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Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education

This Certificate is designed for Birkbeck research students who want to develop their skills in teaching; to obtain a recognised teaching qualification and Associate Membership of the Higher Education Academy; to update themselves in current debates and issues in learning and teaching; and to teach in higher education. Participants will usually be new to teaching in higher education.

The course aims to develop the principles and practice of teaching by raising awareness of, and ability to reflect on, the factors that contribute to effective learning and teaching. The course is highly participatory, with modules encouraging critical reflection on professional practice, and extending opportunities for participants to work with peers to share and develop good practice.

Entry Requirements

This course is not open to external candidates.

This course is only open to Birkbeck research students who are also employed as part-time Associate Tutors/Teaching Assistants and are contracted to teach for more than 30 hours in a year at Birkbeck.


The Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Supporting Learning will run from January 2018 to June 2018. Students take 60 credits at level 6 over the spring and summer terms, consisting of the following two modules weighted at 30 credits each:

  • Teaching and Supporting Learning
  • Integrating Research and Teaching

There will be 3 sessions per module. Sessions will take place on Tuesdays between 10:00am and 3:00pm.


Students must complete a coursework assessment for each module. In addition, students must complete a microteaching presentation.

This graduate certificate is accredited as a professional teaching qualification by the Higher Education Academy and successful completion allows staff to become an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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