Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education

(or those teaching in higher education nationally)

CHERTL has been offering the PGDip (HE) to lecturers from a range of South African higher education insititutions for a number of years. 

The purpose of the PGDip (HE) is to facilitate the professional development of lecturers as reflexive practitioners in higher education by developing their knowledge of Higher Education (HE) as a field of study. The programme is designed to assist lecturers to enhance their ability to facilitate, manage and assess students’ learning, and provide professional accreditation for HE practitioners.

Shifts in higher education around massification, globalisation and the discourse of ‘high skills’ have brought a changed workplace for academics in which they have to negotiate new expectations and identities. These international changes have particular nuances in the South African context where historical disadvantage, social justice and transformation need to be addressed. This course aims to contribute towards lecturers’ ability to respond to these challenges and to meet the real learning needs of their students.The Diploma is registered as a 120 credit honours level (level 8) course on the Higher Education Qualifications Framework (HEQSF).  Rhodes University is a registered provider for the course and the qualification is awarded by the Rhodes Education Faculty. Participants must complete normal registration procedures through the Faculty of Education at the beginning of each year.

The course is offered part-time over two years. Participants are required to attend all week-long block contact sessions. There will be three of these each year.  Between block sessions participants will be required to complete readings and tasks and to participate in discussion forums via an on-line Learning Management System (RUconnected). RUconnected is used to manage the resources, activities and tasks designed to help them to meet programme outcomes. 

For further information contact course co-ordinator, Mandy Hlengwa ( or Office Administrator, Nomfundo Siqwede (


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