Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice

(Step 1 towards a Masters Degree)

Postgraduate qualifications are based on a credit pathway.

Postgraduate Certificate is 60 credits

Postgraduate Diploma is 120 credits

Masters Degree is 180 credits

You can enrol for a Masters Degree from the outset or you can take a step-on, step-off route; achieve the Postgraduate Certificate and come back later for the Postgraduate Diploma or Masters Degree.  You may be able to 'fast track' along the pathway by making an APL claim

Who is it for?

This course offers a flexible, work based project route for professionals who wish to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate. You can gain credit for your experience and your course is linked directly to carrying out projects at work.

To achieve a Postgraduate qualification you need to gain credits at level 7 which is Masters level. You begin with a Postgraduate Certificate and can progress to a Postgraduate Diploma or an MA/MSc.

Course Details

The first step is the ‘Self Review and Programme Planning’ module where you review your learning to date and design the work based project that you will undertake. You complete an assignment for this module.

20 credits

You can now make a claim for your prior learning and experience. This is called an APL claim (accreditation of prior learning). Each person's claim will vary and the number of credits awarded will depend on their job role, experience and their level of responsibility. For illustration you could be awarded 20 credits.

If you do not wish to complete an APL claim you can complete 2 x 10 credit short courses.

20 credits

You then complete a work based project which is agreed between you, your line manager and the University. You are supported by a tutor on a 1:1 basis and you write a project report.


20 credits

You would now be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate

60 credits

Depending on your job role and the level of your responsibility you may be able to gain up to 60 credits for your APL claim so you may decide to progress straight onto a Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters Degree.


If you begin with a Postgraduate Certificate you can progress to a Postgraduate Diploma (a further 60 credits) or a Masters Degree (a further 120 credits).


Assessments are based on applying your learning to work based activities so they are highly relevant and useful, and there are no exams!

Entry requirements

We recognise prior learning and experience; there are no formal entry requirements and you don’t necessarily need a first degree to apply


Each 20 credit module is £726

Each 10 credits awarded via an APL claim is £100

For information on financial assistance to support your learning visit: Student finance, loans and universities

Course Dates

Feb, May, Oct
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