Creative Education

Postgraduate Certificate - UCA Epsom - 2019, 2020

The Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Education enables you to develop your creative confidence as an educational professional. Drawing on extensive experience and specialised scholarship in creative education, the course provides you with the knowledge and skills to build a creative teaching practice and make more confident judgements regarding teaching, learning and assessment.

At UCA, we recognise the transformative potential of education to improve the lives of individuals and communities, and our Postgraduate Certificate places wellbeing at the centre of the learning experience. The course team strive to maintain an equitable, diverse, connected and democratic community that supports effective learning and evolves in response to your changing needs. The underlying philosophy of critical pedagogy ensures that tutors work alongside you to understand your specific requirements, and help you develop strategies to drive positive change in your own professional context.

The course is founded on the belief that the best aspects of creative arts education can provide a framework for all educational professionals to enhance their practice. You’ll learn how to think creatively about your approach to teaching and supporting learning. Using a range of creative approaches, you will develop your ability to design, plan and facilitate effective learning to meet the needs of a diverse student body.

Each unit of study is aligned with Descriptors 1 and 2 of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), ensuring that you are well prepared to work effectively as a creative educator in the Higher Education sector upon graduation. Successful completion of each unit of study enables you to be recognised as an Associate Fellow (unit 1) or Fellow (unit 2) of the Higher Education Academy.

The course is designed to offer flexible study opportunities, and is delivered predominantly online to enable you to participate around your professional commitments. Taught sessions take place by video-conference on Wednesday mornings between 10am and 12 noon, and on Thursday evenings between 8pm and 9pm. In addition to these, you will participate in online discussions and activities that enable you to apply your learning in your professional context.

If you’re ready to get creative with your teaching, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact the course leader, Tony Reeves, for an initial conversation, details can be found below.

Length of study:

September - April part-time


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Entry year(s):

2019, 2020

Entry requirements:

Varies - see below for more details

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Course details

  • Unit 1

    Learning About Creative Education
    The first unit of the PGCert focuses on how students learn in creative contexts and enables you to explore inclusive and intercultural approaches to creative education. Using relevant academic literature, you will examine the characteristics of creative learning environments and guidance, and consider the role of formative assessment and feedback in effective learning. The unit also provides opportunities to compare the educational value of a range of learning technologies, and to consider ways of engaging and motivating students in your educational work.

  • Unit 2

    Analysing Creative Education
    In the second unit of the PGCert, you will explore ways in which educational experiences can enable us to transcend personal and professional constraints. By examining your role in facilitating these opportunities and relating your experiences to relevant academic literature, you will critically reflect on a range of issues and how they fit in to the wider context of higher education. Typical issues include the role of summative assessment and feedback in effective learning, your role in quality assurance, and the critical and creative use of a range of learning technologies. The unit also provides opportunities to consider the pastoral responsibilities of a Higher Education professional, and ways of adopting an inclusive and intercultural approach to teaching and supporting learning. By the end of the unit, you will be able to critically reflect on your professional development needs and identify potential next steps.

  • Fees and additional course costs

    Tuition fees
    The course fees per year for 2019 entry are:

    • UK and EU students full-time - £2,300

    The fees for 2020 entry have not been confirmed but will be listed here as soon as possible.

    Additional course costs
    In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2019 entry.

    Further information
    Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

    These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.


You'll have access to excellent facilities at our Epsom campus, including computer suites with Macs and PCs loaded with the latest design software, and a well-stocked library with student development services.

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Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

  • Industry links

    Our course provides the opportunity to focus on developing teaching practice, at the same time as professional art and design practice. This dual professionalism is highly valued in FE and HE contexts.

    You will gain experience of developing a small-scale research project provides experience of producing, writing and disseminating research.

    Past participants have found this valuable when applying for practice-based research funding or writing PhD proposals.

  • Careers

    A successful career in teaching or supporting learning in FE and HE contexts requires three key ingredients. These include: a subject discipline qualification (preferably at Masters level), significant professional art and design or professional support practice, and a teaching qualification  

    The Postgraduate Certificate in Education is the generally accepted teacher or supporter of learning qualification in the FE and HE sectors.  

    For those working in the FE sector - the Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Education covers the FE and skills sector mandatory content of the Diploma in Education and Training.

  • Further study

    For those wishing to continue pedagogic enquiry to achieve a full Masters in Education, you can do so through two further years of study. Please see our MA in Creative Education course page for more details.


UK/EU applications

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International applications

If you are applying for more than one course in the UK please apply via UCAS, to apply direct to UCA please use the links below:

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Due to visa requirements, this course is not available to students that require a Tier 4 (General) visa

If you have another category of visa please contact us: to find out if you are eligible to study.

If you're interested in joining Year 3 of this course, please contact our Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892 960 or

When to apply:

You can apply throughout the year but we recommend you try and apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas, if required.

For more information visit our how to apply pages

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

  • Graduate Certificate in Creative Arts Education or the Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) (or equivalent eg City and Guilds 730, or Certificate in Education)


  • BA Hons (normally first-class, upper second or equivalent) or international equivalent in a relevant discipline and more than three years' (full-time equivalent) teaching experience


  • One day a week or equivalent (minimum) of work in a teaching/supporting learning role at UCA or other FE and skills and/or HE establishment
  • GCSE English at grade C or above, or equivalent.


In some instances, this requirement for teaching experience may be provided through one day per week of voluntary (unpaid) teaching support for UCA, subject to a satisfactory interview with the relevant UCA manager or Course Leader.

Applicants working at UCA (including sessional staff) must, in the first instance, seek approval of their line manager to do the course. Line manager and Head of School/Department sign off will subsequently be needed.

Mathematics Level 2 for entry to the course isn't needed, but applicants should be aware that they may need this qualification to gain employment in FE and skills sector.


International entry requirements

Due to visa requirements, this course is not available to students that require a Tier 4 (General) visa. If you have another category of visa please contact us: to find out if you are eligible to study.

Your portfolio

No formal portfolio is required for this course. We'll require you to attend an Applicant Day which will include an interview. This will also give you the opportunity to visit us, meet the course team and see the facilities. If you wish to bring work for discussion at your interview, you're welcome to do so.

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