Postgraduate Certificate Academic Practice

COVID-19 update

You will be aware that the University has suspended all face-to-face teaching for the remainder of the academic year. Please see the related FAQs from The Academy.  

This will affect the face-to-face delivery of this programme but it is our intention to continue to support you with completion of the PGCAP.

In its place, we will hold some online webinars which will be supported by online activities through the VLE or Teams. If you are already registered on the programme, you should have been notified about the next steps through an announcement sent via the VLE. Please check the VLE regularly for updates.

If you are not yet registered, please read the relevant information below and complete the application for the next cohort.

Should you require any further information or have any questions, please contact Judith Schoch, Programme Lead,

The Postgraduate Certificate Academic Practice (PGCAP) is a Level 7 qualification which can be taken as an exit award, or part of the University’s PGDip/MA in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

The overall aim of the PGCAP is to support and enhance the development of a rich and diverse learning and teaching culture at the University of Liverpool.

The programme is accredited by Advance HE and enables colleagues with substantive and significant teaching responsibilities to gain a teaching qualification and recognition as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

The programme is made up of two modules:

  • Developing Academic Practice x 40 credits focused on enabling participants to reflect on, evaluate and improve their knowledge, skills and values in relation to learning, teaching, assessment and curriculum
  • Individual Investigation to Inform Innovation and Excellence x 20 credits designed to provide participants with choice to investigate a selected area of academic practice aligned with the University Education Strategy.

Find out about PGCAP module workshops here.

The PGCAP Handbook provides further information about the programme.

Download the Mentor Guidance for PGCAP and ULTRA

Download the PGCAP and ULTRA Mentor Portal User Guide


Applications for Semester 2 2020-21 will close on 15 February 2021, please use the below link to apply.

The admin team will be in touch after the closing date to provide you with the outcome of your application.


Please contact Judith Schoch if you have any queries about the programme (