File OF/104/2 - Certificate and Diploma in Adult Guidance course unit packs

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GB 249 OF/104/2


Certificate and Diploma in Adult Guidance course unit packs


  • 1993 (Creation)

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22 folders

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The School of Further Education (SFE, later known as the Scottish School of Further Education) was established at Jordanhill College of Education, Glasgow, in 1966. It was the exclusive, national provider of basic, in-service training for further education teachers, leading to the award of a Teaching Qualification (Further Education) and entitlement to registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland. A purpose-built facility for the SFE was opened on the Jordanhill campus in 1973, incorporating a library, offices and audio-visual support as well as an interconnecting multi-storey hostel to accommodate students during the residential blocks of their course.

The Teaching Qualification (Further Education) course, which initially had three intakes each year, was of the ’sandwich’ type, consisting of two 8-week (later 10-week) blocks of full-time attendance at the SFE and two terms of supervised teaching practice in the trainee teachers’ own further education colleges in between. The course fees and subsistence costs were covered by the students’ employers. In 1986, the TQ(FE) course was revised and extended over five consecutive terms, each term incorporating a period of full-time attendance at the SPE. The revised course, which had two intakes per year, now included 276 hours of distance teaching/learning activities and 24 hours of tutorial visits to students at their place of employment. In 1994, the course was rewritten in terms of competencies and restructured for a modular pattern of delivery.

From session 1973-1974, the SPE also offered basic training courses for teachers of nursing, midwifery and other professions supplementary to medicine, and ran short courses and conferences to meet specific needs among further education staff. In 1988, with the agreement of the Scottish Education Department, the Governors of Jordanhill College changed the SPE’s name to the Scottish School of Further Education (SSPE).

In 1989, the SSPE introduced a flexible programme of modular, credit-bearing courses for continuing staff development in further education, leading to the award of certificates, diplomas and degrees in ‘Post School Education Studies.’ The Curriculum Advice and Support Team (CAST), set up at Jordanhill College of Education in 1985, was assimilated into the SSFE in 1987.

In 1993, Jordanhill College merged with the University of Strathclyde to become Strathclyde’s Faculty of Education. The Jordanhill campus was retained by the University, and the SSPE remained there as a distinct department of the Faculty of Education for the next ten years. In 2003, a restructuring of the Faculty of Education into five large departments saw the SSPE subsumed into the new Department of Educational and Professional Studies with effect from 1 August that year.

The Directors of the SFE/SSFE were William M. T. Mason (1966-1970), Dennis R. Griffiths (1970-1972), James Stark (1972-1983), Stuart M. Niven (1983-1997), David Taylor (1997- 1999), Ian J. Finlay (Head of Department, 1999-2001) and Anne E. Nicolson (Acting Head of Department, 2001-2002).

Archival history

This material was originally Jordanhill Campus Library lending stock and was transferred to the Andersonian Library when the Jordanhill Campus closed. In March 2024, the material was withdrawn from lending stock and transferred to the University Archives.

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A set of course unit packs produced by staff of the University of Strathclyde and staff of the government-sponsored Scottish Further Education Unit, and funded by the Department of Education, Strathclyde Regional Council. The packs contain materials to support the Certificate/Diploma in Adult Guidance course offered in the Faculty of Education, University of Strathclyde.
The Certificate/Diploma course programme comprised 24 units (seven core units and 17 elective units) covering different areas of adult guidance. It was devised as a staff development package for those working with adults in broadly educational settings (in colleges, community education, the careers service and in secondary schools). The units were accredited, with completion of the seven core units plus a total of six elective units leading to the Diploma in Adult Guidance, awarded by the University of Strathclyde. Each unit pack consists of a unit descriptor, a delivery overview, assessment guidelines, resource materials (including information sheets and activity sheets), assessment sheets and a unit evaluation form.
Note: this set is incomplete, lacking two of the seven core unit packs (those missing are 'Counselling Skills' and 'Organisational Guidance Policy (Double Unit)').

Core Unit Packs:

  • Interviewing Skills
  • Information Systems
  • New Technology and Computer-Assisted Guidance
  • Quality Assurance in Guidance
  • Guidance Networks

Elective Unit Packs:

  • Guidance and Marketing
  • Pre-Entry and Induction Guidance
  • Pre-Exit Guidance
  • Guidance and Staff Development
  • Guidance for Adults with Disabilities or Learning Difficulties
  • Performance Indicators and Output Measures in Guidance
  • Recognition and Accreditation of Prior Learning
  • Equal Opportunities
  • The Management of Adult Guidance
  • Guidance for Minority Ethnic Clients
  • Accrediting Work-Based Learning
  • Guidance and Tutoring
  • On-Going Guidance and Learning Support
  • Vocational/Careers Guidance
  • Adult Guidance in the Secondary School
  • Community-Based Guidance
  • Customer Care and Student Services

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Each pack was originally housed in a ring binder. The ring binders have been discarded and the contents repackaged in archival folders.


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  • English

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    Mostly good condition, with some tears and staining. Some of the packs have pages missing.

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