Using the NPQ's towards a Master’s accreditation

 

Recognition of your learning within a Master’s degree at CCCU

You can apply for the learning from your course to be recognised as contribution towards a full MA, by completing a written submission that is assessed against the Master’s (Level 7) criteria. You will need to compile evidence of your learning and your reading of research, theory and policy, with reflective critical discussion to show a high level of understanding of your particular area of work. This can be brought into a relevant MA (such as MA in Education, MA Transformational Leadership or MA Early Childhood Education) as follows:

Qualification

Word count

Level 7 credits

Cost (2017-18)

NPQML

2000

20

£435

NPQSL

3500

40

£435

NPQH

5000

60

£435

 

Detailed guidance will be available to enable you to compile this evidence and commentary as you progress through the course. This will include guidance to tailor your application to the learning outcomes for the MA for which you wish to apply.  You can only apply for credit recognition on entry to a full MA, but you may apply up to 5 years after the date of the award of your National Professional Qualification.  Assessment and payment take place at the point of application: please note that fees may change.

Gaining Master’s accreditation at CCCU

Alternatively, you can write up the learning from your course for a 20 credit Master’s module. For this, you will need to write a 4000 word account of your learning and your reading of research, theory and policy, with reflective critical discussion to show a high level of understanding of your particular area of work. The cost of £740 (2017-18 fee) covers registration with the university, library and computer access, tutorial support, assessment and examination. This option is appropriate if you want to gain credits straight away, rather than waiting until you are ready to apply for an MA. As above, you can apply to bring these credits into a relevant MA up to 5 years from the date the credits were awarded. 

A full MA comprises 180 credits. Any recognition of prior experiential learning or credits gained is subject to the University’s current regulations and fees at the time of application. Other institutions may have different regulations.

If you have other relevant level 7 credits (e.g. from PGCE), please contact cpd@canterbury.ac.uk to discuss whether you can apply for recognition of these credits as well.

You will find information from DfE on NPQs and Master’s accreditation here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/masters-level-accreditation-guidance#accreditation-of-prior-and-experiential-learning-apel