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Postgraduate Certificate Academic Practice (PGCAP)

University of Liverpool, Online · Online Programmes

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Entry requirements

All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you want to discuss your previous qualifications and experience before applying, please contact us now via LiveChat.

Applicants should possess either:

  • 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).

All applicants from outside the UK must provide evidence that they have an English language ability equivalent to an IELTS (academic) score of 6.5.

If you do not have an IELTS or equivalent certificate, you can take our free online English test to assess your proficiency. You do not 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.

Months of entry

May, October

Course content

Improve your teaching practice by gaining a professional postgraduate qualification and automatic professional recognition as a Fellow of Higher Education (FHEA), that is recognised globally. 

This programme was developed through a unique collaboration with Advance HE, the UK’s foremost agency for driving excellence and developing leadership in education and is designed to advance your ability to support learning within higher education. By engaging with global perspectives on academic practice in higher education, you will cultivate a reflective and reflexive learning practice enabling you to enhance your teaching skills in an international context.  

Why study this subject

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. 

Teaching methods and style 

This programme is designed to be studied wholly online and part-time. Teaching is delivered through our state-of-the-art virtual learning environment, 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 which can be used in your own content or in an international global teaching space. 

Methods of assessment 

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. 

Career destinations 

This is the first programme of its kind to offer an academic qualification (postgraduate certificate) and professional recognition (FHEA) on successful completion, providing an accelerated and significant career benefit alongside the development of your practice in higher education. The global emphasis of this programme will be particularly helpful if you have an interest in transnational education and want to develop skills to work with international students and faculty. 

Information for international students

International students may be eligible for Regional Scholarships of up to 15%. To find out more, please contact our admissions team.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

    part time
    10 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

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