Fellowship of The UKAP (FUKAP) (Level 7)


Please note that the UKAP is accepting registrations for the Fellowship programme.

Aims of the qualification

The Fellowship of The UKAP of Teachers is a qualification at an equivalent level to a Master’s Degree. It aims to contribute new ideas in educational theory and practice as well as develop scholarship of the standard of a journal of a learned society.

Qualification name (postnominals)

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

Upon registration, students will be enrolled as a Student Member of The UKAP for a maximum of four years. Should an extension beyond four years be required, the student will pay the appropriate Membership fee due.

Entry requirements/age

Prior to enrollment, students should normally have had a minimum of five years’ experience in teaching or other approved educational work [1] plus a relevant degree or equivalent qualification approved by The UKAP are welcome from across the professions.

Applicants should give full details of all their academic qualifications on the application form and will be expected to furnish satisfactory documentary evidence of their experience and qualifications at the time of registration.

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

Programme of study

The FUKAP Fellowship is examined at Master’s level and offered in four models:

1.     Thesis: a research-based submission with quantitative and/or qualitative data of 25,000-50,000 words, excluding appendices, notes and bibliographies. A summary of the thesis (4,000-5,000 words) suitable for publication in an educational journal should also be submitted.

2.     Published work: This must represent a substantial, innovative contribution to education policy/practice/research at Master’s level. Normally between 4 and 10 papers would be submitted with a word count of 25,000-50,000.

3.     Professional papers, i.e. working documents, outlining contributions to working policy and practice.

4.     Professional record: evidence of outstanding contribution to educational policy and practice supported by peers in an e-portfolio of 25,000-50,000 equivalent with witness statements to support this.


Duration of programme

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

Assessment level descriptors* (Level 7)

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 and/or specialised contexts, requiring selections and application from a wide range of advanced techniques and information sources.

Autonomy and responsibility for actions

Acts with an initiative in decision making and accessing support, within professional or given guidelines, accepting full accountability for outcomes.

Knowledge and understanding

Knowledge and understanding

Has a deep and systematic understanding within a specialised field of study and its interrelationship with other relevant disciplines.

Demonstrates an understanding of current theoretical and methodological approaches and how these affect the way the knowledge base is interpreted.

Cognitive skills           

Conceptualisation and critical thinking

Uses ideas at a high level of abstraction.

Develops critical responses to existing theoretical discourses, methodologies or practices and suggests new concepts or approaches

Problem-solving, research and enquiry

Designs and undertakes substantial investigations to address significant areas of theory and/or practice. Selects appropriate advanced methodological approaches and critically evaluates their effectiveness.

Synthesis and Creativity

Flexible and creatively applies knowledge in unfamiliar contexts, synthesise ideas or information in innovative ways, and generates transformative solutions.

Analysis and evaluation

Undertakes analysis of complex, incomplete or contradictory evidence/data and judges the appropriateness of the enquiry methodologies used. Recognises and argues for alternative approaches.

Performance and practice

Adaptation to context

Autonomously adapts performance to multiple contexts


Autonomously implements and evaluates improvements to performance drawing on innovative or sectoral best practice.

Team and organisational working

Works effectively with multiple teams as a leader or member. Clarifies tasks and make appropriate use of the capacities of team members resolving likely conflict situations before they arise.

Ethical awareness and application

Incorporates a critical ethical dimension to their practice, managing the implications of ethical dilemmas and work proactively with others to formulate solutions.

Personal and enabling skills

Personal evaluation and development

Uses personal reflection to analyse self and own actions.

Makes connections between known and unknown areas to allow for adaptation and change.

Interpersonal and communication skills

Identifies evaluates and maintain capabilities and qualities to support effective communication in a range of complex and specialised contexts.



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