Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching

The Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (CiLT) is the University´s initial professional development programme for academic staff on probation. The course is specifically designed to meet both the needs of staff new to higher education teaching and new to the research-led environment of Sheffield University. It supports both government checking and publishing mechanisms and student requests that HE academic and teaching staff receive accredited training in learning and teaching.

Successful completion of the course will lead to the award of a Masters-level Certificate by the School of Education (60 M-level credits). It is designed to be studied part-time over two years, and will combine both face-to-face tuition with dedicated MOLE activities as well as a series of peer review, teaching observations and self-chosen professional development activities. The course seeks to enable the exploration of generic principles in learning and teaching with considered reflection upon the application of these principles within a discipline-specific environment.

In 2005/2006 CiLT was formally accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and then again in 2009. As such, the course has been recognized as meeting national standards in learning and teaching in higher education and graduates are automatically entitled to join the HEA's list of registered practitioners. From September 2014 CiLT is one of the pathways to recognition as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) under the University's new Learning and Teaching Professional Recognition Scheme (LTPRS) which is accredited by the HEA.

CiLT is divided into two modules. Each module usually takes one year to complete and module 1 must be successfully completed before progressing to module 2. The modules are delivered by face-to-face workshop blocks and through online and face-to-face activities.  Participants will be required to commence the pre-attendance preparation one month before the start of the Workshop Week.

The delivery dates for 2017/18 are:

Module 1 — Effective Learning and Teaching Environments (please note attendance at all sessions in the workshop block is mandatory, attendance is required on one block only)

  • There are no further deliveries of CiLT Module 1. Please visit for details of the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching for Learning in Higher Education and the workshop week for Module EDU6147.

Module 2 — Curriculum Design and Assessment (please note attendance at all sessions in the workshop block is mandatory, attendance is required on one block only)

  • Monday 26 to Thursday 29 March 2018, 12-4.30pm

External Examiner's Report - October 2017 Board of Examiners

The External Examiner's Report is now available here: External Examiner's Report 2017.  Please note that the Exam Board considered participants who have completed modules from cohorts up to and including September 2016. A detailed response will be presented to the External Examiner at the next Exam Board.

New Postgraduate Certificate

The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching for Learning in Higher Education (PGCertTLHE) will replace CiLT from September 2017. Please visit for more information.

Contacting us

For all enquiries please email

Cilt email :

Dr Nigel Russell PFHEA
Programme Director
Tel: 0114 22 22474

April Dawson
Course Administrator
Tel: 0114 22 20401

Dr Karen Ford SFHEA
Course Tutor
Tel: 0114 22 20423

Sarah Moore SFHEA
Course Tutor
Tel: 0114 22 21753

Dr Rachel Bovill SFHEA
Course Tutor
Tel: 0114 22 20428