Expert teaching (PGCert)
Duration: Up to 12 months (part-time)|Hope Park|Start month: February & October
About the Course
This Postgraduate Certificate (60 Level 7 Credits) draws significantly on a professional learning model that encourages students to make clear connections between relevant research, theory and practice.
The course comprises of two thirty credit modules which are designed to collectively provide the theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of some of the important big themes and issues in education. These include the recognition of the importance of practice that is underpinned by values and informed through a critical engagement with evidence. In particular the block will explore values and evidence in relation to the social and emotional aspects of learning and teaching.
Module 1: Social and Emotional Learning Dimensions: Practitioner (30 Credits)
This module examines social and emotional aspects of learning. In particular, it explores how children’s familial contexts, early developmental experiences and consequent attachment patterns, impact on their attitudes to learning, to relationships and to their ability to reach their educational potential. With increased critical awareness of learning as an emotional experience and of the application of attachment theory to classroom contexts, participants will have an increased ability to respond to children’s social and emotional needs as integral to their primary task.
Module 2: Values and Evidence Informed: Practitioner (30 Credits)
This module offers students the opportunity to engage in an in-depth, critical consideration of contemporary research linked to educational improvement. Students’ exploration of this knowledge-base will be informed by a critical reflection on the role of values in shaping their views about the aims and ends of education while also considering how professional experience informs their preferred “ways of teaching”. Students will develop their skills as critical consumers of research, exploring the strengths and limitations of different methodologies and considering the extent to which there can be strong and direct links between research and practice.
A minimum of a Second-Class Honours degree in a relevant discipline awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification.
Applicants must hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status or Early Years Teacher Status, or equivalent.
Due to the leadership specialism the expectation of the applicant will be that they have gained some leadership experience within an educational setting. Normally they will be engaged in a leadership role at the time of starting on the programme.
This course is not open to international students as it is only available on a part-time basis.
International Entry Requirements
For students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.0 minimum of all components. In addition to this, we also accept a wide range of International Qualifications, for more information please visit our English Language Requirements page.
For additional information about country specific entry requirements visit the your country pages.
Teaching and Research
Delivery is on a part-time basis. A blended learning approach will be taken, this may include the need to move fully online if necessary.
- Seminars and taught sessions
- Online discussion forums/chats.
- Reading with guided reading questions
- Assessment support with individual tutors via email and zoom
UK/EU Tuition Fees
Modules 1 & 2 – Full Postgraduate Certificate (60 Masters Credits)
Full rate: £1,733
Graduate 600*: £1,532
Partner school rate**: £1,386
*Graduate 600 - Reduced Fee for students who have obtained a 2.1 or 1st class degree within the last 3 years.
** A Partner School is any school that has an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) partnership arrangement with Liverpool Hope University and who work with our students on providing school placements.
We offer a number of scholarships and loans to help fund your postgraduate studies. Visit our scholarships pages for more details.
This is a professional learning course designed specifically to provide up-to-date knowledge support for school-based professionals. Students will draw on their professional capabilities and extend their practice through their engagement with the assessments, which are designed to promote high levels of critical reflection and extend their practical research skills.
The 60 Masters-level credits can also be used towards a Masters in Education.