The course is for academic staff at higher education institutions internationally, working collaboratively with UK HE institutions.  The course is specifically designed to contribute to the continuing professional development of academic staff at partner institutions.  The course is available through a part-time mode of study and can be completed within one academic year or spread across two years.  The course is delivered on a part-time basis involving residential workshops, either in the UK or at a more central international centre, then supported by distance-blended learning.

To join the course you are required to have a current and ongoing teaching responsibility at HE level. Successful completion will enable you to apply for professional accreditation (Fellowship) with the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).


Who is the course for?

This course is the entry point for:

  • Academic staff at UK HE Partner Institutions with teaching and assessment responsibilities
  • Academic staff at HE institutions outside the UK with teaching and assessment responsibilities
  • Academic staff with several years of teaching experience (e.g. 3 years or more within UK HE) may claim credit (APEL) for part of the course.

Entry requirements

  • Applicants need to hold a first degree, or equivalent, and being able to undertake postgraduate study alongside their academic/teaching job role.
  • Normally, entry on to the course will require from students of whom English is not their first language, achievement of 6.5 IELTS or equivalent.
  • Applicants need to be have a role in supporting students in teaching, learning and assessment as the learning experience involves exploring and applying the learning in their own practice.