Enhance your practice with the PGCAP

Challenge your thinking, enhance your practice and connect with your peers by engaging in our Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP). We run two PGCAP cohorts each year, starting in February and September. Applications are now closed for our September 2022 cohort and we will advertise details about joining our February 2023 cohort on this page.

What is the PGCAP?  

The PGCAP is a post-induction programme for staff who make a significant contribution to Student Education at Leeds. The programme is accredited by AdvanceHE, and successful completion will result in the award of AHE Fellowship (FHEA).

The course is studied over 3 semesters (18 months) and it is heavily grounded in participants’ current academic practice and it is strongly ‘work-based’ in its philosophy and approach. Participants’ own experience of student education forms the basis of the learning. 

One of our previous PGCAP participants from our February 2021 provided us with the following feedback on the programme:

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. Very grateful for all the background work that has clearly gone in to set up and run the course. Thank you!

Find out more about PGCAP event recording 

Watch the recording of our PGCAP event which took place on Friday 13 May 2022. The session explored why participants engage with the PGCAP and the impact it has on enhancing their student education practice, including how it’s one route to gain AHE Fellowship (FHEA).

How will PGCAP support you? 

  • enhance your student education practice 
  • network with colleagues and learn from your peers 
  • apply practically the approaches you explore on the programme 
  • develop your confidence and skills for online teaching 
  • undertake an impactful research project to enhance ongoing practice 
  • gain AHE Fellowship (FHEA)

Find out how the PGCAP has supported other colleagues to enhance their student education practice and read our applicant guidance document (Word) for more details. 

Programme Structure 

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 AHE Fellowship (FHEA).

The PGCAP programme starting in September 2022 will be delivered fully online. As well as the continued aims of the programme, our goal in providing the course in this mode is to further support colleagues to deliver teaching in a variety of modes and grow in confidence across the developing digital education landscape. 

Explore the links between PGCAP and Curriculum Redefined (Opens in Sway) to understand how each of the programme’s three modules links to the pedagogical themes underpinning the vision of Curriculum Redefined.

View the following MS Sway to find out specific details about : MS Sway – PGCAP


There are no direct fees for undertaking the PGCAP programme nor for the AHE Fellowship (FHEA).   

Applications and Guidance 

Applications are now closed for our September 2022 cohort and we will advertise details about joining our February 2023 cohort on this page. For information only we have kept the application guidance below which was used for the September 2022 cohort. Please note, updated information will be provided once applications open for the February 2023 cohort.


The programme is available for colleagues involved in student education at Leeds. The programme as a whole has been designed to allow participants to demonstrate they meet the requirements to achieve the AHE Fellowship (FHEA). The full requirements for participants of the PGCAP are detailed on our applicant guidance document (Word) and as a condition of our AHE accreditation cannot be deviated from. 

How to apply: 

  1. Read the applicant guidance document (Word) and the PGCAP FAQs document (Word). 
  2. Complete the supporting statement document (Word). 
  3. Share the HoD DSE guidance document (Word) with your Heads of School or Service. 
  4. Once you have identified your workplace mentor, share with them the workplace mentor guidance document (Word). 
  5. Apply via the Applicant Portal. Complete the information as prompted and submit your application. Our guidance on submitting your online PGCAP application provides step-by-step instructions on this process. 

If you have any questions or need any support please contact 

Other routes to obtaining Fellowship of the HEA 

The PGCAP is one of the routes we offer to gaining AHE Fellowship (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 AHE Fellowship. We have produced a short guide (available below) to selecting the most appropriate route for you.