Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP)

PGCAP is a 60 credit Masters-level programme designed to support staff to effectively engage with their academic responsibilities.  Intended to be completed part-time over two years, PGCAP is primarily aimed at early career lecturers and teaching staff who have less than three years full-time teaching experience.

Each module involves the integration of learning in multi-disciplinary and interactive workshops with reflection on the experience of work-based practice.  Academic supervisory support is provided to all participants throughout.

PGCAP is accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA), which means individuals who successfully complete the programme will secure professional recognition as a Fellow of the HEA

Application Process

PGCAP is normally oversubscribed. Therefore you will need to submit an application using the form below. Allocation is based upon availability of places, reason for applying (for example whether it is an expectation of employment or not) and whether the range and scope of your teaching / student support related activity will realistically enable you to complete the programme.

Application Deadline: 20th July 2018 (applications received after this date will be considered if places remain available)


          University of York
          Academic Practice
          Home Farm
          YO10 5DD

Key Dates

The first year of PGCAP comprises four compulsory day-long workshops timetabled out of term-time and seminars which are delivered within term-time.

The day-long workshops for 2018/2019 will be delivered on

Learning Design & Evaluation 13 & 14 September 2018 OR 17 & 18 September 20188
Teaching Practice 3 December 2018 OR 7 January 2019
Assessment & Feedback

18 March 2019 OR 12 April 2019

It is important that you be able to attend one of the options for each thematic workshop


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 online activities, 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.

PGCAP Exemption Guidance (PDF  , 302kb)

‌‌Handbook 2017/18

Handbook cover 2017-18

PGCAP Handbook 2017/18 (PDF  , 417kb)

Academic Practice Team

Duncan Jackson
Head of Academic Practice

Maeve Pearson
Senior Academic Practice Adviser

Phil Robinson-Self
Academic Practice Adviser

Margaret McAllister
Academic Practice Administrator