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 forms can be submitted anytime, but a first deadline to start PGCAP in 2018/19 is set for Friday 20 July 2018. Applications will be considered at this point and places allocated as appropriate. If places remain available after this, they will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis as eligible applications arrive.


          University of York
          Academic Practice
          Home Farm
          YO10 5DD

Key Dates

PGCAP starts with two core Introductory Days which it is essential that you are able to attend. There are two blocks offered and you are only required to attend one of the blocks.  For the 2018/19 academic year these are taking place on the dates below and you should indicate on the application form which block you would prefer to attend (it is not possible to attend one day of one block and the second day on the other).

Block 1 13 and 14 September 2018
Block 2 17 and 18 September 2018

If you are unable to attend on the dates given above, it will be necessary to defer to the following academic year 2019/20.


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

Lesley Catt
Academic Practice Coordinator

Margaret McAllister
Academic Practice Administrator