PgCert in Higher Education Administration, Management and Leadership
A specialised programme designed to realise your potential as a UK HE professional.
Applications will open for our April 2020 intake in November 2019.
The AUA Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration, Management and Leadership (PgCert) is a self-directed, independent, 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 approach and performance in professional contexts
- Develop your understanding and critical awareness of current issues in the sector, through independent learning and research
- Develop your understanding of leadership and management in the context of HE
- Enhance your professional practice through critical appraisal of, and reflection on, your knowledge, skills, behaviours and values
- Develop your reflective skills enabling you to apply your knowledge and understanding to evaluate and analyse your practice and experiences
Structure and assessment
The programme is self-directed and delivered as distance learning via an online workspace. You are supported by three mandatory study days and assigned a mentor who is a HE professional, an AUA member and works at a UK HE institution or within the sector.
The programme comprises two compulsory modules at level 7 that make up the 60 credit PgCert award. These modules run concurrently over the 12 month period. You must successfully complete both in order to achieve the full award, but credits are awarded for any successful module completion.
Programme duration: 12 months
Programme mode: part-time, self-directed, distance learning
The study days for both modules will be staged throughout the 12 month alongside assessments for each module. The assessment formats below are subject to review and change but will provide you with a guide of the expectations whilst on the programme:
Higher Education in Context module*
Formative assessment to aid development
2,000 word – literature review
3,000 word – knowledge assignment
Professional Practice in Higher Education module*
Formative assessment to aid development
2,000 word professional planning assignment
3,000 word assignment reflective assignment with a supporting portfolio of evidence
*assessment formats may be subject to change
More information on the programme structure, expectations of study and the content is available in our prospectus.
Cohorts and study days
There are two intakes per academic year in October and April.
We operate a waiting list system if we’re over-subscribed and recommend that you apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
October 2019: Cohort PGC63 – Applications are now closed.
Study day one – 23 October 2019, NTU, Nottingham
Study day two – 8 January 2020, NTU, Nottingham
Study day three – 20 May 2020, NTU, Nottingham
April 2020: Cohort PGC64 – Applications due to open mid-November 2019.
Study day one – 29 April 2020 NTU, Nottingham
Study day two – 8 July 2020, NTU, Nottingham
Study day three – 25 November 2020, NTU, Nottingham
Due to the nature of the study and assessment for the programme, in order to be eligible for admission to the programme applicants will usually:
- hold a UK or Republic of Ireland first degree (or equivalent); and
- have at least 6 months’ experience of working in the higher education sector, preferably at a higher education institution, in an administrative or managerial capacity; and
- hold a current position within the UK or Republic of Ireland HE sector in an administrative or managerial capacity.
Applicants who do not hold a first degree may be admitted to the programme if they can demonstrate their ability to succeed at level 7 study by:
- holding a current position within the UK or Republic of Ireland HE sector in an administrative or managerial capacity; and
- having at least 12 months’ experience of working in the HE sector in an administrative or managerial capacity; and/or
- holding comparable professional qualifications.
Applicants whose first language is not English must be competent in written and spoken English up to the following standard: IELTS 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in reading and writing) or TOEFL iBT 83 with at least: Reading 18, Listening 17, Speaking 20, Writing 17.
If applicants do not meet the language entry requirements, they will be directed to the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course provided by Nottingham Language Centre prior to the start of the programme. A range of language courses are available.
All applications are considered on an individual basis. Your personal statement, supporting professional reference, qualifications and experience are all taken into account. If you are unsure of your suitability, please contact the Programme Manager.
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. It is a requirement to be a member of the AUA throughout your registration on the programme. Applications are open to non-members.
Please note, the fee includes two years’ AUA membership so membership will be automatically applied at the point of registration.
Programme Fee for 2019/20 academic year
2019/20 fees are £2,675 (includes membership of the AUA for two years, existing members will have their membership extended by two years)
The full programme fee will be invoiced 30 days before the first study day (date of registration).
Where applicants are self-funding fees can be paid in instalments but 50% of the fee must be paid before the first study day.
Fee arrangements must be confirmed at the point of accepting your offer of a place. Please refer to the payment terms and conditions for more information.
Invoices can be raised to you, your employer or a third party.
If you would like your fees to be invoiced earlier than the 30 days or need any more information about payment options, don’t hesitate to contact us.
As a graduate of the programme you are eligible to complete further qualifications:
Stage one – the AUA PgCert (60 credits; two modules each of 30 credits)
Stage two – direct entry to the NTU PgDip (60 credits; two modules each of 30 credits)
Stage three – direct entry to the NTU MSc (a 20 credit research methods module and a 40 credit work related project/dissertation)
For further information and to apply for the Postgraduate Diploma visit NTU’s website or contact NTU’s Executive Education and Corporate Relations Team on +44 (0)115 848 8139, or via email: email@example.com
How to apply
You will need:
A completed application form, which includes a 250 – 500 word personal statement on why you’re applying.
A reference from someone that can comment on your suitability for the programme.
This is likely to be your current line manager and should be submitted on letter headed paper at the point of applying.
We recommend that you read the prospectus before you start your application so you understand what the programme entails and the expectations of a self-directed, independent learner. We also bring your attention to our payment terms and conditions.
We consider and accept applications in the order that we receive them. Applications will close when the cohort is full or six weeks before the first study day. You will need confirmation of funding at the point of accepting your offer of a place on the programme. We are unable to consider applications until a full application has been received which includes a reference. If you have any queries regarding this process please contact the Programme Team.
Provided that all required documents are included the outcome of your application will normally be confirmed within 10 working days of receipt. If your application is successful, we’ll send you an offer and payment schedule form.
As the programme is run collaboratively with Nottingham Trent University, you will be enrolled as a student with NTU and are able to obtain a student ID card.
The AUA is committed to providing equal opportunities for all members. We are committed to providing equality of opportunity through the best possible level of support to disabled participants. You can contact the Programme Manager to discuss any specific needs.
Applications will open in November for our April 2020 intake.
I do not have an undergraduate degree. Can I be considered for the PgCert programme?
The standard entry requirements are a first degree and experience of working in the higher education (HE) sector, preferably at a higher education institution (HEI). If you’ve been working within the HE sector for many years but do not have a first degree then it may be that you meet the entry criteria. All applications are considered on an individual basis; taking your personal statement and supporting professional reference into account as well as your qualifications and experience. If you’re unsure as to your suitability for the programme, please contact us for further information.
Can I undertake the PgCert programme if I am not based in the UK or ROI?
The PgCert programme is only eligible for participants who live and work in the UK and ROI as the programme is based on the UK higher education sector. Therefore, it is not possible for anyone outside the UK and ROI to apply for the programme.
Do all places get taken up on the PgCert programme?
We have two cohorts (intakes) per academic year in October and April/May. Our most popular intake is October, which often becomes full prior to the closing date. When this happens, we operate a waiting list on a ‘first come, first served’ basis in case any candidate withdraws their place on the programme prior to the start date. For this reason, we recommend that applications are submitted as early as possible during your preferred cohort application period.
What is the closing date for applications to the PgCert programme?
Applications normally close six weeks before the first study day or when all the places on the programme have been filled.
Can my institution pay my fees before the end of the current financial year?
Yes. If you would like your fees to be invoiced earlier than one month before the first study day, please contact us to make arrangements.
My referee is on annual leave or unable to provide a reference at the moment. Can I submit my reference at a later date?
Without a reference, we would not be able to consider or process your application so we’d recommend you wait until your application is complete before you submit it.
Will I be a registered student during my time on the programme?
Yes. As the programme is run collaboratively with Nottingham Trent University (NTU), you will be enrolled as a student with NTU and have the opportunity to obtain a student ID card for the duration of the programme.
For further information on the PgCert programme please contact us.
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