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Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP)

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP)

The Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP) is a professional development programme which aims to promote the development of high quality professional practice in higher education.

It is a University-wide programme which is located within the Faculty of Education and Theology. The vision for this programme is that it will make a central contribution to exceptional learning, teaching and assessment and an exceptional student experience.

At York St John University, the PCAP programme is a requirement for all new members of academic staff with less than two years’ teaching experience in higher education.

The programme normally begins in January each year and extends over 12 months. PCAP is located within the York St John University Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Framework: Recognising Academic Practice, which is accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). PCAP is recognised at Descriptor 2 of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) (Fellow of the HEA). This is a nationally recognised standard for higher education. This postgraduate certificate consists of a 60 credit Master’s level module structured around four broad themes. These are Reflective Practice, Conceptions of Learning and Teaching, Assessment, and Programme Design. Each theme is studied through a blend of face-to-face sessions, online learning and independent study.

The blended learning strategy used on the PCAP programme models contemporary practice in higher education. The innovative dialogic approach to learning and assessment which is an established part of our CPD Framework, is a special feature of this programme.

PCAP is assessed through submission of a Professional Development Portfolio referenced against the UKPSF. This portfolio is an e-Portfolio using Mahara and there is also an assessed dialogue based on the portfolio elements.

How do I find out more?

Further information can be obtained in the first instance from Amanda Cartridge, Email: a.cartridge@yorksj.ac.uk.