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The University of St Mark & St John is one of the most experienced teacher-training institutions in the country. For more than 175 years, our University has played a key role in populating the world with industry-leading, outstanding teaching staff. Read more
The University of St Mark & St John is one of the most experienced teacher-training institutions in the country. For more than 175 years, our University has played a key role in populating the world with industry-leading, outstanding teaching staff.

In fact, our trainees have been found to be seven times more likely to be employed than those from any other named provider.

Our Primary PGCE course focuses on shaping skills which can make a real difference to pupils the world over. We recognise that teaching is a true vocation and therefore the overarching aim of the Primary PGCE is to prepare the next generation of outstanding teachers by providing training of great breadth and variety.

Trainees taking this PGCE course will benefit not only from high-quality teaching and support within the University, but also from a wide range of partnership schools. Participants will be encouraged to explore the kind of critical thinking that results in a reflective, flexible, caring, confident and knowledgeable approach to teaching.

Of course, work-based learning is an integral part of the PGCE. Trainees will spend 24 weeks in placements at key stages one and two. Additionally, three assignments will allow students to gain 60 credits at master’s level: one third of the 180 credits required for a master’s degree with qualified teacher status (QTS).

Perhaps the most tangible benefit of the PGCE is the extremely high rates of employment following completion of the course: our trainees are sought after locally, nationally and internationally.

Modules

All modules are compulsory:
-Inclusion & the primary classroom: Managing difference
-Understanding the child: a personalised approach to children’s learning
-Developing a philosophy of learning & teaching across the primary curriculum
-Final teaching practice

Career Opportunities

Our teaching graduates are highly sought after locally, nationally and internationally:
-Over 90% employed in teaching jobs – above the sector and region average.
-64% of NQTs employed by Plymouth City Council last year were from Marjon – Marjon trainees were seven times more likely to be employed than any other named provider.
-High quality training and outcomes – 98% of primary PGCE trainees completing in 2014 were graded good or outstanding.
-Wide range of placement opportunities across a broad partnership.
-Long and established history of teacher education – 175 years of experience.
-Partnership – wide and diverse – praised by Ofsted (2014) – ‘effective use of local diversity and wider links which ensures trainees have breadth and variety in their training, so making them highly employable’.

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Develop an appreciation for changes in your field and learn how to respond to them with our Professional Studies (Sport Development) MA course. Read more
Develop an appreciation for changes in your field and learn how to respond to them with our Professional Studies (Sport Development) MA course. This work-centred, project-based course provides students with the unique and valuable opportunity to explore shifts in their professional context while developing the skills to deal with them effectively.

This responsive approach to professional development is remarkably enriching, rooted in the modern concept of action research. Students who complete this course find that they have renewed passion for moving upwards in their career, as well as the skills to succeed in higher positions.

The course is both flexible and carefully structured, with each supervised project focusing on a clear theme related to your professional area. Throughout the course, students are supported with project templates which guide them on structure, content and the research process.

Modules

Each stage of the programme (PG Cert, PG Dip, MA) is based on a 60 credit module which is delivered through a project.

1st Year
Stage one: PG Cert - Conceptual & Theoretical Discourses

2nd Year
Stage two: PG Dip - Contemporary Contextual Issues

3rd Year
Stage three: MA Masters Project - Developmental Considerations

For more information about this course, see the website: http://www.marjon.ac.uk/courses/ma-sport/

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This work-centred, project-based programme allows you to investigate and respond to the changing demands in your professional context. Read more
This work-centred, project-based programme allows you to investigate and respond to the changing demands in your professional context. It affords you the opportunity to get involved with the planning processes necessary to meet the professional challenges which crop up during these shifts. It’s rooted in the concept of action research: responding to issues as and when they emerge.

On completion of this course, students will find themselves at a pivotal point in their careers. Armed with the skills and knowledge to make the right strategic decisions within their profession, they’ll be able to progress to the next level with confidence.

Whether you’re new to leadership and management or you want to develop your existing skills, this course is the idea environment in which to explore your potential and uncover new strengths.

Modules

Each stage of the programme (PG Cert, PG Dip, MA) is based on a 60 credit module which is delivered through a project.

1st Year
-Stage one: PG Cert - Conceptual and Theorectical Discourses

2nd Year
-Stage two: PG Dip - Contemporary Contextual Issues

3rd Year
-Stage three: MA Masters Project - Developmental Considerations

For more information about this course, see the website: http://www.marjon.ac.uk/courses/ma-management/

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Do you have a passion for children’s literature? Do you want to share literature with children and develop their ability to read for pleasure? Do you want to deepen your own knowledge of the literature, studying and discussing alongside like mind peers? Then this is the course for you!. Read more
Do you have a passion for children’s literature? Do you want to share literature with children and develop their ability to read for pleasure? Do you want to deepen your own knowledge of the literature, studying and discussing alongside like mind peers? Then this is the course for you!

The study at Masters Level will enable you to immerse yourself in the world of literature for children and young adults gaining experiences and accreditation within a friendly, flexible setting.

Through a blend of learning you will be explore how children’s literature has developed over the last century to offer a diverse range of genres and experiences for children. You will develop your own skills of enquiry and critical appraisal. You will examine relationships between readers, writers, illustrators, text and content. There are opportunities to develop your own pathways of study and to work on the creative writing of children’s literature.

Modules are taught by a team of enthusiastic and experienced experts within the field of children’s literature. We have established links with local and national bodies and can present and offer a variety of experiences and opportunities.

This course provides the opportunity to study full (one year) on campus, or part (three years) via distance learning and blended learning, allowing those within the professional field to continue with their employment whilst also developing their academic selves.

This is a research-driven and practice informed course, designed to help enhance students' professional practice in a variety of scenarios to support children in reading for pleasure. You will develop skills of critical reflection and deepen your knowledge and understanding of the wonderful texts available for today’s young readers. You will be introduced to many new texts and will also rediscover some old favourites. Studies of genres will offer choices to specialise in chosen areas as well as exploring new and possibly unfamiliar fields.

Teaching will be through a variety of formats from seminars, lectures, workshops, tutorials to online discussions and independent tasks. Planned research talks from visiting academics and authors will form highlights of the course and lively conference opportunities will enable you to engage with many people in the same areas of study.

Career Opportunities

This course allows the student to gain advanced knowledge and understanding within the field of children's literature, this therefore leads towards a career working closely with parents, teachers and children.

After completion of this MA students will be able to embark on a career helping others to develop a passion for children's literacy whilst also helping to raise children's standards in reading. This may be achieved through teaching in schools, librarians, nursery staff or social work.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.marjon.ac.uk/courses/applying/

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Do you want to become an outstanding teacher? Our specialist PGCE in Secondary Education with English is a direct route to a career of which you can be proud. Read more
Do you want to become an outstanding teacher? Our specialist PGCE in Secondary Education with English is a direct route to a career of which you can be proud. English develops an interest in literature, the role of language and this course develops a range of teaching styles appropriate to the delivery of English within the National Curriculum and GCSE/A Level specifications. English, through literature and language impacts on our lives and this course aims to produce dynamic, confident, and innovative teachers who are committed to developing life skills.

The aim of the course is to prepare trainee teachers for a first appointment as a teacher of English in a secondary school and assess current developments in the subject and their possible effect on teaching in schools. To develop as a teacher, you will be learning about how pupils can engage positively with literature and language and how they can be helped to a better understanding of themselves and the world through English. Furthermore, our PGCE English trainees can take up ‘enhancements’ linked to other curriculum subjects e.g. primary phase or Special Education Needs and Diversity.

We acknowledge that the trainees themselves are the most valuable resource on the course and we will be giving you the opportunity you to share your specialisms with the other trainees, and you will develop essential components of creativity and imagination such as determination, hard work, observing, thinking, experimenting, investigating, making, evaluation.

At the University of St Mark & St John, we pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching programmes. PGCE External examiners commented “The work across the Partnership results in excellent relationship building with staff and pupils as well as creative and forward thinking pedagogical ideas.” If the idea of joining these trainees inspires and motivates you, it’s time to start the application process.

General Entry Requirements

In addition to the specific course entry requirements, all PGCE applicants will need to meet the following:

- Recent secondary school classroom observation experience.
- To be able to clearly and accurately communicate both spoken and written English.
- Candidates must take part in individual and group interviews with representatives from schools as well as University tutors.

Suitability Clearance

You will be required to:

- Provide a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service), Enhanced Disclosure, related to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the Joint Circular ‘Protection of Children’.

- Meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach as detailed in ‘Fit to Teach’ by completing an on-line medical questionnaire.

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The University of St Mark & St John is widely renowned for producing excellent teachers. We have superb links with our partnership schools throughout the South West, London and overseas. You will find our graduates teaching in schools across the country.

- Over 95% of secondary trained teachers employed in teaching jobs – above the sector and region average.

- High quality training and outcomes – 100% of Secondary PGCE trainees completing in 2014 were graded good or outstanding.

- Long and established history of teacher education – 175 years of experience.

- Partnership – wide and diverse – praised by Ofsted (2014) – ‘effective use of local diversity and wider links which ensures trainees have breadth and variety in their training, so making them highly employable’.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.marjon.ac.uk/courses/applying/

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Do you want to become an outstanding teacher? Our specialist PGCE in Secondary Education with Art and Design is a direct route to a career of which you can be proud. Read more
Do you want to become an outstanding teacher? Our specialist PGCE in Secondary Education with Art and Design is a direct route to a career of which you can be proud.

Art and Design develops a passion for visual knowledge and understanding and the use of technology. This course develops a range of teaching styles appropriate to the delivery of Art and Design within the National Curriculum and GCSE/A Level specifications. Art and Design impacts on our lives and this course aims to produce dynamic, confident, and innovative teachers who are committed to developing life skills.

The aim of the course is to prepare trainee teachers for a first appointment as a teacher of Art and Design in a secondary school and assess current developments in the subject and their possible effect on teaching in schools. To develop as a teacher, you will be learning about how pupils develop their art and design skills and knowledge, and how they can be helped to a better understanding of themselves and the world through Art and Design. Furthermore, our PGCE Art and Design trainees can take up ‘enhancements’ linked to other curriculum subjects e.g. English, primary phase or Special Education Needs and Diversity.

We acknowledge that the trainees themselves are the most valuable resource on the course and we will be giving you the opportunity you to share your specialisms with the other trainees, and you will develop essential components of creativity and imagination such as determination, hard work, observing, thinking, experimenting, investigating, making, evaluation.

At the University of St Mark & St John, we pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching programmes. PGCE External examiners commented “The work across the Partnership results in excellent relationship building with staff and pupils as well as creative and forward thinking pedagogical ideas.” If the idea of joining these trainees inspires and motivates you, it’s time to start the application process.

General Entry Requirements

In addition to the specific course entry requirements, all PGCE applicants will need to meet the following:

- Recent secondary school classroom observation experience.
- To be able to clearly and accurately communicate both spoken and written English.
- Candidates must take part in individual and group interviews with representatives from schools as well as University tutors.

Suitability Clearance

You will be required to:

- Provide a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service), Enhanced Disclosure, related to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the Joint Circular ‘Protection of Children’.

- Meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach as detailed in ‘Fit to Teach’ by completing an on-line medical questionnaire.

Career Opportunities

The University of St Mark & St John is widely renowned for producing excellent teachers. We have superb links with our partnership schools throughout the South West, London and overseas. You will find our graduates teaching in schools across the country.

- Over 95% of secondary trained teachers employed in teaching jobs – above the sector and region average.

- High quality training and outcomes – 100% of Secondary PGCE trainees completing in 2014 were graded good or outstanding.

- Long and established history of teacher education – 175 years of experience.

- Partnership – wide and diverse – praised by Ofsted (2014) – ‘effective use of local diversity and wider links which ensures trainees have breadth and variety in their training, so making them highly employable’.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.marjon.ac.uk/courses/applying/

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This postgraduate diploma can be studied on a full- (one year) or part-time (two years) basis. It provides the perfect learning platform for experienced youth workers to concentrate on their professional development, exploring and analysing social education strategies and community development with critical reflection. Read more
This postgraduate diploma can be studied on a full- (one year) or part-time (two years) basis. It provides the perfect learning platform for experienced youth workers to concentrate on their professional development, exploring and analysing social education strategies and community development with critical reflection. Students also work to understand the policies and practices which aim to counter discrimination and encourage equality in the community.

This dynamic course offers an in-depth look at the profession in its current state, encouraging students to identify new strategies which can bring about positive change in the future. The course leads to a nationally recognised qualification from the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC), as part of the University’s continued commitment to boosting students’ employability and professional confidence.

This intensive course helps students to understand how communities function and how they change according to political, social and economical changes. Students are encouraged to explore historical and contemporary evidence and theory to develop a well-rounded, expert approach to youth and community work.

Modules

Students are required to completed their PG Dip with professional qualification before undertaking a practitioner research project to inform the Masters Dissertation.
-Theory and Practice of Youth and Community Work
-Professional Development (1) Anti-Oppressive, Interpersonal Communication and Group Work in Youth and Community Work
-Professional Development (2) Enhancing Youth and Community Work Practice through Research and Enquiry
-Professional Development (3) Managing and Leading Youth and Community Work
-Youth and Community Work Practice 1
-Youth and Community Work Practice 2

Students who successfully complete their Postgraduate Diploma (Year 1) can exit with that award, or they can return the following year or interrupt and return in any subsequent year to submit a dissertation for the MA. The Masters dissertation of 15,000 words is based on a separate practitioner research project.

Career Opportunities

Youth and community workers are in demand across a wide range of agencies and settings both locally and nationally. From main stream youth work running centres, projects in the Third Sector to work in schools and with youth work partners such as Public Health. The MA Youth and Community is not only responsive to the continuing professional development needs of students in the UK but is also transferable to other Youth and Community Work settings internationally. The Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) accreditation is one of the few nationally recognised professional qualifications which places successful students in an excellent position to gain employment in a variety of youth related fields. The University has well established and on-going contact with local and national agencies and a developing rapport with international providers, so the career prospects for graduates of the programme are excellent.

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The ideal course for those who want to develop their professional expertise in education, our MA Education course centres on your own needs, research interests and work-based contexts. Read more
The ideal course for those who want to develop their professional expertise in education, our MA Education course centres on your own needs, research interests and work-based contexts. You can study on a full- (one year) or part-time basis (three years).

With a blend of one-to-one learning, distance learning and attendance at our Saturday practitioner days, you’ll be able to design and develop your own assessments throughout the course. Following completion of this course and with enhanced subject-specialist knowledge, you’ll be ideally placed to inform change in your practice settings.

This course provides a flexible approach to your studies, with learning being informed by your work setting and specific subject interests. You will be given the chance to identify your own research interests to shape your modules and assessments. This course provides a vital route to career progression and enhanced professional practice.

Modules

-Independent Study
-Professional Practice Portfolio
-Research Design
-Dissertation
-Leadership and Governance of Church Schools
-Developing Co-operative Learning Approaches to Teaching and Learning
-Values-Based Education
-NQT Career Development Portfolio
-Managing Inclusion in the Classroom
-Leadership in Learning and Education Contexts
-Becoming a Reflective Practitioner

Career Opportunities

In general terms, a Masters’ degree can enable career progression in a highly competitive market place and promote career mobility. Career opportunities will vary according to students’ fields of work, but holders of a Masters’ degree can expect to demonstrate highly flexible and transferable skills such as high levels of initiative, leadership of learning and mastery of a subject area.

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It is worth researching on-line to see if there are Independent Trusts or Foundations who may be able to offer bursaries in your subject or make a fee contribution. Publications such as The Grants Register and The Directory of Grant-Making Trusts provide information on possible sources of funding. On-line databases also include Scholarship Research and Postgraduate Scholarships.

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The University of St Mark & St John is one of the UK’s leading TESOL training providers. Read more
The University of St Mark & St John is one of the UK’s leading TESOL training providers. With more than three decades’ experience delivering master’s programmes to 35 cohorts of students in Plymouth, as well as in over 15 locations around the world, the University has trained a wide range of outstanding TESOL professionals.

We have been involved in TESOL teaching, training curriculum renewal and quality assurance projects in nearly 50 countries, including Hungary, Mexico, Chile, Egypt, China, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Our flexible and dynamic MSc TESOL is an enriching choice for those seeking the challenge of master’s-level study, informed and complemented by the experience of a teaching internship in one of our well-established partner schools.

Modules

-English Language Learning & Teaching
-Analysing Language for TESOL
-Specialist options
-Research methods
-Extended study - Dissertation or Professional Portfolio

Career Opportunities

The internship experience and engagement with cutting-edge academic input provide graduates of the MSc TESOL with opportunities to acquire a range of distinctive qualities attractive to employers across the globe. Graduates of previous programmes have found employment as TESOL teachers in schools, colleges and universities. Others have become teacher trainers, materials writers, education managers and test designers. A significant number have gone on to doctoral study (PhD, EdD).

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This hugely popular course is a versatile and enriching environment for a diverse range of professionals. To name a few, we’ve welcomed people from youth and community work, business, leadership and management, the armed forces and early years education backgrounds. Read more
This hugely popular course is a versatile and enriching environment for a diverse range of professionals. To name a few, we’ve welcomed people from youth and community work, business, leadership and management, the armed forces and early years education backgrounds. There are few roles in which this expertise can’t be put to good use.

Because of the diversity of students’ backgrounds, the course naturally allows participants to explore the principles of coaching and mentoring within a variety of settings, as well as applying new skills to their own role. The course’s general environment is dynamic and interactive, and students are encouraged throughout to share and explore ideas.

Through this course, students are equipped with transferable skills and theoretical perspectives in order to perfect good practice and move their careers in positive directions.

Following the programme, students might find themselves taking up mentoring roles with new colleagues, acting as subject mentors in initial teacher education, coaching colleagues in a range of settings, providing supervision for colleagues or even working freelance as an independent coach.

Modules

The PG Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring comprises of 2 modules, each worth 30 credits.
-Advanced Coaching & Mentoring
-Coaching & Mentoring in Practice

Career Opportunities

The skills and knowledge gained through undertaking this programme are transferable and relevant to anyone who is engaged in working with others in a developmental capacity. Whether you are looking to strengthen your leadership and management tool kit with a view to future promotion, wanting to progress in your existing role as a coach or mentor, or considering moving into the field of independent coaching, a post graduate (level 7) qualification will strengthen your CV.

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Become a trained multimedia journalist with our brand new postgraduate taught Journalism Masters. This carefully designed course allows you to specialise in a chosen subject, be it sport, fashion, science, music or politics, and build a portfolio of work. Read more
Become a trained multimedia journalist with our brand new postgraduate taught Journalism Masters. This carefully designed course allows you to specialise in a chosen subject, be it sport, fashion, science, music or politics, and build a portfolio of work. We couple this with a built in work experience module at a media outlet to practice your professional skills and make you more employable in the media industry. Taught by a well-connected team of practising journalists and multi-media academics, this Masters has been specifically designed to meet the needs of media employers right now.

As well as developing the fundamentals of accurate storytelling and honing a keen news sense, you will be taught advanced skills for print, radio and TV broadcast. You will learn through practical sessions which focus on technical skills and key software packages as well as a range of lectures on key themes such as ethics and media law led by industry experts. You'll also develop through workshops, newsdays and regular tutorial support. You will be based in our state-of-the-art Journalism and Media centre where you will have 24 hour access to a well-appointed newsroom, online radio station and editing suites.

Modules

All modules are compulsory:
-Creating content for multimedia platforms
-Journalism and society
-Media law
-Specialist module choices
-Multimedia newsroom practice
-Digital and data Journalism
-Work based learning
-Extended journalism project

Career Opportunities

This masters course prepares students to work in radio, TV, print or digital platforms. You will graduate equipped to work as a reporter at a local and national news outlet, as a digital and social media content producer or as a specialist journalist freelancing for national print and online publications writing about specific issues in your chosen field. You can tap into our strong links with local and national media employers to develop your own professional network.

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We are fully accredited by the European Journalism Training Association (EJTA) and have built a strong programme that is driven by the industry. Accreditation ensures that our programme delivers what we say and what the industry wants.

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This flexible and innovative course is designed for a wide variety of business practitioners. You may already be in a senior leadership position, or have ambitions to start your own business. Read more
This flexible and innovative course is designed for a wide variety of business practitioners. You may already be in a senior leadership position, or have ambitions to start your own business. You may want to bring fresh thinking to a current role, or move your career in a different direction. Our focus is on accelerating your leadership thinking and behaviours, so you can very quickly take ideas and innovation back to your workplace. You will be exposed to a broad spectrum of businesses, industries and leadership styles to give you a range of different perspectives.

The course has been designed with a wide range of modules to encourage students to look at their role from new angles. Throughout the course, you’ll enjoy a healthy blend of academic and vocational perspectives, and our practitioner-focused teaching staff will guide you in the latest thinking and developments in business management.

Inspirational lectures, energetic seminars and focused study groups are all integral to this enriching business management course. You’ll look at a broad range of topics including marketing, finance, enterprise and research methods, plus you’ll have the chance to select a relevant independent study towards the end of your course. The result is a distinct increase in employability and effectiveness in a position of leadership, all tailored to your personal aspirations.

Modules

All modules are compulsory:
-Leadership & Management
-Marketing Management
-Financial Management
-Research Methods
-Strategic Management
-Enterprise & Entrepreneurship
-Emerging Issues in Management
-Independent Research Project

Career Opportunities

This full-time programme is designed to develop senior management and leadership skills and competences in individuals, in order for them to be effective in their respective organisational roles. This programme is therefore suitable for those who wish to pursue a career in a business management related field, or for those who wish to start their own business.

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The MA Professional Studies (English Literature) has been developed in response to new developments within further education (FE) and higher education (HE). Read more
The MA Professional Studies (English Literature) has been developed in response to new developments within further education (FE) and higher education (HE). In particular, the course focuses on challenges facing practitioners in FE institutions which are also emerging HE providers. The programme has been developed to meet the needs of practitioners who want to make the transition from FE to HE delivery and research.

Students will be actively involved in rigorous and intellectually challenging research projects in order to develop a critical appreciation of the nature of HE research and delivery. The aim is to enable practitioners to reflect critically on their professional transition and dual role. It’s anticipated that the resulting research project will form the basis of one or more publishable papers in the subject of English literature and/or educational practice.

Modules

Each stage of the programme (PG Cert, PG Dip, MA) is based on a 60 credit module which is delivered through a project.

1st Year
Stage 1: PG Cert - Conceptual and Theoretical Discourses

2nd Year
Stage 2: PG Dip - Contemporary Contextual Issues

3rd Year
Stage 3: MA Masters Project - Developmental Considerations

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Delivery
Delivery of the programme is based on the allocation of a project supervisor for each stage. The supervisor will have expertise in the chosen area and will provide guidance throughout the process. In addition to project supervision, research workshops/seminars with other students will be offered to supplement individual project work.

Assessment
Assessment of each stage is by completed project coursework. Formative feedback will be provided at appropriate points to give students an indication of their progress.

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This thought-provoking, intellectually stimulating course delivers work-centred projects to students who want to propel their sport and health sciences career forwards. Read more
This thought-provoking, intellectually stimulating course delivers work-centred projects to students who want to propel their sport and health sciences career forwards. Students are encouraged to develop a critical appreciation of the changing demands in their field and, in doing so, they become equipped with the skills to deal with any challenges that these changes may present.

As part of the course, students are afforded the opportunity to reflect on and engage in debate about the issues and developments within their professional context. This responsive approach to professional development encourages students to explore issues as they emerge.

The course is flexible by its nature, but it lies within a solid framework. Your supervised projects will focus on areas which are relevant to you, and each has its own qualification outcome. At each stage, you will work within a carefully constructed template which provides clear guidance on structure, content and the research process.

Modules

Each stage of the programme is delivered through a project.

1st Year - PG Cert - Conceptual and Theorectical Discourses
Consideration of debates and developments that constitute the terms of reference within the sport and health science environment. For example, debates relating to long term athlete development, exercise referral clinics, healthy lifestyle management, strength and conditioning, physical activity and public health policy, preparing for competition in a variety of climates, talent identification and the application of development theories to the specific disciplines within sport and health science.

2nd Year - PG Dip - Contemporary Contextual Issues.
Concern with the issuesthat define the contemporary parameters of sport and health work. For example, ways in which the public policy frame, and professionalism, informs the characteristics and priorities of sport and health science programmes and initiatives within, and across, National Governing Bodies and accrediting organisations. This will include exploring the development and implementation of policy, the role of stakeholders, professionalism, lifestyle management and evaluation in the policy process.

3rd Year - MA Masters Project - Developmental Considerations
The focus would be on a research project through primary data collection. For example direct engagement in some aspect of sport and health science leading to individual or team performance improvement, the evaluation, impact and effectiveness of exercise referral clinics on specific populations, the implementation of innovative training methods or a mono, multi- or interdisciplinary approach to athlete support.

Career Opportunities

This course is led by Lance Doggart, a sport and health sciences teacher with a particular interest in sport science support and research methods. Lance brings an extensive background in sports coaching and interdisciplinary sport science to the course.

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Delivery
Delivery of the programme is based on the allocation of a project supervisor for each stage. This supervisor will have expertise in the chosen area and will provide guidance throughout the process. Where appropriate, a second supervisor will also be involved. In addition to project supervision, research workshops will be offered during the course of the year, when students will be brought together to explore particular research themes. Electronic resources will be available to support each stage and additional tutorial support will be made available as appropriate. It is anticipated that one of the projects undertaken will lead to a joint publication (supervisor and student).

Assessment
While assessment of each stage of the programme will be based on the grade awarded for the completed project, formative assessment will also be provided at two points during the year in order to provide students with an indication of their progress.

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Reflect on your own professional practice, expand your knowledge and build on your skill set. Our MA Professional Studies course is responsive to each student’s own situation, focusing on your unique professional development to help you get the most out of your course. Read more
Reflect on your own professional practice, expand your knowledge and build on your skill set. Our MA Professional Studies course is responsive to each student’s own situation, focusing on your unique professional development to help you get the most out of your course.

This intellectually rigorous postgraduate programme encourages collaborative engagement between staff and students, developing the faculty’s applied research portfolio and deepening links with related professions.

There are three key themes to the programme, each with their own supervised projects. The aim is to develop your critical understanding of your service area, exploring contextual issues which define the parameters of your field, and engaging in developmental-based project work.

You’ll be given plenty of opportunities to tailor the course to your own concerns, ensuring that you complete the course with the most valuable knowledge and skills possible.

Modules

Each stage of the programme (PG Cert, PG Dip, MA) is based on a 60 credit module which is delivered through a project.

Stage 1: PG Cert - Conceptual and Theoretical Discourses
Stage 2: PG Dip - Contemporary Contextual Issues
Stage 3: Masters Project - Developmental Considerations

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While you will be working to a generic project structure and set of learning outcomes, each project will be based on a set of criteria specific to the chosen subject specialism. The focus and content will be negotiated with a supervisor who is research active in that specialism.

It is anticipated that project work will lead to publication in an appropriate journal or other academic outlet, following the completion of the assessment process.

The University of St Mark & St John is proud to be a preferred training provider of the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) and registered to ELCAS (Centre Code 4437).

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