Taught course

Special Study in Supporting Learning

University of Westminster, London · Leadership and Professional Development

Entry requirements

We would normally expect participants to have: - an Honours degree from a UK university or its equivalent - no less than 15 hours of teaching or supporting learning within the duration of the course - an IELTS score of 6.5 if previous study has not been in English.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The Postgraduate Certificate of Special Study in Supporting Learning is a one-semester 20-credit module at level 7 (Masters level). It is designed for colleagues in the University of Westminster (or teaching on University of Westminster programmes in partner colleges) who have a role in teaching/supporting the learning of students at the University of Westminster, but who do not have the full role of an academic member of staff. You might be interested in the module if you are for example:

- a research student or research fellow who tutors or demonstrates to students or who runs a seminar group
- a visiting lecturer with only a small teaching load
- a librarian or careers advisor who does face-to-face sessions with groups of students
- a member of the technical staff who supports students in the studio, laboratory or computer suite.

It is normally necessary for you to have at least 15 hours of supporting student learning during the semester in which you would take the course.

The course is delivered by staff from Westminster Exchange (WEx), the University's teacher education unit, and led by Jennifer Bright, Course Leader. Westminster Exchange is based at 35, Marylebone Road, NW1 and is designed to support the University in a range of teaching and learning developments. Amongst a range of other activities, WEx provides the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE), which is a course for new and established academic staff, and it manages a number of initial teacher education courses in partner colleges for teachers in further education.

The module aims to help you enhance your students' learning by helping you to gain an understanding of effective learning design, planning and student engagement, and further aims to encourage a culture of quality enhancement in teaching and supporting learning.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
7 months

Course contact details

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