Professional Learning (Graduate Certificate)

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The Professional Learning (Graduate Certificate) is a portfolio of modules focussed on school improvement designed to provide professional development for practising teachers.

In order to gain the Graduate Certificate, students are required to study and pass three modules.

The content of the programme has been developed in close partnership with schools and local authorities to reflect Welsh Government education policy developments such as Qualified for Life, the Donaldson Report and Rewriting the Future.

All modules are mapped against the National Leadership Standards and provide a solid foundation for progression to senior leadership roles as well as offering Masters level accreditation in line with Welsh Government aspirations for teachers.

Key Facts

Institution Code: S96
Course Length:
Up to four years part time

Scholarships and Bursaries

Continuing Professional Learning and Development
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The Graduate Certificate is a modular Level 6 programme comprising three 20 credit modules.

This programme expects students to develop professional values and attributes, knowledge and understanding and further skills to support them with undertaking leadership roles in primary, secondary and special schools. It is designed to reflect the National Leadership Standards for Wales and ensure that participating teachers have the opportunity, through the engagement with an accredited programme, to develop their practice against nationally agreed standards.

Programmes and Modules

Graduate Certificate in Professional Learning (Level 6)

  • The Professional Learning Journey
  • Creating a Strategic Direction for School Improvement
  • Leading and Developing the School

MA Education (Level 7)

  • Leading Leaning and Teaching (Pedagogy)
  • Leading Learning and Teaching (Curriculum)
  • Leading Learning and Teaching (Cross curricular responsibilities)
  • Securing Quality and Accountability
  • Strengthening Community Engagement
  • Securing Equity in Education
  • Professional Learning in Context: Learning and Teaching
  • Professional Learning in Context: Leadership
  • Professional Learning in Context: Equity in Education

By undertaking any of the university accredited programmes or modules you will be able to engage with current issues and research in educational leadership as well as develop your practice by learning from successful leaders in their own schools.  The programmes have been designed in partnership with headteachers and ERW, ensuring that they are fit for purpose and address the opportunities and challenges of school leadership in Wales.

Serving Headteachers and exerienced leaders will act as Associate Tutors on this programme. 

Assignments have been designed in order to reflect existing responsibilities and working practices.  The tasks are closely aligned to school improvement and effectiveness.  You might be required to undertake a school improvement task which has a determinable impact on your role or on outcomes.  Some of the modules can be used to accredit current practice or the outcomes of engagement with other forms of professional learning such as learning and teaching development programmes.

All students must have a first degree and a PGCE and have a number of years of teaching experience in primary, secondary or special schools.

All students who apply for the programme must be employed in a primary, secondary or special school.  Normally an application should be endorsed by their headteacher and/or school improvement officer. 

These modules will equip you with the skills, knowledge and reflective practice to support you on your leadership journey.

The Graduate Certificate provides a solid foundation from which to progress to an MA in Education.

Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate will give you advanced standing equivalent of 30 credits towards the MA.

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