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Award of Institutional Credit in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

This Award of Institutional Credit in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (ALTHE) is an ideal first step towards a full teaching qualification in higher education.

This blended-learning course is designed for those with limited teaching experience, such as part-time staff, or those who do training, teaching assistant and support roles. The course is ideal for:

  • Professionals with limited teaching responsibilities
  • Those in a non-academic role with student-facing work
  • Anyone wishing to complete the PGCert HE over two years
  • Postgraduate researchers looking to build an academic career
  • Teachers with professional/non-traditional qualifications

The course is mostly taught online, with group work and webinars. There are also three study days on campus, alongside teaching observations and one-to-one tutorials. Support is provided by the course team, personal tutor and mentors.

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What you should know about this course

  • Apart from two full study days (both Saturdays) early in the academic year and a half-day in term 2, the course is taught online, using web tools to create a socially interactive experience.
  • This course is accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) for Associate Fellowship (additional fee applies for HEA certification for external participants).
  • The course provides a basis for progression into a PGCert in Higher Education or equivalent HE teaching qualification.

What you will study


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About the course team

Welcome to our Award of Institutional Credit in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (ALTHE). The course team comes from a range of academic backgrounds and we have extensive experience working in HE and other areas of education. We are all qualified teachers and have experience in both teacher education and other disciplines.

Entry requirements

If you are

You should have a good honours degree or equivalent professional qualification and/or qualifications and experience appropriate to your specialist area that makes you credible for appointment to the higher education sector.

You'll need to provide written confirmation of 25 hours teaching at higher education level (4-7) during the period of registration. At least 10 hours should take place in the first term. This may include a range of teaching activity, such as tutorials or one-to-one supervisions. 

Your own institution/department should also supply an approved mentor for the programme.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

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Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

Learning experience

Most teaching is online using a range of web-based tools to facilitate teaching, discussion, debate and assessment. This includes weekly webinars and interactive tasks for you to work on either individually or in collaboration with other course participants. However, during study days you can expect to work within large and small groups. 

We aim to model a range of teaching, learning and assessment practices that you can critique and then adapt to your own context.

Class sizes

Study on the ALTHE aligns with the first module on the PGCert HE, so typically there will be around 70-80 participants.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you will need to dedicate time to self-study to complete group-based formative tasks, individual formative tasks and summative assessments. Our library and online resources will support your further reading and research.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of contact hours (lectures, seminars, etc), independent learning, and assessments. You should anticipate four to six hours of work per week, although this may intensify during assessment periods.


On the course you are expected to complete two individual formative assessments (one audio assessment and one written), a group based task and two summatives. The first summative is in the form of a written critical reflection and the second is the compilation of a professional practice portfolio.

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Dates and timetables

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

For information about distance and blended learning fees please visit our fees information pages.

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There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

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Other costs

You will need a computer or laptop with a webcam and audio functions (microphone and headset). External participants should also note that the HEA Associate Fellowship costs a further £100.

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Most of our course graduates are already employed but some have used the course as a platform to change the nature of existing roles or to support applications for teaching focussed roles in HE institutions.

Do you provide employability services?

Information coming soon.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We provide inductions to the software we use and the formative tasks are designed to help you adjust to writing at Level 7 in a discipline (education) that you may not be accustomed to.

Support from the department

We offer one-to-one tutoring throughout the course. You are entitled to make appointments at mutually conducive times and these can be face-to-face or online.

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If you are a UK or EU student and you want to study full-time, you can now apply through Clearing.

If you want to apply for a later session, please see our how to apply page.

If you are a UK or EU student and want to study part-time then you apply to the university directly.

If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.