Postgraduate Certificate Education (Innovation in Learning and Teaching)

The Postgraduate Certificate Education (Innovation in Learning and Teaching) aims to develop knowledgeable and reflective professionals who are able to draw on evidence-based practice in ways that will impact on the workplace and on outcomes for the children and young people in those services.

It has been designed to provide opportunities for students to develop their professional knowledge, skills and understanding and most importantly their capacity for critical thinking. The course aims to develop professionals who are able to engage with the complexities of this area of work, often managing demanding workloads in multi-agency setting whilst still prioritising the interests of the children and families they work with.

The Postgraduate Certificate Education allows professionals at all stages of their career to develop further their understanding of a wide range of educational issues, debates and concepts.

The flexible nature of the course allows students to combine modules to reflect their own range of interests, culminating in the opportunity to produce a dissertation that has both practical and theoretical relevance. What's more, course content is constantly refreshed to ensure it makes reference to key current educational debates.


2022/23 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for delivering our courses in the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to change during the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. Whether you’re on-campus full time, part-time with online study, or full-time online, USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year September Newport City C
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year September Newport City C

Students can either take one 60-credit module - Promoting Excellence in Learning and Development - or take two modules from the following list:

  • Promoting Excellence in Learning and Teaching - 30 credits
  • Innovation in Curriculum Design - 30 credits
  • Developing Digital Competence - 30 credits
  • Working with Diversity - 30 credits
  • Professional Learning - 30 credits
  • Professional Learning through Action Research - 30 credits
  • Working with More Able and Talented Learners - 30 credits
  • Developing Learning in Organisation - 30 credits
  • Developing professional practices: numeracy and maths
 - 30 credits
  • Developing professional practices: literacy and communication
 - 30 credits
  • Investigating Language, Literacy and Numeracy for Learning - 30 credits
  • International Perspectives on Early Childhood - 30 credits


Each module is supported by 30 hours of lectures (10 x 3 hours) over a ten week period. The constituent modules are constantly refreshed to ensure they make reference to key current educational debates. Lectures are frequently delivered by key professionals in the field, and resources and reading lists are supplied to scaffold further self-study. There is a biennial opportunity to take part on a field study visit to the Netherlands. 


The standard assessment mode for the constituent modules (30 credits) is a 5000 word assignment. The point of focus for this assignment is generally defined by the student, in negotiation with the module leader.


We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

Admission to the Postgraduate Certificate Education course normally requires one of the following:

  • an honours degree
  • a recognised professional qualification
  • an alternative qualification or relevant experience may be acceptable.

The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Part-time UK:  £1000 per 20 credits

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Part-time UK: TBC

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

Please apply directly to the University for this course.


The Postgraduate Certificate Education (Innovation in Learning and Teaching) course helps students secure leadership roles within educational contexts, as well as helping them prepare for more ‘specialised’ inclusion/ ALN roles within schools. Most students on the Postgraduate Certificate Education course study whilst simultaneously employed in the education sector. The links and networking opportunities afforded by the course support the theoretical content to provide excellent possibilities for career progression.