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The MSc in Educational Assessment has been developed to meet the need for specialists in educational assessment within schools and more widely within the education system. Read more

The MSc in Educational Assessment has been developed to meet the need for specialists in educational assessment within schools and more widely within the education system. The programme combines the expertise of two leading institutions in assessment, the School of Education and CEM (Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring). You will learn to construct and use tests, classroom assessments, interviews, school inspections and more. The programme is 'hands on'; candidates learn about the theory of assessment and the challenges associated with assessment, but there is also a strong focus on providing training into the conducting of assessment. Completion of the programme will enable you to apply for the status of Fellow with the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (CIEA).

The programme aims to produce specialists who are well equipped to work in assessment within many areas of education. We want these specialists to have good knowledge and skills and be well prepared for the tasks they undertake. Specifically, the programme aims:

  • To develop knowledge and awareness of the importance and many roles of assessment in education, and to enable students to engage with debate and to reflect on how to meet the challenges of effective educational assessment;
  • To equip students with knowledge, understanding and relevant skills that will help them develop, deliver and analyse assessment at all levels of education, and to facilitate further research and scholarship in this important field.

This programme is also of interest to international students as having effective assessment is a common challenge to any educational system. Looking around the world, we also find that trends in assessment, such as the drive towards assessment for learning and computer-based assessment, are mostly international rather than local phenomena. The techniques and understanding achieved from the MSc in Educational Assessment, for this reason, are relevant to most nations. The intention of the full-time international programme is to bring together students from different nations and educational systems, including the UK system, to demonstrate and explore general issues in a local context. Generic theories and techniques will be taught, but students are encouraged to choose examples from their own educational system when exploring these in assignments and other tasks.

It is, however, realized that studying in a different country includes extra challenges. We therefore run special tutorial groups for international students. This happens every week during term time, and students are taken through a programme designed to enhance and development the academic skills required at a UK university. These tutorials also have a strong social element, providing an opportunity to meet with staff and students on other programmes (the tutorials share many of the sessions with international students from other postgraduate programmes in the School of Education).

Course structure

The programme comprises four x 30 credit taught modules plus a 60 credit dissertation of up to 15,000 words. On a part-time basis, students study two modules per year in both year one and in year two and the dissertation in year three. On a full-time basis, students study all modules and the dissertation within one year.

Core Modules

  • Standardised Tests and Exams (30 credits) – Part-time students must take this module as a pre-requisite to the Judgement-based Assessment module
  • Classroom Assessment (30 credits)
  • Judgement-based Assessment (30 credits)
  • Research Methods in Education (30 credits)
  • MSc Dissertation (60 credits).

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities in education are wide and include classroom teaching, educational leadership and management, administration and policy development.



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The Educational Assessment MA investigates the purposes and potential uses of formative and summative assessment and the relationship between the two. Read more

The Educational Assessment MA investigates the purposes and potential uses of formative and summative assessment and the relationship between the two. The programme provides opportunities to review assessment of learning and for learning, it develops students' understanding of principal concepts in educational testing and encourages critical engagement with policy development in educational assessment.

About this degree

The programme provides students with the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of assessment issues, practices and policies both in the UK and internationally. Our graduates leave with key skills that they are able to apply in a range of workplaces, or they continue to further study at doctoral level.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of one core module (30 credits), and either three optional modules (90 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits), or a 30-credit report plus an additional optional module.

Core module

There is just one core module for the MA Educational Assessment

  • Assessment: Issues and Practice

Optional modules include

  • Assessment for Learning
  • Curriculum Design and Development
  • Educational Testing
  • Guiding Effective Learning and Teaching
  • International Perspectives on Education Reform: Curriculum and Assessment
  • Investigating Research
  • Understanding Research

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 20,000-word dissertation or a 10,000-word report.

Teaching and learning

Depending on the modules taken, the programme is delivered through face-to-face evening sessions, intensive five-day face-to-face daytime sessions, and/or online. A typical evening face-to-face session consists of two-and-a-half hours of lectures, dialogue, small group discussions, presentations and/or a range of other activities.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Educational Assessment MA

Careers

Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as heads of department, deputy heads and head teachers in UK schools, while others are members of staff at awarding organisations and examination boards. Graduates can also be found working as members of staff of ministries of education, researchers and lecturers in universities and PhD students.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Lecturer in Communication, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Secondary School Teacher (ICT and Design Technology), London Catholic School

Employability

Our graduates leave with a strong skill set that is applicable to a range of workplace settings. They have in-depth knowledge of educational systems and policies that will enhance any role in a school or education workplace. Our students are able to work well in teams, and manage a demanding set of individual deadlines. Completion of the MA demonstrates a commitment to learning, the ability to face challenges, capacity to think critically about ideas and issues, and excellent communication skills, both written and spoken.

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?

The Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment Department at UCL Institute of Education is a world-leading centre for the study of curriculum, teaching and learning and assessment, as well as geography, business, mathematics, history, religious education, citizenship and science education.

The department provides an impressive range of cutting-edge MA and CPD programmes, variously presented in face-to-face, distance learning or mixed mode formats. In addition we offer a first-class PhD programme and staff members are actively involved in an extensive range of innovative, nationally and internationally acclaimed, research and development projects.

The department's student population is very diverse, as are the students on the MA: students, practising teachers and lecturers, awarding body staff members, policymakers and a rich and diverse range of international students.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment

78% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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This new two-year part-time MSc programme has been introduced at a time when high quality educational assessment is recognised as a core element of a strong education system. Read more

This new two-year part-time MSc programme has been introduced at a time when high quality educational assessment is recognised as a core element of a strong education system.

The aim of the course is to provide researchers and professionals with the skills to develop and improve educational assessments in their own settings. Students will gain technical and statistical knowledge in assessment and engage with the design and evaluation of educational assessments, as well as come away with a sound understanding of the field, including high stakes assessment systems.

The course combines teaching sessions within the Department and online support through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (WebLearn). In the second year of the course students will receive supervision of dissertation projects from a University supervisor with expertise in a particular subject.

Assessment will be through an assignment for each unit, plus a dissertation in the final term of the second year. Areas covered in the assessments include: assessment issues and practice, assessment design and statistical evaluation of assessment data; assessment analysis; teacher assessment; international large-scale assessments; advanced analysis techniques.

On completion of the course, graduates will have a sound understanding of the design of assessment systems, the options available and their implications. They will be able to analyse the quality of assessments and engage in research, policy and practice questions in an informed and critical manner.

This Masters qualification will have an impact upon the quality of educational assessments in a wide range of settings by enhancing assessment skills and increasing opportunities for progression to senior positions in educational assessment organisations both nationally and internationally.



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This online distance learning programme engages critically with major issues in assessment, a highly significant topic for education systems across the world. Read more

This online distance learning programme engages critically with major issues in assessment, a highly significant topic for education systems across the world. It develops skills of assessment in relation to individual learners, to classrooms and schools and to local, national and international systems.

Why this programme

  • You will reflect on and critique theory, cutting-edge research and current policies and practice in assessment and consider the impact of these on social justice.
  • You will have opportunities to collaborate and network with peers from a variety of work contexts and locations, to support critical reflection, peer and self-assessment and effective use of online distance learning.
  • You will consider how research, policy and practice interact in the development of often contested innovations in educational assessment across the globe.
  • The programme blends theory, research, practice and policy and explores the relationships between assessment and the promotion of social justice.
  • You will be taught by academics who have been employed in the development of national policy in assessment and have experience in the practices of classroom education and a commitment to social justice.
  • Teaching staff have considerable experience in international cooperation: in research in assessment, as consultants to a number of governments and in employment by international organisations.

Programme structure

You will take four core and two optional courses across years 1 and 2. In year 3 you complete a piece of independent research, normally in the form of a dissertation. The programme is fully delivered online utilising innovative technologies within a fully supported and interactive learning environment.

Core courses

  • Assessment for improvement, accountability and social justice
  • Assessment for learning and progression
  • Principles and practice of research
  • Principles and theory of assessment for social justice.

Optional courses may include

  • Curriculum, assessment and pedagogy: International perspectives
  • Curriculum, assessment and pedagogy: Understanding learners
  • Socially just assessment futures in the school context
  • Theoretical underpinning and practical issues in tests and examinations.

Career opportunities

This programme addresses needs recognised as significant for local, national and international students, both teachers and policy makers. It will build a network of graduates who have high-level knowledge, skills, and capabilities in assessment. The knowledge, skills and academic and professional standing gained will enable you to contribute effectively to local and national policy making in your own context. You will also be well equipped to undertake further study through doctoral research.



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The MSc in Educational Psychology aims to prepare Trainee Educational Psychologists to work as practitioners of applied educational psychology in local government (usually Education or Social Services), in voluntary agencies and elsewhere, in the U.K. Read more
The MSc in Educational Psychology aims to prepare Trainee Educational Psychologists to work as practitioners of applied educational psychology in local government (usually Education or Social Services), in voluntary agencies and elsewhere, in the U.K. and beyond.

Why study Educational Psychology at Dundee?

This two-year full-time professional training programme leads to qualification as an Educational Psychologist and eligibility for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as an Educational Psychologist, after a further year of supervised practice in a local authority psychological service and obtaining the Qualification in Educational Psychology (Scotland) (Stage 2).

A key feature of the programme at Dundee is Problem Based Learning (PBL) which has been shown to be effective in promoting the development of active independent learning as well as collaborative learning. PBL provides an integrated model of teaching and learning as it crosses subject boundaries.

The programme incorporates a spiral curriculum whereby there is an iterative revisiting of topics, subjects or themes throughout the programme. Trainees build new knowledge on prior knowledge and achieve better understanding by exploring topics at deepening levels and in more complexity. Examples of this are the teaching and practical application of frameworks for practice; working with video to reflect on effective communication; and the development of critical reflection skills.

Aims of the course

The aims of the programme are to promote:
The acquisition and development of information, theories, evidence, strategies, skills, services and products, which are based on educational psychology, and relevant to:
- Enhancing effective learning
- Promoting positive social, emotional and behavioural development
- Promoting inclusion
- Co-operative problem-solving
With children, parents, teachers and a wide range of other carers and other professional agencies

Who should study this course?

The programme is aimed at applicants who wish to train as educational psychologists. Applicants have a wide variety of previous qualifications, experience and employment history.

How you will be taught

This course is taught by staff in the School of Education, Social Work and Community Education..
The course runs every two years, in even numbered years, i.e. 2012, 2014, etc. The start date is September and it lasts for 24 months.

Learning experiences in the university are closely linked with those from a series of practical placements in local authority psychological services.

Active and self-managed learning methods are emphasised.

The curriculum is delivered through a range of traditional teaching and learning sessions, practical tasks, role play, video analysis and feedback, peer tutoring and assessment, demonstration and other forms of experiential learning. The utilisation of problem based learning provides an integrated model of teaching and learning.

What you will study

Based on the assumption that educational psychology is primarily about effective learning in different contexts, the programme includes the following taught academic modules that reflect the different ages/stages as well as the various organisational contexts that EPs work to.

There are 5 compulsory academic modules:

Year 1:
Introduction to Educational Psychology Practice
Educational Psychology Practice in the Early Years
Educational Psychology Practice in the Primary Years

Year 2:
Educational Psychology Practice in Secondary and Post-School Years
Advanced Educational Psychology Practice

These modules are designed to facilitate exploration of the following curricular areas in a holistic and integrated manner: child and adolescent development - normal and exceptional; assessment and intervention - individual and systemic; contexts and systems in which children and young people develop and learn; research and evaluation methods; and transferable interpersonal and professional skills.

There are also 2 compulsory placement modules, undertaken in local authority Psychological Services, one in Year 1 and the other in Year 2.

How you will be assessed

There are no traditional written examinations. All assessment is continuous by written academic reports and assignments, oral presentations, a major research thesis, a placement file documenting planning, activities and reflection in both placements, observation and rating by supervisors of performance while on placement., and oral examination by the external examiner (for a sample of students).
There is also a strong emphasis on self-assessment. Trainees are required to keep a Personal Learning Plan, in which they identify and monitor individual targets related to particular skills or bodies of knowledge. These are reviewed in regular appraisal meetings with their university tutor. Grading's of work are on a pass/fail basis. Summative assessment incorporates a formative element and trainees are asked to identify action points to address in the next piece of assessed work.

Careers

Training to become an Educational Psychologist (EP) in Scotland is undertaken over 3 years and consists of 2 separate stages.

Stage 1 involves studying for a Master of Science in Educational Psychology, which is a 2 year full time course, combining study with research and supervised placements.

On completion of the MSc in Educational Psychology, graduates progress to Stage 2 of their training - the Qualification in Educational Psychology (Scotland)(Stage 2). The Qualification is conferred by the British Psychological Society (BPS) on successful completion of one full time (or equivalent) year of supervised practice in the employment of a local authority psychological service and meeting the requirements as specified (for more information on the Qualification please refer to the BPS website).

From 1 July 2009, anyone wishing to practise as an educational psychologist in the UK must be registered with the regulatory body, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The Qualification has been approved by the HCPC, and Qualification holders are therefore eligible for registration as practitioner psychologists.

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This innovative new course has been designed in response to the General Medical Councils (GMC 2012) policies around the selection, recognition and approval of clinical and educational supervisors in postgraduate medical education settings. Read more
This innovative new course has been designed in response to the General Medical Councils (GMC 2012) policies around the selection, recognition and approval of clinical and educational supervisors in postgraduate medical education settings. It is mapped to relevant GMC Academy of Medical Educator (AoME) and Committee of Postgraduate Dental Deans and Directors (COPDEND) standards for clinical and educational supervisors. (It is anticipated that the course gain AoME recognition.)

The course has a blended learning approach, with interactive on-line learning being supported by four study days over the course of two semesters (typically running from October to June). Assessment strategies have a practical focus but are also designed to foster an informed, critical stance to key issue in Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education.

The first unit focuses on the skill sets of clinical supervisors. You will explore ways to create safe clinical learning environments and the development of your own approaches to clinical teaching. Concepts of reflective practice and communities of practice are critically examined with reference to the ways in which learning is supported in clinical environments. The second unit focuses on educational supervision and leadership. You will examine the changing landscapes of postgraduate training and how you support the development of trainees and trainers. You will analyse current approaches to assessment and appraisal and how they can be maximised to support trainee development and progression. You will also develop a differentiated approach to training, including a focus on managing poor performance.

This postgraduate certificate is being developed as a recognised entry route into our long-standing and popular MA in Medical Education.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/clinical-and-educational-supervision

Why choose this course?

This innovative new distance-learning course has been designed in response to the General Medical Councils (GMC 2012) policies around the selection, recognition and approval of clinical and educational supervisors in postgraduate medical education settings.

The first unit focuses on the skill sets of clinical supervisors. You will explore ways to create safe clinical learning environments and explore ways to develop approaches to clinical teaching in a range of clinical settings. Concepts of reflective practice and communities of practice are critically examined with reference to the ways in which learning is supported in clinical environments.

The second unit focuses on educational supervision. You will examine the changing landscapes of postgraduate training and how you support the development of trainees and trainers. You will analyse current approaches to assessment and appraisal and how they can be maximised to support trainee development and progression. You will also develop a differentiated approach to training, including a focus on managing poor performance.

Modules

• Educational Supervision In Postgraduate Medical And Dental Education (MEC016-6) Compulsory
• Supporting Learning In Clinical Environments (MEC015-6) Compulsory

Assessment

The assessment strategy for this course combines formative and summative elements. Assessment is an integral part of your learning experience and we provide a range of opportunities for you to develop your assessment ideas with your allocated tutor(s). We have designed the assessment strategy to allow you to experience a range of approaches to assessment and make links between your experiences as learners on this course and those of your trainees. For example, you will keep a journal where you record your reflections on course learning experiences, with these being the basis of two reflective narratives submitted for summative assessment. Each of the assessments has been designed to allow you to make strong connections between your learning on the course and your practice as a medical educator. Each unit has three assessment points, linked to the end of blocks of themed learning. The table below summarises the assessment methods used on each unit.

You will be provided with a detailed assessment brief for each task and will have access to a named tutor who can provide guidance and support. Some tasks include opportunities to rehearse assessment activities. You will be provided with written feedback on all summative assessments with guidance on how to improve your performance on similar tasks in future.

Career

This course prepares you for roles as named clinical supervisor and named educational supervisor in line with professional standards and expectations. It also prepares you for educational leadership roles within your own professional context.

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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You won’t need to fit your working life around our Level 7 Psychometric Testing, Assessment and Access Arrangements course. You won’t even struggle to shoehorn our CPT3A into your day-to-day commitments. Read more

You won’t need to fit your working life around our Level 7 Psychometric Testing, Assessment and Access Arrangements course. You won’t even struggle to shoehorn our CPT3A into your day-to-day commitments.

Learn how to use psychometric testing instruments effectively (CCET) and apply them in exam access arrangements (AAC) confidently and competently. Realise your potential with the most accessible, flexible and professional training available.

Seven level-7-defining reasons to study with us

  1. Become an assessor for access arrangements – take the original level 7 standalone course for access arrangements assessors.
  2. Discover how to really write access arrangements for public examinations – know and apply the principles at the heart of all access arrangements.
  3. Understand everything that you need to know about psychometric testing – find out how assessments using psychometric tests are developed, how to use them effectively and interpret the results.
  4. Implement the latest Joint Council for Qualifications‘ (JCQ) regulations and guidance – confidently apply the regulations in your setting.
  5. Gain the British Psychological Society’s (BPS’s) Test User Educational qualification – and join the BPS’s Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU).
  6. Choose from a range of flexible e-learning and/or intensive courses – and select one of three different routes designed to fit in with your day-to-day – online, face-to-face intensive, or a classic mixture of both.
  7. Exit the course with 30 credits at level 7.*

All access arrangements assessors must have an appropriate level 7 or equivalent qualification by 31 August 2017. Does CPT3A fit the bill?

Yes, without a doubt. As a level 7 postgraduate course in individual access arrangements assessment, CPT3A fully meets the JCQ access arrangements assessor requirement.

Read the JCQ’s latest assessor criteria.

*If you’d like to know how to use these credits (on courses like our SEND Programme), please give us a call.

Why take this course?

This level 7 course is made up of two of our most popular modules. Our Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET) module will teach you how to use psychometric testing instruments effectively and our Access Arrangements Course (AAC) will show you how to apply them in exam access arrangements. If you already have CCET, you can take the AAC course on its own. Simply look on the AAC course page to find out more.

In addition to all of the good reasons above CCET will also enable you to:

  • Build competence and confidence in educational testing.
  • Analyse test manuals to decide if a test is reliable, valid and appropriate to your students.
  • Develop hypotheses about your students’ learning and identify barriers to learning.
  • Discover how tests are developed and standardised so that you can identify and overcome barriers to learning.
  • Know when it is appropriate to undertake a test.
  • Gain the vital knowledge that will enable you to read, write and interpret reports, allowing you to better support other professionals, such as educational psychologists.
  • Understand and confidently interpret reports from other professionals.
  • Become familiar with theories about testing and psychometrics, including relevant statistical concepts.
  • Learn how to administer, select and evaluate a range of educational tests and assessments in line with the Data Protection Act.
  • Get to grips with the legislative and policy framework.
  • Understand the purposes of psychometric testing and assessment and develop the ability to interpret test scores and integrate those test scores with other forms of assessment.
  • Carry out an effective assessment of a learner and report the findings in a way that is intelligible to a lay person.
  • Access the BPS online database of test reviews.

AAC will equip you to:

  • Understand and apply the principles of access arrangements.
  • Get to grips with the essence and implications of the relevant legislation.
  • Write suitable and appropriate assessment reports for submission to examination boards where they are required.

CPT3A will allow you to:

  • Write reports on access arrangements.
  • Meet the latest access arrangements assessor JCQ regulations for exams.
  • Lead on the exam access arrangements process and ensure that your access arrangements assessor holds an appropriate qualification.
  • Apply to be entered on to the publicly searchable BPS Register of Qualifications in Test Use – an established route to a PGCert, PGDip or MEd.
  • Gain 30 transferable academic credits from Middlesex University that you can use against subsequent applicable postgraduate courses with Real Training, Middlesex University and other institutions.

Choose from three different study routes

Take our CPT3A and choose from study options designed to fit in with your day-to-day commitments. We are confident that this is an efficient route to becoming a Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) recognised access arrangements assessor.

Route one: Classic (CCET intensive and AAC online)

First, you will attend a three-day intensive version of The Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET) with online components, followed by the Access Arrangements Course (AAC) element online.

Route two: Online (CCET and AAC online)

The entire course (the CCET and AAC parts) can be studied consecutively online using our intuitive and easy-to-use online learning platform (Campus OnlineTM). This enables you to interact with your tutors and peers, track your own progress and access a wealth of resources. You will also receive a comprehensive training manual.

Route three: Intensive (CCET and AAC intensive)

If you prefer face-to-face learning, our intensive CPT3A with online components is for you. Take our three-day intensive CCET at a quality hotel near you, followed by our one-day AAC at a similarly comfortable venue at locations across the country.

Please note

If you already have CCET, you can take the AAC course on its own.



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This course is ideal for you if you wish to develop your career in language testing and assessment – whether or not you already have experience in this area – and is the only full-time, face-to-face course in the UK specialising in this area. Read more
This course is ideal for you if you wish to develop your career in language testing and assessment – whether or not you already have experience in this area – and is the only full-time, face-to-face course in the UK specialising in this area.

The cutting-edge theory combined with practical experience will give you the expertise you need, and you will enjoy the opportunity to pursue your research interests in our world-leading research centre in language assessment.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/ma-applied-linguistics-testing-and-assessment

Course detail

• Study a mix of cutting-edge theory and practical real-world applications, building your knowledge and experience of classroom testing, assessing learning outcomes, course evaluation, and institutional tests and exams
• Explore your research interests with CRELLA, our world-renowned Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment; recognised as a leading UK-based centre for research with 100% rating for research impact in the 2014 REF
• Gain from access to the expertise of the English Language and linguistics team with an excellent track record of high-quality teaching
• Benefit from a course which opens up opportunities in organisations, universities and ministries worldwide; to work with exam boards like Cambridge Language Assessment, Edexcel, or Pearson; for an education authority as tests and assessments specialist; or for further doctoral study with CRELLA.

Modules

• Exploring Research: Concepts and Methods
• The Language System
• Statistics in Language Testing
• Principles & Practice in Lang Assessment
• Testing Language Knowledge & Receptive Skills
• Testing Productive and Integrated Skills
• L2 Materials Development
• Professional Practices
• Assessment and Accreditation
• Issues in Second Language Acquisition (SLA)
• Dissertation in Testing and Assessment

Assessment

A range of assessment methods is used throughout the course with the main emphasis on summative assessment but with also some focus on formative assessment. They include: academic papers, oral presentations, test materials and procedures evaluation, production of tasks and tests, in-class tests and examinations and portfolios of practical tasks. Assessments aim to develop independent, critical thinking and serve to reinforce our research culture.

You can expect to produce a critique of theory and current practices, and to evidence your ability to make informed decisions. Feedback plays an important role in the course and you will engage in self-assessment and peer feedback, especially in formative and presentation assessments.

Research Ethics is an integral part of the course and together with training in statistics provides the foundations for the final dissertation: the culmination of the course which entails managing the research project from start to finish.

Careers

Given the highly specialised focus of the course, we anticipate that students will progress onto a position that involves language testing or assessment.

This may involve working with one of the well-known exam boards like Cambridge Language Assessment, Edexcel, or Pearson, or perhaps for an education authority as the specialist on tests and assessments.

Some graduates whose background includes language teaching may secure a position within an educational establishment as the authority on course evaluation and assessment.

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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Get the skills and knowledge you need to help people with social or learning difficulties in a range of educational settings. You'll have the opportunity to develop and practise your skills under the expert guidance of world-class researchers and practitioners. Read more

Get the skills and knowledge you need to help people with social or learning difficulties in a range of educational settings.

You'll have the opportunity to develop and practise your skills under the expert guidance of world-class researchers and practitioners.

Explore a wide range of theoretical viewpoints and their practical applications in educational, community and workplace settings. The programme has a bicultural focus and is tailored to meet the needs of New Zealand communities. However your studies will also prepare you to work in multicultural communities and overseas.

Pathway in Educational Psychology

The Faculty of Education offers a research-based Master's programme and the practice-based Postgraduate Diploma that leads to registration as an educational psychologist. You need to complete the Master's before applying to study the limited-entry Diploma programme. The programme includes supervised practice as an intern psychologist and allows you to become a Registered Psychologist with the New Zealand Psychologists Board.

Research

The Faculty of Education has a strong focus on research that enhances theoretical and evidence-based educational psychology policy and practice. You'll benefit from collaboration across education and psychology disciplines, and with the education sector.

Find out more about research in the Faculty of Education

Master of Educational Psychology

You'll study 10 compulsory courses over two or more years. In Part 1, the first year, you'll examine research methods and evidence-based practice, and take courses covering cultural issues in educational psychology, what motivates people to learn, and how to assess those with education difficulties.

In Part 2, you'll explore mental health in young people and how to promote positive behaviours, and study counselling and applied behaviour analysis. You'll also complete a practical research project.

You need to complete this qualification to apply for entry into the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Psychology Practice (PGDipEPP).

Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Psychology Practice

Study to become an educational psychologist. During this one-year programme you'll complete 1,500 hours of supervised practice. You will be placed in an education setting, usually with the Ministry of Education, where you'll gain 1,200 hours of experience. The remaining 300 hours will be spent one day a week with a community service provider such as an early childhood centre, youth support organisation or other social service.

The Ministry of Education determines where the national internship placements will be depending on supervisor availability and local need, so you may need to be prepared move to another location for your internship.

You'll also take four compulsory courses on campus, covering assessment and intervention, the role of the educational psychologist, and professional practice in both education and community settings.

When you've completed the PGDipEPP, you'll be able to register as a general scope psychologist or as an educational psychologist.

Workload and duration

The MEd Psych takes two years of full-time study. If you are studying part time, you must complete the MEdPsych within four years.

The PGDipEPP takes place from January to December including a two week mid-year break. While it is normally carried out full-time over the year, it is possible to complete the course of study part-time over two years, but you'll need to discuss this with the programme director before you apply.

If you are studying full-time you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students doing two courses per trimester will need to do around 20–23 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working.

Community

Postgraduate study at Victoria will help you build valuable relationships and networks with peers, university staff and future colleagues.

You'll have opportunities to attend events, workshops, social functions and seminars such as the Student Learning Postgraduate Research skills sessions.

The Postgraduate Students' Association can also give you information and provides a voice for you on campus.

Careers

An educational psychologist might focus on doing research or creating and implementing programmes that can help young people learn more effectively. You could work in a school or for the Ministry of Education, or you may plan to run your own practice providing services to both the public and private sector.

MEdPsyc graduates might go on to PhD study, or work in educational agencies that need specialised educational psychology knowledge and skills.

Explore educational psychology at CareersNZ



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Are you seeking to progress your career as a manager and leader in primary, secondary or tertiary education? Our Doctor of Educational Leadership (EdDL) degree focuses on helping you gain high standard professional, organisational and political skills and knowledge to meet the vast challenges associated with improving both public and private educational environments. Read more

Are you seeking to progress your career as a manager and leader in primary, secondary or tertiary education? Our Doctor of Educational Leadership (EdDL) degree focuses on helping you gain high standard professional, organisational and political skills and knowledge to meet the vast challenges associated with improving both public and private educational environments.

What the course offers

The University of Bolton’s EdD in Leadership is designed for working professionals who aspire to be educational leaders. If you’re looking to strengthen your skills for leading groups in high-performing teaching and learning organisations, and connect relevant research with practice, this part-taught doctoral programme can support your career development.

The Doctor of Education in Leadership differs from the traditional PhD in that it is in two parts. Stage one, the taught element, offers you the opportunity to complete ‘blocks’ of blended learning – combining online rich media-based interaction and collaborative work, seminars, online taught elements and tutorials with interactive collaborative coursework. You’ll be guided to explore topics such as revisiting learning and teaching, the impact of emerging educational models, transformative learning, managing politics and policy influences, leadership and organisational transformation, and mastering the ‘self’.

Stage two involves a programme of directed and independent study leading to the development and submission of your research proposal, followed by the production and defence of your own critical commentary. Our welcoming team of experienced, professionally and academically qualified staff will help you to understand how you can align your research topic of interest to other current research in applicable fields, and apply it to your own professional practice and context.

Course Highlights:

  • The EdDL is a high-level, nationally-recognised qualification that has strong higher education kudos and compares exactly to a PhD.
  • Professionals who hold a University of Bolton EdDL take back to their organisation a greater knowledge and a higher understanding of today's diverse educational leadership landscape, gained through a programme that is research driven.
  • We’ll work with you to help mould your EdDL so that it complements your employment and interests within the research framework.
  • You’ll be strongly encouraged to bring your own education leadership-related issues to the table as the basis of your research. The research (thesis) phase requires you to design, implement and disseminate an original research study.
  • This partly taught doctorate offers a more efficient format than the independent research project involved in a traditional PhD.

Key Features:

  • Our EdDL emphasizes leadership development, oral and written communication, and understanding of contemporary educational assessment and research.
  • You’ll examine a specific area of interest in detail via a thesis, and be encouraged to develop your research, analytical, conceptual and critical thinking skills to a very high level.
  • Using collaborative learning methods, you’ll be encouraged to work with other course members and your tutors as co-developers of knowledge, drawing from work-based experience to share best practice. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop a strong working relationship with your fellow students and tutors before you embark on your research phase.
  • The course is designed to fit around your current employment commitments and responsibilities. We offer flexible, blended learning that is accommodating for working professionals.
  • For your thesis, you’ll work with a named supervisor, your Director of Studies, who’ll guide and advise you through the course up to submission and the oral examination.


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Our master's program is designed for educators who are excited about the potential technology offers for increasing student engagement and learning. Read more

Our master's program is designed for educators who are excited about the potential technology offers for increasing student engagement and learning. Our students want to extend their skills for implementing relevant technology-enhanced activities in their own learning environments.

The hands-on quality of the Educational Technology program addresses the disparity between understanding the functionality of technology and knowing how it can be taught to students. More accurately, it’s not just why you’d use technology, but how it could be strategically implemented.

Our graduates will be prepared to:

  • Optimize the use of active learning techniques via relevant technology tools
  • Take existing curriculum and transform it for a contemporary student audience
  • Design and teach online, hybrid, or blended courses
  • Serve as a peer technology coach for colleagues

Program Details

The Educational Technology master's program is designed for working professionals who are interested in both creative exploration and practical application of digital technologies.

Our focus is always on giving students tools and strategies that they can use right away in their own learning environments. We also understand that every school has different types and amounts of resources, so we explore a wide variety of technology tools with an emphasis on low-cost or free resources.

The program will be of benefit to teachers in both K-12 and post-secondary settings, educational leaders, curriculum and technology specialists, software developers, corporate trainers, and others interested in the intersection of digital technologies and education.

USF's Educational Technology program gives you five powerful ways to enhance your pedagogical toolkit and increase your impact on future learners. Enter as a savvy instructor, work hard, and leave as a:

  • Digital leader
  • Digital storyteller
  • Digital educator
  • Digital designer
  • Digital change agent

Curriculum Structure

The curriculum focuses on the discerning use of technological tools to increase student engagement, motivation, and active learning.

Master's candidates are encouraged to leverage their learning for immediate applicability; course projects require students to apply new skills to discipline-specific content needs.

The Educational Technology program helps educators:

  1. Apply technology-enhanced educational practices in and out of the classroom.
  2. Prepare to evolve with the rapidly changing educational and technological landscapes.
  3. Understand the structure and function of educational technology systems.

The culminating assessment for this project-based master's degree is a portfolio website, which can serve as a platform for sharing and collaborating with other educators, as well as an electronic resume for those wishing to advance their careers.

Program Delivery

Classes meet on teaching weekends, an alternate weekend schedule of about two weekends a month to accommodate adult students, most of whom have full-time jobs and other obligations. The Educational Technology program is designed to be completed in five semesters (two years) including summers. To finish in this timeline, you can plan to take two courses per semester. See the master's program courses.

Program Learning Outcomes

The Educational Technology master's program has five program outcomes.

Upon completion of the MA in Educational Technology students will be able to:

  1. Using knowledge of human cognition, multimedia learning theory, and digital design principles, students will plan and create multimedia instructional materials that enhance their professional or educational practice.
  2. Students will create products (radio-style audio story and a multimedia screencast) that demonstrate their skills at multimedia production.
  3. Create a ready-to-implement course or unit re-design based on a blueprint plan that details scope and sequence, formative and summative assessments, plans for feedback, and a clear protocol for communication and workflow via a LMS. The re-design must transfer a traditional course, unit, or program to a flipped, blended, 1:1, or completely online environment.
  4. Students will design and create a professional website that will serve as their connection hub with other educational professionals. The website will include a blog, a multimedia gallery, a teaching philosophy statement, teaching/professional background, and relevant social sharing links.
  5. Students will apply design thinking to address issues of social justice within the field of educational technology.
  6. Students will create their professional identity, connect with other educational technology leaders, and reflect on their learning and practice as an educator in the digital age.


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This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and accredited by the British Psychological Society. Applications can be made through the Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Educational Psychology, for those normally resident in the UK. Read more

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and accredited by the British Psychological Society. Applications can be made through the Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Educational Psychology, for those normally resident in the UK.

The Nottingham Doctorate in Applied Educational Psychology (Professional Training) provides professional training for those wishing to become practising educational psychologists. The programme is a research degree that holds approval from the regulatory body, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 

Registration with the HCPC

Successful completion of this programme provides eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC. It is a legal requirement that anyone who wishes to practise using a title protected by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001 is on the HCPC register. For more information, please see the HCPC website.

The term 'HCPC approved' applies only to those programmes which have been approved by the HCPC's Education and Training Committee (ETC) and which appear on the HCPC list of approved programmes.

Develop your skills

Our programme possesses a number of unique characteristics that combine to provide a distinctive, forward-looking and high quality professional preparation in educational psychology. It holds at its heart the link between theory and practice. Graduates will be able to:

  • operate with a strong knowledge base in applied and theoretical psychology
  • develop models of practice which are informed by those links
  • employ problem-solving approaches at an individual, group and organisational level
  • integrate a range of personal and professional skills to enable the delivery of the role
  • work flexibly and adaptively across a range of settings and situations, showing sensitivity to equality and diversity
  • operate with a confident knowledge of research methods.

The location of the programme within the School of Psychology is distinctive and provides trainees with a deep theoretical understanding of their work. The programme provides the opportunity to meet leading practitioners and researchers.

The School of Psychology is a preeminent department, ranked in the top 10 in the UK for research power at the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) exercise.

The Educational Psychology Group at Nottingham has an established record of influential teaching, and of publications written by staff and students. The programme has strong working relationships with professional educational psychologists employed by the regional Local Authorities and other settings.

Course structure

The programme comprises three strands: taught academic modules, professional fieldwork placements, and a research component. Through these programme elements graduates reach the HCPC’s Standards of Proficiency for Practitioner Psychologists (Educational). The programme also meets the HCPC’s Standards of Education and Training, and the terms of BPS accreditation.

Course delivery

A core tutor team in the Educational Psychology Group provide teaching and tutoring to the programme. The programme also draws upon the special expertise of practitioner educational psychologists, and other professionals.

Supervision is an essential part of training at Nottingham. Trainees have a nominated university supervisor, as well as a placement tutor. Trainees receive regular individual tutorial and supervisory support, to facilitate their integration of the theoretical, professional and research components of the programme.

The course is delivered through seminars and private study. Workshops incorporate simulation activities and experiential learning. Problem-Based Learning approaches inform a number of taught elements. The programme promotes sensitivity to equality and diversity issues in its processes and content, throughout.

We believe that a course of applied training is part of a broader perspective of professional development, which does not culminate at graduation. The programme therefore employs some approaches that support continuing learning, providing trainees with methods to support their subsequent professional practice.

Placements

Each trainee placement is supervised by a named HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologist.

In Year 1, trainees are on supervised placements for one day per week throughout the year in educational psychology services, with some supplementary placement weeks.

In Years 2 and 3 trainees undertake placements of 130 days per each year, typically supported by a Local Authority bursary, in educational psychology services.

Trainee placements can be located in the East Midlands region, or beyond, by trainee request, depending upon availability.

All placements follow guidance provided by the University to trainees and supervisors, linking placement activities to modular learning.

Research

Trainees follow a bespoke programme of Applied Research Methods training in Year 1. Research is undertaken during Years 2 and 3, for the thesis submission for examination in May of Year 3.

Assessment

Modules are assessed by written assignments, focused case studies or presentations. Placements are supported and evaluated through 3-way meetings involving trainee, university tutor, and placement supervisor. Assessment is through Portfolio, including a Professional Development Log of competencies.  

Careers

Graduates of this programme seek employment as Educational Psychologists subject to registration as Practitioner Psychologists (Educational) with the HCPC. 

The School of Psychology at Nottingham offers exciting prospects for educational psychologists. Children, their families and carers, teachers, schools and other settings, and Local Authorities look for support from psychologists whose training and personal qualities have equipped them for these new roles and challenges. In a time of rapid societal change, the problem-solving approach of the programme equips Nottingham trainees to respond creatively to the challenges the role brings them.

Open day

An open day runs each October for those interested in the programme. Potential applicants are encouraged to attend. Book your place now.



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The MSc in Environmental Assessment and Management (EAM) examines the principles, procedures and methods of EAM against the background of current UK, European and international environmental policy. Read more
The MSc in Environmental Assessment and Management (EAM) examines the principles, procedures and methods of EAM against the background of current UK, European and international environmental policy.

The course covers the complementary roles of natural resource management and planning within core areas of EAM such as Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), as well as new and evolving fields such as mitigation banking, climate change adaptation, environmental inequality, ecosystem services, and strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and sustainability appraisal.

The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). On completing the course, students are ideally placed to undertake the exams for the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) Associate Membership.

Why choose this course?

Staff that teach on the MSc have published widely, including authoring the leading textbooks in Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment . Our teaching is always informed by the latest developments in theory and in practice. The teaching team regularly undertake related applied research and consultancy work with respected environmental consultancies such as ERM, WSP / Parsons Brinckerhoff, and Land Use Consultants, as well as the European Union, UK public sector bodies and NGOs. The course has excellent links with the professional practitioner community. Our contacts from industry provide valuable inputs via guest lecture sessions that serve to bring real-world experience to the programme, in addition to providing the opportunity for you to meet with potential employers.

Potential employers are familiar with the programme content and delivery and regularly approach the course team in search of our graduates. You will have regular opportunities to gain real world experience, ranging from dissertation research with the RSPB, TVERC and consultancies, and applied coursework with Grundon, to voluntary work with the Environmental Information Exchange. Excellent feedback from employers, "Both our environmental and planning teams have recruited graduates from the Oxford Brookes MSc courses. We find that the graduates from these courses have a wide range of interests and are well rounded candidates in terms of their environmental and planning knowledge." - URS

Professional accreditation

The MSc in Environmental Assessment and Management is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This means that on graduation, students can progress to complete the Assessment of Professional Competence programme of RICS in order to become full members.

The course is also accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as a specialist Master's programme. Students who wish to progress to Chartered Membership of the RTPI with the MSc EAM must also complete an accredited PG Diploma qualification in spatial planning - please refer to http://www.rtpi.org.uk for further information regarding accreditation.

This course in detail

The MSc course consists of three core modules, three optional modules and a dissertation (representing 180 level 7 credits). The PGDip consists of three core modules and three options (representing 120 level 7 credits).

Please note: as courses are reviewed regularly, the module list you choose from may vary from that shown here.

The core modules:
-Principles of Environmental Assessment and Management (20 credits)
-Procedures and Methods of EIA (double module, 40 credits)

The dissertation element comprises:
-Research Methods (half module, 10 credits)
-Dissertation (50 credits)

One single module generally involves one taught session per week over the 12 weeks of the semester.

Optional modules provide an opportunity for students to widen or deepen their field of study. There are three types of optional module. Recommended Optional Modules are considered to be particularly relevant to the course and include:
-Ecosystem Degradation and Management
-Environmental Management Systems
-GIS and Environmental Modelling
-Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
-Spatial Planning in Action

Alternative Optional Modules are normally selected from an approved list of courses currently running in the university, including Globalisation, Environment and Development; Environmentally Sustainable Business; and International Transport Planning.

Independent Study Module involves individual work on an appropriate topic or set of topics, conducted under supervision and with prior approval of the programme leaders. No more than one independent study unit may be included in a programme.

Teaching and learning

The teaching and learning methods used in the programme reflect the wide variety of topics and techniques associated with EAM. Lectures provide the essential background and knowledge base for each module and workshops, seminars and project work provide opportunities for analysis and synthesis of this information.

The programme will also offer site visits (included in course fees), where appropriate, to provide direct experience of the important issues in environmental assessment and management.

A wide range of staff are involved in teaching on the programme. Most are from the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment and the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.

Our contacts from industry provide valuable inputs via guest lecture sessions including speakers from the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Management, regulatory bodies such as the Environment Agency and the Planning Inspectorate, and leading environmental consultancies such as ERM, AECOM, WSP / Parsons Brinckerhoff, and PBA.

These sessions serve to bring real-world experience to the programme, in addition to providing the opportunity for students to meet with potential employers.

A variety of materials and resources, including student experience, is used to provide a varied educational experience and a teaching and learning environment appropriate for graduate students.

The early parts of the programme focus on the background to EAM, particularly on establishing a solid grounding in planning, resource management, and principles of EAM.

Over time, increasing emphasis is placed on the skills required for environmental impact assessment and environmental management, culminating in the preparation of a major environmental impact statement (EIS) project.

Approximately two-thirds of the core-module element of the programme is devoted to environmental assessment, and one-third to environmental management. However, additional training in environmental management can be obtained by the selection of appropriate options.

Advice will be given at Induction on making appropriate choices in relation to students’ interests and intended career paths. The dissertation gives students the opportunity to explore a subject related to EAM in depth, and to integrate the various elements of the programme.

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The University of Birmingham is a Department for Education and National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) approved provider for the National Award for SEN Co-ordination. Read more

The University of Birmingham is a Department for Education and National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) approved provider for the National Award for SEN Co-ordination.

It has been running accredited (Masters level) professional development programmes for special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCos) for over 15 years. Over a thousand SENCos have successfully completed their training over this period and given excellent course feedback!

The University runs partnership versions of the National Award for SEN Co-ordination course with the following Local Authority partners: Birmingham; Dudley, Sandwell & Wolverhampton (combined cohort); Staffordshire (Entrust). 

Within these Local Authority areas teachers wishing to apply for a place on the course work in a range of maintained mainstream schools, maintained nursery schools, academy and free schools, and pupil referral units (PRUs).

SENCos working in other neighbouring Local Authority areas may also be able to join one of the partnership courses (in 2014-2015 for example, SENCos from Derbyshire, Herefordshire, Solihull, Telford and Wrekin and Warwickshire were participating in versions of the course).

This Masters level course (60 credits) has been updated to reflect changes to the NCTL learning outcomes framework. It is also closely aligned to the changes taking place to special educational needs and disability policy, provision and practice in England including the changes to SEN Code of Practice (2015).

We are currently recruiting to this programme. The programme is inviting applications for the following cohorts.  

  • Birmingham and Black Country based programmes starting September 2018. 
  • Staffordshire based programmes starting January 2019. 

Course details

The National Award is a mandatory qualification, 60 Credit Masters level course which all SENCos who are new in role must undertake. The course meets the requirements of the SEN Code of Practice (2015 Section 6.86).

The Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations (2014) states:

(1) The appropriate authority of a relevant school must ensure that the SENCO appointed under section 67(2) of the Act meets all of the requirements in either paragraph (2) or (3). 

(2) The requirements in this paragraph are that the SENCO:

  • is a qualified teacher;
  • if required to complete an induction period under regulations made under section 135A of the Education Act 2002, has satisfactorily completed such an induction period; and
  • is working as a teacher at the school. 

(3) The requirement in this paragraph is that the SENCO is the head teacher or acting head teacher (or equivalent in the case of an Academy school) of the school. 

(4) Where a person becomes the SENCO at a relevant school after 1st September 2009, and has not previously been the SENCO at that or any other relevant school for a total period of more than twelve months, the appropriate authority of the school must ensure that, if the person is the SENCO at the school at any time after the third anniversary of the date on which that person becomes a SENCO, that person holds the qualification. 

The training courses are 12 months in duration; however, SENCos have up to three years from the point at which they are designated as a SENCo in which to complete the award. Final responsibility for ensuring the school’s compliance lies with the school’s governing body.

The course is designed to support a SENCo’s professional development, giving them an opportunity to reflect upon and improve their practice whilst learning more about the coordination of special educational needs, leadership and management, policy and supporting the individual needs of children and young people.

Learning and teaching

The course content is related to local and national contexts and the teaching and learning opportunities are delivered by local and nationally based experts such as experienced teachers, Educational Psychologists, school leaders, Inspectors, therapists and service leads.

The National Award covers: 

  • the role of the SENCo & the statutory framework for SEND (including relevant policy requirements) 
  • effective approaches to identification, assessment and intervention (principles and practice; differentiation – quality first teaching, waves of intervention, individualised education planning)
  • responding to diversity (areas of need) – cognition and learning; communication & interaction; social, emotional and mental health, sensory and/or physical needs 
  • pupil participation, parent partnership & inter-service collaboration 
  • inclusive provision management (effective use of human resources and interventions, and evidence based practice) 
  • developing and sustaining effective SEND leadership (preparation for inspection; whole-school initiatives such as Achievement for All) 
  • Professional development to improve practice. 

The teaching takes place over ten face to face days during term-time. The days are evenly spread over the school year and sessions are taught in local authority/school centres and at the University of Birmingham. In addition, all students have access to the online virtual learning environment and full library facilities to support their learning.  

Assessment

The assessments have been designed to meet the requirements of the course and enhance school self evaluation procedures.

Specific assignments - course participants all need to complete three 4000 word written assignments at Masters Level:

  • An evaluation: focusing on specific course content and aspects of the SENCo’s role and school based SEN procedures. 
  • A case study:  focusing on in-depth work with a young person and their family.
  • A professional development project presented as a brief ‘research report’ focusing on an aspect of professional development carried out by the SENCo in her/his school or setting.

Employability

This course will enable SENCos to meet essential requirements for undertaking the role in English schools. These requirements are set out in regulations and state that:

Governing bodies of maintained mainstream schools, maintained nursery schools and the proprietors of Academy (including Free Schools) must ensure that there is a qualified teacher designated as SENCo for the school.

The SENCo must be a qualified teacher working at the school. A newly appointed SENCO must be a qualified teacher and where they have not previously been the SENCo at that or any other relevant mainstream school for a total period of more than twelve months , they must achieve the National Award in Special Educational Needs Coordination within 3 years of appointment.



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The MSc in Environmental Assessment and Management (EAM) examines the principles, procedures and methods of EAM against the background of current UK, European and international environmental policy. Read more
The MSc in Environmental Assessment and Management (EAM) examines the principles, procedures and methods of EAM against the background of current UK, European and international environmental policy.

The course covers the complementary roles of natural resource management and planning within core areas of EAM such as Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), as well as new and evolving fields such as mitigation banking, climate change adaptation, environmental inequality, ecosystem services, and strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and sustainability appraisal.

The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). On completing the course, students are ideally placed to undertake the exams for the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) Associate Membership.

Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/environmental-assessment-and-management/

Why choose this course?

- Staff that teach on the MSc have published widely, including authoring the leading textbooks in Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment

- Our teaching is always informed by the latest developments in theory and in practice. The teaching team regularly undertake related applied research and consultancy work with respected environmental consultancies such as ERM, WSP, and Land Use Consultants, as well as the European Union, UK public sector bodies and NGOs.

- The course has excellent links with the professional practitioner community. Our contacts from industry provide valuable inputs via guest lecture sessions that serve to bring real-world experience to the programme, in addition to providing the opportunity for you to meet with potential employers.

- Potential employers are familiar with the programme content and delivery and regularly approach the course team in search of our graduates

- There are regular opportunities to gain real world experience, ranging from dissertation research placements with the RSPB, TVERC and consultancies, and applied coursework with Grundon, to voluntary work with the Environmental Information Exchange.

- Excellent feedback from employers, "Both our environmental and planning teams have recruited graduates from the Oxford Brookes MSc courses. We find that the graduates from these courses have a wide range of interests and are well rounded candidates in terms of their environmental and planning knowledge." - URS

Professional accreditation

The MSc in Environmental Assessment and Management is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This means that on graduation, students can progress to complete the Assessment of Professional Competence programme of RICS in order to become full members.

The course is also accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as a specialist Master's programme. Students who wish to progress to Chartered Membership of the RTPI with the MSc EAM must also complete an accredited PG Diploma qualification in spatial planning - please refer to http://www.rtpi.org.uk for further information regarding accreditation.

Teaching and learning

The teaching and learning methods used in the programme reflect the wide variety of topics and techniques associated with EAM. Lectures provide the essential background and knowledge base for each module and workshops, seminars and project work provide opportunities for analysis and synthesis of this information.

The programme will also offer site visits, where appropriate, to provide direct experience of the important issues in environmental assessment and management.

A wide range of staff are involved in teaching on the programme. Most are from the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment and the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.

Our contacts from industry provide valuable inputs via guest lecture sessions including speakers from the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Management, regulatory bodies such as the Environment Agency and the Planning Inspectorate, and leading environmental consultancies such as ERM, URS, WSP and PBA.

These sessions serve to bring real-world experience to the programme, in addition to providing the opportunity for students to meet with potential employers.

A variety of materials and resources, including student experience, is used to provide a varied educational experience and a teaching and learning environment appropriate for graduate students.

The early parts of the programme focus on the background to EAM, particularly on establishing a solid grounding in planning, resource management, and principles of EAM.

Over time, increasing emphasis is placed on the skills required for environmental impact assessment and environmental management, culminating in the preparation of a major environmental impact statement (EIS) project.

Approximately two-thirds of the core-module element of the programme is devoted to environmental assessment, and one-third to environmental management. However, additional training in environmental management can be obtained by the selection of appropriate options.

Advice will be given at Induction on making appropriate choices in relation to students’ interests and intended career paths. The dissertation gives students the opportunity to explore a subject related to EAM in depth, and to integrate the various elements of the programme.

How this course helps you develop

The course develops the skills and knowledge that are in demand in practice and it has an impressive employment record. Potential employers are familiar with the programme content and delivery and regularly approach the course team in search of our graduates.

Careers

The course has been running for 25 years and has an extensive network of nearly 500 alumni, some of whom have achieved partner- and technical director-level appointments in leading consultancies such as ERM, EDP, WSP Environment & Energy, Hyder Consulting, and URS, while others have secured high-level environmental positions within organisations such as the European Commission and the World Bank.

Career destinations include:
- Environmental consultancy, including leading IEMA EIA Quality Mark companies such as ERM, AMEC, Environ UK, Nicholas Pearson Associates, Parsons Brinkerhoff, Pegasus Planning, AECOM, RPS Group, Savills, and Waterman, among many others.

- Environmental managers and EIA / SEA officers with regulatory bodies such as the Environment Agency and SEPA, local authorities, and government departments both in the UK and internationally.

- Officers with non-statutory bodies and non-governmental agencies in Europe and overseas.
A number of graduates have progressed to undertake research degrees (PhD).

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

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