Group of staff in training

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) 60 Credits @ Level 7

The PGCAP is designed to meet the needs of full-time, part time and fee-paid academic and learning-support staff with significant higher education teaching or learning-support responsibilities at the University of Northampton.

The PGCAP programme at Northampton has a number of special feaures:

  • The core module ‘Professional Recognition and Scholarship for HE Learning & Teaching’ (EDUM127) incorporates professional recognition awarded through the institutional CPD Scheme C@N-DO, accredited by the HEA as meeting the national benchmarks stated in the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).  Through the PGCAP you can build on your achievement of FHEA (D2) or SFHEA (D3) to gain academic credit at Level 7, Masters Level.
  • The optional module ‘Designing for 21st Century learning’ (EDUM129) offers a state-of-the-art review of the field of Technology-enhanced Learning (TEL), reviews theoretical underpinnings and offers hands-on applications of various learning technologies in different contexts.

Why is the PGCAP useful to you?

PGCAP is the University of Northampton HE Teaching Qualification, and holding a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice will further enhance your standing as a Higher Education professional, over and above your achievement of HEA Fellowship.  The Masters-level credit available through the PGCAP is normally transferable and the achievement of the modules within the PGCAP (EDUM127, EDUM128 and EDUM129 can also lead to the MA Education.

Programme Structure – Modules (Overview)
The PGCAP comprises one core module and one module to be chosen from a selection of two alternatives:

Code Title Credits  Status
EDUM127* Professional Recognition and Scholarship 30 Compulsory
EDUM128* Research and Enterprise for Enhanced Academic Practice 30 Optional
EDUM129 Designing for 21st Century Learning 30 Optional