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University of Liverpool: Postgraduate Certificate Academic Practice

Institution University of Liverpool
Department Online Programmes View department profile
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This online academic practice programme has been designed for students from both teaching and non-teaching backgrounds in higher education (HE) to provide an opportunity to enhance their academic practice, academic leadership and ability to support learning and teaching in a global context. There are three study awards for the programme: the Postgraduate Certificate Academic Practice (PGCAP), the Postgraduate Diploma Academic Practice (PGDAP) and full Master of Arts Academic Practice (MA AP).

Depending on a student's background, the online PGCAP award offers two pathways.

Standard Pathway If you do not hold a teaching position in a higher education institution you can take the route of gaining a PGCAP that will provide you with the theory and practice of teaching and supporting learning in higher education in a global context.

FHEA Pathway If you do hold a teaching position that enables you to demonstrate Descriptor Level 2 of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), you can obtain a PGCAP and through our partnership with Advance HE, gain recognition as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), the UK’s agency for driving excellence in higher education.

PGDAP and MA AP The Postgraduate Diploma Academic Practice builds on learning from both pathways of the PGCAP to further develop academic leadership, scholarship, and pedagogic research in preparation for progression to the MA AP which gives participants the opportunity to complete a supervised academic practice project. Throughout the programme you will acquire a comprehensive understanding of academic teaching concepts, such as utilising international educational frameworks to design lessons and assignments as well as applying learning outcomes to your own context. You will have the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge by articulating pedagogical theories in the classroom. The extensively diverse cohort of international peers will provide you with a global outlook on higher education practices and allow you to interchange experiences across a variety of educational contexts.

Why study this subject? This programme is for those who are interested in transactional education and in developing a toolkit to work with international students and faculty. Beyond the curriculum-specific knowledge, you will also become more proficient in communication, digital literacy, teaching and research, ultimately opening doors to many new professional opportunities.

Programme structure Students are required to complete 60 credits to achieve the PGCAP (both pathways), 120 credits to achieve the PGDAP and 180 credits to complete the MA AP.

PGCAP Award • Foundational Approaches to Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (15 credits) - PGCAP (Standard Pathway) • Contemporary Approaches to Learning and Teaching (15 credits) - PGCAP (Standard and FHEA Pathway) • Alternative Approaches to Supporting Learning (15 credits) - PGCAP (Standard and FHEA Pathway) • Enhancing Teaching and Learning (15 credits) - PGCAP (Standard and FHEA Pathway) • Extending your HE Career in a Global Context (15 credits) – PGCAP (FHEA Pathway)

PGDAP and MA AP Awards • Developing Academic Leadership (15 credits) – PGDAP and MA AP
• Developing Scholarship (15 credits) – PGDAP and MA AP
• Evidencing Academic Leadership (15 credits) – PGDAP and MA AP
• Pedagogic Research Design (15 credits) – PGDAP and MA AP
• Academic Practice Project (60 credits) – MA AP

Teaching methods and style This programme is designed to be studied online and part-time. 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.

Programme modules, apart from the academic practice project, are delivered over an eight-week period with one module studied at a time. The student’s learning journey is facilitated by the use of written materials, lecturecasts (video presentations), interactive individual activities, case studies, and discussion boards.

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

Career destinations Upon completion of the programme, you will gain initial training qualifications that are transferable to other HE institutions. You will have the opportunity to dive into learning, providing case studies and perspectives from their local contexts while creating a strong global active learning experience and a global network of contacts for all students. The expertise you will acquire by studying this online programme is directly applicable to a workplace. The second FHEA pathway offers the postgraduate certificate and automatic professional recognition (FHEA) to successful graduates, which can fast-track your career in higher education.

About University of Liverpool Online Programmes
University of Liverpool is a member of the elite Russell Group of research-led UK universities. They have been offering online programmes since 2000 and are one of Europe's leading providers of wholly online postgraduate degrees. Their programmes are designed specifically for online learning; teaching and assessment are delivered through a state-of-the-art learning platform, providing students with access to all resources required for interactive study online.

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University of Liverpool Online Programmes provide a flexible study option to further your learning and progress your career while continuing with your current professional and personal commitments. You will receive a highly regarded qualification from the University of Liverpool, a founding member of the UK Russell Group, consistently ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide, and one of the original red brick universities. You will become a life-long member of the University’s long established and active global alumni community, which includes nine Nobel Laureates. 

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