes of study and will be encouraged to relate their study to their own teaching practice and their students' learning. A number of experienced academics from around the university are involved in supporting and assessing participants during the PGCHE course.
As part of its commitment to maintaining the highest academic standards in teaching and learning, the University of Nottingham expects all newly appointed lecturers to complete a required number of credits of the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) Course. In most cases new lecturers are required to complete 30 credits of the PGCHE but this depends on the level and nature of the post. Those who already have a relevant postgraduate qualification or hold nationally recognised status for HE teaching may be exempt. If you are unsure whether you are required to do the PGCHE, please contact your HR adviser.
Due to the large number of new academics that are required to do the PGCHE, access to the course is limited to academic and teaching staff who are required to do the course (or staff in similar roles). However, Professional Development run two other programmes aimed at those who teach as part of another role, research staff and postgraduate research students. For further information see ‘Further reading'.
The PGCHE course is a 60 credit qualification and is made up of 15-credit modules.
A structured module with taught sessions on a variety of learning and teaching topics which participants choose from. Assessment involves carrying out a teaching development and submitting a written report.
Focuses on developing participants’ teaching through discussions with colleagues about their teaching beliefs and practices, formal teaching appraisals and action planning. A teaching log of these activities is submitted for assessment.
Group or Individual Project
Participants work in self-selected groups (Learning Sets) or alone on a project concerning learning and teaching. The outcomes from the project are presented at the Conference for assessment
For those that opt to do the full PGCHE, the final 15 credit module completed must be the Portfolio module.
The PGCHE course is accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Those participants who complete 30 credits of the PGCHE may apply for automatic recognition as an Associate of the HEA. Those participants who complete the full PGCHE may apply for automatic recognition as a Fellow of the HEA.