PgCert Academic Practice

Course summary

The Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice is aimed at members of academic staff new to teaching in UK higher education. The course consists of two modules at level 7:

  • Supporting Student Learning (20 credits)
  • Enhancing Student Learning (40 credits).

The course is based on scholarly reflection of your current teaching practice and gives you opportunities to engage in a dialogue with peers and tutors from a wide range of disciplines providing a good foundation for developing your teaching career.

In addition, the course enables nurses and midwives to obtain the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) teacher status and to record this with the NMC. Nurse teacher status enables staff to follow teaching career pathways both within the Higher Educational context and within clinical settings.

Course detail

Course details

Supporting Student Learning
This module is an introduction to teaching in UK Higher Education. It covers the following areas:

  • giving feedback to students and peers
  • assessing students
  • designing effective learning activities
  • quality assurance in teaching
  • effective use of learning technology
  • using research and scholarship to inform your teaching
  • student diversity and inclusivity
  • theories of motivation
  • theories of learning
  • institutional and national HE agendas and policies.

Enhancing Student Learning
The module allows you to focus on an aspect of your teaching practice and evaluate a teaching innovation. As part of the assessment you will be expected to present a poster at the University's annual Teaching and Learning Conference.
The course is taught by a team from across the university representing different disciplines.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a degree or equivalent professional knowledge related to the intended area of teaching/practice.
Please note: Applicants must be teaching in Higher Education or in a work-based Higher Education setting in the UK.

Fees

Funding

If you are an employee of the University there is no fee.
 
For all other applicants fees are either paid directly by the individual (self funded) or sponsor.
 
Fees maybe paid for via NHS contract arrangements. NMC applicants must be interviewed and agreed written support provided for 360 hours teaching experience (60 hours face to face minimum) with NMC approved courses. Please seek approval for entry via the NMC Coordinator Claire Anderson in the College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare, Claire.Anderson@uwl.ac.uk if you are a nurse of midwife considering applying as other entry criteria also apply and have to be met before entry.

A range of loans, bursaries and scholarships are available to help you fund your studies.

Students on some Masters courses may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards their course and living costs. Find out how to apply for a Postgraduate Loan on GOV.UK

Other loans available to postgraduate students include Professional and Career Development Loans, which also allow you to borrow up to £10,000.  Find out more about Loans on GOV.UK

Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as disabled students. Find out more about funding opportunities

Within the university, we offer a range of scholarships and bursaries including:

  • The William Brake Bursary: a £1,000 award for candidates on undergraduate or postgraduate degree courses
  • The Mollie Clay Scholarship: a £2,500 scholarship awarded to an outstanding student
  • Exclusive alumni discounts: a £2,000 discount on taught postgraduate courses or a 10% discount on research courses, exclusive to students who graduated from the University of West London.

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility for the scholarships and bursaries listed above.


Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

Apply for this course

UK and EU students

You can apply for most of our Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters’ Degree courses using our online application system.  Simply click the red ‘apply now’ button above.

Your application will be dealt with by our Admissions team who will be in touch with you.

If you are applying for a research degree (MPhil or PhD), you will need to submit: a CV, research proposal, transcript of academic qualifications and online application form.  Full details of how to apply for research degrees

International students

To apply for a Masters’ Degree course, please complete our online application form for international students or you can download the print version (Word, 186kb).

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

If you are applying for a research degree (MPhil or PhD), you will need to submit: a CV, research proposal, transcript of academic qualifications and online application form.  Full details of how to apply for research degrees

More about the application process for international students.

More about how to apply for postgraduate courses.

 

During the course

Assessment

Coursework

Please note, that all assignments are work-based. This means that throughout the course you will be asked to apply theory to your own teaching context and reflect critically on your own practice.

Student support

You are advised to select a mentor to support you through the course. Ideally, the mentor should be from within your own discipline. In addition, you will receive support from the course team.

You are advised to select a mentor to support you through the course. Ideally, the mentor should be from within your own discipline. In addition, you will receive support from the course team.

Please note, that all assignments are work-based. This means that throughout the course you will be asked to apply theory to your own teaching context and reflect critically on your own practice.

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Career and study progression

After successful completion of the PGCert in Academic Practice you can work towards other categories of Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (Senior Fellow and Principal Fellow).

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the PGCert in Academic Practice you can continue to work towards an MA in Higher Education.