Are you currently undertaking a role as an official that provides governance support? Are you looking to shape, develop and practice ‘good governance’ within your organisation? If so, studying a Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) in Governance will equip you with the skills needed to successfully rise to the challenge.
Good governance helps organisations to improve and deliver high quality services, through leadership, direction and control; whilst ensuring that the organisation is accountable to its stakeholders – both for spending money and achieving outcomes.
This course will be particularly of interest to members of public boards who are involved in the scrutiny and review aspects of organisations, whether their focus lies within health care, education or even housing services. It will also be of interest to middle and senior officers working in public and third sector organisations seeking to improve their governance skills.
The course has been developed by the Public Services team at the University of South Wales in collaboration with Cardiff Council, the Centre for Public Scrutiny
Titulo de Bachillerato or the Selectividad with an average mark of 6.
Curso de Orientación Universitaria (COU) with an average mark of 6.
Técnico Especialista (Formación Profesional – segundo grado).
Ingeniero Técnico (from Escuela de Ingeniero Técnico).
Diplomado / Diplomatura.
English language qualifications:
GCSE pass in English at Grade C or above
IELTS with an average overall score of 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each component
TOEFL IBT minimum score for Undergraduate of 80 IBT
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): exams taken from January 2015 – overall score of 169 with at least 162 in each component ; exams taken before January 2015 – Grade C and no less than borderline in each skill
Trinity College English Language qualifications: ISE II Distinction or ISE III Pass for undergraduate courses
City and Guild’s IESOL/ISESOL tests, in some cases, we may also be able to accept the communicator level (B2)
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with a minimum of 51 points in each element for the majority of undergraduate programmes
Don’t worry if you do not meet these requirements, we run a number of courses to prepare you for academic studies
The PgC in Governance comprises of three 20 credit modules which are compulsory for all students studying the course. Each module can be studied on a ‘stand alone’ basis under the University’s Associate Student (Governance) programme.
Modules of study include:
Governance and Scrutiny – This module is concerned with governing structures and the activity of the board. It looks at the processes surrounding governance, issues such as accountability and regulation, and joint and shared governance arrangements.
Political Awareness – The focus of this module is the concepts of political awareness, public and political leadership, and the significance of politics on a local and national level.
Understanding and Challenging Performance – Helping you to understand and improve upon the performance of your organisation, this module will explore a range of performance criteria for reviewing and assessing performance.
Learning and teaching methods
The Postgraduate Certificate in Governance comprises of a combination of classroom-based teaching and work-based learning. You will be required to attend approximately 10 days of classroom sessions which will take place in the form of block delivery (involving a few days study at a time). For each module, there are three days of supported learning (with added time for course induction). There are no set delivery dates, but it is likely that there will be two start dates for this award per year. In addition to this, you will be expected to undertake self directed learning and reflection to include completing an individual and organisational analysis, guided reading and assignment work.
During your studies you will participate in interactive learning and teaching methods such as presentations, flip charts, individual and group work, reviews of data and role play. All of these methods will have a clear link to the workplace.
Throughout your studies you will be given the opportunity to attend guest lecturers from speakers who have previously included politicians and senior leaders from across the public sector.
This course has been specifically designed to develop key governance knowledge and associated skills in those who are working in this role in a range of public service and third sector fields. If you are seeking to work in governance roles, this course is focused on the development of relevant skills to enable you access relevant positions.
This is a postgraduate course and on completion, you will easily be able to move on to a Postgraduate Diploma and then on to a Masters award.
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