UCC Postgraduate courses

Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (for third level teachers)

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (for third level teachers)

  • Code

    CKB02 Part-time

  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    1 year Part-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Qualifications

    PG Cert

  • EU Fees 2020

    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    The programme is intended for teachers in higher education institutions who have an active teaching timetable and could, therefore, review their courses and look for the evidence of student learning. The minimum academic entry requirement is an undergraduate degree or equivalent. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Closed for application

  • Course Delivery Method


  • Start Date

    28 September 2020

Course Outline

The Aim of this programme is to provide the staff of universities and other third level institutions with the opportunity to develop a research approach to their teaching and student learning and to provide them with the pedagogical tools that will enable them to document and harness student learning. The programme is grounded in the research principles of a scholarship of teaching and learning approach.

The Aims and Objectives of the programme are summarised as follows:

  1. Knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning theories in the context of higher education
  2. Understanding and appreciation of the needs of diverse learners and skills to respond to these needs
  3. Understanding of the role of an academic as university teacher
  4. Knowledge, understanding and skills of course planning, course design and course evaluation
  5. Knowledge and understanding of various teaching strategies appropriate to different disciplines and subject areas
  6. Knowledge and understanding of teaching as a form of scholarship within the university
  7. Knowledge and understanding of the various forms of documentation of the scholarship of teaching
  8. Knowledge and understanding of technology-enhanced learning and the development of an online community of practice
  9. Knowledge and understanding of various modes and techniques of student assessment

The Programme Learning Outcomes best describe what a student should be able to do at the end of the course:

  • Recognise teaching as a valid form of research and scholarship;
  • Participate in discussions on teaching, learning and assessment as a community of scholars;
  • Design modules based on principles of student-centred learning;
  • Critique planning and teaching practice in the light of student learning/feedback;
  • Engage with a diverse, multi-cultural student population;
  • Hold a professional commitment to teaching and student learning. 


The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is comprised of two modules taken sequentially, typically in one academic year:

  • TL6003 Theories of Teaching, Learning and Assessment (15 credits) - Semester 1

You will explore contemporary theories of teaching, learning and assessment and will relate these to your own teaching and to critiquing the curriculum design within your own disciplines. You will complete three assignments which include exploring you own teaching beliefs, looking for the evidence of your students’ learning in a selected course and responding to key readings in the field of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. These three assignments will form components of a Teaching Portfolio which will be completed by the end of the Postgraduate Certificate.

  • TL6004 Practice Approaches to Teaching, Learning and Assessment (15 credits) - Semester 2

You will focus on how theory and practice inform each other, particularly in the context of differentiated learning and multiple intelligences approaches. You will continue to build your teaching portfolio and include entries on new teaching approaches that you have tried in your own courses.   Participants will also analyse their teaching spaces and will be expected to engage in reflective practice in class and online via discussion boards.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

This programme will be taught online.

Postgraduate Certificate 30 Credits - 1 year online part-time;
Postgraduate Diploma 30 Credits - 2nd year online part-time


Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Course Practicalities

Participants will work online in the following ways: review lecture podcasts, participate in webinars, engage in online discussion forums, review video footage, follow online links, chat with critical friends, access electronic journals, review articles and create an online community of researchers.


Participants will prepare a portfolio of practice and reflection as a continuous assessment process over the course of the year. The portfolio will have six main entries, on topics that are prescribed in the first semester and self -selecting in the second one. Each assignment/entry will be supported using a rubric, which will provide guidance regarding criteria and suggestions to develop the response. The portfolio will be framed by an introduction guiding the reader and a reflective conclusion harnessing learning and pinpointing implications for future practice and research. These assignments are undertaken on a pass /fail basis, in keeping with the spirit of continuing professional development.

Who teaches this course?

Why Choose This Course

This programme provides teachers in higher education with an ideal opportunity to learn to research their teaching and look for the evidence of student learning. Such qualifications are now used as criteria for career progression and promotion. Most importantly, teachers sustain a reflective practice approach as researchers of teaching and learning. All third level teachers can benefit from the programme.

Applications for the Online Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2020/2021 will open online on PAC on 1st November 2019. Closing date to be confirmed.  For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here


Skills and Careers Information

Staff taking this course do so to enhance and research their teaching. It is an important step in a lecturer’s career trajectory, opening up opportunities for collaboration and development  and promotion. 


This academic programme converges with national and institutional aspirations for professional development of staff who teach. It aligns with the National Forum professional development of staff who teach. It connects with UCC’s five-year Academic Strategy, 2018-2022.This programme is inclusive to all who teach within the third level educational sector, i.e. academic staff, education technologists/ developers, teaching assistants, librarians who have a teaching role as part of their remit. It supports the large group of part-time teachers who are key contributors to the student learning experience and who may be linked with more than one institution and with community education.

Teachers must have an active teaching timetable in both semesters of the academic year (September to June)

Take a look at the FAQs Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning for more detailed information.  

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €1,800.

Full-time/Part-time fee:

If your course is offered full time and part time, normally the fee for the part-time course is half the full-time fee per year, please check the fact file for confirmation.


If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

Irish/EU fee: €1,800 for 30 Credits to complete the Postgraduate Certificate (€900 per 15 credit module)

Non-EU Fees

The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 


For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to answer specific additional supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of this supplementary questions form is available to view here: CKB02 Supp. Add. Qs.

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