Higher Education (PCert)

the United Kingdom

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About Higher Education at University of Kent

Location: Canterbury

This programme offers theoretical and practical support for those embarking on a career in Higher Education (HE). It considers different approaches to teaching and learning, grounded in educational research, and related aspects such as curriculum design and delivery and the principles and purposes of assessment. It enables you to bring these considerations to bear on your own work and experience as a teacher, researcher or practitioner.

The emphasis throughout is on developing an understanding of the HE context, recognising the diversity of provision – universities, Further Education institutions, specialist institutions, professional providers – and practices, for example, in different disciplinary fields.

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • appropriate methods for teaching and learning in your own subject area and at the appropriate level
  • models of how students learn
  • the use of learning technologies appropriate to the context in which you teach
  • methods for monitoring and evaluating your own teaching
  • the implications of quality assurance for your own practice
  • methods for the development of your research careers (where appropriate)
  • methods for obtaining and managing research grants (where appropriate).

Intellectual Skills

You develop intellectual skills in:

  • the ability to synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of educational theory and practice, and to apply it within the academic environment
  • the ability to evaluate current research and scholarship in teaching and learning
  • the ability to identify sources of research funding and make effective applications for such funding (where appropriate).

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in:

  • the ability to design higher education programmes, modules or schemes of work, in the light of a broad understanding of curriculum development
  • the ability to evaluate a wide range of teaching and learning methods and identify appropriate methods to use with large groups, small groups and one-to-one
  • the ability to recognise the diverse needs of students, to respond to the requirements of widening participation, equal opportunities, disability legislation and key skills, and to provide support to students in both academic and pastoral situations
  • the ability to evaluate a wide and appropriate range of assessment methods and identify appropriate methods to support student work and record achievement
  • the ability to make use of local, regional, national and international resources and networks for the production and publication of research (where appropriate)
  • the ability to understand the essentials of the supervision and examination of postgraduate students (where appropriate)
  • the ability to operate and develop effective teaching and/or research and related administrative processes within quality assurance codes of practice.

Transferable skills

You gain the following transferable skills:

  • improving your own learning: the skills of a reflective practitioner who is able to evaluate their own teaching and research practice, using appropriate feedback mechanisms and to plan for continuing professional development
  • communication: the ability to communicate effectively and appropriately in a diverse range of teaching and research contexts, using IT where appropriate, and showing assured, accurate and fluent use of language in presenting information, sustaining the interest of others and responding perceptively to their contributions
  • problem-solving: expertise in operating successfully within the constraints and opportunities of the institutional setting, managing change, and (where appropriate) developing strategies for balancing and integrating teaching and research
  • working with others: the ability to work effectively as part of a team, sustaining motivation and effective working relationships in order to meet responsibilities and to enable others to do so.

This programme aims to:

  • assist you to become an effective professional HE teacher informed by scholarship, research and innovation
  • assist you to become an effective research worker, supervisor of research students and staff, and manager of projects (where appropriate)
  • provide a sound knowledge and systematic understanding of the principal institutions, constituents and procedures of a higher education institution
  • introduce you to a range of different theoretical approaches to the study of education and develop a critical awareness of education in its historical, socio-economic and political contexts
  • enable you to study some selected aspects of higher education in greater depth.

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Entry requirements

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What students think about University of Kent

    Inspirational teaching - Patrique Tanque from Brazil is studying for a BSc in Forensic Chemistry.

    “Choosing Kent was an easy decision. The forensic programmes are ranked among the best in the UK and have a high graduate employment rate.

    “The teachers bring fresh ideas and up-to-date materials from real cases to enrich the lectures. They are keen to help out and always make sure we are getting plenty of support.

    “I was very fortunate to be awarded an International Scholarship, which meant I could dedicate myself to my studies.”

    Academic excellence - Stephanie Bourgeois from France is studying for a BSc in Biochemistry.

    “I like the approach to teaching here; academics are happy to answer questions and to interact with students. I find the lectures very motivational, they pique your curiosity and for me the exciting bit is going to the library and pursuing the things you are interested in.

    “The lecturers at Kent are excellent. You get to know them well and, as you move through the course, they are able to guide you towards projects, ideas or career paths that they think you will like.”

    Specialist research - Sally Gao from China is studying for a PhD in Electronic Engineering.

    “I have been very lucky with my supervisor, Professor Yong Yan, who is a world-class expert and the first IEEE Fellow in the UK in instrumentation and measurement.

    “Professor Yong Yan has helped me to become a better researcher. I am inspired by his novel ideas and constructive suggestions. Under his supervision, my confidence has grown through such milestones as my first set of experiments, writing my first research paper and attending my first conference.”

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