60 credits at Level 7 (CD7014, CD7015, CD7033) entitles the student to a Postgraduate Certificate Autism
The programme is open to both graduates who hold a good degree and non-graduates with professional experience. Non-graduates may be admitted to the award-bearing aspects of the programme by virtue of a professional qualification and a compulsory interview with the Programme Leader.
International students will need to evidence a recent IELTS score of no less than 7.0
The Programme operates within the parameters set by the Department for Education (DfE) supporting teachers to deliver national requirements. There are no QAA benchmark statements for postgraduate study in Education, but the QAA (2010) Master’s Degree characteristics have informed the programme. Qualifications at level 7 are awarded to students who have demonstrated:
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;
a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship;
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;
conceptual understanding that enables the student to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline and to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate to propose new hypotheses.
Typically, holders of the qualification will be able to:
a) deal with the complex issues both systematically and creatively, making sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non specialist audiences;
b) demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level;
c) continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level;And will have the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring
d) the exercise of initiative and responsibility;
e) decision –making in complex and unpredictable situations; and
f) the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.
Working within the framework of the University’s Teaching and Learning Strategy which defines four strategic aims:
to develop successful learners;
to design inclusive curricula;
to promote excellence in teaching practice;
to build institutional capacity for change.
The programme also reflects the Learning and Teaching Strategy for the Faculty of Education and Children’s Services which commits to pedagogical principles that:
promote professional engagement and reflective practice;
encourage independent and autonomous learning; and
support continuing professional development.
and to principles of teaching that:
value students’ professional experience and prior learning;
support diversity and personalised learning;
encourage dynamic and participative learning;
promote collaborative learning;
encourage Internet and Web-based approaches; and
support reflective and Practitioner enquiry. T
The main methods of teaching are:
Tutor led seminars
Formative progress feedback is available during the modules.
The programme 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.
Work is returned to students by post within four weeks of submission.
Extensions or deferrals can be granted if students produce documentary evidence of mitigating circumstances in support of their request.
Appeals against assessment decisions can logged in accordance with the University’s academic appeals regulations.
All modules have a handbook or module agreement.
All handbooks are available to students in hard copy and are posted into a dedicated module space on Sharepoint (The University’s VLE).The module handbook includes information on:
module aims and learning outcomes
assessment method (outlined below) which includes weighting
dates and procedures for submission of work
recommended reading session by session
M level assessment criteria
information about plagiarism
policy on late submission
regulations relating to extensions and deferments
regulations on appeals against assessment decisions
All assessed work is graded according to a percentage scale 0-100% using the University’s level 7 grading criteria linked to the QAA requirements for level 7. Feedback to students is typed using a standard pro-forma. Feedback is given against the module learning outcomes and the M level criteria. All assessments are linked to the University’s level 7 assessment and marking criteria
Students who engage in the PGCert Autism 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. Based on previous trends, graduates from this programme might expect to take one or more of the following routes:
1. Remain in teaching.
2. Gain promotion within teaching.
3. Move to an LA's advisory service.
4. Move to work in Higher Education - either part or full time.
5. Move to work in situations other than teaching – for example, social work, research, childcare, bookshops, libraries, publishing, theatre.
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.
This Postgraduate Certificate is for teachers in all phases of education who wish to specialise in teaching pupils and young people with Autism.
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