Academic Professional Level 7

Subject Area Teacher Training
Course Type Apprenticeship
Qualification Level 7
Start Date September 2020
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Academic Professional Level 7

Academic Professionals work within the higher education (HE) sector delivering higher education teaching and undertaking research to support the development of knowledge within their discipline.

They may work in Universities, Colleges or the Private Sector, in the primary role of developing and sharing knowledge with students, peers and external stakeholders to support advancement of the discipline and the resolution of major challenges.

Academic Professionals play an active role in supporting a range of people including students, funders, stakeholders and government to gain insight into their specialist discipline area.

Academic Professionals engage in continuing professional development in both their discipline and their pedagogy and make use of appropriate technologies to support the acquisition of knowledge.

This apprenticeship is suitable for those who are teaching higher education and wanting to develop their pedagogical practice and research skills. There are two pathways; the teaching or research.

  • Duration: 18 Months

  • Delivery: One day a week

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Course Details

Entry Requirements
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  • You must have a GCSE Grade 4(C) in English
  • You must have a GCSE Grade 4(C) in Maths
  • Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training, or equivalent and Level 6 Bachelor's degree
What will I learn?
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  • A range of teaching, assessment and feedback methods used in higher education to support learning and achievement

  • How students learn and how to adapt delivery methods to support a range of students’ needs

  • How research is conducted, within own and related disciplines and in interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary contexts

  • Regulatory, administrative, financial, planning procedures, risk management, quality assurance and quality enhancement, and how they are related to their role in higher education

  • Technological processes associated with effectiveness in your role within the HE sector

  • Methods for evaluating the effectiveness of academic activities, such as teaching and the quality and impact of research

Careers & Employability
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Academic Professionals will reach full competency in their role through this apprenticeship, taking them from their entry point to employment in higher education to full professional competence, which can be achieved only following extensive training and work experience in both the core elements of the apprenticeship and in a specialist route for either teaching or research. At entry point, individuals have considerable expertise in a particular subject discipline, usually as indicated by the completion of postgraduate level 7 or level 8 qualifications, but still need the substantial training indicated below to acquire full competency as an Academic Professional.

Katy has worked in secondary schools (private and public), further education (FE) and higher education (HE) environments and is qualified with a PGCE in Secondary Physical Education, QTS and QTLS. She holds a Master’s in Education and is studying for her Professional Doctorate in Education with a specialism in outdoor education. She has taught for over 10 years and developed and managed FE and HE programmes with a wide range of experience teaching across a large range of levels. She is passionate about education and supporting teachers and educators to be the best they can.Katy Joy

Paignton Campus – Vantage Point

This course is available at our Vantage Point Campus. 

Our inspirational Paignton Campus provides the very best learning environment, featuring state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

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