Academic Practice PgCert

Academic Practice [PgCert]

The PgCert in Academic Practice 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 is aimed at probationary academic staff at the University of Glasgow although applications are welcomed from individuals in other higher education institutions, subject to availability of places.
  • The programme will help you to develop practices in critical reflection and judgement that you can apply in relation to your own teaching.
  • Upon successful completion of the programme you will be eligible for professional recognition with the Higher Education Academy.

Programme structure

You will have the opportunity to work in collaboration with academic colleagues from all disciplines (in the first year) and then with colleagues from your own disciplinary area (in the second year). Taught sessions are grounded on discussion and sharing practice while working through relevant, structured activities.

You will be assessed through reflective and evidence-based case studies on elements of your current practice.

The key areas of learning, teaching and assessment include

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

Entry requirements

for entry in 2014

The minimum qualification for entry to the programme will generally be a degree plus some higher education teaching experience. Normally, applicants will already hold a teaching position in a higher education institution.

Further information regarding academic entry requirements:

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office:

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2014-15 (subject to change and for guidance only)


Part-time Home and EU only - £891 per 30 credits

Funding opportunities

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.

How to apply

Standard application deadlines

  • International applications (non-EU) 25 July 2014
  • UK and EU applications 29 August 2014

Classes start September 2014 for most courses and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before. 

Please contact the Learning & Teaching Centre to request an application form.
Phone: 0141 330 3187