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Postgraduate Certificate in Learning Support and Administration in Higher Arts Education

Introduction

This programme is for learning support and administration professionals working in a Higher Education context who wish to professionally develop their knowledge of Higher Education and learning and teaching in an arts context in support of quality enhancement and institutional development.

The programme is delivered part-time, over a 16 month period, using a blend of face-to-face, online and work-based methods. The delivery model is designed to create a community of reflective administrative and learning support practitioners who are part of a wider arts education community. You will be encouraged to work independently and collaboratively with other administrators, learning support professionals, teaching artists and learners to share effective practice, identify opportunities for quality enhancement and provide peer support and evaluation. Face-to-face sessions are built around weekend seminars hosted at the Conservatoire. Alternatively, the programme can be completed with relevant credit-rated short courses (further information can be found at rcs.ac.uk/shortcourses).

Successful applicants are expected to be qualified/experienced administrators or learning support professionals working in an arts education setting (e.g. college or Higher Education Institution).

The programme carries 60 SCQF credits at SCQF level 11. On successful completion, participants can use the credits accumulated to progress to other postgraduate learning and teaching programmes offered by RCS.

Introduction

This programme is for learning support and administration professionals working in a Higher Education context who wish to professionally develop their knowledge of Higher Education and learning and teaching in an arts context in support of quality enhancement and institutional development.

The programme is delivered part-time, over a 16 month period, using a blend of face-to-face, online and work-based methods. The delivery model is designed to create a community of reflective administrative and learning support practitioners who are part of a wider arts education community. You will be encouraged to work independently and collaboratively with other administrators, learning support professionals, teaching artists and learners to share effective practice, identify opportunities for quality enhancement and provide peer support and evaluation. Face-to-face sessions are built around weekend seminars hosted at the Conservatoire. Alternatively, the programme can be completed with relevant credit-rated short courses (further information can be found at rcs.ac.uk/shortcourses).

Successful applicants are expected to be qualified/experienced administrators or learning support professionals working in an arts education setting (e.g. college or Higher Education Institution).

The programme carries 60 SCQF credits at SCQF level 11. On successful completion, participants can use the credits accumulated to progress to other postgraduate learning and teaching programmes offered by RCS.

Programme Outline

Year one
You will be introduced to and engage in an Arts Education Community of Practice where you will critically examine your own administration/learner support methods and practice informed by reflection and using a range of relevant policies, theories, viewpoints and models of learning and teaching practice, quality assurance and enhancement to gain insight to learner support and/or quality enhancement in light of new experiences and understandings. You will have the opportunity to apply new insights and understanding to your practice, critically examine their impact on the service you offer to students and other stakeholders to inform future professional development and practice.

Year one/two
You will undertake a work-based administrative or learner support project in your own arts Higher Education context where you will be required to:

Administrators: Develop effective administrative systems and approaches aimed at offering an improved service to learners and/or other stakeholders. In your project you will be required to design and plan the enhancement(s) and pilot and critically evaluate it with learners and/or other stakeholders of your choosing.

Learning Support Professionals: Develop effective learning support environments and approaches to learner support, design and plan learning support activities, support learning, and give feedback to learners. Your project will be piloted with a group of learners of your choosing and critically evaluated.

How to apply

We believe we are the elite in the excellence of our training, but we also believe there is no barrier to talent. Wherever you are in the world, if you feel you have the necessary talent, dedication and ambition, we encourage you to apply.

Applicants are expected to be working in a learning support or administration role on a full-time or part-time basis in a Higher Education Institution with an arts context (e.g. FE College or Higher Education Institution). Learning support applicants must evidence that they are supporting learners in an HE context studying at SCQF level 7 or above (or equivalent). Applicants are expected to have a good degree, or its overseas equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the demands of the programme. Applicants may be admitted to the programme whose qualifications do not match (in terms of equivalence) or fall short of the normal entrance requirements, but who can clearly satisfy the selection criteria for the programme and indicate they have the capacity to pursue the programme.

International English Language Testing System Score

(IELTS) (if applicable). Level 7.5 with a minimum score of 7.5 in speaking.

Applications are made directly to the Conservatoire for 2014/15 entry. Please email registry@rcs.ac.uk to request an application pack.

Why choose us?

  • The programme is designed specifically for administrators and learning support professionals working in a Higher Arts Education context
  • The programme is designed to enable participants to engage with and contribute to an arts education community and use it to learn from and inform and evolve their administration/learner support practice Credits towards the named award can be accumulated through participation in relevant credit-rated short courses in teaching (further information can be found at rcs.ac.uk/shortcourses)

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to be working in a learning support or administration role on a full-time or part-time basis in a Higher Education Institution with an arts context (e.g. FE College or Higher Education Institution). Learning support applicants must evidence that they are supporting learners in an HE context studying at SCQF level 7 or above (or equivalent). Applicants are expected to have a good degree, or its overseas equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the demands of the programme. Applicants may be admitted to the programme whose qualifications do not match (in terms of equivalence) or fall short of the normal entrance requirements, but who can clearly satisfy the selection criteria for the programme and indicate they have the capacity to pursue the programme. In considering applications, the selection panel will be looking for evidence that the applicant:

  • Is working in a HE context in a learning support role or administrator role.
  • If in a learning support role, has sufficient levels of access to students studying at SCQF levels 7 or above (or equivalent) and exhibits the professional values for supporting learners in an HE context.
  • Demonstrates commitment to initial or continuing professional development.
  • Understands and demonstrates ability to commit the time needed to participate fully in the Programme.
  • Has the support of their line manager/ employer to undertake and complete the Programme.

International English Language Testing System Score (IELTS) (if applicable). Level 7.5 with a minimum score of 7.5 in speaking.

Fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for academic year 2015-16

  • UK/EU Students – £3,672
  • International (Non EU) – £7,344

Scottish/EU students

New Scottish and EU domiciled students may be eligible for a Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan. All eligible students will be able to apply directly to Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for a non-means tested loan of up to £3,400. See the following website for further details of the PSAS scheme:

http://www.saas.gov.uk/full_time/pg/index.htm

Scottish domiciled postgraduate students on eligible courses can also apply for a Postgraduate Living Cost Loan up to £4,500 towards living expenses. This is in addition to the existing loan available towards the cost of their tuition fees.

Scholarships

Any potential student who auditions for a place at the Royal Conservatoire will automatically be considered for a scholarship. They are awarded on a combination of talent, potential and financial need. More information about Scholarships is available here

Sources of external funding

For more information about alternative funding sources, including external scholarships and bursaries, please visit here.

The Conservatoire’s International and Student Experience team are available to advise and assist applicants and current students in respect of queries about funding your studies at the Conservatoire. Please email or telephone +44 (0)141 270 8281/ +44 (0)141 270 8223 for further information.

Graduate destinations

Successful completion provides evidence of your commitment to professionalism in administration and/or learner support in an arts context. As a result, achieving the qualification could help you to, for example:

  • Secure senior administrative/learning support posts in arts and/or post-16 education
  • Apply to become an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy