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Postgraduate Diploma in CLD

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Postgraduate Diploma in
Community Learning and Development

A workbased route to a professional CLD qualification
Linked to the CLD competences
Relevant to practitioners in...
Community learning and development...youth work...community planning...community arts...voluntary sector...social care...social enterprises...
Approved by the CLD Standards Council
Blended learning
Different forms of assessment
Throughout the programme you will be developing the capacity to use action research processes to contribute to knowledge and change in community practice.
P E A R shaped!
Provocative
Enquiring
Active
Reflective
The student experience
Studying the PG Dip CLD at Aberdeen has given me the flexibility to study around work and caring responsibilities. The lecturers are excellent, highly supportive and use lots of innovative methods to keep in touch. I have been impressed by the amount of information, research and encouragement being shared in our group. I've found the study blocks very useful in bringing ideas together, making contacts and motivating me to read further. If you are looking for a quality learning experience Aberdeen offers it all.
3-day study blocks bring students from across Scotland together to reflect on and share experience.
'Studying the PG Dip CLD at Aberdeen has given me the flexibility to study around work and caring responsibilities. The lecturers are excellent, highly supportive and use lots of innovative methods to keep in touch. I've been impressed by the amount of information, research and encouragement being shared in our group. I've found the study blocks very useful in bringing ideas together, making contacts and motivating me to read further. If you are looking for a quality learning experience Aberdeen offers it all. ' Siobhan McCready, Inverclyde
Online learning keeps students connected and supported between study blocks.
Assessment tasks are designed to be directly relevant to practice. For example, you may be required to undertake a community profile of your local area. Different ways of presenting your work are encouraged, including the use of multi-media.
Practicalities
In 2015/2016 the FEE for the diploma programme was £2200. This may rise slightly for the next academic year. Arrangements can be made to pay this by instalments.
Professional development through collaborative professional enquiry

http://prezi.com/zpdpp9g4p1lv/practice-2/
Follow the link below to see one student's innovative approach to presenting an assignment about empowerment ...
Siobhan McCready, Inverclyde CLD
Participants must have experience in working with communities and current practice of at least 17 hours a week (paid or unpaid). As part of the programme you are required to access opportunities to work outwith your normal role.
PG Dip CLD programme timetable:


Application deadline - 30th April 2017
Interviews - May 2017
Programme start - September 2017
Programme completion - December 2018

For more information contact
Aileen Ackland
a.ackland@abdn.ac.uk
01224 274875

To apply please email pgcld@abdn.ac.uk

£
Courses in the programme will focus on:
Planning in partnership with communities
Ethical relationships in practice
Changing Practices in Community Work
Professional enquiry for professional development

To conclude your learning on the programme, you are supported to identify a challenge in your work context and to use an action research process to gain deeper insight into the problem in order to develop your practice.
"It was transformational. Most of the time, during the study, I felt inspired to learn more, to recognise theory in my own and practice of my colleagues. It challenged me to question my own practice, the practice of the local team and policies overall. I learned about CLD theory and practice more in those 18 months than in 7 previous years I worked for the service in various roles. The support from the university staff and practice tutor was there when needed. Comments I got back on my written work, I felt, were always fair, practical and to the point. I was very lucky to be supported by my line manager, who was brilliant in finding the opportunities for me to practice in the projects where I had little previous experience. It also made me learn about aspect of ICT I would have never heard of otherwise."
Lada Copic, Aberdeenshire
Aileen Ackland
Programme Director

Plato, 4th BC!

'Creativity is increasingly recognised as an essential higher order thinking skill for learning, life and work'
(Creative Scotland http://www.creativescotland.co.uk/education/creativity-portal ).


The Aberdeen programme will cultivate creativity throughout learning as well as exploring the role of creativity and arts in social transformation.
CLD Standards Council registration
Curriculum for Excellence
Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill
Christie Commission Report
Renewing Scotland's Public Services
community learning and development
strategic guidance
Scottish Statutory Instrument for community learning and development in Scotland.
Independence referendum
The programme will engage critically with the political landscape in exciting times for Scottish communities
Scottish Planning Policy Review

Youth Arts Strategy
- the golden thread--------------

In 2014, the student group worked with an architect, visual artist, theatre practitioners and dance facilitator.
Loved this town!
Taking part in the physical creation...
enabled everyone to be creative and it brought a community to reality in front of us all.
The creativity element
of the course helped to
express a variety of
thought processes
I started this course working in a community centre without knowing how to be a community worker. I had a notion that this was where I wanted to work, what I might be good at, but this notion was willo-the-whisp. That has changed. A sense of purpose is solidifying as the course content, its tutors and peers enable me to dig deeper into the nature of CLD - society, politics, the transformative potential of learning with individuals and groups. The programme is a much needed affirmation that this is vital work that we are privileged to be a part of.

I have forged relationships with my peers through the three day workshops and the online learning spaces that will last far beyond the programme duration. We learn from each other, support each other, laugh together, dance, act, create, debate, draw and make; we motivate one another and we demonstrate huge respect of each other’s work whilst being carefully critical.


Claire Hamilton
Aberdeen City
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