PCUTL and Probation

Successful completion of the first 40 credits (Modules 1, 2 and 3) of Cardiff University’s Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning (PCUTL) is a requirement of the three year probation process. This requirement may be waived for individuals who can provide documentary evidence of the award of a comparable qualification, or adjusted for individuals who can demonstrate significant teaching experience.

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How do I know if I’ll be required to complete PCUTL modules as part of a three year probation period?

The probation period for Lecturers appointed at Grade 6 is three years (thirty-six working months). Successful completion of the first 40 credits of PCUTL is a requirement of the three year probation process. Your contract of employment will confirm whether or not you have a three year probation period and so whether or not you will be required to undertake the first 40 credits of PCUTL.

When you take up your role within the University the Human Resources Division will confirm with your School whether or not you are required to undertake the first three modules as part of the probationary process. If you are, we’ll write to you, to invite you to start the programme at the earliest opportunity, and to provide further information. Please feel free to contact one of the PCUTL team if you would like to discuss this further.


I believe I have been awarded a comparable qualification

The requirement to complete the first 40 credits of PCUTL as part of a three year probation period may be waived for individuals who can provide documentary evidence of the award of a comparable qualification. If you believe you have a comparable qualification please contact the PCUTL team.


I believe I have significant teaching experience

Participants who have at least two years’ experience of teaching/ supporting learning in UK HE may be able to seek exemption from Module 1 (HMT005).  Exemption from the module would be based on a 1000 – 1500 word reflective statement in which they explore what they have learnt from teaching in UK HE, their role within it, and provide evidence of having already achieved the essential Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) that underpin the module.  Participants  submit the statement, together with related appendices, and teaching-focused CV to the PCUTL team.  As staff prepare their exemption applications they will have access to, and be encouraged to be familiar with, related resources that would be available through Learning Central for full module participants. Applications will be considered by the PCUTL Board. All claims for entry through module exemption will be made on the basis of written claim and supporting evidence.

Please contact the PCUTL team for further information.

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