PGCHE & AFS
Who is it for?
If you are a probationary lecturer you should register for the full Postgrduate Certificate for Higher Education programme (PGCHE) and if you are a Graduate Teaching Assistant you should register for the Associate Fellowship Scheme (AFS)
Graduate Teaching Assistants can also make use of other non-accredited support (see our GTAs page).
How long does it take?
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.
AFS - What does it involve?
The Associate Fellowship Scheme is intended for people who are contractually required to take AFS. The AFS registration period is one year.
There are two routes: one for people who are teaching and one for people whose role involves supporting academic provision.
Route (i) Associate Fellowship Scheme: Teaching route. This is the route for you if you are engaged in direct teaching, for example leading seminars where you have some responsibility for what and how you teach
Route (ii) Associate Fellowship Scheme: Learning Support route. This is the route for you if your role involves supporting academic provision. Examples include learning technologists, learning developers and learning resource/library staff, or staff who undertake demonstrator/ technician roles that incorporate some or no teaching-related responsibilities
It is a programme requirement that everyone is observed twice, once by your AFS peer and once by your School mentor.
When applying for the PGCHE or AFS you will need to submit the completed application form, signed by your Head of School or their designated signatory, to firstname.lastname@example.org via email or post.
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 send your application in as soon as possible.
Sending your application in 3 months in advance will not guarantee you a place, but will give you a much better chance.
When signing your application, your Head of School or their designated signatory should also assign you a mentor from your School. If you are a GTA PhD student, this should not be your PhD supervisor.
Please note, we cannot add your name to our waiting list if we receive an application form without a signature.
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 modules. 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 Fran Beaton (email@example.com).
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 and the Induction Day.
Induction Days are an all-day compulsory event and are usually held on the Thursday before term starts.
If you have any further questions regarding the application process or the programmes themselves, please contact the Programme Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org).