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In Professional Development are delighted to be an academic partner of the University of Chester. For the last 3 years we have been working closely with the University to design, develop and deliver highly interactive programmes that offer an optional Postgraduate Certificate.

The partnership between In Professional Development and the University allows us to bring innovative, engaging and industry relevant programmes to the market. Our programmes carry the academic quality and rigour expected from high quality executive programme but are uniquely designed and delivered around the demands, pressures and challenges that face busy working professionals. Our unique and flexible approach makes it easier than ever to access expert programmes and gain post graduate qualifications via the University’s Centre for Work Related Studies.

Mini MBA – PGCert in Business Administration (WBIS)

You can undertake the Mini MBA on an accredited basis and on successful completion will see you receive a PGCert in Business Administration (WBIS) validated by University of Chester and delegates who successfully complete the programme will be eligible for a University of Chester award.

To be eligible to study at Level 7 you will need to already hold a senior leadership position and be actively looking to further develop your management and leadership skills. You may also hold a middle management position with aspirations for progression to senior leadership.

The Executive Mini MBA Programme consists of three modules leading to the Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration (WBIS). This programme covers appropriate key aspects for a postgraduate certificate in line with the QAA Subject Benchmark Statement: Master’s Degrees in Business and Management (3rd Ed, 2015).

Assessment:

In order to complete the PGCert each student will be required to undertake three assignments of 4000-5000 words (weighting 100% coursework).

Illustrative examples include an essay, report, oral assessment, portfolio – or a combination – as negotiated between student and tutor.

Specifically:

A work-based critically reflective portfolio (notionally 5000 words each) which typically includes a critically reflective essay or report on the relevant module theme, covering the learning outcomes. Specific essay titles will be negotiated between student and tutor and in all cases will be applied to the student’s individual workplace practice.

Modules:

Module 1: Leadership for Excellence in Projects and Processes
Module 2: Finance for Managers and Leaders
Module 3: Strategic Management for Marketing

 

Directors Development Programme – PGCert Strategic Leadership for Directors (WBIS)

The Directors Development Programme – PG Cert Strategic Leadership for Directors (WBIS) validated by University of Chester and delegates who successfully complete the programme will be eligible for a University of Chester award.

To be eligible to study at Level 7 you will need to hold a Director position and will be looking to further develop your leadership skills. Alternatively you will hold a middle management position with aspirations for progression to senior leadership or company directorship. The course will bring you the robustness of an academic approach to learning, plus the reward of an academic qualification. It facilitates the development of your strategic leadership skills and your understanding of the requirements placed upon company directors.

The Directors Development Programme consists of three modules leading to the Postgraduate Certificate Strategic Leadership for Directors (WBIS). The course covers appropriate key aspects for a postgraduate certificate in line with the QAA Subject Benchmark Statement: Master’s Degrees in Business and Management (3rd Ed, 2015).

Assessment:

In order to complete the PGCert each student will be required to undertake three assignments of notionally 4000-5000 words (weighting 100% coursework).

Illustrative examples include an essay, report, oral assessment, portfolio – or a combination – as negotiated between student and tutor.

Specifically:

A work-based critically reflective portfolio (notionally 5000 words each) which typically includes a critically reflective essay or report around the relevant module theme, covering the learning outcomes. Specific essay titles will be negotiated between student and tutor and in all cases will be applied to the student’s individual workplace practice.

Modules:

Module 1: The Directors Role in Governance and Finance
Module 2: The Directors Role in Leading and Managing an Organisation
Module 3: The Directors Role in Strategic Leadership and Marketing

The Executive Education and Training Programme - Post graduate Certificate in Executive Education (PGCEE)

There are two levels of accreditation for this programme:

Certified Professional Practitioner

To become a Certified trainer, participants will need to:

1

Deliver a 15 minute micro-teach session to fellow participants on the programme, applying core teaching theory from the course: Set an Aim and Objectives

  • Deliver an engaging session relating to own area of expertise
  • Confirm Aim and Objectives have been met
2

Write a 250-400 word reflective statement, identifying and discussing how they will apply the key concepts, techniques and theories into their professional practice. The reflective statement needs to demonstrate a clear understanding of concepts taught and application of learning.

Successful participants will be awarded a badge of Professional Competence and Completion Certificate.

Qualified Professional Practitioner (PGCEE)

To become a Qualified Professional Practitioner participants will need to successfully complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Executive Education validated by University of Chester and delegates who successfully complete the programme will be eligible for a University of Chester award.

Assessment requirement: 

You will be required to undertake 3 work based assignments of notionally 4000-5000 words (weighting 100% coursework). These 3 assignments will be work-based (applied to the delegates individual workplace practice) and submitted as part of a critically reflective portfolio. Illustrative examples include an essay, report, oral assessment, portfolio – or a combination – as individually negotiated between student and tutor.

The assessments will be submitted on the following themes, or on a more specific subject for yourself (to be agreed with your designated tutor):

Assignment 1:

Educational theory. Demonstrate an understanding of the educational theory that underpins professional education and training delivery.

Assignment 2:

Professional practice. Provide a portfolio of lesson plans and reflections on 20 hours of teaching.

Assignment 3:

Action research paper. Research, apply, and reflect on the application of a current innovation in adult education.

This will be discussed in more detail throughout the programme.

All learners aiming to become a Qualified Professional Practitioner will be provided with:

  • One-to-one telephone tutorial opportunities (as many as the student requires; typically, this would involve 3 one-hour tutorials)
  • Group tutorials through conference calls
  • Monthly webinar events

We encourage learners to engage with as many tutorials and learning opportunities as possible. The blended learning method has been shown to provide flexible, student centred delivery and a high pass rate.

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