Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EFPM288: Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (6 weeks) and term 2 (6 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Caitlin Kight (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This is a practice-based module requiring critical reflection on your professional role. In order to be successful, you will need to a) be currently engaged in, b) have recently engaged in, or c) be actively pursuing teaching or activities which support learning within a UK research-intensive HE context, so that you can consider your practice through student, peer-, and self-evaluation.

Completion of LTHE Stage 1 is mandatory for any postgraduates employed as postgraduate teaching assistants (PTAs); completion of LTHE Stage 2 is mandatory for PTAs who will be involved in assessment, marking, and feedback at the institution. Applicants who can demonstrate significant previous teaching experience may apply for a waiver for Stage 1 from the LTHE Director, and either completion of Stage 1 or successful petition for a waiver are expected prior to enrolment on Stage 2 of the programme.

The LTHE programme is open to a range of colleagues involved in teaching and supporting learning, including postgraduate researchers, early-career researchers, postdoctoral research fellows, and professional services staff at the University of Exeter, INTO, FXPlus, FXU, and The Guild.

The LTHE assessment is optional and can lead to Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) as well as a Certificate in Advanced Study in : Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at NQF level 7 (30 credits); this descriptor details the NQF level 7 pathway for LTHE.

This module will be of interest if you aspire to a career in a Higher Education (HE) institution which involves teaching or supporting learning. It will enable you to gain credits towards an internationally recognised Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice or an equivalent mandatory postgraduate qualification. You will likely be eligible to transfer that credit through accreditation of prior learning to any HE institution in the UK, depending on the policies and procedures at the institution to which you wish to make that transfer. The programme supports the professionalisation of the HE teaching community in the context of the University’s ASPIRE (Accrediting Staff Professionalism in Research-led Education) framework for continuing professional development. In undertaking this module, you will be joining a community of practitioners who seek to improve their professional practice in the HE context. The ILOs and content of this module align explicitly with the HEA UK Profession Standards Framework (UKPSF).

The module will provide you with an interdisciplinary learning environment that will allow you to explore a variety of approaches and to compare and contrast these in dialogue with your peers. Structured learning activities will be varied, and will include interactive lectures, discussion groups, collaborative small group tasks, online activities, and teaching demonstrations.

The module compriseS two Stages; the first lasts a single day and the second consists of four three-hour sessions scheduled in successive weeks. There are also two two-hour group tutorials, attendance at one if which is mandatory, designed to prepare students for the LTHE assessment; these are scheduled prior to the assessment deadlines. Thus, face-to-face activities for the module are run across six weeks, cumulatively, though you will also be expected to engage in additional independent study and teaching/supporting learning activities outside the classroom. Following completion of the scheduled portions of the module, you may take up to 36 months(or up to 72 months for part-time students) to complete the final assessment; this should give you sufficient time to develop and reflect upon your own teaching-related practices. Throughout this time, you will be supported by the LTHE team and will be able to access the LTHE ELE page and all resources it contains.

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