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Northumbria University’s Academic Professional Apprenticeship (APA) programme offers an evidence-based, nationally recognised and highly structured pathway to support and help develop academic professionals across the Higher Education sectors in all aspects of teaching, learning and assessment academic practice.

This Level 7 Apprenticeship programme incorporates a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) and is accredited by the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE) to award Associate Fellow of the HEA (AFHEA) then Fellowship of the HEA (FHEA).

The Academic Professional Apprenticeship is an 18-month work-based learning programme plus End Point Assessments within 3 months, offering rich opportunity to reflect upon and develop evidence-based practice as an Academic Professional in Higher Education. In a climate where student centred and inclusive teaching, learning and assessment strategies are key to student success; this programme will use current pedagogic research to underpin innovative personal and professional development of the academic professional to support the reflection on current practice, but also to inform a career-long interest in higher education pedagogy.

The programme is aimed at those who are new to the Higher Education Sector in England, without FHEA and wanting to develop new and contemporary knowledge, skills, behaviours and practices for higher education teaching, learning and assessment to maximise the student experience in a specific academic discipline.

Participation in the programme will develop the ability to critically analyse personal academic practice in relation to current policy, practices and higher education pedagogic research. There will be the opportunity, both through formative and summative assessment, to communicate with a range of stakeholders allowing for the development of partnerships, access to networks and opportunities to take part in peer support and developing the skills for ongoing reflective practice that is crucial to academic practice.

Northumbria University’s Academic Professional Apprenticeship (APA) programme offers an evidence-based, nationally recognised and highly structured pathway to support and help develop academic professionals across the Higher Education sectors in all aspects of teaching, learning and assessment academic practice.

This Level 7 Apprenticeship programme incorporates a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) and is accredited by the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE) to award Associate Fellow of the HEA (AFHEA) then Fellowship of the HEA (FHEA).

The Academic Professional Apprenticeship is an 18-month work-based learning programme plus End Point Assessments within 3 months, offering rich opportunity to reflect upon and develop evidence-based practice as an Academic Professional in Higher Education. In a climate where student centred and inclusive teaching, learning and assessment strategies are key to student success; this programme will use current pedagogic research to underpin innovative personal and professional development of the academic professional to support the reflection on current practice, but also to inform a career-long interest in higher education pedagogy.

The programme is aimed at those who are new to the Higher Education Sector in England, without FHEA and wanting to develop new and contemporary knowledge, skills, behaviours and practices for higher education teaching, learning and assessment to maximise the student experience in a specific academic discipline.

Participation in the programme will develop the ability to critically analyse personal academic practice in relation to current policy, practices and higher education pedagogic research. There will be the opportunity, both through formative and summative assessment, to communicate with a range of stakeholders allowing for the development of partnerships, access to networks and opportunities to take part in peer support and developing the skills for ongoing reflective practice that is crucial to academic practice.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
18 months part-time

Department
Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2021

Fee Information

Module Information

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in a relevant subject. Other subject qualifications, equivalent professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants must demonstrate that they are currently teaching or supporting learning on Higher Education level provision for at least 50 hours per academic year.

An Initial Needs Analysis Meeting will be undertaken after application, to ascertain any Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and ensure eligibility for the apprenticeship.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

 *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

GCSE requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or Functional Skills English and Maths at level 2 and be able to provide evidence of these qualifications. It is recommended that applicants have this qualification prior to entry, however if applicants are working towards this qualification, it is a condition that it is completed in advance of End Point Assessment.  The University will facilitate provision of Maths and English qualifications where this is needed.

Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in a relevant subject. Other subject qualifications, equivalent professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants must demonstrate that they are currently teaching or supporting learning on Higher Education level provision for at least 50 hours per academic year.

An Initial Needs Analysis Meeting will be undertaken after application, to ascertain any Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and ensure eligibility for the apprenticeship.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

 *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

GCSE requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or Functional Skills English and Maths at level 2 and be able to provide evidence of these qualifications. It is recommended that applicants have this qualification prior to entry, however if applicants are working towards this qualification, it is a condition that it is completed in advance of End Point Assessment.  The University will facilitate provision of Maths and English qualifications where this is needed.

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

TE7085 -

Introduction to Learning, Teaching and the Student Experience (Core,20 Credits)

The module is designed to meet the needs of higher education professionals in their early career and, as such, it will equip you to become effective, active, reflective and independent learners throughout the rest of your career. It will enable you to recognise, apply and critically analyse appropriate approaches to creating excellence in the student learning journey through enhancing the student experience, innovative teaching and meaningful assessment in the context of higher education.

It will facilitate meeting Higher Education Academy’s UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) requirements leading to Higher Education Academy (HEA) Associate Fellowship (Descriptor I) and contribute to the achievement of Descriptor 2 requirements for Fellowship.

You will be supported to increase your capabilities in learning, teaching and the support of learning by offering a combination of activities, which draw upon reflections on your own practical experiences. This will enable you to develop pedagogical practice supported by the established field of learning and teaching scholarship.

More information

TE7086 -

Developing Academic Scholarship for Learning and Teaching (Core,20 Credits)

Undertaking this module will support you to extend your academic practice and enrich your OneDrive Professional Development Portfolio. This will assist you to demonstrate your skills, knowledge and the key competencies involved in working towards meeting the UKPSF requirements for Higher Education Academy Fellowship Descriptor 2 (D2) whilst evaluating your own practice.

You will have the opportunity to build on your learning that occurred in Module 1 ‘Introduction to the Student Experience, Learning & Teaching’, contextualising this within your own discipline and your own practice as an academic professional. The content of this module is focussed around the evaluation and enhancement of your own teaching and learning activities, including engagement with the Programme Framework for Northumbria Awards (PFNA) process. You will be introduced to a range of methods for the evaluation of practice and consider their implications for assuring quality and enhancement within your own teaching practice. You will develop a critical understanding of pedagogical research scholarship which informs the evaluation of teaching, learning and assessment and how this contributes to high quality student learning and enhancement.

In this module, you will be supported to develop an enquiry based enhancement Practitioner Enquiry Based Research Project which will be assessed via a presentation of 25 minutes to your peers and assessors (Programme Team) to confidently support current and future scholarship activities both in your specific discipline and in a wider higher education context. This Practitioner Enquiry Based Research Project will also provide evidence / case study to refer to in Module 3 Reflective Essay.

More information

TE7087 -

Enhancing Academic Practice through Pedagogic Research (Core,20 Credits)

You will explore research in the context of a range of different paradigms and methods of inquiry to develop your understanding of practitioner or pedagogic research in a rigorous and ethical manner. In order to achieve this, you will be provided with opportunities
to engage with a range of different approaches to research through the media of discussions, seminars, practical research activities and
more independent analysis of contemporary research outputs which are pertinent to your area of professional practice. In reflecting on the success of your own enquiry based research project for module 2, you will have the chance to explore improvement techniques and quality assurance procedures in the wider context of pedagogical research in Higher Education. You will also reflect on your position as an academic in the university supporting the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) and. This will be through engagement with an existing research community of experienced colleagues who will facilitate sessions covering research impact, grant applications, getting published and disseminating research, ethical protocols and other strategic factors. Also, the role of supervisor will be explored and developed.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

TE7085 -

Introduction to Learning, Teaching and the Student Experience (Core,20 Credits)

The module is designed to meet the needs of higher education professionals in their early career and, as such, it will equip you to become effective, active, reflective and independent learners throughout the rest of your career. It will enable you to recognise, apply and critically analyse appropriate approaches to creating excellence in the student learning journey through enhancing the student experience, innovative teaching and meaningful assessment in the context of higher education.

It will facilitate meeting Higher Education Academy’s UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) requirements leading to Higher Education Academy (HEA) Associate Fellowship (Descriptor I) and contribute to the achievement of Descriptor 2 requirements for Fellowship.

You will be supported to increase your capabilities in learning, teaching and the support of learning by offering a combination of activities, which draw upon reflections on your own practical experiences. This will enable you to develop pedagogical practice supported by the established field of learning and teaching scholarship.

More information

TE7086 -

Developing Academic Scholarship for Learning and Teaching (Core,20 Credits)

Undertaking this module will support you to extend your academic practice and enrich your OneDrive Professional Development Portfolio. This will assist you to demonstrate your skills, knowledge and the key competencies involved in working towards meeting the UKPSF requirements for Higher Education Academy Fellowship Descriptor 2 (D2) whilst evaluating your own practice.

You will have the opportunity to build on your learning that occurred in Module 1 ‘Introduction to the Student Experience, Learning & Teaching’, contextualising this within your own discipline and your own practice as an academic professional. The content of this module is focussed around the evaluation and enhancement of your own teaching and learning activities, including engagement with the Programme Framework for Northumbria Awards (PFNA) process. You will be introduced to a range of methods for the evaluation of practice and consider their implications for assuring quality and enhancement within your own teaching practice. You will develop a critical understanding of pedagogical research scholarship which informs the evaluation of teaching, learning and assessment and how this contributes to high quality student learning and enhancement.

In this module, you will be supported to develop an enquiry based enhancement Practitioner Enquiry Based Research Project which will be assessed via a presentation of 25 minutes to your peers and assessors (Programme Team) to confidently support current and future scholarship activities both in your specific discipline and in a wider higher education context. This Practitioner Enquiry Based Research Project will also provide evidence / case study to refer to in Module 3 Reflective Essay.

More information

TE7087 -

Enhancing Academic Practice through Pedagogic Research (Core,20 Credits)

You will explore research in the context of a range of different paradigms and methods of inquiry to develop your understanding of practitioner or pedagogic research in a rigorous and ethical manner. In order to achieve this, you will be provided with opportunities
to engage with a range of different approaches to research through the media of discussions, seminars, practical research activities and
more independent analysis of contemporary research outputs which are pertinent to your area of professional practice. In reflecting on the success of your own enquiry based research project for module 2, you will have the chance to explore improvement techniques and quality assurance procedures in the wider context of pedagogical research in Higher Education. You will also reflect on your position as an academic in the university supporting the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) and. This will be through engagement with an existing research community of experienced colleagues who will facilitate sessions covering research impact, grant applications, getting published and disseminating research, ethical protocols and other strategic factors. Also, the role of supervisor will be explored and developed.

More information

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All information on this course page is accurate at the time of viewing.

Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of online and face to face teaching due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Students will be required to attend campus as far as restrictions allow. Contact time will increase as restrictions ease, or decrease, potentially to a full online offer, should restrictions increase.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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