The Postgraduate Certificate of Professional
Practice (PGCPP) provides professional accreditation for practitioners in
Higher Education. The programme gives you the opportunity to gain
knowledge and expertise in delivering, designing and researching teaching,
learning and assessment, related to the practical context in which they work.
The emphasis is on developing staff who
constantly reflect upon their own professional practice, who understand
teaching as facilitating learning and who seek to improve the quality of their
teaching, research and student learning.
This programme is accredited by the Higher Education Academy and is
aligned with Standard Descriptor 2 of the UK Professional Standards Framework
for teaching and supporting learning in higher education (UKPSF). Successful
completion of the programme entitles participants to recognition as a Fellow of
the Higher Education Academy.
The Postgraduate Certificate consists of three 20 credits modules at level 7 (Masters level). Part-credit may be given for substantial previous experience or qualifications.
- Delivering a high quality learning experience
- Designing effective learning and assessment experiences
- Researching and disseminating pedagogic practice
About 150 study hours are designated as face-to- face contact hours. These include:
- 9 whole day inputs as shown in the timetable overleaf
- 4 action learning set meetings with your colleagues
- 5 lunchtime seminars
- negotiated time with your mentor and module tutors
You are expected to attend all sessions. Please note these dates and
discuss them with your line manager to ensure your availability. You will also be expected to complete independent study activities, and e-portfolio / VLE tasks and assignments.
Download the 2010/2011 timetable (PDF).
Download the reading list (PDF)
You will get a comprehensive
programme handbook and other support materials at the start of the
programme. You will also be assigned a mentor, who
will offer support and advice on the programme's aims and learning
The programme is delivered through timetabled sessions, personal tutorials and a personal learning environment. You may also be a part of a local support group (‘action learning set’), made up of other participants, recent graduates and experienced colleagues, who will work with you and help you develop and reflect on your progress and practice.
The research module requires some substantive scholarship informed by your own research practice.
Assessment is through an e-portfolio from which these items are presented:
Delivering a high quality learning experience
an assignment related to the residential and away-day programmes
an activity related to VLE-based teaching and assessment
a critical incident report linking literature and theory to practice
a record of four observed teaching/student support sessions with plans, rationale and critical reflection.
Designing effective learning and assessment experiences
design and evaluation of a module or short course
a record of effective assessment design, delivery and feedback practice
a record of a minimum of 20 hours of ‘independent study’ activity
a concluding report reflecting on the applications of issues and concepts encountered for own practices/contexts
Researching and disseminating pedagogic practice
Initial research proposal including ethical approval evidence
interim project report at half-way stage
final research paper of about 4,000 words
an oral presentation.
Accreditation of Prior Learning
APL claims may be made for prior certificated
learning. No more than 20 credits exemption can be granted and this will
depend on the nature and currency of the learning. Please note this is
an advanced course for practicing HE teachers.
join this programme, you should be able to meet the following criteria:
- be an active
lecturer, tutor or other staff member who teaches or supports students’ learning
in higher education contexts
- have enough of a teaching
and assessment workload to be able to demonstrate your skills in large group,
small group and 1-to-1 contexts
- have a first
degree from a recognised University or Institute of Higher Education, or a
qualification deemed by the University to be at least of equivalent standing.
more information, contact the programme director, Dr Anne Wheeler: email@example.com 0121 204 5227
To apply, Aston University staff should contact Dr Anne Wheeler. Non-Aston staff should complete this Application Form (Word) and return to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also request a printed copy to be sent to you.
For more information or for an informal
discussion about this programme, please contact:
Dr Anne Wheeler,
| 0121 204 5227
Dr John Blewitt, Director of Lifelong Learning
| 0121 204 4284