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Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice: Workplace Learning Development

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Bognor Regis campus

1 year Part Time

Top 10
UK university for Education
5th
for courses and lecturers
5 Star
rating for inclusiveness, teaching, and facilities
1. Guardian University Guide League Tables 2021 | 2. WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2020 | 3. QS Stars University Rating

Entry Requirements and Fees

Entry Requirements

  • An honours degree at 2:2 or higher in a related discipline.
  • If English is not your first language then English language proficiency required is IELTS 6.5 (with no element less than 5.5) – or equivalent qualification.

Fees

  • This postgraduate certificate includes a 60-credit module, available within the MA Education suite of modules.
  • For 2021/22 fee information please see our Tuition Fee or MA Education page.

Course content

Course overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice: Workplace Learning Development supports the development of a high status, world-leading teaching profession. You'll build advanced subject knowledge and gain an understanding of how to best utilise evidence-based practice in order to unlock the potential of all learners. The certificate includes a 60-credit module, available within the MA Education suite of modules. It's typically delivered up to ten sessions over the period of one academic year.

Who is the course for?

The course is designed to support school-based projects. It is suitable for individuals or groups of education professionals working within their work setting or as part of a linked partnership who wish to accredit development activities within the workplace. It may also benefit teaching school alliances and multi-academy trusts that are focusing on specific developments and initiatives. 

Learn more

Email Dr Sue Bentham, Programme Coordinator for more information. You can also email our MA Education team or call on 01243 812045. 

Course start date 

This course starts in September.

Our facilities

We’ve developed both of our campuses to have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

Learning Resource Centre

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the Bognor Regis campus.  It hosts:

  • A modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors 
  • A range of study areas for group study
  • Over 80 open access PC and Mac stations
  • Wi-Fi areas for laptop use
  • Substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research
  • Online library resources you can access from anywhere at any time
  • Costa Coffee
  • Also situated in the Learning Resource Centre is the Support and Information Zone (SIZ) to help with any enquiries while at university
  • At SIZ, there's an equipment loans centre offerings laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans

The local area

The local area surrounding the University of Chichester's Bognor Regis Campus including Bognor Regis Beach, Town Centre, The South Downs and West Wittering Beach

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore

Visit us

There's plenty of ways to see the campus, even from your own home! Take a look around at our facilities through our Virtual Tour.

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. Take a look at our Postgraduate courses.

Indicative modules

This postgraduate certificate is made up of modules from the MA Education degree. Take a look at this course for more information on modules.

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

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

Include Additional Costs: 

Additional Costs

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.