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Learn how to provide expert care and education for children from birth to the age of five. This course will help you examine the issues that affect young children and work with their parents, carers and communities to support their development. Read more
Learn how to provide expert care and education for children from birth to the age of five. This course will help you examine the issues that affect young children and work with their parents, carers and communities to support their development.

You will explore your own professional practice, enhancing your understanding of diversity, inclusion and the values which underpin policy and pedagogy in the early years setting. This will give you a greater ability to meet the needs of children and families from different cultures and backgrounds.

From the complex nature of play to using the outdoor environment as a tool for learning, we will give you the skills you need to provide care, attention and emotional support to children. You will be able to work with parents and carers to safeguard children, providing them with the best possible start in life.

Fees for this course are paid by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, and you may also be able to apply for a bursary. Visit the National College for Teaching & Leadership website for more information.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/earlychildhoodcare_EYTS

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

The course will give you an edge in the competitive education job market. Postgraduate qualifications in early years settings are rare - so you will stand out with a PGCE. You will be prepared to work in a leadership role within children'?s centres or private day care, leading practice and helping to raise standards in the sector.

Careers advice:
The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

You will complete three assessed placements giving you the opportunity to gain experience with children in the birth to five years age range. These placements can be in varied settings such as children's centres, schools, private nurseries or childminders. You will be able to put the theory you are learning into practice and discover more about the range of career options available to you when you graduate.

We have more than 100 years' experience of teacher training at our Headingley Campus and our welcoming, friendly course team are ready to bring out the best in you. Many of them have experience working in the early years sector and their published work on play, early language development and well-being in the early years is both nationally and internationally recognised.

Guest speakers will share their expertise with you and you'll be studying alongside a diverse range of people from a variety of backgrounds, giving you the opportunity to discuss your experiences and learn from each other.

Dr Marie-Odile Leconte

School of Education Head

"In the School of Education and Childhood, we're committed to helping people grow and develop throughout their career. If you're hoping to get into the teaching profession, are newly qualified, or already have years of experience in the classroom; if you work in Early Years settings or other settings connected with children's and young people's services and provision; if you are concerned with special education needs, or working as a teaching assistant, a headteacher, or as a school governor, we can provide you with support and access to the latest research in the areas of learning, teaching and educational leadership."

Marie-Odile has developed considerable experience in HRM, organisational development and leadership. She sits on the national Executive Committee of UCML, the main network for Heads of Departments of Languages in UK universities where she has particular responsibility for providing staff development workshops for Heads of Departments/Language Centres. Her research interests include cross-cultural communication and language education. She is currently supervising PhD students in the areas of language learning (EFL) and international education and is also taking part in a research project on the meaning of ethics in the academic community.

Facilities

- Library
Our Library is open 24/7, every day of the year. However you like to work, we have got you covered with group and silent study areas, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Headingley Campus
Our historic Headingley Campus is set in nearly 100 acres of parkland and offers easy access to Leeds city centre.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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This programme for practising teachers covers the major elements of middle leadership and management in schools and is designed to provide you with a critical understanding of the principles underpinning middle leadership and management. Read more
This programme for practising teachers covers the major elements of middle leadership and management in schools and is designed to provide you with a critical understanding of the principles underpinning middle leadership and management.

Why this programme

◾If you are a Principal Teacher (or head of department/faculty): or are looking to progress into this role; and want to develop your skills as middle leaders in school, this programme is designed for you.
◾It uses practice-focused learning to develop your capability to lead teaching and learning within your school (Department or Faculty); particularly to achieve the ambitions of Curriculum for Excellence.
◾Our academic staff play a leading role in the area of professional and leadership development in Scotland. They have been involved in a range of research projects on headteacher recruitment, teacher leadership, coaching and leadership development, teachers’ work and collaborative professional enquiries.
◾There is a focus on collaborative learning, drawing on your own experiences and those of your academic colleagues.

Programme structure

Each course combines a taught element, a distance learning element and an assignment drawing from your work in school. You will also participate in online activities to support the development of practice-focused tasks and assignments.

Core courses
◾Developing as a middle leader
◾Leading change for improvement.

Progression

This PgCert forms part of the MEd Professional Learning and Enquiry degree programme.

Career prospects

As a graduate you would have all the necessary attributes to progress into, or enhance your capabilities in leadership role within schools.

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The MSc in Educational Leadership (with Specialist Qualification for Headship) is a work-based Master’s course designed to enable aspiring school leaders… Read more

The MSc in Educational Leadership (with Specialist Qualification for Headship) is a work-based Master’s course designed to enable aspiring school leaders and managers to gain a Master’s degree which contributes to the development of the knowledge, understanding and skills required to allow them to articulate and enact informed strategic vision, values and aims in relation to professional practice.

The MSc in Educational Leadership course has at its heart the Specialist Qualification for Headship (SQH) which is embedded in the Into Headship modules. This element of the programme will be accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) and so this work-based Master’s course incorporates both a professional and academic award.

The development of the Into Headship modules is the result of an ongoing formal collaboration with the Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL), Local Authorities, the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), Education Scotland, four other Universities and the highly successful SQH Western Consortium (Universities of Glasgow, Stirling and Strathclyde). Building on the success and impact of previous programmes, including the MSc in Educational Leadership (with Scottish Qualification for Headship), this new programme is designed to take account of current policy and the professional standards framework (GTCS, 2012) to offer participants an opportunity to develop strategic leadership and management competencies.

The programme, which is introduced for the first time in 2015, offers an opportunity for participants to further develop their professional learning and strategic leadership and management practices in a supportive, flexible, creative and challenging learning environment.

Accreditation

The Into Headship modules EDUP021 (Into Headship 1) and EDUP022 (Into Headship 2) will be accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).

Structure and content

The MSc in Educational Leadership (with Specialist Qualification for Headship) programme will comprise three stages:

Middle Leadership

Into Headship

Extended Induction

Prior to 2018, candidates may undertake EDUP021 Into Headship 1 and EEDUP022 Into Headship 2 as a Postgraduate Certificate. After 2018 these modules will form the Diploma stage of this qualification.

Stage one: Middle Leadership

The aim of this stage is to develop an understanding of the principles underpinning middle leadership for those aspiring to lead and manage the improvement of educational practices which impact on outcomes for children and young people in their setting and/or wider educational community. During stage one students will undertake one of the core modules, either EDUP001 Engaging critically with professional practices (20 credits at SCQF level 11) or EDUP007 Examining Professional Practices: Work-Based Learning (20 credits at SCQF level 11), then complete the Postgraduate Certificate with EDUP003 Middle Leadership: principles and practices (40 credits at SCQF level 11).

Stage Two: Into Headship

The aim of this stage is to foster a future orientated strategic stance to initiate and lead change for improvement through engagement with the school community. This will be achieved through building and applying sound knowledge and understanding of strategic leadership and management theories and practices in the context of the role of the headteacher. The modules will enable participants to develop an understanding of the place of values in leading a school community and explore ways of addressing some of the challenges this poses as well as enhancing the interpersonal and personal skills, confidence and resilience for those preparing to move into headship. This stage will provide an opportunity to develop practice in the use of critical enquiry and reflection to enhance participants’ strategic leadership practices and to evaluate and strengthen the impact of these practices on the school community. This stage is designed to enable participants to develop the strategic leadership and management competences as specified by the by the appropriate professional standards provided by the GTCS in Scotland to facilitate their transition into headship.

Stage Three: Extended Induction

During stage three participants will complete the MSc in Educational Leadership (with Specialist Qualification for Headship) through undertaking the final two modules in the programme EDUP023 Extended Induction 1 (20 credits SCQF level 11) and EDUP024 Extended Induction 2 (40 credits SCQF level 11)

Delivery and assessment

This course is offered on a part-time basis only. The period of study is normally three years for the MSc, although this programme is unlikely to be taken over three consecutive years. Candidates must complete six modules for the MSc degree. The modules will be delivered through a blended learning format designed to facilitate both individual and collaborative work. The format is a mix of face-to-face seminar days, guided self-study, online and work-based learning.

Employability

The MSc in Educational Leadership (with SQH) develops knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance leadership and management practices and support career-long professional development.

http://www.stir.ac.uk/postgraduate/programme-information/prospectus/education/educationalleadershipwithsqh/#apply-proc



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The . School Direct Tuition PGCE route.  is for high quality graduates who are looking to secure training and final employment at a specific partnership school whilst following a PGCE programme. Read more

The School Direct Tuition PGCE route is for high quality graduates who are looking to secure training and final employment at a specific partnership school whilst following a PGCE programme. This route allows you to apply to one of our partnership schools for your main training placement and provides University and school-based training along with 60 Masters level credits leading to the award of a PGCE at the end of the programme. Trainees are responsible for tuition fees and may be entitled to bursaries and student loans.

If you have an interest in all aspects of science; but in particular the chemical and material world and enjoy investigating this in a practical setting, then our science (chemistry) course will suit you. Our course looks at the key ideas which underpin the teaching of science in schools today and the way children's understanding of concepts develops in the context of a particular school direct training alliance.

What happens on the course?

  • Over the one year course, you undertake two periods of University-based learning at Walsall Campus, and you spend at least 120 days divided between two different schools determined by the school direct alliance.
  • All course modules provide examples of good practice in teaching which you will reflect upon as you develop your own teaching style. You will be expected to participate actively in your own learning and development
  • Teaching on the course reflects a variety of methods that will prepare you for life in the classroom including teacher-led debates, pupil-led exploration, peer-group discovery and the provision of individual targets. You will be assessed in a variety of ways including written assignments, classroom based investigation and other school-based activities and appraisal of practical teaching skills. The majority of teaching sessions will be alongside trainees from the other the science routes.
  • All University-based elements of the course take place at the Walsall Campus.
  • Typical modules may include
  • Observation of teaching, before undertaking ‘sheltered’ teaching activities, for example teaching parts of lessons or groups of pupils within a class
  • Progression to teaching single or short sequences of lessons
  • Further development through planned classroom activities
  • Development of teaching skills as you move to sustained sequences of lessons
  • Research in the University and school on the use of ICT in the teaching of your subject

PGCE: programme structure

  • Starting in September and ending in June the full-time PGCE is the fastest and most condensed way for non-experienced trainees to qualify.
  • The course comprises of two school placements and two periods of University-based teaching September to October; January to February.
  • 24 weeks of the 36 week PGCE course will be spent in schools. This covers three phases the first and third (autumn and summer) will be in your alliance school. The second will be in an alternative setting. During the third phase a proportion of your teaching at key stage 4 will be focussed on your chosen specialist area.

Career path

  • The PGCE Secondary School Teaching leads to qualified teacher status, and allows you to take up a teaching post within a secondary school
  • In secondary schools you could move up and across the management structure to gain responsibility for:
  • a particular subject as head of department, faculty or curriculum
  • a particular age group as head of year or key stage coordinator
  • a particular area such as special education needs or pastoral care (i.e. personal guidance)
  • Ultimately, you could progress to a senior management position such as a deputy or assistant head and, of course, headteacher - at which point you will have overall responsibility for the management of a school and the education its pupils receive
  • Following successful completion of this award, you could also use your 60 Masters-level credits towards any of our Masters degrees in the field of education
  • A national survey conducted by the Centre for Education and Employment Research has ranked Wolverhampton as the second most successful UK Higher Education Institute for graduate teacher training employment

What skills will you gain?

  • If you are successful you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status and you will be prepared to teach pupils in the 11-16 age phase.
  • The course will provide you with an excellent start to your teaching career as you experience teaching science in at least two separate secondary schools, working with trained school-based tutors to aid your development. Successful completion of the course will result in the award of Qualified Teacher Status along with a PGCE worth 60 Master's level credits.

Who accredits this course?

  • This course leads to the professional qualification of QTS – Qualified Teacher Status. The University will recommend students who have demonstrated competence in the Professional Standards to the Teaching Agency – who will award QTS.
  • The award of QTS is essential to teach in a school in England and on gaining this award the student becomes a qualified teacher.


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The . School Direct Tuition PGCE route.  is for high quality graduates who are looking to secure training and final employment at a specific partnership school whilst following a PGCE programme. Read more

The School Direct Tuition PGCE route is for high quality graduates who are looking to secure training and final employment at a specific partnership school whilst following a PGCE programme. This route allows you to apply to one of our partnership schools for your main training placement and provides University and school-based training along with 60 Masters level credits leading to the award of a PGCE at the end of the programme. Trainees are responsible for tuition fees and may be entitled to bursaries and student loans.

What happens on the course?

Over the one year course, you will undertake up to 60 days of University-based learning at Walsall Campus, and you will spend at least 120 days training in schools.

Your University tutor will be available to assist you throughout your training, and your lead SD school will ensure that you have high-quality school placements where you will learn from experienced teachers.

Teaching on the course will model a range of teaching strategies that will prepare you for life in the classroom including teacher-led debates, pupil-led exploration, peer-group discovery and personalised learning. You will be assessed in a variety of ways including written assignments, classroom based investigations, other school-based activities and appraisal of practical teaching skills.

All University-based elements of the course take place at the Walsall Campus where we have state-of-the-art learning facilities.

Typical modules may include

  • Observation of teaching, before undertaking ‘collaborative’ teaching activities, for example teaching parts of lessons or groups of pupils within a class
  • Progression to teaching single or short sequences of lessons
  • Further development through planned classroom activities
  • Development of teaching skills as you move to sustained sequences of lessons
  • Research in the University and school on the use of Information Technologies in the teaching of your subject

PGCE: programme structure

Starting in September and ending in June the full-time PGCE is the fastest and most condensed way for non-experienced trainees to qualify.

The course comprises ofa main school placement and a second school placement together with periods of University-based tuition. 24 weeks of the 36 week PGCE course will be spent in schools.

Additional training will take place in partner schools other than your SD 'placement' schools such as a Primary school experience and enhancement opportunities in special school settings. Support is available throughout your training from your university tutors and from a team of experienced teachers accredited by the University as your School Direct tutors.

Career path

The School Direct Tuition PGCE in Secondary School Teaching leads to qualified teacher status (QTS), and allows you to take up a teaching post within a secondary school. As a School Direct trainee you will move into employment with your lead school or you will be supported to find a teaching position within their alliance or within the much wider Wolverhampton partnership. However you are not guaranteed employment upon completion of the course.

In secondary schools you could move up and across the management structure to gain responsibility for:

  • a particular subject as head of department, faculty or curriculum
  • a particular age group as head of year or key stage coordinator
  • a particular area such as special education needs or pastoral care (i.e. personal guidance)

You could progress to a senior management position such as a deputy or assistant head and, of course, headteacher - at which point you will have overall responsibility for the management of a school and the education its pupils receive.

Following successful completion of this PGCE award, you could also use your 60 Masters-level credits towards any of our Masters degrees in the field of education.

What skills will you gain?

If you complete the course successfully, you will be awarded PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status and you will be prepared to teach pupils in the 11-16 age phase.

The course will provide you with an excellent start to your teaching career as you experience teaching in at least two separate secondary schools, working with trained school-based tutors to aid your development.

Who accredits this course?

This course leads to the academic award of PGCE and the professional qualification of QTS – Qualified Teacher Status. The University will recommend students who have demonstrated competence in the Teachers’ Standards to the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) for the award of QTS.

The award of QTS is essential to work as a qualified teacher in a school in the United Kingdom.



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The MA in Education. Leading Innovation and Change course aims to develop evidence-based innovative educational practice. The well-established and popular MA in Education. Read more
The MA in Education: Leading Innovation and Change course aims to develop evidence-based innovative educational practice.

The well-established and popular MA in Education: Leading Innovation and Change programme is designed to meet the professional development needs of teachers and other education professionals. This includes school administrators, business managers, finance officers, librarians, data managers and ICT managers through all phases of schooling and other educational contexts, and at all stages of their careers.

The programme enables middle and senior leaders (and aspiring leaders) to engage in critical reflection on their experience and understanding of leadership as they develop their scholarly knowledge whilst linking theory with practice.

Students have the opportunity to explore an area of particular interest and relevance to their professional role as they undertake a small-scale practitioner research enquiry, leading to evidence-based innovation.

The programme that helps schools to develop a research culture supported by continuing professional learning with potential for high impact on school improvement.

A Student View

Headteacher, Secondary School
"St Mary’s MA in Education, with its focus on research-based enquiry, has been the best form of continuing professional learning that our school has been involved in."

Why St Mary's?

Building on our long tradition of excellent practice in teacher education, St Mary's provides a flexible approach to this professional Master’s degree.

In addition to being delivered at the university and as a distance programme, it is also taught in school-centres in partnership with individual schools and groups of schools. This offers the opportunity for busy professionals to study in small groups in their own context. The timing of taught sessions and tutorials can be arranged to meet the needs of the students.

The success of this course lies in the flexible structure, bespoke delivery and quality of teaching offered. Students apply their learning to practical situations within their own schools, using their knowledge to drive effective change. The MA is designed to facilitate reflection and inquiry into practice and supports the long-term career development of participants.

Course Content

The course aims to:
-Help schools and staff develop so that learning improves.
-Enable schools and staff to advance their professional skills and expertise through the development of a research culture.
-Provide a framework of support for progressing school development priorities, offering planned feedback opportunities for research and development within schools.
-Provide support for staff actively engaged in change leadership and management initiatives.
-Support staff in generating evidence of their work in the curriculum to contribute to performance management and school self-evaluation.
-Enable schools to address recruitment and retention challenges by offering advanced qualifications at Master's level, in partnership with St Mary's University.
-Enhance career progression through participation in a quality professional development programme.

All modules can be viewed on our website:
https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/postgraduate-courses-london/leading-innovation-and-change-education

Career Prospects

The MA in Leading Innovation and Change programme is aimed at teachers and other education professionals at any stage of their careers, those in senior and middle leadership roles and those aspiring to leadership positions in the early years, primary, secondary and post-sixteen sectors and in other educational establishments. The programme will offer you the opportunity to be at the forefront of leading and managing school initiatives and enable you to make a positive difference to the quality of learning and teaching within your educational setting.

What the course can lead to:
-The development of teacher expertise in a chosen field of enquiry
-High impact on practice (school improvement and professional understanding)
-Knowledge of change leadership and management dynamics
-Skills in presenting work/research findings
-Experience in writing for professional and academic audiences
-Career-long teacher development at various levels
-Subject Leadership
-Senior Leadership
-An ongoing engagement with practitioner research
-Doctoral studies

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This programme for practising teachers covers the major elements of teacher leadership and learning in schools and is designed to provide you with a critical understanding of the principles underpinning middle leadership and management. Read more
This programme for practising teachers covers the major elements of teacher leadership and learning in schools and is designed to provide you with a critical understanding of the principles underpinning middle leadership and management. It will create structured and coherent opportunities to apply these principles to your own practice.

Why this programme

◾This programme is for teachers looking to develop their understanding of pedagogic leadership and/or progress into the role of Principal Teacher (or Head of Department/Faculty); and to develop skills as a leader of learning in the classroom.
◾It uses practice-focused learning to develop your capability to lead teaching and learning within your school (or Department/Faculty); particularly to achieve the ambitions of Curriculum for Excellence.
◾Our academic staff play a leading role in the area of professional and leadership development in Scotland and internationally. They have been involved in a range of research projects on headteacher recruitment, teacher leadership, coaching and leadership development, teachers’ work and collaborative professional enquiries.
◾There is a focus on collaborative learning, drawing on your own experiences and those of your academic colleagues.

Programme structure

Each course combines a taught element, a distance learning element and an assignment drawing from your work in school. You will also participate in online activities to support the development of practice-focused tasks and assignments.

Core courses
◾Developing as a leader
◾Leading a project
◾Working collaboratively.

Career prospects

As a graduate you would have all the necessary attributes to progress into, or enhance your capabilities in, a leadership role within schools.

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This initial teacher training programme enables lead schools to choose the provider they want to work with. Read more

This initial teacher training programme enables lead schools to choose the provider they want to work with. These schools play a key role in recruiting and selecting trainees and they work with the University to provide a high-quality training programme which leads to the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status at Primary level. Applicants apply direct to a lead school and undertake their placements within the lead school’s partnership. Partnerships may include a mix of primary and special.

Following successful completion of the 60 (level 7) credit PGCE (QTS) year, students may then opt to progress onto the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Studies and then the MA in Teaching Studies with the University of Birmingham.

Students who have completed the 120 credit PGDipEd (QTS) year may progress directly onto the MA in Teaching Studies. 

There are two routes currently being offered:

  • School Direct students pay a tuition fee to the University of Birmingham and may be eligible for a bursary or scholarship. 
  • School Direct (salaried) is normally for graduates with at least three years’ work experience. Students are employees of their schools and are paid a salary. The University does not charge fees for this route. 

Course details

Students on School Direct primary routes at schools partnered with the University of Birmingham will normally undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (School Direct) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which will provide 60 credits contributing to Master's level.

Subjects offered

Currently, School Direct with the University of Birmingham’s PGCE (School Direct) is available in the following phases / subjects where an agreement has been put in place with a School Direct school:   

Primary

  • Primary 5-11 General Primary
  • Primary SEN 

Learning and teaching

The primary course is designed in conjunction with our partnership of schools, is founded on our long-standing expertise in teacher education and combines the phase, curriculum and learning and teaching expertise of specialist tutors and seconded teachers at the University with the expertise of school-based colleagues. School Direct combines the best of these elements while developing analytic and reflective practitioners.

The course combines school based learning coordinated by the School Direct ‘Lead School’ with lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and practical sessions at the university. Study at the University is largely within the School of Education’s dedicated building which includes specialist facilities, a specialist Education Library, student study areas and online learning support.

Employability

School Direct students enter their training with an expectation that, if they are successful in their training and achieve QTS, they are likely to be employed within the schools in the School Direct training alliance in which they have trained.

School Direct students studying with the University of Birmingham and its School Direct partner schools can expect to be highly employable. Success in finding first teaching posts for students on the university’s postgraduate programmes is very high – and substantially above national averages. In addition to this, teachers educated with University of Birmingham partnerships typically remain in the profession and build excellent careers in teaching with progression on to leadership and management roles in schools where that is their desire. A significant number who follow our postgraduate programmes take up the opportunity to complete Masters study at some point after their induction year, further enhancing their career development. Employability rates for University of Birmingham postgraduate trained teachers are among the highest in the country.

School Direct (Salaried) students will be engaged as unqualified teachers within their School Direct school and therefore are specifically employable in that they have been trained via an ‘employment-based route’.

Many of those who have trained to teach with the University of Birmingham are now in headteacher, head of department and similar roles across the West Midlands, nationally and beyond – and many give up time and expertise to contribute to our programmes. 



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This MA offers you the opportunity to explore current issues within early childhood education in national and international contexts, and can open up a wide range of career opportunities in areas including childcare management, lecturing and research. Read more

This MA offers you the opportunity to explore current issues within early childhood education in national and international contexts, and can open up a wide range of career opportunities in areas including childcare management, lecturing and research.

It focuses on the crucial role that experiences in early education play in producing happy, healthy and successful children. Drawing on your own professional experience, practice and interests you'll be able to research and develop specialist areas of expertise within this field.

Specifically, our re-validated course provides an exciting new opportunity to:

• Engage in rigorous and critical professional development

• Explore issues of relevance to your own workplace

• Enhance your skills in research and critical enquiry

• Investigate the latest research

• Innovate and lead practice

Visit the website: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/postgraduate/early-childhood-education.aspx

Course detail

The range of modules is designed to reflect the range of expertise and specialisms within the Early Childhood Directorate teaching team, who are passionate about using insights from their research to enhance your learning experience. You will have the opportunity to develop your own research and specialist areas of expertise, based on personal interests and professional experiences. We encourage you to gain experience as a researcher, and there may be opportunities to get involved in research projects and student internships within the Faculty of Education.

You will study a core module at the outset which will help you develop an understanding of Level 7 learning and the importance of reflection on practice, as you begin to develop effective Level 7 writing skills and abilities.

• Professional Development through Research, Reflection and Professional Practice (core 20 credit module)

As you progress you will have the opportunity to develop these skills further in a range of optional 20 credit modules. Options include the following although some combinations may be limited due to your mode of study (full/part¬time). All modules are subject to change.

• Early Childhood Education: Curricular and Pedagogical Approaches (optional)

• Leading Quality Practice in Early Childhood Education (optional)

• Policy and Practice in Early Childhood Education (optional)

• Learning Outdoors in Early Childhood (optional)

• Children’s Lives in Context: Historical and International Perspectives (optional)

• Children and Charities in Early Childhood Education (optional)

• Early Childhood Education for Sustainability (optional)

• Early Childhood Education: Negotiated Project (optional)

The final 60 credits of the course are designed to enable you to demonstrate self-direction and originality in conducting an independent research study into a specialist area in early childhood education.

Suitability

The MA attracts a wide range of graduates from a variety of backgrounds not necessarily Early Years related but those who wish to expand and deepen their knowledge of young children from birth to 8 years. Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to engage in extracurricular activities hosted by the University such as conferences, open lectures, and visits to early years settings.

Format

You'll study using a variety of learning and teaching strategies involving you as an active participant in the process of learning and teaching depending upon the mode of delivery. Modules typically consist of a series of lectures, workshops and seminars which are delivered over the course of seven weeks. Some modules may be offered on a blended basis combining face to face Saturday sessions with access to online learning resources. Blended delivery is particularly appropriate where the module content demands experiential learning and some sessions may include field work as well as classroom based activities. It is also appropriate for modules such as the Negotiated Project where students are encouraged to further their own specific research interests with one-to-one tutor support.

All learning will be supported through the use of the University Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard) as well as other digital media. Individual tutorials are offered to students in all modules and individual supervision forms an essential part of work on the dissertation. The module tutor or the Programme Director will act as your personal tutor.

Assessment

The programme uses a range of assessment types including presentations, action research reports, reflective commentaries, literature reviews and document analysis. You will also complete a 15,000 word dissertation based on your research interests.

What can I do next?

As a programme of rigorous and critical professional development, the MA Early Childhood Education can open up a wide range of opportunities. Graduates from the MA Early Childhood Education have been successful in pursuing careers in a variety of different professional contexts with roles including Lecturer in Early Years, Nursery Manager, Childrens Centre Manager, Deputy Headteacher (primary) and Creative Early Years Specialist. Some students have gone on to enroll on doctoral programmes and to undertake a PhD based on their particular research interests.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx

Fees and Funding

See our postgraduate fees and funding page to discover the loans, scholarships and bursaries available.

View https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/postgraduate-fees-funding/postgraduate-funding.aspx



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If you are interested in the world around you, like to engage in deep questions about the nature of life, religion and religious traditions and wish to communicate your enthusiasm with young people, this course will prepare you to do this effectively. Read more

If you are interested in the world around you, like to engage in deep questions about the nature of life, religion and religious traditions and wish to communicate your enthusiasm with young people, this course will prepare you to do this effectively.

The aim of the Religious Education course is to develop reflective teachers who care about developing pupils’ understanding about the world around them and want to foster pupils’ appreciation of different beliefs, practices and religions. You will be encouraged to develop effective and inspirational practical teaching skills underpinned by a sound grasp of theoretical concepts.

Successful completion of the course will lead to the award Qualified Teacher Status along with 60 credits towards a Masters.

What happens on the course?

  • Over the one year course, you undertake two periods of University-based learning at Walsall Campus, and you spend at least 120 days divided between two different school placements across the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase.
  • Your University tutor is available to assist you throughout your training, and every effort is made to ensure you have a high-quality school placement, where you can learn from experienced teachers
  • All course modules provide examples of good practice in teaching which you will reflect upon as you develop your own teaching style. You will be expected to participate actively in your own learning and development
  • Teaching on the course reflects a variety of methods that will prepare you for life in the classroom including teacher-led debates, pupil-led exploration, peer-group discovery and the provision of individual targets. You will be assessed in a variety of ways including written assignments, classroom based investigation and other school-based activities and appraisal of practical teaching skills. The majority teaching sessions will be alongside trainees from the other the science routes.
  • All University-based elements of the course take place at the Walsall Campus.
  • Typical modules may include
  • Observation of teaching, before undertaking ‘sheltered’ teaching activities, for example teaching parts of lessons or groups of pupils within a class
  • Progression to teaching single or short sequences of lessons
  • Further development through planned classroom activities
  • Development of teaching skills as you move to sustained sequences of lessons
  • Research in the University and school on the use of ICT in the teaching of your subject

PGCE: programme structure

  • Starting in September and ending in June the full-time PGCE is the fastest and most condensed way for non-experienced trainees to qualify.
  • The course comprises of two school placements and two periods of University-based teaching September to October; January to February.
  • 24 weeks of the 36 week PGCE course will be spent in schools. You will have one school attachment during the autumn term and another (in a different school) in the spring/summer terms. During the second attachment a proportion of your teaching at key stage 4 will be focussed on your chosen specialist area.
  • We try to take your geographical location into account when placing you in schools but our first concern is to ensure that you have a high quality school placement that can provide a range of experiences. Additional training will therefore take place in partner schools other than your 'attachment' schools. Support is available from your University Tutor throughout your training, plus from experienced teachers accredited by the University as school based tutors.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • We are one of Britain's largest and most established providers of teacher education. A national survey conducted by the Centre for Education and Employment Research has ranked Wolverhampton as the second most successful UK Higher Education Institute for graduate teacher training employment.
  • We have a state of the art Education and Teaching Building with teaching rooms fitted with interactive whiteboards, two lecture theatres as well as social learning areas and a coffee shop.
  • Access to regular Professional Skills Test Support

Career path

  • The PGCE Secondary School Teaching leads to qualified teacher status, and allows you to take up a teaching post within a secondary school
  • In secondary schools you could move up and across the management structure to gain responsibility for:
  • a particular subject as head of department, faculty or curriculum
  • a particular age group as head of year or key stage coordinator
  • a particular area such as special education needs or pastoral care (i.e. personal guidance)
  • Ultimately, you could progress to a senior management position such as a deputy or assistant head and, of course, headteacher - at which point you will have overall responsibility for the management of a school and the education its pupils receive
  • ·Following successful completion of this award, you could also use your 60 Masters-level credits towards any of our Masters degrees in the field of education which can be continued within your NQT year.

What skills will you gain?

  • If you are successful you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status and you will be prepared to teach pupils in the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase with primary and post-16 enhancement.
  • The course will provide you with an excellent start to your teaching career as you experience teaching science in two separate secondary schools, working with trained school-based tutors to aid your development. Successful completion of the course will result in the award of Qualified Teacher Status along with 60 Masters-level credits.
  • Become a critical reflective teacher with high levels of subject knowledge and a wide understanding of educational theory and practice.
  • Professional skills required to achieve Outstanding results in relation to student progress including data analysis, communication, lesson planning and assessment methods.

Who accredits this course?

  • This course leads to the professional qualification of QTS – Qualified Teacher Status. The University will recommend students who have demonstrated competence in the Professional Standards to the Teaching Agency – who will award QTS.
  • The award of QTS is essential to teach in a school in the United Kingdom and on gaining this award the student becomes a qualified teacher.


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If you have a passion for Art and Design and wish to communicate your enthusiasm with young people, this course will prepare you to do this effectively. Read more

If you have a passion for Art and Design and wish to communicate your enthusiasm with young people, this course will prepare you to do this effectively. The aim of the course is to develop reflective teachers who care about pupils’ development in art, craft and design, and who understand how to ensure pupil progression. You will be encouraged to develop effective and inspirational practical teaching skills underpinned by a sound grasp of theoretical concepts.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education Secondary Education offers initial teacher education to develop reflective teachers who care about pupils’ development in art, craft and design, and who understand how to ensure pupil progression. You will be encouraged to develop effective and inspirational practical teaching skills underpinned by a sound grasp of theoretical concepts.

This course is designed to meet the NCTL Teaching Standards which assesses all trainees working towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

This Art and Design route sits within an exciting range of Secondary Education subjects we offer within the Institute of Education.

This postgraduate qualification offers 60 Masters-level credits that can be used towards our Masters degrees in the field of education.

SECONDARY EDUCATION Frequently Asked Questions

This is NOT an appropriate training course for applicants who wish to teach in Primary schools or Post Compulsory Education establishments.

What happens on the course?

Over the one year course, you undertake two periods of University-based learning at Walsall Campus, and you spend at least 120 days divided between two different schools across the 11-16 age range within the Secondary age phase.

  • Your University tutor is available to assist you throughout your training, and every effort is made to ensure you have a high-quality school placement, where you can learn from experienced teachers
  • All course modules provide examples of good practice in teaching which you will reflect upon as you develop your own teaching style. You will be expected to participate actively in your own learning and development
  • Teaching on the course reflects a variety of methods that will prepare you for life in the classroom including teacher-led debates, pupil-led exploration, peer-group discovery and the provision of individual targets. You will be assessed in a variety of ways including written assignments; classroom based investigation and other school-based activities and appraisal of practical teaching skills. The majority teaching sessions will be alongside trainees from the other the science routes.
  • Typical modules may include:
  • Observation of teaching, before undertaking ‘sheltered’ teaching activities, for example teaching parts of lessons or groups of pupils within a class
  • Progression to teaching single or short sequences of lessons
  • Further development through planned classroom activities
  • Development of teaching skills as you move to sustained sequences of lessons
  • Research in the University and school on the use of ICT in the teaching of your subject

PGCE: programme structure

  • Starting in September and ending in June the full-time PGCE is the fastest and most condensed way for non-experienced trainees to qualify.
  • The course comprises of two school placements and two periods of University-based teaching September to October; January to February.
  • 120 days (24 weeks) of the 36 week PGCE course will be spent in schools. You will have one school attachment during the autumn term and another (in a different school) in the spring/summer terms. During the second attachment a proportion of your teaching at key stage 4 will be focussed on your chosen specialist area.

We try to take your geographical location into account when placing you in schools but our first concern is to ensure that you have a high quality school placement that can provide a range of experiences. Additional training will therefore take place in partner schools other than your 'attachment' schools. Support is available from your University Tutor throughout your training, plus from experienced teachers accredited by the University as school based tutors.

Career path

Successful completion of the PGCE Secondary Education course leads to recommendation to NCTL for qualified teacher status (QTS) and will then allow you to take up a teaching post within a secondary school.

  • In secondary schools you could move up and across the management structure to gain responsibility for:
  • a particular subject as head of department, faculty or curriculum
  • a particular age group as head of year or key stage coordinator
  • a particular area such as special education needs or pastoral care (i.e. personal guidance)
  • Ultimately, you could progress to a senior management position such as a deputy or assistant head and, of course, headteacher - at which point you will have overall responsibility for the management of a school and the education its pupils receive
  • A national survey conducted by the Centre for Education and Employment Research has ranked Wolverhampton as the second most successful UK Higher Education Institute for graduate teacher training employment
  • Following successful completion of this award, you could also use your 60 Masters-level credits towards any of our Masters degrees in the field of education which can be continued within your NQT year.

What skills will you gain?

Successful completion of the PGCE Secondary Education course leads to recommendation to NCTL for qualified teacher status (QTS) and will then allow you to take up a teaching post within a secondary school. You will be prepared to teach pupils in the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase with primary and post-16 enhancement.

This course will provide you with an excellent start to your teaching career as you experience teaching your subject in two separate secondary schools, working with trained school-based tutors to aid your development.

You will become a critical reflective teacher with high levels of subject knowledge and a wide understanding of educational theory and practice.

Professional skills required to achieve Outstanding results in relation to student progress including data analysis, communication, lesson planning and assessment methods.

Find out more about further study that can be taken after completing this PGCE award.



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The . School Direct Tuition PGCE route.  is for high quality graduates who are looking to secure training and final employment at a specific partnership school whilst following a PGCE programme. Read more

The School Direct Tuition PGCE route is for high quality graduates who are looking to secure training and final employment at a specific partnership school whilst following a PGCE programme. This route allows you to apply to one of our partnership schools for your main training placement and provides University and school-based training along with 60 Masters level credits leading to the award of a PGCE at the end of the programme. Trainees are responsible for tuition fees and may be entitled to bursaries and student loans.

What happens on the course?

  • Over the one year course, you undertake two periods of University-based learning at Walsall Campus, and you spend at least 120 days divided between two different schools determined by the school direct alliance.
  • All course modules provide examples of good practice in teaching which you will reflect upon as you develop your own teaching style. You will be expected to participate actively in your own learning and development
  • Teaching on the course reflects a variety of methods that will prepare you for life in the classroom including teacher-led debates, pupil-led exploration, peer-group discovery and the provision of individual targets. You will be assessed in a variety of ways including written assignments, classroom based investigation and other school-based activities and appraisal of practical teaching skills. The majority of teaching sessions will be alongside trainees from the other the science routes.
  • All University-based elements of the course take place at the Walsall Campus.
  • Typical modules may include
  • Observation of teaching, before undertaking ‘sheltered’ teaching activities, for example teaching parts of lessons or groups of pupils within a class
  • Progression to teaching single or short sequences of lessons
  • Further development through planned classroom activities
  • Development of teaching skills as you move to sustained sequences of lessons
  • Research in the University and school on the use of ICT in the teaching of your subject

PGCE: programme structure

  • Starting in September and ending in June the full-time PGCE is the fastest and most condensed way for non-experienced trainees to qualify.
  • The course comprises of two school placements and two periods of University-based teaching September to October; January to February.
  • 24 weeks of the 36 week PGCE course will be spent in schools. This covers three phases the first and third (autumn and summer) will be in your alliance school. The second will be in an alternative setting. During the third phase a proportion of your teaching at key stage 4 will be focussed on your chosen specialist area.

Career path

  • The PGCE Secondary School Teaching leads to qualified teacher status, and allows you to take up a teaching post within a secondary school
  • In secondary schools you could move up and across the management structure to gain responsibility for:
  • a particular subject as head of department, faculty or curriculum
  • a particular age group as head of year or key stage coordinator
  • a particular area such as special education needs or pastoral care (i.e. personal guidance)
  • Ultimately, you could progress to a senior management position such as a deputy or assistant head and, of course, headteacher - at which point you will have overall responsibility for the management of a school and the education its pupils receive
  • Following successful completion of this award, you could also use your 60 Masters-level credits towards any of our Masters degrees in the field of education

What skills will you gain?

  • If you are successful you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status and you will be prepared to teach pupils in the 11-16 age phase.
  • The course will provide you with an excellent start to your teaching career as you experience teaching science in at least two separate secondary schools, working with trained school-based tutors to aid your development. Successful completion of the course will result in the award of Qualified Teacher Status along with a PGCE worth 60 Master's level credits.

Who accredits this course?

  • This course leads to the professional qualification of QTS – Qualified Teacher Status. The University will recommend students who have demonstrated competence in the Professional Standards to the Teaching Agency – who will award QTS.
  • The award of QTS is essential to teach in a school in England and on gaining this award the student becomes a qualified teacher.


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The . School Direct Tuition PGCE route.  is for high quality graduates who are looking to secure training and final employment at a specific partnership school whilst following a PGCE programme. Read more

The School Direct Tuition PGCE route is for high quality graduates who are looking to secure training and final employment at a specific partnership school whilst following a PGCE programme. This route allows you to apply to one of our partnership schools for your main training placement and provides University and school-based training along with 60 Masters level credits leading to the award of a PGCE at the end of the programme. Trainees are responsible for tuition fees and may be entitled to bursaries and student loans.

If you want to become a mathematics teacher then this course will prepare you to work in schools and challenge you to deliver high quality lessons for all pupils.

You will have to possess a passion for mathematics and be able to work with all ranges of ability.

The aim of the mathematics course is to develop thoughtful teachers, who can respond effectively to the learning needs of young people in school.

You must have the background and ability to contribute to the teaching of all mathematical topics at key stages 3 and 4 of the National Curriculum.

We aim to provide the opportunity to be involved in post-16 teaching.

What happens on the course?

Over the one year course, you will undertake up to 60 days of University-based learning at Walsall Campus, and you will spend at least 120 days training in schools.

Your University tutor will be available to assist you throughout your training, and your lead SD school will ensure that you have high-quality school placements where you will learn from experienced teachers.

Teaching on the course will model a range of teaching strategies that will prepare you for life in the classroom including teacher-led debates, pupil-led exploration, peer-group discovery and personalised learning. You will be assessed in a variety of ways including written assignments, classroom based investigations, other school-based activities and appraisal of practical teaching skills.

All University-based elements of the course take place at the Walsall Campus where we have state-of-the-art learning facilities.

Typical modules may include

  • Observation of teaching, before undertaking ‘collaborative’ teaching activities, for example teaching parts of lessons or groups of pupils within a class
  • Progression to teaching single or short sequences of lessons
  • Further development through planned classroom activities
  • Development of teaching skills as you move to sustained sequences of lessons
  • Research in the University and school on the use of Information Technologies in the teaching of your subject

PGCE: programme structure

Starting in September and ending in June the full-time PGCE is the fastest and most condensed way for non-experienced trainees to qualify.

The course comprises of main and second school placements together with periods of University-based tuition. 24 weeks of the 36 week PGCE course will be spent in schools.

Additional training will take place in partner schools other than your SD 'placement' schools such as a Primary school experience and enhancement opportunities in special school settings. Support is available throughout your training from your university tutors and from a team of experienced teachers accredited by the University as your School Direct tutors.

Career path

The PGCE in Secondary School Teaching leads to qualified teacher status (QTS), and allows you to take up a teaching post within a secondary school. As a School Direct trainee you will move into employment with your lead school or you will be supported to find a teaching position within their alliance or within the much wider Wolverhampton partnership.

In secondary schools you could move up and across the management structure to gain responsibility for:

  • a particular subject as head of department, faculty or curriculum
  • a particular age group as head of year or key stage coordinator
  • a particular area such as special education needs or pastoral care (i.e. personal guidance)

You could progress to a senior management position such as a deputy or assistant head and, of course, headteacher - at which point you will have overall responsibility for the management of a school and the education its pupils receive.

Following successful completion of this PGCE award, you could also use your 60 Masters-level credits towards any of our Masters degrees in the field of education

Who accredits this course?

This course leads to the academic award of PGCE and the professional qualification of QTS – Qualified Teacher Status. The University will recommend students who have demonstrated competence in the Teachers’ Standards to the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) for the award of QTS.

The award of QTS is essential to work as a qualified teacher in a school in the United Kingdom.



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The . School Direct Tuition PGCE route.  is for high quality graduates who are looking to secure training and final employment at a specific partnership school whilst following a PGCE programme. Read more

The School Direct Tuition PGCE route is for high quality graduates who are looking to secure training and final employment at a specific partnership school whilst following a PGCE programme. This route allows you to apply to one of our partnership schools for your main training placement and provides University and school-based training along with 60 Masters level credits leading to the award of a PGCE at the end of the programme. Trainees are responsible for tuition fees and may be entitled to bursaries and student loans.

If you have an interest in all aspects of science; but in particular life processes and living things and enjoy investigating this in a practical setting, then our biology course will suit you. Our course looks at the key ideas which underpin the teaching of science in schools today and the way children's understanding of concepts develops in the context of a particular school direct training alliance.

What happens on the course?

  • Over the one year course, you undertake two periods of University-based learning at Walsall Campus, and you spend at least 120 days divided between two different schools determined by the school direct alliance.
  • All course modules provide examples of good practice in teaching which you will reflect upon as you develop your own teaching style. You will be expected to participate actively in your own learning and development
  • Teaching on the course reflects a variety of methods that will prepare you for life in the classroom including teacher-led debates, pupil-led exploration, peer-group discovery and the provision of individual targets. You will be assessed in a variety of ways including written assignments, classroom based investigation and other school-based activities and appraisal of practical teaching skills. The majority teaching sessions will be alongside trainees from the other the science routes.
  • All University-based elements of the course take place at the Walsall Campus.
  • Typical modules may include
  • Observation of teaching, before undertaking ‘sheltered’ teaching activities, for example teaching parts of lessons or groups of pupils within a class
  • Progression to teaching single or short sequences of lessons
  • Further development through planned classroom activities
  • Development of teaching skills as you move to sustained sequences of lessons
  • Research in the University and school on the use of ICT in the teaching of your subject

PGCE: programme structure

  • Starting in September and ending in June the full-time PGCE is the fastest and most condensed way for non-experienced trainees to qualify.
  • The course comprises of two school placements and two periods of University-based teaching September to October; January to February.
  • 24 weeks of the 36 week PGCE course will be spent in schools. This covers three phases the first and third (autumn and summer) will be in your alliance school. The second will be in an alternative setting. During the third phase a proportion of your teaching at key stage 4 will be focused on your chosen specialist area.

Career path

  • The PGCE Secondary School Teaching leads to qualified teacher status, and allows you to take up a teaching post within a secondary school
  • In secondary schools you could move up and across the management structure to gain responsibility for:
  • a particular subject as head of department, faculty or curriculum
  • a particular age group as head of year or key stage coordinator
  • a particular area such as special education needs or pastoral care (i.e. personal guidance)
  • Ultimately, you could progress to a senior management position such as a deputy or assistant head and, of course, headteacher - at which point you will have overall responsibility for the management of a school and the education its pupils receive
  • Following successful completion of this award, you could also use your 60 Masters-level credits towards any of our Masters degrees in the field of education

What skills will you gain?

  • If you are successful you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status and you will be prepared to teach pupils in the 11-16 age phase.
  • The course will provide you with an excellent start to your teaching career as you experience teaching science in at least two separate secondary schools, working with trained school-based tutors to aid your development. Successful completion of the course will result in the award of Qualified Teacher Status along with a PGCE worth.

Who accredits this course?

  • This course leads to the professional qualification of QTS – Qualified Teacher Status. The University will recommend students who have demonstrated competence in the Professional Standards to the Teaching Agency – who will award QTS.
  • The award of QTS is essential to teach in a school in England and on gaining this award the student becomes a qualified teacher.


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The . School Direct Tuition PGCE route.  is for high quality graduates who are looking to secure training and final employment at a specific partnership school whilst following a PGCE programme. Read more

The School Direct Tuition PGCE route is for high quality graduates who are looking to secure training and final employment at a specific partnership school whilst following a PGCE programme. This route allows you to apply to one of our partnership schools for your main training placement and provides University and school-based training along with 60 Masters level credits leading to the award of a PGCE at the end of the programme. Trainees are responsible for tuition fees and may be entitled to bursaries and student loans.

If you have a passion for language and the exploration of ideas through all forms of written and verbal media and wish to communicate your enthusiasm with young people, this course will prepare you to do this effectively.

The aim of the English course is to develop reflective teachers who care about pupils’ language development and who understand how to ensure progression in pupils’ written, reading and oral skills so that they develop into skilled and critical readers, writers and speakers. You will be encouraged to develop effective and inspirational practical teaching skills underpinned by a sound grasp of theoretical concepts.

What happens on the course?

  • In addition to the 24 weeks spent in school, you will attend two main blocks of university teaching in September and January as well as additional days spent in university during the block teaching periods to consolidate your learning.
  • All course modules provide examples of excellent practice in teaching which you will reflect upon as you develop your own teaching style - you will be expected to participate actively in your own learning and development
  • Teaching on the course reflects a variety of methodologies that will prepare you for life in the classroom including teacher-led debates, pupil-led exploration, peer-group discovery and the provision of individual targets
  • You will be assessed in a variety of ways including written assignments, classroom based investigation and other school-based activities, and appraisal of practical teaching skills
  • Typical modules may include:
  • Observation of teaching, before undertaking ‘sheltered’ teaching activities, for example teaching parts of lessons or groups of pupils within a class
  • Progression to teaching single or short sequences of lessons
  • Further development through planned classroom activities
  • Development of teaching skills as you move to sustained sequences of lessons
  • Research in the University and school on selected aspects of your practice

Programme Structure

  • The School Direct (training) courses and traditional (Core) courses start in September and end in June; the School Direct (salaried) starts in September and runs for the whole school year.
  • The programme also includes a short Primary school placement and additional opportunities for a range of enhancements, for example: a Child Protection course; a wide range of opportunities for working with pupils with a variety of special educational needs and disabilities; training in teaching pupils with English as an additional language.

We try to take your geographical location into account when placing you in schools. The University based elements of the course take place at the Walsall Campus.

Career path

  • The PGCE in Secondary School Teaching leads to qualified teacher status, and allows you to take up a teaching post within a secondary school.
  • There has been 100% employment rate for all finishers since the course started in 2001.
  • In secondary schools you could move up and across the management structure to gain responsibility for:

a) a particular subject as head of department, faculty or curriculum

b) a particular age group as head of year or key stage coordinator

c) a particular area such as special education needs or pastoral care (ie personal guidance)

  • Ultimately, you could progress to a senior management position such as a deputy or assistant head and, of course, headteacher - at which point you will have overall responsibility for the management of a school and the education its pupils receive
  • Following successful completion of this award, you could also use your 60 Masters-level credits towards any of our Masters degrees in the field of education

What skills will you gain?

  • If you are successful you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status and you will be prepared to teach pupils in the 11-16 age phase. You will also be introduced to teaching at post-16.
  • If successful, you will gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which represents 60 Masters-level credits.
  • If you are successful, you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status. You will also be helped to find your first post in school. The course will provide you with an excellent start to your teaching career as you experience teaching in two separate secondary schools, working with trained school-based tutors to aid your development. You will have the opportunity to change pupils’ lives and have a real impact on the work of English departments in the region through your involvement with the course.

Who accredits this course?

  • This course leads to the professional qualification of QTS – Qualified Teacher Status. The University will recommend students who have demonstrated competence in the Professional Standards to the Teaching Agency – who will award QTS.
  • In addition you will gain 60 credits at Masters level – equivalent to one-third of a Masters degree. There is the opportunity to continue this study throughout your NQT year and beyond.


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