Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE)

The Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) is a 60-credit Master’s level programme for staff who teach and support learning at the University of Birmingham. The aim of the programme is to provide a comprehensive preparation for the teaching, learning and assessment aspects of your role and to relate this to wider responsibilities associated with professional practice.

Suitable for:  All staff who teach and/or support learning at the University of Birmingham, regardless of role, provided they can meet the eligibility criteria. The PGCHE may be a probationary requirement for academic staff participating in the Academic Development Programme.

What’s in the programme?

The PGCHE programme a single, 60-credit module (Developing and Enhancing Your Professional Practice) A pre-requisite module for entering the PGCHE is Introduction to Teaching and Supporting Learning (ITSL).

Please ensure that you enrol on and complete ITSL as soon as possible, as failure to do so will delay your enrolment on the main PGCHE programme. ITSL must be completed before the main PGCHE programme starts. It must also be completed during Phase 1 of the ADP. 

There are two PGCHE programmes of study - PGCHE (Campus) and PGCHE (Distance Learning).

  • The Campus Programme will be delivered in blended online and in-person mode at the Edgbaston campus.
  • The Distance Learning Programme will be delivered online with the majority of the activity being asynchronous, as well as some live, synchronous activities.

Contact Us

We hope that the information provided here and in the handbooks will help you to make the most out of your participation in the PGCHE. However, if you do need further help please get in touch.

  • If your query relates to the operational aspects of the programme, please contact the Programme Team
  • For other queries contact the relevant course leads:


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