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The Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDip)/Common Professional Examination (CPE) is a conversion programme enabling graduates in any non-law subject to convert to a career in law. Read more

Course overview:

The Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDip)/Common Professional Examination (CPE) is a conversion programme enabling graduates in any non-law subject to convert to a career in law. You can take the course at the end of your degree or use it as a bridge from one graduate career to another.

The course provides you with a sound knowledge of:
- the English legal system and process
- those areas of law considered to be fundamental (the seven 'foundations of legal knowledge')
- at least one other area of legal study as a project - you will choose the topic.

You will develop practical skills in legal research, problem-solving, critical analysis and communication. Classes are taught in small groups of exclusively postgraduate law students by enthusiastic, expert lecturers, who are committed to research and teaching excellence.

Brighton Business School has strong links with the local legal profession. You will benefit from guest lectures by local practitioners and judges, as well as sponsorship and placement opportunities. In addition, you will have the opportunity to participate in a range of extra-curricular activities, such as mooting, client interviewing and pro bono work. These aid your employability and career development.

You can take the course at the pace that suits you, either full-time (two days per week over one year) or part-time (one day per week over two years).

The programme is recognised by The Law Society and the General Council of the Bar as a Common Professional Examination (CPE) course. This is the principal route by which non-law graduates may complete the academic stage of training to become solicitors and barristers.

Career opportunities:

There is a significant demand for non-law graduates to enter the legal profession. Their maturity, motivation and expertise in another discipline are regarded as important qualities by potential employers.

On successful completion of the Common Professional Examination (CPE), you will be awarded a postgraduate diploma in Law. The diploma satisfies all the requirements of the Joint Academic Stage Board for completing the academic stage of professional legal training. You can progress onto the Legal Practice Course to become a solicitor, or the Bar Professional Training Course to become a barrister.

The course is highly relevant to a range of other occupations within the justice sector and those with a significant law aspect, such as consumer, housing and welfare advice work, social work, the prosecution service and the police.

We realise that careful career planning is crucial from the outset of your course, especially for students who wish to practise as a lawyer, where competition can be fierce. You will be able to attend workshops on qualifying as a lawyer and we hold an annual legal careers forum.

Brighton Business School has strong links with the local legal profession. You will benefit from guest lectures by local practitioners and judges, as well as sponsorship and placement opportunities. Many of our students now work for local firms.

Students who aspire to qualify as lawyers are encouraged to undertake short law-related work shadowing placements during vacation periods, in solicitors firms and the Crown Prosecution Service, mini-pupillages in barristers chambers, and internships with judges. All students have access to the range of services offered by the Careers Service, including individual counselling sessions, CV checking, and mock interviews.

Our simulated magistrates court project provides you with the opportunity to examine and cross-examine trainee police officers about real cases before local magistrates in an authentic court room environment. We run workshops in mooting and advocacy skills, and you will have the opportunity to take part in national mooting competitions.

Why study with Brighton Business School?

You will have access to a range of online legal research services, such as Westlaw, Lawtel, Lexis Nexis Butterworths and HeinOnline. These online resources can be accessed whether on or off campus. We also have an outstanding library which houses the tools of the lawyers' trade: primary sources of law such as statutes and cases, and secondary sources such as books, periodicals and journals.

Other student support services include the University's careers centre, welfare service, a counselling service, chaplaincy and childcare provision.

The University of Brighton boasts a thriving Student Law Society, established and run by students for the purpose of organising social events, arranging talks by visiting speakers and facilitating debates and mooting. Educational events have included visits to Lewes Crown Court, Brighton Magistrates Court, the Houses of Parliament, and national law fairs. The society provides excellent opportunities for personal development.

Course content:

The part-time course is based on an average study commitment of 20 hours per week, 15 hours per week of which is private study. Full-time students will be expected to devote 30 hours per week to study outside class time. Before you start this course you will be expected to complete a programme of preliminary reading.

The programme begins in September with a module on the English legal system, method and skills. This provides participants with the foundation needed to underpin their legal studies.

The seven modules which cover the 'Foundations of Legal Knowledge' are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops. All the teaching is scheduled into blocks of 3 hours. Assessment is by means of coursework and/or examination.

The independent research module (the project) involves researching for and writing a 5,000 word dissertation on an area of law that you are particularly interested in.

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The MA in Childcare Law and Practice is a popular and successful course. It has been fully revised and redesigned in line with other MA courses at the University to facilitate exchange of modules and a longer period of individual research. Read more

Overview

The MA in Childcare Law and Practice is a popular and successful course. It has been fully revised and redesigned in line with other MA courses at the University to facilitate exchange of modules and a longer period of individual research. It is taught jointly by members of the School of Law and the School of Public Policy and Professional Practice as an interdisciplinary course and attracts students from a wide variety of professional backgrounds. The course is specially designed so that it may be taken by those who are in full-time employment. The course content reflects developments and current debates in childcare law and practice. The Keele Law School is highly rated and internationally recognised for teaching and research.

The School is an excellent intellectual environment for postgraduate students. The appropriate infrastructure is also in place, with proper research training, communal areas for postgraduate students and computing equipment. Continued postgraduate expansion is a priority for the School.

"The programme is one that Keele University should be hugely proud of, it was and remains a national leader in the field."
"The students are encouraged to reflect on their practice and to explore the dilemmas of applying the law in practice within a value base that challenges oppression and discrimination. The strengths of this course are considerable and unique in this respect."
(External Examiner comments)

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/childcarelawandpractice/

Course Aims

The central aims of the course are to update and enhance knowledge of relevant law and research literature and to provide an opportunity for experienced practitioners to further develop and critically reflect upon their skills, as applied to a variety of areas and settings in work with children. It also aims to promote anti-discriminatory practice, inter-agency understanding and interdisciplinary working.

The programme is structured in a way that allows students to maintain full-time employment while studying, with teaching for each module taking place over an intensive 3-day period. The programme, therefore, is designed to appeal to both the ‘conventional’ postgraduate student and specifically, those already engaged professionally in this area of activity, in social work, health, the legal profession or otherwise.

Course Structure and Content

The taught Masters programme requires satisfactory completion of at least 180 credits, made up of 4 taught modules each of 30 credits (120 credits) plus a dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words (60 credits). Alternatively, students may finish their studies after obtaining the 120 taught credits and obtain a Postgraduate Diploma. Each student is provided with a personal tutor to assist with studies. The course takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing upon sociology, social policy, law and childcare practice.

The programme starts with a two day induction course. The teaching of modules takes place over four intensive three-day blocks between September and May. This structure particularly benefits part-time students who appreciate ‘time out’ in an accessible academic environment. If required, the modules can be undertaken over a period of up to four years for further flexibility. During the research year, students wishing to complete the MA attend one, two day block, and a further day later in the year followed by supervision of work towards a dissertation. The full course duration is between two and five years. Any student wishing to study one or two modules should contact the School.

Teaching & Assessment

Assessment is based on coursework and a dissertation. There are no exams. Assessment of each taught module is by written assignment of about 5,000 words each. A choice of essay titles is provided for each block. In the research year the emphasis is on independent research – there is a research methods assignment of 2,000 words formatively assessed and a dissertation of between 15,000 and 20,000 words. The pass mark for all assessments is 50%.
The modules are taught through 20 hours of contact time, delivered as an intensive three-day block of teaching.

During the module, students will take part in tutor-led seminars and discussions, small group exercises, and case studies. Each module is accompanied by extensive independent study and throughout the course students are encouraged and required to undertake independent reading to both supplement and consolidate the classes and to broaden individual knowledge and understanding of the subject.

All students receive initial guidance on how to identify, locate and use materials available in libraries and elsewhere (including electronic sources). Guidelines are provided for the production of coursework assignments and dissertations and these are reinforced by seminars and individual supervision, which focus specifically on essay planning and writing, and research methodology. Detailed written and, if requested, oral feedback is provided on all course work. There is also time set aside during each module and outside the modules for students to consult individually with teaching staff and receive guidance and feedback on assessment and module performance.

While away from Keele, between teaching blocks, students will benefit from directed reading, additional resources posted on the KLE together with a KLE based discussion page for ‘virtual’ interaction between students.

Additional Costs

Modules across the programme will include recommended core and supplemental texts. Costs will vary depending on the particular text (Law textbooks vary between £20-40).

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this post graduate programme.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

What the students say

'Despite not being particularly academic I have enjoyed the course and the challenge it has posed me. I feel a great sense of achievement this far in 'keeping up' and submitting the work. It has been a massive learning curve to me, being from a nursing background and I have had to work really hard. However I feel this has increased my sense of achievement'

'Very useful to hear perspectives of colleagues from different disciplines'

'The sessions were useful and thought provoking. The mix of ethics, practice and law were well balanced.'

'Very interesting. As a child care lawyer, looking at health issues has been fascinating.'

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Whether you are intending to practice in the City, in a commercial firm, in a small high-street practice or in a niche area of law, our LLM in Advanced Legal Practice will give you the broad and rigorous foundation you need. Read more
Whether you are intending to practice in the City, in a commercial firm, in a small high-street practice or in a niche area of law, our LLM in Advanced Legal Practice will give you the broad and rigorous foundation you need.

There are different options to complete your LLM in Advanced Legal Practice, which allow you to focus on your continuing professional development as a reflective practitioner, with responsibility for your own development and learning. This reflects the SRA's new Continuing Professional Development regime.

Key benefits

Our LLM in Advanced Legal Practice equips you with an LLM qualification and includes the Legal Practice Course (LPC) needed for professional practice as a Solicitor. Our LPC is the longest established in Bristol, with strong links with the legal community and training contract opportunities.

Course detail

You will study in our modern, dedicated LPC teaching and common rooms, an ideal learning environment not just for your scheduled workshops but for private study as well. You will also have access to:

• three mock courtrooms where you can develop your advocacy skills
• dedicated study rooms for independent or group work
• an online interactive learning environment for practising case working skills, using technology that feels exactly like that of a modern professional law office.

Modules

Core modules:

• Business Law and Practice
• Civil and Criminal Litigation
• Property Law and Practice
• Interviewing and Advising
• Practical Legal Research
• Writing, Drafting and Advocacy
• Solicitor's Accounts
• Professional Conduct and Regulation
• Wills and Administration of Estates
• Taxation

Optional modules:

• Acquisitions
• Commercial Law
• Employment Law
• Family Law and Practice
• Private Client (Estate Planning)
• Public Company Finance
• Intellectual Property and Competition Law
• Advanced Criminal Litigation
• Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution
• Commercial Property
• Media and Entertainment Law
• Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
• Public Childcare and Housing Law Practice

Format

Tuition is provided by a small, dedicated team of solicitors, who ensure the course is relevant, up to date and, above all, prepares you fully for practice. You will gain critical awareness of how legal practice works, and develop the foundations of the legal skills you will need to excel in your role as a solicitor.

Careers / Further study

The LLM in Advanced Legal Practice prepares you for a successful career as a solicitor. Many of our graduates have gone on to practice in the City, or in commercial firms, small high-street legal practices or niche areas of law. UWE Bristol alumni can be found in almost every local firm.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –
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The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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The Department of Social Work has a longstanding tradition of providing excellent social work education and training and has produced a wide range of research that has been highly influential in the development of social work practice. Read more
The Department of Social Work has a longstanding tradition of providing excellent social work education and training and has produced a wide range of research that has been highly influential in the development of social work practice.

The MSc Social Work is an accelerated programme for applicants who already have a first degree and want to embark on a career in social work; the course will fully prepare you for a professional career in the statutory or voluntary social care field.

This Masters degree runs in close partnership with local social care agencies and local authorities based in inner and outer London boroughs. The course is a combination of a taught and practice curriculum, where you will undertake two fieldwork placements in addition to the College-based teaching over the two years.

We welcome overseas and self-funding students.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/socialwork/coursefinder/mscsocialwork.aspx

Why choose this course?

Students have said the following about this course:
- “Lectures are delivered by experienced practitioners and leaders in the Health and Social Care field.”

- “The teaching is of a high standard and lectures are interactive with opportunities for small group activity.”

- “Staff are enthusiastic, knowledgeable and professional.”

- "There is excellent support for mature students, especially those with childcare and family commitments.”

- “I am a final year student and proud to be a postgraduate student at Royal Holloway.”

Department research and industry highlights

Since its inception, the department has developed a reputation for delivering high quality research across a range of areas by engaging with matters of public concern. In the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 45% of the department’s quality profile was ranked 3-4*.

- A team of researchers in the department recently conducted a major study into leadership in health and social care services.

- Two members of staff are currently completing a small-scale study into decision-making in the field of child and family welfare.

- The department hosted the Centre for Trauma and Abuse studies and continues to maintain strong links with this centre.

- The department runs the most successful Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Studies in partnership with 28 London Boroughs and has been designated a Centre of Excellence.

Course content and structure

The MSc in Social Work is a two-year course that runs over two academic years, and is based at Royal Holloway’s Egham campus. The course is full time and students are expected to attend from 9am - 5pm, both in College and while on placement. The course integrates theory, research, policy and practice in social work, and the academic and practice programmes run concurrently.

- Course structure and organisation
In the first year you'll attend College four days a week during the first term. In the second term you are on placement (70 days) from Monday to Thursday and in College on Fridays. The placement continues in the third term. There are occasional block weeks on placement and Recall Days when you need to attend College.

In year two you'll attend College on Mondays and Tuesdays and are on placement (100 days) the rest of the time. Again there are occasional block weeks on placement and Recall Days when you need to attend College. Please see information about placements for more details regarding the practice element of the course.

- First year courses
Practice Learning 1: preparation for practice. .

Social Policy for Social Workers: gain an understanding of social policy issues related to social work.

Human behaviour in the social environment: gain knowledge about psychology in relation to working with service users.

Child observations: develop observation skills that are relevant to social work with all service user groups.

Theories and knowledge for Social Work practice: gain knowledge of theories and approaches used to understand how to work with service users.

Law for Social Work: learn about law relating to working with services users.

- Second year courses
Critical Social Work: issues relating to working with service users and about different service user groups e.g. adult and child safeguarding, assessments, working with asylum seekers, substance misuse, working with resistant service users.

Choose one of three optional seminars depending on your area of interest: mental health, child and family welfare or vulnerable adults.

Practice Learning 2 - critical reflection: students explore and reflect upon their practice in seminar groups.

Research methods: Students learn about research methods in preparation for their dissertation.

Understanding and working in organisations: learn about the legal obligations, structures and cultures within organisations and how these impact on policy, procedure and practice.

- Support
Students are provided with one to one support from: Academic Tutors, who'll support you throughout the course; Placement tutors and Practice Educators; Dissertation Supervisors in the second year.

Royal Holloway provides range of wider services that support students including the Educational Support Office, Student Financial Advisor, Counselling Services, Students’ Union and Careers Service.

On completion of the course graduates will have advanced knowledge of:
- sociology, psychology, social policy and law and their application to social work practice

- the contribution and application of social research to social work theories and practice

- the range of statutory, voluntary and private welfare organisations within social work agencies and in health, housing and educational environments

- the range of theories and methods needed for effective social work practice

- the social and individual origins of a typical range of problems presented to social care agencies

- values and ethics relevant to social work practice

- the significance of inequalities and difference in working with organisations and social service users

- the significance of cultural diversity and anti discriminatory practice in working with organisations and social service users.

Assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations, presentations and a dissertation. Students are also required to successfully complete one 70-day and one 100-day practice-learning placement.

Employability & career opportunities

The MSc in Social Work qualifies graduates for careers in statutory and voluntary social work. Qualified social workers can continue their professional/academic development through taught post-qualifying programmes or research opportunities within the department. This course also equips you with the subject knowledge and a solid foundation for continued PhD studies.

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Childhood is accorded a special status under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and child welfare forms a policy focus for states across the globe. Read more
Childhood is accorded a special status under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and child welfare forms a policy focus for states across the globe. Within the UK, child health and social care has received considerable support under the government's modernising agenda leading to an increase in childcare provision, employment opportunities and a growing evidence and academic knowledge base. The School of Social Work has been active in developments in child care practice and research and has developed a strong child care research group which has contributed to our success in establishing a research profile of national and international significance. The school is home to the Centre for Childhood and Youth research [‘TheCentre’] led by Professors Nigel Thomas and Andy Bilson and is an active member of the Making Research Count Network.

The course takes a research-applied approach to examining contemporary practice and service provision and also offers opportunities to engage in research and theoretical work. It is made up of three parts:

Core childcare modules which critically examine conventional developmental approaches and more recent research on contemporary childhoods; contemporary national and international research, policy and practice concerning children's safety and protection; the ways in which relevant legislation and guidance including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child [UNCRC]; Children Acts, 1989 and 2004, Every Child Matters and the Human Rights Act are currently being applied in the UK and the part law plays in constructing appropriate roles for children.

Further core modules provide for knowledge and skills development in Research Methods, and the critical exploration of the contemporary contexts of service developments in children's services.

A research based dissertation.

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The course is a professionally accredited programme leading to eligibilty to apply to become a registered social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Read more
The course is a professionally accredited programme leading to eligibilty to apply to become a registered social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You'll be joining a social work programme that has its history rooted in the principles of equality and social justice.

More about this course

The Social Work MSc course is a professionally accredited programme leading to eligibility to apply to become a registered social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It has been designed to provide you with the opportunities to achieve the professional standards and capabilities as set out by the HCPC. A key aspect is to develop as a reflective and resilient practitioner.

Our graduates are equipped with the knowledge, skills and a critical understanding of different theoretical perspectives as applied to social work. You'll be joining a social work programme that has its history rooted in the principles of equality and social justice.

Students who successfully complete all modules but not the dissertation module, can be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work which also allows for registration with the HCPC.

You are assessed via a variety of methods including essays; presentations; video and project work; examinations and work based practice assessment. A key aspect is acquisition of the necessary practice skills in a diverse range of practice settings relevant to social work.

You will undertake supervised practice within at least two different practice settings over a minimum of 170 days during the course. Your previous learning and experience may exempt you from some modules, but not any part of the 170 days assessed practice.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
-Assessment Planning and Professional Ethics (core, 10 credits)
-Communication, Skills and Values in Social Work (core, 10 credits)
-Critical Aspects of Human Growth and Development (core, 10 credits)
-Practice Learning 1 (core, 20 credits)
-Professional Law for Social Work (core, 10 credits)
-Safeguarding Children and Adults (core, 10 credits)
-Social Contexts and Professional Perspectives in Social Work (core, 10 credits)

Year 2 modules include:
-Evaluating Research (core, 10 credits)
-Practice Learning 2 (core, 20 credits)
-Protecting Children and Adults (core, 10 credits)
-Social Work Dissertation (core, 60 credits)

After the course

You will have qualifying status to practice social work (subject to the requirements of registration with the HCPC) and be eligible to become a member of the British Association of Social Workers. Further study opportunities are available through a number of post-qualifying and MA/MSc courses (for example, in practice teaching, childcare and management).

As the course prepares you to be a generic social worker you are not limited to any particular field of social work and our students take up posts in a variety of settings and care groups for example: children and families, adult care to include, mental health, working with older people and learning disabilities.

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

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The full and part-time PCET programmes provide innovative and high quality training and education designed to help those from many disciplines to obtain a teaching qualification. Read more
The full and part-time PCET programmes provide innovative and high quality training and education designed to help those from many disciplines to obtain a teaching qualification. The programmes aim to provide opportunities to develop confidence and skills to apply basic principles of adult learning in different contexts.

Both programmes include a combination of university based tuition and experiential practical teaching in the work place, to provide a holistic and broad programme of study.

Course Overview

If you want to teach or train young people or adults, we offer a range of ways to achieve a post-16 PGCE or Certificate in Education. The PGCE and PCE Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) programmes are designed for those teaching/training or wanting to pursue a career in post 16 contexts, e.g. higher, further, adult, community, vocational training in industry, commerce or other professions, school sixth forms, 14-19 school/tertiary courses.

A key emphasis is placed on the connection between practice and theory throughout our programmes. We focus on achieving excellent outcomes for trainees to become outstanding professionals, who understand the power of education to transform the lives of individuals and fulfil individual potential.

A recognised teaching qualification is now essential for all teachers working in post-compulsory education and training. Obtaining this qualification can be a stepping stone to further study and for career development and progression in the sector.

Modules

You will experience a variety of teaching and learning strategies that we will use to encourage participatory learning and reflective analysis throughout the programme. The overall aim will be to create a context for learning that acknowledges the special characteristics of adult learners.

Year 1 Modules
-Preparing to Teach
-Promoting Effective Teaching, Learning and Assessment
-Information and Communications Technology
-Supervised Teaching Experience 1

Year 2 Modules
-Teaching, Learning and Curriculum
-Professional Role in the Context of PCET
-Supervised Teaching Experience 2
-Plus one option module
-Some of the above modules are offered at Masters Level.

In addition to the above modules, each course member must successfully complete 150 hours of teaching practice over 2 years.

The full-time course combines the above modules.

Key Features

Studying for a postgraduate or professional qualification is an investment in your career. We aim to equip you with the tools to enable you to transform your life and provide you with an education that makes you both confident and competent to embrace your chosen career path.

You may be a graduate with a degree subject, not widely taught on PGCE secondary courses, such as law, media, veterinary nursing, art history, nursing, childcare, drama and accountancy, the PGCE PCET can give you the qualification to you teach your subject specialism.

Alternatively our part-time study allows you to fit your studies around your existing life, or employment so that you can gain a postgraduate or professional qualification while continuing your career or with other commitments you have.

Assessment

Assessment of the programme is continuous with assignments related to applicants' specialism and a weekly reflective discussion. Teaching practice is integral and must be passed.

Career Opportunities

There are increasing opportunities for those with work experience to undertake training and lecturing in a variety of institutions such as colleges of further and higher education, vocational and non-vocational education, work-based education, training organisations, local government, public services, the voluntary sector and workers' education associations.

The huge range of possible workplaces, the diverse nature of the students, and the variety of subjects to teach – it all adds up to make post-16 education and training a very exciting area of education.

The qualification offers a range of employment options on graduation, from further and higher education to workplace and community education.

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Drawing on contemporary teaching and innovative research, the programme will enable students to develop their professional practice in a highly personalised way. Read more
Drawing on contemporary teaching and innovative research, the programme will enable students to develop their professional practice in a highly personalised way. This innovative and flexible course allows you to build a course that is tailored to your needs.

The programme is made up of modules which make up the whole Master’s Degree, but there is an option to opt to leave at that point having earned a Postgraduate Diploma.

The programme is based around three key areas:
-Recognising and valuing personal professional experience as contributing to academic achievements.
-Addressing the priority needs of the working environment through a contemporary range of practice modules.
-Focusing the application of learning within the workplace.

Course content

The MSc Advanced Professional Practice presents a highly flexible programme of study which students can tailor to meet their personal and professional development objectives.

An innovative development for this award is the introduction of a Valuing Professional Experience module. Available to study for 20, 40 or 60 academic credits, this module will allow students to demonstrate the value of their professional experience in relation to academic learning. As such, students can, with the help of a programme advisor, create an individual programme of study which draws on past experience and enhances current and future practice.

Advanced Professional Practice consists of a number of pathways:
-Advanced Occupational Therapy *
-Advanced Podiatry *
-Autonomous Healthcare Practice *
-Cancer Therapies *
-Care of the Older Person *
-Childcare Practice *
-Mentorship
-Non-medical Independent Nurse Prescribing
-Practice Education *

*Specialist pathway available as stand-alone Postgraduate Certificates

Course modules (16/17)

-Professional Project
-Valuing Professional Experience
-NISP (V300)
-Mentorship Programme
-Research Methods – Philosophy and Study Design
-Injection Therapy of the Lower Limb for Podiatrists
-The Lower Limb at Risk
-Advanced Skills For Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists And Podiatrists
-Implementing Innovative Change in Practice
-Occupational Therapy and Occupation
-Rehabilitation and Recovery
-The Stroke Journey
-Advanced Patient Assessment and Diagnostic Skills
-Clinical Interventions for Advanced Practitioners
-Leading People in Health and Social Care Organisations
-Facilitation, Assessment and QA in WBL
-Quality Enhancement in Interprofessional WBL
-Medical Law
-Living with Cancer and Beyond Cancer
-Haemato-oncology
-Chemotherapy
-Physical Healthcare of Older Adults
-Working with Older Adults: Mental Wellbeing
-Advanced Dementia Care
-Enabling Others in Mentoring, Practice Teaching and Assessment
-Assessing and Managing Risk in Child Protection
-Working with Complex Parenting Behaviour
-Planning and Supporting Permanence
-Therapeutic Communication Intervention
-Preparation for NMC Stage 4 Teacher Standard

Assessments

Assessment across all modules draws on relevant practice examples and students are encouraged to use case examples as the basis of their learning.

The specific methods reflect the ways in which practitioners are expected to function in their professional roles and may include: preparation of patient information resources, critical incident reports, care planning, action learning sets and preparation of professional reports for family courts.

Facilities and Special Features

This masters programme is as unique as you are. It is built around your need to progress through your career.
-Pathways designed to enable you to improve your professional skills which will benefit you and your employer.
-A programme that is tailored to you, enabling you to take a number of Postgraduate certificates, which together build to a masters qualification.
-The ability to step off the course with a postgraduate qualification at the end of each module.
-The Valuing Professional Experience module, allowing you to demonstrate the value of your professional experience which can provide up to 60 points toward your overall masters.
-IT and information services based on the campus as well as offsite access to NILE (Northampton Integrated Learning Environment).

Careers

Opportunities vary according to combination of study:
-Practice teaching roles (practice education and autonomous healthcare practice modules).
-Specialist practitioner roles with older clients (autonomous healthcare practice and care of the older person).
-Or advanced practitioner (advanced therapy training with nonmedical and independent prescribing and/or reflection on previous professional achievements).

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This Lifelong Learning teacher education programme leads to the required qualification for those who intend to teach in further education colleges, sixth-form colleges, adult education centres, art colleges, health care or community organisations, the public services and a wide range of commercial and voluntary organisations. Read more
This Lifelong Learning teacher education programme leads to the required qualification for those who intend to teach in further education colleges, sixth-form colleges, adult education centres, art colleges, health care or community organisations, the public services and a wide range of commercial and voluntary organisations.

The programme covers the skills needed for teaching and classroom management and helps students to explore the theory underpinning teaching and learning.

The core full-time programme takes place in a placement college where students complete a minimum of 100 hours of teaching experience. In Phase 1, you will be attached to a placement college of further education or similar institution for three days a week to observe and undertake teaching in your subject area. You will be supported and assessed by a mentor and a tutor at the university. You will attend the university for the remaining two days of the week. In Phase 2, you will attend your placement college for four days a week to complete your teaching practice and to participate fully in a range of professional activities. You will attend the university for the remaining day of the week. You will specialise in your chosen subject during your placement and through your assignments. Study at the university, meanwhile, focuses on pedagogic skills and underpinning knowledge and provides a space for you to explore the relationship between theory and practice.

We are currently able to offer placements to full-time students, in the following subject areas: Art and design art (3D/2D); Beauty; Business; Catering; Childcare; Construction; English; ESOL; Graphic design; Hairdressing; Health and social care; IT and computing; Law; Leisure and tourism; Literacy; Media studies; Music technology; Numeracy; Performing arts; Photography; Psychology; Science; Sociology; Sports science.

The distance learning mode offers you the opportunity to study flexibly in your free time. You will be given study guides to work through and receive extra support via our virtual learning environment, where you can access course material and interact with tutors and other students. You will also be supported by a personal tutor throughout the programme. Mentors supporting will be responsible for carrying out three teaching observations a year and regular progress meetings.

The aims of the programme are:

- To provide initial training for prospective teachers and trainers

- To respond to the changing needs of employers in the lifelong learning sector

- To encourage the growth of professionalism in the lifelong learning sector.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/edll/llpgce

Education - Lifelong Learning Sector

Our lifelong learning programmes leads to teaching qualifications for those who would like to qualify or are already teaching in further education colleges, sixth-form colleges, adult education centres, art colleges, healthcare or community organisations, the public services and a wide range of commercial and voluntary organisations.

What you'll study

- Professional Development Portfolio
- Theories of Learning, Behaviour and Inclusion
- Policy and Curriculum Issues
- Research and Scholarship for the Development of Subject Specialist Expertise
- Professional Development Portfolio

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Assessment

The programme is entirely based on coursework and teaching observations.

Career options

Graduates for this programme can pursue a teaching career in the lifelong learning sector.

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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75% of our research into Social Work and Social Policy was awarded 3* for our environment - 'conducive to producing research of internationally excellent quality, in terms of its vitality and sustainability' - Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. Read more
75% of our research into Social Work and Social Policy was awarded 3* for our environment - 'conducive to producing research of internationally excellent quality, in terms of its vitality and sustainability' - Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

This Masters in Social Policy and Social Research Methods is particularly significant if you are currently working in local authorities or the voluntary sector. The skills you learn will progress your career in social welfare policy development, delivery or research. Or it is also relevant if you are thinking of starting a career related to social policy in the public, voluntary or private sectors.

The focus of this course is on contemporary substantive issues in social policy development and delivery, and social policy research methods. You'll develop your theoretical, policy and technical understanding of key issues related to policy-making, social welfare delivery, equality and social justice, and research methods.

You'll gain an advanced understanding of national and international factors influencing policy development and implementation. The changing relationship between the State, voluntary sector and private sector in terms of social welfare delivery. You'll also explore how ideas of equality, diversity, justice and human rights shape institutions and the programmes they offer.

You'll engage with recent research linked to changing family forms and how family policy impacts on children and families. You'll be equipped to design and implement social scientific research using a broad range of methodologies, consider research ethics then analyse and present the material such research generates.

The course fosters a critical awareness of the relationship between theory, policy and practice and enables you to utilise your research knowledge and research skills and translate these into research practice in the field of social policy and broader social science research professions.

Flexible modes of study:
You can choose between three modes lasting one, two or three years allowing you to study whilst maintaining other life commitments.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/social-policy-and-social-research-methods

Modules

- Social policy analysis
This module will help you understand the policy making process and the factors that influence the formation and implementation of social policy, for example, demographic changes or policy transfer. You'll discuss current debates about policy making and delivery, including user involvement, localism and sustainability.

- The voluntary sector and the state: protagonist or partner
You'll explore the contemporary role of the voluntary sector in the delivery of social welfare, and the challenges they face in terms of management, capacity building and funding. You'll examine the role of the voluntary sector as partner or protagonist to the state, as well as its relationships with the private sector.

- Methods for social research and evaluation: philosophy, design and data collection
This module is an introduction to core concepts in social research and how they can be used to address social scientific questions and practical issues in policy evaluation. You'll engage with central topics in the philosophy of social sciences and the effect they have on research choices and explore the different ways research can be designed, and the way design affects permissible inferences. You'll also be introduced to the theory of measurement and sampling. The final third of the module focuses on acquiring data ranging from survey methods through qualitative data collection methods to secondary data.

- Approaches to social change: equality, social justice and human rights
In this module you'll explore a number of different goals, and the theoretical underpinnings which aim to achieve social change. These goals include: equality, diversity, social justice, social inclusion, multiculturalism, social cohesion and human rights. You'll examine a range of different initiatives to promote these goals in both employment and social welfare delivery. Finally, the module will explore strategies: to identify inequality, injustice and forms of discrimination; to monitor policy development and implementation; and to evaluate outcomes and 'success'.

- Family policy
This module is taught by internationally recognised researchers from the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research. You'll be introduced to demographic changes in families and changes in State-family relationships and developments in 'family policy'. You'll explore early intervention into families, child welfare including adoption, fostering and child maintenance, child poverty, and childcare. Finally, cross cultural perspectives in family formation will be discussed.

- Data analytic techniques for social scientists
In this module you are introduced to a range of analytic techniques commonly used by social scientists. It begins by introducing you to statistical analysis, it then moves to techniques used to analyse qualitative data. It concludes by looking at relational methods and data reduction techniques. You'll also be introduced to computer software (SPSS, NVivo and Ucinet) that implements the techniques. You'll gain both a conceptual understanding of the techniques and the means to apply them to your own research projects. An emphasis will be placed on how these techniques can be used in social evaluation.

- Dissertation
The aim of the dissertation is to enable you to expand and deepen your knowledge on a substantive area in social policy, whilst simultaneously developing your methodological skills. You'll choose an area of investigation and apply the research skills of design and process, modes of data generation and data analysis techniques to undertake a 15,000 word dissertation.

Employability

This MSc will enable you to pursue a range of professional careers in areas linked to social policy and social welfare. You'll be able to access work in the statutory, commercial or voluntary sectors and operating at central, and local government levels, for example, local government; MORI, NSPCC and DEMOS. The acquisition of specific social policy and research methods knowledge will also enhance your career opportunities if you are currently working in the field in social policy development and delivery or in undertaking social policy related research. The specialist focus on research methods also offers an excellent foundation for those interested in undertaking subsequent doctoral research in the field.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Placements

If you are not already working in an environment which is linked to social welfare you'll be encouraged to undertake voluntary work which will give you useful experience alongside the degree. In addition it may become used as a location where you can undertake primary research for your master's dissertation. The Employability team at LSBU can help students find voluntary placements.

Teaching and learning

Modules are assessed by coursework. There are different kinds of writing required which include: a critical reading log, a self-reflective essay, a methodological critique of a research article, a research proposal, extended essays, an evaluation of social change and a dissertation.

Modules are supported by Moodle, the LSBU virtual learning environment where most course reading will be made available. The classroom is envisaged as a core learning environment where you can discuss new ideas but also to think how they can be applied to previous or current work or voluntary experiences. Attendance is crucial for building your knowledge and skills. You'll be making use of computer laboratories in order to develop your use of a range of programmes that can be used to analyse quantitative and qualitative methods.

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About the PGDE

Looking for a qualification to teach in FE colleges, sixth forms, prisons, adult education or work-based settings?
The Postgraduate Diploma in Education - Teaching and Learning (FE and Skills) is a qualification similar to the PGCE but which offers you the chance to study entirely at Level 7 with the additional benefit of studying a specialist module in English, maths, SEND or Learning Technologies.

Who is the course for?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Education - Teaching and Learning is for anyone teaching or interested in teaching in a lifelong learning setting and in all subject areas including engineering, science, construction, sport science, maths, English, social sciences, languages, SEND, retail, hospitality and catering, leisure and tourism, business, IT, learning technologies, childcare, healthcare and art and design.

Key features of the course (2016/17)

Nationally recognised Initial Teacher Training course at a top university
Excellent value - same price as PGCE but all at Level 7 and an additional 30 credits
Bursaries may be available for teachers of maths, English and SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)
Specialist modules available for those wishing to teach: Maths, English and SEND
Support with changing careers
Teacher Training placements across the midlands
Awarded outstanding by Ofsted in Leadership and Management in November 2015
2 days in University, 2 days in placement and 1 study day per week

Funding Information

Funding information about be found on the government funding guidance page: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/funding-initial-teacher-training-itt-academic-year-2016-to-17

How to apply

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/study/cll/courses/professionaldevelopment/itt/howtoapply/

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