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Institute of Education

Higher Education and Professional Practice

PG Cert Part-time 1 year

This course is designed for staff currently working in Higher Education with a specific focus on learning, teaching and assessment.

This course is designed for staff currently working in Higher Education with a specific focus on learning, teaching and assessment.

  • Institute Code W75
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  • Start Date(s) 18 January 2021, 19 October 2020
  • Award PG Cert
  • Study Mode Part-time
  • Course Length Part-time (1 year)
  • Campus Location University Telford Campus
  • School Institute of Education

Why choose this course?

This course is designed for staff currently working in Higher Education with a specific focus on learning, teaching and assessment. It is intended to support the practical working needs of staff who teach and/or support learning within an inclusive student-focused environment. This course will enable you to develop your classroom practice, including e-learning, within a framework of current andragogical theory. It will also provide an opportunity for you to develop skills in curriculum design and educational research. You will actively engage with sector wide issues including teaching excellent, quality enhancement and research and scholarly activity. You will explore opportunities and challenges to develop higher education contextualised to your own professional academic practice.

The Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education (PG CAP) is the main source of continuing professional development for early career academic and support staff at the University of Wolverhampton or experienced members of staff who wish to update their practice and align with current thinking. The course will also provide a route for external candidates who practice in either higher or professional education environments and who wish to gain a valid and recognised qualification in higher education practices. In addition to the above, the programme will offer a suitable pathway for recognition at either Associate or Fellow of Higher Education Academy (HEA), providing a recognised qualification that is allied to professional status with the national body for higher education practitioners. (*External candidates may have to pay an additional one-off fee for the professional recognition, you will be offered advice on application). 

What happens on the course?

A key aspect of this course is the sharing of practice with your peers and course tutors, this will be through debate and discussion, observation of teaching and engagement in online and face-to-face activities.

This course takes a flipped learning approach where the face-to-face days are dynamic peer and tutor lead activities. These days are supported with a rich online environment aimed at facilitating individual reflection, reading and scholarship.

The course showcases through its own design how learning, teaching and assessment can be flexible and inclusive.



Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Participants on this course should work within a higher education environment. The award is intended for practitioners who have a role in either teaching or supporting learning and offers opportunities for career enhancement or a first step into teaching or learner support.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

This qualification is the mandatory qualification for most new academic staff at the University of Wolverhampton who do not have a recognised teaching qualification. Throughout the curriculum will be asked to reflect on and contextualise your learning to your own settings. You will also be asked to consider the impact of contemporary and future policies, strategies and issues that could affect your academic practice. Reflecting on your academic practice is a key fundamental core characteristic of this course you will be able to tailor your assessments to suit your current and future employability aspirations.

This course can be seen as the start of a taught route enhancing your employability in Higher Education related to learning and teaching. On successful completion of this course you will have the opportunity for further study in higher education with a progression route including a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice in Higher Education, the Master of Arts Degree in Education and Doctorate in Education (Educational Enquiry) (Ed.D) (see figure 1).

Modules 7ED048 and 7ED049 can be taken as stand-alone Continuing Professional Development (CPD) modules. Each has a separate accreditation when taken as a CPD module for Descriptor 1 of the UKPSF recognised by awarding of Associate Fellow of the HEA when the module assessment is successfully completed.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Part-time £2134 per year 2020-21

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

  • To hold a first degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification.

For example Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of science (BSc) etc. or similar . They are sometimes known as 'undergraduate' or 'first' degrees.

  • To have experience of  a minimum of 24 hours teaching within a Further Education and/or Higher Education context.

Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.

Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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