Implementing PDP in the curriculum

Implementing PDP in the curriculum

Mark Atley, University of Bedfordshire, has provided a helpful model of six different ways support for student PDP can be implemented in the curriculum.  These models and diagrammatic representations can be useful in thinking through how any particular programme team intends to address UW’s PDP Quality Standards.

1. Outside and additional to the curriculum:  Examples of this might include having separate skills or personal development awards, Student Union or student services training and certificate, such as through the Worcester Award, Degree +, sporting or volunteering awards, etc.


2. Parallel to the curriculum either through personal tutoring on its own or using personal tutoring and linking that into modules and annual cycles.  This model of linking personal tutoring into core modules is being used by Institute of Sport and Exercise Science.

3. Embedded in a few specific modules: eg PDP, skills, careers and capstone modules.  An example of this is the Business School PDP module or Art and Design Professional Practice module.

4. Embedded in the curriculum and addressed in most modules.  An example of this might be Art and Design's use of a learning journal as a way to encourage formative PDP in their modules.

5. Curriculum plus: where PDP is addressed in modules but this also ties in work experience and extra-curricular learning.  For example, the use of professional portfolios to capture placement learning and then feeding into many of the modules or units in teacher education or nursing and midwifery.


6. Curriculum carrier:  That is, PDP provides the core of the curriculum around which the individual student constructs their own diet of study according to their own identifed personal development needs.  This might be considered to be true student centred learning.