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Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education

The only HE teaching qualification with a specific focus on financial services.

About the course

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) is a unique qualification for those teaching banking and financial services subjects in Higher Education Institutions.

It has been developed to support you in mastering the knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful lecturer, tutor or faculty leader within banking and finance subjects in Higher Education.

It is the first and only financial services specialist programme of its kind and builds directly upon our experienced background, with a strong focus on blending the academic with the vocational. It provides an internationally recognised learning and teaching qualification underpinned by our unique linkage to, and understanding of, the financial services industry.


Career progression

The PGCHE is designed for anyone teaching, or aspiring to teach, banking and financial services subjects in Higher Education. It is also beneficial if you have established teaching experience and wish to apply your existing skills and knowledge more specifically to the delivery of financial services related programmes.

The programme is also valuable to Faculty Heads or Deans who wish to put in place a development programme for their academic teams that ensures they have a common benchmark understanding of both teaching theory and practice and its application to the financial services industry.

Student membership

As a student you will become a member of a global community of financial professionals, giving you access to a range of services that support both your personal and professional development. You can attend regular Professional Networking events with our alumni where you have the opportunity to hear from industry leaders.

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Module 1 - Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Enables you to gain an insight into the fundamentals of how learning occurs, teaching and support strategies that may be employed, and the use of effective assessment tools to demonstrate learning has taken place. The module also explores the specific characteristics of online and distance learning, and will introduce and encourage reflective learning.

Module 2 - Academic Practice in Banking and Finance

Explores Higher Education learning and teaching with specific reference to banking and finance subjects. The module provides an opportunity to explore the specific issues related to your teaching and students’ learning within the fast changing and demanding financial services environment.

Module 3 - Individual Educational Study

Research, write and submit a 5,000 word individual educational study based on primary and/or secondary research exploring a topic of your particular interest, relating to an area of education generally or banking and finance education specifically which builds upon the learning of modules 1 & 2. This work is published annually in The Journal of Professional Scholarship in Banking and Finance.


To support student engagement and reflect the academic/practitioner blend of the programme, assessments are designed to be as authentic as possible enabling participants to draw upon the reality of their learning and teaching contexts.

A range of assessment tools is used including online forums, essay-style assignments, reflective journals and an individual educational study.


Programme length: 12 months (the maximum study period is two years)

Duration and study time - average 600 hours of study commitment

The PGCHE is delivered via distance learning and consists of three compulsory 20-credit modules, with the inclusion of a module unique to the financial services industry, enabling you to contextualise your learning and teaching strategies within the sector.

It will enable you to:

  • Develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the core elements of learning and teaching principles
  • Develop and extend a repertoire of teaching skills in face-to-face, online and distance learning environments
  • Investigate and analyse a range of issues relating to learning, teaching, assessment and student support within the provision of banking and finance education
  • Critically analyse and evaluate learning and teaching theories and strategies for banking and finance
  • Evaluate current research and scholarship in learning and teaching in banking and finance
  • Undertake and apply academic research to critique and analyse your own strategies relating to teaching, assessment and evaluation of learning
  • Work at the frontiers of current knowledge and understanding of how adults learn, applying this understanding to individual learning cohorts

Student support and resources

You will have a module leader and a personal tutor throughout the programme. They can advise on matters relating to curriculum or on broader matters such as personal or professional challenges. The Student and Customer Services Office is also on hand to provide broad advice relating to study skills and time management.

Virtual Learning Environment

The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) supports and guides you throughout your studies, including study timetables, programme materials and activities, and interactive forums connecting you with peers and tutors.


Our online library gives you access to a wealth of valuable knowledge including recommended reading, journals, E-books, subject gateways and other intelligence tools.

Course Requirements

Entry requirements for the PGCHE are normally:

  • A first degree (normally 2:1 or above) or equivalent (eg a professional qualification recognised at being at degree level)
  • A minimum of two years' teaching, training or learning support experience
  • Industry experience is preferred, but not essential

Applicants may be interviewed and/or required to submit a piece of written work in addition to their application to enable an assessment to be made of their suitability for the programme.

If English is not your first language, you will need to satisfy one of the following requirements:

  • An IELTS score of 7.0 or above with no element below 6.5 (or equivalent), or
  • Evidence that your first degree studies (excluding science, technology, engineering or mathematics subjects) were conducted and examined in English

Exceptional candidates not possessing these requirements may be considered if they can demonstrate their ability to achieve at this level and contribute to the debates, discussion and work of the learning set.

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Firstly it's given me greater confidence in preparing and delivering material and secondly a greater affinity and understanding for the emotions the student goes through in preparing for exams and researching for assignments.

- PGCHE graduate


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