Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education
The Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE), alternatively called the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP), is a British teaching qualification for university lecturers and similar professionals. The PGCHE is designed to equip holders with the skills needed to provide high-quality teaching and learning. PGCHE courses are usually closely aligned with the Higher Education Academy's Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), with successful completion leading to formal professional recognition as an HEA fellow (FHEA).
The PGCHE, like most UK postgraduate certificates, is an advanced non-degree qualification, taught and assessed at the level of a UK master's-degree. The certificate is typically made up of 60 credits, compared to the 180 required for a full MEd degree. The duration of the programme for new, full-time members of staff is generally up to two years. PGCHE courses do not in themselves equip holders with knowledge of their specialist subject areas, and a university teacher will also have an appropriate educational and experiential background, typically including a PhD.
The PGCHE began to become widespread after the Dearing Report recommended that all university teachers should achieve an appropriate level of professional recognition during the initial stages of their career.
The names PGCHE and PGCAP are used by the Higher Education Academy but there are variations: several UK universities offer the 'Postgraduate Certificates in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education' or variations on the theme. Course content and learning outcomes can vary in detail, though alignment with UKPSF and accreditation by the Higher Education Academy are common themes.
- UK Professional Standards Framework (higher education)
- Higher Education Academy
- Dearing Report
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education
- HEA (2009). "Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education (PGCHE) / Academic Practice (PGCAP)". Retrieved 27 April 2014.
- Passmore, Biddy (22 November 1996). "Heads propose sub-degree course to Dearing". Times Educational Supplement. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
- Glasgow, University of. "Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PgCAP)". Retrieved 27 April 2010.
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