Academic Practice (Postgraduate Certificate)

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The award
Postgraduate Certificate

How long you will study
10 Months

Domestic course fees
GBP 5100 per total

How you will study
part-time, online

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 5100 per total

All study options

About Academic Practice at University of Liverpool Online Programmes

Improve your teaching practice by gaining a professional postgraduate qualification and get global professional recognition as a Fellow of Higher Education (FHEA) with this part-time, fully online Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice from the University of Liverpool

This unique PGCAP is delivered in collaboration with Advance HE – the UK’s foremost agency for driving excellence and developing leadership in education – and it is the first and only programme of its kind to be delivered solely online. 

The programme engages with international perspectives on academic practice in higher education. You will be encouraged to cultivate reflective and reflexive learning practices that will enhance your teaching and learning academic practice. You will also develop global professional networks and participate in advanced peer-to-peer learning which supplies opportunities to gain best practices from across the world. 

Is this the right course for you?  

This programme will support your understanding of the online learning environment and the Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF). The syllabus delves into theories and their practical applications to build on your existing skills within education. Each module will start with a ‘setting the scene’ unit to allow time and attention for investigating different interpretations and definitions of the topics you will explore.  

Through this programme, you will:  

  • Gain an academic qualification and automatically receive professional recognition as a Fellow of Higher Education (FHEA). Our PGCAP is the only programme accredited by Advance HE to be delivered solely online.  
  • Study a curriculum aligned with the UK Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education (UKPSF). This is a globally recognised framework for benchmarking success within higher education teaching and learning support.  
  • Take part in a collaborative and active learning approach. Participants will demonstrate their understanding of educational concepts, apply pedagogical theory from varied global perspectives to the classroom, and utilise international educational frameworks to design lessons, set assignments and decide on learning outcomes.  
  • Gain a unique opportunity to reflect on teaching skills and develop practice. Participants will evaluate class presentations from their international peers, gaining an insight into practices across the world, and receive feedback on their own practices. 

Learn from industry experts.  

This course is run by The Leadership, Organisational, Professional & Academic Development Academy (The Academy) at the University of Liverpool. The Academy supports higher education professionals to develop their academic practise in relation to teaching and learning, as well as enhance their skills in research, leadership, and management within the sector. 

Enhance your career opportunities. 

The global emphasis of this programme will be particularly helpful to individuals with an interest in transnational education and those looking to develop skills to effectively work with international colleagues and faculty.  

This programme offers you an accelerated and significant career benefit. You will gain an academic qualification as well as global professional recognition entitling you to use the postnominal letters: FHEA (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy).  

Fellowship is increasingly sought by the sector in the UK, as a condition of appointment and promotion, and it is recognised by a growing number of international institutions. 

Download a prospectus for more details on the career support you will receive as a University of Liverpool student. 

Learn online anytime, anywhere. 

Get the University of Liverpool experience wherever you are in the world. This online course features interactive classes and regular contact with staff and fellow students across the globe. Teaching is delivered through our state-of-the-art Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which provides students with access to all resources required for interactive study online. On this platform, you will be encouraged to work collaboratively with classmates and actively read around your topic through our comprehensive library of eBooks and journals. Active learning is a key part of the programme structure, and you will be encouraged to employ international educational frameworks to design lessons, set assignments and choose learning outcomes that can be used in your own content or in an international global teaching space.  

Assessment is exclusively through online assignments rather than examinations. You will be assessed through a range of activities, including written assignments, discussion forum participation and journal entries.   

Love what you've read so far? 

Download a prospectus or visit our website for more information on this programme. Alternatively, you can contact one of our admission advisers to get your questions answered. 

One of the best ways to see if the programme is right for you is to join one of our regular virtual events where you will be introduced to our range of online programmes, our online learning facilities, and Q&A’s with staff to help you make the best decision about the future of your education.   

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardPostgraduate CertificateHow you will studyPart-time, OnlineHow long you will study10 months
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course feesGBP 5100 per totalInternational course feesGBP 5100 per total

Notes about fees for this course

Full tuition fees – £5,100* (2022/2023 academic year)

  • The tuition fee is fully inclusive of all costs: teaching materials, core textbooks, assessments and resits
  • You will receive a 5% discount if you choose to pay the full tuition fee upfront
  • If not, you will be offered a simple monthly payment plan to spread the cost of your tuition over the duration of your studies
  • Scholarships of up to 15% of your tuition fee are available. For more details speak to the University of Liverpool Online Programmes admission team
  • Corporate discounts of 10% are available for organisations looking to invest in the skills of three or more employees. For more information, please visit our website where you can speak to one of our admissions advisors to learn how you can upskill your team for organisational success. 

*All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed during the payment process.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have:

  • A degree equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree or equivalent; and
  • Hold a teaching position in a higher education institution at Descriptor level 2 of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).

Applicants must have reached a minimum required standard of English language and are required to provide evidence of this.

If you don’t have an IELTS or equivalent certificate, you can take our free online English test to assess your proficiency. You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

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