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How the Professional Skills Curriculum works

Getting started

You can engage with the Professional Skills Curriculum (PSC) in two main ways:

  • Use the PSC infrequently by attending a few events over the course of the year, or
  • Work towards a PSC Award or PSC+ Award/s by completing the programme.

The PSC Award

In order to complete the PSC Award, you will need to take note of the award requirements, and track the workshops you complete:

  1. GRADUATE ATTRIBUTES: Examine the University's Graduate Attributes and reflect on attributes you feel you are already strong in, and those you would like to develop further. Throughout your PSC journey you must use the Graduate Attribute portal to log your activities. You can check which workshops correspond with which Graduate Attributes here.
  2. PROGRAMME: Request a place on the PSC programme using the PDMS booking system as a way of helping you track your progress. You do not need to wait for confirmation before booking and attending workshops.
  3. WORKSHOPS: Book workshops individually in addition to booking a place on the programme. Complete 8 PSC workshops, either live or recorded, including at least one from each Graduate Attribute category. You can view the PSC workshop programme here, book live workshops using the PDMS booking system, and complete online workshops via the PSC Moodle. Recorded sessions will be made available in Panopto, after live sessions have taken place, which you can access via the PSC Moodle. If you choose to attend the recorded sessions instead of the live sessions, please confirm your attendance at PSCaward@st-andrews.ac.uk so that they can be added to your training record. Completing a Microsoft Office Specialist exam also counts towards your PSC Award. You should record your PSC activity on the University's Graduate Attribute Portal.
  4. REFLECTIVE ESSAY: Submit a 1,500 word reflective essay about your experience via the PSC Moodle, along with a completed PSC Essay Front Sheet (Word, 41 KB). Advice on your essay can be found in the PSC Reflective Essay Guidelines (PDF, 68 KB).
  5. HAVE YOUR ATTENDANCE VERIFIED: The PSC team will then verify that you attended any live workshops, viewed the duration of any pre-recorded workshops, completed the assessment quiz associated with any online workshops, as well as engaged with the graduate attributes portal.
  6. RECOGNITION: The PSC team will send your certificate as an e-certificate to your university email address. If you would prefer to receive a hard copy of your certificate, please send a request to learning@st-andrews.ac.uk and specify whether you would prefer to collect this in person or have it posted to you. You will also receive an electronic badge that you can add to your LinkedIn profile, and your award will be listed on your HEAR degree transcript.

N.B. Workshop recordings count towards your PSC award.

Remember to complete all steps within the timeframe: 1 September - 1 June.


‌PSC Plus Awards

In addition to your PSC Award, you can choose to specialise in a particular skills or career area with our PSC+ programmes. You are able to complete a PSC+ programme before, during or after the PSC programme; there are no restrictions. You can choose to work towards one or more PSC+ Awards.

  1. GRADUATE ATTRIBUTES: Examine the University's Graduate Attributes and reflect on attributes you feel you are already strong in, and those you would like to develop further. Throughout your PSC journey you must use the Graduate Attribute portal to log your activities. You can check which workshops correspond with which Graduate Attributes here.
  2. PROGRAMME: Request a place on your chosen PSC+ programme using the PDMS booking system as a way of helping you track your progress. You do not need to wait for confirmation before booking and attending workshops.
  3. WORKSHOPS: Book workshops individually in addition to booking a place on the programme. Typically you will need to complete five out of a choice of six workshops for a PSC+ programme, either live or recorded, but requirements vary. You can view the PSC workshop programme here, book live workshops using the PDMS booking system, and complete online workshops via the PSC Moodle. Recorded sessions will be made available in Panopto, after live sessions have taken place, which you can access via the PSC Moodle. If you choose to attend the recorded sessions instead of the live sessions, please confirm your attendance at PSCaward@st-andrews.ac.uk so that they can be added to your training record. You should record your PSC+ activity on the University's Graduate Attribute Portal. If you are also working towards a PSC Award, you cannot 'double-count' workshops towards both awards; you would be required to complete 8 separate workshops for the PSC Award.
  4. ASSESSMENT: The PSC+ programmes have different assessment criteria. Some require a reflective essay, others a presentation, poster, video pitch, or report. Please read the requirements carefully on the PSC+ webpage. Submit your assessment via the PSC Moodle, along with a completed PSC+ Assessment Front Sheet (Word, 72 KB).
  5. HAVE YOUR ATTENDANCE VERIFIED: The PSC team will then verify that you attended any live workshops, viewed the duration of any pre-recorded workshops, completed the assessment quiz associated with any online workshops, as well as engaged with the graduate attributes portal.
  6. RECOGNITION: The PSC team will send your certificate as an e-certificate to your university email address. If you would prefer to receive a hard copy of your certificate, please send a request to learning@st-andrews.ac.uk and specify whether you would prefer to collect this in person or have it posted to you. You will also receive an electronic badge that you can add to your LinkedIn profile, and your award will be listed on your HEAR degree transcript.

N.B. Workshop recordings count towards your PSC award.

Remember to complete all steps within the timeframe: 1 September - 1 June.


ILM endorsement

As the PSC is also endorsed by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) you have the option to purchase a certificate endorsed by the ILM. Purchases can be made from the University shop.

ILM centre


P‌SC electronic badges

We recognise many of our PSC awards with electronic badges as well as traditional certificates. Electronic badges can be displayed on your LinkedIn profile, and more information can be found on our electronic badge page.

Contact

Careers Centre
Phone: (01334) 46 2688
Email: PSCaward@st-andrews.ac.uk

Careers Centre: careers@st-andrews.ac.uk

 


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