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Academic Professional Apprenticeship PgCert

University of Gloucestershire

What is Academic Professional Apprenticeship PgCert?

The Academic Professional Level 7 Apprenticeship is designed for those working in higher education, delivering higher education teaching and support for learning.

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. Successful completion of this programme will be recognised by a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) and Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

This Level 7 apprenticeship builds on recognised excellence in practice to develop a community of academic practitioners who value scholarship, learning and teaching as part of their integrated professional identities. The programme supports staff to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours of an academic professional, affording them opportunities to reflect upon their practice in the company of others facing similar challenges.

Programme tutors do not transmit a single model of teaching – instead they actively support staff to develop their own philosophical position and to establish a personal style that is honed by the demands of the subject, learner needs and the challenges of a dynamic learning environment.

Study style

The apprenticeship combines off-the-job training, on-the-job experience and mentoring to create a holistic package of development. Delivered over 18 months, learners explore the latest teaching practices in higher education and how these are applicable in their own context.

The course consists of two modules and an End Point Assessment.

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Course modules


Fees and costs

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Employer and learner support

Learners are assigned both an APA tutor and an APA mentor. Each role differs, but timely meetings across the course will ensure that learners are fully supported with advice and guidance on all aspects of the apprenticeship. There are also a number of other channels of support across the university available to all learners including our Helpzone staff, contactable by telephone, in person and online.

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