Professional/Short course Theory and Practice in Higher Education

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Education and Childhood
15 weeks (intakes in September and January)
Online or face-to-face
Course Director
Kathryn Last

30 credit level 7 module

Page last updated 23 January 2024


This 30 credit level 7 module, Theory and Practice in Higher Education, will introduce you to the theories of learning and teaching, and underpinning philosophies of pedagogic research in order to develop evidence based teaching practice. Incorporating consideration of your practice through a structured learning journey, and with the support of course tutors, an appropriate 'critical friend' and your peers, you will have the opportunity to reflect on how you can enhance your teaching practice to better support your students learning.

The module aims to provide you with the opportunity to:

  • critically evaluate planning, teaching and assessment through the consideration of a range of strategies and resources, with the intention of creating learner-centred sessions in the context of your subject area.
  • be observed teaching by your tutor and an appropriate 'critical friend' who take a developmental approach, considering strengths as well as areas for development .You may also observe and be observed by your peers on the programme, giving you the opportunity to reflect on practice in other subjects and contexts.
  • experience the theoretical and practical aspects of the module content, both as a learner and as a teacher, building on your prior knowledge.

Careers / Further study

This module can contribute to the PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.



This level 7 (Masters level) module syllabus typically covers:

  • learning theories
  • learning, teaching and assessment design at module level
  • inclusive planning for diverse cohorts
  • academic engagement.
  • introduction to evaluating pedagogical research.

Learning and Teaching

Each of the study units/sessions will be a structured learning journey and will comprise a set of teaching materials such as lectures, workshops, seminars, videos and articles, that allow you to understand, apply and reinforce your learning of the concepts covered. 


Assessment for this module will be a portfolio for summative assessment which will include the following, where appropriate demonstrating critical engagement with relevant literature:

  • a critical review of your teaching, including reflections on your two formal observations and any informal peer observations of your teaching
  • critical reflections on tasks carried out as part of the course
  • Record of Engagement.


Study facilities

The School of Education and Childhood at UWE Bristol runs a variety of courses in early childhood and education studies, and is one of the largest providers of initial teacher training and continuing professional development in the region. Experienced tutors and leading researchers and practitioners in their fields teach in the department. We have excellent facilities and a range of flexible study areas and online learning tools for our students.

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Prices and dates

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The next module start dates are September 2024 and January 2025. More information provided on enquiry.

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