The Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice

What is the PGCAP?

The Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (formerly PGCLT) is a Master’s level programme designed to provide a practical grounding in learning and teaching in higher education, student engagement and creating an inclusive environment for learning. This programme is part of the CCCU Academic Professional Development Framework.

Successful completion of the PGCAP provides eligibility for a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) through the University’s internal accreditation route. The programme is also linked to NMC Teacher Status accreditation.

More experienced staff are welcome to undertake the complete programme or individual modules as part of their own Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

What does it cover?

The programme has three parts:

Module Aims

The aim of the module is to provide the participant with the foundation knowledge, skills and values for academic practice in higher education, grounded in a personal critical reflective practice. (20 master’s credits)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module participants should be able to:

  • Utilise theory and research in higher education to design and deliver appropriate teaching, learning and assessment activities within their own subject discipline.
  • Develop and maintain a critical reflective practice and give and receive constructive peer feedback for enhancement of learning, teaching and assessment.
  • Demonstrate critical awareness of the particular needs of a higher education curriculum with reference to Quality Assurance policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate critical awareness of personal and institutional processes and structures which enhance student experience and engagement within an inclusive learning environment.

Teaching Time

Teaching starts in December with two one-day workshops per month for three months.

This module can also be taken as a standalone award of University Certificate in Academic Practice (UCAP) providing eligibility for Associate Fellowship of the HEA.

Module Aims

The aim of the module is the aim is to deepen critical reflection and pedagogical enquiry and enable participants to undertake a manageable, systematic, and scholarly investigation of a pedagogic issue using an appropriate educational research methodology. (20 master’s credits)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module participants should be able to:

  • Identify and critically reflect upon pedagogical issues relevant to their own teaching area with reference to research and scholarship.
  • Critically evaluate different methods of critical reflection for higher education.
  • Systematically appraise educational research methodologies and methods.
  • Carry out scholarly research into a pedagogic issue using an appropriate educational research methodology.
  • Write up research for potential publication.

Teaching Time

Teaching takes place from April with an initial set of four one-day workshops, with a break until January when you will return to the module for two more workshops on writing for publication

Module Aims

The aims of the module are to continue to develop the knowledge, skills and values required for confident academic practice and a well-established critical reflective practice.  It also aims to introduce a range of enhancements for enabling learning which can be critically evaluated and incorporated appropriately into the course participant’s disciplinary area. (20 master’s credits)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module participants should be able to:

  • Articulate a philosophy of education which includes a commitment to respecting diversity and inclusive practice.
  • Critically evaluate subject and pedagogic scholarship and/or research and integrate this into academic practice.
  • Critically evaluate a range of learning enhancements including technology and cross-disciplinary or inter-professional working and integrate this into academic practice.
  • Maintain a critical reflective practice which supports ongoing professional development and pedagogical enquiry within a fluid higher education context. 

Teaching Time

Teaching takes place from April, with two one-day workshops per month for three months.

In all modules there will be blended learning activities in between sessions and you will also be part of a small learning set with a dedicated mentor.

Professional accreditation

  • The programme is accredited by the Higher Education Fellowship (HEA).
  • Successful completion provides eligibility to apply for Fellowship of the HEA through the University’s internal accreditation programme.
  • Participants exiting with the University Certificate in Academic Practice can apply for Associate Fellowship.
  • The programme has also been validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to provide NMC Teacher Status. NMC participants will have to undertake additional work and register 360 hours of teaching practice in order to meet the requirements of the NMC Standards for Learning and Assessment in Practice (2010).

Support for participants

  • The programme director and team will provide personal tutor support to all participants.
  • You will also be part of a small learning set supported by a dedicated academic mentor.
  • If you teach on a CCCU validated award you will also be supported by your Faculty Director of Learning and Teaching, as part of the Academic Professional Development Framework.

What are the entry requirements?

  • All applicants should have a degree or equivalent to undertake the PGCAP.
  • Applicants seeking NMC Teacher Status must have completed at least 3 years post registration experience and have extended their professional knowledge to at least first degree level.
  • You should also have sufficient teaching and supporting learning opportunities in order to engage in the activities putting theory into practice.
  • The applicant must also have sufficient teaching and supporting learning opportunities at HE level 4 or above to engage with the critical reflective practice and observed teaching. This is flexible but would normally require the applicant to have a minimum of one teaching or learning support opportunity per week.

Is the PGCAP for you? 

Typically participants will hold and have the following roles and experience:

  • in an academic-related and/or support role holding substantive teaching and learning responsibilities
  • an experienced academic relatively new to higher education
  • a member of staff with (sometimes significant) teaching-only responsibilities including, for example, within work-based settings

Cost

The PGCAP total cost £2,215, this will be waived for those contracted for 100 hours or more.

Exemptions from fees apply to staff teaching on or supporting CCCU validated awards particularly where undertaking the course is a contractual obligation.

If you are unsure whether you are eligible for exemption from fees, please speak to your line manager.

Local arrangements with partner providers are also in force.

How do I apply?

There are two parts to the application:

Part One: a questionnaire (which can be found in the ‘downloads’ section on this page) that must be fully completed and signed by your Head of School or Department.  This signature confirms your hours and other details as well as demonstrating approval for you to enrol on the course.

When this is complete please have ready to upload as part of the next step.

Part Two: the online application form.  Click here to access the online application portal.

There will be a section towards the end of the application where you can upload your questionnaire.

 Important: It is essential that both parts are completed before we can review your application and make an offer.  Many thanks.

 For any other enquiries related to this course please email: ucap-pgcap@canterbury.ac.uk

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Last edited: 09/10/2019 16:00:00