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Postgraduate Certificate in Learning Support and Administration in Higher Arts Education

Introduction

This programme is for administrators or learning support professionals working within a Higher Education context, this pathway provides the opportunity to gain a Masters level qualification in learning support and/or administration.

This pathway provides opportunities to explore and develop the specialist knowledge and skills required to support and/or administrate learning a performing arts higher education institution. With bespoke support from a range of specialists, you will have the opportunity to build an evidence base to demonstrate your engagement with learning support and administration practices and policies in your in your professional context.

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 courses (further information can be found at rcs.ac.uk/lifelong-learning).

On successful completion of this qualification you will gain a PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Learning Support and Administration in Higher Arts Education qualification, and will have generated evidence of your commitment to, and professionalism in, learning support and/or administration in a performing arts higher education context, leading to increased employability within a range of HE and FE contexts.

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 administrators or learning support professionals working within a Higher Education context, this pathway provides the opportunity to gain a Masters level qualification in learning support and/or administration.

This pathway provides opportunities to explore and develop the specialist knowledge and skills required to support and/or administrate learning a performing arts higher education institution. With bespoke support from a range of specialists, you will have the opportunity to build an evidence base to demonstrate your engagement with learning support and administration practices and policies in your in your professional context.

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 courses (further information can be found at rcs.ac.uk/lifelong-learning).

On successful completion of this qualification you will gain a PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Learning Support and Administration in Higher Arts Education qualification, and will have generated evidence of your commitment to, and professionalism in, learning support and/or administration in a performing arts higher education context, leading to increased employability within a range of HE and FE contexts.

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

In the first module, ‘Approaches to Critical Artistry’, you will develop critical and scholarly reflection by critically exploring your learning priorities as a learning support and/or administration professional.

In the ‘’Administration in Higher Arts Education’ module, you will have the opportunity to critically explore your practice in light of the literature, policies and practices that are relevant to your role in the Higher Education sector. You will develop and propose changes to practices that will enhance administration or learning support provision within your organisation.

Years one and two

In ‘Project (PG Cert)’ you will design, deliver and evaluate a practice-based research project that will enhance the processes or mechanisms for supporting learners working at SCQF level 7 or above.

How would I study this pathway?

The programme is delivered part-time over 18 month period, through a combination of online workshops, weekend seminars, independent learning, and work-based learning.

From the outset, you will engage in a multidisciplinary arts education community of practice with students across all of the PG Learning and Teaching programmes. Within your specific pathway, you will join an Action Learning Set to share in peer support and a personal supervisor will work with you throughout your studies.

 

Staff and masterclasses

Head of Programme: Jamie Mackay

Dr Rachel Drury, Lecturer (Post 16 and Community based Arts Education)

Dr. Jill Morgan, Lecturer (Early Years to Senior Phase)

Mary Troup, Lecturer

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.

Student Showcase

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 2017-18

  • UK/EU Students – £3,690

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