The Postgraduate Certificate in Academic and Professional Practice

The Postgraduate Certificate in Academic and Professional Practice programme comprises two 30-credit modules: Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education and Enhancing Academic Practice in Higher Education. The award takes two years to complete and is aligned to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) and accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Consequently, participants that successfully complete the first module will achieve Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and after the full award, will be recognised as Fellows (FHEA).

The programme aims to:

  • Enable participants to develop personally and professionally across a range of teaching roles in ways that are relevant to existing and future needs and responsibilities
  • Encourage a reflective and scholarly approach to the study and practice of academic roles
  • Enable participants to align their practice to the national standards of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF)
  • Encourage participants to develop the capacity to reflect on their practice and to embrace the notion of continued professional development
  • Provide a series of pathway specialisms to meet professional development needs
  • Provide a route to Fellowships with the Higher Education Academy

Typical entry requirements:

The programme is aimed at staff who have less than 3 years’ teaching experience as an academic or academic-related member of staff. You should be teaching 30 hours or more per year and be engaged in all the five Areas of Activity of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF). These are:

  • Design and plan learning activities and/or programmes of study
  • Teach and/or support learning
  • Assess and give feedback to learners
  • Develop effective learning environments and approaches to student support and guidance
  • Engage in continuing professional development in subjects/disciplines and their pedagogy, incorporating research, scholarship and the evaluation of professional practices.

The full 60-credit programme is a probationary requirement for most new academic teaching staff with less than 3 years’ teaching experience in higher education. Staff, who are new to the University but not to teaching, can choose to obtain HEA Fellowship through the PEERS Experiential Route instead.

Duration of the programme: Two years. This programme recruits twice a year and starts in September and January.

Admission and Registration


All places have been allocated for the academic year 2018-2019. If you would like to leave your contact details using our online form, we will contact you next summer (July 2019) to see if this course is suitable for you.

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