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Are you ready to apply for your PgCert or MA Academic Practice? We've put together some guidance to help you check. You can also read answers to some common questions about applications to our courses. Both internal and external applicants should then download a form for signature before you apply online.

Before you apply

Before you apply check that you:

If you have completed the PgCert and would like to enrol on the MA Academic Practice you will need to submit a new application. Your credits from the PgCert will be transferred to the MA.

Make an application

The PgCert, MA and Standalone units are now closed for new applications for the January 2020 start.  Please check back in the spring to find out about applying to begin your studies in January 2021.

If you would like to take the Supervising Research Degrees unit starting January 2020 and have not yet submitted an online application please get in touch

English language requirements

If your secondary or higher level of education was not conducted in the medium of English, you will need to attach evidence of your English language ability to your application. The minimum requirement is an IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 in each element, or an equivalent qualification such as TOEFL, or the Cambridge Advanced exam.

English language courses are available at the Language Centre. For English language test exemptions, please visit the English language requirements page.

What happens next?

You will receive an automated email once your application has been submitted.  Once a decision has been made on your application you will be notified by email.


Can I receive credit for any previous experience or qualifications?

It may be possible to receive credits for previous courses (admissions with academic credit, or AAC) or for experiential learning (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning, or APEL). You need to identify the units you are claiming credit for and complete an AAC or APEL application form. You’ll need to demonstrate that you’ve achieved equivalent learning outcomes in your previous course of study, or through experiential learning.

For full criteria and the number of credits that you can make a claim for, download the Guide to AAC and APEL (Word 21KB)

Disability and dyslexia support

UAL is committed to diversity, individuality and equality. We support all students, including those who have dyslexia, long term health conditions, mental health issues, physical or sensory impairments or autism spectrum disorders. If you have, or think that you might have a disability, please contact the University Disability Service as soon as possible to discuss your support needs in confidence.

Contacting the Disability Service in good time means that the right support can be put in place for you should you need it.

Disability Service: +44(0) 20 7514 6156/6157 or

Questions about your application?

Application deadlines

Places are limited, so it is best that you apply as soon as possible.

If you have missed the deadline, please email the admin team to see if we are accepting any late applications.

Enrolling on the MA Academic Practice after completing the PgCert

You will need to submit a new application to continue on to the MA.  Your credits from the PgCert will be transferred to the MA. Visit the MA section for application forms.

Choices of study day and elective units

If your first choice of study day (cohort) and elective unit are full when we receive your application, you will automatically be enrolled on your 2nd or 3rd choice. The Wednesday cohort and some elective units are more popular.

How long do I have to complete the course?

The maximum registration period for the PgCert is 3 years, with a further 3 years for the MA.  However, we recommend that you aim to complete each course within 1-2 years to allow enough time to resubmit coursework if necessary.

Questions about attendance and timetabling?


The course timetables for the PgCert and the MA Academic Practice can be found on the Academic Practice website.  Please ignore the CELCAT timetable and enter the dates into your Outlook calendar manually.

Technical Inductions

The PgCert technical inductions are compulsory. It is important that you know how to set up blogs, for example, before the first classes. In November you will be asked to select one of the technical induction dates.


All of the face-to-face sessions are compulsory unless stated on the timetable. If you know you cannot attend some of the dates (particularly the first session of a unit) you should consider delaying your application.

Am I entitled to remission (time off for study) on the PgCert?

UAL staff can find the University policy on remission (time off for study) outlined on Canvas. For more information and to apply for remission please speak to your College Staff Development Contact.

Questions about certificates?

Higher Education Academy (HEA) certificates (PgCert participants only)

After the exam board have approved your grades and you have successfully met the criteria for Associate Fellowship/ Fellowship, we will pass your details to Advance HE. Advance HE will contact you by email with information on how to claim your certificate.

UAL award certificates

After the exam board has approved your grades and if you are eligible for an award you will be contacted by the UAL Awards team. You can opt to have the certificate posted to you or to collect it at the Awards Ceremony taking place in July. Email for more information.