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
Higher Education in Context
This module allows students to look at a number of topics relating to the higher education sector. The aim of the module is to give students the opportunity to analyse and evaluate the existing knowledge base pertaining to higher education, thereby developing a critical awareness of current issues in the sector.
Professional Practice in Higher Education
The aim of this module is to allow students to analyse and evaluate their knowledge of the higher education sector; and of leadership, governance and management; 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.
How you’re taught
ll students are required to attend three study days with combined content for both modules. 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.
The course uses both formative assessment, to help students to develop their skills and test their academic writing skills, and summative assessments, the results of which determine final awards. The assessments are designed to test all course learning outcomes set out in Section 7.
The assessments for the course are as follows:
Module 1: Higher Education in Context
- A 750 word essay plan relating to the knowledge assignment, identifying readings; key points in the argument; and a sample paragraph - formative
- A literature review of leadership management and governance in the HE sector: 2000 words, summative, weighted at 30% of the module grade
- A knowledge assignment on a current HE policy matter, chosen from four possible titles: 3000 words, summative, weighted at 70% of the module grade
Module 2: Professional Practice in Higher Education
- A 750 word short reflective essay identifying how one model of reflective practice might be used to develop the student’s professional practice with reference to either one of the four values or one of the nine professional behaviours in the AUA’s CPD framework - formative
- A professional development planning assignment comprising a critical appraisal of models for reflective practice; and a justification for the focus of professional development over the programme and the choice of reflective practice model which underpins it: 2000 words, summative, weighted at 30% of the module grade
- A reflective assignment demonstrating a student’s professional development during the programme, with a supporting portfolio of evidence: 3000 words, summative, weighted at 70% of the module grade.
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 usually:
- have at least 6 months experience of working in the HE sector in an administrative or managerial capacity; and
- be currently working within the UK or Republic of Ireland HE sector; and
- hold a UK or Republic of Ireland undergraduate degree or equivalent
If you do not hold a first degree you may be admitted to the programme if you:
- have at least 12 months of experience of working in the HE sector in an administrative or managerial capacity; and
- are currently working within the UK or Republic of Ireland HE sector; and/or
- hold equivalent professional or other qualifications, judged on a case-by-case basis
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.
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Fees and funding
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