Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PGCTHE)

NB: this information relates only to PGCTHE participants registered up to January 2012. If you register from September 2012 please follow this link to the appropriate webpages. 

Welcome to the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PGCTHE) at Aberystwyth University.


The PGCTHE is aligned to the United Kingdom Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) and is designed for staff who teach and support learning in Higher Education across a wide variety of contexts, from lecturing and distance learning to adult education. The programme is accredited by the Higher Education Academy, the central UK institution charged with enhancing the quality of teaching and learning in Higher Education.

Successful completion of the programme leads to a Master’s level qualification in the form of a Postgraduate Certificate, as well as registration with the Higher Education Academy as a Fellow (FHEA). The programme consists of one 60 credit Master’s level module (EDM1060), and normally takes between 12 months and 3 years to complete.

Programme Structure

The programme involves both a taught element and independent work where you use your current work context as a basis for developing a variety of teaching methods and considering the relevant literature. The work‐based nature of the programme means that many of the learning activities take place during your usual teaching. The programme includes:

  • A pre-course briefing
  • A residential induction programme
  • Three 'teaching cycles' - small-scale research projects on student learning
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshops
  • Meetings with a departmental mentor experienced in teaching your discipline
  • Teaching observations
  • Regular individual or group meetings providing support from the programme team.

The programme is assessed by means of an end‐of‐course portfolio in which you present evidence of the development of your professional skills and knowledge of teaching in your departmental context. This evidence is drawn from normal teaching duties and continuing professional development activities. The portfolio is assessed by a panel of senior staff according to criteria conforming to the requirements for Higher Education Academy accreditation.


Induction Presentations

PGCTHE induction presentations are available here.

Induction Readings

PGCTHE readings are available here.


Pre 2012 PGCTHE forms are available here


Programme Team

The PGCTHE is coordinated from the School of Education and Lifelong Learning (SELL). The programme is currently based in G19 Cledwyn Building, Penglais Campus.

The Learning and Teaching Development Coordinator for Aberystwyth University is the primary contact for the course

Administrative assistance is provided by the Centre for the Development of Staff and Academic Practice