Academic Practice PgCert

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This Postgraduate Certificate, which includes the ‘Teaching and Supervision’ courses provides a route for academic staff to demonstrate fulfilment of the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education.

Key facts

Why Glasgow

  • The programme will help you to develop practices in critical reflection and judgement that you can apply in relation to your own teaching.
  • The programme strives to provide practical advice and support to enhance teachers’ confidence and ongoing development alongside evidence-based, theoretical approaches to learning, teaching and assessment.
  • Upon successful completion of the Teaching and Supervision courses (TSC), which form the first 40 credits of the Postgraduate Certificate, you will be eligible for professional recognition with the Higher Education Academy.

Programme structure

The Postgraduate Certificate consists of core and elective courses involving small numbers of participants utilising an interactive, discussion based classroom approach. You will take 2 courses (which from the TSC) and 2 optional courses.

Core courses

  • Learning and teaching in higher education
  • Developing effictive supervision practices.

Optional courses

The key areas of learning, teaching and assessment include

  • course and curriculum design
  • evaluation of teaching practice
  • principles of assessment and feedback
  • research supervisions
  • teaching methodologies including, lecturing, small group work and online learning.

Background and aims

Entry requirements

for entry in 2015

Applicants will normally hold an academic position at the University of Glasgow and will be required to be undertaking some teaching duties in order to successfully complete the programme. Applications from individuals in other higher education institutions will be considered, subject to the availability of places.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2015-16 (subject to change and for guidance only)

PgCert

There is no fee for contracted University staff. For external candidates the fee is £891 per 30 credits.

Career prospects

It is likely you will already be employed within higher education. The professional accreditation and skills you gain should help enhance your career and should enable you to gain professional recognition for teaching and supporting learning in higher education.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted using the online system. Part of the application process involves the selection of the route most suited to you. You should read the Academic Practice timetablecarefully before selecting your first and second choice of route. The completed route selection form must be submitted electronically with your application. 

Please read the Academic Practice application guidelines prior to beginning your application, alongside the guidelines given below.

Guide to applying online

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?

Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.

Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?

No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

What essential documentation should I have available before I start my application?

As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?

Yes, where possible, please upload the supporting documents with your application.

What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?

If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.

You may send them to:

Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Fax: +44 141 330 4045

Can I email my supporting documents?

No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.

What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.

What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. 

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
  • References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.

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