Free Standing Modules
The National College’s new range of national qualifications and flexible study modules are designed to give you more choice in your professional development. They’re part of a new leadership curriculum, which is an exciting and innovative approach to leadership development designed to support leaders at every stage of their career.
Our elective modules can be studied on their own as stand-alone courses – ideal if you just want to fill a skills gap, pursue a particular interest or support current priorities in your school or organisation.
For modules at level 3, it is possible for applicants to be a senior leader who is not quite at readiness for NPQH, or an existing deputy who does not wish to continue on to headship, or they may be a serving head who wishes to extend and continue their learning.
Individual modules may be credited to the full qualification at a later stage should you choose to continue in that level of study.
These qualifications have a flexible, modular structure. Each module requires up to 50 hours of blended learning. This typically consists of workplace learning (about 20 hours) and practice activities, face-to-face activity, including peer and facilitated learning and reading, reflection and online learning (about 20 hours). Each module has an online source of material including many examples of practice and activities to pursue. The face-to-face facilitated learning (about 10 hours) will be offered at a flexible range of times and venues.
Free standing modules
Our elective modules (list at Appendix C on page 5) can be studied on their own as stand-alone courses – ideal if you just want to fill a skills gap, pursue a particular interest or support current priorities in your school or organisation. For modules at level 2, applicants should be a senior leader who is responsible for leading more than one team and/or leading across a school or academy and has both strategic and operational responsibilities. Individual modules may be credited to the full qualification at a later stage should you choose to continue in that level of study.
Crediting your study to the full qualification
If you think that you will undertake the full qualification within the next three years, and you want the free-standing module to count as part of that full qualification, you must complete the online reading, reflections and tasks, and also attend the compulsory face to face session. You must then certify to us on the statement of completion on our website, that you have completed all your learning and we will then mark your record on NCTL’s site as complete. You will then use your learning in the module as part of your write-up for assessment to show how you meet the competencies for headship.
How to study the modules
Registration: You will need to be registered on our Moodle website and this will release access to the online material, and we will send you information on how to do this after you have made an application.
Study: Once you launch the module, you can work your way through each section’s readings and reflections, and then do the appropriate tasks in the workplace as indicated in the materials.
Face to Face Session: You must also attend the 2 x 5-hour face to face sessions which are intended to support your learning, deepen your reflections, and give you the benefit of peer learning as you interact with colleagues at the session. You will be sent dates of these sessions and there will be more sessions added at later dates as each new cohort starts.
Cost of free-standing modules
The cost of undertaking a free standing elective module on NPQH, NPQSL and NPQML is £350 per module. However, there is a special price of £300 if you are a previous graduate from NPQH at IOE.
Choice of modules
Details of the available modules with a full description of the purpose of each module and what leaders will know and be able to do on completion is below
Requesting to study a module
Please complete the request form at Appendix A and email it to Hilary Barton at firstname.lastname@example.org with free standing module in the subject line. You will then be sent further details of the next steps.