Postgraduate Certificate Academic Practice (PGCAP)

Programme duration: approximately10 months(part-timeand online)
Programme Start: 8 June, 10 August, 12 October 2021 
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Develop your academic practice in a global context and gain automatic professional recognition (FHEA). 

About the programme

The programme is a unique collaboration between the University of Liverpool, a prestigious UK Russell Group university and one of the original red brick universities, and Advance HE, the UK’s foremost agency for driving excellence and developing leadership in higher education.

Designed specifically for higher education professionals to develop your teaching and learning academic practice. This is the first and only programme of its kind to be delivered solely online. Graduates will receive a professional postgraduate qualification and automatically attain international professional recognition as a Fellow of Higher Education (FHEA) awarded by Advance HE.

Active learning plays a fundamental part in the programme structure. You will have opportunities to demonstrate your understanding of educational concepts and barriers to learning, and your ability to apply pedagogical theory from varied global perspectives to the classroom.

You will be encouraged to utilise international educational frameworks to design lessons, set assignments and decide on learning outcomes that can be applied to your own context or to a global teaching space. Your online interaction with international peers will also provide you with opportunities to give and receive feedback relevant to academic practice, which will enable you to critically reflect on your current position.

By the end of your studies, you will be prepared to take your practice to the next level within the ever-changing higher education sector. You will also have developed global networks to support your continued career development beyond the programme.

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

Programme structure

This programme consists of the following modules. Participants are required to complete 60 credits to achieve the full award. 

Module title Credits PGCAP 
Contemporary Approaches to Learning and Teaching  15 
Alternative Approaches to Supporting Learning  15 
Enhancing Teaching and Learning 15 
Extending your HE Career in a Global Context  15 

Participants will be encouraged to contribute to learning, providing case studies and perspectives from their local contexts. This will create a strong global and active learning experience and a global network of contacts. 

For more information on the modules, including syllabus and learning outcomes, please download our programme booklet

Entry requirements

Applicants should possess either:

  • A degree equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree; or
  • A teaching position in a higher education institution at Descriptor level 2 of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).

All applicants from outside the UK must provide evidence that they have anEnglish language ability equivalent to an IELTS (academic) score of 6.5.

Fees and funding

This fee* is fully inclusive of all costs, including all teaching materials, core textbooks, assessments and resits.   

  • 5% discount for upfront full tuition fee payment
  • Simple monthly payment plan provided to spread the cost over duration of study.

*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 applications only)
  • Personal statement†
  • One reference (on letter headed paper, signed and dated)
  • An up-to-date CV

† 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 needs.

Career prospects

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.

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.

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.

Alongside the subject-specific knowledge gained, you will also develop professional skills such as communication, digital literacy, teaching and research, which could improve your career prospects and open up access to more senior roles.