The AUA Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration, Management and Leadership (PgCert) is a work-based learning programme for higher education professionals working within UK higher education administration.
The programme deepens and tests your knowledge and understanding of the HE sector whilst enhancing your skills as a reflective practitioner, incorporating the AUA values and CPD Framework of Professional Behaviours into your working life.
The programme will:
- Engage you in a process of planned professional development, based on reflection and self-assessment of your skills and competencies in professional contexts
- Develop your understanding and critical awareness of current issues in the sector, through independent learning and research
- Enhance your professional practice through critical appraisal of, and reflection on, your knowledge, skills, behaviours and values
- Develop reflective skills enabling you to apply your knowledge and understanding to evaluate and analyse your practice and experiences
These courses are not only underpinned by academic rigour, but help participants to develop knowledge and skills that can be easily transferred to the workplace. Ultimately, the courses aim to develop excellent administrators who have the skills, integrity and commitment to make a positive contribution to the societies in which they live and work.
If you completed the AUA Postgraduate Certificate Professional Practice in HE Management during the last five years, you qualify for direct progression to the diploma.
This course is delivered in collaboration with the Association of University Administrators (AUA).
What you'll study
The UK HE Sector
This module allows participants to look at a number of current issues in the HE sector, to analyse and evaluate the existing knowledge base pertaining to higher education, thereby developing a systematic understanding and cultural awareness of current issues in the sector.
Reflective Practice for work-based learning
This module allows a student to apply their knowledge and understanding of the HE sector to their practice through work-based learning. The aim is to allow students to analyse and evaluate their knowledge of the HE sector and apply this to their own practice and the context in which they work. Through critical reflection on their knowledge, practice, experiences and learning, students will demonstrate their ability to apply reflective skills to improve practice and to support their continuing professional development and personal improvement.
The assessments for the course are as follows:
Module 1: The UK HE Sector
- Module 1 assessment requirements comprise of three knowledge assignments: one formative 3000 word assessment and two summative 3000 word assessments.
Module 2: Reflective practice in work-based learning
- 4000 word assignment supported by up to 20 pieces of evidence to demonstrate professional development and engagement with the AUA's values and professional behaviours.
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How you’re taught
All students are required to attend three study days—two for the first module, and one for the second module. Study days are interactive and will contain practical group discussions to provide guidance and information. The study days also maximise networking opportunities with other students on the programme.
You are supported by an assigned a mentor who is a HE professional, an AUA member and works at a UK HE institution or within the sector.
You'll also use our virtual learning environment, NOW, which is a flexible web-based system that gives you 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.
Careers and employability
This course does not currently offer placements, but the course assignments are based on real-world issues.
Applicants must therefore be in employment, or be able to gain access to an organisation upon which to base assignments. You will need permission from the organisation to use their data during your course.
You will need one of the following:
- Honours degree; and
- At least 6 months’ experience of working in the HE sector in an administrative or managerial capacity
If you do not hold a first degree you may be admitted to the programme if you have:
- At least 12 months’ experience of working in the HE sector in an administrative or managerial capacity; or
- Equivalent professional or other qualifications
All applications are considered on an individual basis. Your personal statement, supporting professional reference, qualifications and experience are all taken into account.
The programme is based on the UK higher education sector and therefore only eligible for applicants who live and work in the UK or ROI. Unfortunately it is not possible for anyone outside the UK or ROI to apply.
How to apply
All participants should apply via the AUA website.
Successful applicants will need to join the AUA (Association of University Administrators) before they register on the course.
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