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Frequently Asked Questions
 

Your questions answered

This section provides answers to the questions we are frequently asked.

Information is also provided on common aspects such as student support, route leaders and billing details, and a guide to the jargon that often causes confusion.

How do I enrol?

All new students are required to enrol before, or shortly after their first teaching session. Usually this happens in September at the start of each academic year. Students are required to enrol with SHU every 12 months. If you have started with SHU part way through an academic year, your course administrator will contact you to remind to re-enrol at the appropriate time.

SHU's method of re-enrolment is an on-line system through the Student Portal under the 'My SHU Record' tab. This saves time for both students and staff, and also reduces paper consumption. It is a simple process which only takes a few minutes. Your course administrator will provide you with instructions
what to do when it's time to re-enrol.

How do I choose what to study?

When a student enrols they will be assigned to an
academic tutor. This tutor is available to guide the student through the different module choices and options available depending on the student's current career path.

Information on the modules on the PDP is also available in our
routes, awards and modules section. Once you are comfortable with your selection you should speak to your course administrator.

I want to apply for a course, is there an electronic application form I can download?

Yes there is, please
 download an application form from our key documents page.

When is my course running, what are my module dates?

Modules run at different times for different courses. You should have received teaching dates with your confirmation of enrolment. If you have not had any information please contact your
course administrator or check your course blackboard site, or refer to your module choice handbook.

The Professional Development Programme also has an Organisational Blackboard site for enrolled students that lists teaching dates and other useful information.

How many hours will I need to study?

This will depend on each student's individual ability and the module taken. However as a rule of thumb each 30 credit point module at Masters Level should be between 200 and 300 hours. A number of modules require attendance at evening or weekend taught sessions.

Do any time limits apply the the course?

The maximum duration of a Masters award is 6 years, however only have 3 years to complete each award stage (60 credits) to remain in the PDP.  Most modules must be completed within 12 months from the start of teaching; specific information will be made available at the start of each module.

Is any funding or bursary available for me for childcare while I study?

Students can contact the 'Student Financial Support Office' to enquire if there is any assistance available.
Tel. 0114 224 2186 | email: sfso@shu.ac.uk

What should I provide from my sponsor?

The University requires a letter of authority from the students’ sponsor. This should be enclosed with the enrolment form, or sent directly to your course administrator who will forward the letter to the University’s Finance Directorate without delay. A new letter will be needed for each year of the course and should clearly state the students name, course, academic year, contribution towards the tuition fee and also the name and address to which the fees invoice should be sent. The University will retain this document and forward the appropriate invoice to the relevant person.
 Download an example sponsor letter. 

Where, when and how do I hand work in?

Hand-in dates are specific to your course and will be listed in the course handbook or set by the module tutor during teaching. Dates on the Professional Development Programme are usually in February, May, and August each year.

Work should be handed in to your course administrator in person or by post (recorded delivery) to the Assignement Managment Team, Room 1140, Owen Building, Howard Street, City Campus, S1 2NE prior to, or on the hand in date. The office is covered from 8.45am until 5.15pm Monday to Thursday and 8.45am until 4.45pm on Friday. Please ensure posted assignments arrive in good time before the hand in deadline.

We recommend that you do not submit your work directly to Tutors as Course Administrators are required to record coursework submission.

When are exam boards and when will I get my results?

Exam boards take place towards the end of April for February's hand-in, the middle of July for May's hand in, and early October for the August hand-in. Results are usually sent to students within 10 working days of the Ratification Award Assessment Board.

How do I get an old transcript?

Students still enrolled on the programme can obtain a copy of their old transcripts from their
course administrator. Alumni can obtain transcripts in the same way, however an administration fee, payable in advance, will be charged where 12 months from graduation has elapsed.  Download a request form for your transcripts.

Will this help my career prospects?

Continuing Professional Development is important to anyone in a career that is always changing. Government agendas, teaching research, and better understanding of disabilities will impact on how education professionals need to perform their challenging roles. CPD will help you meet these changes with confidence and demonstrate your ability, and potential, to future employers through postgraduate qualifications.

A range of professional standards, both statutory and advisory, apply to teachers at all stages of their career. Measuring themselves against those standards can help teachers benchmark themselves and identify any learning and development needs. Properly planned and managed CPD can meet those needs, equipping teachers to do their current jobs more effectively and providing them with the skills they need to progress. The teachers’ standards framework summarises the main elements of all the current standards, providing an at-a-glance guide to what is expected of teachers at every stage of their career.

What is the relationship between the GTC, the LA and Sheffield Hallam University?

Sheffield Hallam University is a provider of Continuing Professional Development to the education sector. In doing this we work in partnership with the LA to establish what is needed in the coming years and the best way to deliver those needs.

The General Teaching Council is one of our clients. We currently have a contract with the Training and Development Agency for Schools to provide CPD to qualified teachers.

More about the GTC
More about the TDA

It is important that you are aware of University regulations regarding payment of tuition fees.

This section outlines the importance of University regulations regarding payment of tuition fees and the need to make arrangements for the funding of your course, or module, before enrolling.

SHU charges tuition fees for each new module a student studies. Students are only charged for the delivery of their teaching if study spans more than one academic year. For example, a student undertaking a Professional Learning in the Workplace module might start in May 10/11 but not submit the work from their project until February 11/12. No fees would be payable in 11/12 unless a new module was taken. However, the student would need to re-enrol for each academic year of study.

Some students obtain sponsorship from employers. In these instances the University requires a letter of authority from the sponsor. It should be enclosed with the enrolment form, or sent directly to your course administrator who will forward the letter to the University’s Finance Directorate without delay. A new letter will be needed for each year of the course and should clearly state the students name, course, academic year, contribution towards the tuition fee and also the name and address to which the fees invoice should be sent. The sponsor can then be billed direct. (link to key docs draft sponsor letter)

Students responsible for their own fees will be invoiced shortly after enrolment. Fees in excess of £200 are paid by instalments as follows:

• £200 to £500 - after enrolment and in February
• £500 plus - after enrolment, then December, February, and April.

Some common terms explained.

Jargon

Explanation

Academic Year

1st August to 31st July

APCL

Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning

APEL

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning

Blackboard

An IT teaching tool available through the Student Portal

Course

The named award within the route

CPD

Continuing Professional Development

CRB check

Criminal Records Bureau check.  A legal requirement for anyone working with children or vulnerable people 

EC1 

Extenuating Circumstances Form 1.  Used if the student is unable to complete work by a specified deadline due to exceptional circumstances

EER1

Exceptional Extension Request Form 1.  Used if the student requires additional time to complete work due to exceptional circumstances

ENR

Enrolled - The student has completed an enrolment form or re-enrolled on line in the last 12 months

Enrolment

The time registered with SHU.  Students must re-enrol every 12 months from the start of their study

Funding 

A subsidy received from an organisation to cover some SHUs costs

GTC

General Teaching Council for England

HEFCE

Higher Education Funding Council for England

Level 7 

Postgraduate study and assessment

MA or MSC

A Masters award - gained by amassing 180 credit points at level 7

Masters level

Level 7 study

Module

A block of study on a course, normally 30 credit points at level 7

Named award

PGC, PG Diploma, MA, MSC with a specific title based on content of study

Pathway

The combination of modules taken to gain a named award

PDP 

Professional Development Programme

PG Diploma

Post Graduate Diploma gained by amassing 120 credit points at level 7

PGC

Post Graduate Certificate gained by amassing 60 credit points at level 7

PLW 

Professional Learning in the Workplace.  Modules that take the form of a workplace project with negotiated learning outcomes.

PNR 

Provisionally Enrolled - SHU expect the student to continue studying but have not received the students confirmation

QTS 

Qualified Teacher Status

Route

The Professional Development Programme

SHU

Sheffield Hallam University

Sponsor

A third party that agrees to pay your fee

Student Portal

An IT service available for enrolled students to interact with SHU

Student Support

The administration staff responsible for your records

TDA

Training and Development Agency for Schools