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                                                                                                                           (see guidance notes for completion )


Please note that from January 2005
     Where a programme is delivered in more than one mode:
           o a full Programme Specification is completed for what is deemed to be the main mode
           o details of other modes (part-time, franchise deliveries etc.) are entered onto a Delivery Supplement which is attached to the main document
           o one or more delivery supplements may be included at the time of validation, or added when an additional mode of delivery is subsequently
                approved.
     Any changes made to an approved Programme Specification are indicated on a Log of Changes sheet, and appended.

Sections 1-10 below indicate all modes of delivery and attendance, with the main mode highlighted by the use of bold type; sections 11-20 refer to the main
mode of delivery.

1.     Programme Title and Award                             MA Lifelong Learning with exit awards
                                                             Postgraduate Diploma Lifelong Learning and Postgraduate Certificate Lifelong Learning
2.     External Admissions Code if applicable
3.     Northumbria Programme Code(s) please indicate         MA: 14PHPG-N LLL6
       the programme code(s) for the main delivery in bold   PG Dip: 15PHPG-N LLL6
                                                             PG Cert: 16PHPG-N LLL6
                                                             MA (TDA Funded): 14PEPT-N LLL6
4.     Mode(s) of Delivery please indicate the main mode     Classroom-          X        Distance Learning                   Blended
       of delivery in bold                                   based
5.     Mode(s) of Attendance please indicate the main        Full-time                  Sandwich                            Part-time              X
       delivery in bold
                                                             Other please specify
6.     Location(s) of Delivery if other than Northumbria
7.     Collaborative Provision if applicable                 Franchised                   Validated                Joint                  Dual
                                                             Partner Institution(s)
8.     Date(s) of Approval/Review
9.     QAA Subject Benchmark Group if applicable             Education Studies
10.    PSRB accreditation if applicable




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Sections 11 – 20 relate to the main delivery as indicated in bold above.

11.   Educational Aims of the Programme Specified in terms of the general intentions of the programme and its distinctive characteristics; these should be consistent
      with any relevant benchmark and with the Mission of the University.
      Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK) is the Sector Skills Council for employers whose primary business is the delivery or support of learning. The Lifelong
      Learning sector is very diverse. It encompasses teachers, tutors and trainers from a range of education and training settings, e.g.
             Colleges of further education
             Specialist vocational colleges
             Sixth form colleges
             Higher education
             Work-based learning providers
             Adult and community education
             Private and voluntary training organisations
             Public sector organisations
             Libraries, archives and information services

      So diverse is the sector that Lifelong Learning UK is unable to agree a generic term that describes those who work in this sector. And so we find a
      number of terms – lecturer, teacher, tutor, instructor, learning support, facilitator, trainer etc used depending on the setting in which they work. Within
      this document the term participant is used.

      At undergraduate level Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) is used to describe the provision on offer. However with the arrival of LLUK
      and the recent announcement that the new qualification framework for the sector is to be called the Lifelong Learning Framework the decision was
      made to use Lifelong Learning rather than PCET as the title.

      Within this sector all teachers, tutors and trainers need to demonstrate their on-going professional development. From September 2007 Continuing
      Professional Development (CPD) will become mandatory. Practitioners who wish to retain their ‘licence to practice’ will need to maintain a record of
      their CPD. For some participants it will mean that they would embark on the 3 year part-time programme. For other participants it may mean that they
      will exit at end of year one or two. There may even be some participants who only wish to engage in one or two of the modules as they may already
      hold a higher degree.

      The research modules are shared across all the education pathways and there are a range of option modules that are appropriate to those who work in
      a range of education and training settings, the participants who join this programme will share practice and experiences with colleagues from other
      settings, thus enhancing their own professional development. The context in which these modules will focus upon is the Lifelong Learning sector and
      participants will enter debate and discourse with a view to enhance their learning focussing upon the relevant facet of the sector to which they belong.




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      Programme Aims:
      The overarching aim of Postgraduate Studies is to establish the conditions and standards for rigorous critical enquiry and discourse and so to extend
      the criteria for judging taken-for-granted assumptions underlying educational policy and practice. The programme will enable participants to develop an
      increasing respect for evidence and discourse and the capacity to initiate and sustain change, both in their own practice and more generally within their
      professional context.


      Specific aims of the Lifelong Learning programme are to enable the participant within the context of the Lifelong Learning sector to:
         examine critically the key features of practices within the lifelong learning sector with particular reference to major current policy initiatives
         engage effectively in informed discourse and debate about evidence, policy and practice
         develop the capacity to reinterpret practice in the light of learning during the programme
         contribute to the critical understanding of the inter-relationships between research, policy and practice and their manifestations in different settings
         demonstrate the critical skills of enquiry including the capacity to analyse data for particular contexts.

      The programme complies with Masters level (L7) of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ).

12.   How Students are Supported in their Learning/Employability/Career Development eg curriculum design, personal development plans, placements,
      fieldwork, practical projects.
      Participants recruited to this programme will normally be teaching, training or tutoring within a range of contexts and the typical participant accessing
      this programme will be a professionally qualified individual in a Post Compulsory Education and Training role who undertakes study part time. As such
      the programme has been designed to facilitate the varied needs and requirements of a range of experienced practitioners. Independent Study is an
      important feature of the programme design; adult learning approaches including the utilisation of work based learning enable the participant to tailor the
      programme to their own needs within their specialist area of practice. It is anticipated that participants will maintain Personal Development Plans which
      will enable them to map their progress and include for example, written records of academic achievements and feedback and perhaps reflective notes
      on experiences and personal development during the programme. Such information may serve as records of achievements during the programme and
      it may be useful in providing evidence to others, e.g. employers, as to the benefits participants have derived from undertaking the programme.

      The processes that support the participant include:
         Interview – only those participants who don’t have the normal entry profile will be invited to interview, at which their suitability for the programme
          will be explored, and any preparatory activities are suggested (background reading, considering an area of practice to investigate). Although all
          prospective participants if they so wish may access a guidance interview to enable them to identify the suitability of the programme to their needs.
         Induction – into the University and to the programme
         Student / Programme Handbook – outlines the guidance and support mechanisms.
         Module Guides – for each module outlining the requirements of the modules including clear guidelines on assessment strategy
         Study Supervisor / Guidance Tutor – allocated to each participant to provide supervision of their academic studies and Personal Progress File
         Peer support – participants are encouraged to provide support for each other during their studies
         Programme Leader – monitors progress overall and provides ongoing guidance and support


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           Module Tutor – provides academic support and development
           Dissertation Supervisor – provides support and supervises participants through their dissertation project

13.   Learning Outcomes of Programme Specified in terms of performance capabilities to be shown on completion of the programme. Please identify numerically to
      correspond to the map of learning outcomes in section 18.

      a) Knowledge and Understanding
      On completion of the programme the participant should have extended their knowledge and critical understanding within the Lifelong Learning sector
      of:
      1. a range of philosophical perspectives on enquiry in Lifelong Learning
      2.   a variety of information sources to assist in developing substantive knowledge and research in Lifelong Learning
      3.   a range of methods applicable to research
      4.   specific knowledge in an area of their Lifelong Learning practice
      5.   the context of their area of practice in terms of politics, policy, ethics and governance
      b) Intellectual skills
      On completion of the programme the participant should be able to:
      1. analyse a research / practice problem in their area of Lifelong Learning practice
      2. conduct critically a background review of a Lifelong Learning issue
      3. plan a programme of research / practice development
      4. examine critically methods of research
      5. examine critically the context of their research / practice within the Lifelong Learning sector


      c) Practical Skills
      On completion of the programme the participant should be able to:
      1. demonstrate effective engagement in the location, retrieval and management of literature
      2. apply a range of skills pertinent to the presentation of Lifelong Learning issues to a target audience
      3. develop and apply new work based skills
      4. evaluate their own current practice and the practice of others
      5. design and execute a work-based dissertation or practice project based on primary or secondary data.

      d) Transferable/Key Skills
      On completion of the programme the participant should have gained enhanced personal skills including the ability to:
      1. communicate and present oral and written arguments
      2. use information and communication technology, including word processing, data bases, internet communication, information retrieval and on-line


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            searches
      3.    work with others, as a result of the development of interpersonal skills, to demonstrate the capacity to plan, to share goals, and work as a member
            of a team
      4.    improve their own learning and performance, including the development of study and research skills, time management, capacity to plan and
            manage learning, and to reflect on their own learning
      5.    analyse, synthesise, evaluate and identify problems and solutions within the context of the Lifelong Learning sector

14.   Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy Specified to enable learners to achieve and demonstrate the above learning outcomes.
      Teaching and Learning
      The participant is encouraged to acquire specific knowledge and skills through the core research learning outcomes on the development and
      application of knowledge in education and how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through enquiry. These modules provide a masters level
      grounding in the underlying philosophies, policies and methods. The dissertation / project modules provide a common framework for undertaking
      master’s level research using either a work based dissertation or a practice project. The participants will customise the dissertation / project through
      the selection of the research question and apply this to their workplace setting.

      Alongside the research modules there are a range of substantive option modules specific to current issues in the post compulsory education and
      training sector. The participants will select modules with support and guidance from their Guidance Tutor, who will in addition monitor progress and
      provide individual and group guidance as necessary.

      Only a small proportion of the participant’s study will be in taught sessions. Most of the work will involve independent study, determined and organised
      by the participant or in reading and activities outside the taught sessions, which have been directed by the staff team. Som e materials will be provided
      for the participant, but they will also be expected to make independent use of the University’s libraries and other resources. Throughout their
      engagement with the programme participants are encouraged to develop their learning through peer and tutor interaction, either face to face or through
      electronic communications

      Assessment
      Each module is assessed on whether the participant has achieved its learning outcomes. A variety of approaches are used across Postgraduate
      Studies including assignments, presentations, portfolios and reports, which will show evidence of achieving the learning outcomes. For example a
      portfolio may include elements of practical and transferable skills. In many assessments participants are able to customise the topic towards their
      specific areas of interest.

      Both formative and summative assessment strategies are utilised. Key aspects of assessment include reflection on own practice, critical application of
      theory to practice, dissemination to an audience (formatively within the seminars and summatively within their assignments and dissertation).




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15.       Programme Structure The Modularised Framework for Northumbria Awards 2 allows programmes to be validated with up to 30 Level 6 credits. Possible
          stages/awards are indicated; please delete rows as required. Diagrams can also be used to demonstrate the structure.

                                       Programme Structure Refer if necessary to appended diagrams

          Postgraduate                      AA0113 Foundations, Philosophies, Policies for Enquiry (Core, year long, 20 credits)
          Certificate
                                               and
          60 credits at Level 7
                                             TE 0715 Lifelong Learning

                                              and

                                             20 level 7 credits from the substantive modules list below


          Postgraduate                      AA0114 Research Skills: Designs and Methods (Core, year long, 20 credits)
          Diploma
                                               and
          120 credits at Level 7
                                             40 level 7 credits from the substantive modules list below

          Core substantive                  TE0715 Lifelong Learning (semester one)
          module
          20 credits at Level 7
                                            PL0718 Mentoring Educators in Practice Settings (semester one)
          Option substantive                TE0716 Skills for Life (semester one)
          modules                           TE0719 Understanding Autism (semester one)

          20 credits each at                TE0708    Educational Leadership and Management (semester two)
          Level 7                           TE0710    Negotiated Study (semester two)
                                            TE0717    Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (semester two)
                                            PL0719    Partnership issues (semester two)




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    The Modularised Framework for Northumbria Awards available from http://Northumbria.ac.uk/sd/central/ar/lts/approval/framework/


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    MA Lifelong                        WB0705 Work-based dissertation (Core, year long, 60 credits)
    Learning                      or
                                       PP0190 Practice Project (Core, year long, 60 credits))
    Level 7                       or
                                       PP0191 Systematic Appraisal (Core, year long, 60 credits))

    180 credits at Level 7




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        Lower Level Awards Credit Structure and Programme Learning Outcomes for Lower Level Awards.
16.
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        Please delete or add rows as appropriate, with reference to the Assessment Regulations for Northumbria Awards . Learning outcomes should be specified for each
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        lower level award in accordance with the QAA Framework for Higher Education Qualifications which also provides generic qualification descriptors for each level. The
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        standard credit structure for each award is given below. The Modularised Framework for Northumbria Awards allows postgraduate taught programmes to be validated
        with up to 30 Level 6 credits.

        Award                               Programme Learning Outcomes may be completed with reference to section 13.




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  The Modularised Framework for Northumbria Awards available from http://Northumbria.ac.uk/sd/central/ar/lts/approval/framework/
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  The Assessment Regulations for Northumbria Awards available from http://Northumbria.ac.uk/sd/central/ar/lts/approval/assess/
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  There is a link to the QAA Framework for Higher Education Qualifications at http://Northumbria.ac.uk/sd/central/ar/lts/approval/




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                                        By the end of the programme participants should have extended their knowledge and critical understanding of
                                        A1 a range of philosophical perspectives on enquiry in lifelong learning
                                        A2 a variety of information sources to assist in developing substantive knowledge and research in Lifelong Learning
                                        A4 specific knowledge in an area of their Lifelong Learning practice
                                        A5 the context of their area of practice in terms of politics, policy, ethics and governance.

    Postgraduate Certificate            Be able to
    in                                  B1 analyse a research / practice problem in their area of Lifelong Learning practice
    Lifelong Learning                   B2 conduct critically a background review of a lifelong learning issue
                                        B5 examine critically the context of their research / practice within the Lifelong Learning sector

    60 credits at Level 7               Be able to
                                        C1 demonstrate effective engagement in the location, retrieval and management of literature
                                        C2 apply a range of skills pertinent to the presentation of Lifelong Learning issues to a target audience
                                        C3 develop and apply new work based skills
                                        C4 evaluate their own current practice and the practice of others

                                        Have gained enhanced personal skills including the ability to
                                        D1 communicate and present oral and written arguments
                                        D3 work with others, as a result of the development of interpersonal skills, to demonstrate the capacity to plan, to share
                                            goals, and to work as a member of a team
                                        D5 analyse, synthesise, evaluate and identify problems and solutions within the context of the Lifelong Learning sector




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                                            By the end of the programme participants should have extended their knowledge and critical understanding of
                                            A1 a range of philosophical perspectives on enquiry in Lifelong Learning
                                            A2 a variety of information sources to assist in developing substantive knowledge and research in Lifelong Learning
                                            A3 a range of methods applicable to research in their chosen area
                                            A4 specific knowledge in an area of their Lifelong Learning practice
                                            A5 the context of their area of practice in terms of politics, policy, ethics and governance.
         Postgraduate Diploma
         in                                 Be able to
         Lifelong Learning                  B1 analyse a research / practice problem in their area of Lifelong Learning practice
                                            B2 conduct critically a background review of a Lifelong Learning issue
                                            B3 plan a programme of research / practice development
                                            B4 examine critically methods of research
         120 credits at Level 7             B5 examine critically the context of their research / practice within the Lifelong Learning sector

                                            Be able to
                                            C1 demonstrate effective engagement in the location, retrieval and management of literature
                                            C2 apply a range of skills pertinent to the presentation of Lifelong Learning issues to a target audience
                                            C3 develop and apply new work based skills
                                            C4 evaluate their own current practice and the practice of others

                                            Have gained enhanced personal skills including the ability to
                                            D1 communicate and present oral and written arguments
                                            D3 work with others, as a result of the development of interpersonal skills, to demonstrate the capacity to plan, to share
                                                goals, and to work as a member of a team
                                            D5 analyse, synthesise, evaluate and identify problems and solutions within the context of the Lifelong Learning sector




17.      Variation from Assessment Regulations or the Modularised Framework Provide details of any approved variations from the Assessment Regulations for
                                       3                                                    2
         Northumbria Awards (ARNA) or the Modularised Framework for Northumbria Awards .


         The standard University assessment regulations for taught programmes will apply.




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18.   Mapping of Learning Outcomes

      This section shows how the individual modules (with module learning outcomes as written in the module descriptor) together contribute to programme learning
      outcomes. It should be presented as a matrix of programme learning outcomes (as identified numerically in section 13), against modules. Where a module contributes
      to a programme learning outcome it should be flagged. Standard practice will be for a single symbol to indicate a learning outcome addressed in the module. See
      guidance notes for discussion of alternative practices.

      The following matrix is for a programme structure with 6 learning outcomes in each of the categories of section 13, with rows for modules. See guidance notes for a
      discussion of the treatment of option modules. The matrix should be extended as required.



MODULE        Core/                 a) Knowledge &                 b) Intellectual Skills                c) Practical Skills              d) Transferable Key Skills
CODE          option                Understanding

                C/0       1     2        3   4   5     6     1     2     3     4     5      6     1     2     3     4     5     6     1      2     3     4     5        6
AA0113           C        X     X                X           X     X                 X            X     X                             X      X           X     X
AA0114           C              X        X                   X     X     X     X                  X     X                             X                  X     X

WB0705           C        X     X        X   X               X     X     X     X     X            X     X     X     X     X           X      X     X     X     X
PP0190           C        X     X        X   X               X     X     X     X     X            X     X     X     X     X           X      X     X     X     X
PP0191           C        X     X        X   X               X     X     X     X     X            X     X     X     X     X           X      X     X     X     X

TE0715           C        X     X            X   X           X     X                              X     X           X                 X      X           X

PL0718           O        X     X                X           X     X                              X     X     X     X                 X      X           X     X
TE0716           O              X                X           X     X                              X     X     X                       X      X           X     X
TE0719           O              X                X           X     X                              X     X                             X      X           X

TE0708           O              X                X           X     X                              X     X                             X      X           X     X
TE0710           O              X        X       X           X     X                              X     X                             X      X           X
TE0717           O              X                X           X     X                              X     X     X                       X      X           X     X
PL0719           O              X                X           X                                    X     X     X     X                 X      X           X     X




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19.   Admission Requirements Please give details of specific programme requirements including approved arrangements for admission with advanced standing, where
      appropriate.
      Applicants for this programme will be mature learners and are likely to come from a wide variety of backgrounds. The entry requirement for the
      programme is normally an honours degree (2:2 or above) in a subject related to education or training. Applicants with ordinary degrees or non degree
      level professional qualifications will be considered on the basis of equivalence to the normal requirement through an AP(E)L exercise. Practical
      experience in the post compulsory education and training sector is required for entry.


      Advanced standing through APEL or APL will be given if evidence is produced to satisfy a panel of, the Director of Postgraduate Studies, Programme
      Manager for Postgraduate Studies (Education) and the Programme Leader (Lifelong Learning), that the learning outcomes have been mapped at the
      appropriate level. The amount of APEL and APL is subject to the rules and regulations of the University. The process will be open to scrutiny by the
      External Examiner.

      With applicants for whom English is not their first language, they are required to demonstrate a sufficient level of competence in English (i.e. ELTS 6.5)


      Interviews
      All applicants are offered the opportunity of a guidance interview to discuss their suitability for the programme, current achievements and career
      aspirations as well as their potential area of study and possible preparatory activities are suggested (background reading, study skills enhancement etc).
      Applicants for interview will always be told its purpose. They may bring with them exemplars of current workplace activities and exemplars of academic
      ability, the latter is particularly important for those applicants who are seeking AP(E)L entry as non degree entrants.

      Applicants will need to produce original certificates of their entry qualifications.




20.   Application Procedure The approved procedure should be indicated
      The standard application procedure for Postgraduate study in HCES will apply. Applications should be sent to the Postgraduate Studies (Education)
      Administrator who will record them and forward them to the Programme Leader.




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Programme diagram
Year 1 – Postgraduate Certificate in Lifelong Learning


                                                        Foundations, Philosophies, Policies for Enquiry
                                                           Year long, double module, 20 credits (L7)



            Core substantive module – Lifelong Learning                                        Substantive module from a range of options
            Semester one, double module, 20 credits (L7)                                       Semester two, double module, 20 credits (L7)



Year 2 – Postgraduate Diploma in Lifelong Learning


                                                            Research Skills: Designs and Methods
                                                           Year long, double module, 20 credits (L7)



            Substantive module from a range of options                                         Substantive module from a range of options
            Semester one, double module, 20 credits (L7)                                       Semester two, double module, 20 credits (L7)




Year 3 – MA in Lifelong Learning


                                         Work-based Dissertation or      Practice Project or     Systematic Appraisal
                                                               Year long module, 60 credits (L7)




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