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Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Arts Education

Introduction

This programme is for individuals teaching arts programmes at Higher Education level (SCQF Levels 7 to 12, or equivalent) who wish to professionally develop their learning, teaching and assessment methods and skills in an arts context. The programme is mapped to the UK Professional Standards for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (UKPSF) and accredited by the Higher Education Academy. As a result, successful completion of the programme can lead to professional accreditation by the Higher Education Academy and attainment of Associate Fellow or Fellow status.

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 teaching artists who are encouraged to work both collaboratively and independently, share effective practice and provide peer support and evaluation. Face-to-face sessions are built around weekend seminars hosted at the Conservatoire.

Successful applicants are expected to be qualified/experienced to teach in their arts subject discipline and must be working in a university/college or other relevant participatory setting, teaching at SCQF levels 7 or above (or equivalent).

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 the Conservatoire.

Introduction

This programme is for individuals teaching arts programmes at Higher Education level (SCQF Levels 7 to 12, or equivalent) who wish to professionally develop their learning, teaching and assessment methods and skills in an arts context. The programme is mapped to the UK Professional Standards for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (UKPSF) and accredited by the Higher Education Academy. As a result, successful completion of the programme can lead to professional accreditation by the Higher Education Academy and attainment of Associate Fellow or Fellow status.

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 teaching artists who are encouraged to work both collaboratively and independently, share effective practice and provide peer support and evaluation. Face-to-face sessions are built around weekend seminars hosted at the Conservatoire.

Successful applicants are expected to be qualified/experienced to teach in their arts subject discipline and must be working in a university/college or other relevant participatory setting, teaching at SCQF levels 7 or above (or equivalent).

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 the Conservatoire.

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 teaching methods informed by reflection and using a range of relevant theories, viewpoints and models of learning and teaching practice to advance skills in teaching and learning in light of new experiences and understandings.

You will have the opportunity to apply skills, new insights and understanding to your practice, critically examine their impact on your learners’ experience and obtain feedback both from tutors and peers to inform future professional development and practice.

Year one/two
You will undertake a work-based learning and teaching project in your arts subject discipline where you will be required to develop effective learning environments and approaches to student support and guidance, design and plan learning activities and/or programmes of study, teach and support learning, and assess and give feedback to learners.

Your project will be piloted/delivered with a group of students studying at SCQF level 7 or above 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.

Applications are made directly to for 2014/15 entry. Please email registry@rcs.ac.uk to request an application pack. The closing date for applications is 31 July 2015.

Why choose us?

The programme is designed specifically for individuals teaching arts subjects at Higher Education level in a range of contexts including Conservatoires, small specialised HE arts institutions, Colleges and Further Education and across a range of participatory settings.

The programme is mapped to the UK Professional Standards for learning and teaching in Higher Education (UKPSF). Successful completion demonstrates that your practice is aligned to UKPSF. The programme is accredited by the HE Academy and can lead to attainment of Associate Fellow or Fellow status. Successful achievement will entitle you to use post nominal letters (AFHEA or FHEA).

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to be working in a Higher Education context (e.g. FE College or Higher Education Institution) either full-time or part-time in an arts lecturing or teaching role where they are teaching at SCQF level 7 or above (or equivalent for other UK or International applicants).

Applicants are expected to have a good degree, or its overseas equivalent, in an arts 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 teaching and supporting learners in a HE Context (SCQF Level 7 or above (or equivalent).
  • Has a sufficient amount of teaching to undertake the practical work in the Programme.
  • Demonstrates commitment to initial or continuing professional development in teaching and supporting learners.
  • Exhibits the professional values for teaching and supporting learners in an HE Context.
  • 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 teaching and learning in higher education. Higher Education Academy accreditation is a portable asset, which has UK-wide relevance and is increasingly recognised by Higher and Further Education institutions. As a result, achieving the qualification could help you to for example:

Secure full-time teaching posts in Higher Education in both the College (FE) and HE Sectors

Apply for promoted/senior posts in teaching in Higher Education in both the College (FE) and HE Sectors