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Professional Development Courses

These are primarily non-accredited courses for students who need to learn a new skill or upgrade a current skill for work. Many of these courses are non-accredited as they are focused on developing and improving skills that students already have and use in their current role.

Proficiency Award

This is a specialist qualification for people who already have a "foundation" knowledge of a subject; but wish to undertake limited, but more in depth specialised study in that field. Modules may be credited toward higher, accredited qualifications and help you fast track your studies.

Requirements
Completion of 3 related modules (combined nominal duration of 300 hours); PLUS 200 hours of work experience or industry meetings.

Recommended education level
A certificate or higher qualification of 200 hrs duration or more; or at least 2 years of appropriate industry work experience; or over 21 years of age.

Certificate (Cert)

This would be generally be considered equal to or higher than a trade level qualification.

Requirements
Completion of 6 modules (combined nominal duration of at least 600 hours).

Recommended education level
Year 10, or 1 year of relevant full time work following year 9; or over 21 years of age.

Advanced Certificate (Adv Cert.)

This would normally be considered equal to, or higher than a supervisory qualification.

Requirements
Completion of 8 modules (combined nominal duration of at least 800 hours); PLUS 100 hours of industry meetings.

Recommended education level
Year 11, or 1 year of full time work, following year 10; or a vocational certificate (of 600hrs); or over 21 years of age.

Associate Diploma (Assoc.Dip)

This would normally be considered appropriate training for lower levels of management or technician training.

Requirements
Completion of 14 modules (combined duration of at least 1400 hours); normally including Research Project I; PLUS 100 hours of industry meetings.

Recommended education level
Year 11, or 1 year of full time work following year 10; or a vocational certificate (of 600hrs); or over 21 years of age.

Diploma (Dip.)

This would normally be considered a management or professional qualification.

Requirements
Completion of 20 modules (combined nominal duration of at least 2000 hours) normally including Research Project I and II; PLUS 100 hours of industry meetings.

Recommended education level
Year 12; or a vocational certificate (of 600 hrs); or over 21 years of age.

Advanced Diploma (Adv.Dip)

This may in some situations be considered similar to a foundation degree or associate degree.

Requirements
Completion of 24 modules (combined duration of at least 2400 hours) including Research Projects I and II; PLUS 100 hours of work experience or industry meetings.

Recommended education level
Year 12 plus; or a vocational certificate (of 600 hrs); or over 21 years of age.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), is the formal acknowledgement of your current skills and knowledge, no matter how, when or where the learning occurred.

Credit Transfer

Credit transfers recognises previous formal learning (e.g. university, other qualifications). It uses an assessment of the previous course or subject that you have achieved, to determine whether it can be credited to the new course in which you wish to enrol.

To learn more about our Professional Development Courses, call our Course Advisors on 0845 111 1212

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