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Are you ready to apply for your PgCert or MA Academic Practice?

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.

Internal applicants

If you are a member of UAL staff, choose from the following application forms:‌

Remember to allow time to get the appropriate signatures on your form. Please return your completed application form to the contact for your College or department.

External applicants

If you are external to UAL or self-funding, please choose from the following application forms:

  • External applications for all our 2018-19 courses are now closed. You will be able apply to our 2019-20 courses when they open in the Spring term.

You’ll also need to supply:

  • Copies of academic qualifications
  • A copy of your passport
  • A reference that confirms your teaching hours and experience
  • Copies of English language qualifications (IELTS) or details of any future English courses/exams, if applicable.

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.

Please return your completed application form and accompanying documentary evidence to:

MA Academic Practice applications 
Teaching and Learning Exchange 
University of the Arts London 
6th floor
272 High Holborn
London WC1V 7EY

What happens next?

We will be in touch to confirm receipt of your application. If you haven’t heard from us within 3 weeks please contact us at More detailed enrolment information will be emailed to you in November.


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 substitute, 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 Team in good time means that the right support can be put in place for you should you need it.

Disability Office: +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. The Teaching and Learning Exchange will close applications before the September deadline if maximum capacity has been reached.

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.

If your first choice of study day (cohort) was full and you cannot attend on a different day of the week please contact the admin team to be placed on the waiting list for your preferred cohort. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that space will become available.

You can only change cohorts (for example from Monday to Wednesday classes) or your elective unit before the start date, and only if spaces are available on the unit they wish to move to. If you would like to change cohorts or your elective unit please contact us:

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 the 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 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 ID Cards or certificates?

Student ID Cards

External (non-UAL) participants will be issued with a student ID card.  If you are UAL staff you can still apply for an NUS Extra card which will entitle you to student discounts.

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 the HEA. The HEA 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.

Will I have to return my PgCert before being awarded the MA?

Yes, to upgrade to an MA you first have to return your original Postgraduate Certificate. Under UK academic regulations, education providers cannot use the same credits for more than one award.