Taught course

Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Kingston University · Education

Entry requirements

The minimum entry qualifications for the course are:

  • a professionally relevant first degree or equivalent qualification;
  • 70 hours teaching per annum; and
  • a mentor approved by the course team.

The mentor should be an experienced academic in the higher education institution in which you undertake your teaching (somebody who has been teaching for more than three years in higher education and is recognised by the institution for their teaching practice).

Mentors will:

  • assist you with understanding the principles of active learning and what this means for your practice;
  • provide advice and guidance on general aspects of teaching in the participants' subject area; they will help with embedding general pedagogic principles into a participants' discipline of specialisation;
  • support and manage all aspects (including relevant documentation) of teaching observation integrated into the course;
  • offer general support as a colleague, including regular meetings; and
  • act as link with the course tutors.

Months of entry

January, August

Course content

If you wish to learn to how to teach actively and create an involving and engaging environment to support students in their learning journey, but are professionally busy or unable to come to London for a residential course, then this course could be for you.

Our course is designed for those already employed by institutions that deliver higher or further education. It is specifically aimed at those who teach and:

  • have fewer than three years' full-time teaching experience; or
  • are involved in supporting learning (such as librarians, learning technologists, academic developers, skills advisers, technicians).

This course would also benefit anyone in these roles who wishes to strengthen or refresh their understanding and knowledge of learning and teaching.

What will you study

The course comprises two modules (each lasting 19 weeks) that contextualise your teaching experiences within the wider issues of for instance classroom teaching, curriculum design, learning environment, student learning. Within each module, you will critically examine, reflect upon and develop your professional practice in teaching and supporting learning in higher and further education.

Given the interactive nature of the course, it is important that, from the beginning, you see the teachers as facilitators on the course, but not the primary source of knowledge. Independent reading and reflection on, for instance, books, online journals, internet articles, and collaboration with your colleagues and mentor will all contribute to your learning. Your success on the course will be achieved by making full use of all these resources and integrating them in ways which show that your teaching is aligned with the principles of active learning.

Information for international students

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12-24 months

Further details of qualification

This course takes place online.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 8417 5645