Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching for Learning in Higher Education (PGCertTLHE)


A structured professional development opportunity

This qualification focuses on the professional development of new and probationary staff who teach. The course consists of three modules:

  1. Students and the Learning Environment (EDU6147)
  2. Curriculum and Programme Development (EDU6148)
  3. Engaging with Learning and Teaching Scholarship (EDU6149)

If you have just started your teaching career, or would prefer a supported route to meeting your requirements for probation, we would strongly advise you to complete the PGCertTLHE.

From Easter 2020, successful completion of the first two modules of the PGCertTLHE will lead to recognition as FHEA.

Please note that this course is only available to members of staff at the University of Sheffield.

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How is the course structured?

All the modules begin with a series of workshops in which learners engage in peer-supported learning, collegiate discussions and critical reflection on practice. The workshops are followed by a period of time for learners to complete assignments centred around their day-to-day teaching activities, supported by module tutors.

Students and the Learning Environment (EDU6147)

EDU6147 focuses on developing skills to support learners and learning, and developing the confidence to become a credible, authentic and collegiate teacher.

Curriculum and Programme Development (EDU6148)

EDU6148 focuses on curriculum design and higher education strategy, both within the University and in the wider sector.

Engaging with Learning and Teaching Scholarship (EDU6149)

The final module allows you to focus on an area of learning and teaching of interest to your department and includes dissemination to a wider audience.

Academic Probation

The PGCertTLHE provides a structured learning experience that can help participants to meet their probationary requirement.

Assessment for the first two modules focuses on the development of good practice while contributing to the evidence required to achieve professional recognition through the LTPRS Personal Pathway.

The final module, which leads to the awarding of the PGCertTLHE, can be completed immediately after the second module, or your could use remaining leave of absence to complete the qualification at a later date, once you have satisfied all probationary requirements. 

Recognition of Past Learning (RPL)

Those with an appropriate level of knowledge and experience may be eligible to seek exemption from the first module through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to gain direct entry into EDU6148. Please allow 3 to 4 months for the RPL process.

To find out more about applying for partial exemption, please email tlhe@sheffield.ac.uk to arrange a consultation meeting.

Workshop Week dates 2020-21

Please note:

  • You only need to attend one workshop block for each module
  • Attendance at all sessions within your selected week is mandatory.

Module Dates
EDU6147 Students and the Learning Environment

Monday 12 to Friday 16 April 2021
12.30 - 4.30pm daily
Monday 13 to Friday 17 September 2021
12.30 - 4.30pm daily

EDU6148 Curriculum and Programme Development

Monday 11 to Thursday 14 January 2021, 12.00-4.30pm daily

Monday 6 to Wednesday 9 September 2021
12.00 - 4.30pm daily

EDU6149 Engaging with Learning and Teaching Scholarship

Tuesday 16 February 2021

Tuesday 7 September 2021


What do I need to do next?

To apply for admission to the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching for Learning in Higher Education, please complete the online application form

Email us to find out more


External Examiner's Report

Read the External Examiner's Report for 2018.  A detailed response will be presented to the External Examiner at the next Exam Board.