PGCAP-TSC

PGCAP-TSC

The Pg Cert in Academic Practice (PgCAP) is a 60 credit part-time programme that incorporates the 40 credits of Teaching and Supervision Courses (TSC). TSC is aligned with the activities, knowledge and skills that are expected of teachers in Higher Education (UKPSF, 2011) and successful completion of TSC enables you to demonstrate that your practice in learning, teaching and assessment in higher education is that of a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In addition, the PgCAP emphasises the value of learning and teaching as an important part of broader academic practice. The PgCAP strives to provide participants with practical advice and support to enhance teachers' confidence and ongoing development alongside evidence-based, theoretical approaches to learning, teaching and assessment.

Currently, most 'research and teaching' staff (i.e. lecturers) are required to complete the 40 credits of TSC whereas most 'learning, teaching and scholarship' staff (i.e. university teachers) are required to complete the full 60 credits of the PgCAP. Typically, TSC can be completed in around 15 months whereas the PgCAP takes between 18 and 24 months to complete. The first year of the programme is centred around a 30 credit core course 'Learning and Teaching in Higher Education'. In contrast, the second year involves studying a suite of core and elective options, each worth 10 credits. Typically, each elective course will take one semester to complete.

All successful applicants are encouraged to complete the full 60 credit PgCAP regardless of contractual requirements. In fact, we have found that the vast majority of staff want to complete the full PgCAP to gain a transferable postgraduate qualification, even if they are required only to complete 40 credits of TSC.