Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHE)

The Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHE) is a qualification intended for those relatively new to university teaching. The LSE PGCertHE is accredited by the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA), which is part of AdvanceHE, and offers national and international recognition for the award.

The course combines scholarly and practical approaches to disciplinary teaching, learning and assessment. It is also a valuable addition to an academic CV, as it demonstrates extensive professional development as an academic teacher.


The PGCertHE aims to

  • enable participants to enhance skills, insight and understanding of teaching and learning in higher education within their disciplinary contexts,
  • combine personal experience with educational theory and the practice of others,
  • encourage participants to question, evaluate, challenge and experiment with their ways of working and the practice of others, and
  • stimulate critical engagement with educational research.

Subjects and mode of delivery

The programme in 2021/22 will be delivered primarily via online workshops and asynchronous discussions in which participants share practice and experiences with colleagues across the School.

Compulsory modules

All participants will study:

  • Module 1 - Teaching in our disciplines
  • Module 2 - Course design

Participants choose one further module from those listed below:

  • Module 3 - Student learning
  • Module 4 - Assessment and feedback
  • Module 5 - Contemporary issues in Higher Education
  • Module 6 - Independent enquiry into pedagogic practice
  • Module 7 - Creative pedagogies for the social sciences

The PGCertHE requires participants to prepare a portfolio which includes:

  • reflective pieces on the development of their teaching practice;
  • short written tasks on effective disciplinary teaching and student learning;
  • the development of a new or revised course design; 
  • two teaching observations.

To facilitate preparation of their portfolios, participants are expected to attend regular workshops which explore different aspects of teaching and learning linked directly to the programme assignments. They also have the opportunity to attend a range of other workshops offered as part of LSE's Atlas programme. Upon completion successful participants are eligible for HEA accreditation at Fellow level.


The PGCertHE is a practice-based programme and is aimed at early career academics, including assistant professors, LSE fellows, assistant professorial lecturers and other colleagues who have substantive responsibilities for student learning. The PGCertHE is a requirement for newly appointed assistant professors unless they hold an equivalent qualification from another university. The programme needs to be completed before your interim review. Any exceptions from this requirement are usually negotiated at the time of appointment. If you are unsure as to whether you need to complete the programme, check your letter of appointment (under the heading 'Teaching'). 
Once you have enrolled on the programme it is possible to apply for accreditation of previous learning (APL). Details of how to complete this process, including the evidence you will need to provide, are available from the programme handbook. If you have over three years teaching experience before joining the School and/or have completed accredited relevant professional development you may be exempt from completing certain modules. 

Additionally, colleagues who are experienced academics but relatively new to UK higher education are encouraged to join the programme. 

You are eligible to join the TC503 programme if you:

  • can attend at least 20 hours of PGCertHE sessions. Please note: the completion of the Associate Fellowship programme (TC501) counts for 10 hours towards this total.  [1]
  • can be observed teaching at LSE and
  • have at least 20 hours of scheduled teaching during the year of enrolment (not including preparation time or office hours).  

[1] For career-track participants, completion of the New Academic Induction Programme fulfils your attendance requirement.

Programme briefings and enrolment


If you think that you might like to participate in the PGCertHE 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 PGCertHE is done through Moodle.

There are 2 steps to register on the PGCertHE:

  • 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 on 

  • 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 5th 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.