Centre for Academic Practice

Professional Development

Taught Course in Academic Practice

What is the Taught Course?

Please note that the Taught Course has been replaced by the Academic Professional Apprenticeship (APA). The Academic Professional Apprenticeship course comprises of four units which can be completed between 18 months to 2 years. Each unit is made up of two full-days and two half-days of study with the unit leader. You will be required to have a formative and summative observation each year of the course.

Please contact Sarah Turner (S.Turner4@lboro.ac.uk) for further details.

Who is it for?

The Academic Professional Apprenticeship is mandatory for new lecturers on academic probation at Loughborough University who require Fellowship of the HEA recognition. By completing this course, you will gain Fellowship of the HEA and a certificate stating successful completion of the APA.

What are the benefits?

The Academic Professional Apprenticeship has been introduced in order to:

  • Extend opportunities for undertaking a teaching award to a wide range of staff who teach and/or support learning in the University
  • Ensure taught accredited provision is integrated into the wider CPD Framework of the University
  • Offer professional recognition at Descriptor 2 of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), i.e. Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)


What is involved?

The blended learning delivery includes full-day and half-day Study Days, as well as self-study.  The four units, all compulsory and participants are assessed by coursework and formative and summative teaching observations must be passed in order to complete the course.  

Who oversees the APA?

The Centre for Academic Practice is the owning department for the course.  An Academic Practice Programme Steering Committee ensures appropriate overview of the quality and standards of the provision. The course was accredited by the HEA in February 2018.

What is the impact of the Academic Professional Apprenticeship on academic probation?

Satisfactory completion of the Academic Professional Apprenticeship is a requirement for new lecturers on academic probation to achieve Fellowship of the HEA.  Included in the course is contact time with your Probation Advisor, workshops on research and enterprise and reflection on Work Plans.  Delivery is supported by the Research Office, Enterprise Office, Glendonbrook Centre and the Library.  Reports on the progress of new lecturers taking the course will be made available to School Deans following the Assessment Boards. 

When can I start?

There are two start points for the Academic Professional Apprenticeship – July and January.  If you are on academic probation you must start nearest your own starting date at the University.   

How can I find out more?

Enquiries to:

Programme Director, Sarah Turner.