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The programme

The PGCAP is a two-year part-time programme, which consists of four courses with 15 credits each on M level SCQF 11, and which leads to the award of PGCert.

The programme is deeply embedded in the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning and in the active and critical engagement with educational literature and practice. Professionalism in teaching and supporting learning within the HE environment is at its heart, as outlined by the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) 2011.

The PGCAP programme aims to provide participants with the confidence to:

  • plan and choose appropriate strategies from a diversity of teaching approaches - including technology
  • determine when and how innovation is beneficial to promote high quality learning
  • support learning in different modes (locations, levels, roles) through the adoption of key policies and a theory and practice-informed attitude to teaching and learning
  • know where their strengths and weaknesses are while challenging themselves.

The programme further aims to establish participants’ concepts of learning, and thus of their own academic identity and practice as a 21st century Academic within the global reach of Heriot-Watt University.

Who is it for?

Heriot-Watt University staff who support student learning (this includes Professional Services staff with this responsibility), and have a minimum of 10 hours of direct student teaching contact per academic year. Responsibility should also include formally or informally planning the content of teaching sessions and managing assessment and feedback to students.

How to apply

The PGCAP is a university accredited programme, and thus requires enrolment. Contact us for more information.