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Postgraduate Certificate Education Practice

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The PGCert enables those teaching and supporting learning in a post-compulsory education environment to develop their knowledge and skills as educators. It is particularly helpful if you are new to teaching, wanting to learn about pedagogical approaches. You can also progress to the MA in Education Practice.

Through the exploration of scholarly approaches, the PGCert will enhance your understanding of educational approaches that contribute to developing students as self-motivated, independent, life-long learners and develop a professional, reflective approach to your educational practice. This includes all areas of academic practice, including teaching and learning support, assessment, curriculum development, educational research, learning technologies and academic leadership.

Successful completion of the PGCert leads automatically to Higher Education Academy (HEA) fellowship and registration of Teacher Status with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


1 year


Successful completion of all three units leads to Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. For nurses and midwives, completion of the three units will enable you to register for the Nursing & Midwifery Council Teacher standard

Entry requirements:

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

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 7.0 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course details

Core units:

  • Investigating Education Practice: This unit will prepare you to support the student learning experience in a higher education and work place settings. It will examine theories and methods of learning, teaching and assessment, introduce the underpinning pedagogic knowledge and skills and enable you to engage in a scholarly approach to your education practice. 
  • Enhancing Education Practice: In this unit you will design and implement innovative learning environments which enhance the student learning experience in higher education and practice settings. It will enable you to situate and develop your understanding of the elements of curriculum design within underlying factors which shape this process.
  • Scholarship for Professional Development: This unit will promote scholarship in continuing professional development which incorporates education, research, and professional practice. You will be supported to reflect upon the context in which you work, both disciplinary, organisational and the wider higher education environment. The management of change and the enhancement of their professional capabilities will be developed to ensure that you are prepared to work in complex settings.  

After completing the PG Cert Education Practice (a total of 60 credits at level 7), you can go onto complete 3 additional units for the PG Dip and the Pedagogic Research Methods unit plus Pedagogic Innovation/Research project to acheive the MA Education Practice.

Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for PG Cert Education Practice.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

Full entry requirements

The normal requirements for embarking upon a postgraduate taught degree are:

  • A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:1 in any subject or equivalent.

  • Applicants should be teaching in a practice or academic setting.

  • Alternatively demonstrating learning through experience, via portfolios or records of achievement, and/or by tasks set at interview, and confirmed by employer reference/s; or a combination of academic and experiential qualifications, to be considered on its individual merits, may also be acceptable.

If you lack the formal academic qualifications needed to enter a postgraduate or post-experience degree, there are several alternative routes to follow - some based on experience. Contact the Future Students Enquiry Team for more information.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

  • IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in the other three components of speaking, listening and reading or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.

You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our postgraduate entry requirements page.

Accreditation information

Successful completion of all three units leads to Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

For nurses and midwives, completion of the three units will enable you to register for the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) Teacher standard. In order to meet this standard, healthcare professionals entering the programme must have access to a minimum of 12 weeks (360 hours) teaching practice. This may include all aspects of the teacher’s role, such as mentoring, one-to-one support, assessment, course evaluation and curriculum development. Students must also fulfil the following criteria:

  • Be registered in the same part or sub-part of the register as the students they support
  • Have completed at least three years post-registration experience, gained additional professional knowledge and skills, and have experience in an area where students are gaining practice experience relevant to their registration
  • Have extended their professional knowledge, relevant to their field of practice, to at least first degree level, prior to undertaking an NMC-approved post-graduate teacher preparation programme.

Further study

After completing the PG Cert Education Practice, you can go onto complete 3 additional units for the PG Dip and the Pedagogic Research Methods unit plus Pedagogic Innovation/Research project to acheive the MA Education Practice.

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 Graduate School 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.

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