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Overview

The Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice is a professional qualification for those who have a teaching role within a university or higher education context.

It is a flexible, modular open-learning programme. Most of the modules are available in either: Blended Learning or Fully Online Learning modes of delivery. The PgCert consists of three 20-credit masters-level modules.

The PgCert is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Participants, who meet the requirements, can apply for Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in line with UK Professional Standards Framework: Descriptor 2. Those successfully completing Module 1 can apply for Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), aligned to UK Professional Standards Framework: Descriptor 1.

Graduates in the fields of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting may qualify to apply for a recordable teaching qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) providing they have met NMC requirements in terms of assessed teaching activity in both academic and practice settings, with students on NMC approved programmes.

Course Details

The PgCert comprises three 20 credit, Masters-level modules. Modules are completed in sequence i.e. participants undertake one module per trimester.

There are two pathways for progression through the PgCert. The two pathways commence by your selection of foundation module:

  • Module 1A: Approaches to effective learning and teaching
  • Module 1B: Teaching in Contemporary Practice (For NMC Practice Teachers only)

Regardless of the pathway you select, you will be required to complete the following core module:

  • Module 2: Assessment for Learning

You will finally select a final optional module (subject to availability, viable numbers and requirement to achieve a recordable teaching qualification with the NMC):

  • Module 3A: Interdisciplinary Approaches in Curriculum Design
  • Module 3B: Academic Research in Practice
  • Module 3C: Leadership Matters in Higher Education
  • Module 3D: Internationalisation: issues and approaches
  • Module 3E: Contemporary Issues in HE: Global and Local

Some modules are available as blended with face-to-face learning at Paisley Campus, fully online. All modules require engagement in asynchronous discussion forum and requires around 200 notional hours of study, regardless of the delivery mode.

Foundation Modules

Foundation Module 1A: Approaches to effective learning and teaching

This entry route is aimed at UWS Lecturers and academic related staff e.g. Practice Education Facilitators. The module provides an introduction to learning and teaching in Higher Education and aims to enhance participants’ professional competence as a teacher and reflective practitioner. This module is offered in blended mode.

Foundation Module 1B: Teaching for Contemporary Practice

This alternative entry module is offered to Practice Teachers in health and social care. It aims to provide a learning environment in which participants research and critique contemporary teaching practices in higher education and other settings. This module is offered in online mode.
 

Core Module

Module 2: Assessment for Learning

All participants complete this core module. The principles and practices of assessment are a central component of this module. This module is offered as a blended or online option.

Following the successful completion of module 1A or 1B and module 2, participants can achieve Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Optional Modules

Module 3A: Interdisciplinary Approaches in Curriculum Design

This module aims to provide a learning environment in which participants research and critique current theory and models of learning in higher education or equivalent contexts, with a focus on interdisciplinary and interprofessional approaches to curriculum design. This module is offered as a blended or online option. Those seeking a recordable teaching qualification with the NMC complete this module.

Module 3B: Academic Research in Practice

This module is to support new staff in developing a sustainable portfolio of research. Activities covered in this Module are designed to support participants to take a strategic view of their research in the context of UWS 10 Principles of Research Excellence. Participants are introduced to approaches for developing, managing and improving a portfolio of research activity and effective supervision of doctoral students. This module is offered as a blended or online option.

Module 3C: Leadership Matters in Higher Education

This module is offered to a diverse range of practitioners both within the United Kingdom (UK) and internationally. This module is part of a Masters Suite provided by the School of Education. It is aimed at mid-senior academics/professional staff, who are relatively new to, or seeking, a leadership role within higher education. The aim of this module is to provide participants with opportunities to critically reflect on leadership knowledge and skills and to plan how to enhance leadership practice.

Module 3D: Internationalisation - issues and approaches

This module is designed for practitioners who teach, or aim to teach, in culturally and/or linguistically diverse higher education settings.  This module is part of a Masters Suite provided by the School of Education. Participants will have opportunities to develop and strengthen their understandings of the diverse and changing nature of higher education as a consequence of internationalisation, and the implications of these changes for their teaching practices. This module is offered as a blended or online option.

Module 3E: Contemporary Issues in HE - Global and Local

This module and is designed to have relevance for practitioners working in a range of disciplinary areas within contemporary HE.  This module is part of a Masters Suite provided by the School of Education. It introduces and critiques current and emerging issues and contexts in which HE is developing, both nationally and globally.

Professional Recognition with the NMC

To be eligible for a recordable teaching qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), participants must:

  • hold a registered qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the field of practice that you will support student learning e.g. adult, mental health, midwifery, health visiting
  • undertake teaching activity to include experience in both academic and practice settings, at least equivalent to a minimum of 12 weeks (or 360 hours), with students studying an NMC approved programme.

NB: All nurses and midwives seeking a recordable teaching qualification with the NMC must complete Modules 1A or 1B, 2 and 3A.

Note for UWS Doctoral Students

If you are a Doctoral student at UWS who also has teaching responsibilities, you may be eligible to undertake the first module of the PgCert in Academic Practice. Upon completion of Module 1A or 1B, you will then be able to apply to become an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. You should ensure that your Head of School is prepared to fund you to undertake Module 1A or 1B.

As a Doctoral student, you must have sufficient teaching responsibilities to meet the programme’s admissions criteria. This means that you must have a minimum of 33 hours of teaching (at least half of which must be spent in direct teaching contact time) during the trimester in which you undertake Module 1. You will be required to provide written confirmation from your Head of School (or other line manager) that you meet these criteria.

If you do not have sufficient teaching responsibilities to undertake Module 1A or 1B, you can complete the Introduction to Teaching and Learning in HE course which is offered as part of the University’s training programme specifically for doctoral students. Please contact us for more information.

Assessment

Each module is assessed through both formative and summative assessments. These include written assignments, teaching observation and the development of a reflective teaching portfolio. 

All applicants must apply via the UWS online application system.More information cab be found here:

making a postgraduate online application

UWS staff do not normally need to provide a reference. However, nurses and midwives wishing to seek a recordable teaching qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) must provide one satisfactory reference.

Applicants who are not full-time members of academic staff will be required to provide evidence that they have sufficient teaching commitments to meet the programme’s admission criteria i.e. a minimum of 33 hours of teaching (at least half of which must be spent in direct teaching contact time) during each trimester in which you undertake a PgCert module.

On acceptance, UWS colleagues will be required to enrol and complete a Staff Funding Form.

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Course Leader

Dr Louisa Sheward

UWS Academy

Tuition Fees

If you are a new member of UWS academic staff who does not already hold an equivalent qualification then completion of the PG CAP is compulsory and your fees will be met by the University. Other UWS academic staff and Doctoral students should check with your Head of School to ensure that they are willing to fund your studies. All other applicants should check the part-time module tuition fees for non-lad based postgraduate courses by clicking the button below:

Tuition Fees for Part-time Modules

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