Skip navigation

Enter your details to receive an email with a link to a downloadable PDF of this course and to receive the latest news and information from Northumbria University

* By submitting your information you are consenting to your data being processed by Northumbria University (as Data Controller) and Campus Management Corp. (acting as Data Processor). To see the University's privacy policy please click here

CLOSE

*SUBJECT TO VALIDATION*

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

Fee Information

Module Information

The programme encourages the development of a social, political, economic and practical perspective on issues relating to higher education teaching, learning and assessment practices by considering the impacts of initiatives and policy variations in the higher education sector.

There will be a strong focus on understanding the multiplicity of learners’ needs to ensure the design and delivery of inclusive experiences to a wide and diverse demographic of students as well as understanding the processes to access the wider support available, thus aiming for an outstanding student experience. All learning opportunities are mapped to the UKPSF (UK Professional Standards Framework) and thus to the APA (Academic Professional Apprenticeship) Standard.

End Point Assessment (EPA) *Apprenticeship only

For Apprentices, there is an additional set of assessments required called End Point Assessments (EPAs) which are completed within 3 months after the 18 month taught programme. Much of the programme’s assessment (both formative and summative) contribute towards the EPAs, but additional time is set out in the Standard’s Assessment Plan to prepare for these assessments. In response, the programme team host writing workshops, editing support sessions and professional conversation practice as part of the offer.

As this is a non-integrated Apprenticeship, the Academic Professional Apprenticeship Assessment Plan requires that an Independent Assessor from an End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) conducts the EPAs. Currently, through the EPAO we work with, all assessments are submitted digitally and conducted remotely.  

Full module information for the programme will be released following validation.

Apprentices are required to attend the University, for induction and then on a weekly basis for taught sessions. Each module takes place over a semester and a semester is 12 teaching weeks in length. Taught sessions take place weekly on a Thursday 10.00-12.00 throughout a 12-week semester at Northumbria University’s City Campus.

The Academic Professional programme and modules are designed and led by experienced and well-qualified academics all with S/FHEA and their own Higher Education Pedagogic research underpinning practice and research informing their design, delivery and quality assurance of your programme.  

Talent from across the institution and sector offer guest seminars to introduce practice, research, policy and theory to enrich the community of practice.

Technology used to enhance your Learning

Apprentice’s will have access to an online learning platform called Blackboard where module leaders will build the learning and assessment materials for each module. The online Collaborate platform will be used for some online sessions, particularly where this kind of learning is being showcased. All assessments are set (Panopto lecture captured), submitted and returned online, Portfolios are created and shared via ‘cloud’ storage and some Tripartite meetings are conducted virtually. Access to the extensive library and learning resources, materials, expertise and spaces are fully available to all students and apprentices.

 

 

In partnership with Northumbria University, an employer will support the learner at work to achieve their apprenticeship. Whilst studying, the apprentice will be required to work full-time, for at least 30 hours a week, and will be supported through learning at work to achieve the requirements of the apprenticeship standard.

Employers need to provide apprentices with an allocated workplace mentor – known as Learning and Teaching Mentors (LTMs). LTMs host bimonthly meetings with apprentices to discuss progress in the job role and workplace, an to share approaches and strategies. LTMs join the Tripartite meetings and provide a structured Session Observation and feedback.

Northumbria University provides annual training for LTMs and will ask apprentices to provide the details of their LTMs when the Initial Needs Analysis meeting takes place before the start of the programme, so that we can communicate with them in support of mentoring.

For the Apprenticeship route your employer needs to commit to you receiving 20% Off the Job for training (20% OtJT). This is a condition of the degree apprenticeship ESFA’s funding rules. The programme leader will work individually with employers to determine number of hours required for OtJT depending on the contractual details per apprentice.

An employer should provide apprentices with opportunities to practice teaching, learning and assessment and associated activities across the FHEQ (Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications) levels. Where direct responsibility is not possible, apprentices should pro-actively work with mentors to identify and plan to address gaps. Apprentices need to have enough teaching in their timetable to practice that which they have learnt about to then then generated the evidence to underpin their claim on the assessments.

The employer covers all tuition fees for the apprentice, the total payment required depends on the organisation’s apprenticeship levy status.

Students studying an apprenticeship do not pay any tuition fees, however, as they are in full-time employment they do not have student status and therefore are not entitled to apply for student finance.  

To discuss the fees for this apprenticeship in detail or to explore signing an agreement with the university, complete the enquiry form below and someone from our Business and Enterprise team will be in touch shortly.

 Enquire now about this apprenticeship:

We guide both employer and employee through the application and funding process and will be on hand to assist you during the apprenticeship journey.

Initial Needs Analysis (INA)

Once we receive your application, the Programme Leader will arrange an Initial Needs Analysis (INA) meeting where an audit of your prior skills, knowledge and experience is recorded. This is to ensure that you are recognised for any prior learning (RPL), allowing us to ensure that you join the programme at the point most suitable for you to gain new learning and build upon existing experience. 

This meeting will also ensure that you have the required professional role to embed, and evidence the progression on the learning that is provided. We will also take note of your workplace mentor who will support your progress throughout the programme. We will contact your LTM for training and Tripartite meetings.

Eligibility for Apprenticeship

This INA will also be used to ensure that you are eligible for the Apprenticeship route. You will need to have achieved (and have the evidence) of Level 2 in Maths and English Language (or commit to achieving these before the end of the taught programme) and also have three-year residency status in England. 

All students are required to be in full-time employment to study the Academic Professional Degree Apprenticeship. If you are interested in studying this apprenticeship and you are in current full-time employment complete our online enquiry form.

If you are not in full-time employment but would like to study this apprenticeship programme, discover our recruitment opportunities below. Alternatively, visit our vacancies page for information on all apprenticeship opportunities currently available.

To start the application process for either current employees or new recruits contact our Business and Enterprise team today by email or complete our online enquiry form. Alternatively, you can call 0191 227 3251.

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.

If you'd like to receive news and information from us in the future about the course or finance then please complete the below form

* By submitting your information you are consenting to your data being processed by Northumbria University (as Data Controller) and Campus Management Corp. (acting as Data Processor). To see the University's privacy policy please click here

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

To start your application, simply select the month you would like to start your course.

Academic Professional Higher Apprenticeship | Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP)

START MONTH
YEAR

Any Questions?

Our admissions team will be happy to help. They can be contacted on 0191 406 0901.

Contact Details for Applicants:

Current, Relevant and Inspiring

We continuously review and improve course content in consultation with our students and employers. To make sure we can inform you of any changes to your course register for updates on the course page.

Your Learning Experience find out about our distinctive approach at 
www.northumbria.ac.uk/exp

Admissions Terms and Conditions - northumbria.ac.uk/terms
Fees and Funding - northumbria.ac.uk/fees
Admissions Policy - northumbria.ac.uk/adpolicy
Admissions Complaints Policy - northumbria.ac.uk/complaints

Order your prospectus

If you're a UK/EU student and would like to know more about our courses, you can order a copy of our prospectus here.

Get a downloadable PDF of this course and updates from Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Enter your details to receive an email with a link to a downloadable PDF of this course and to receive the latest news and information from Northumbria University

* By submitting your information you are consenting to your data being processed by Northumbria University (as Data Controller) and Campus Management Corp. (acting as Data Processor). To see the University's privacy policy please click here

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships
+

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

At Northumbria University, our higher and degree apprenticeships are more than a learning programme; they are a partnership. We work with organisations to create courses that meet the demands of businesses.

 

CPD
+

CPD and Short Courses

Our Continual Professional Development (CPD) courses are designed to open up exciting new possibilities for individuals and organisations. By increasing skills and knowledge and introducing new ways of thinking and working we create impact in performance at all levels.

Is your business ready to take on tomorrow?
+

#TakeonTomorrow

The world is changing faster than ever before. The future is there to be won by organisations who find ways to turn today’s possibilities into tomorrow’s competitive edge.

Back to top