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The National Certificate in Educational Administration

This course is a one year, distance learning programme for school administrators. Rather than attending classes, students will communicate with their tutor and work through printed course material that will be sent  through the post. The programme was developed by the School of Educational Administration & Management.  For the cost of the course please click here.

The Council for Administration (CfA) has confirmed that the National Certificate in Educational Administration has been accepted as an Administration Technical Certificate for the Business and Administration Apprenticeship and Advanced Apprenticeships.

Some general information on the course is given below:

Level of the course
Course content
Module list
Duration of course
Distance learning
Application dates
Financial Help
Information for Schools and Head Teachers
Course Syllabus
Application Forms 2016
Terms and Conditions

1. Level of the course

In the National Qualification Framework the course is equivalent to level 3. It is designed for people who are currently working as school administrator and who have at least a year's experience in that role.

2. Course content

Although the course is partly vocational and will encourage students to evaluate their own working environment, it is not an NVQ. It includes learning materials to read through with links to interesting web pages or journals. It also includes mini tests so that students can test themselves, as well as projects where students take what they have learned and apply it to their workplace. It is very interactive and students are given book lists so that they can build on their reading and look into areas of interest in more detail.

The course looks at both theory and practice and covers topics and modules split into three areas:

2.1. Educational Environment - This area looks at past and present Government policies and the effects that they have on the administrator's role. This is particularly topical at the moment with schools changing faster than ever before. It also looks at where schools work well and where they don't and the effect that culture can have on this.

2.2. Business Theory - Due to the Government policies of the 1980s, schools are very much market orientated and, like private organisations, they have to compete for "customers." This section looks at more practical business initiatives that schools are beginning to use such as marketing and HRM. It aims to ensure that school administrators are knowledgeable in each of these areas because it is likely that as their roles expand, they will need to take on these task

2.3. Office Management - This section looks at practical aspects of running an office including things such as facilities management, budgeting and dealing with irate parents.

3. Course module list

The modules for the National Certificate in Educational Administration are:

3.1. Work-based modules: School Efficiency; Reflecting in the Workplace; Personal and Professional Development.

3.2. Work Management: Time Management; Stress Management; Dealing with School Visitors.

3.3. Government Policies: Current Policies and Practice; Leadership; Change Management.

3.4. Education and the Law: Employment Law; Health and Safety; Rights of Children and Parents.

3.5. Office Administration: Facilities Management; ICT; Budgeting.

3.6. Business Management: Organisational Behaviour; Educational Marketing; Human Resource Management.
The work-based modules involve taking learning from the course and applying it to the workplace.

4. Duration of the course

The duration of the course is one year during which students will work through all six modules. On completion you will receive a certificate from the Institute of Financial Accountants. We recommend that students allow themselves 4 hours a week study time.

5. Distance learning

In order to make the qualification accessible to everyone, the course has been designed as a distance-learning qualification. Rather than attending classes, students will communicate with their tutor and and work through the printed course materials that will be sent through the post. All students will have access to a qualified teacher who will support them throughout the programme.

6. Applications for the course

Next start date 17/10/2016. Applications to be received by 10/10/2016.

8. Cost of the course

The course costs £850 plus VAT (£1,020) if payment is made in instalments.  The cost is discounted to £800 plus VAT (£960) if entire payment is made at booking. If your school pays for the course it will be able to claim back the VAT.

In certain circumstances there can be financial assistance for students.



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