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The CPD Mark - Accreditation

Whilst guiding your school or college through the CPD Mark process you can also choose to work towards gaining academic credit from Edge Hill University – the country’s largest provider of Postgraduate Professional Development.

Depending on what prior accreditation you have been awarded you can work towards a Post Graduate Certificate or Diploma in Education, Leadership & Management or a Masters Degree in Education. Furthermore, under a new initiative introduced by Edge Hill you could attain a Masters for as little as £600.

What is involved?
By engaging with the CPD Mark process, you can register on one of the university’s school based accreditation modules. You will receive guidance from tutors in the form of documentation and support via email, telephone and the VLE – no attendance at university is required. Most teachers chose to fulfil the assessment requirements by submitting a portfolio which contains evidence relating to the CPD Mark process, together with a reflection of its impact on their professional practice.

Am I eligible?
The following are required to access the MA programme:

  • Graduate status
  • QTS

However, if you cannot meet both criteria, you may still be eligible for the programme and are advised to contact the university administration team on 01257 517 126.

How much does it cost?
Teachers who register on the university's MA programme will be eligible to receive up to 60 'free' credits (the equivalent of 3 modules), as a result of the partnership between CPD Mark and Edge Hill. Therefore Accreditation towards the PGCE is free as 60 credits are required. Subsequent 20 credit modules will cost just £100 each (rather than £450) and the dissertation stage will cost just £300, as opposed to £1,350 for teachers who register independent of a partner. As a result of this initiative, it is now possible for teachers who register onto the MA programme via CPD Mark to attain an Master's for just £600.

How do I find out more?
Please take a look at the Edge Hill MA Guidance Pack to find out more about the scheme. Once you have committed your school to the CPD Mark process simply contact Ann Padmore at Edge Hill University on 01257 517 146 to find out more about accreditation opportunities.