Adding to its curricular offerings, the University College is introducing several programmes in the undergraduate level this year, including the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, the Associate of Legal Studies and the Associate and Bachelor's Degree in Primary Education. A 15-month intensive Post-Graduate Certificate in Education completes the pathway for those who want to become primary level teachers.
These new programmes seek to fill the demand for local talent and broaden choices for both high school leavers, adult learners and professionals looking to transition into new careers.
There is also renewed interest in other existing programmes. President Bodden said, "I am interested in following the further development of the Engineering Technology programme, the astronomy courses and let us not forget the great strides being made in Music and the Performing Arts."
In addition, UCCI has revamped its Pre-College programme to better assist prospective students that do not have the necessary entry requirements for matriculation into the associate degree programmes. Through the support of the Pre-College Coordinator and the Student Services Department, students under this programme will receive academic counselling, career guidance and various workshops that will prepare them for success while experiencing life in a college environment.
The Professional Development Centre (PDC) at UCCI offers an extensive array of educational opportunities specifically designed to help businesses and organisations in the Cayman Islands meet today's multifaceted and international challenges.
As a result of a new focus on global competitiveness, the PDC is proud to announce that the College of Business Studies and Professional Development at the University College of the Cayman Islands is an Educational Member of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and has affirmed its commitment to excellence in business education. As such, this membership represents initial success in the process of international accreditation for UCCI's business studies and professional development programmes.
The PDC at UCCI is also launching two new degree programs this semester in the internationally recognized Commonwealth Executive Master of Business Administration (CEMBA) and the Commonwealth Executive Master of Public Administration (CEMPA). "Both of these graduate-level curricula feature materials designed and vetted by the Commonwealth of Learning to provide a uniform level of excellence and a flexible educational experience with opportunities for self-paced study and multiple completion levels culminating in diploma and degree recognition," said Dr. JD Mosley-Matchett, Director of Graduate Studies and Professional Development.
Dr. Mosley-Matchett added that the PDC is also offering a new programme for those seeking to hone their professional skills without the extensive time commitment of a full degree – an Executive Certificate in Global Leadership offered jointly with the University of Texas at Arlington.
UCCI is also continuing to meet the unique needs of local businesses through custom-designed professional development.
UCCI offers three types of Associate degrees. The vocational degree, or Associate of Applied Science (AAS), is designed to offer students specialised training in preparation responsible positions in professional areas. Students completing the AAS may qualify for some advanced standing if they later attend UCCI or other tertiary institutions. The main emphasis of the degree is on specific vocational skills, however.
Transfer degrees, on the other hand, are primarily academic in nature and are intended to prepare students for further studies at the university level. UCCI offers both the Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS). Students who satisfy the requirements for graduation for either of degree will normally have completed the equivalent of the first two years of study towards a Bachelor's degree in the same area of specialisation. Students will be particularly well prepared to continue in UCCI's Bachelor's degree programs.
The number of advanced standing credits a student receives upon transfer will vary according to the policies of the institution that they are transferring to. Students planning on transfer are advised, therefore, to begin making preparations as early as possible.
Advice on transfer of credits may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar.
We offer the following Associate and Bachelor Degree Programmes. To view the Degree Plan details for a particular programme, click on the programme name to download the Degree Plan in PDF format:
Bachelor of Education
For the first two years, you will do an Associate degree, except if you already have an Associate, teaching diploma, or Bachelors, then you will enter in the 3rd year of the programme (which is Year 1 of the Bachelor programme).
For more information in Graduate and Professional Development Programmes
The University College offers a variety of Certificate programmes that normally require one year of full-time study. These programmes are designed primarily to prepare students for entry-level positions in the world of work. However, satisfactory completion may provide qualification for entry into the Associate Degree programmes at the University College. Further, many of these programmes provide students with the opportunity to take additional external examinations in their chosen field of expertise to facilitate international marketability.
Competency-based education and training is an approach to vocational training that places emphasis on the ability to perform specific tasks in the workplace after completing a course of training. Assessment, which is continuous, is designed to ensure each student has achieved the necessary skills and knowledge required in their chosen field.
Competency-based training programmes are often comprised of units, sub-divided into learning outcomes, and assessment is designed to ensure each student has achieved all outcomes (skills and knowledge) required by each unit. Ideally, progress within a competency-based training programme is not based on time. As soon as students have achieved or demonstrated the required learning outcomes, they can move to the next unit. In this way, students may be able to complete a programme of study more quickly.
Relevant competencies and skills will be attained in the following areas:
These are skills that are most commonly needed to succeed at work, in education and training and in every day life. Whatever the nature of the job, the more developed these skills are, then the further the progress of the individual. The UCCI Key Competencies Components are intended to develop six (6) vital workplace skills:
The full-time Certificate programmes at the University College combine classroom learning with a hands-on application component that is undertaken both on and off campus. The off-campus component is referred to as Work Experience or Work Attachment and is arranged through Student Services. It occurs mainly during the second and third semesters but may commence earlier than this in certain circumstances.
Applicants must have at least two external examination passes from either of the following levels: Cambridge, CXC, GCSE, IGCSE as well as acceptable scores in both the English and Mathematics sections of the UCCI Entrance Examination. A personal interview is also required.
Standing Required for Continuance
Failure to complete the required competencies within the limits of the programme may result in the students being placed on probation, or being asked to withdraw. Students who are asked to withdraw may reapply after one year.
Continuous assessment will be utilized in all programmes.
The certificate programmes focus on the following fields of application:
|Accounting||C.A.T (Certified Accounting Technician)|
|Building Trades - Construction||TVET Competencies|
|Building Trades - Electrical Installations||TVET Competencies|
|Computer Technician||COMPTIA (Certified Technician – entry level for hardware, software)|
|Hospitality Studies (3): Food and Beverage, Food Preparation and Front Office||CARIBCERT (Certification through the Caribbean Hotel Association)|
Each Certificate Programme comprises of common-core units to be completed during the first semester followed by major, competency-based units in areas of skilled occupations during the second semester. During the third semester of each certificate programme students undertake work experience and may attend prescribed review classes in preparation for certification examinations.
We offer the following Teacher Education programmes:
The Associate of Arts in Primary Education is a two year programme designed for the candidate planning to work in an education service role. Courses are built on a 2+2 model which provides a continued pathway for qualified candidates wishing to earn a four year Bachelor's degree in Education. Courses are designed to connect educational theory with authentic practice in the classroom offering the candidate experiences in managing the classroom, arranging for learning, and assisting the classroom teacher. Technology and methods for effective use in the classroom will be integrated into all education courses and experiences.
The goal of the Associate of Arts in Primary Education Programme is to prepare confident and qualified graduates capable of:
The Associate of Arts in Primary Education degree is awarded on successful completion of the programme of study.
TOTAL: 68-70 Credit Hours (includes 50 Practicum Hours)
This four year programme prepares the candidate for a successful career in teaching and learning at the primary level. Methods courses in literacy, mathematics, science and social studies include practical experience affording students the opportunity to connect theory and practice in the classroom. A range of courses promote the aspiring teacher's awareness of social, cultural and developmental issues of children. Candidates will develop the technological and professional skills required to foster positive development and learning in children.
The goal of the Bachelor of Science in Primary Education Programme is to prepare confident and qualified graduates capable of:
The Bachelor of Science in Primary Education is awarded on successful completion of the programme of study.
YEAR I & II PREREQUISITES:
TOTAL: 68-72 Credits
TOTAL: 68-72 Credits
The Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE—Primary) is an intensive 15-month programme for bachelor's degree holders who want to become primary level teachers. The PGCE—Primary courses focus on teaching and learning methodologies designed to enhance teaching skills at the primary level. Methods courses in literacy, mathematics, science and social studies include practical experience affording candidates the opportunity to connect theory and practice in the classroom. A range of courses promote the aspiring teacher's awareness of social, cultural and development issues of children. Candidates will develop the technological and professional skills required to foster positive development and learning in children.
The goal of the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE—Primary) is to prepare confident and qualified graduates capable of:
The Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE—Primary) is awarded on successful completion of the programme of study.
Bachelor's Degree including the following courses:
TOTAL: 36 Credits and 60 Practicum Hours
"Furthering the Education of Cayman’s Workforce Today & Tomorrow"
UCCI offers a number of programmes designed to allow persons employed in local industries to develop their professional skills. These programmes are typically offered on a part-time or day release basis. Other vocational courses in air conditioning, plumbing and construction are available.
Students can also benefit from language courses such as English for Speaker of Other Languages (ESOL) and Spanish. Leisure courses including astronomy, piano and steelpan are offered as well.
To view the current schedule of programmes, please visit the Course Calendars section.
The programmes & courses of the Department of Technical, Vocational and Continuing Education fall into these categories:
The teaching is mostly delivered by experienced Adjunct Lecturers.
UCCI Department of Technical, Vocational and Continuing Education welcomes you!
Currently, these are as follows:
|English for Speakers of Other Languages|
|ESoL Level 1||Attendance 7 weeks - two evenings each week (28 hours)
This course is suitable for persons seeking to improve their ability to speak, read & write English. The emphasis is on oral communication. It is aimed at those who have had limited, if any, exposure to formal English tuition.
|ESoL Level 2||Attendance 7 weeks - two evenings each week (28 hours)
This course is suitable for students who have completed ESoL level 1 or who have received some formal instruction in English or who are currently exposed on a regular basis to English, either in the workplace or in the home. The course builds on the grammar and vocabulary of ESOL level 1 and language encountered in the workplace. It is not recommended for beginners.
|Basic English||Attendance 14 weeks – one evening each week (28 hours)
This course is intended to follow Esol 2. It provides students with the necessary skills to enable confident, error-free, oral and written communication. Students will acquire basic grammar, spelling & punctuation skills, improve their vocabulary range, personal writing & reading skills and develop their listening and comprehension skills.
These programmes & courses concentrate on performing engineering operations and are ideal foundation qualifications that support delivery & assessment of the basic skills & knowledge required for entry or career progression in the Engineering Maintenance & Repair Sector, where the need to keep up with rapidly developing technologies is essential.
Part I courses are normally offered during the Fall Semester with Part II in the Spring and Part III (where applicable) in the Summer Semesters. Attendance is normally 2 hours per week over 14 weeks for each course. Courses are taught by Practitioners or ex-Practitioners.
|Technical-Vocational Programmes & Courses|
|Computer Technician Certificate||One Academic Year (Lab-based)
The Computer Technician Certificate is a programme that has been designed to conform to Industry Standard Certification such as CompTIA (A + Certification) and Microsoft (MCTS and MCITP Certifications).
It is intended to prepare students to take up entry-level front-line positions as hardware, software and desktop support technicians in any IT-based business environment. Students also acquire the foundation for further professional advancement in Computer Science.
|Fundamentals of Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration||Two Semesters, Parts I & II (Workshop-based)
The aim is to impart an appreciation of the function, maintenance & repair of residential refrigeration & air-conditioning systems. Safe working practices are stressed throughout.
Part I concerns the construction, operation & servicing of compressors, air handlers and thermostatic control systems. Part II concentrates on commercial systems.
|Fundamentals of Electro-Technology||Two Semesters, Parts I & II (Lab-/Workshop-based)
In Part I students are introduced to essential electrical, electronic & electro-magnetic principles as well as made aware of the dangers inherent in the utilization of electric energy. The construction & operation of machines such as generators, transformers and motors are investigated. An over-view of the CUC generation-transmission-distribution system is imparted.
Part II concentrates on the Electrical Installation itself, highlighting circuit methods for provision of lighting & power. The National Electrical Code governing the provision of supply, installation & testing is introduced along with a consideration of three-phase systems.
|Electrical Licensing Preparation||One Semester (Classroom-based)
This is a one-semester intensive course intended to prepare candidates for the C.I. Government Electrical Licensing Examinations at Wireman & Journeyman level. Candidates are required to determine their eligibility to take these examinations by contacting the Planning Department. The aim is to impart familiarity & a sound working knowledge of the National Electrical Code. A pre-existing knowledge of essential electrical theory, safe working habits & experience in electrical installation work are pre-requisites. The end of course Practice Examination is UCCI set & assessed and does not carry Electrical Licensing Board Ratification. It is intended to provide experience of examination conditions and practice only. Possession of an electronic calculator and a current copy of the NEC are essential.
|Fundamentals of Construction||Three Semesters, Parts I, II & II (Classroom- & Workshop-based)
This course, although designed for practitioners in the Construction Sector who require theoretical skills upgrading, is also suitable for those wishing to gain insight into the many facets of Construction Work. The objectives are to inculcate sound working practices, develop an appreciation for the underpinning technologies involved, upgrade existing levels of competence and develop an awareness of Building Regulations & Specifications. The following areas are covered in the 3 parts of the Program: Health & Safety, Craft Practice (including building layout, foundations, concrete work & block-laying), Blueprint Reading (including symbols, scaling, elevations & specifications), Calculations & Estimating.
|Fundamentals of Plumbing||Parts I & II (Workshop-based)
This hands-on course offers an opportunity to prepare persons for entry to the Plumbing Sector whilst also enhancing pre-existing skills of those already employed there. The following topics are dealt with in Part I: Safety awareness, Plumbing Terminology, tools & fixtures, instrumentation & materials, water supply systems (municipal, wells & cisterns), water treatment & filtration, waste & septic systems, piping materials & fittings, water heating systems, blueprint interpretation, repair techniques & practices. Part II deals with Plumbing Installations for multi-story & commercial buildings and dwellings, swimming pools, hot tubs & spas, sprinkler systems, Plumbing Calculations and an intensive survey of the Plumbing Code of Practice.
|Building Maintenance||Three Semesters, Parts I, II & II (Workshop-based)
This new Program is offered in conjunction with DART (Cayman) and is primarily aimed at Building Maintenance Personnel who are responsible for the monitoring & maintenance of services in Commercial & Public Buildings. It also offers an access path to others who require hands-on experience before making a career decision towards one of the 3 primary components of Building Services Engineering: Electrical, Plumbing & Air Conditioning, whether they be young learners or adults. The Program is intended to provide a solid foundation in Building Systems Maintenance & Control for Plumbing, Electrical, Air-Conditioning & Security Systems. A course in Safe Working Practice is mandatory prior to commencing the Program. This is conducted by an OSHA-authorized Instructor in conjunction with the Department of Labour and Pensions.
Part I of the Building Maintenance Program is devoted to Electrical Service Maintenance, Part II to Plumbing Service Maintenance & Part III to AC System Maintenance.
|Project Management||One Semester, Part I: 7 weeks; Part II: 7 weeks (Classroom-based)
This course is intended for persons employed in the Construction Industry. It aims to expose participants to the managerial aspects of the Construction Industry and is designed to give introduction to the Project Delivery System based on an agreement whereby a Construction Manager provides leadership to the Construction Process.
Topics in Part I include: Definition of the Business Team, Business Ownership, Company Organization, Drawings & Specifications, Cost Estimating & Project Bidding, Contracts, Surety Bonds & Insurance. Part II covers an overview of the Project Management Process itself, The Project management Institute, Computer Application, Bid Proposal, Contacts, Planning & Initiation, Scheduling of Resources, Estimating, Budgeting, Cost Control, Safety, Communication & Human Resource Management.
|Fundamentals of Accounting||Three Semesters, Parts I, II & III (Classroom-based)
Part 1 introduces students to accounting concepts, double-entry accounting, stock assets, profit & loss, expenses & revenue, balancing ledger accounts, trial balances, final account statement, balance sheets, accounting concepts & standards.
Part II entails original entries & ledgers, cash books, sales & purchases, day books & ledgers, the returns day book, the journal, the petty cash book & calculation of wages & salaries.
Part III considers expenditure & revenue, bad debts, provision for discount on debtors, depreciation of fixed assets, accrual & prepayment, stock valuation, bank reconciliation, the use of control accounts & errors affecting trial balances.
|Light Motor Vehicle Systems: Maintenance & Repair||Three Semesters, level II & level III (Classroom- & Workshop-based)
Offered through the Institute of Motor Industries, these one-year, part-time Transnational Programs provide students with a progressively comprehensive insight into the mechanical & electrical/electronic systems that are used on a motor vehicle in terms of operation, design, maintenance & repair. The learner completes a set number of workshop tasks designed by the awarding body (IMI) along with a series of multiple-choice type tests. The Programs are designed to prepare for a career in the Motor Vehicle Service & Repair Sector, as well as upgrade the skills of persons who are already so employed.
|Leisure Programmes & Courses|
|Music||One-Semester (Music Room-based)
The Music Courses emphasize practical development of performance in musical skills covering piano at beginners, intermediate & advanced levels & steel pan music at a number of ascending levels.
|Choreography & Performing Arts Techniques||Three Semesters (Sir Vassal Johnson Hall-based)
This widely encompassing Program is designed to stimulate and promote interest in the performing arts by making tuition accessible for anyone having an interest in enhancing their skills in dance, drama or song. The course will facilitate participants' ability to conceive & refine a performance. In dance this may be ballet, modern, cultural or jazz. Singers and actors will enhance their stage presence, confidence & movement. Choreographers will be also be trained in all relevant areas.
|Drawing & Sketching||14 weeks (28 hours)
This is an introductory course intended to encourage anyone interested in expression through visual language. It is ideal for beginners who have the desire to draw but have been unable for whatever reason to do so. Students will be express themselves in drawing & colour whilst acquiring & enhancing their skills of expression.
|Introduction to Astronomy||7 weeks (14 hours)
This is aimed at people with little or no experience but who are interested in knowing more about the wonders of the Universe and discussing such with others in layman terms. The telescope in the Dr Bill Hrudey-UCCI Astronomical Observatory reveals incredible detail of the night sky!
|Conversational Spanish||7 weeks (28 hours) Attendance required two evenings each week.
The course seeks to enable students to converse in Spanish at a basic level. Conversation dialogues/role play, audio & reading exercises will consolidate the learning of basic grammatical structures. Students will be able to communicate adequately in everyday situations through the development of aural & oral skills as well as reading & writing.
UCCI has established a 1st year track accompanying a selected Associate Degree plan, to significantly ensure a greater chance of success and transition into college life as a year 12 option for Public School students.
The Year 12 Dual Enrolment Programme/Foundation for Success track is comprised of compulsory courses intended to establish a proper basis in English & Math as well as tools for survival throughout your college path. ENG 99 and Math 99 provide students with the necessary foundation to adequately transition into College Composition I and College Algebra. It will also provide students with the necessary substance for subsequent courses throughout their degree plans. Col 100 (Intro to College and Survival Strategies) offers students the tools and strategies that they will be able to utilize throughout college life. It prepares students for what to expect as well as how to maneuver through challenges faced in college.
The Foundation for Success track places emphasis on the first 2 semesters at UCCI. These are found to be one of the most critical times in a student's tertiary career. Success in these two semesters can significantly set the pace for the remainder of a degree pathway. Along with compulsory courses, students will also enrol in courses that follow their selected Associate Degree plan.
Students will also be required to meet with academic advisors throughout the semester as well as representatives from Student Services. These various meetings will ensure that students are utilizing all the available resources at the university as well as cooperatively monitoring their academic progression throughout these semesters. In addition to following outlined courses, advisement and attendance students will also be required to participate in community service project(s) throughout the year.
Our goal is to ensure that each student realizes their fullest potential and be given the best opportunities to achieve success at UCCI and their pursuit of academic achievement and development of good citizenship.
For further information, please contact:
Ms. Lorna Blackman, MSc. Ed., BSc. Ed., Dip. Ed.
Programme Facilitator - Year 12
The Pre-College programme at the University College of the Cayman Islands is about challenge, discovery and new friends. The programme prepares talented students and young adults for a true experience that aims to prepare for success and experience life in a college environment.
At present, a prospective student for UCCI has three pathways for entry into an academic/vocation programme:
It was anticipated that a significant number of prospective student applicants would not have the necessary entry requirements for matriculation into either the vocational programmes and/or the associate degree programmes being offered by UCCI.
The UCCI Pre-College Program is one academic year in duration and serves as the perfect opportunity to expose prospective students to the rigors of college life and the discipline that is necessary to succeed at that level. Courses include college skills, interpersonal development, math, technology, writing, among others. Courses under consideration include:
Students desiring to enrol in the full-time Pre-College programme must satisfy one of the following:
NOTE: Passes in CXC examinations at the Basic Level do not satisfy the entry requirements for the Pre-College programme.
Successful completion of the Pre-College Programme requires attainment of a B average in the courses taken.
After consultation with their advisors, successful students may apply for transfer to an approved associate degree programme or to one of the vocational certificate programmes at the University.
On completion of the one-year Pre–College programme students will have gained:
Normally, this process comprises of completion of (A) and one of (B), (C) below:
(A) Completion of all course requirements:
(B) Transfer to an Associate Degree Programme
Upon acceptance to an Associate Degree programme, students may be eligible for a transfer of twelve (12) credits maximum, provided they have:
(C) Transfer to Certificate Programme
For additional information on the pre-college programme, please contact: