PGCAP is a 60-credit Masters-level programme designed to support York staff to effectively engage with their academic responsibilities. Intended to be completed on a part-time basis over two years, PGCAP is primarily aimed at early-career lecturers and teaching staff who have less than three years of full-time teaching experience.
Each of the three 20-credit modules involves the integration of learning in multidisciplinary workshops and seminars with reflection on the experience of work-based practice. Academic supervisory support is provided to all participants throughout.
In addition to the award of 60 Masters-level credits, PGCAP is accredited by AdvanceHE, which means individuals who successfully complete the programme will secure professional recognition as an AdvanceHE Fellow.
PGCAP is often oversubscribed. Allocation is based upon availability of places, your reason for applying (for example, whether or not PGCAP is an expectation of employment), and whether the range and scope of your teaching/student-support-related activity will realistically enable you to complete the programme.
The PGCAP admissions window has now closed. Information on how to apply for the 2024/25 programme will be made available on this page in spring 2024.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) is designed to introduce new staff to evidence-based principles of good teaching and learning practice, to key pedagogical research and, more generally, to support them in their early development as academics and teachers. This is achieved through a mix of participatory workshops and seminars, teaching observations, and disciplinary-based supervision and work. The intention is to provide an opportunity for individuals, within a peer-supported environment, to engage with a meaningful analysis of, and reflection upon, their practice as a basis for ongoing future development.
The purpose of this guidance is to provide some broad principles of when exemption might be considered on the basis of previous experience and/or qualification, and what alternatives to full exemption are available.
Who to contact
Head of Academic Practice
PGCAP Programme Director