PGCAP-TSC

PGCAP-TSC

The Pg Cert in Academic Practice (PgCAP) is a 60 credit part-time programme containing 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 confers professional recognition as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. PgCAP/TSC 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.

PgCAP and TSC both form part of the Early Career Development Programme (ECDP). Currently, most R&T staff on ECDP are required to complete TSC and LTS staff (i.e. university teachers) are required to complete PgCAP (as are clinical lecturers). 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'. 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 almost all staff go on to complete PgCAP to gain a transferable postgraduate qualification, even if they are initially required only to complete 40 credits of TSC.