Applications are open for the PGCert in Education Practice

New academic staff are expected to undertake the PGCert and it may form part of the probation terms. It is free for BU staff, both academic and professional, however, the line manager must formally agree to support their studies, and there is a section on the application form that needs completing. Partner colleges can arrange for staff to attend for a 25% course discount. PhD students should be encouraged to attend the 3 day PGR introduction to teaching course. Doctoral students are not expected to undertake teaching duties until they have undertaken the PGR course.


  • Staff are encouraged to complete the whole programme in a single year, and if they successfully pass all three units, Fellowship of the HEA (now the Advance HE) will follow, a key University KPI.
  • To align the programme with HEA requirements, there is a compulsory teaching observation. Your staff will NOT pass the programme until they have had a teaching observation, so thank you for your continued support with this. The observation needs to be done by a member of the CEL team; the pedagogic mentor or, in the case of the student seeking NMC approval, by Dr Jenny Hall, to enable full compliance with NMC regulations.Summary of changes:
  • Curie Scott is the programme leader
  • This year CEL has run TWO concurrent cohorts during 2017-18
  • We migrated to Brightspace from Sept 2017 cohort onwards
  • The streamlining to Thursday teaching slots now enables staff to usually complete the whole programme in a single year, and if they successfully pass all three units, they gain Fellowship of the HEA, a key University KPI.
  • This PGCert comprises the first year of an MA Education Practice which prospective students can join directly or else gain accreditation of the PGCert component and then gain direct access into year 2 (or alternatively, complete stand-alone units)Policy for submitting assessed work  Feedback from this year’s cohort of participants builds upon previous feedback: The PGCert is a rigorous programme with many benefits. Gains from the PGCert include the applicability to every-day teaching and learning practice; the exploration of new ideas in a supportive environment; and the sharing of knowledge and practice across disciplines due to the mix of academic, professional services and external participants. We embed digital technologies via Brightspace this year and showcase best practice by inviting in guest speakers – the UET present regularly, as do key scholars in different areas.Applications are done online directly  Short bios
  • Dr Jenny Hall has been involved in the NHS for over 35 years, having trained initially at the Middlesex Hospital in London and then as a midwife in the East of England. Her passion is for teaching students is practice as well as in University. Jenny is the best-selling author of ‘Midwifery, mind and spirit-emerging issues of care’ and joint author of the Midwifery Essentials practice series, translated into Polish, Indonesia and Portuguese for Brazil.
  • Dr Curie Scott is currently writing up the research from her PhD on the use of drawing as a way to explore perceptions of getting older. This was with health professional students and people over 60 in the community. She is particularly interested in embodied learning with 15 years Higher Education experience teaching Health Professional students. She has Pharmacology degree and trained as a medical doctor. She is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • Curie Scott, Debbie Holley and Jenny Hall
  • Please contact Dr Curie Scott (, the programme leader for further information or guidance.
  • Summary
  • In terms of staff release for completing coursework, there are 3 X 5,000 word equivalent Level 7 assessments. Arrangements need to be agreed with the individual staff members for a balanced workload that will enable the writing time to complete the units. Mitigation is in line with usual University policies – i.e. genuine issues such as illness, bereavement etc. that can be evidenced. Claims for late submission due to writing research grants, undertaking research, marking and other usual academic duties are not acceptable reasons for non/late submission.

Dr Debbie Holley is a National Teaching Fellow and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Debbie is a Professor of Learning Innovation and the Head of the Centre for Excellence in Learning (CEL) at Bournemouth University (BU). She is a JISC digital expert, and her research interests lie in seeking digital solutions to enable learning at a place and time of the learners’ choice.


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