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University Advanced Professional Certificate Higher Education Practice

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Year of Entry 2021/22
University Advanced Professional Certificate

Higher Education Practice

Progress your career in higher education, developing your ability to support students and communicate effectively.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £1,700 for the course
International/EU: £2,410 for the course
How long will I study? 5 Months
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? July 2022

Course summary

Develop your understanding of theory and practice relating to the support of students, communication and learning in higher education. Learn to create and manage effective learning and support environments. Understand how to work with students in order to help them reach their potential in higher education. Increase your awareness of the wider higher education context and current issues.This course is suitable if you work in a student-facing role in higher education, whether you are experienced or newly appointed. It is designed to develop your career in higher education, both in terms of effectiveness in your role and your career progression.

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Nicole Warwick

'I would recommend this course to anyone who teaches or delivers any type of training to students or staff. I was encouraged to trial different methods of delivery, while reflecting on successes and failures. I now think differently about the whole process of running training sessions.'

Nicole Warwick, UAPC Higher Education Practice, 2018 graduate

How you learn

Your lecturer's view
Watch lecturer Dr Jonathan Wainwright talk about Teaching and Education at Sheffield Hallam University.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

The course is led by academic staff from the Sheffield Institute of Education. You learn through lectures, including some by visiting professionals, an observation of your professional practice, one-to-one support and feedback tailored to your area of practice.

Course leaders and tutors

Rebecca Hodgson
Rebecca Hodgson
Assistant Dean (Student Experience)

As Head of Student Experience and Quality Enhancement I am responsible for College leadership relating to academic quality and standards, and as a course leader in T … Read more

Future careers

This course helps you develop your career in higher education, both in terms of effectiveness in your role and your career progression.After completing this course, you may wish to progress onto the PgCert, PgDip and/or MA in Education. Completing the full postgraduate certificate leads to Fellowship of the HEA, equating to descriptor of the UK Professional Standards Framework.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Entry requirements

All students

A UK honours degree (or equivalent) and 15 hours of student contact / work supporting students, teaching and / or learning over the duration of the course (confirmed by applicant's line manager).

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 with 6.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Introduction To Higher Education Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting part-time study in 2021/22 is £1,700 for the course.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting part-time study in 2021/22 is £2,410 for the course.

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Postgraduate student loans

Up to £11,222 available for Home students on most masters courses.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Teaching and education courses (PDF, 260.5KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

Apply for July 2022

You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry.

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Why not come to our next open day? Open days are the perfect place to talk to staff and students, visit our campuses and get all the information you need. Alternatively, feel free to ask us a question.

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