Challenge your thinking, enhance your practice and connect with your peers by engaging in our Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice. 

The PGCAP is a post-induction programme for University of Leeds staff who make a significant contribution to Student Education at Leeds.  The course is heavily grounded in participants’ current academic practice and is, therefore, strongly ‘work-based’ in its philosophy and approach. Participants’ own experience of student education forms the basis of the learning.

This has been so completely relevant to the majority of my university roles, I would unreservedly (well, maybe warning they need to do lots of work to benefit from it) recommend it. It has been very thought provoking, interesting and well designed. It has and continues to significantly influence my practice….

Many thanks to the whole PGCAP team for the fascinating PGCAP modules. I believe I am a totally different person than who I was two years ago in the way I see teaching and learning, and how I feel about approaches to improving my practice.

The programme is studied part-time over 3 semesters (18 months). Each semester involves completing a 20 M level credit module, this is a time-commitment of approximately 6 hours per week engaging with PGCAP related activities. Successful completion will result in the award of Fellowship of the HEA (FHEA). 

The PGCAP will be running fully online for the intake of University of Leeds staff in September 2022. As well as the continued goals of the programme, our aim in providing the course in this mode will further support colleagues in their transition to delivering teaching online and to be well placed to deliver in a variety of modes. By modelling good practice, allowing participants to experience approaches from a student’s perspective, providing space and time for reflection on our changed environment and offering opportunities to gain further skills, we hope to help colleagues grow in confidence across this developing digital education landscape.

I would recommend the [programme] because it has been very useful to learn the skills in the context of the big shifts in how education is delivered in the pandemic. The pandemic has forced academics to change what they are doing. The module has offered theory and techniques that can guide the shift to online learning and blended learning.

Apply for the PGCAP (University of Leeds staff)

We are now accepting applications for the September 2022 PGCAP intake.  The September course will be a fully online PGCAP experience. Please read through all of the information provided below for further details about the course.  The closing date for applications is 5pm Tuesday 31 May 2022. For any queries please contact


Other routes to obtaining Fellowship of the HEA

The PGCAP is one of the routes we offer to gaining Fellowship of the HEA (FHEA). You may wish to consider this route if you’re looking to develop your student education practice. In contrast, if you have over two years student education practice the PRiSE (Professional Recognition in Student Education) scheme is also an available route to gaining Fellowship. We have produced a short guide (available below) to selecting the most appropriate route for you.