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Diploma Of Professional Development (DPD) in Leadership

The Apprenticeship-type award for those of you who are in positions of leadership for example, student executives, leaders or supervisors. Please register with the Skills Development Service at SDS@cf.ac.uk before commencement.  We require your name, ID, role e.g. Lead Volunteer and the level you are aiming to complete.  Please note that there are only so many places available on the Diploma scheme so early registration would be strongly recommended. This below is not an exhaustive list and many candidates will be undertaking suitable roles outside of University and the Students' Union - if in doubt over whether you qualify check with the Skills Development Service.

Please note from 2019-20 prior application to the Skills Development Service will be necessary in order to enrol for this award and students will need to prove evidence of their qualifying status.

The Diploma was a very rewarding experience, I learned techniques which I can take forward into my future career and professional development. Units were quite inspiring with a lot of very good advice and insight.

Diplomas are jointly signed by the University Vice-Chancellor and Students' Union President.     


  1. Attendance at 5 taught units in Leadership Styles, Leadership In Difficult Situations, Problem Solving, Teamwork and Team Briefings (e-learning format).  The scheduled timetable is available here
  2. 50 hours volunteering/work experience in an active leadership capacity = PASS; 100 hours in same = MERIT; 200 hours in same = DISTINCTION.  You can mix and match your experiences if appropriate in the above list rather than limiting it to one group of responsibilities. Record your evidence on the downloadable pro forma.  You can view a sample of how to evidence your experiences on the form here. 
  3. You need to itemise rather than summarise the work you are evidencing. This means listing them as the examples on the form show.
  4. Attendance at a group interactive lecture on articulating and reflecting of knowledge, skills and experiences acquired. This is mandatory and will take place a few times during the academic year 2018-19.   Next date will be Friday 14 June April 2-3pm.  Booking and location details available here.

You are responsible for managing your learning and will be required to keep records of your executive/leadership/supervisory activities on the downloadable pro forma and add the activities you have accomplished. When completing this form, in the role undertaken write in what capacity you were involved e.g. Society President, and write the skills being evidenced against it in the next column as "doing" verbs e.g. organised a rota, co-ordinated the team activities, devised a timetable, investigated opportunities for funding etc. Work at executive/leadership/supervisory level can be back dated from the start of the 2017-18 academic year as long as you can list all the activities for each day and obtain signatures from personnel in charge of you at the time.

When you have completed the forms according to the hours required for the appropriate level of award please forward to your supervisor for counter-signing.  Your supervisor should be informed in an email that you are undertaking this award and and asked to formally confirm the work by counter-signing the form(s).  Your supervisor(s) should be asked to email the completed document(s) to Diplomasubmissions@cf.ac.uk

Please remember to get this organised well before the submission deadline date. Friday 21/06/19.

The scheduled timetable of units for the 2018-19 academic year semester 2 is available here.

Experiential Learning Evidence Indicators

Any activity that is of an executive/leadership/supervisory nature.  See the list below.  However this is not exhaustive and there maybe other activities which you carry out/have carried out that are prefectly valid.

You need to itemise rather than summarise the work you are evidencing.  This means listing them as the examples in the downloadable form shown.