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    Up to 4 years part time

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Course content

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Learning 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.

Course Overview

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.

Key Features

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.


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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Visit the Professional Learning - Graduate Certificate page on the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David website for more details!




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