ARUCPD stands for the ARU Certificate of Professional Development. It is a unique co-curricular course offered by the Faculty of Business and Law, completely free of charge, and it allows you to undertake up to four additional modules during your time at ARU.
For completing each module, you will receive 15 credits, which will be reflected on your degree transcript on graduation.
If you complete four modules/strong> (i.e. received 60 credits) during your degree, these credits will appear on your transcript, and you will also receive a separate ARU Certificate of Professional Development.
We recommend that you aim to do 15 credits (one module) in Year 1, 30 credits (two modules) in year 2; and 15 credits (one module) in year 3.
ARUCPD is offered to students within the Faculty of Business and Law, completely free of charge, and allows you to take up to four additional modules during your time at ARU.
These modules have been designed to develop your leadership skills, improve your critical reasoning, and create opportunities to work with students and staff outside of your chosen course and at all levels of study.
All our modules are as flexible as possible to fit around your studies and we recommend you spread your four modules out over the three years of your degree. At the end, you’ll graduate with a 60 credit ARUCPD Certificate in addition to your degree.
Completing ARUCPD modules will add invaluable benefit to your CV, by demonstrating the breadth of knowledge and skills you gained during your academic degree. It will allow you to talk to employers about the achievements you made or projects you completed during your ARUCPD, and how you managed your time and workload while also succeeding in your main degree course.
You will meet new people, gain experience and knowledge outside your course, and create connections which could be essential in the future. You will get a chance to work with a multi-cultural community of individuals with different working styles, thus improving your leadership, teamworking and networking skills.
ARUCPD will help you gain the skills the employers seek and stand out from the competition. And it is free – may well be worth exploring!
No, you cannot. ARUCPD is NOT part of your degree, but an addition to it which helps you develop transferable skills and make yourself more employable. Success on the ARUCPD cannot compensate for performance deficit on your main courses of study. In other words, ARUCPD modules cannot replace modules you need to do for your degree course.
ARUCPD modules have been designed to develop your leadership skills, improve your critical reasoning, and create opportunities to work with students and staff outside of your chosen course of study, and at all levels of study.
Some modules may be subject to number caps and others may be added throughout the year. We will contact you if your chosen module becomes unavailable, and ask you to select another one should this be required.
You can take ONE ARUCPD module per academic trimester and can do this across the full duration of your course.
No, modules are usually flexible and intended to fit around your degree. Generally, you would be expected to engage with the module for approximately 50 hours. This may include any work you do for the module, not only face-to-face teaching and meetings, and may depend on your working style and productivity.
You'll be invited to sign up when you start your degree.
Yes - but do not worry! ARUCPD assessments do not concentrate on long pieces of academic work - they concentrate on you, your skills development, practical experience and reflection.
You need to complete four modules throughout your degree to graduate with a 60-credit ARU Certificate of Professional Development awarded in addition to your degree course.
ARUCPD is an opportunity, not a requirement. So you don’t have to do all four modules, and can take as many or as few as you would like.
No, you don't. If you want to only take 1 module, a couple or none at all, the choice is yours.
Our Student Engagement team are here to help you through your ARUCPD journey. You will meet them at Welcome and find out more about ARUCPD then.
ARUCPD credits will appear on your degree transcript when you graduate and you will also receive a standalone ARUCPD certificate if you have completed four modules.