Postgraduate Certificate

To achieve a Postgraduate Certificate, you will complete the modules below plus optional modules. You will also complete a 20 credit project (Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma) and 60 credit project (Masters).

Assessment Methods

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.

    Entry requirements

    You will need to be in work (paid or unpaid) in a role which enables you to meet the requirements of the Postgraduate Certificate.

    Start dates

    • January

    • April

    • September

    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.

  • Delivering a Work Based project


    A key feature of a work based learning programme is the requirement to learn from and for your work context. Work based projects are purposeful work activities focusing on the real demands of your job. Engaging in a substantial work based project provides opportunities for you to investigate, plan, develop, implement, review and learn from experience.

    The final stage of a Masters qualification requires you to engage in a substantial work based, investigative project.

    This 60 credit project will be of sufficient complexity and timescale to allow you to:

    • Plan and conduct a practitioner enquiry that contributes to knowledge creation and interpretation in your organisational context

    • Develop mastery of key methods and techniques for undertaking practitioner enquiry, including action planning and problem-solving

    • Identify, select, justify, plan and deliver a complex and multifaceted task related to the implementation of a work based project

    • Make a relevant and useful organisational impact; deploying resources effectively

    Before embarking on a 60 credit project you will complete a project proposal and ethics statement. Your mentor will provide you with formative feedback on your proposal before you submit your final version to the University Project Approval Committee.

    Duration, attendance and delivery

    A 60 credit project will typically take around 6-9 months to complete. You can study for your project entirely online: there are no mandatory attendance days. You will be supported with your study in the following ways:

    • Access to online resources for project management and research skills

    • Mentor support for your project planning and proposal

    • Optional participation in face to face workshops and online webinars

    • Becoming part of the learning community

    Typically a 60 credit project module will involve around 600 learning hours; this includes time spent on tutorials, self-study, reflection, learning and application at work as well as completing activities and assessments.


    The aim of the assessment is for you to demonstrate how you have delivered a substantive work-based project which includes practitioner enquiry, implementation and review. There will usually be several parts to the assessment in line with the time-line of the project, from proposal through to evaluation and critical reflection. Typically this will be compiled into a project report with an executive summary and your reflections. As an indication, the total word count is around 12000 words or equivalent.

    Entry Requirements

    Entry onto this module is through enrolment on a Postgraduate Diploma or Masters course.

You can progress to a Postgraduate Diploma and/or MA/MSc in Professional Practice from several of our Postgraduate Certificates including:

  • Profession Practice
  • Professional Development
  • Leadership and Management
  • Leadership and Management (Healthcare)
  • Organisation 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

Core Modules:

  • Negotiating your Professional Development


  • Optional modules
  • 20 credit project (Diploma) and 60 credit project (Masters)