Is PCUTL for me?

As a programme of staff development at Cardiff University, PCUTL participants must seek support from their School or Directorate to enrol on the programme.  In the first instance please read the Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) for the modules, which you’ll find within the module descriptions. You will need to check that your  role within the University  will enable you to achieve each ILO.  Each ILO will be assessed in its own right – so we don’t want to start you on a programme that you will be unable to complete.

Below is a series of questions that should help you think about whether you meet the criteria for admission.

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Cardiff University General Entrance Requirement

Do you satisfy any applicable University language competency requirements, as detailed in the University English Language Policy?

Cardiff University’s General Entrance Requirement requires applicants to satisfy any applicable University language competency requirements, as detailed in the University English Language Policy.

The English Language Policy seeks to ensure that all prospective students at Cardiff University who will be studying and assessed through the medium of English, demonstrate that their English language competence is at a level which allows them to cope with the demands of higher education and derive full benefit from their chosen programme of study.

Cardiff University’s General Entrance Requirement and the English Language Policy are available in the annexes of the Awards of Cardiff University section of the Academic Regulations Handbook.

http://learning.cf.ac.uk/quality/regs/handbook/


Do you possess a qualification equivalent to a degree from a United Kingdom university?

Candidates will normally possess a qualification equivalent to a degree from a United Kingdom university. At the discretion of the PCUTL Board, non-graduates whose relative lack of formal qualifications is compensated for by their relevant work experience may also be admitted to candidature, provided the candidate has held, for a minimum period of two years, a position of responsibility relevant to the programme.

Cardiff University’s General Entrance Requirement is available in the annexes of the Awards of Cardiff University section of the Academic Regulations Handbook.

http://learning.cf.ac.uk/quality/regs/handbook/

PCUTL Entrance Requirement

Are you a member of Cardiff University staff who is teaching and/ or support learning on recognised higher education provision at Cardiff University for a minimum of 15 contact hours per semester?

Participants will need to be teaching and/ or supporting learning on recognised higher education provision at Cardiff University. A minimum of 15 contact hours teaching per semester at this level is necessary to complete the assessment requirement, although it is expected that most participants will exceed this.

Admission to Module 1

Do you have a role profile that will enable you to demonstrate the required intended learning outcomes (ILOs)?

Please read about the ILOs in the module descriptor which is available on-line. If you have any questions please contact the Programme Leader (Clare Kell) for advice.

Exemption from Module 1

Do you have at least two years experience of teaching/ supporting learning in UK higher education?

If you believe you have significant prior teaching experience, a comparable qualification, or are unsure whether a qualification you hold may be comparable, please discuss this with a member of the PCUTL team as soon as possible before the start of the programme.

If you have at least 2 years’ experience of teaching / supporting learning in UK Higher Education (HE) you can seek exemption from Module 1. Exemption applications are based on a c1500 word reflective statement and related appendices in which candidates demonstrate the ways in which the Module 1 Intended Learning Outcomes (see Section 2) have been achieved through the applicant’s prior experience and/ or learning. Participants should submit the statement and supporting evidence as appendices, together with a teaching-focussed CV, to the PCUTL team. As you prepare your exemption application you will have access to, and be encouraged to be familiar with, related resources available through Learning Central for full module participants.

You will not be required to map your exemption claim to the UKPSF as you will not have had the support from the PCUTL team to do this. If your application for exemption is successful you will be required to attend an additional workshop before commencing Module 2. During this day you will be introduced to the UKPSF, PRLT and other elements of Block 1 crucial to your completion of the Module 2 assessment. A UKPSF Descriptor 1 mapping will be required in your Module 2 submission.

Participants joining PCUTL from ENCAP’s Learning to Teach module would be exempt from both PCUTL Modules 1 and 2 (Block 1).


Are you teaching through the medium of Welsh?

Staff teaching through the medium of Welsh are strongly encouraged to register with the Centre for Welsh Medium Higher Education at: http://www.caerdydd.ac.uk/cangencaerdydd. The centre provides face-to-face and e-based resources to help new and more established staff consider the opportunities for and practicalities of Welsh Medium Higher Education. Participants may be able to use their completion of the Centre’s workshops for exemption from related PCUTL workshops.

Please contact the PCUTL team for further information.

Admission to Module 3

Do you have a role profile that will enable you to demonstrate the required intended learning outcomes (ILOs)?

Please read about the ILOs in the module descriptor which is available on-line. If you have any questions please contact the Programme Leader (Clare Kell) for advice.


Have you successfully completed Module 1 and 2 or gained exemption from them?

Participants must have successfully completed Module 1 and Module 2 or gained exemption from them before commencing Module 3.

Admission to Module 4

Do you have a role profile that will enable you to complete the intended learning outcomes (ILOs)?

Please read about the ILOs in the module descriptor which is available on-line. If you have any questions please contact the Programme Leader (Clare Kell) for advice.


Have you completed the other PCUTL Modules?

Participants must have completed Modules 1 and 2 of PCUTL (or the Learning to Teach module), and completed PCUTL Module 3 before commencing Module 4.

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Before you finally decide whether the Programme is for you, please have a look at the other sections of this web resource. We also recommend that you contact a member of the PCUTL academic team, so that you can discuss whether PCUTL is suitable for you at this time.

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