TC501      2.0 Units
Principles of Teaching in Higher Education: Associate Fellowship Programme

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Jenni Carr


Participants are required to be teaching for a minimum of 20 hours during the academic year in which they are enrolled.

Course content

The TC501 ‘Principles of Teaching in HE’ represents the first phase of the LSE PGCertHE and completion of this programme results in Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, which is part of AdvanceHE.

In this programme, you will;

  • Develop an Opening Year Statement (OYS) in which you reflect on your approach to teaching and student learning
  • Participate in workshops in Module 1: ‘Teaching in our disciplines’
  • Prepare a written assignment for Module 1
  • Have 2 teaching observations – one from a member of  LSE Eden Centre and one from a peer
  • Develop an End of Year Statement (EYS) in which you reflect on how the teaching year has gone and your intentions for future development.

These materials are drawn together, along with feedback on your teaching from both TQARO and formative surveys, into a portfolio that is submitted in Summer Term or the following Michaelmas Term.  Once the portfolio is deemed complete it is submitted to a Board of Examiners.


12 hours of workshops in the MT. 3 hours of workshops in the ST.

Teaching for this course will take the form of interactive workshops and digital interaction. Moodle will be used as the learning environment.

Formative coursework

Formative feedback is available for every aspect of the summative portfolio.

Participants receive both spoken and written feedback on their teaching practice and opening pedagogic reflection. They also receive formative feedback on drafts of the main essay before it is assessed as part of the final portfolio. The writing assignments and feedback exchanges are designed to encourage a reflexive approach to academic practice.

Indicative reading

Ashwin, P. (2015) Reflective teaching in higher education. London: Bloomsbury.

Berk, R. (2005) Survey of 12 strategies to measure teaching effectiveness. International journal of teaching and learning in higher education. 17 (1) 48-62.

Biggs, J.  & Tang, C. (2011) Teaching for quality learning at university. Maidenhead: McGraw Hill Open University Press.

Carless, D. (2015) Excellence in university assessment. London: Routledge.

Carlisle, O. & Jordan, A. (2005) 'It works in practice but will it work in theory? The theoretical underpinnings of pedagogy' in Emerging issues in the practice of university learning and teaching.  Dublin: AISHE.

Case, J. (2008) Alienation and engagement: development of an alternative theoretical framework for understanding student learning. Higher education 55 (3)  321–332.

Donnelly, R. (2007) Perceived impact of peer observation of teaching in higher education. International journal of teaching and learning in higher education. 19(2) 117-129.

Gibbs, G. & Habeshaw. T. (1992) Preparing to teach: an introduction to effective teaching in higher education. Technical and Educational Services, Ltd.

Jones, A. (2009) Redisciplining generic attributes: the disciplinary context in focus. Studies in higher education. 34 (1) 85-100.

Macfarlane, B. (2004) Teaching with integrity: the ethics of higher education practice. London: Routledge



Essay (34%, 500 words) in the MT.
Essay (33%, 2500 words) in the LT.
Essay (33%, 500 words) in the ST.

This course is assessed entirely by coursework - formative and summative. There are no exams. The assessed portfolio comprises a practice-based written assignment (or poster) and reflective pieces. 

All assignments are assessed on a Complete/Not Yet Complete basis, and all assessments are viewed as developmental opportunities. Participants are offered detailed feedback for assignments and, where appropriate, they have the option of developing assignments further based on feedback from the teaching team.

Course selection videos

Some departments have produced short videos to introduce their courses. Please refer to the course selection videos index page for further information.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Teaching and Learning Centre

Total students 2020/21: 1

Average class size 2020/21: Unavailable

Value: 2.0 Units

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication