your bespoke future pathway

What is bespoke? Literally “made to measure”. Studying whilst engaged in a primary career presents two challenges: finding a suitable course, and a mode of study that fits with existing schedules.

HOW ARE OUR PROGRAMMES BESPOKE?
Our programmes allow you to achieve practical and theoretical experience at a pace that suits your present career commitments and ambitions. We give you the option to attain academic and/or professional qualifications via a non-traditional journey that suits you. We have a proven track record showing it is possible to pursue a successful first career and obtain qualifications necessary to succeed in a second one.
All course work can be accessed and achieved online. Your professional personal tutor will be there for you throughout your course work and after.

 

 

POST GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN LEADERSHIP

The Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership (PGCERT) has been developed specifically for professional athletes and servicepeople by our Head of Education Carole Davies and her academy team and is a qualification unique to FUTURESMART. It makes it the perfect entry point to a Master’s degree for servicepeople and athletes without undergraduate qualifications. The PGCERT is a very valuable starting point to develop your critical, analytical, management, communication, problem solving and writing skills needed at Masters level.

It will teach you the academic skills required at post-graduate level, and is centred on the subject of leadership, with which you will already have been involved, and have formed opinions of, over the years in your first professional career. On completion of the PGCERT you will feel more comfortable working at post-graduate level, which will set you up to succeed in the next programme.

OUTLINE AND PURPOSE
There are 3 modules, which will teach you the academic skills required to work at this level.  On completion, you will reflect on your learning and your portfolio will be submitted to your chosen university demonstrating your learning and ability to work at Masters level.

MODULE 1
• This involves a review of literature relating to an area of leadership that interests you.  It allows you to explore what others have written about the subject. You will need, with the help of your tutor, to hone down on key points, and criticise others’ opinions where appropriate. Your experience of leadership will help you to critically evaluate the literature using this new knowledge.
• Assessment: 3,500-word reflective review of the literature, which critically examines the concept of leadership.

MODULE 2
• Is the design of a short research project. This is an academic yet practical investigation that teaches you some of the technicalities and ethics of research. The type of “research” involved usually entails gathering, synthesizing and evaluating information from other people’s perspectives. It can be based within your present working environment, and will need to answer a question that interests you, or might be relevant to your place of work. It is not complicated.
• Assessment: A 4,000-word account of how you will go about your project, with discussion of your methods and limitations.

MODULE 3
• For this final section you would need to undertake the small-scale study identified in Module 2, analyse the data and present the findings to a small group of interested people using a poster to support your presentation. Following the presentation you will reflect on the impact these 3 modules have had on your development.
• Assessment: Completion and presentation of project. Following this you will develop a 1,500-word reflective essay on your CPD development.

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PERSONAL PORTFOLIO OF EVIDENCE

WHAT IS IT?
A professionally produced collection of evidence of your updated CV; achievements; skills; work experience; qualifications; development and reflections. FUTURESMART can help you compile this to present to prospective employers. It can, if desired, include the results of tests indicating which styles of learning suit you best.

It is also used in negotiations with Universities to access Masters courses without an undergraduate degree: it is evidence that you have the abilities to succeed at this level’

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
To give you an edge in a very competitive open employment market. It also helps you focus on your future pathway in the light of past and present achievements.

VIRTUAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

Once registered for your chosen programme or course you will have access to all necessary online resources. These include selected literature relevant to your studies; discussion groups; and summaries of tutorials. Our professional tutors will always be available for any questions you should have regarding your VLE.