The Postgraduate Certificate Education (Innovation in Learning and Teaching) aims to develop knowledgeable and reflective professionals who are able to draw on evidence-based practice in ways that will impact on the workplace and on outcomes for the children and young people in those services.
It has been designed to provide opportunities for students to develop their professional knowledge, skills and understanding and most importantly their capacity for critical thinking. The course aims to develop professionals who are able to engage with the complexities of this area of work, often managing demanding workloads in multi-agency setting whilst still prioritising the interests of the children and families they work with.
The Postgraduate Certificate Education allows professionals at all stages of their career to develop further their understanding of a wide range of educational issues, debates and concepts.
The flexible nature of the course allows students to combine modules to reflect their own range of interests, culminating in the opportunity to produce a dissertation that has both practical and theoretical relevance. What's more, course content is constantly refreshed to ensure it makes reference to key current educational debates.
Students can either take one 60-credit module - Promoting Excellence in Learning and Development - or take two modules from the following list:
Each module is supported by 30 hours of lectures (10 x 3 hours) over a ten week period. The constituent modules are constantly refreshed to ensure they make reference to key current educational debates. Lectures are frequently delivered by key professionals in the field, and resources and reading lists are supplied to scaffold further self-study. There is a biennial opportunity to take part on a field study visit to the Netherlands.
The standard assessment mode for the constituent modules (30 credits) is a 5000 word assignment. The point of focus for this assignment is generally defined by the student, in negotiation with the module leader.
Admission to the Postgraduate Certificate Education course normally requires one of the following:
Fees apply to new students starting a course in the academic year indicated. Full-time fees are per year and part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course. USW Postgraduate Bursary is available for new UK and EU students starting an eligible course. International Scholarships are also available for self-funding international students.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
The Postgraduate Certificate Education (Innovation in Learning and Teaching) course helps students secure leadership roles within educational contexts, as well as helping them prepare for more ‘specialised’ inclusion/ ALN roles within schools. Most students on the Postgraduate Certificate Education course study whilst simultaneously employed in the education sector. The links and networking opportunities afforded by the course support the theoretical content to provide excellent possibilities for career progression.