Application and entry requirements

The PGCert in Higher Education is aimed at academic staff at all levels and senior Professional Services (PS) colleagues and those working at the University’s library and cultural assets.

Eligibility for non-academic staff depends on grade and relevance of role to the units available. All applications are assessed on an individual basis.

PhD students are not normally eligible for this programme, nor are Graduate Teaching Assistants or colleagues on fixed-term contracts.

We encourage all participants to discuss the programme with their line managers before submitting an application.

How to apply

Applications for 2021/22 entry will open in May 2021.

Accredited Prior Learning (APL)

The PGCert in Higher Education recognises a number of qualifications which may be presented as accredited prior learning (APL) towards course credits. A maximum of 30 credits APL may be requested.

Evidence to support an APL request may include a Fellowship or Senior Fellowship of the HEA or other related awards. Successfully completing portfolio requirements for the NAP would normally be sufficient. The award must have been gained prior to the start of the programme.

All APL requests will be assessed on an individual basis by mid-August of the incoming year.

As a PS member of staff, I thought it was excellent that the course was open to both PS and academics but was a bit apprehensive about whether there would be a noticeable distinction between the two groups in class.

This has not been the case. I am thoroughly enjoying the programme as it provides a space to learn and understand theories around higher education as well as current debates and, more importantly, to relate these back to my own job.

A key issue in making this such a positive experience has been that the members of the programme team are extremely enthusiastic, supportive and approachable – they want you to succeed.

Siobhan Cartwright / Teaching and Learning Manager and Lead for Social Responsibility, Manchester Medical School