Academic Practice: Learning and Teaching OR Research

Academic Practice: Learning and Teaching OR Research PGCert

Degree Apprenticeship

Academic Professional - Level 7

Formalise your Academic Professional status within higher education to deliver higher education teaching or develop research that supports the development of knowledge within your subject discipline.

Academic Practice: Learning and Teaching Pathway

Be prepared as an early career academic to achieve the professional standards in order to teach successfully in an HE context. Develop the tools to improve/enhance the quality of your teaching, learning support and assessment activities, including their methodology.

To model professional practice, including a wide range of appropriate teaching, learning and assessment strategies that academics can critically analyse and apply in their own teaching.

Academic Practice: Research Pathway

Gain the appropriate HEA recognition as Associate Fellows of the HEA as new research based HE professionals, whilst in the role. Reflect on your own practice and the context of your role, understand the UCLan and broader HE context in which you will be operating to become a certified professional.

Develop your theoretical, conceptual and methodological bases for addressing your personal and professional development within the context of your subject discipline and research practice.

As a result of this apprenticeship you will have the theoretical, conceptual and methodological bases for addressing your own personal and professional development within the context of your subject discipline.

Benefits to the apprentice

  • Fully funded through the Apprenticeship Levy
  • Accelerate your career without a career break
  • Achieve a professional qualification/accreditation alongside the degree.
  • Share and learn with a unique peer network of professionals

Benefits to the employers

  • Upskill future leaders to help scale your business
  • Industry led learning to apply in your business
  • Access funding to develop highly qualified professionals
  • Projects deliver tangible business benefits

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What does the programme lead to

Academic Professionals work within the higher education (HE) sector delivering higher education teaching and undertaking research to support the development of knowledge within their discipline. They may work in Universities, Colleges or the Private Sector, in the primary role of developing and sharing knowledge with students, peers and external stakeholders to support advancement of the discipline and the resolution of major challenges.

Academic Professionals play an active role in supporting a range of people including students, funders, stakeholders and government to gain insight into their specialist discipline area. Academic Professionals engage in continuing professional development in both their discipline and their pedagogy and make use of appropriate technologies to support the acquisition of knowledge.

Academic Professionals will reach full competency in their role through this apprenticeship, taking them from their entry point to employment in higher education to full professional competence, which can be achieved only following extensive training and work experience in both the core elements of the apprenticeship and in a specialist route for either teaching or research.

At entry point, individuals have considerable expertise in a particular subject discipline, usually as indicated by the completion of postgraduate level 7 or level 8 qualifications, but still need the substantial training indicated below to acquire full competency as an Academic Professional.  The Academic Professional Apprenticeship Standard reflects widely understood professional standards for both the teaching and research routes in higher education and is aligned to the Higher Education Academy’s UK Professional Standards Framework and Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework.

Job Roles

Lecturer, Principal Lecturer, Research Associate, Researcher

Professional qualifications

The Apprenticeship Standard and Assessment Plan are aligned to the current editions of the Higher Education Academy UK Professional Standards Framework (UK-PSF) and the Vitae Researcher Development Framework. A successful apprentice who meets the requirements for the specialist teaching role will be eligible for professional recognition as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Vitae is currently developing a similar scheme for professional recognition for those who meet the requirements for the specialist research role.

UCLan works with employers to design and deliver degree apprenticeships and establishes the content and delivery of a programme according to their needs on an individual basis.

UCLan is committed to the principle of an apprenticeship being the development of an individual into a role of which the course is one component. What and how this is delivered is designed with the employer through the tailoring of delivery both mode and content.

Information for apprentices

LEVEL: Level 7
START DATE: September
DELIVERY: Part-time
DURATION: 24 months

FEES: Tuition Fees are paid by funding through the Employer and/or Government via the Apprenticeship Levy, meaning that you as the learner do not pay the standard tuition fee rates. Students on Degree Apprenticeships do not qualify for any funding from Student Finance.

How you can access the programme

Contact our course enquiries team on 01772 892400 or email

If you are already in a relevant job role, talk to your manager or your employer and share the programme information with them. They may be willing to support you through the Apprenticeship. Contact our Business Development team on 01772 895500 or email for support.

Entry Requirements

Participants must be employed by UCLan on an academic contract of 0.6 or more, have less than three years’ experience in HE, and not currently hold Fellowship of the HEA or a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE. Their contract of employment must be at least 36 months in duration from the point of employment and must have at least 24 months left at the point of entry onto the course.

Participants would normally hold a Level 7 qualification (or equivalent professional experience) in their own discipline or subject area. The University’s normal APEL policy and processes apply.

Degree and Higher Apprenticeships have flexible entry requirements. We work closely with the employer and apprentice to consider previous qualifications and experience. This may also include consideration of year of entry.


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Participants must be employed by UCLan on an academic contract of 0.6 or more.

Course Content

Level 7

Academic Practice: Learning and Teaching Pathway

  • Introduction to Learning and Teaching in HE
  • Learning, Teaching and Assessment
  • Enhancing Professional Practice.

Level 7

Academic Practice: Research Pathway

  • Introduction to Learning and Teaching in HE
  • Developing as an Independent Researcher
  • Developing as a Research Leader


All of our degree apprenticeships are day release (1 day per week). 

Learning Environment and Assessment

UCLan has an extensive array of learning resources both on and off campus. For those off campus there are many resources:

  • Electronic resources including e-journals and e-books
  • Search by Subject guides to help access journals and books, etc
  • Online access to other libraries and information services (perhaps closer to home) through local and national schemes such as Sconul Access.
  • Inter-Library Loans Service
  • Information Skills training programme
  • Access to IT help and advice from LIS Customer Support
  • The Remote Access services allow students to access their UCLan network account, the library's electronic resources and some core software applications from their own computer as if they were on-campus.

End Point Assessment

The Degree Apprenticeship programme includes an End Point Assessment (EPA) to check that students have met the Apprenticeship Standard competencies and are ready to join the profession with full occupational competence.

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Information for Employers

Apprenticeships allow the learner to combine work and study by mixing on-the-job training with classroom learning. An apprentice will be employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week at one of our UCLan campuses or training centres. By the end of their apprenticeship, they will have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in their chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level.

Apprentices in every role follow an approved study programme, which means they’ll gain a nationally recognised qualification at the end of their apprenticeship.

APPRENTICESHIP STANDARD: Academic Professional - Read more
LEVEL: Level 7
FUNDING BAND: up to £9,000
View more information on Levy and Non-levy paying organisations and eligibility.

Funding bands range from £1,500 to £27,000 and sets the maximum amount of digital funds an employer who pays the levy can use towards an individual apprenticeship.

How to access the programme

Contact our Business Development Team:
Telephone: 01772 895500, email:

Further Information about Degree Apprenticeships

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)
For more information, contact Business Development on 01772 895500 or email


The Apprenticeship Standard along with the degree qualification forms the degree/higher apprenticeship programme. View the standard.

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry |
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Further Information for students

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