LSE Principles of Teaching in Higher Education (TC501)

The LSE Principles of Teaching in Higher Education (PoTHE) programme aims to develop participants’ confidence in designing and delivering class and seminar teaching and providing feedback on student work.

The programme is accredited by the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA), which is part of AdvanceHE and offers national and international recognition for the award. Upon successful completion, PoTHE participants are eligible for Associate Fellowship of the HEA (AFHEA).

Programme participants will complete Module 1 of the PGCertHE which covers the following topics:

  • planning your teaching year and introduction to small group teaching
  • small and large group teaching in your discipline
  • classroom management
  • teaching quantitative subjects at LSE
  • evaluating your teaching and students' learning
  • providing assignment feedback for learning
  • conceptions of student learning 


The PoTHE programme is aimed at early career teachers in higher education and is available to colleagues based at LSE who have a substantive role in teaching and supporting student learning. For example, you may be a GTA or guest teacher or you may have a student-facing role in another area of the School such as the Library.

This is a practice-based programme, so you need to be teaching (or delivering training) at least 20 hours across the year in a context in which you can be observed – once by a member of the Eden Centre and once by a peer. The observations can occur either in Michaelmas or Lent terms.

The programme is built around the following:

  • attendance at a series of workshops (totalling 16 hours)
  • assignments exploring participants’ teaching and disciplinary practices
  • two teaching observations.

Programme briefings and enrolment


f you think that you might like to participate in the PoTHE programme then we encourage you to come along to one of our programme briefings, which will be held via Zoom. To book a place on one of the briefings, please click on your choice of date below:

At the briefing you will meet the course team and they will talk through the programme structure and requirements and you will also have the opportunity to discuss any questions that you might have.


Enrolment on the PoTHE is done through Moodle.

There are 2 steps to register on the programme:

  • Step 1: Enrol yourself on the Moodle site for this programme.

The name of the site on Moodle is ‘PGCertHE 21-22’ and the enrolment key is ‘Biggs2022’.  (Please note: the 2021/22 Moodle site will be available from 20 September.)

If you encounter difficulties in enrolling on the Moodle site, please get in touch with Chris Doughty

  • Step 2: Complete the Opening Year Statement (OYS)

Complete the OYS and upload it in the ‘Build your portfolio’ section of the Moodle site. The OYS form is in the 'General' section of the Moodle site at the top of the page. Further instructions are on the form itself. Please include your surname in the file name that you upload.

The deadline for the completion of the OYS (enrolment) is Tuesday 5 October 2021.

Further support

A detailed overview of the programme can be found on the Moodle website.

If you have any queries please email either Dr Jenni Carr ( Programme Director or Chris Doughty ( Programme Administrator.