Who is it for?

If you are a probationary lecturer you should register for the Postgrduate Certificate for Higher Education programme (PGCHE). The PGCHE is not available to HPLs, lab technicians etc.

The PGCHE registration period is two years and the AFS registration period is one year. If you have already completed parts of a similar programme elsewhere, or if you have previous experience of teaching in Higher Education, you may be eligible to apply for exemption from parts of the PGCHE programme and complete more quickly.

PGCHE - What does it involve?

Our modules run mainly in five or six week blocks, although a couple involve taught sessions at intervals throughout the academic year. Most of our modules combine a lecture-style element with seminar-type discussions and in some cases workshop activity, encouraging students to share their experiences and to explore new ideas and methods. We also ask you to undertake independent study in preparation both for taught sessions and written assignments for each module. It is a programme requirement that everyone is observed twice, once by your PGCHE tutor and once by your School mentor.

Probation Policy (contains guidance about workloads)

Application Process

The first step is to discuss making an application with your Director of Division or their nominee. They will need to assign you a school mentor, who will complete one of your required two teaching observations.

Once your Director of Division has agreed you can apply, please contact HeProgsAdmin for the application link

Please be aware we have a large number of applications due to the increase in staff and GTA scholarships, and therefore have limited places, so please make your application as soon as possible.

Completing your application 3 months in advance will not guarantee you a place, but will give you a much better chance.

If you feel that you have sufficient previous Higher Education teaching experience, or have taken courses or qualifications which may exempt you from elements of the PGCHE, please review the APCL/APEL policy You can apply for exemption for up to 50% of the programme (30 credits).  For further details of all our modules, please click here.  

If you need initial advice on the kind of detail to include in your claim, please contact Edd Pitt (e.pitt@kent.ac.uk)

We will be in contact with all applicants in August (September cohort) and December (January cohort), informing applicants if they have a place for the next iteration. If they do not have a place we will give alternative options. For those allocated a place, we will give further details of the programme.

If you have any further questions regarding the application process or the programmes themselves, please contact the Programme Administrator (heprogsadmin@kent.ac.uk).


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