Professional of The UKAP of Teachers (PROUKAP)


Please note that the UKAP is accepting registrations for the Professional.

Aims of the qualification

The qualification of Professional Membership of The UKAP is an in-service award at degree level designed for suitably qualified, trained and experienced teachers who wish to pursue their professional studies at an advanced level.

Qualification name (postnominals)

Holders of the Professional Membership of The UKAP are entitled to wear the appropriate hood and gown and to use the designatory title of PROUKAP, provided they remain as fully paid up Fellow Members, Members or Associate Members subscribing to the Code of Professional Practice.

Entry requirements/age

Before registering for the qualification all students should normally have had at least three years of prior professional experience and a working role in an Specialised Field context.

Programme of study

The Professional equates to an honours degree (Level 6), with an input based on reflective practice. This means that much of the course requirement (up to 3,600 hours) takes place within the normal work routine.

The learning time may be broken down into modules and include online, taught, self-directed and workplace learning, assignments, planning and implementation of work-based tasks, reflection, assignments and evaluation activities.

Content must reflect evidence from an extensive range of theoretical disciplines that underpin Specialised Field practice.

Tasks apply theoretical knowledge to develop understanding and skills with critical reflection from work experience.

The final assignment is a practical application of course theoretical perspectives and should include outside evaluations of this obtained by interviewing two stakeholders involved in the process (8,000-10,000 words) or an e-portfolio record demonstrating innovative practice with witness statements to support this (15,000 words equivalent).

Responses are at English language standard: minimum L2 Literacy /IELTS Score 6.5.

Duration of programme

Registration will normally be effective from the date of registration for a period of four years.

Assessment level descriptors* (Level 6)

Credit level descriptors define the level of complexity, relative demand and autonomy expected of a learner on completion of a module or programme of learning. They provide a description of levels of learning through a hierarchy of knowledge and skills.



Operational context

Operates in complex and unpredictable contexts, requiring selection and application from a range of largely standard techniques and information sources.

Autonomy and responsibility for actions

Acts with minimal supervision or direction, within agreed guidelines taking responsibility for accessing support and accepts accountability for determining and achieving personal and/or group outcomes.

Knowledge and understanding

Knowledge and understanding

Has a systematic understanding of the knowledge base and its inter-relationship with other fields of study. Demonstrates current understanding of some specialist areas in depth.

Cognitive skills

Conceptualisation and critical thinking

Works with ideas at a level of abstraction, arguing from competing perspectives. Identifies the possibility of new concepts within existing knowledge frameworks and approaches.

Problem-solving, research and enquiry

Demonstrates confidence and flexibility in identifying and defining complex problems. Identifies selects and uses investigative strategies and techniques to undertake a critical analysis, evaluating the outcomes.

Synthesis and Creativity

Applies knowledge in unfamiliar contexts, synthesising ideas or information to generate novel solutions. Achieves a body of work or practice that is coherent and resolved.

Analysis and evaluation

Analyses new, novel and/or abstract data using an appropriate range of established subject-specific techniques. Judges the reliability, validity and significance of evidence to support conclusions and/or recommendations suggests reasons for contradictory data/results.

Performance and practice

Adaptation to context

Locates own roles within poorly defined and/or flexible contexts requiring a level of autonomy.


Seeks and applies new techniques and processed to own performance and identifies how these might be evaluated.

Team and organisational working

Works effectively within a team, supports or is proactive in leadership, negotiates in a professional context and manages conflict. Proactively seeks to resolve conflict.

Ethical awareness and application

Is aware of personal responsibility and professional codes of conduct and incorporates this into their practice.

Personal and enabling skills

Personal evaluation and development

Takes responsibility for own learning and development using reflection and feedback to analyse own capabilities, appraises alternatives and plans and implements actions.

Interpersonal and communication skills

Sets criteria for and is effective in, professional and interpersonal communication in a wide range of solutions.


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