Academic Practice (Taught) University of Glasgow


This Postgraduate Certificate, which includes the ‘Teaching and Supervision’ courses provides a route for academic staff to show fulfilment of the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education.


The programme will help you to develop practices in critical reflection and judgement that you can apply in relation to your own teaching.
The programme strives to provide practical advice and support to enhance teachers’ confidence and ongoing development alongside evidence-based, theoretical approaches to learning, teaching and assessment.
Upon successful completion of the Teaching and Supervision courses (TSC), which form the first 40 credits of the Postgraduate Certificate, you will be eligible for professional recognition with the Higher Education Academy.


It is likely you will already be employed within higher education. The professional accreditation and skills you gain should help enhance your career and enable you to gain professional recognition for teaching and supporting learning in higher education.

  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert

  • Study mode


  • Location

    University of Glasgow

  • Start date

    September 2018

  • Duration

    24 months

Course details


The programme consists of core and optional courses involving small numbers of participants utilising an interactive, discussion-based classroom approach. You will take two core (which from the TSC) and two optional courses.

Core courses

Learning and teaching in higher education
Developing effective supervision practices.
Optional courses may include

The key areas of learning, teaching and assessment include

course and curriculum design
evaluation of teaching practice
principles of assessment and feedback
research supervisions
teaching methodologies including, lecturing, small group work and online learning.

Assessment method

Students are assessed through reflective and evidence-based case studies on elements of current practice.

Continued Professional Development (CPD)

This course offers Continued Professional Development. CPD courses allow you to develop your skills and knowledge relevant to your career path.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally hold an academic position at the University of Glasgow and will be required to undertake some teaching duties in order to successfully complete the programme. Applications from individuals in other higher education institutions will be considered, subject to the availability.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £1,275 Credit
International £1,275 Credit
England £1,275 Credit
Northern Ireland £1,275 Credit
Scotland £1,275 Credit
Wales £1,275 Credit

Additional fee information

24 - 36 months part time. There is no fee for contracted University staff. For external candidates the fee is £1275 per 30 credits. Fees are subject to change and for guidance only