Increasingly, high-level performance relies on an understanding of the psychology of stamina and success, not only in sport but in areas as diverse as business, the performing arts, the military and emergency services.
Drawing on current research and practice, this fascinating programme introduces you to the issues that relate to both individual and group performance, then encourages you to develop techniques to minimise the influence of limitations, such as anxiety and distraction.
Striking a balance between psychological methods and the wider professional skills needed to apply them, the courses you’ll undertake will also give you the knowledge and tools you’ll need to be able to critically appraise and apply scientific literature, and to plan, conduct and disseminate your own research.
Your learning will be in the form of lectures, seminars and directed reading.
You will complete a series of seven courses:
To graduate with the MSc degree, you will also produce an independently researched dissertation.
This qualification could lead to a career that capitalises on the increasing interest in the application of performance psychology in a number of fields. Recent graduates have taken up roles in areas as diverse as sports psychology, private consultancy in sports, business and the performing arts, outdoor and adventure training, and higher and tertiary education.
You may instead choose to extend your studies with a doctoral degree (after completion of the MSc) or use the transferable skills you will gain in areas such as communication and project management in an unrelated career role.
The University of Brighton is one of the UK's largest teacher training universities, rated ‘outstanding’ in our last Ofsted inspection.
This course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for the 11–16 age range which enables you to be employed as a qualified teacher in secondary schools in England and Wales. The course also offers enrichment opportunities to teach the 16–18 age phase.
You'll experience practical and theoretical modules that are based upon research-informed practice by the route leader, Dr Gary Stidder, who is an established academic and active researcher in the field of physical education.
Our course focuses on an alternative approach to teaching physical education, emphasising physical activities and non-traditional team games alongside the usual competitive team games. It also includes lifestyle activities that have a wide appeal to a broad population of pupils.
You will have access to excellent resources and gain 120 days of practical experience in two of around 250 schools with whom we have partnerships.
All teaching takes place at the School of Sport and Service Management, based in Eastbourne, where there are extensive sports facilities such as six badminton court-sized sports halls, two gymnasiums, plus a fitness suite, Astro turf pitch and swimming pool.
When studying with us at the university, you’ll experience and learn how to teach practical physical education through The A-list of physical activities. These include physical activities considered to be less conventional compared to more established types of activities. The A-list includes the following non-conventional physical activities:
The university works in partnership with schools and colleges to provide a high quality programme of support, ensuring a sound relationship between theory and practice. You will benefit from undertaking two placements in two schools or colleges, spending two-thirds of your year teaching, under supervision. You'll also have the opportunity to visit additional schools or colleges as part of the Peer Observation programme.
Our tutors and mentors will advise and support you throughout each placement. You will receive comprehensive feedback during this time, enabling you to see what you are doing well and where you might need to improve.
You will have the opportunity to organise group activities which reflect contemporary expectations of physical education teachers and the individual needs of pupils from diverse backgrounds.
The campus is excellently equipped with multimedia training materials, giving you the opportunity to develop your confidence and competence in the use of ICT. Our multimedia suites are regularly updated to keep up with technological advancements in classroom teaching provision.
Activities which you may take part in or organise yourself include:
Ofsted identify our approach to training in schools as a key strength of this course, with an excellent balance between university tuition and school-based training.
You will spend a minimum of 120 days on school-based activities, with your training shared between the university and the partner school.
Your school-based training will include observing teachers, working with individual pupils and groups of pupils, team teaching and independent teaching. Your training will also entail completing specific subject tasks and developing your knowledge of school policy and effective practices.
You will maintain a professional training portfolio and be supported to review your work critically and analytically as well as to set appropriately challenging targets. We will also develop an action plan with you to identify strengths, development needs and actions, so that your practice is continually developing.
Graduates of the course are equipped with the skills and knowledge to become confident and competent secondary-school teachers.
As well as gaining a PGCE, you will be assessed against the national Teachers’ Standards in order to be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status.
Most students gain employment in schools across the UK very soon after they have completed the course and achieved the teaching qualifications. Many former students have subsequently become curriculum leaders and senior managers in schools.
Students on this course can choose to progress to one of our Education MAs after completing the PGCE.
If you are considering whether a career in teaching is for you, and you are a UK resident, the Department for Education’s School Experience Programme (SEP) offers 1 to 10 days’ classroom experience in a secondary school. For details, please check: http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/school-experience.aspx
The MA in English Literary Studies offers several different pathways each specialising in a period or area of study, and enabling students to craft a degree that suits them:
You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
Combination of coursework, dissertation and research methodology portfolio
Studying the Master of Health, Sport & Human Performance (MHSHP), you'll explore how psychological or physiological factors influence movement and performance in sport and exercise. Throughout your course of study you'll receive opportunities to get involved in real world research to make a difference in people’s lives, as well as connect with elite athletes and teams.
The University of Waikato's Health, Sport and Human Performance Department boasts world-renowned active researchers and lecturers who have international expertise and reputations. Also, our research group on the Critical Studies of Sport and Physical Culture is one of the most highly regarded in the world, particularly in the study of action and adventure sports.
You will work in our high-tech laboratories at the Cambridge Avantidrome or the University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance in Tauranga, and will benefit from our collaborative relationships established with local organisations. These partnerships bring about opportunities for you to connect with elite athletes and teams for research including; Waikato Chiefs, BoP Magic, Cycling NZ and community organisations such as Parafed, Disabilities Waikato and Sport Waikato.
The MHSHP is a flexible degree, giving you the option to tailor the programme to meet your needs. Our staff hold the expertise to supervise a diverse range of projects, and you have the option of completing your degree over one year full-time, or part time while working.
At masters level you can study a range of papers. The MHSHP usually comprises 180 points (500 level) including required and optional papers. You are required to choose one or more option(s) from the below. You can also pursue an area of interest in greater depth by undertaking a research project or thesis, under one of our expert supervisors. You are required to take a research methods paper and we recommend the school-based paper: SPLS501-16A Researching sport and leisure.
This qualification can be started at the University of Waikato Tauranga.
The MHSHP usually comprises 180 points (500 level) including required and optional papers and a research project or thesis.
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As a biology teacher, you will enhance pupils' understanding of themselves and the world around them, preparing them to succeed in a range of important careers.
Our Postgraduate/Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is designed to prepare you in becoming a professional, competent and reflective secondary school teacher of science, with biology as a specialist subject. Your studies will focus on addressing the needs of pupils aged eleven to sixteen and beyond.
The quality of teacher training in secondary education was rated as "Good" in Ofsted report for Initial Teacher Education 2016. The report found that "Scientists appreciate the enhancement groups where they further build on their knowledge by sharing each other's expertise. As a consequence, the trainees' and NQTs' enthusiasm and confidence in the subjects they teach motivate and inspire pupils to learn and make progress."
As part of your PGCE, you will have the opportunity to gain 60 Master's-level credits and gain Qualified Teacher Status.
We work in collaboration with professionals from specialist science organisations such as the Royal Society of Biology. We also partner with the adventure learning charity Wide Horizons, who will support your training in the area of fieldwork, conservation and ecology. Additionally, you will receive free resources and ideas on how to plan engaging lessons in plant biology from Science and Plants for Schools.
Our one-year programme comprises two elements: 60 days of university-based teaching and 120 days of school-based experience. Your practical teaching experience is gained in two main schools. Here you will be allocated subject-specialist mentors who will offer dedicated feedback and guidance. During both placements, you will have the opportunity to develop your science and biology teaching with the support of a specialist teacher.
Our university-based workshops also offer strong support. You will have easy access to tutors as well as on-line materials. Here we cover all aspects of the National Curriculum and address all relevant government standards. Other topics of study will include planning lessons, assessment of pupils and classroom management. There is also the opportunity to work collaboratively with students from other subject areas.
During your time with us, you will develop your teaching skills, learning how to address the needs of secondary school pupils within the context of the curriculum at Key Stages 3 and 4.
You will also develop your expertise, practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of science. This will fully equip you to be formally assessed against the national standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Progress will be assessed through a professional portfolio, written assignments and observation of classroom teaching. In order to qualify as a teacher, you need to meet the standards for Qualified Teacher Status, as set out by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
Graduates will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Graduates are equipped for careers working in secondary schools and other educational settings, such as:
As Mark Rothko said “Art is an adventure into the unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take risks.”
The PGCE Secondary (Art and Design) course reflects this philosophy through a rigorous, imaginative, innovative and intensive nine-month course and prepares graduates for the challenges and rewards of teaching art and design within the secondary sector in the artist/teacher model.
You will be awarded a PGCE and recommended for Qualified Teacher Status, enabling you to teach in schools. Graduates have gone on to teach in schools in England and Wales, while others have secured teaching jobs in schools in Belgium, Luxembourg, the Czech Republic, Oman, China, Tanzania, New Zealand and Australia.
The course is organised in partnership with schools around Kent and Medway (and towards London) and your teaching practices will be across two contrasting placements.
All PGCE courses cover three main areas: Curriculum Studies, Professional Studies and Enhanced Studies. However, all learning on the course is designed to complement professional practice and the academic study will be informed by and inform practice.
PGCE students will be placed in two schools for a mixture of blocked time and serial (e.g. one day a week) time adding up to meet the current Government requirement for a minimum 120 days in school.
You can exit the PGCE courses with one of two awards. The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is awarded to those students who gain less than 40 Level 7credits, but who pass all modules, gaining 100 or 120 Level 6 credits. If you achieve 40 or 60 Level 7 credits and pass all the modules, you will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). All students completing a PGCE will also be recommended for QTS.
The course is for people who want to become qualified teachers.
• Professional Studies
Professional Studies sessions aim to inform you about aspects of professional practice which are central to your work, whatever your subject, including how do we learn, how do we include all children, how is teaching a professional activity, how can education be organised and how can learning be assessed.
• Curriculum Studies
This module involves work in studying key concepts that underpin the various curricula and syllabi for your subject. The sessions allow discussion of different pedagogies and allow reflection on differing school approaches to the subject.
• Enhanced Studies
The module enables you to choose an area of personal interest to you to study this in more depth through a research project based in a school.
Across the PGCE year there is an equivalent of 12 weeks of taught input which take place at university on the Canterbury Campus. The teaching on these days will be a mixture of seminar and workshop activity. There will also be a small number of lecture inputs.
Across the PGCE year there is the equivalent of 24 weeks spent in school. Student teachers will learn in a variety of ways in school, including from experienced mentors, through observing others and through experience. There is also a degree of individual support for learning offered in this course provided by mentors in school and the university tutors.
Tutors and mentors who lead the learning on this course are all qualified teachers.
You will be assessed in two main ways via academic assignments and assessment of your teaching.
You will submit academic assignments for 20 credits in each curriculum, professional and enhanced studies modules. Each submission will include a written element, but you may also be assessed via presentations or practical performances as relevant to your chosen subject options.
Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to teach in schools as a qualified teacher.
For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx
See our Teacher Education Funding page to discover the scholarships and bursaries available.