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Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education - Learning Outcomes

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Educational aims

The Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education is a qualification within Masters in Education Programme which provides opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes necessary to further independent advanced scholarship.

This programme contributes to the personal development of those concerned with education both formally and informally in a range of settings and locations. Your studies encourage you to bring together your personal understanding of issues relating to specific aspects of education with the enduring and current body of professional and academic research publications relevant to your professional/personal agenda.

Advanced scholarship is fostered through study of particular disciplines within education and through small-scale research projects determined by you. These projects provide the opportunity for you to integrate the learning, guided by the programme with your personal interests in education and, as appropriate, your

The postgraduate certificate (C27) is distinguished from the postgraduate diploma (D52) and the complete masters degrees (F01) by the breadth of discipline-specific study included in the qualification.

Learning outcomes

The programme provides opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding

Knowledge and understanding of:

  • current debates and key issues in one area in education and its relevance to contemporary developments in education
  • ethical frameworks and measures appropriate to educational contexts
  • recent research into effective practice in one area of education.

The skills listed below under Cognitive skills, Practical and/or professional skills and attributes, and Key skills are integral to the achievement of these learning outcomes.

The knowledge and understanding specific to particular modules are detailed in the prospectus, module guides and study materials.

Cognitive skills

Cognitive skills to enable you to:

  • define and appropriately use key  terms, concepts and theories in educational research
  • critically interpret relevant analytical frameworks and arguments and their evidence
  • review relevant sources of literature and engage in current debates.

Note: the development of these cognitive skills is integral to your study that enhances your knowledge and understanding of particular aspects of education.

Practical and/or professional skills

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • work independently on a project or extended assignment involving the analysis and presentation of materials and issues
  • produce original texts to communicate ideas concisely and effectively in written work, which shows clear expression and coherent structure
  • take personal responsibility to complete a programme of learning which required independent application
  • use information and communication technology appropriately for information retrieval and communication purposes.

Note: achievement of the above learning outcomes, within particular educational settings, will require you to demonstrate discipline-specific practical/professional learning outcomes, such as discourse analysis. These are detailed in the study materials.

Key skills

Key skills to enable you to develop/use key skills necessary to effectively research an area to achieve learning outcomes in relation to:

  • gaining knowledge and understanding of a particular aspect of an academic discipline
  • presenting a project report within the conventions of academic writing for masters degrees.

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

Each module uses a range of study techniques to help you engage with the academic literature and to reflect on your own practical and professional knowledge.

A variety of informal and formal assessment tasks are incorporated into your studies. These vary from module to module. Within each module, work is designed to prepare you for independent study within a particular educational discipline. The formal tutor- and examiner-marked assessments for each module are summarised in the prospectus and detailed in the study materials for each module.

For every module, you are supported in reflecting on your own learning and in selecting an appropriate topic for a personal, small-scale research project. Through assessments linked to this research project, you must demonstrate an integration of the discipline-specific and generic learning outcomes for this postgraduate qualification.

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