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Entry requirements

  • Graduate Certificate in Creative Arts Education or the Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) (or equivalent eg City and Guilds 730, or Certificate in Education)
  • or

    • BA Hons (normally first-class, upper second or equivalent) or international equivalent in a relevant discipline and more than three years' (full-time equivalent) teaching experience


    • One day a week or equivalent (minimum) of work in a teaching/supporting learning role at UCA or other FE and skills and/or HE establishment
    • GCSE English at grade C or above, or equivalent.

    In some instances, this requirement for teaching experience may be provided through one day per week of voluntary (unpaid) teaching support for UCA, subject to a satisfactory interview with the relevant UCA manager or Course Leader.

    Applicants working at UCA (including sessional staff) must, in the first instance, seek approval of their line manager to do the course. Line manager and Head of School/Department sign off will subsequently be needed.

    Mathematics Level 2 for entry to the course isn't needed, but applicants should be aware that they may need this qualification to gain employment in FE and skills sector.

Months of entry


Course content

The Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Education enables you to develop your creative confidence as an educational professional. Drawing on extensive experience and specialised scholarship in creative education, the course provides you with the knowledge and skills to build a creative teaching practice and make more confident judgements regarding teaching, learning and assessment.

At UCA, we recognise the transformative potential of education to improve the lives of individuals and communities, and our Postgraduate Certificate places wellbeing at the centre of the learning experience. The course team strive to maintain an equitable, diverse, connected and democratic community that supports effective learning and evolves in response to your changing needs. The underlying philosophy of critical pedagogy ensures that tutors work alongside you to understand your specific requirements, and help you develop strategies to drive positive change in your own professional context.

The course is founded on the belief that the best aspects of creative arts education can provide a framework for all educational professionals to enhance their practice. You’ll learn how to think creatively about your approach to teaching and supporting learning. Using a range of creative approaches, you will develop your ability to design, plan and facilitate effective learning to meet the needs of a diverse student body.

Each unit of study is aligned with Descriptors 1 and 2 of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), ensuring that you are well prepared to work effectively as a creative educator in the Higher Education sector upon graduation. Successful completion of each unit of study enables you to be recognised as an Associate Fellow (unit 1) or Fellow (unit 2) of the Higher Education Academy.

The course is designed to offer flexible study opportunities, and is delivered predominantly online to enable you to participate around your professional commitments. Taught sessions take place by video-conference on Wednesday mornings between 10am and 12 noon, and on Thursday evenings between 8pm and 9pm. In addition to these, you will participate in online discussions and activities that enable you to apply your learning in your professional context.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details