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The Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice is a professional qualification for those who have a teaching role within a university or higher education context.

It is a flexible, modular open-learning programme. Most of the modules are available in either: Blended Learning or Fully Online Learning modes of delivery. The PgCert consists of three 20-credit masters-level modules. 

The PgCert is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Participants, who meet the requirements, can apply for Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in line with UK Professional Standards Framework: Descriptor 2. Those successfully completing Module 1 can apply for Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), aligned to UK Professional Standards Framework: Descriptor 1.

Graduates in the fields of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting may qualify to apply for a recordable teaching qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) providing they have met NMC requirements in terms of assessed teaching activity in both academic and practice settings, with students on NMC approved programmes.

Course Details

The PgCert comprises three 20 credit, Masters-level modules. Modules are completed in sequence i.e. participants undertake one module per trimester.

There are two pathways for progression through the PgCert. The two pathways commence by your selection of foundation module:

  • Module 1A: Approaches to effective learning and teaching
  • Module 1B: Teaching in Contemporary Practice (For NMC Practice Teachers only)

Regardless of the pathway you select, you will be required to complete the following core module:

  • Module 2: Assessment for Learning

You will finally select a final optional module (subject to availability, viable numbers and requirement to achieve a recordable teaching qualification with the NMC):

  • Module 3A: Interdisciplinary Approaches in Curriculum Design
  • Module 3B: Academic Research in Practice
  • Module 3C: Leadership Matters in Higher Education
  • Module 3D: Internationalisation: issues and approaches
  • Module 3E: Contemporary Issues in HE: Global and Local

Some modules are available as blended with face-to-face learning at Paisley Campus, fully online. All modules require engagement in asynchronous discussion forum and requires around 200 notional hours of study, regardless of the delivery mode.

Foundation Modules

  • FOUNDATION MODULE 1A: APPROACHES TO EFFECTIVE LEARNING AND TEACHING
  • FOUNDATION MODULE 1B: TEACHING FOR CONTEMPORARY PRACTICE

Core Module

  • MODULE 2: ASSESSMENT FOR LEARNING

Optional Modules

  • MODULE 3A: INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACHES IN CURRICULUM DESIGN
  • MODULE 3B: ACADEMIC RESEARCH IN PRACTICE
  • MODULE 3C: LEADERSHIP MATTERS IN HIGHER EDUCATION
  • MODULE 3D: INTERNATIONALISATION - ISSUES AND APPROACHES
  • MODULE 3E: CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN HE - GLOBAL AND LOCAL

Professional Recognition with the NMC

To be eligible for a recordable teaching qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), participants must:

  • hold a registered qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the field of practice that you will support student learning e.g. adult, mental health, midwifery, health visiting
  • undertake teaching activity to include experience in both academic and practice settings, at least equivalent to a minimum of 12 weeks (or 360 hours), with students studying an NMC approved programme.

NB: All nurses and midwives seeking a recordable teaching qualification with the NMC must complete Modules 1A or 1B, 2 and 3A.

Note for UWS Doctoral Students

If you are a Doctoral student at UWS who also has teaching responsibilities, you may be eligible to undertake the first module of the PgCert in Academic Practice. Upon completion of Module 1A or 1B, you will then be able to apply to become an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. You should ensure that your Head of School is prepared to fund you to undertake Module 1A or 1B.

As a Doctoral student, you must have sufficient teaching responsibilities to meet the programme’s admissions criteria. This means that you must have a minimum of 33 hours of teaching (at least half of which must be spent in direct teaching contact time) during the trimester in which you undertake Module 1. You will be required to provide written confirmation from your Head of School (or other line manager) that you meet these criteria.

If you do not have sufficient teaching responsibilities to undertake Module 1A or 1B, you can complete the Introduction to Teaching and Learning in HE course which is offered as part of the University’s training programme specifically for doctoral students. Please contact us for more information.

Assessment

Each module is assessed through both formative and summative assessments. These include written assignments, teaching observation and the development of a reflective teaching portfolio. 


Visit the Academic Practice - PGCert page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!

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