PGCert Creative and Cultural Education

  • International Students Can Apply


UCAS Code:P052250
Course Length:1 Year Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2019, September 2020
Department:Department of Performing Arts
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Join a programme developed in collaboration with Curious Minds, the lead agency for creative and cultural education in the North West of England;
  • Explore cultural practices and policies and analyse historical and contemporary understandings of what constitutes cultural work;
  • Discover how to design, implement and critically evaluate practice for cultural education;
  • Engage in collaborative work with your peers and contribute to the enhancement of inter-school networks and the improvement of links between schools and arts organisations.

This Postgraduate Certificate is designed to appeal to professionals working in all sectors of education, as well as in cultural institutions such as theatres, museums and galleries. It has been developed to help improve the quality of creative and cultural education in schools and enhance the relationship between schools and arts organisations.

The programme will immerse you in the nature and significance of culture in human social living, develop your understanding of the tensions and policy imperatives surrounding contemporary cultural work, analyse the reach, merits and role of culture in society with a particular focus on developing countries, and critically analyse the complex cultural environment of one school and one cultural institution.

The aim is to encourage the generation of advanced professional practice and dynamic activity, integrating professional development and practice through new concepts, new relationships and new methodologies, empowering teachers and creative professionals to design, implement and evaluate creative practice for cultural education.

Course in Depth

What will I study?

You will be introduced to concepts of culture as functions of ideas, practices and policies and will be invited to locate your own cultural formation among those features of contemporary living.

The programme will question what constitutes cultural work and consider who is included in the term ‘cultural worker’. You will analyse cultural practices and practitioners across a broad spectrum, from professional art form practice to pedagogy, teasing out tensions arising in institutional sites. Comparative case studies provide the opportunity to explore cultural practices in developmental contexts and contemporary arts activism.

The culmination of the programme is a cultural advocacy project, allowing you to apply your knowledge and skills to real-time, real-world tasks.

How will I study?

There will be a combination of learning environments across all three modules. These include lectures, seminars, practical sessions, workshops, placements and fieldwork.

Two of the three modules involve placements in schools and cultural institutions, enabling you to explore your own relationship to influential ideas of art and culture, consider key contemporary issues and debates, and design, implement and evaluate a work-based cultural advocacy initiative.

Precise patterns of attendance and placement design will be negotiated to provide optimum blending with work commitments.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a combination of essays, presentations, portfolios and reports.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by staff who have extensive experience of the school system and other applied settings. This will enable significant networks and partnerships to be sustained which inform the department’s approaches to curriculum, research and knowledge exchange.

In addition to this, experts from the Department of Media and Department of Social Sciences will provide lectures and seminars in culture, providing a unique comparative context for your studies.

Visiting lecturers will also contribute to the programme which will be further enriched by the input of staff from Curious Minds, a charity and creative social enterprise that works to improve the lives of children and young people by increasing opportunities for their active participation in arts, culture and creative learning.

A Great Study Environment

Performing ArtsPerforming Arts students at Edge Hill University enjoy industry-standard teaching and learning facilities. The £7m redeveloped Arts Centre houses the University’s Performing Arts Department in addition to the Rose and Studio Theatres.

The department’s outstanding resources ensure you gain practical experience to a professional standard. Contemporary performance environments include dance studios, black box drama studios, rehearsal rooms, a theatre construction workshop, costume construction workshop, scene dock, theatre design studios, digital sound studio, digital design suite, music technology room, music practice studios, a recital room and an outdoor amphitheatre. The Studio Theatre also functions as a fully-equipped aerial performance space.

The University’s dedicated facilities for creative media in the £17m Creative Edge building include a state-of-the-art, HD-tapeless and 3D-ready television studio, as well as an array of cutting-edge equipment for filming, editing and recording. Apple Mac computer stations are readily available.

The Arts Centre hosts a diverse range of high quality productions and performers, including comedy, dance, drama and music, designed to supplement Performing Arts programmes and entertain both students and the local community.


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CED4001Thinking about Culture: People, Practices and Institutions (20 credits)

Thinking about Culture: People, Practices and Institutions provides an introduction to influential ways of seeing culture, especially in relation to society, the state and related institutional formations. The module considers culture as a function of ideas, practices, policies, and ethical positions and invites you to locate your own cultural formation among those features of contemporary living. You will develop skills in applying critical and historical perspectives to local circumstances, using case study approaches.

Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

CED4002Conceptualising Cultural Work, Cultural Workers, Cultural Institutions and Their Others (20 credits)

Conceptualising Cultural Work, Cultural Workers, Cultural Institutions and Their Others focuses on contemporary understandings of what constitutes cultural work and who is included in the term ‘cultural worker’. The module analyses work done across a broad spectrum, from professional art form practice to pedagogy, teasing out tensions arising in institutional sites. Comparative case studies include cultural practices in development contexts and contemporary arts activism as exemplary counter-institutional practice.

Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

CED4003Cultural Interventions: Problems and Possibilities (20 credits)

Cultural Interventions: Problems and Possibilities challenges you to work collaboratively to design, implement and evaluate work-based cultural advocacy projects. Your own presentations and reflective writing will represent a core resource in the conceptualising and planning stages, while key concepts and questions arising from previous modules will be revisited as sites of debate and critical refinement.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.


You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

To join this PGCert you should have a degree equivalent to UK first class or upper second class honours (2:1 or above).

You will also need to have a teaching qualification or teaching/education/outreach experience in cultural subjects or the creative arts and culture sector.

English Language Requirements

International students require IELTS 6.5, with a score no lower than 6.0 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

This programme will enhance your existing practice and focus your educational and creative potential, enabling you to explore new strategies and widen your understanding of both arts organisations and schools.


Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for full-time study on this Postgraduate Certificate are £1,740 for UK and EU students and £4,385 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20.

Financial Support

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2019/20 guide at

Financial support information for international students can be found at


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Course Changes

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