Postgraduate Certificate Education Practice

Gain the core knowledge, skills and professional values to develop and enhance your practice as an educator in Higher Education.

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Why study for a PG Certificate in Education Practice at BU?

  • Enhance your continuing professional development as a critical reflective practitioner who is fully prepared to engage with the changing Higher Education environment 
  • Engage in a variety of learning, teaching and assessment practices that support and underpin your own learning 
  • Engage with educational scholarship relevant to your professional educational activities 
  • Develop discipline-specific strategies for teaching and learning, which are informed by research and reflection 
  • Develop effective and dynamic approaches to teaching and learning through creativity, innovation and continuous reflective development
  • Study online and work 'anytime' on activities, reading and assignments 

Please note: this course is intended for those who already teach and/or support learning in a Higher Education setting. It is not Initial Teacher Training and does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status, but it can lead to HEA Fellowship. There may be additional fees for AdvanceHE fellowship award (currently this does not apply to students from BU, the NHS, MoD and AUB). 

Find out more about the content of this course.

Online study

Study entirely online, work flexibly with high quality resources and support from expert tutors, and engage with fellow HE professionals from a range of different disciplines. Successful completion of the programme by eligible candidates can lead to nomination for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. 

Key information

Next start date:

January 2023, September 2023, January 2024




1 year part-time

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:1 in any subject. Applicants should be teaching in a practice or academic setting. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in each component of speaking, listening and reading. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students.

Confirmation of your start date will be sent by the admissions team.

Download the programme specification (pdf 249kb)

Student testimonials

Heidi Banks

Working as an educator in the NHS, this programme has given me a valuable opportunity to reflect deeply on my work and undertake research relevant to my practice. A programme delivered entirely online using a range of learning technologies was always going to push me out of my comfort zone but it has allowed me to live the experience of my own students and sample, first-hand, the huge variety of innovative teaching methods that now feature in our post-pandemic world. It has been a privilege to undertake the PGCert at one of the most challenging but progressive times for higher education and benefit from the guidance and support of a highly professional and inspiring academic team who really do 'practise what they preach'.

— Heidi Banks, Educator working for the NHS

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Further study

Research is fundamental to the development and delivery of Higher Education. At BU we recognise this, and place research at the core of our activities. You can find out more about our research themes online.

Such is our commitment to research that we have over 200 students studying for a research degree at BU. They are all members of the Doctoral College and are undertaking projects that will make a real difference in tomorrow’s world.

To find out more about the subject areas for research, visit our doctoral research pages.

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.

Course changes

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