Double accreditation for postgrad teaching course
The University for the Creative Arts has become one of only a handful of institutes in the UK to receive accreditation for its Postgraduate Certificate by the two main bodies.
UCA's Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in the Creative Arts has been re-accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) until 2014 and also been endorsed for five years by Standards Verification UK (SVUK) the subsidiary of Lifelong Learning UK which is responsible for the verification of initial teacher training for the Further Education sector.
The double achievement is not just an incentive for external applicants, but the course also supports the development of academic staff at UCA who wish to teach on both FE and HE courses.
Dean of Learning and Teaching, Hilaire Graham, said: "We are very proud to gain this double accreditation because it truly reflects UCA's distinctive position as a hub for Further Education and Higher Education in the creative arts for those aged 16 and above.
"It also shows our positive and inclusive approach to staff development as we make the course available to academics, technicians and support staff alike.
"Our goal is to support individuals in developing their understanding of learning and teaching in their discipline through research and practice that will underpin their scholarly contribution to their subjects within the university."
The staff development initiative highlights UCA's commitment to the Professional Standards Framework developed for HE which seeks to enable employees to consider their role in learning and teaching within a university through the activities in which they engage, discipline knowledge and understanding of student learning and the professional values of being a teacher.
Hilaire said: "This framework acknowledges the distinctive nature of teaching in Higher Education and encourages a scholarly approach to becoming a teacher, which is reflected in the UCA course through its focus on research into learning and teaching in the creative arts disciplines."
For more information contact:
David Reilly, Press Officer, UCA
T: 01252 892939