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Development and Enhancement: PgCAP and APA

Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PgCAP) and Level 7 Academic Professional Apprenticeship (APA)

The University of Suffolk Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice responds to current sector agenda, including Access and Participation and the University's compassionate pedagogy, Block and Blend. There is also a parallel programme, the Academic Professional Apprenticeship. These programmes are open to any staff involved in the teaching and the support of students’ learning across the University of Suffolk and its partners. PgCAP is aligned to Descriptor 2 of the UKPSF, meaning that upon completion and achievement of all learning outcomes you will receive both the PgCAP and Fellowship of HEA (FHEA). The courses are overseen by the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. 


Entry requirements

To be eligible for the programmes, we ask that you are leading, teaching on our supporting the teaching of modules, for at least 10 hours per year, at FHEQ Level 4 or above. There are additional entry criteria for the apprenticeship route. AdvanceHE are the awarding body for the APA. For early career academic who are new to the University and have less than three years experience, completion of one of these programmes may form part of your probation. 

Course information

The PgCAP and APA consist of three 20 credit modules at Level 7 (FHEQ). These are:

  1. Learning, Teaching and Curriculum Design
  2. Research and Evidence Based Practice
  3. Enhanced Learning and Teaching

The programme also includes peer review and enhancement of learning and teaching activity, and also, the completion of additional activity between study blocks such as

  1. Digipaths 1 and 2
  2. Personal Academic Coach
  3. Join a relevant academic or professional practice network
  4. Contribution to the annual Learning and Teaching conference.

The course leader is Dr Javiera Atenas

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