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Programme description. If you are interested in the development of dance education, a comprehensive understanding of the science underpinning the art form is a must. Read more

Programme description

If you are interested in the development of dance education, a comprehensive understanding of the science underpinning the art form is a must. This innovative programme - the only one of its kind in Scotland - offers just that, giving you the scientific theory and specialist skills that will inspire you to push the frontiers of dance and dance education.

As you study the science relevant to dance performance and education, you will have access to resources at:

Through a multi-disciplinary blend of theory and practice, you will learn to prepare dancers to improve performance, explore the physiological and developmental issues that relate to dance education and training, and develop awareness of changing trends.

The programme is offered as:

  • Master of Science, which can be completed over 12 months (full time) or 24-72 months (part time)
  • Postgraduate diploma, which can be completed over 9 months (full time) or 12-48 months (part time)

Dance Science & Education with teaching pathway to registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS)

Many dance teachers work in school and community contexts, however, it is a legal requirement for any teacher teaching in the Scottish state school system to be registered with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). Being registered not only allows an individual to teach but it also provides assurances to employers, parents and children that teachers meet a national standard of teaching.

The MSc Dance Science and Education now has a teaching pathway to registration with the GTCS, which was accredited in June 2015. On successful completion of this degree students are recommended by the University to the GTCS for provisional registration. Upon completion of the required probationary period of teaching graduates from this degree will further register with the GTCS as a teacher with a subject specialism in dance. This is currently the only route to GTCS registration as a teacher for dance specialists qualified to teach learners aged 3-18 years in schools.

The programme is offered as a Master of Science (SCQF level 11) and can be completed over 15 months (full time) or 24 months (part time). It is not available as a Postgraduate diploma.

Programme structure

Your learning will incorporate a variety of approaches including lectures, student-led seminars, presentations and, where appropriate, practical skills training and project work.

Compulsory courses:

  • Dance Pedagogy
  • Preventive Dance Medicine
  • Research Methods x 3

You will also choose 40 credits of optional courses from a range that are offered at Moray House School of Education and may include for example:

  • Coaching and performance
  • Psychology for physical activity
  • Nutritional factors and ergogenic aids
  • Physical activity for health
  • Pediatric factors in sport
  • Assessment of physical activity and body composition
  • Peak performance
  • Stress and coping in performance
  • Planning and instruction for performance
  • Physio-mechanical aspects of resistance training
  • Conditioning physiology

Additional options may be chosen from courses offered by relevant schools within the University, subject to approval.

On completion of your courses, you may choose to progress to the MSc, which will include the production of an independently researched dissertation.

For the GTCS accredited teaching pathway, there are no optional courses, but there is an additional compulsory course:

  • The Professional Development and Leadership in Dance Teaching (PDLDT)

Career opportunities

Whether you are a recent graduate or a mid-career professional, this programme will prepare you for further research, which can be channelled into an academic career or used to advance your performing or educational career. The transferable skills you gain, such as communication and project management, will also be valuable in enhancing any career options.

If you choose the GTCS accredited teaching pathway, this degree will enable you to apply for GTCS registration and teach in schools with a subject specialism of dance across 3-18 years.



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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. Read more

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.

Study flexibly

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.

Course Structure

The MHSHP usually comprises 180 points (500 level) including required and optional papers and a research project or thesis.

Choose from

  • SPLS502 Sport, Fitness & Health: Science in Practice
  • SPLS504 Sport and Communities
  • SPLS505 Youth Culture and Sport
  • SPLS507 Sporting Bodies and Movement Culture
  • SPLS508 Health and Physical Education in Schools
  • SPLS520 Special Topic

Choose one from

  • SPLS501 Researching Sport and Leisure (recommended)
  • DSOE557 Research Methods
  • PCSS502 Kaupapa Māori Research

And at least one from

  • SPLS590 Directed Study
  • SPLS592 Dissertation
  • SPLS593 3-paper thesis
  • SPLS594 4-paper thesis*

*Consult with the programme adviser.

Career opportunities

  • Applied Exercise Scientist/ Exercise Physiologist
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Events or Sports Manager
  • Outdoor Education Instructor/manager
  • Health, Physical Education or Dance Teacher
  • Researcher in Health, Sport and Human Movement
  • Human Movement or High Performance Manager


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The course is aimed at students who have undertaken a sports science, sports coaching or related undergraduate degree and who wish to continue their studies and progress to working within elite athletics. Read more
The course is aimed at students who have undertaken a sports science, sports coaching or related undergraduate degree and who wish to continue their studies and progress to working within elite athletics.

The course aims to facilitate accreditation with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) through experiential learning on the professional enquiry placement module and key core modules such as practical applications to performance training, strength and rehabilitation science and effective coaching.

The University of Brighton’s sport and exercise laboratories at the Eastbourne campus, where the course is based, are accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). There are also extensive fitness and sport facilities on site and a brand new gym will open in 2018.

The course leader, Flo Pietzsch, was a strength and conditioning coach with the Lawn Tennis Association and previously to that at the English Institute of Sport. He is an accredited member of UKSCA and has advised and worked with UKSCA on curriculum development on their recent coaching science content.

We are a REF 2014 top 20 university for world-leading research impact in sport and exercise science, leisure and tourism.

Areas of study

The course offers varied content that brings together strength and conditioning, and applied physiology.

You will study five core modules, including your final project, plus choose two from a range of options that include Exercise Tolerance and Laboratory Skills for Sport Physiologists.

The University of Brighton is unique in offering Effective Coaching as a compulsory module. This module is aligned with curriculum guidance from UKSCA, the national governing body.

The professional enquiry module is also compulsory and provides the opportunity to undertake practical experience in a work environment and gain invaluable first-hand knowledge. It is designed to help you engage with the process of planning and delivering expertise in practice, and to reflect upon and take steps to improve your academic, personal and professional skills. Opportunities exist with a range of organisations whom we partner with.

Syllabus

The course is flexible in that it allows you to exit with a postgraduate certificate at the end of one semester (three 20-credit modules) or a postgraduate diploma at the end of two semesters (six 20-credit modules).

You must complete the 60-credit research project to qualify for the MSc.

You will study five core modules, including your final project plus choose two modules from a range of options. (This new course is still in development so the modules below are currently indicative and could be subject to change.)

Core modules:

Practical Application of Performance Training
Strength and Rehabilitation
Effective Coaching
Professional Enquiry/ placement
Final Project

Options:

Critical Insights into the Study of Physiology
Exercise Tolerance
Laboratory Skills for Sport Physiologists

Equipment and facilities

Accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and the English Institute of Sport (EIS), our laboratories are equipped with the latest modern facilities.

You will have access to a -10 to +50°C hot-cold chamber, an altitude/hypoxic chamber that rises to the equivalent of 5500m, 3D motion analysis, ground reaction force plates, a DXA bone scanner, exercise physiology laboratories, biomechanics laboratories and three biochemistry laboratories.

Our laboratories have appeared in numerous TV productions by the BBC and Sky TV. They have also been used to test out products for exercising and weight loss and to prepare athletes for the Olympics and Paralympics.

The university’s Eastbourne campus has extensive sporting facilities, including a sports hall, climbing wall, swimming pool, three gyms, a dance studio and an artificial training pitch. Currently there is a 36 station fitness suite has a designated cardiovascular area packed with bikes, treadmills, and rowers, cross-trainers and steppers. Free weights range from 2–40kg with 15 resistance stations.

A brand new gym will be opening in 2018 purpose designed for performance strength and conditioning. We also use the outdoor environment in and around Eastbourne, such as the seafront, the South Downs and Friston Forest.

Placements

The professional enquiry module will involve a 160 hours within a quality assured placement which includes mentoring by the host supervisor and via close guidance from University of Brighton staff.

Previous hosts have included Sussex County Cricket, Brighton and Hove Albion, University of Brighton – Sport Brighton scholarship programme, Eastbourne College, Brighton College, and several other local sporting clubs.

Those already in employment within the strength and conditioning sector have the opportunity to complete this module within their own employment setting.

Careers and employability

Employment prospects for graduates are extremely good. The strength and conditioning industry has expanded considerably and many professional sports organisations employ strength and conditioning coaches. This degree is specifically designed to provide the necessary skills and knowledge bases to undertake such a role.

Since the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) was founded in 2004 there has been significant investment and development in elite sport provision. A 2015–16 annual report from UK Sport indicates an industry net expenditure of £41 million.

The University of Brighton has expert, accredited strength and conditioning staff who have an international reputation in its applied provision. A degree from Brighton will help ensure you are fully equipped for a successful career in this expanding industry.

Many of our students have gone onto work in professional sport clubs including Brighton and Hove Albion FC, Arsenal FC and Crystal Palace FC. Several have also worked for the English Institute of Sport or directly with a national governing sports body.

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The University of Brighton is one of the UK's largest teacher training universities, rated ‘outstanding’ in our last Ofsted inspection. Read more
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.

The programme would be suitable if you have graduated with a good honours degree or equivalent in dance.

Studying with us, you will have access to excellent resources and will gain practical experience in two schools. You will be mentored by a successful teaching team with an outstanding national reputation and comprehensive research profile that informs course content.

Specialising in dance at PGCE level means that you will be able to take a role in the leadership and development of this subject area throughout your career.

Students on this course can choose to progress to one of our Education MAs after completing the PGCE.

Course structure

Two-thirds of your year will be spent teaching, under supervision, in schools. 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.

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, with the opportunity to visit additional schools or colleges as part of the peer observation programme.

We have excellent 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.

Areas of study

There are four strands to this course: subject study/subject education, education studies, school placements and professional development.

Dance addresses the development of pupils' performance, choreographic and appreciation skills. The demands of examination syllabuses are studied in parallel with practical experience.

Course content is kept up to date with changes in local and national initiatives and legislation, so you will be confident that your working knowledge is based on current theory and practice.

The subject study/subject education strand builds upon your existing expertise in dance and provides you with the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of dance in the secondary school context. You will consider the learning and teaching strategies that are relevant to the specialist subject.

The subject education module is specifically related to teaching the specialist subject in school while the subject study module enables you to take your subject specialist studies to an increased depth. You can earn 20 masters-level credits through the assessment for the subject study module.

The education studies strand will give you a thorough understanding of the learning process itself, including an appreciation of individual differences. The study of the principles and practices of learning and teaching is through both school and university settings, allowing you to develop practical competences, supported by analytical skills. By the end of the course you will:

• refine your understanding of pedagogy, including an appreciation of current and emerging educational theories and debate
• understand how to use and adapt a range of teaching, learning, management and assessment strategies in order to meet the varying needs of learners
• understand how the progress and well-being of learners is affected by a range of influences and know how to take account of the principles of equality, inclusion and diversity.

Professional development is intrinsically linked to all key strands of the programme and is designed to enable you to evaluate critically and reflect upon your learning in order to make improvements. You will be expected to gather and justify evidence of your achievements on a regular basis and develop and implement improvement plans.

Students use an e-portfolio to record their achievements and this is reviewed throughout the course. An action plan is used to support professional development during placements and makes up a significant part of the improvement planning process.

At the end of the course, the e-portfolio provides evidence that you have met the Teachers’ Standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status.

Placements

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. Please visit the website for further details regarding the placements:

https://www.brighton.ac.uk/courses/study/secondary-dance-pgce.aspx

School Direct

School Direct is an alternative route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the University of Brighton is working with a number of schools to deliver this programme across a range of secondary subjects as well as in the primary phase.

To train as a teacher through the School Direct programme you need to apply directly to a school for a School Direct training place, with schools advertising their vacancies on the UCAS Teacher Training website. The University of Brighton supports School Direct through providing training and assessment opportunities at the request of participating schools. Please follow the link below to find out more about School Direct and view vacancies:

https://www.brighton.ac.uk/courses/study/School-Direct-Tuition-and-School-Direct-Salaried.aspx

Careers and employability

Graduates of the course are equipped with the skills and knowledge to become confident and competent secondary dance 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.

Career prospects are good; most graduates gain their first teaching posts in secondary schools as soon as they qualify.

If you demonstrate a high level of understanding you may be eligible for masters-level credits.

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, check: http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/school-experience.aspx.

The teachers we train are:

• highly committed to their pupils’ learning and ambitious in what they want to help them achieve
• inquisitive, critically reflective and motivated to keep learning and improving their own practice
• quick to adapt to different learning contexts and confident to challenge inequalities
• an asset to the profession, willing to share their knowledge and experience and to collaborate with others
• well-prepared for the realities of teaching, with the confidence, resilience and skills to be innovative, to take risks and be creative.

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This course provides an intellectually stimulating programme of study, examining dance practice from physiological, psychological and biomechanical perspectives. Read more
This course provides an intellectually stimulating programme of study, examining dance practice from physiological, psychological and biomechanical perspectives.

You will apply science to the notion of optimising dance using laboratory-based and psychological methods, with access to cutting-edge laboratory equipment, large dance studios and excellent learning resources.

Explore your own interests through elective units covering areas like nutrition, public health and performance analysis, combined with a unique opportunity to collaborate with students across a range of disciplines. This unique opportunity will allow you to create a distinct study and research pathway preparing you for a sustainable career in dance science.

Intermediate qualifications available:

• Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/dance-science

Course detail

• Study with staff with strong academic and practice backgrounds in dance and sport science research, dance making, performance and leadership
• Explore current research across dance, sport and exercise disciplines as you select study units in line with your own interests, and choose whether to focus on the role of dance in public health or on elite participation
• Develop your practical skills using excellent on-campus facilities for dance and exercise science training, including the Sport Science Laboratories and Human Performance Unit, and the professionally equipped 280 seat theatre, theatre studio and suite of dance studios
• Gain access to a wide range of elective units thanks to a unique partnership allowing you to work alongside students on sport, exercise and behaviour courses across the University
Benefit from a degree that develops you as a competent and rigorous dance scientist able to work holistically with recreational, vocational and professional dancers, and prepares you for roles including dance scientist practitioner, teacher, choreographer and dance artist or to continue to MPhil and PhD research degrees.

Modules

• Research Methods
• The Dancing Mind: Dance Psychology
• The Dancing Body I: Dance Physiology
• The Dancing Body II: Dance Biomechanics
• Dance Research Project/Dissertation
• Inter-professional Working Project
• Talent Identification and Development in Sport
• Performance Analysis
• Physical Activity, Nutrition and Metabolic Health
• Strength and Conditioning
• Psychological Approaches to Public Health
• Professional Skills for Healthcare Providers
• Somatic Practice
• Exercise Prescription for Clinical Populations

Assessment

There is a range of summative assessments used on the course. Written assessments include writing lab reports and journal articles, assessing your research design, analytical and written communication skills. These also identify your level of attainment regarding synthesising and understanding published theory, adherence to academic and scientific conventions, structuring arguments and the clarity and logic of your writing for specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Careers

You will be directly engaged in the context of applied dance science employment, by replicating the demands of the workplace in seminar tasks and assessments (e.g. presentations, testing, creating scientific posters).

You will have the opportunity to volunteer with staff research and are encouraged to attend relevant conferences and events that provide additional knowledge and networking opportunities.

Gain enhanced employability through experience of real-life dance environments, such as professional performance and touring in the University Dance Company

Explore exciting creative opportunities for interaction with other disciplines: dance and the screen, dance and new media/emerging digital technologies, dance and leadership, and dance and entrepreneurship.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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The Performing Arts Medicine MSc at UCL is a unique programme providing specialised training to those interested or already involved in offering health services to this very special sector of instrumental musicians, singers, dancers, actors and other performing artists. Read more

The Performing Arts Medicine MSc at UCL is a unique programme providing specialised training to those interested or already involved in offering health services to this very special sector of instrumental musicians, singers, dancers, actors and other performing artists.

About this degree

The MSc and diploma cover musculoskeletal injury, performance psychology, pain management, assessment and rehabilitation, disability, travelling and touring, dance and music performance science, management of the professional voice and research methodology. MSc students also engage in a research project and dissertation. The certificate is a limited curriculum version for non-clinicians or clinicians who wish to upgrade at a later time.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The MSc programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and the research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (eight core modules, 120 credits)

A Postgraduate Certificate (four core modules, 60 credits)

Core modules

  • Clinical Assessment and Rehabilitation of the Performing Artists
  • Clinical Management of the Professional Voice*
  • Pain and Disability Management within the Performing Arts World
  • Environmental & Lifestyle Issues for the Performing Artist*
  • Musculoskeletal and Neuromuscular Performance Related Injury
  • Performance Psychology*
  • Research Methodology
  • Science of Dance and Music Performance*

*PG Cert core module

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/research project

All MSc students undertake a research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 6,000–7,000 words, a presentation and a viva.

Teaching and learning

The delivery of the programme is through lectures, tutorials or workshops. Performing arts clinics and performance settings when possible are also included in the programme. Details about the lecturers and tutors can be found here

Assessment is through coursework, written examinations and objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs).

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Performing Arts Medicine MSc

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Graduates gain in-depth knowledge of the diverse field of performing arts medicine. Their specialised skills can be incorporated in their own professional practice or they can participate in performing arts clinics in various settings e.g. conservatoires, orchestras, music or dance colleges. 

Graduates' knowledge and experience is valued and they may be invited as educators and trainers in performing arts medicine and will become members of an ever-growing medical community with common interest in the wellbeing of the performer. 

Graduates who have aspirations for further academic study and research activity, such as progressing to a PhD, will receive appropriate guidance.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Performing Arts Medicine Specialist, Perform Health
  • GP (General Practitioner), Grove Surgery
  • Physiotherapist, NHS (National Health Service)
  • Physiotherapist, Perfect Balance Clinic
  • Lecturer, Birmingham Conservatoire

Employability

Assessing a performing artist requires specialised skills and the ability to associate health issues with the particular artistic activity. The programme provides its students with broad knowledge of the art forms and their demands on the performer and how these impact on their wellbeing. With focused tutorials and real life scenarios the student builds the confidence to assess and diagnose or refer appropriately as well as to monitor rehabilitation and return to performance. The privileged position of the health professional in helping performers overcome often career threatening adversity is a most rewarding experience that enriches this type of work.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

No other MSc programme currently exists that brings together all elements of performing arts medicine. This unique programme has been designed for health professionals entering this diverse field.

The programme is taught and supervised by lecturers working in this and affiliated fields. Research is supported by the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health, the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine, orchestras, theatre companies, and music and dance colleges.

Graduate students present in international conferences and publish in journals becoming members of the global performing arts medicine community.



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Taught at our Riverside Campus in Chester, Creative Practices in Education is an advanced degree course for graduates and a wide range of professionals who want to develop or enhance their skills and knowledge as a creative worker within a professional context. Read more
Taught at our Riverside Campus in Chester, Creative Practices in Education is an advanced degree course for graduates and a wide range of professionals who want to develop or enhance their skills and knowledge as a creative worker within a professional context.

Creative practices are at the core of all professional fields where people are engaged in learning. This includes those working as teachers and lecturers in schools, colleges and universities, but also those working in the arts, health, social care, justice, heritage, sport and leisure and organisations in the public, private and third sector.

This programme offers a rich professional development opportunity for such professionals and to date has included, school teachers , nurses, lecturers, business leaders, FA sports coaches.

Why Study Creative Practices in Education with us?

Having a direct link between practice and theory between the arts, education and the professions is an innovative element of the course. Staffing is combined across academic faculties, providing you with the opportunity to enhance your subject knowledge. The interdisciplinary elements of the course will allow you to draw on expertise in participatory drama and performance, fine art, dance, music, sport and PE and organisational learning within a professional context.

We also host a module at the Tate Liverpool gallery

What will I learn?

You will have the opportunity to pursue practical individual projects, in which you will study the creative process and how work might be documented for dissemination and use in future professional contexts. This may include artistic practice, but also artful inquiry, encouraging investigation and research into an emerging field of work and study.

Your creative practice would not be limited to traditional arts subjects – for example, a humanities teacher or rugby coach could enhance their practice through creative engagement.

How will I be taught?

Workshops, seminars, lectures and specialist facilities across our faculties encourage the exploration of ideas, in a wide variety of practice-based disciplines.

Modules focus on the professional and theoretical contexts of process and/or performance of: drama, fine art, dance, music, and sport and PE, including research methods; they also encourage an interrogation of personal and peer practice. The modules mostly run as weekend schools on Friday evening and all day Saturday.
Contact hours are two hours on Fridays and six and a half hours on Saturdays.

How will I be assessed?

The MA in Creative Practices in Education defines assessment as a process that appraises an individual’s knowledge, understanding, abilities or skills. The course assesses not only academic skills but also other skills and competencies, including developing advanced skills as creative practitioners, performers, performance makers and visual artists.

The range of assessment approaches includes a combination of practical and written assessments. Assessment methods across the MA have been selected to enable students to develop their knowledge and skills of creative professional practice using an appropriate critical and analytical framework within which to situate and evaluate their own concepts and creative and professional practice.

Postgraduate Visit Opportunities

If you are interested in this courses we have a number of opportunities to visit us and our campuses. To find out more about these options and to book a visit, please go to: https://www1.chester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/postgraduate-visit-opportunities

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to know more about the University please request a prospectus at: http://prospectus.chester.ac.uk/form.php

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Central has a long-standing and well-recognised place for the dissemination of our actor movement disciplines within the British theatre scene. Read more
[[ABOUT MA Movement: Directing and Teaching ]]
Central has a long-standing and well-recognised place for the dissemination of our actor movement disciplines within the British theatre scene. This pioneering course is the first of its kind in Europe and is aimed at performance and movement practitioners interested in movement teaching and movement directing of the actor.

Students may be actors or dancers who want to diversify their skills and knowledge, people who work with actors (a dance or Movement teacher, or a theatre director with a movement history), or practitioners (from an allied field of sport/holistic practice), who want to enhance their understanding of various practical/theoretical interfaces regarding movement in contemporary performance.

The course offers specialist, vocational teaching in the field of movement for actors, production practice for movement directors and bespoke movement placements at Central and in other professional theatre settings, such as other conservatoires or theatre, opera, or film organisations (both in Britain and internationally).

Students are given the opportunity to develop their own practice as movement specialists according to their interests in this emergent and innovative field, and will undertake potentially ground-breaking research into movement. They will be taught by
tutors who are current professional practitioners in their field of movement pedagogy, movement direction and movement research.

ASSESSMENT

This is through a range of methods, including work on practical projects, written assignments and teaching practice placements. In the last term students work independently to complete their specialist enquiry, arising from work undertaken during the course.

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The MSc Applied Sports Performance Analysis has been specifically designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills demanded of Performance Analysts on entering employment. Read more
The MSc Applied Sports Performance Analysis has been specifically designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills demanded of Performance Analysts on entering employment.

In particular, you will find that you will be engaged in a wide range of applied activities and scenarios that require you to think creatively, solve problems, and utilise the knowledge you have gained as you progress through your studies. The development of applied skills in performance analysis forms the core of this programme with a significant part of the programme being vocationally based.

Key Features

- Full or part-time options, with a flexible modular scheme so that you can study at your own pace
- Heavy emphasis on development and application of the applied skills of a performance analyst
- Strong links to professional sports clubs and organisations
- Flexible approach to teaching and learning (amalgamation of online and face-to-face learning environments)
- Excellent facilities, including two performance analysis laboratories, Motion & Performance Centre, McClelland Health & Wellbeing Centre, 2,000-seat sports arena, two indoor sports centres, floodlit 3G astro, floodlit synthetic pitch, exercise physiology suite (BASES accredited), sports science laboratories, gymnasia and dance studio

This course is delivered through flexible and distributed learning which means that instead of meeting in a traditional face-to-face classroom over the course of this semester, a majority of our class time will be spent participating in small group, on-line discussions and activities.

These fortnightly, on-line discussions and activities require you to engage with both tutors and peers to support and guide your learning. The online activities are supplemented by two blocks of one-week intensive teaching here at UW (currently delivered in September and January). The remainder of the modules can be accessed, studied and assessed from anywhere in the World meaning you are not tied to one location, reflecting the demands of the modern day performance analyst.

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You will experience professional training, delivered to the highest of standards, which immerses you in the very latest teaching and learning pedagogies. The programme aims to develop reflective and analytical skills as well as providing practical experience in planning effective lessons and learning strategies, hands-on classroom experience, and opportunities to further deepen your own subject knowledge.

If you have a degree in or featuring Physical Education, want to inspire a love of sport in secondary school pupils aged 11 to 16 and are passionate about boosting their physical and mental abilities, this is the programme for you.

What will I study?

You’ll start with an extensive subject knowledge and understanding audit, to identify your main strengths and weaknesses, and enable your tutor to focus on your individual development needs.

During 12 weeks of study on campus, you’ll develop:

- Knowledge of essential educational theory.
- Awareness of appropriate and innovative teaching and assessment methods, including theoretical and physical challenges and games.
- Strategies to develop trainees’ abilities in a wide range of sports, including dance, gymnastics, athletics, swimming and various outdoor and adventurous activities.
- Understanding of the curriculum.
- Ability to plan lessons effectively.
- Good working knowledge of the latest ICT tools and software used in schools.
- Greater subject knowledge and professional and academic skills.
- Wider awareness of your role within the teaching profession through study of professional values.

How will I study?

A combination of academic study, group discussion and reflection, and practical, work-based learning in the classroom will give you all the knowledge and skills you need to become a creative and innovative teacher. The programme aims to develop a reflective and a critically analytical approach to education.

You will spend 26 weeks on placement in schools, colleges and other settings, putting your training into practice through assisting in and taking responsibility for classes, and working alongside mentors and peers to further your professional development. The focus initially is on observation and supporting teaching and learning. Your teaching timetable will increase as your training progresses and you become more confident and competent in the classroom.

You will also have the chance to develop your physical abilities and build strong support networks with your fellow trainees on a residential visit to a specialist outdoor pursuits centre as part of the course.

How will I be assessed?

A balanced combination of coursework and observed classroom experience will be assessed against academic criteria at Level 7 and the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Standards. Various other tasks will enable you to show your competence in ICT and other areas of PE.

Before the end of your PGCE you will need to complete a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) which acts as a useful bridge between your initial teacher training programme and your Induction Year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by a dedicated team of knowledgeable, experienced, friendly and supportive tutors who have the welfare of their trainees as a number one priority.

All of the tutors on the programme are experienced teachers of Physical Education who will model good practice and encourage you to develop your own teaching style.

What are my career prospects?

Successful completion of this programme will allow you to gain QTS status and progress onto employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) at secondary school level in Physical Education.

Our proactive careers advisory service can help you to find job vacancies and offers in-depth advice on teacher job applications and interviews, to help you secure work.

Teaching is a rewarding job and there are many ways in which you could progress in your career, either in the classroom or in a leadership role.

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Aspire to teach? This PGCE PCET course will put you on the right track to becoming a teacher in the post-compulsory education and training sector.

Course overview

The course is popular with graduates from subjects that are not widely taught in secondary school, such as health and social care, psychology, sport science and dance.

This part-time pre-service PGCE PCET course is ideal for professionals who want to share their knowledge and teach young people and adults, while combining study with work and family commitments.

Explore theory in practice through a minimum of 50 hours teaching practice per year in the learning and skills sector. Benefit from the opportunity to design, deliver, assess and evaluate teaching and learning real-world classroom setting. Improve your teaching skills, reflect on your progress and learn under the guidance of a mentor in your specialist subject area. Please note you will be expected to pay travel and subsistence costs.

According to the 2015 Ofsted inspection, “the training of good-quality further education and skills teachers enables them to make a valued contribution to the colleges and settings in which they work”.

The course is directly informed by the national and international research of the teaching team, and benefits from its direct link to SUNCETT, our Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training.

This pre-service course is for graduates who don’t have previous experience of teaching. If you are already employed in the PCET sector, we also offer an in-service part-time PGCE (PCET) course.

Course content

This course provides taught elements to guide and develop your practical teaching and make progress with your professional development. Modules on this course include:
Theory-based modules
-Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (20 Credits)
-Developing Theories of Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Post-Compulsory Education and Teaching (20 Credits)
-Contextualising Policy and Curriculum in Post-Compulsory Education and Training (20 Credits)
-Enhancing Subject Specialist Learning through Innovation and Change in Post-Compulsory Education and Training (20 Credits)

Practice-based modules
-Practical Teaching and Professional Development (20 Credits)
-Advanced Subject Specialist Teaching and Professional Development (20 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

Contact time is four hours per week in an encouraging and productive learning environment.

A team of highly experienced and research-active teachers and teacher-educators will help you develop your knowledge and refine your teacher practice. According to the Ofsted 2015 report “trainees benefit from highly qualified research leaders in further education who enable trainees to focus on academic rigour to improve the practice of teaching.”

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include interactive teaching, classroom seminars, tutorials, directed learning and group work and practical teaching workshops. Assessment methods include assignments, seminars, presentations and formative and summatively assessed observations of teaching.

Facilities & location

Sunderland has excellent facilities that have been boosted by multi-million pound redevelopments.

Course location
The course is based at the Forster Building on City Campus, just a few minutes from the main Murray Library and close to Sunderland city centre. Sunderland is a very vibrant and supportive environment with excellent resources for teaching and learning.

University Library Services
We’ve got thousands of books and e-books related to social studies, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles. Some of the most important sources for your course include:
-Project Muse, which provides over 180 full-text humanities and social sciences journals
-JSTOR (short for ‘Journal Storage’), which provides access to important journals in the humanities, social sciences and sciences
-Lexis, which provides access to legal information as well as full-text newspaper articles
-Professional Development Collection, which features hundreds of education journals and reports
-Psychology and Behavioural Sciences Database, which includes full-text journal articles on topics spanning emotional and behavioural sciences, psychiatry and psychology
-Community Care Inform, which helps professionals who work with children and young people to make, and evidence, their decisions
-EBSCO Professional Development Collection, which is a specialised collection of over 500 education journals

IT provision
When it comes to IT provision you can take your pick from hundreds of PCs as well as Apple Macs in the David Goldman Informatics Centre and St Peter’s Library. There are also free WiFi zones throughout the campus. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

Employment & careers

This course is a route into teaching, which can be a rewarding career with excellent job security. According to the University and College Union (UCU), typical salary at advanced teacher and training level is £40,000.

Your new qualification can open prospects throughout the post-compulsory sector and many institutions provide full-time employment to students after completing their teaching practice.

Following successful completion of the course and once in a teaching post, you will be able to apply to the Society for Education and Training (SET) who provide the recognition route to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status through their professional formation process.

Eight of the top ten occupations are related to education, including teachers and teaching assistants (HECA 2014). Graduates from this course have been employed in the following areas:
-Adult and compulsory education centres
-Sixth Form colleges
-General or specialist college of further education
-Prison and youth offender organisations
-Commercial and voluntary sector training

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