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Award of Institutional Credit in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Postgraduate prospectus

The Award of Institutional Credit in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education is a practice-based programme supporting professional development in higher education



The Award of Institutional Credit in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (ALTHE) is an applied, practice-based programme supporting professional development in higher education and offering a first step towards a higher education teaching qualification. The programme provides an introduction to teaching, learning and assessment in higher education for those with relatively little teaching but for whom a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education is not appropriate; fractional or part-time staff; those with teaching support or assistant roles.

Programme structure

The programme's two courses provide solid grounding in the practice of teaching and reflection in higher education. Using a reflective and experiential approach, participants evaluate their own professional practice, relating this reflection to educational theory and scholarship to develop pedagogical understanding and innovative responses to the challenges of teaching in higher education. One of the two courses is studied with PG Certificate in Higher Education participants.

The 'Learning, teaching and assessing in higher education' course includes planning and facilitating learning, assessing, and giving feedback. 'Foundations of professional development in HE' includes development of a portfolio of evidence meeting expectations of the UK Professional Standards Framework, including teaching practice assessments.

Blended learning

The programme is online blended, using a variety of web 2.0 tools to provide socially interactive experience through learning activities including group-work and webinars, with two face-to-face study days (Saturdays) and teaching observations. Support is provided by the programme team, peers, online tutor, personal tutor and mentors. For further information please contact the programme leader at:


Outcomes of successful completion include eligibility for Associate Fellowship of the HEA and 20 credits at Level 7, for potential progression into a PG Certificate in HE using the credit transfer system.

The aims of the programme are to:

  • Enable participants to design and implement individual teaching and learning episodes
  • Develop participants' facilitative, reflective and evaluative skills for teaching and learning
  • Provide the opportunity and impetus for participants to advance their own professional development as part of a community of scholars and professionals
  • Provide a basis for progression into the PG Certificate in Higher Education or equivalent HE teaching qualification.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

A good honours degree or equivalent qualification

AND/OR qualifications and experience appropriate to their specialist area and sufficient to make them credible contenders for appointment to the higher education sector.

  • You will be required to provide written confirmation of 25 hours teaching at higher education level (4-7) during the period of registration, at least 10 hours of this to be in the first term;  which may include a range of teaching activity, for instance tutorials or one-to-one supervisions. 
  • Your own institution/department should also supply an approved Mentor for the programme.

Extra information


The programme is assessed through a variety of coursework assignments including formative group and individual assignments using different media and summative individual reflective assignments including essays, teaching practice assessments and an e-portfolio which evidences reflective practice, meeting the expectations of the UK Professional Standards Framework (Associate Fellowship).  All coursework is marked on a pass/fail basis, and excellence is recognised in the feedback.

Professional recognition


Accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) for Associate Fellowship of the HEA.


The programme helps to equip participants for a career in HE teaching and provides a first step towards an HE teaching qualification.

Specialised equipment

For successful participation in the programme access to a computer with audio capacity, a camera/webcam and very good broadband connection are required. The programme provides induction and support where needed in use of technology for online learning and teaching.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

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