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The course at Brunel stands out from others in the market because NSIRC is the UK’s first industrially-led postgraduate education centre, which is a joint initiative between TWI and Brunel University London as the lead academic partner. Read more

About the course

The course at Brunel stands out from others in the market because NSIRC is the UK’s first industrially-led postgraduate education centre, which is a joint initiative between TWI and Brunel University London as the lead academic partner.

There are no other postgraduate opportunities that provide a dedicated, specialist training programme that combines academic excellence through Brunel University London, with extensive up-to-date industrial experience of TWI’s experts across the many and varied disciplines essential to structural integrity, as applied in the oil and gas, power generation and transportation sectors.
 
 The National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC), an education and research collaboration with Brunel University London, is contributing to the course.

Aims

This programme is specifically tailored to provide graduates or practising engineers with the necessary skills to pursue a successful engineering career, who are targeted for recruitment by companies and organisations globally. As industry-ready engineers, recent graduates of this MSc are in high demand and have been successful in gaining employment in:

Oil and gas industry
Engineering consultancies
Asset management
Research organisations

When structures fail, the results can be catastrophic. Not only in terms of potential loss of life and operational downtime, but also because of the huge costs associated with subsequent inspection and repair. Integrity engineers play a crucial role in preventing these failures. Their decisions influence structural design, determine service life extensions and improve safety for a wide range of sectors, including oil and gas, power generation and transportation.

This unique postgraduate programme provides the necessary training needed to detect the existence, formation and growth of damage and defects, and to assess the influence of loads and stresses arising from manufacture and applied in service. While being able to detect defects is vital, it is knowing what to do with these defects that is at the core of this programme. You can expect to be taught by industrial experts involved in developing codes, standards and working practices.

Being industry-led, this programme provides an opportunity to work on real engineering projects, equipping graduates with applied knowledge of material and structural failure, finite element analysis, non-destructive testing and project management. 

Course Content

The MSc in Structural Integrity is based around eight modules and an industry-led dissertation project. Please be aware modules may be subject to change.

Modules:

Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue Analysis
Materials - Metallurgy and Materials
NDT Inspection Methodology
Codes of Practice with Principles and Application
Stress Analysis and Plant Inspection
Numerical Modelling of Solids and Structures
Reliability Engineering
Structural Health Monitoring
Dissertation

Work Placements

All dissertation projects will be linked to an industrial research scheme thus providing opportunities for placements to various extents appropriate to the project requirement.

Teaching

The course runs from September to September, with the key activities in the period up to the end of April being taught lecture modules and seminars from leading experts in the UK. From May until the end of the programme, students work full-time on their industrially supported dissertation project.

The programme employs a wide range of teaching methods designed to create a demanding and varied learning environment including a structured lecture programme, self-study online videos, case studies, “hands on” computing and testing laboratory sessions and guest speakers.

Assessment

Each module is assessed through a range of assessment types (including group work), to ensure students have a comprehensive understanding and can readily apply the taught material to real engineering problems.

Special Features

The MSc in Structural Integrity of Brunel University London has significant industrial involvement with contribution from the NSIRC. The MSc course will combine academic excellence with the extensive up-to-date industrial experience of TWI's experts across the many and varied disciplines that are essential to structural integrity.

Student diversity
Our students come from a variety of personal and professional backgrounds. Many have specific careers in mind, or are already practising integrity engineers working in the oil and gas or power generation sectors. This mix of experience creates an extremely valuable learning environment and excellent opportunities for networking.

Location
Located in a purpose-built facility adjacent to the headquarters of TWI, this specialist off-campus programme is solely delivered at the Granta Park science campus just outside Cambridge. The setting allows students to work alongside leading academics and industrial experts who are at the forefront of structural integrity research.

Getting to Granta Park is convenient and straightforward, with several shuttle buses travelling directly from the city centre every day. Students can enjoy life in Cambridge and benefit from the many sporting, cultural and social events this compact cosmopolitan city provides. Cambridge is also conveniently close to London, just a 45-minute journey by train, and enjoys easy access to the major London airports and road links to the rest of the country. 

Excellent facilities
The bespoke teaching, research and experimental facilities are outstanding; with state-of-the-art equipment available to support a variety of research topics specified by our industrial partners and includes:

- Industry standard commercial software including Simulia ABAQUS, MATLAB and industry standard software developed by TWI, including CrackWISE (fracture and fatigue assessment procedures (BS 7910) for engineering critical assessment and IntegriWISE (Fitness-For-Service (FFS)) assessment software for evaluating the integrity of ageing pipework, pipelines, storage tanks, boilers, pressure vessels and high temperature equipment.

- Access to joint facilities across Brunel University London and TWI, which allows component and full scale testing, which includes mechanical and fatigue testing under different environmental conditions, NDT inspection, together with access to 4D tomography and microscopy facilities.

- Access to onsite, dedicated high performance computing facility, which permits large scale computational research projects to be performed.

- Combined access to Brunel and TWI library resources, which includes the latest publications, staff journal papers and the latest design codes and standards developed by TWI.

Accommodation
With a vast student mix in Cambridge, there is accommodation available minutes from TWI.

Women in Brunel Engineering and Computing Programme

Brunel’s Women in Brunel Engineering and Computing mentoring scheme provides our female students with invaluable help and support from their industry mentors.

Accreditation

Accreditation by external professional bodies is further testament to our teaching standards and course content. Graduates are able to use this degree to satisfy part of the further learning requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

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Your programme of study. A crucial part of the oil and gas industry, energy and marine based industries, Subsea Engineering is an essential and highly trained area of work involving all discipline areas within Engineering. Read more

Your programme of study

A crucial part of the oil and gas industry, energy and marine based industries, Subsea Engineering is an essential and highly trained area of work involving all discipline areas within Engineering. University of Aberdeen has gained an industry reputation in the energy industry which is located in the City due to extensive research and collaboration since the industry grew in the 1970s. This level of research and work within industry who also advise on many of the vocational/academic programmes at the University ensures a level of rigour which will carry you as a professional right throughout your career.

You combine technical knowledge with understanding of systems, types of risks, challenges in very hard to reach areas, integrity, inspection, maintenance, controls, flow assurance, reliability and mechanics of various structures and facilities. The industry continuously changes as more technology comes on board to support integrity and reliability issues, but the basics remain the same in requiring solid engineering skills, knowledge, analysis and problem solving ability.

Careers in this area can include: Analysis Engineer, Marine Contractor, Subsea Field Engineer, Subsea Installation Engineer, and similar positions in the energy industry. There are also other industries which involve Subsea Engineering and knowledge. You gain plenty of accreditations of professional standing as follows:

  • Institution of Structural Engineers
  • Institute of Mechanical Engineers
  • The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology
  • Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Institute of Highway Engineers
  • Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation
  • Energy Institute

University of Aberdeen offers this programme on campus and online to allow some level of flexibility in studying from different locations. The University is highly regarded in the energy industry and offers programmes which are tailored to operations, facilities and professional management of the oil and gas industry. There are world renowned experts who teach on specific programmes at the University such as Energy Economics, MBA, Energy Law, Engineering, Geology and other subject areas such as strategic planning and risk management.

You can study both on campus or online.

Courses listed for the programme

Subsea Engineering (Campus)

Semester 1

  • Offshore Structures and Subsea Systems
  • Subsea Control
  • Subsea Integrity
  • Subsea Construction, Inspection and Maintenance

Semester 2

  • Pipelines and Soil Mechanics
  • Risers Systems and Hydrodynamics
  • Flow Assurance
  • Engineering Risk and Reliability Analysis

Semester 3

  • Subsea Engineering Individual Project

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Campus programme

Subsea Engineering (Online)

Year 1

  • Offshore Structural and Subsea Systems
  • Subsea Construction, Inspection and Maintenance
  • Pipelines and Soil Mechanics
  • Engineering Risk and Reliability Analysis

Year 2

  • Subsea Control
  • Subsea Integrity
  • Risers Systems and Hydrodynamics
  • Flow Assurance

Year 3

  • Subsea Engineering Individual Project

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Online programme

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • Aberdeen is recognised as a Global Centre of Excellence for Subsea development and operations. The programme is fully accredited professionally and overseen by an Industry Advisory Board
  • You learn from the industry and the university in the 'World Energy City' of Aberdeen getting the chance to visit industry relevant events, networking opportunities and events on campus

Where you study

International Student Fees 2017/2018

  • Scotland/EU £5500
  • Other UK £5500
  • International £20 000

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Find out more about fees

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the latest opportunities page

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

  • Your Accommodation
  • Campus Facilities
  • Aberdeen City
  • Student Support
  • Clubs and Societies

Find out more about living in Aberdeen and Living costs

Other engineering disciplines you may be interested in:



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This is a unique course relevant for those who aspire to competently manage and co-ordinate physical assets to optimum effect. Combining theory with best practice, it is designed for Engineers and management personnel working in an engineering operations environment. Read more

This is a unique course relevant for those who aspire to competently manage and co-ordinate physical assets to optimum effect. Combining theory with best practice, it is designed for Engineers and management personnel working in an engineering operations environment. The course delivers specialised professional development, designed to meet the real-world needs of industry.

The implementation of asset management practices within an organisation enables tangible benefits such as lower operating costs, longer asset life, improved asset performance, greater reliability, higher safety standards, enhanced environmental support and better informed investment strategies. Throughout the course you will learn how to make a significantly positive impact on organisations, through effective asset integrity management approaches.

The flexible online delivery means that this career-enhancing course is well-suited to those already in employment.

What you will study

STAGE 1

In Stage 1 you will study; Problem Solving, Determination of Maintenance and Inspection, Requirements for Asset Integrity Management, Delivery of Maintenance and Inspection for Asset Integrity Management.

STAGE 2

In Stage 2 you will study; Health, Safety, Environment and Risk Assessment, Asset Life Cycle Analysis and Corrosion Management.

STAGE 3

In Stage 3 you will study; Engineering Project Management and Integrity and Reliability Management.

STAGE 4

This is the final stage where you will focus on the Individual Engineering Research Investigation. Successful completion will award the MSc Asset Integrity Management.

Teaching and assessment

Our distance learning courses are delivered online through CampusMoodle, the University's virtual learning environment. Each module comprises up to 52 hours of lectures and tutorials. This information is based on the assumption ODL students can complete one 15 credit module (or equivalent) per semester. Typically modules will be taken in the order in which they appear in the schedule above. There is an element of flexibility to the order in which modules are taken and any change must be agreed with the School prior to commencement of the module. Students must normally complete all taught modules before progressing to the MSc Project.

ACTIVITY SUMMARY

  • Lectures – 23 hours per semester
  • Project supervision – 600 hours, made up of contact hours and non-contact hours over the MSc stage.
  • Independent study – 127 hours per semester

INDEPENDENT STUDY

Significant additional private study is expected during each module. You’ll work autonomously and take responsibility for your own learning and professional and academic development. The suggested hours-of-study-per-week and other information is detailed in each Module Descriptor.

STAFF DELIVERING ON COURSE

We’ve been delivering industry-relevant courses for the energy industry for many years, and our teaching staff members bring a wealth of expertise and experience to the curriculum. They are research-active and work on live industry projects. This includes input to patented technology and the design of products and systems to positively impact society and improve the lives of communities in developing countries.

Lecturers are involved in an ongoing development project with a Scottish business in relation to innovative solar powered systems funded by the Scottish Institute for Remanufacture. We’re also in collaboration with Scottish companies working on the development of solar energy systems for new applications. This has created great potential for students to work on industrial projects.

ASSESSMENT

 Stage 1

  • 3 written exams, typically for 2-2.5 hours
  • 3 written assessments including essay

Stage 2

  • 3 written exams, typically for 2-2.5 hours
  • 3 written assessments including essay

Stage 3

  • 1 written exam, typically for 2-2.5 hours
  • 2 written assessments including essay
  • 1 group critique

Stage 4

  • 1 dissertation
  • 1 oral assessment

Job prospects 

Graduates of this course can progress to management and operational roles within an engineering operations environment. Skills in efficient management of assets are increasingly in demand in the oil and gas and processing industries as many assets approach and exceed the lifespan they were originally designed for.

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.



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Your programme of study. The programme is delivered on. campus. full time. and online. part time to give you flexible study options. Read more

Your programme of study

The programme is delivered on campus full time and online part time to give you flexible study options. If you want to join the growing companies operating in the subsea industry in Aberdeen or internationally or set up your own company this programme will provide you with a high level of technical training

The Master of Science in Subsea Engineering seeks to prepare highly-trained, highly-qualified, business-aware graduates that can make an immediate impact in their chosen career, and who can address the need for key skills in the subsea industry. Subsea Engineering at the University of Aberdeen has a unique relationship with the subsea industry both locally and internationally, and the programme receives contributions from local industrial organisations in terms of relevant and up-to-the minute contributions to teaching, and support in the specification of group and individual projects.

Aberdeen is the heart of the European oil and gas industry, an international hub for companies engaged in Subsea Engineering. A degree from the University of Aberdeen puts you in a unique position to develop business links alongside of learning and developing international skills within the flexible, modular programme.

Courses listed for the Campus programme

Semester 1

  • Offshore Structures and Subsea Systems
  • Subsea Control
  • Subsea Integrity
  • Subsea Construction, Inspection and Maintenance

Semester 2

  • Pipelines and Soil Mechanics
  • Risers Systems and Hydrodynamics
  • Flow Assurance
  • Engineering Risk and Reliability Analysis

Semester 3

  • Subsea Engineering Individual Project

Courses for the Online Programme

Year 1

  • Offshore Structures and Subsea Systems
  • Subsea Construction, Inspection and Maintenance
  • Pipelines and Soil Mechanics
  • Engineering Risk and Reliability Analytics

Year 2

  • Subsea Control
  • Subsea Integrity
  • Risers Systems and Hydrodynamics
  • Flow Assurance

Year 3

  • Subsea Engineering Individual project

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Online delivery

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • Aberdeen is a recognised hub and centre of excellence in Subsea, as Europe's energy capital and 'World Energy City'
  • The programme is accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (MarEST) and Institution of Mechnical Engineers (IMechE). the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), The
  • Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) and Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT)
  • We are able to draw upon knowledge and industry experience within the subsea sector on our doorstep to challenge you
  • The programme is very employable with graduates moving to CEO level

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time
  • September start

There is also an online delivery of this programme

  • Online
  • 5 Months 27, 30 Months
  • Part Time
  • September and January start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees for campus delivery:

Find out about international fees:

Find out more about fees on the programme page

*Please be advised that some programmes also have additional costs.

Find out about online fees

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page and the latest postgraduate opportunities

Living in Aberdeen for Campus Study

Find out more about:

Your Accommodation

Campus Facilities

Find out more about living in Aberdeen and living costs

Online delivery

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This is a fast-track conversion course for graduates from unrelated disciplines who want to become chartered building surveyors. Read more

This is a fast-track conversion course for graduates from unrelated disciplines who want to become chartered building surveyors. The course is also suitable if you are a professional working in a property or surveying role and want to improve your skills and career prospects in residential and commercial building surveying, property management and development or building control.

Building surveying is an expanding professional discipline involved with new development and the inspection, maintenance and refurbishment of existing buildings. The course includes practical laboratory and project work to improve your career prospects in the public and commercial sectors throughout the UK and overseas.

There is a focus on practical, client-focused property projects involving completion of technical and professional tasks and applying creative solutions that draw on your developing knowledge. You study • property law • economics • planning • land development • construction and refurbishment • building regulations and controls• building technology • surveying techniques

One of our key teaching resources is a University-owned Georgian terraced house. This is used for practical teaching sessions in pathology, structural principles along with dilapidations and condition surveys as the property has been adapted to open up its structure for inspection purposes. Industry professionals also use this resource for training purposes with the support of our teaching staff.

You also have the opportunity to use the latest high-tech non-destructive testing equipment including flexible endoscopes, borescopes and thermal imaging cameras for detecting heat loss – all of which you can use in practical projects and the dissertation module.

You benefit from a range of teaching, learning and assessment techniques. Intensive study weeks allow you to work on complex, professional briefs with other students in multi-disciplinary practice. One of the modules is an international project which has taken place in various locations including Istanbul, Shanghai and Toronto with assistance from international surveying firms.

The majority of teaching takes place within a newly refurbished, dedicated buildings at our City Campus. The course is fully supported by online resources that allow students to learn flexibly in addition to face-to-face teaching.

This course is designed to be adapted and updated, so that you are as fully prepared as possible for a successful career ahead. The postgraduate construction, building and surveying courses were first established with the MSc Property Appraisal and Management in 1991 with many of our former students now in senior positions throughout the profession.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Course structure

Core modules

  • Economics and market context
  • Law and professional context
  • Evaluating building condition
  • Building surveying legal and commercial studies
  • Sustainable development and refurbishment
  • Sustainable building technology
  • Applied research methods and dissertation

Assessment

  • coursework
  • exams

Employability

Building surveyors are highly valued professionals who offer a variety of services across the whole of the built environment.

As well as gaining the skills and knowledge needed for professional accreditation (to become chartered), you gain knowledge essential for a successful career throughout the surveying profession, focusing on roles such as • residential and commercial building surveyor • property developer • building control officer • property manager.

Our graduates are found throughout the surveying profession from international surveying practices to sole traders in private practice. We welcome their continuing involvement with this course, from participation at our very successful employer fairs through to advising students during integrated projects.



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If you work in and lead a dental practice, this short distance learning course will enable you to prepare for a successful inspection. Read more

Why take this course?

If you work in and lead a dental practice, this short distance learning course will enable you to prepare for a successful inspection. You will learn how to apply key theories and professional practice in leading and managing people, to ensure that patient safety is at the heart of your dental practice. This course has been developed in partnership with the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK).

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Develop leadership and management skills
Explore national healthcare policy and processes
Analyse the roles of key stakeholders

What opportunities might it lead to?

The content and structure of this short distance learning course has been designed within a Masters framework, meaning on successful completion you will accrue 30 credits. You can use this continue with professional development and study at Masters Level. Successful completion will enable you to prepare your practice and lead your staff through an inspection from any of the key stakeholders. You will also be able to demonstrate a range of transferable skills including policy writing, appraisal, the ability to communicate, argue complex ideas verbally, and the ability to evaluate the ideas of others objectively.

Module Details

Topics will include:

Leadership and management
Policy development
Risk assessment
Appraisal
Revalidation

Programme Assessment

Studying at a distance doesn’t mean studying alone and being left to fend for yourself. Rather, distance learning means studying at a time and place which suits you, with all of the resources that you need readily accessible. Your distance learning journey is well-supported by Dental Academy Staff.

Course content is delivered using the Moodle platform and a blended learning approach, utilising e- learning you will be directed to a range of electronically sourced material. You will also have access to the University of Portsmouth Library who provide an excellent service for students who choose to study at a distance. Skills4Study Campus from Palgrave Macmillan is the University of Portsmouth's online study skills resource; its modules cover all of your essential study skills needs which can be accessed from the Moodle course '[email protected]'. As part of the course you will also do coursework to demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes, development of knowledge transfer and evidence based inquiry. The focus is on the application of learning in a work related context through reflection.

Assessment is 100% Coursework:

1. Written report of 2,500 words

2. Portfolio of evidence (collection of evidence and a 2,500 word reflection on the principles of Quality Assurance)

3. An online poster presentation of a risk assessment undertaken at own practice.

Student Destinations

On completing this course, you will become skilled in decision making, reflection and self awareness enabling you to develop and lead a successful dental practice that respects both the patient and the staff. Many of our graduates choose to continue with postgraduate study to complete Master’s or Professional Doctorates and PhDs.

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School Direct is an employment based model of teacher education where you will gain qualified teacher status as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Read more
School Direct is an employment based model of teacher education where you will gain qualified teacher status as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). School Direct involves schools working in partnership with LSBU to deliver the training. You'll be based in your school, but supported by LSBU throughout.

School Direct supports the Department for Education in giving schools:

• Opportunities to design training fit for purpose to meet the needs of trainees and schools.
• Greater control over recruitment and selection for schools with the expectation that trainees will be employed.
• Greater choice of ITT accredited training providers and flexibility on how School Direct places are used.

School Direct at LSBU

The School Direct programme at LSBU is a high quality intensive programme designed to prepare trainees for working in London schools.

• 100% of our completing graduates in 2015/16 were graded as good or outstanding.
• During our OFSTED inspection in June 2014 our provision was rated 'good'.
2017/18 School Direct Partners

For the 2017/18 academic year we will be working with the following School Direct partners:

• Crampton School Partnership (training only)
• The Gipsy Hill Federation (training and salaried opportunities)
• South London Consortium (training only)
• The Merton Special Teaching Alliance (training and salaried opportunities)

Please see the website for further details

http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/school-direct#course_tab_overview

Modules

H Level modules:

• Core curriculum
• Professional studies
• Foundation subjects
• School experience
• Alternative education setting

Masters level modules:

As part of the programme you'll have the opportunity to gain a PGCE choosing a Masters level option module that will meet you and your schools' needs, as well as the compulsory module. All the option modules have been developed by LSBU in collaboration with the expertise in our partnership schools.

• Equality, inclusion and citizenship

Plus one of the following module options:

• SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability)
• Connect, consume, create: ICT in the Primary School
• Performing Arts
• Raising Achievement in Mathematics (RAiM)
• English: Language, learning and culture

Teaching and learning

The university based sessions are taught through lectures, workshops, practical sessions, seminars and tutorials. The aim throughout is to encourage creativity, reflective pedagogy and sensitivity to educational issues, aims and objectives. We aim to provide a learning community that actively challenges inequality and injustice.

In particular, the module on Equality, Inclusion and Citizenship will allow you to reflect on key issues such as equality, diversity and sustainability in the educational context.

You will be encouraged to make links between the theoretical and practical elements of the course. We use an interactive model of teaching and learning and you will be encouraged to think critically about subjects to inform your understanding of effective methods of teaching and learning and how best to apply these in classroom situations.

Employment Based Partnership

During our OFSTED inspection in June 2014 our provision was rated as 'good'.

Key strengths of the employment-based partnership were identified by OFSTED:

• Teamwork is a significant strength;
• School Direct trainees value the training provided in the two week summer school. It quickly gets them ready for teaching at the start of the year in their school;
• From the outset trainees gain quickly a strong professional understanding of how schools work. They develop good professional relationships with the established staff they work with in schools;
• The quality of feedback and target setting is consistently evaluative and helpful. As a result trainees know exactly what they need to do to improve.

Timetable

Your weekly timetable will be comprised of a combination of days in your assigned school and taught days at LSBU. The mix of days in school/days at LSBU will vary from term to term. A draft timetable of your programme is available in your Welcome Booklet, which you will received once your place on the programme is confirmed.

Employability

The School Direct programme at LSBU is a high quality intensive programme designed to prepare trainees for working in London schools.

• 100% of our completing graduates in 2013/14 were graded as good or outstanding.
• 100% of School Direct PGCE trainees in 2013/14 secured full-time employment upon completing the course.

LSBU Employability Services

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

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

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St Mary's aim to teach and learn alongside creative, reflective and dynamic practitioners who are committed to teaching. Read more
St Mary's aim to teach and learn alongside creative, reflective and dynamic practitioners who are committed to teaching.

The programme encourages students to increase their understanding of teaching and learning processes in order to develop and maintain the high levels of enthusiasm, ability and passion necessary within the teaching profession.

The University looks for those who wish to learn from challenges and seek a higher capacity to know more.

In line with the University Mission Statement, the programme seeks to prepare teachers for both religious and secular schools at home and abroad with special provision for those intending to teach in Roman Catholic and other Christian schools.

Primary Pathways

-Full-time X100 (One year)
-Part-time X103 (18 months)
-PE Specialism 2TYR (One year)

Why St Mary's?

The Primary PGCE programme provides an intense training experience which combines academic rigour with personal and professional learning experiences. The training is designed to meet the needs of each trainee to support and develop the skills, knowledge and attributes needed to start a teaching career.

In preparation for your teaching role, you will be trained across the 5-11 age range, developing knowledge and practice to support your development of:
-Critical understanding of educational theory.
-Reflective practice linked to professional standards.
-Practitioner research and a wide range of educational issues to understand the unique characteristics of children and their learning needs.
-Subject specific knowledge and creative ways to enthuse and educate children.

St Mary’s Primary and Secondary Initial Education courses have been judged by Ofsted, the government department that regulates teacher training, to be ‘outstanding’ - the highest grade attainable in an OfSTED inspection.

The courses were deemed to be outstanding for both ‘overall effectiveness’ and the ‘capacity for further improvement and/or sustaining overall quality’ following the inspection, which was conducted in March 2011.

Career Opportunities

A career in teaching offers the same rewards that you would expect from a graduate position with good salaries and opportunities for career progression.

Graduates from the PGCE are in great demand in teaching posts throughout the UK. Of the 2016 Primary PGCE graduates, over 97% of trainees were in employment within six months.

Course Content

The PGCE Primary programme runs over three school terms from September to July, with taught sessions five days a week. The programme structure incorporates a balance of learning experiences through a mixture of University, school and educational settings which will support you on your learning journey.

You will spend 80 days on campus and 120 in school-based training. Teaching and learning is presented and assessed through a variety of formats including essays, a portfolio of evidence, audits and visual presentations. Modules for Master's support your development across all areas.

Through this programme you will develop the skills and experience necessary to be a primary teacher. You will attend subject specific sessions, lectures and seminars designed to develop awareness and understanding of general professional issues, the content of the National Curriculum and practical issues such as lesson planning and assessment.

You will be supported to develop your knowledge and understanding of the school curriculum and to apply your pedagogic and subject knowledge creatively in preparation for your role as a future leader of learning. You will also engage with relevant research literature and develop the skills of a reflective practitioner in the Master's modules.

In addition, Physical Education is also a strength of the PGCE due the facilities and expertise of the staff, which provides opportunities for students to extend their understanding in this area. Modules are provided in non-core subjects of the national curriculum with additional time given to ideas of curriculum innovation and cross-curricular teaching.

Important current educational initiatives and changes also form an important part of the programme. Professional Studies underpins your learning and is dedicated to exploring the core pedagogical skills you require in practice, alongside key issues of equality, inclusion and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

All modules work in cooperation and the Master's modules allow for a deeper understanding of teaching and learning.

Key Facts

-Close partnership between the University and primary schools in all aspects of the course
-Educational theory closely related to practical reality of the classroom
-Emphasis on the core subjects of the national curriculum, PE and computing
-Strong tutor/teacher support
-Special provision for those wishing to teach in primary schools that have a distinctive religious ethos
-Support for those with an area of interest in SEND and EAL
-High employability rates for PGCE Trainee Teachers
-98% completion rate
-Ongoing support into your NQT year and your career beyond
-Ongoing Master's study opportunities at discounted rates

Teaching Assessment

Assessments are used to ensure students understand and can apply the knowledge that is gained while on the course both in schools and on campus. This is done through a range of methods:
-Self-assessment
-Audit of subject knowledge for maths, English and science
-Presentations
-Micro-teaching
-Posters
-Essays
-Practical sessions.

Assessment is ongoing and tracked against the Teachers Standards. High standards of attendance, punctuality and participation are requirements of all course elements. Assessment is ongoing while on school placements.

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Food production has tripled in the last forty years, but one billion people still go hungry every year. On average 30% of all food produced is wasted in the pathway from ‘field to fork’. Read more

Food production has tripled in the last forty years, but one billion people still go hungry every year. On average 30% of all food produced is wasted in the pathway from ‘field to fork’. With the global human population set to rise from seven to over nine billion by 2050, we urgently need sustainable solutions that will allow us to increase the global food supply while preserving the integrity of agricultural and non-agricultural ecosystems.

Our trees and forests face new plant health threats which in turn threaten areas of great natural beauty and diversity, and affect both rural and urban landscapes. Our unique MSc Sustainable Plant Health will give you the opportunity to develop your understanding of the vital role of plant health, applying your skills by conducting laboratory and field studies.

This programme is primarily aimed at graduates wishing to pursue a career in plant protection in agriculture, horticulture, forestry or urban settings, and also careers in policy development and implementation, plant health inspection, academic and industrial research, consultancy and conservation management, and private industry.

Programme structure

This 12 month programme involves two semesters of classes followed by an individual research project. Students will take 80 credits of compulsory courses, with the opportunity to choose two optional courses. Field trips will also form a crucial part of this course.

Compulsory courses typically will be*:

  • Fundamentals of Plant Health
  • Forensic Plant Health
  • Plant Health in a Global Context
  • Research Skills and Field Trip
  • Dissertation

Option courses may include* (select two):

  • Applications in Ecological Economics
  • Atmospheric Quality and Global Change
  • Case Studies in Sustainable Development
  • Ecology of Ecosystem Services
  • Ecosystem Service Values
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Forests and Environment
  • Foundations in Ecological Economics
  • Frameworks to Assess Food Security
  • Human Dimensions of Environmental Change and Sustainability
  • Interrelationships in Food Systems
  • Land Use/Environmental Interactions
  • Principles of Environmental Sustainability
  • Soil Ecology and Taxonomy
  • Soil Protection and Management
  • Soil Science Concepts and Application
  • Sustainability of Food Production
  • Understanding Environment and Development

*Please note: courses are offered subject to timetabling and availability and are subject to change each year.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course our graduates will have gained:

  • Specialist knowledge and understanding of plant health, and its evaluation, impact and management
  • Skills to detect and identify agents detrimental to plant health
  • An understanding of the nature and diversity of plant health interactions
  • The ability to develop strategies for plant health management taking into account their impact on agricultural and non-agricultural ecosystems
  • Knowledge of the relevance of plant health to sustainability and food security
  • Improved analytical skills and critical thinking

Career opportunities

Plant health scientists are employed in a range of vocations: environmental consultancy, research, overseas development, agriculture, horticulture, forestry, urban planning, policy development, plant inspection and management. Long term career prospects are strong as agricultural scientists will continue to be needed to balance increased output with protection and preservation of ecosystems.

Our graduates will gain particularly valuable skills due to our programme's unique approach looking at impacts across ecosystems. They also benefit from the applied nature of the course allowing them to use their practical skills in a range of field trip environments with expert supervision.



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COURSE OVERVIEW. Develop your skills and knowledge for professional growth. Link your learning to your professional practice. Enjoy a mix of independent study and discussion. Read more

COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Develop your skills and knowledge for professional growth
  • Link your learning to your professional practice
  • Enjoy a mix of independent study and discussion

Education at Winchester is grounded in research-based teaching – you construct practical theories of the situations which confront you in your professional life and test them in action. The programme is suitable for teachers working in primary, secondary and post-compulsory settings.

You build up credits by undertaking a range of optional modules, allowing you to focus on issues relevant to your own practice. Many of the pathways through the MA enable you to explore an element of your subject knowledge or pedagogy, such as your classroom practice, school leadership role or an aspect of your school improvement, as part of your MA research.

Start by completing a core module of either Quantitative Methods in Social Research or Qualitative Methods in Social Research, followed by a choice of optional modules for further independent study. These enable you to identify and develop an aspect of your professional work with a tutor’s support. The modules are flexible, allowing you to submit assignments of between 4,000 and 8,000 words. Options include Investigating Practice through a Project, Critical Thinking and Writing, Reflecting on Professional Practice, and Considering Debates in Professional Practice.

Within this structure, there are a range of pathways through the MA, enabling you to specialise. These include Primary Maths Mastery, Teaching English as an Additional Language (TEAL), Wellbeing and Education, Mentoring and Coaching, Pathway for NQTs, National SENCO Accreditation, Early Years Practice, Religious Education in Context and Independent Work-based Research.

The teaching team is drawn from Education, Health and Social Care, and includes experienced specialists such as local authority inspection and advisory teams. Group twilight seminars with a tutor and other course members will ensure that you are provided with guidance and support to design, implement and write up your projects and assignments.

Careers

A Masters degree is increasingly seen as an essential qualification for senior educational positions. The programme develops skills and knowledge for significant professional development.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

Start dates: September and January

Distance learning available: For some modules

Teaching takes place: Evenings and weekends

The teaching team encompasses University staff within Education, Health and Social Care, and experienced specialists such as local authority inspection and advisory teams.

While this programme involves a high degree of independent working, group twilight seminars (or weekend for research methods modules) with a tutor and other course members will ensure that you are provided with guidance and support to design, implement and write up your projects and assignments.

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on our King Alfred Campus (Winchester) or at our West Downs Campus (Winchester)

Assessment

Assessments take the form of reviews of literature, reflective accounts of practice in relation to research, portfolios, case studies or workplace-based assignments.

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes.

Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found by attending an open evening or contacting our teaching staff. 

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures section.



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This part-time programme will help students develop the generic skills needed to teach their own subject, or develop generic and specialist subject skills in either Mathematics (including Numeracy) or English (including Literacy and/or English for Speakers of Other Languages). Read more

This part-time programme will help students develop the generic skills needed to teach their own subject, or develop generic and specialist subject skills in either Mathematics (including Numeracy) or English (including Literacy and/or English for Speakers of Other Languages).

About this programme

Through taught sessions and mentored teaching practice in the workplace you will learn about employment in the sector, how to plan lessons in your subject, how to teach, engage and assess learners, how to manage the learning environment, and how to understand and use theory and research to broaden and improve your professional knowledge and expertise in teaching.

Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits or 135 credits (for English (including Literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages) combined route only.

The programme consists of modules to the value of 120 credits (60 at Bachelor’s level and 60 at Master’s level) or, for those on the English (with Literacy & ESOL) combined route only, 135 credits (75 at Bachelor’s level and 60 at Master’s level).

Core modules

  • Planning and Enabling Learning and Assessment
  • Theories and Principles of Teaching and Learning
  • Curriculum Design: Principles and Practice
  • Professional Enquiry (generic pathways) or Wider Professional Practice and Development (English (including Literacy and/or English for Speakers of Other Languages) and Mathematics (including Numeracy) pathways
  • Literacy and ESOL Learning and Teaching (English (including Literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages) pathway only

Optional modules

  • There are no optional modules for this programme

Placement

All students on this programme will undertake a teaching practice placement and your development as a teacher will be assessed as part of the course. You will spend at least 120 hours, working with subject-specialist mentors who support you through your placement. We are fortunate to have a good choice of colleges and other providers, as well as some outstanding mentors in the field of post-compulsory teaching, with whom we work.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered via taught sessions, (including lectures, presentations, discussions, and classroom group tasks), and a practical teaching element based in a partner-provider organisation, usually a further education college. You are also required to read widely and to carry out written assignments in your own time. The programme is assessed through written assignments, module tasks and formal and informal observations of practical teaching skills.

Further information on modules and programme structure is available on the department website: PGCE Post-Compulsory Education (part-time)

Funding

In previous years government-funded bursaries have been available for students specialising in English (including ESOL and Literacy) or Mathematics with Numeracy. These will be available in 2018/19 but details have not yet been confirmed. Please see the Get Into Teaching website for more details.

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

Careers

Graduates of this programme are currently working for a very diverse range of employers. They typically gain employment as lecturers, classroom teachers and/or managers in FE colleges, sixth form colleges, secondary schools, independent training providers, adult education services and prisons. The programme can also serve as route towards higher qualifications.

Employability

This course will help you gain employment in a wide range of educational settings in the post-compulsory sector, in other industrial and professional contexts, and also, increasingly, in schools. As well as learning improved subject-specialist knowledge and expertise in pedagogy and assessment, you will gain a wide range of highly transferable ‘people skills’ which are essential for teachers: including empathy, patience, listening, cultural awareness and sensitivity. Through your teaching practice placement, you will also gain awareness of aspects of workplace life and the norms of professional behavior, around respect for others, equality and diversity, health and safety, rights at work, line-management and appraisal, inspection and quality assurance procedures, etc.

Why study this programme at UCL?

The post-compulsory teacher education programmes at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) are designed to meet the training needs and qualification requirements of people who are working or would like to work in the post-compulsory sector.

Our post-compulsory PGCE qualifications are recognised by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provide a basis for higher qualifications, such as Master’s degrees and professional doctorates.

Following their most recent OFSTED inspection in November 2013, our post-compulsory programmes were deemed outstanding and given a Grade 1 (the highest possible grade).

Accreditation:

The programme leads to an award of a PGCE (post-compulsory) at level 7 (Master’s level), with a possible exit route at level 6 (undergraduate/Bachelor’s degree level). Following successful completion of the programme, students may apply through the Educational and Training Foundation for the QTLS licence to practice in the sector. NB: QTLS is not part of the IOE programme.



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The MSc in Real Estate Management is an interdisciplinary Master’s programme that fuses economic, social and environmental perspectives within a framework for identifying, assessing, designing, delivering and evaluating effective real estate interventions and responses. Read more
The MSc in Real Estate Management is an interdisciplinary Master’s programme that fuses economic, social and environmental perspectives within a framework for identifying, assessing, designing, delivering and evaluating effective real estate interventions and responses.

What's covered in the course?

Our programme reflects synergies with the Master’s courses in Planning Built Environments and Environmental Surveying in order to create a programme that works across the whole built environment profession and disciplines.

The programme focuses on the interaction between business and legal processes on property ownership and management. It integrates technological, financial, legal and management issues as they relate to property matters.

The theoretical underpinning of the course is rooted in real estate which stresses the need for interdisciplinary approaches and solutions.

This course will help you to connect the theory and practice of real estate to a range of real life case study challenges. It will give you a framework of knowledge, skills and tools to start understanding the complex world of property, whilst supporting you to become an independent learner and reflective practitioner.

Our programme builds on applied academic research and contemporary real estate practice. The course design and delivery utilises our expertise across real estate, sustainability and planning and also brings in external experts and practitioners to address key challenges and opportunities within practice.

Our courses are designed and developed with support from relevant professional bodies (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) and local professional individuals and practices. Owing to the need to meet these professionally-set learning outcomes, there is little choice in modules within these programmes, although it is possible to begin to specialise with dissertation and project topics.

Why Choose Us?

-This course aims to develop the real estate professional of the future who is equipped with the knowledge, tools and skills to operate efficiently, effectively and confidently within an ever-changing environment.
-The programme focuses on the interaction between business and legal processes on property ownership and management. The course integrates technological, financial, legal and management issues as they relate to property matters.
-The course design and delivery uses our expertise across the School to address key challenges and opportunities within practice.

Course in depth

Elements of the course are closely related to real-world scenarios. These build upon current practice issues identified through, for example, Parliamentary debates, revised planning documents and government guidance. We make significant use of professionals as Visiting Lecturers to ensure both continuing professional relevance and that you have direct access to people in current professional practice.

Every student on the programme is allocated a personal tutor and our students are invited to both group and individual meetings throughout the year. We provide set times (known as office hours) during the week where academic staff are available to see students, and staff also frequently arrange to see students by appointment outside these times if additional help or support is needed.

We invite you (normally by making individual appointments) to discuss assessment feedback/feedforward with the marking tutor to ensure that the detailed comments provided are supplemented verbally, and that they are understood, so that you can use comments to enhance future submissions. We collaborate closely with the Centre for Academic Success which offers workshops, individual advice sessions and small group tutorials to all University students on a variety of subjects including use of English, study skills, maths and other technical topics.

Modules
-Valuation 20 credits
-Commercial Inspection and Surveying 20 credits
-Development Project 20 credits
-Law 20 credits
-Property Management 20 credits
-Professional Practice 20 credits
-Dissertation 40 credits

Enhancing your employability skills

Staff from the professional bodies at local and regional levels visit on a regular basis to promote the professions, explain routes of access to full professional membership, and respond to your questions about employability.

Our long-standing links with the professions mean that we are informed about, and so able to advertise, details of relevant job opportunities, and ensure that you are well prepared for application and interview processes.

Key employment skills and career planning are embedded into modules through real life scenarios, local case studies, and a wide range of assessment methods that replicate typical workplace requirements, helping grow your skillset and confidence. The skills and attributes you develop throughout the course are highly transferable to the context of professional employment, helping you to set goals and to enhance your employability in a wide range of professional and business contexts.

The course also prepares you for professional membership APC (Assessment of Professional Competence) processes, which require individual reflection and personal development planning.

Birmingham City University programmes aim to provide graduates with a set of attributes which prepare them for their future careers. The BCU Graduate:
-Is professional and work ready
-Is a creative problem solver
-Is enterprising
-Has a global outlook

The University has introduced the Birmingham City University Graduate+ programme, which is an extra-curricular awards framework that is designed to augment the subject based skills that you develop through your programme with broader employability skills and techniques that will enhance your employment options when you leave university.

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This programme has popular international appeal and is endorsed by many international organisations for its up-to-date understanding and application of the latest animal welfare methods and practices. Read more

This programme has popular international appeal and is endorsed by many international organisations for its up-to-date understanding and application of the latest animal welfare methods and practices.

We provide students with an understanding of animal welfare that can be applied in animal research, management, care, production, inspection, assessment and preparation of legislation.

In addition to the core teaching team, we have many guest lecturers travel to Edinburgh each year to teach on the programme, allowing you to benefit from the experience and knowledge of professionals working throughout the animal behaviour and welfare community.

Programme structure

The programme involves taught courses and your own dissertation.

Throughout the taught courses you will take part in many visits to farms and animal facilities and will study the following courses:

  • Introduction to Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare
  • Biology of Suffering
  • Animal Cognition and Consciousness
  • Scientific Methodology
  • Animal Welfare Applications
  • Read more about the taught courses

You can complete the programme over one, two or three years.

Dissertation

From March until August, you will work on a research project.

Career opportunities

Graduates move on to a variety of jobs such as research technicians, scientific advisors and lecturers. Many will also continue their study and enrol in a PhD.



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This programme aims to develop all the skills, knowledge and understanding you’ll need to become a responsible and effective teacher in your chosen age phase. Read more

This programme aims to develop all the skills, knowledge and understanding you’ll need to become a responsible and effective teacher in your chosen age phase.

This full-time Primary PGCE (QTS) programme is available in conjunction with any of the following age phases:

  • 3-7 year olds (Lower Primary)
  • 5-11 year olds (Upper Primary) or
  • 7-11 year olds (Upper Primary)

Why train with Goldsmiths?

  • We have a strong and longstanding partnership with a range of schools in London and south-east England and work closely with them to plan and implement our PGCE (Primary) programme.
  • In 2015 98% of student who were recommended for QTS with Goldsmiths were employed in schools. This figure is higher than the national average. Almost nine out of ten Goldsmiths graduates obtained teaching posts in London schools and about two thirds are employed within partnership schools.
  • The programme covers all the National Curriculum subjects, and in each curriculum area, you will have the opportunity to develop understanding of the teaching and learning process, and to learn about effective classroom practice

In addition, Core PGCE students will be able to choose from a range of enhancements as part of your training. These have been chosen through discussions with school partners and reflect what they are looking for in prospective NQTs. 

These enhancements include: 

  • Children Literature
  • Maths in Action 
  • Modern Languages 
  • Early years (Chosen at application) 

We really care

We offer personalised support and enrichment activities for all of our students, as we recognise that this is a strong factors in helping them achieve their goals. Our students told Ofsted that the response they got from tutors is ‘amazing’, with help always forthcoming.

You will be well prepared to enter to world of teaching

A recent Ofsted inspection found that trainee teachers at Goldsmiths were well prepared for the world of teaching, with exceptional subject knowledge across the curriculum.

Additional costs

You will have to cover your travel costs to your school placements. We produce reading packs electronically and in hard copy format. There’s a small charge for the hard copy reading packs. You may also be asked to contribute towards trips and some materials for your modules.

School Direct

It is also possible to study this course via our School Direct programme. Please visit our School Direct page to see which schools offer this subject. 

Structure

Our integrated, dual pathway method of teaching means that for 24 weeks of this programme you will be working full-time in a school while being supported professionally by a system of school and personal tutoring.

During the Autumn Term and Spring Term you undertake block placements in a relevant age phase, and then in the Summer Term you will be given responsibility for the whole class. For the 3-7 age range programme, extra sessions relevant to teaching in the Foundation Stage are given.

Two modules are offered at Masters (M) level. These are Studies in Professional Issues and Research in Education (SPIRE) – a classroom-based research project with a pedagogic focus – and Curriculum Studies, which has an integrated focus in which there are a number of options. School Experience is offered at Higher (H) level.

For the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you are also formally assessed on your competence in the classroom and your ability to meet Department for Education Professional Standards including computer-based tests in literacy and numeracy which are now a condition of entry to the programme.

Learning & teaching

A range of teaching methods are employed across the PGCE programmes, including:

  • Taught subject sessions
  • Taught General Professional Study sessions
  • Practical workshops
  • Core lectures
  • Group tutorials/seminars
  • Individual tutorials
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Supported self-study

As with the other PGCE courses, you’ll be given the opportunity to work with children in a wide range of contexts. These might include focused interventions with individuals or groups, or larger scale events for the community.



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This full-time PGCE (Secondary) programme is available in conjunction with any of the following teaching subjects. Art and Design; Biology; Chemistry; Design and Technology; Drama; English; Media with English; Mathematics; Modern Languages and Physics. Read more

This full-time PGCE (Secondary) programme is available in conjunction with any of the following teaching subjects: Art and Design; Biology; Chemistry; Design and Technology; Drama; English; Media with English; Mathematics; Modern Languages and Physics.

This programme aims to develop all the skills, knowledge and understanding you’ll need to become a responsible and effective secondary school teacher in your chosen subject. Find out about the programmes: 

Why train with Goldsmiths?

We have a strong and longstanding partnership with a range of schools in London and south-east England and work closely with them to plan and implement our PGCE (Secondary) programmes. 

In 2015, 98% of students who were recommended for QTS with Goldsmiths were employed in schools. This figure is higher than the national average. 

Our recent Ofsted inspection found that: 

Schools and NQTs testify that the course provides trainees with a solid pedagogical understanding of teaching in their subject area. They rightly believe this is due to an effective balance between practice and pedagogy. School Direct trainees are able to attend the same academic sessions at the university as trainees on the traditional PGCE courses.

All trainees feel these sessions equip them with a range of teaching strategies. They comment that they are encouraged to develop their reflective skills and this further enhances the quality of their teaching over time. 

School Direct

It is also possible to study this course via our School Direct programme. Please visit our School Direct page to see which schools offer this subject.

Additional costs

As well as your your PGCE fees, you will have to cover your travel costs to your school placements.

We produce reading packs electronically and in hard copy format. There’s a small charge for the hard copy reading packs. You may also be asked to contribute towards trips and some materials for your modules.

Structure

Autumn Term

The first four weeks of the Autumn Term are usually College-based, although you may begin regular visits to your first teaching experience school from the fourth week onwards.

In College, you spend most of your time in a subject group with your subject tutor, who has overall responsibility for your professional development. These sessions introduce you to the basic principles and approaches to teaching and learning in your subject.

There is also a block lecture programme, General Professional Studies (GPS), which explores issues common to all teachers. Within GPS you have an opportunity to study an option in more depth.

From around the fifth or sixth week until the end of the term, you are based for four days a week in a school, working largely within your specialist subject department.

Your school-based tutor is responsible for a programme in school that enables you to relate what you have learned in College to the context of the particular school, and to gradually build up your confidence and expertise in teaching.

Throughout the term, you continue to come into College on Fridays to work with your subject tutor and group to reflect on your experience in school and develop particular areas of expertise.

Spring and Summer terms

The first two weeks of the Spring Term are usually based in College, where you build on the experiences of the Autumn Term to develop your expertise further so that you will be ready to undertake an extended block of teaching.

From around the third week of term until the spring half-term holiday, you spend four days a week in your second school, coming into College on Fridays to reflect on your experiences and develop your expertise with your subject tutor and fellow students. Between the spring and summer half-term holidays you are based full-time in the school.

In effect you work as a full member of a school team, with responsibility for all aspects of planning, teaching and assessing the learning of a number of classes. During this period, you have the opportunity to investigate in greater depth one of the areas introduced in the Autumn Term lecture programme, and to relate it to the specific context of the school in which you are based.

The three or four weeks at the end of the Summer Term are used flexibly for both school and College activities to ensure that all aspects of your professional development have been addressed.

Learning & teaching

A range of teaching methods are employed across the PGCE programmes, including:

  • Taught subject sessions
  • Taught General Professional Study sessions
  • Practical workshops
  • Core lectures
  • Group tutorials/seminars
  • Individual tutorials
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Supported self-study

As with the other PGCE courses, you’ll be given the opportunity to work with children in a wide range of contexts. These might include focused interventions with individuals or groups, or larger scale events for the community.



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