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Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice: Workplace Learning Development

Focusing on SEND Policy and Practice

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Course content

This postgraduate certificate has been designed for students who wish to develop their knowledge of special educational needs and disability policy and practice in the workplace.

It is designed to support those who are interested in learning about leadership in SEND policy and practice at postgraduate level.

Successful completion of the programme enables you to gain 60 M level credits which can contribute to further M level studies to achieve a Masters qualification.

Our facilities

You will study for your PGCiPP at our Bognor Regis Campus. 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 hosting 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 completion of the programme enables you to gain 60 M level credits which can contribute to further M level studies to achieve a Masters qualification.

Indicative modules

The PGCiPP is a part-time programme and students attend for one day each month across an academic year.

All students will be required to undertake the Core taught element and undertake a Workplace Learning Development Project on an aspect of SEND provision in the workplace.

The programme starts in September and February.

The module encourages students to:

  • develop professional leadership skills and attributes in SEND policy and practice through reflection and action learning.
  • analyse and reflect on workplace practices in SEND provision and inclusive practice
  • identify, explore and research a professional challenge or topic in SEND provision and inclusive practice;
  • develop a research approach to SEND provision in the workplace

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment

The course is structured over one academic year and students come to the Bognor Regis Campus for one day each month. 

You will be required to undertake three assignments that are strongly rooted in evidence-based SEND practice in the work place.

Task 1 (2000 words):  A critical analysis of your current role in leading an aspect of SEND provision, a review of literature related to leading and managing others and promoting achievement.  The assignment will also reflect learning achieved through professional experience, work in the action learning set and further reading.

Task 2 (10 minutes or 2000 words equivalent): Students will present an individual research plan with a rationale and explanation of the research. This will relate to a workplace improvement plan where appropriate, or a topic that has been negotiated in discussion with the tutor.

Task 3 (8000 words): Students will submit a workplace development learning project on an aspect of SEND provision that promotes inclusive practice in your workplace.

The report will include:

  • explanation of current professional context;
  • rationale for the development learning project;
  • justification for methods and techniques used and actions taken;
  • review and evaluation of the development learning project, both process and outcomes, with reference to relevant research and policy;
  • evaluation of impact on self and within the workplace context;
  • evaluation of action learning and other strategies contributing to personal learning skills and professional standards.



Staff at the university offer support and guidance throughout the programme.

As students of the University, students also have opportunities to access the library and online resources during the study days and off campus.

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Additional Costs

Recognition of Prior Learning

Remission from one or more modules, up to a maximum of 90 credits, is possible for applicants who have taken other masters level 7 work at Chichester or elsewhere within the last five years.

For information regarding Recognition of Prior Learning please contact:

Dr Sue Bentham, Programme Coordinator: email or telephone 01243 812162

Administrative Assistant: or telephone 01243 812045

How do I apply?

Fees 2019/20

The course fee is £1440.

Download an application form

Complete the form and send it to:

MA Education Adminstrator
Bognor Regis Campus
University of Chichester
Upper Bognor Road
Bognor Regis
PO21 1HR

Contact us

Heather Green
Senior Lecturer/Programme Co-ordinator for NASENCo
01243 812123

01243 812045