Postgraduate Certificate Academic Practice (PGCAP)

  • Programme duration: approximately 10 months (part-time and online)
  • Programme start: January 2021

Study a teaching qualification specialising in higher education, and gain professional recognition to develop your academic practice in a global context.

The PGCAP is a unique collaboration between the University of Liverpool and Advance HE, the UK’s foremost agency for driving excellence and developing leadership in higher education.

This online programme will support higher education professionals worldwide to develop their academic practice in an international context, aligned with the UK Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education (UKPSF).

You will also develop reflexive learning that supports the continuous enhancement of your teaching skills, sharing experiences and collaborating with other higher education professionals in a truly global classroom. On successful completion you will gain a teaching qualification, and automatically receive professional recognition as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), which provides global recognition of your personal and professional commitment to teaching and learning in Higher Education.

This programme is fully accredited by Advance HE at Descriptor 2 of the UKPSF for the category of Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy PGCAP graduates will automatically be recognised as Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) on successful completion of the programme.

Download a brochure for more details on this programme including module information.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should possess:

  • A degree equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree; and
  • A teaching position in a higher education institution.

All applicants must have reached a minimum required standard of English language and are required to provide evidence of this.


Fees and funding

The full tuition fee for the Postgraduate Certificate Academic Practice is £6,000* (2020/2021 academic year). This fee is fully inclusive of all costs, including all teaching materials, core textbooks, assessments and resits.

We offer a simple monthly payment plan to spread the cost of your tuition over the duration of your studies. If you choose to pay the full tuition fee upfront, you will receive a 5% discount.

*All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed during the payment process.



Apply for this course by completing a simple online form.

In order to apply, you will need to provide copies of the following supporting documentation:

  • School or college transcripts/certificates
  • University transcripts and certified translations if applicable
  • Degree certificates
  • Evidence of English Language proficiency (EU and international applicants only)
  • Personal statement*
  • Two references (on letter headed paper, signed and dated).

* Applicants will be required to respond to a Fellowship Category Tool survey during their induction to the programme to confirm their eligibility for the programme.

Acknowledgement of your application

The admissions team will acknowledge receipt of your application and will pass it to the Department Head and/or appropriate academic department(s) for consideration.

Students with disabilities

We welcome applications from students with disabilities and consider them on the same academic grounds as those of other students. If you have a disability, medical condition and/or support needs it is important that you inform the University so that you receive appropriate support.


We have regular start dates throughout the year with regular application deadlines. Applicants are encouraged to apply in good time, particularly if they have special requirements.


Career prospects

The award of both academic qualification (Postgraduate Certificate) and automatic professional recognition (FHEA) to successful participants offers an accelerated and significant career benefit for individuals seeking to develop their practice in Higher Education. The global emphasis of this programme will be particularly helpful for those with an interest in transnational education and in developing skills to work with international students and faculty. A Fellowship of Higher Education Academy (FHEA) is aligned to Descriptor 2 of the UKPSF and is part of Advance-HE’s professional recognition scheme for learning and teaching in higher education. Participants will be encouraged to contribute to learning, providing case studies and perspectives from their local contexts. This will create a strong global active learning experience and a global network of contacts for participants.

Alongside the subject-specific knowledge you will gain during the programme, you will also develop professional skills such as communication, teamwork, critical thinking, digital literacy, teaching and research. These will enhance your CV, allowing you to improve your career prospects and access more senior roles.