To achieve a Postgraduate Certificate, you will complete the following module plus optional modules to a total of 60 credits.
The assessment methods vary, and may include coursework, project proposals, reports, reflective commentary, and oral presentation.
Personal Learning and Development
This module is mandatory and integral to your Postgraduate Certificate Programme. It initiates your programme by facilitating activities to raise self-awareness about your strengths, development needs and the skills and knowledge you need to for your personal and professional development. This enables you to negotiate a programme of study that best fits your personal and professional development needs, with the support of a learning mentor who will support you during the length of your programme of study.
Further to designing and negotiating your programme, this module will shadow your learning journey through to completion. The module’s main purpose is to facilitate your ‘learning about learning’ and develop this critical lifelong and work-based skill. This should bring confidence to critically evaluate and challenge ideas, have a voice to make a case and communicate complex ideas to different audiences.
Duration, attendance and delivery
You will normally start this module at the beginning of your Postgraduate Certificate Programme. The module course usually lasts 12 months as it runs alongside your taught courses in the Postgraduate Certificate. There is a face-to-face workshop at the start of the module and then the module learning consists of online self-study, online group mentoring, personal mentoring, reflection activities, and completion of a learning portfolio.
You will be assessed at the end of the module through submission of a learning portfolio that represents the progress of your learning from the beginning to the end of this module. You will be assessed against the module learning outcomes, including evidence of learning with and from others on the modules that comprise your programme.
You will need to be in work (paid or unpaid) in a role which enables you to meet the requirements of the Postgraduate Certificate.
N.B. CETAD reserve the right to cancel or move the course to a later date if the number of students registered for the advertised course is not sufficient.
You can progress to a Postgraduate Diploma and/or MA/MSc in Professional Practice from the Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development. Alternatively, you may be able to make a claim for credit for prior learning by completing Recognition and Accreditation of Prior Learning.
At this stage of your programme there is increased emphasis on bespoke learning related to the delivery of your work-based projects and you choose from a range of optional modules in line with your specific needs. You will need modules to the value of 120 credits for the Postgraduate Diploma as 180 credits for a Masters degree.
Diploma and Masters modules include:
- Work-based enquiry methods for investigating work-based change projects
- Work-based change projects, varying in size and scope
- Negotiating your Professional Development
- Optional modules
- 20 credit project (Diploma) and 60 credit project (Masters)