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Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice: Workplace Learning Development

The Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice, worth 60 Level 7 Masters Credits (one third of a Masters Degree), has been designed for individuals or groups of students who wish to develop their professional expertise by undertaking and reflecting upon small scale research with the workplace setting.

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Course content

Supporting school-based projects

The Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice: Workplace Learning Development supports the development of a high status, world leading teaching profession.

The certificate offers individuals, individual schools or groups of schools the opportunity to investigate, by means of practitioner research, a bespoke school-based focus.

It is the aim of the certificate to facilitate both advanced subject knowledge and an understanding of how to best utilise evidence-based practice in order to unlock the potential of all learners.

Typically the delivery includes up to ten face-to-face sessions over the period of one academic year.

Contact us

Dr Sue Bentham, Programme Coordinator

s.bentham@chi.ac.uk

01243 812162

Administrative Assistant 

medu@chi.ac.uk

01243 812045

Fees

£1380

Our facilities

The programme can be offered at our Bognor Regis campus or in a location as negotiated by the organisation.

Over the past few years, we have redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree.  We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At the Bognor Regis campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. 

A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Our brand new award winning Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus.  It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors. 

Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone, Costa Coffee and over 80 open access work stations.  An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans.

The campus also offers purpose built classrooms for the teacher training courses, as well as lecture and seminar rooms.

Where this can take you

Successful students will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice worth 60 level 7 Masters credits, which can act as a springboard for further Masters study.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

Normally this can be completed in one academic year on a part time basis.

The tutors working on the programme have been selected for their expertise in the chosen subject area: action learning expertise and research. Where possible the sessions will be taught by one academic (member of University staff) and a practitioner.

Assessment

The core element will be assessed by two tasks and the project by one report on an area as negotiated with the tutor.

Successful students will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice worth 60 level 7 Masters credits, which can act as a springboard for further Masters study.

Additional Costs

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Support School-Based Projects

The certificate programme offers individuals, individual schools or groups of schools the opportunity to investigate, by means of practitioner research, a bespoke school-based focus.

The content prepares students to engage in learning at postgraduate level and the analysis of workplace learning practice. It aims to encourage reflection on previous learning; support to identify, explore and research a professional challenge, concern or issue; develop a research approach to activity in the workplace; and develop professional skills and attributes through action learning.

Typically the delivery includes up to ten face-to-face sessions over the period of one academic year; the content is designed in partnership by colleagues from the workplace and the University.

Successful students will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice worth 60 level 7 Masters credits, which can act as a springboard for further Masters study.

Groups would need to have a minimum of 10 students.

For further information, please contact:

Dr Sue Bentham, Coordinator of Masters Level Provision
S.Bentham@chi.ac.uk
01243 812162

Fees: on application

Start date: Negotiable

Case Study - School-based Project

Highbury Primary School developed in conjunction with the University a work-based learning programme entitled ‘Moving to Outstanding Teaching’.  This involved teachers being involved in action based research projects, which had been identified from school improvement targets.

The University of Chichester was invited to work with the school to design the content of a postgraduate certificate in professional practice that would enable successful participants to acquire 60–masters level credits.

Drawing on the expertise of colleagues from school and university, a joint programme was developed to meet school needs and was delivered over one academic year.

As a result teachers undertook action research, which investigated aspects of practice that ultimately enhanced pupil learning outcomes within the school.

Action research projects included:

  1. How does peer coaching affect pupil progress and attitudes to learning for higher attaining children?
  2. How does reading interventions impact on pupil progress and attitudes to learning?
  3. How can the effective balance of talk and questioning develop pupil’s communication and language skills in Maths in the early years?
  4. To explore within the context of my school which interventions are the most effective for accelerating the progress of pupil premium children in Maths.
  5. To explore whether creating and composing lyrics to represent the ‘Talk for Writing’ stories would increase the level at which pupils remember the stories in a year 3/4 classroom.