Academic Professional Degree Apprenticeship

Academic Professional Degree Apprenticeship

About the Course

The apprenticeship seeks to enhance your knowledge and skills in teaching and learning in a way that can be directly applied to your academic practice.

This programme includes a Postgraduate Diploma in Academic Practice and is accredited by AdvanceHE (formerly the Higher Education Academy).

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at those:

  • Delivering teaching and learning at a Higher Education Institute or on a Higher Education qualification
  • Interested in expanding their knowledge, understanding, skills and abilities in both teaching and learning, and wider academic practice
  • With a minimum workload of 50 hours per year dedicated to teaching and/or supporting learning hours

How the programme is delivered

This is a practice-based course with the learning centred on your own professional academic practice.

Scheduled, guided and independent learning activities are designed to develop your professional practice and provide exposure to a variety of different teaching, learning and assessment methods, techniques, technologies and environments. Relevant research, scholarship and pedagogy provide a sound evidence- based underpinning to your reflections and learning.

Level and expected entry qualifications

This is a postgraduate apprenticeship at Level 7. Applicants are normally expected to have a degree, or equivalent qualifications or experience.

Employer-based learning

You will extend the learning you do with us through your workplace practice. To achieve this, you will keep a portfolio of practice throughout the qualification and will have an in-practice mentor who can help contextualise your learning and assist you in reflecting upon the evidence you collect.

Topics Covered

  • The fundamentals of teaching practice in higher education
  • Using technology to enhance teaching, learning and assessment
  • Designing and delivering assessment and feedback
  • Communicating with professional and academic communities
  • Budgeting and planning in academic management
  • Innovating your teaching
  • Understanding the regulatory and quality assurance environment
  • Evaluating and enhancing the quality of your provision

Duration of course is typically 24 months.

Qualifications include a
Postgraduate Diploma in Academic Practice and Recognition of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

English and Maths to Level 2 are included if not held at entry.


Why University of Bedfordshire?

  • Campuses in Bedford, Luton, Milton Keynes and Aylesbury.
  • We place strong emphasis on practical and professional skills alongside high quality education and training. Many of our programmes successfully combine employment with professional studies.
  • Employers and apprentices are supported by experienced Apprenticeship Co-ordinators, through workplace visits and regular reviews.
  • TEF Silver – Proud to achieve Silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework
  • Commended by the QAA for the high quality and standards of our higher education provision (QAA 2015)
  • Top 250 University under 50 years old (THE 2020)
  • 8th in the country in the University Green League (People and Planet 2019)
  • Eco Campus Platinum award (2020)
  • Continued investment in facilities for our students. Most significantly we opened a £40m STEM building at our Luton campus in 2019.
  • Our apprenticeship programmes can be configured to suit employers’ specific needs.

Get in touch

If you would like to find out about how we can help your organisation benefit from higher and degree apprenticeships call us on 0800 328 5334 or email apprenticeships@beds.ac.uk