The APA at Aston follows the Teaching Specialist route and during the programme, participants must spend 20% of their working week on activities directed towards the study of their APA. This includes time spent on the PGCert and PGDip modules.
The PGCert involves:
- Evolving teaching practice
- Programme and curriculum design
- Innovation in learning and teaching
The APA has a curriculum of three parts:
- Core Knowledge
- Core Skills
- Core Values and Behaviours
The PGCert is assessed with coursework.
The PGDip is assessed with a professional presentation and a learning journal.
The APA curriculum is assessed through the End Point Assessment (EPA) which is in three parts:
- An Academic Professional Practice Assessment (formal observation of teaching)
- A Professional Conversation (akin to a viva voce)
- A Written Submission (akin to an assessed practice portfolio)
The APA is entirely managed and conducted by an independent End Point Assessor Organisation (EPAO). Advance HE is the EPAO provider for Aston’s APA.