Entry requirements

You will need a good Honours Degree or similar professional qualification, and a teaching commitment in higher education (of at least 40 hours teaching over the duration of the course).

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice aims to:

  • Develop your understanding of key aspects of academic practice in higher education, including the principles and processes of learning and teaching, and the various external and institutional factors impacting upon academic practice.
  • Provide opportunities for you to undertake research and scholarship in academic practice, with a view to developing research-informed academic practice.
  • Develop your ability to undertake curriculum design and development, teaching, learning support, assessment and evaluation in higher education in order to enhance the student learning experience.
  • Enable you to reflect critically upon your academic practice and to plan your own continuing professional development.
  • The modules can be taken over one calendar year, starting in January. Academic Practice: learning and teaching in higher education (January to July). Academic Practice: learning environments in higher education (September to January).

Study style

For each of the two modules there is a two day teaching block and five two hour workshops. There is also a three week e-tutoring online course which will require around five hours of your time each week at your convenience.


  • Lecturer in higher education institutions
  • Librarian working with higher education students
  • Lecturer teaching higher education students in a further education context

Fees and funding

Discounts are available for University of Gloucestershire and Strategic Alliance (Gloucestershire College, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College)

Qualification and course duration


part time
9 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment60
Professional practice40

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
+44 (0)3330 141414