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Academic Practice (PGCert)

Course Description

Designed to support and enhance the professional practice of academic and learning support staff working in Higher Education, our course will help you achieve excellence in academic practice. If your current role includes regular teaching, supporting and guiding students, designing and marking assignments and contributing to course content, this is the ideal path to continuing professional development.

Our course is based on the areas of activity, core knowledge and professional values set out in the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF). You will work alongside colleagues delivering to higher education students in universities and colleges, focussing on your own professional context as you examine your relationship with your students and the learning community as a whole.

We will explore how the professional values of respecting each student as an individual, promoting participation in higher education, and the wider context impact upon your own area of work. The course will enable you to underpin your core knowledge of your own subject material with theoretical and best practice perspectives on learning theory, learning technologies and approaches to teaching. In addition, you will concentrate on the full range of activities your academic role encompasses, from planning learning activities and giving feedback, to contributing to your academic network and continuing your own career development.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/academic_practice


On completion of our course, you will be recognised professionally within the UKPSF as being able to look at your own academic practice with a critical eye, develop your practice to benefit your students, identify areas for development in your professional life and add to the knowledge of good academic practice for the future.

- Careers Advice:
Our dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course benefits

We are accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA), an accolade recognised across the UK, providing you with a route to Fellowship of the HEA. You will be learning in a comfortable and familiar environment, surrounded by like-minded academics who will expose you to new perspectives, enhancing the quality of your teaching.

David Killick
Head of Academic Staff Development

"Our course will significantly improve your employability throughout the higher education sector, providing you with great opportunities for cross-disciplinary sharing of practice."

David began his professional life as an English language teacher, working in Greece, Morocco, Japan and China. During his time at the University he has developed a passion for internationalisation, with a particular focus on the curriculum and student experience. In his role as leader of this course, David works with participants from across the university, giving him a unique insight into many different subject areas and unrivalled networking opportunities.


- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Headingley Campus
Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

- Gym
Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Academic Practice (PGCert) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Heidi Halliday

I became a teacher because I wanted to make a difference to young people's lives. At university I was surrounded by supportive tutors who gave me the confidence to help me improve my school and have a positive impact on my students.

Heidi Halliday
Physical Education Teacher, Park Lane Learning Trust in


Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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