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First steps

This introduction to teaching in higher education is designed for PhD research students and others who may not be currently engaged in formal teaching duties, but who will be taking on duties such as leading seminar groups, taking laboratory sessions and/or delivering the occasional lecture.

OCSLD offers the first part of Module P70405: the Associate Teachers course as "First Steps into Teaching". First Steps is not credit-bearing, but we will award you a certificate, which may be acceptable as evidence of part of an APEL claim into our Associate Teacher's course, PCTHE, or similar programmes. The First Steps programme introduces the fundamentals of student learning and perspectives on university teaching. The workshops focus on teaching in groups, lecturing, and include a "microteaching" session in which participants receive peer and tutor feedback on a small presentation.

First Steps sessions are scheduled in Academic Year 2011-12 as follows (click to the programme):

Associate teachers (AT)

The Associate teachers (AT) course is a 20 credit course consisting of the one module:
  • p70405 Learning and teaching in higher education
The Associate teachers (AT) course is offered two (and sometimes more) times a year.
  • In Semester 1 the AT course is offered concurrently with the PCTHE on on 10 Wednesday afternoons.
  • In Semester 2 the AT course is offered in a compressed mode in 5 full-day sessions on Fridays.
  • We are currently reviewing the possibility of running another group on 5 Fridays in semester 1.

Postgraduate certificate in teaching in higher education (PCTHE)

The PCTHE is a 60 credit (600 hour) part-time, postgraduate (level 7) qualification. It may be taken over one or two years.

The PCTHE Programme Specification is attached to this page.

The PCTHE consists of 2 modules:
  • p70405 Learning and teaching in higher education (20 credits)
  • p70506 Evaluating and investigating your teaching in higher education (40 credits)
One year part-time mode:
  • In this mode the two modules are studied concurrently starting in the first semester.
    • p70405 is completed at the end of the first semester
    • p70406 continues through two semesters and is completed at the end of the second semester
  • Course meetings are on Wednesday afternoons from 1300 - 1600
Concurrent 1-year mode

Two-year "long part-time" mode:
  • In this mode p70405 is studied in year one in either the first or second semester and p70406 is studied in year two
Option 1: p70405 in year one semester one
Consecutive mode A

Option 2: p70405 in year one semester two

Consecutive B


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