Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching, Learning & Assessment (Online)

  • NFQ Level 9
  • Credits 30
  • Course Code
  • Award Post Graduate Certificate
  • Duration

Course Summary

This course is designed to support learners to adopt an inquiry-based approach to exploring challenges in teaching and learning in higher education. Participants will examine their pedagogy, practice and develop practical and practice skills to take into their learning environment. Learners will investigate aspects of teaching and learning that are particularly relevant to their role as professional educators,  inclusive of programme development, delivery and assessment. Providing opportunities to combine and cement educator's expert knowledge with the professional competencies and skills for teaching and learning in higher education.

Students have the unique opportunity to complete the Universal Design for Learning Digital Badge which is embedded in the content and assessment components of this module. Micro-credentials, or digital badges, offer students recognition for contributions made during their studies. ATU facilitates this digital badge and students that undertake the module will be issued with the digital badge from the National Forum for Enhancement in Teaching & Learning (NFETL).

Key Course Information

Study Hours - Whether you are studying part-time online, blended or full-time online, it is very important that you allocate enough study time to your online course to stay focused, reduce stress and achieve your goals. For part-time online or blended learning, it is recommended that you should try to allow 5-6 hours per week per 5 credit module to your studies.

Most online courses typically involve 3 x 5 credit modules per semester which leads to an average of 15 – 18 study hours per week. Our online courses have about 3 hours of live lectures per week (but this can vary per programme). The rest of your study time consists of independent learning, communicating with your lecturers and classmates and carrying out assignments.

Live Lectures - Normally take place between 6pm and 10pm, Monday to Thursday, but this may vary depending on the availability of specific lecturers. If the Live Classroom scheduled times for the live online lectures do not suit you, recordings will be made available through Moodle. Please note, you may be required to take some time off work for the below:

Workshops/Practical Classes - Approximately 2 - 4 days per year depending on the course you are studying. You will receive notification of the dates from your lecturer for each specific subject requirement.

Application Closing Date : 16th August 2024

Entry Requirements

Honours degree (Level 8), with evidence of a 2:2 or higher.

The programme is intended for those currently engaged with teaching, tutoring or training groups of students/participants in the University and could, therefore, review their courses/ programmes and look for evidence of student learning. The minimum academic entry requirement is an undergraduate degree or equivalent.

For Professional Staff - As an integral component of assessments involves inclusive improvements that are captured within the feedback process, the applicants Head of Department must identify an academic for participant to link with to access students. This form must be signed by the HoD and included with the Support to Study form. 

Programme Fees

Academic Year 2024/25 Fees

Total Programme Fee: €2,400

The programme is offered free of charge to ATU staff.

To help make the payment of fees more manageable for students who are self-funding their studies, tuition fees can be paid through payment instalment plans at ATU Sligo. For further information on instalment plans, please visit our Fees and Funding webpage. 
If you apply and are approved for an online course at ATU Sligo, you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €250 to secure your place. Your deposit will then be credited against the course fees once you are registered as a student. Students at ATU Sligo are also eligible to claim tax relief at the standard rate for tuition fees.
For further information and guidance about Fees and Funding for online and part-time courses at ATU Sligo, click here.
If you are seeking to take your exams online, and you meet the eligibility criteria (overseas students and those with extenuating circumstances), an additional examinations fee will apply. For further information, please visit our Examinations webpage. 


Course Format

Semester 1

Effective Teaching and Learning15

Semester 2

Assessment and Feedback to Support Student Learning15