Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Academic Practice (GradCertHEd)

Higher Education Leadership Institute

Course details

CRICOS course code: 102193D

Level of study: Graduate Certificates


Available 100% online and undertaken over 6 months full-time or 1 year part time, the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Academic Practice is specifically designed to enhance the knowledge, skills and understanding of academic practice in the higher education sector.

Three subjects in this course are also offered face-to-face at HELI’s Melbourne campus.

Graduates of this course will be able to reflect critically on their educational practice; explore scholarship and research related to higher education learning and teaching; construct effective pedagogies drawn from best practice principles; and understand the nature and purposes of higher education course and assessment design to enhance delivery and the achievement of student learning outcomes.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course graduates will be able to:

  • Apply an advanced, systematic, and coherent body of knowledge of good practice in independent higher education providers (iHEPs) with cognitive skills to understand the quantitative and qualitative aspects of effective academic practice.
  • Critically review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise relevant academic practice information for effective decision-making and to identify and provide innovative solutions to complex problems and challenges.
  • Apply specialised technical and creative skills to teach within a complex and multi-faceted iHEP and monitor the achievement of stakeholder performance targets and outcomes.
  • Communicate complex knowledge, concepts, ideas, and skills clearly and succinctly including through the full range of communication media.
  • Demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills in relation to complex and diverse academic practice issues through initiating, planning, implementing and evaluating based on informed judgements.
  • Demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills with responsibility and accountability for personal performance outcomes and for the overall performance outcomes of relevant stakeholders.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
3,000 per subject 30 Jan 2023
24 Apr 2023
17 Jul 2023
6 months
Blended study
HELI’s Melbourne campus
Level 1, 399 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000

Entry criteria

Applicants for this course must provide evidence that they hold a bachelor degree (or equivalent or higher) in any discipline (subject to verification by the Course Coordinator).

Students may study from anywhere in the world, however applicants with international qualifications that were not delivered in English must demonstrate English equivalency by providing evidence of one of the following:

  • Academic IELTS: 6.5 or higher overall with a writing score of at least 6.5 with no band lower than 6.0; or
  • IBT (Internet-based TOEFL) overall score of 79 with a writing section minimum of 21 and speaking 18; or
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Overall score 180, writing and speaking 180; or
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Overall 176 with a writing and speaking minimum score of 169: or
  • PTE Academic Module with a minimum score of 58 with a writing and speaking section minimum of 50

As participants will be investigating their own teaching practices and contexts, it is highly desirable that they are already engaged in tertiary teaching in some way.


Higher Education Leadership Institute
Level 10, 160 Sussex St
Sydney New South Wales 2000
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