University of Chester

Programme Specification
Christian Leadership PGDip
2014 - 2015

Postgraduate Diploma

Christian Leadership

Christian Leadership

University of Chester

Diocesan Board of Education Services: Chester, Liverpool, Manchester.

Off Campus: Liverpool Cathedral; Manchester Cathedral; Chester Cathedral; Church House; Luther King House.

Continuing Professional Development

Part-time

Classroom / Laboratory,

Not Applicable

5 Years

Annual - June

X100

No

17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Education & Children's Services Academic and Professional Programmes

CPD

Friday 1st May 2009

Programme Aims

 The generic aims of the programme are taken from the MA Education, to:
  • Promote scholarship.
  • Cultivate original thinking.
  • Facilitate critical reflection.
  • Stimulate research and enquiry.
  • Influence impact and change

The specific aims of the programme are to:

  • Explore the calling of Christian Leadership in Church of England schools.
  • Develop a clear, coherent vision for the leadership of church [CE] schools.
  • Affirm the role of headteacher as spiritual leader in the school, community and beyond.
  • To develop an appreciation of excellence, distinctiveness and inclusivity in Church of England schools.
  • To develop an appreciation of excellence, distinctiveness and inclusivity in Church of England schools. 


Knowledge and Understanding

  • Critically engage with theoretical frameworks and literature.
  • Harness insights into subject knowledge.
  • Critically review the ways in which research methodology supports professional enquiry.
  • Apply critical considerations when undertaking research.
  • Make effectual use of professional learning to assess impact on practice.


Thinking or Cognitive Skills

  • Make critical use of research evidence.
  • Formulate valid conclusions that link theory to practice.
  • Think independently about essential issues, concepts and ideas.


Practical Skills

  • Make effectual use of professional learning to assess impact on practice.


Key Skills
  • Communication
  • Application of Number
  • Information Literacy and Technology
  • Improving own learning and performance
  • Working with others
  • Problem solving


  • Critically engage with theoretical frameworks and literature.
  • Harness insights into subject knowledge.
  • Make critical use of research evidence.
  • Formulate valid conclusions that link theory to practice.
  • Think independently about essential issues, concepts and ideas.
  • Critically review the ways in which research methodology supports professional enquiry.
  • Apply critical considerations when undertaking research.
  • Deploy effective communication strategies.


Transferable Professional Skills

  • Leadership and management
  • Research
  • Decision making

The qualifications offered are in line with QAA (2008) The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ) and are compliant with the Integrated Qualifications Framework for the Schools Workforce. The Postgraduate Certificate in Christian Leadersdhip will be at level 7 of the FHEQ and will be delivered through one single module of 60 credits.

   

Mod-Code Level Title Credit Single
CD7149 7 Christian Leadership:Making a Difference 60 N/A

For those entering the porgamme with NPQH, 60 credits will be awarded through APCL according to national protocols and included within the already validated MA programme.
60 credit points will be awarded for the module and these will be added to the APCL credits and lead the the award of the Postgraduate Diploma at 120 credit points. Alternatively some students will accumulate these credits in the reverse order.
For those without NPQH, 60 credits will lead to the intermediate award of the Postgraduate Certificate.
All students will be able to progress to the existing MA Education within the Faculty.
Students who do not achieve 60 credits may be awarded a certificate of attendance and participation.

The programme is open to graduates who hold a good degree.  Applicants must hold Qualified Teacher Status.

For this programme, applicants must be recommended by their headteacher.  Applicants must show a commitment to developing the role of leadership within a Christian context.

The Diocesan Programme Leader will be responsible for scrutinising all applicants as well as the University Programme Leader.

The Programme operates within the parameters set by the TDA, supporting teachers to deliver national requirements. There are no QAA benchmark statements for postgraduate study in Education.Qualifications at Masters level are awarded to students who have demonstrated:  

I. a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at the forefront of their academic discipline, field of study, or area of professional practice;      

II. a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship;       

III.  originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their discipline;        

IV. conceptual understanding that enables the student:

  • to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline 
  • to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate to propose new hypotheses. 

The main methods of teaching are:  

  • Lectures
  • Tutor led seminars 
  • Group sessions 
  • Individual tutorials 
  • Independent study
  • Residential experience

Formative progress feedback is available at three points during the programme.

CPD adheres to the Assessment Policy of the Faculty of Education and Children’s Services. The programme adheres to the University’s policy for the assessment of students with disabilities or special circumstances.  

The PG Cert or Dip sits within the MA Education which has seven 20 credit assessment methods validated. The Postgraduate Certificate in Christian Leadership will be assessed through three of these assessments which will be assessed formatively and summatively. 

Although there will be two distinct formative assessment points, all three tasks will be submitted and aligned for a final summative assessment.  Where parts are not achieved, resubmission will be according to the requirements set out in assessment tasks below. 

Assessment method A Assessment task: An essay.

Total words: 4000-5500 (20 CAT points) 100% of the marks will be awarded for the essay.Where an overall grade of 40% has not been achieved, resubmission will be of the whole assignment. 

Assessment method B Assessment task: A research report.

Total words: 4000-5500 (20 CAT points)  100% of the marks will be awarded for the report.Where an overall grade of 40% has not been achieved, resubmission will be of the whole assignment.

Assessment method E Assessment tasks:

Part 1   Presentation plus viva – 3000 words (notional).

Part 2   Annotated portfolio – 2000 words (notional) 5000 words (20 CAT points). 

50% of the marks will be awarded for each of the two parts.Where an overall grade of 40% has not been achieved, whichever part or parts have failed will be resubmitted. 

Students who engage in Chester’s CPD masters programme will become reflective practitioners and critical thinkers who can articulate their views with confidence and conviction. They will have expert knowledge of the political arena of education. They will have read widely and engaged with theoretical frameworks which have challenged their values, beliefs and understanding.  They will have become confident researchers, finding solutions to challenges in their professional setting and practice. Their professional integrity will have been affirmed and they will have become sufficiently professionally secure to confront and manage change and to lead others, should they choose. 

For this award in particular graduates will be expected to take up a leadership post in a Christian school and to have affirmed themselves as inspirational and visionary and to display the charactersitics of distinctive spiritual leadership. 

The University of Chester is committed to the promotion of diversity, equality and inclusion in all its forms; through different ideas and perspectives, age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. We are, in particular, committed to widening access to higher education. Within an ethically aware and professional environment, we acknowledge our responsibilities to promote freedom of enquiry and scholarly expression.

The programme is for those who are committed to following the desire of Christian schools to nurture those of the faith, respect those of other faiths and challenge those with no faith.

This Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma is specifically aimed at prospective school leaders working in Christian (Church of England) schools.

Its core purpose is to develop inspired, informed and influential Christian leaders for our Church of England schools. Christian leadership: making a difference is designed to be complementary to, but distinctive from, NCSL and Local Authority leadership development programmes.

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