The University of Aberdeen offers a PG Certificate in Higher Education Learning & Teaching, which comprises two, 30 credit courses: Components of the Learning Environment in Higher Education (ED503N) and Contemporary Issues in Higher Education (ED553B). 

Components of the Learning Environment in Higher Education: ED503N

The first course is designed to enable participants to begin to link educational practice, evidence and theory in order to design, deliver and evaluate courses and programmes for both undergraduates and taught postgraduates.

It encourages participants to experiment with, and take a critical, scholarly stance on, different approaches to learning, teaching and assessment.

Course workshops are designed to facilitate participants’ engagement with pedagogical literature, to challenge current approaches to teaching and to encourage planning for their further professional development in the learning and teaching arena.

Contemporary Issues in Higher Education: ED553B

The second course is designed to expand participants’ sense of their wider learning and teaching activities through examining critical issues that are facing higher education currently.

The course explores the wider corporate, political and social contexts in which higher education operates, introducing participants to some of the latest research and thinking on learning and teaching. An underpinning principle of the course is to develop participants’ ability to formulate pedagogic enquiry to evaluate learning and teaching activities, and lay the foundations for participation in education research.