Course Overview

Students can take this course in the classroom and receive a QQI Level 6 Personal and Professional Development Award or take this course online and receive a Diploma in Personal and Professional Development from City Colleges.

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill, and competence to utilise a range of advanced personal and interpersonal skills in a variety of personal, civic, and specific vocational contexts, operating autonomously and or in a supervisory capacity.

Learning Outcomes

1 Evaluate the principles and practice of personal development

2 Identify the personal qualities and skills needed for effective participation in a chosen job or organisation, to include opportunities for further personal development and associated action plans

3 Assess the role and practice of time management to include aids and strategies for good time management, the impact of poor time management, and own personal time management behaviour

4 Research the processes of problem-solving and decision-making, to include different approaches, strategies to handle difficult problems, contingency plans, and methods of implementing and evaluating a solution

5 Analyse the uses of goals or objectives, to include their characteristics, the role of planning and prioritization, a range of tools and strategies to assist with achieving personal, civic or vocational goals or objectives, and the role of review and evaluation

6 Evaluate how organisations manage change, including information, communication, analysis of the forces behind the change, motivating staff and other partners, and handling reactions to change

7 Determine strategies to resolve personal or interpersonal conflict, to include an understanding of different personalities and how they react to conflict, common causes of conflict, and the role of assertiveness and co-operation in conflict resolution

8 Link goals or objectives to available budgets and financial plans, to include periodic review and adaptation of resources to plans

9 Delegate tasks to others, to include appropriate planning, identification of skills and strengths in others, review and management of any issues arising

10 Respond appropriately to feedback and constructive criticism on personal performance

11 Use strategies to recognise and cope with stress, setback, and workplace pressure

12 Reflect on own personal and professional development to include goal or objective-setting, action planning, implementation, ongoing review, personal initiative.

Course Award

Online – Diploma in Personal and Professional Development

Classroom – QQI Level 6 Personal and Professional Development


A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding of the Diploma.


Classroom – QQI Level 6 in Personal and Professional Development

Portfolio / Collection of Work 50%

Skills Demonstration 50%


Online – Diploma in Personal and Professional Development

A Written Assignment of 2,500 words.


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January 2023
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January 2023
10 weeks, 1 evening per week from 6.30 to 9.30pm GMT

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