Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education

Course Overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education is for academic staff with teaching, learning and assessment responsibilities in a higher education context.This Course enables you to develop your professional academic skills and knowledge within the context of higher education and successful completion will enable you to apply for professional accreditation with the Higher Education Academy. To join the course you are required to have a current and ongoing teaching responsibility at higher education (HE) level. The course is available only through a part-time mode of study and can be completed within one academic year.

What will I get out of this course?

The course has been designed to help you deal with the varied issues you are likely to encounter in your academic practice and addresses a broad range of perspectives within contemporary higher education. The course provides a framework for encouraging and supporting individual teachers in higher education to develop the professional knowledge, applications and skills to become reflective practitioners. The course is work-based and you will be expected to interrogate, reflect on and apply new knowledge within your current practice. The course encourages you to explore your professional context and to consider the feedback you receive from peers and students, in relation to what is known and what has been published about professional practice in the higher education sector.

Who is it for?

Academic colleagues with teaching and assessment responsibilities may register on the full course. Successful completion of the course will enable participants to apply for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. The Pg Certificate is also a recordable qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and a supplementary series of workshops is offered to participants who wish to gain the NMC qualification.

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What prior experience do I need?

If you already have several years teaching experience (i.e. 5 years or more within higher education), then you may be able to claim credit (APEL) for part of the course. An application for APEL should be submitted prior to commencing the course. Colleagues who teach but have another role as their main responsibility are invited to join the first part of the course and upon completion gain Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Length of course

The course can be completed within 12 months or you can do it over 2 years’ duration.

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