The Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) will provide you with the opportunity to reflect on your role in higher education in the company of others facing similar challenges. You’ll explore the latest teaching practices in higher education and how these are applicable in your own context.
The PGCAP will not ‘transmit’ a model of teaching that’s considered to be effective, but rather will actively support you to develop your own philosophical position and establish your own style that’s honed by the demands of the subject, the learning needs of your students and the constraints of the learning environment.
The course will also support you in developing your ability to reflect critically on your practice, drawing on theory as well as feedback from others, including your students. The emphasis of the course is on the ongoing development of your practice, and those successfully completing the PGCAP will be recognised as Higher Education Academy Fellows.
Modules The course comprises two 30 credit modules:
- Academic Practice: Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
- Academic Practice: Learning Environments in Higher Education
Internal academic staff can apply for a free waiver. Please also see the staff participation policy in the PGCAP.
Each module comprises a 2-day teaching block and 5 workshops. There is also a fully online e-tutoring component. The 2019 draft handbook can be found here for indicative information.
Assessment is 100% by coursework and involves for each module:
- Observations of your teaching/supporting learning practice
- Reflective narrative of your practice, including an action plan
The PGCAP is now a component of an Academic Professional Degree Apprenticeship, which will involve further training and support, and an end-point assessment.
Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.
- GSCE grade 4 (C) or above in maths and English
- A good honours degree or similar professional qualification
- A teaching role in higher education (of at least 40 hours' teaching over the duration of the course)
If you are employed at the University of Gloucestershire on an FTE of 0.8 or above, you may be required to undertake the Academic Professional Apprenticeship, including the PGCAP. Please contact the Academic Course Leader, Dr Hannah Grist (firstname.lastname@example.org) before applying for the PGCAP, who will advise you further on the application process.
University of Gloucestershire staff members should apply for a fee waiver. Details can be found on the staff intronet pages, on Finance and Planning's 'Staff Fee Waiver' page.
See the further details of tuition fees when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
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Higher Education Academy Fellowship
Gain the nationally recognised Higher Education Academy Fellowship either via your institution, or via direct application following the course.
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Learn about curriculum design and development, teaching, learning support, assessment and evaluation in higher education in order to enhance the student learning experience.
Gain experience in professional development planning
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