This course is 'Subject to Approval' and has not yet completed the University’s approvals process. Whilst we are confident that the course will be approved, there is the possibility that the course may not run or may be subject to alterations. This course is due to be validated by November 2021 after which we will write to all applicants who have applied for the course to let them know the outcome and of any changes. In the event that a course is not approved the University will make reasonable efforts to offer an alternative course at the University.

Dip(CPD) Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education

The Diploma of Continuing Professional Development (DipCPD) in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is a short course offered by the University of Bolton. This bite-size programme is worth 20 credits at Level HE5 and focuses on essential knowledge and skills that could help get your teaching career underway.

 Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education

Key information



Mode of Study:



5 days


University of Bolton

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

The DipCPD Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is a stand-alone programme designed to introduce you to the fundamental principles of teaching and learning in the higher education context. It offers a focused preparation for the initial stages of your teaching career.

Our experienced teacher educators will help you build skills in planning and preparation and support you as you develop, deliver and evaluate a microteaching session. This process will help you gain knowledge and understanding of a professional teacher’s role in the higher and professional education sectors. You’ll also explore the boundaries and legislation that apply to this role.

This professional development course uses the University of Bolton as a context for exploring policies and procedures. We offer you an intensive programme of tuition through block delivery using a blended approach, usually over five consecutive days. You’ll then have two weeks to digest the course content and prepare your coursework for assessment.

This short course is a good introduction to teaching for anyone new to a teaching role within the Higher Education sector. Upon completing this course, you could consider applying for a place on the PgCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education that the University offers.

We provide a supportive, challenging and interactive environment for your learning and development.

  • We’ll support you to take your initial steps into a career as a professional practitioner in the higher education sector.
  • You can learn how to reflect on your personal and professional experiences to help you identify specific areas for development.
  • We offer opportunities to build your communication and interpersonal skills, along with a greater awareness of your professional roles and responsibilities as a curriculum-specialist teacher.
  • You can enhance your specialist skills and gain the confidence to continue developing in learning and practice settings.
Key Features
  • This stand-alone short course focuses on key practical and theoretical issues involved in planning and preparing to teach.
  • We’ll help you understand how your knowledge can be applied to classroom practice and supports the approaches you take towards planning, preparing, assessing, evaluating and reviewing learning.
  • You can develop your skills in evaluating educational literature and research and learn how to apply your insights in practice.
  • We’ll support you to develop inclusive approaches to teaching and learning that address issues of disability, age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, class and sexual orientation.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

The University of Bolton’s DipCPD in Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education offers essential skills if you’re at the outset of your career in this sector. This course will help you build confidence and prepare you for further study.

You could also consider applying for the PgCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education offered by the University of Bolton. Please see the postgraduate options section of this page for details.

Course fees

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on for information.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

Additional costs

There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

Course application details are unavailable at present

Course application details are unavailable at present

Course application details are unavailable at present

We use various teaching and learning methods to help you acquire and develop the appropriate knowledge, understanding, skills, and competencies to achieve the learning outcomes. You can expect formally timetabled classes with your tutor, workshops, small group and individual practical activities, and structured exercises and discussions. You’ll receive individual support in tutorials.

We use a blended style of learning and teaching, including online delivery and engagement where appropriate. For instance, you’ll need to participate in e-discussions with peers and tutors and make full use of ICT as a source of information and support. You’ll also need to maintain a portfolio of evidence.

We’ll expect you to demonstrate significant independence in your study, taking responsibility for managing your own learning time.

Assessment is via coursework. You’ll receive formative and summative assessment during class and via feedback in tutorials. You’ll be guided and directed to areas of research and appropriate background reading to complete the required assignments.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Lisa Adjei
Programme Leader

+44 (0)1204 903309

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903


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