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

When applying for the PGCHE you will need to submit the completed application form, signed by your Director of Division (or thier nominee), to heprogsadmin@kent.ac.uk

From 1st January 2021 there will be an online application form to complete

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 Director of Division or their nominee should also assign you a mentor from your School.

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 policyYou 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 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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