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Academic Professional

Upon successful completion of this level 7 apprenticeship, learners gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP), and will qualify for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

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About the Academic Professional Apprenticeship

This level 7 programme has been designed for those teaching within higher education and those providing support for learning. It builds on recognised excellence in practice to develop a community of academic practitioners who value scholarship, learning and teaching.

The programme is accredited by Advance HE against the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education. It also aligns to the national Academic Professional Apprenticeship (APA) Standard.

This apprenticeship combines off-the-job training, on-the-job experience and mentoring to create a holistic package of development. Learners explore the latest teaching practices in higher education and how these are applicable in their own context.

Teaching is delivered over 18 months, followed by a compulsory End Point Assessment, which usually takes about 3 months. and modules are delivered in blocks.

Apprentices are actively supported by staff to develop their own philosophical position. They will establish a personal style honed by the demands of the subject, learner needs and the challenges of a dynamic learning environment.

Apprentices will graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP), and will qualify for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

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What are Degree Apprenticeships?

Degree apprenticeships are a fantastic way to upskill employees and train new staff. They contribute to improved competitiveness and productivity, as well as increased staff retention.

Degree apprentices study for higher level qualifications alongside working. As such, they spend at least 6 working hours each week carrying out ‘off-the-job training’ where they study for their degree and gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours that are required to successfully complete the apprenticeship.

Large employers can use their apprenticeships levy to pay for apprenticeship training. Smaller firms can claim up to 95 per cent of these costs from the Government. This means apprenticeships are a cost-effective choice for both the employer and learner.

Debbie Reel apprenticeships lecturer

Meet the lecturer

Debbie Reel, Academic Course Leader

Debbie has over 10 years’ of lecturing experience, and brings a wealth of knowledge to her role.

Her experience provides her with a valuable backdrop for her academic practice and research activities.

Debbie is passionate about teaching and academic excellence, and getting the very best out of her learners.

Modules and assessment

Francis Close Hall Campus

This apprenticeship will be delivered in our specialist teaching facilities at our Francis Close Hall Campus in Cheltenham. We’ve been training teachers at Francis Close Hall since 1847.  

Its historic and inspiring surroundings are also home to our humanities, science, arts and social work students. Our learners use cutting-edge technologies while working with and being supported by published experts.  

The education library provides education learners with exclusive access to dedicated teaching materials. The Teaching Centre/ Hospitality Centre features modern teaching rooms with interactive whiteboards, as well as beautiful historic halls and classrooms.  

The main library provides the perfect space to research and write, with its gothic architecture and hanging lamps. It offers a full range of resources for each subject community and extensive IT support, the library is open 7 days a week in term time.  

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Employer and learner support

Learners have a personal tutor throughout their apprenticeship, as well as a learner coach who conducts reviews and supports them towards successful completion. They are also supported by module tutors and our Helpzone staff, who are contactable by telephone, in person and online.

Employers are able to access our dedicated apprenticeship support team, who are here to ensure that businesses get the best from both the learner and the programme.

Learner benefits

All apprentices have access to:
· experienced professionals, who are experts in their field
· state-of-the-art facilities
· all university libraries and IT and facilities
· discounted travel with Stagecoach across the South West network
· an NUS card offering great discounts at restaurants and high street stores
· a vibrant social scene complete with bars, sports clubs, gyms and leisure facilities

View our apprenticeships FAQ guide and discover answers to the most commonly asked questions about higher and degree apprenticeships.

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