Professional recognition – HEA and NMC
In addition to providing an internationally-recognized qualification as a lecturer or facilitator of learning in higher education, the PG Certificate in Higher Education is also accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and, for healthcare professionals, by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This means that successful participants are eligible to become Fellows of the HEA, and, for healthcare professionals, to have NMC Teacher Status, based on demonstration of adherence to the HEA (UKPSF) and NMC professional standards.
The Award in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (ALTHE) shares a core course with the PGCert HE and can act as the first part of a two year route to a full PGCert HE. It is primarily designed for those who work in an HE setting who may have very limited teaching duties; whose primary role is not teaching (eg. technicians, librarians, demonstrators, post doc researchers) but who do have some student facing responsibilities/ other training roles or those with professional qualifications rather than academic qualifications in teaching roles. Successful completion of the ALTHE means participants are eligible to become Associate Fellows of the HEA (AFHEA).
In a portfolio submission, participants are required to reflect on their development and their values as higher education professionals. Through the mapping of their evidence against the professional body requirements, they show how they meet external requirements of good practice in higher education teaching, learning, assessment and course design.
In summary, through the portfolio submission and associated activities:
ALTHE participants can be recognised as Associate Fellows of the HEA by demonstrating alignment with all Descriptor 1 criteria of the UK Professional Standards Framework.. Find out more.
PGCert participants can be recognised as Fellows of the HEA by demonstrating alignment with all Descriptor 2 criteria of the UK Professional Standards Framework. Find out more.
NMC participants can gain NMC Teacher Status through meeting the requirements of the NMC developmental framework (teacher standard). Find out more.