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This course has been developed in partnership with students and employers to offer a qualification that will support working towards Early Years Teacher status. Read more
This course has been developed in partnership with students and employers to offer a qualification that will support working towards Early Years Teacher status. The programme is fully funded by the NCTL, for those who qualify, and bursaries are also available.

It’s particularly aimed at graduates who don’t already work in early years but who may be looking for a career move. It’s also a great option for overseas graduates who are looking to enter the teaching profession within England.

This course is offered on both a full- and part-time basis. The full-time course is a School Direct programme delivered in partnership with the Durham and Newcastle Teaching Alliance. The course is school or early years setting-led, which means you’ll spend most of your time within a designated school or early years setting. It underpins all of the training requirements outlined by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and has been flexibly designed to suit your needs.

This is a School Direct Route which includes substantial placement experience, for graduates with little or no experience of working with children aged 0 to 5 years but wish to pursue a career as an Early Years Teacher. Tuition fees are funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and bursaries are payable to trainees with a first class (£5000), 2:1 (£4000) or 2:2 (£2000) classification of degree. Post Graduate Certificate in Early Years Education (Level 7) is also included at no extra cost.

Trainees on the School Direct Route will be taught the theoretical element of the programme by specialist practitioners from Northumbria University. Trainees will be placed in a range of good and outstanding schools and settings across the North East, led by the Durham Teaching School Alliance for the practical elements of the programme.

This course cna also be studied part time - for more information, please view this web-page: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/early-years-education-early-years-teacher-status-dtpets6/

Learn From The Best

The academic staff delivering this course are research active with professional experience as educators specialising in the children’s workforce.

Having worked extensively with the under-3’s and pre-school aged children, with multi-agencies and in partnership with parents and carers, they have an excellent understanding of the challenges around researching in professional practice.

Teaching And Assessment

The course offers specialist training to enhance your skills in working with and teaching the under fives.

Your training will be delivered both at Northumbria and within your early years setting. You’ll spend one day per week at university and will complete at least 120 days on placement. If you already work within early years, this setting could be your current employment.

You’ll be supported by a dedicated mentor throughout, who will help you to develop your knowledge, understanding and related pedagogy of the early years.

Our teaching methods have been designed to support your individual learning style and critical reflective abilities and include lectures, seminars, group work, work based projects and assignments. They also involve unobserved and observed teaching practice, development of an individual training plan and a portfolio of documentary evidence.

Throughout the course, you’ll be encouraged to take part in collaborative teamwork through group work tasks, presentations and work-based projects.

Learning Environment

You’ll spend most of your time within your early years setting, supported by your mentor. For the remainder of your time, you’ll take part in lectures, seminars and other teaching and learning activities on campus.

Technology-enabled learning is a fundamental part of this course and you’ll be encouraged to use technology to be active, collaborative, reflective and research-orientated throughout your studies. Technology will help you to work with others, take part in relevant group discussions and reflect on your learning.

You’ll also be able to access a host of online learning materials and resources.

Research-Rich Learning

Research-rich learning is central to the design of this course. The academic staff teaching on this programme are actively involved in ongoing research projects, covering topics as diverse as attachment, infant mental health, emotional wellbeing, parental involvement and project evaluation.

These diverse and exciting research specialisms are used throughout teaching to both inform and enhance your learning.

As a postgraduate student, you will be encouraged to critically reflect upon and engage with the evolving nature of research, policy and practice. This will enable you to fully establish its impact on the teaching and delivery of early years care and education, giving you excellent insights into the contemporary issues at the forefront of this specialist field.

Give Your Career An Edge

This Post Graduate Certificate award has been specifically designed to support students wishing to gain Early Years Teacher Status and employment as an early years teacher. You’ll train to become a highly reflective early years practitioner with an excellent understanding of the impact that your practice has on children’s learning and development.

We work closely with local early years providers to make sure the course content remains really relevant and meets employers’ needs.

The work-based projects you undertake, as well as your observed teaching practice, will make you highly employable on graduation and you’ll be able to showcase quality examples of the impact of your practice, to future employers.

This Post Graduate Certificate can also be used as a progression award to further studies at Masters level.

Your Future

The framework of this course is geared towards enhancing your future employability within the Early Years sector and has been developed in collaboration with students and employers to provide a qualification that will survive any changes in government policy.

As such, you’ll leave as a flexible, highly employable graduate, equipped with the knowledge and skills you need for the next step in your career and you’ll be able to demonstrate your extensive work-based experience and practice.

As well as being a great early years practitioner, you’ll also have a really solid knowledge and critical awareness of the latest legislation, new insights, current problems and contemporary issues at the forefront of early years care and education.

The Durham Teaching School Alliance

Etherley Lane Nursery School is one of the ‘Lead’ schools in the Durham Teaching School Alliance. The teaching school alliance is a partnership of good and outstanding primary phase schools which includes nursery schools, infant schools, primary schools with Foundation Stage Units and providers from the private and voluntary sector. Working collaboratively with key strategic partners the alliance provides a range of services to schools and settings including the delivery of the new Early Years School Direct initial teacher training programme.

Etherley Lane Nursery School, together with its partner schools and settings works closely with Northumbria University, the accredited Initial Teacher Training Provider, to offer an innovative and specialized programme in early childhood development from birth to five.

Skills Tests

Entrants for Initial Teacher Education programmes need to be aware of Government regulations regarding mandatory skills tests in numeracy and literacy.The skills tests do not replace the GCSE grade C or above entry requirements. Applicants are encouraged to sit the skills tests prior to interview although this is not essential, however, a firm offer of a place on the programme can only be made once all entry requirements have been met.

Applicants are advised that they will receive one free test and two resit opportunities which will need to be self-funded. If applicants fail three tests, resits will not be allowed within a 24 month period. The skills tests are computerized and can be taken at any of a number of Learn Direct test centres throughout the UK. The Department for Education has developed guidance and support materials to help candidates pass the tests: candidates are strongly advised to review the support material before attempting the skills tests. If any candidate is likely to experience difficulties taking a test and has needs that entitle them to reasonable adjustments, they can apply for special arrangements.

Further information about the skills tests, including practice tests are available from the Department for Education Professional Skills Test Webpage or by contacting Learn Direct on 0300 303 9613.

Tests can be booked via the skills test registration page: http://sta.education.gov.uk/

Additional Information

Early Years Teacher Status is a non Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) programme.

Graduate entry routes of Early Years Initial Teacher Training do not attract student loan.

Early Years Education (Early Years Teacher Status) Post Graduate Certificate does not attract student loan.

It is anticipated that for the academic year 2017-2018, trainees will attend University each Thursday.

Further information about becoming an Early Years Teacher can be found on the Department for Education ‘Get Into Teaching’ website: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/explore-my-options/become-an-early-years-teacher

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For graduates with a good honours degree, this course equips you with the skills needed for the demanding task of teaching 3 - 7 year old children in nursery and infant schools. Read more
For graduates with a good honours degree, this course equips you with the skills needed for the demanding task of teaching 3 - 7 year old children in nursery and infant schools. You develop the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm you need to motivate young children’s learning.

The course awards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and develops the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm you need to motivate young children’s learning.

You study the core subjects of English, mathematics and science for Key Stage 1 and all aspects of the early years foundation stage. As part of the course you gain 60 credits towards a masters qualification.

Much of your development is built through your school-based training, linked by university-based learning. Your first experience is in Key Stage 1. It begins with 16 initial days followed by 7 week assessed placement. The second school based training placement is in a foundation stage setting and is over a longer time period. In total you spend 120 days in school over the year.

We offer the course in partnership with local and regional primary, infant and nursery schools. These play a key role in teaching and assessment, and helping to develop to your professional competence.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/pgce-early-years-and-primary-education-37-with-qts

School Direct

Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation. When applying through School Direct, the school or partnership of schools that you've applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development as there is the intention that you will be employed by them if you successfully complete the course.
For more information visit http://www.shu.ac.uk/schooldirect

Further information

For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.

Course structure

Full time – 1 year. Starts September.

Modules
The course is made up of modules which integrate experience in schools and nurseries with professional and curriculum studies. You complete two masters levels modules. One enables you to evaluate and reflect on your own progress as a teacher, and the second enables you to explore a chosen area in more depth in your school or setting and with colleagues in that setting.

The other modules assess your ability against the teacher standards. You are assessed in foundation stage and in Key Stage 1.

Assessment
Your academic work is assessed by written coursework assignments. Your teaching is assessed in schools and by school based mentors. You record evidence of your progress towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in a professional development portfolio.This course is assessed at masters level and we expect most students to achieve this. However, some students may not attain this level of academic work. These students may be awarded a Professional Certificate in Education, provided they have passed all elements of the course at undergraduate level, and have met all the standards for QTS.

Other admission requirements

You must also pass QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, and complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms. If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day.

View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process: https://www.shu.ac.uk/?sc_itemid=6F732BF1-BDFB-4DD1-83FE-2715DFCE1EDC

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent.

We welcome applications from people seeking a career change into primary teaching. We actively encourage applications from those groups under-represented in teacher education to ensure the teaching profession represents the diverse nature of present day UK society.

*GCSE maths and English equivalents
-12 Level 2 credits from an Access course.
-Equivalency test from http://www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

*GCSE science equivalents
-12 Level 2 credits from an Access course.
-Science equivalency test from http://www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
-OCR National Level 2 Science.
-BTEC National Level 2 Science, Applied Science or Medical Science.

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The Master of Education is a suite of postgraduate modules in professional development for teachers and professionals who work, or have experience of working, in an educational setting. Read more
The Master of Education is a suite of postgraduate modules in professional development for teachers and professionals who work, or have experience of working, in an educational setting.

Why study for Master of Education at Dundee?

The Master of Education programme is essential for all professionals who work in an educational setting and wish to enhance their professional learning and improve career progression prospects. Students can tailor the educational experience to suit their individual experience, needs and interests. The programme can be accessed entirely at a distance via the University virtual learning environment. There are both workplace based and non-workplace based routes through the programme.

The programme is the first in Scotland to be accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organisation and by successfully completing the programme participants can register for an IB advanced certificate in teaching and learning research affording the opportunity of pursuing a career in public, private or international schools across the world.

Professional Accreditation

The course is fully recognised and accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).

Flexible Degrees

Most students study part-time completing one module per semester. In certain circumstances students can undertake more than one module per semester.

MEd 1800 hours of part-time study (6x 30M modules in total)
PGDiploma 1200 hours of part-time study (4x30M modules in total)
PGCertificate 600 hours of part-time study (2 x 30M modules in total)

Degree Combinations

Education (including IB Certificate) MEd
Education (Leading Learning and Teaching) MEd
Education (Inclusion and Learner Support) MEd
Education (Nursery/Early Education) MEd
Education (Pupil Care and Support) MEd
Education (Childhood Practice) MEd
Education (International Education) MEd
Education (Developing Mathematical Thinking) MEd
Education (Into Headship) MEd

Who should study this course?

Entry to the programme is open to teachers and professionals with experience of working in educational settings who have a degree or equivalent and relevant experience. Applicants do not have to be currently employed in an educational setting. There is option for a non-workplace based route through the MEd programme as some modules do not require students to be in a workplace-based setting.

What are the aims of the programme?

The programme is designed to develop the knowledge and understanding, skills, attributes and professional values necessary to enhance international professional practice and builds upon competences developed through experience.

The MEd is inquiry-based and provides flexible routes in:
- Leading Learning and Teaching
- Inclusion and Learning
- Nursery/Early Education
- Pupil Care and Support
- International Education
- Developing Mathematical Thinking
- Adult Literacies

How you will be taught

The start date for this course is either September or March each year.

The Programme can take 2 to 3 years depending on a student's circumstances with modules being delivered by blended and distance learning and are supported by the use of the University's virtual learning environment. Study support is offered through our growing network of learning and study centres. Currently these are based at the University of Dundee but shortly will also be available through our collaboration with the Hellenic Association for Education in Athens, Greece.

Recognition for prior learning (RPL) is available for the MEd Programme. Claims for RPL must match to existing modules o the programme with equivalent content and be at the required SCQF level and SCOTCAT credits. Claims can be made, in exceptional circumstances, for up to 50% of the programme. If you have any questions about RPL

What you will study

Participants undertake two core and two optional modules, and either 1 x 60 credit, or 2 x 30 credit workplace projects at the final stage of the programme. There are modules available by distance learning or mixed mode delivery. The Master of Education is characterised by progression through Certificate, Diploma to Masters with exit points at each level.

These awards aim to build on professionals’ initial training and professionalism which has developed throughout their work experience. Because of the considerable distance learning element in the programme, significant individual support is offered through:
- On-line
- Study guides
- Telephone or video conference tutorials
- Face to face tutorials
- E-mail
- Written feedback (electronic)
- Virtual learning environments

Core modules
Reflecting upon Practice
Research Methods for Professional Inquiry
Optional Modules

International Education
Working Supportively with Learners
Working Towards Inclusion
Continuity of Children’s Development : Birth To Eight
Developing Mathematical Thinking
Innovation in the Curriculum
Leadership, Change and Organisational Development
Enquiry into Collaborative Teaching and Learning
Negotiated Study
Leadership and Management of Childhood Practice
Leading Effective Transitions
Leading Learning through Play
Meeting the Needs of Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder / Complex Social Communication Needs
Employability

How you will be assessed

Individual modules have assessment tailored to aims and content of each module. Most module culminate with a written assignment based around content covered, or research completed, during the module.

Formative and summative assessments are designed to arise naturally from study and work. Major assessments focus directly on application in the workplace. Students are assessed on 4 x 30 credit modules plus a Workplace Based Project (60 credits).

Careers

A majority of students studying for Masters in Education at the University of Dundee are already in full time employment. In addition a number of students either already hold senior management positions or have moved into senior management positions during their time studying on the programme. By engaging with the MEd Programme students are able to influence their own Professional Learning journeys and take control of their own CPD.

As the Master of Education programme is for professionals with some teaching or educational experience the programme will not qualify you to teach in Scotland.

Flexible Degrees

Most students study part-time completing one module per semester. In certain circumstances students can undertake more than one module per semester.

Degree Length of study
Distance learning (2 optional contact days per module)
MEd 1800 hours of part-time study ( 6 x 30M modules in total)
PGDiploma 1200 hours of part-time study (4 x 30M modules in total)
PGCertificate 600 hours of part-time study (2 x 30M modules in total)

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Modern society has seen a number of changes to the family dynamic which have played a part in the increase of troubled children. Today, 20 per cent of children in the UK experience emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties, leading to an increasing demand for play therapists. Read more
Modern society has seen a number of changes to the family dynamic which have played a part in the increase of troubled children. Today, 20 per cent of children in the UK experience emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties, leading to an increasing demand for play therapists.

As a play therapist, you will help children come to terms with traumatic events in their lives through the use of play, where the child has the freedom and opportunity to express themselves by recreating their own world during their time with you.

Whether you're looking for a change in career, wanting to add therapeutic play to your existing psychological therapies, social work or medical skillset, or if you are a graduate just starting out in the field, this professional course, delivered in partnership with the Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy Ltd (APAC), allows you to work under supervision with individual children who have slight to moderate problems. Please note that all applications and queries for this course will be dealt with by APAC, and that start dates may differ depending on your location of study. Find out more on the APAC website

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: we entered an increased number of units for this assessment, up from 11% in 2008 to 33% in 201.

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

Mature Applicants

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

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

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

Careers

You will be able to practise, with the guidance of a supervisor, using therapeutic play skills in schools and other settings including primary health care, providing emotional support for slight to moderate problems with individual children. If you are already working as a self-employed play therapist, this qualification will give you added confidence to continue working and offering your services as a practitioner.

- Play Therapist
- Play Worker
- Children's Nurse
- Nursery Nurse

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

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

Course Benefits

You will undertake 100 hours of clinical practice in either a primary school, special needs school, nursery, primary health care, hospital, care home or adoption and foster care setting, where you will apply your learning in a practical setting.

Our Faculty of Health and Social Sciences has a well-established Playwork team and over recent years has developed close links with APAC and professional organisations Play Therapy UK and Play Therapy International.

Modules

Orientation and Setting Up Play Therapy Practice Using Non-Directive Play Therapy
You will be introduced to the principles of non-directive play and the therapeutic play continuum so you will be prepared to work one to one with children who have slight to moderate social, emotional and behaviour difficulties.

Using Expressive Arts Therapy to Reach the Unconscious
Add to your repertoire of play therapy tools and conditions, and study the main research methods that are applicable to play therapy and the fundamentals of neurobiology showing the beneficial effects of play.

Using Symbolic Play Therapy Tools and Metaphor Safely
Gain a sound working knowledge of child protection issues and add to your repertoire of therapeutic play media by including art, therapeutic story telling, movement, clay and sand therapy.

Professor Ieuan Ellis

Dean, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

"We have a long history of providing education across a wide range of professional and academic disciplines in health, applied global ethics, social sciences and related subject areas... The Faculty has a number of areas of research excellence."

Ieuan is responsible for the strategic leadership of the Faculty of Health and Social sciences. He is also a member of Academic Board, and an elected staff representative on the Board of Governors. He is also Chair of the UK Council of Deans of Health and Co-chair of the National Allied Health Professions Advisory Board. After practicing as a chartered physiotherapist in the NHS and private sector, Ieuan entered higher education working initially at Northumbria University prior to joining our University. Ieuan has held a number of leadership and management roles across health and social care education and was awarded a personal chair as Professor in Healthcare Education.

Facilities

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Clinical Skills Suite
The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

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

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The course is available part-time, via distance learning and online learning. Read more

Why this course?

The course is available part-time, via distance learning and online learning.

The Early Years Pedagogue (replacing the Early Years Teacher Specialism) is recognised by the Scottish Government, and many local authorities, as a qualification that provides the opportunity for the early years workforce to develop/strengthen their specialist knowledge of the early years.

Its blended approach to learning helps to support professional training and networking across local authorities, alongside practice-based assessments.

The course develops opportunities for you to view your work in nursery and early primary settings in Scotland, in line with contemporary research and international perspectives of what makes effective early years pedagogy.

The Early Years Pedagogue incorporates the need for teachers and practitioners to critically reflect on the adult’s role in developing and understanding young children’s learning journeys and narratives alongside recognising the vital role that the environment has to play in developing health, wellbeing and achievement.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/earlyyearspedagogue/

You’ll study

You’ll attend a two-day induction course on campus, followed by an introductory week which will be online.
The course is delivered through the web, using Myplace, the University’s virtual online learning environment.

- Postgraduate Certificate
The Postgraduate Certificate is made up of three core modules. After successful completion, you may continue to Diploma study.

- Postgraduate Diploma
To be awarded an Early Years Pedagogue (EYP) Diploma, you must complete three further modules.
You may choose three from the EYP course or two from the EYP course and one from another Masters course.

- Masters
To complete studies to Masters, you'll undertake a further research module and a dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at the University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.
To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Course content

This course offers teachers and high achieving BACP graduates the chance to specialise further in their field and best meet the needs of children in nursery and early primary school.
The certificate explores contemporary and historical perspectives in relation to what matters in early education and how these relate to early years practice.
The diploma looks in depth at how children learn from pre-birth and ways that teachers can use their knowledge of children as learners, the wider life of families and communities to lead pedagogy and work alongside stakeholders to develop learning.

Learning & teaching

You'll attend a two-day induction course on campus, followed by a trial week before the start Module 1.
The rest of the course is delivered through the web using the University’s online learning platform. You’ll have a weekly student-tutor chat session. You’ll also have the opportunity to work collaboratively on weekly tasks within a virtual learning environment. The course will have a password-protected site accessible to tutors and students and our web developer only.

Assessment

A range of practice, linked assessments have been developed to alongside module content.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/

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The Courses. There are two routes for this Primary PGCE course. ages 3-7 or 5-11. These PGCE Primary routes focus on the study of teaching in all National Curriculum subjects, with emphasis on English, maths, science and ICT. Read more

The Courses

There are two routes for this Primary PGCE course: ages 3-7 or 5-11. These PGCE Primary routes focus on the study of teaching in all National Curriculum subjects, with emphasis on English, maths, science and ICT. The Primary Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 course (3-7) includes a specialist study of the early years foundation stage curriculum and the distinctive pedagogies encountered in reception/nursery classrooms and children’s centres. For both routes school placements will be completed in relevant age phases, including nursery and reception classes for students on the 3-7 age range course.

Whichever route you take, you will learn the principles of curriculum design and delivery, and theories of learning and teaching, alongside developing practical insights and skills in the effective teaching and assessment of young children. The course is designed to enable you to meet the requirements for qualified teacher status (QTS).

The Programme

The programme is approximately 38 weeks long with at least 24 of those weeks in schools. You will attend taught sessions at Newman and/or partner schools which will provide you with a thorough understanding of education theory that you will be able to apply in the classroom.

The course will provide you with key skills such as behaviour management while preparing you to teach the national curriculum. The content brings together latest research findings with current school policies and practices. Emphasis is placed on systematic synthetic phonics (as a key strategy within early reading pedagogy), children’s mathematical development and scientific enquiry. The key characteristics of each primary subject area are studied along with cross-curricular links and topics.

The courses will provide you with a balance of general classroom practice and specialist understanding. You will study two modules at masters level which will provide a firm foundation for future continuous professional development leading to a masters degree.

Newman’s Primary PGCE courses offer you strong partnerships with Teaching School Alliances and primary schools in the West Midlands. You will be taught by qualified practitioners who are able to link different perspectives of primary teaching to the development of your practical skills in the classroom. Tutors are involved in both Newman based training and in supporting the professional development of students in Teaching School Alliances and partnership schools. Teachers are involved in the construction of courses and the supervision of school experience and in teaching students how to make effective, critical and reflective evaluations of their work.

School-based learning is central to the PGCE programme and will be a feature of all three terms of your PGCE year. You undertake placements in at least two primary schools providing opportunities to observe and practise a range of methods and approaches. School-based learning includes observation of experienced teachers, a structured programme of group and whole class teaching and a series of directed activities to explore wider school issues.



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This course blends distance learning with face-to-face teaching. Read more

About the course

This course blends distance learning with face-to-face teaching. It’s open to early childhood professionals anywhere in the world, including early years practitioners, FE and HE lecturers, teachers, nursery nurses, voluntary and independent providers, and inspectors and managers working in areas relevant to early childhood.

Wherever you are in the world, you’ll develop the skills you need to carry out high-quality educational research relevant to your own culture. Those skills include a clearer understanding of the policies, practice and theories that underpin your work. You’ll discuss international approaches and educational change with leading experts.

Your career

We offer postgraduate courses that will launch your career in education or aid your continuing professional development.

Our graduates work in the UK and overseas in schools, universities, and local and national government. Some are teachers and lecturers. Others use their skills in policy development, education, administration, psychology and social work.

About us

We value creative teaching that challenges inequalities in the education system. We believe in increasing opportunities for education, for everyone. Our research has a direct impact on educational theory, policy and practice. We’re supporting the development of children, families and learning communities through dedicated research centres.

You’ll learn from world-class academics such as Professor Cathy Nutbrown and Professor Dan Goodley. Cathy, who teaches on three of our postgraduate courses, won an Outstanding Impact in Society award in 2013 for her work on literacy. Dan’s work on disability in education has been described as ground breaking.

Our research seminar programme gives you access to the latest findings, often before they’re published. The University’s library has online catalogues and databases, e-books and e-journals.

Structure, teaching and assessment

All MA courses follow a similar pattern with two core modules (1 and 4) and two subject-specific modules (2 and 3).

Teaching and learning takes place via lectures, seminars, tutorials, discussion, active inquiry and investigations. Regular meetings with a personal tutor support and encourage your learning and understanding.

A weekly tutorial and a Study of Education course accompanies the taught modules.

There are no formal written examinations and assessment is by coursework and a 15–20,000-word dissertation.

Core modules

Early Childhood Education: history and policy; Development Learning and Curriculum; Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education; Research Methods in Early Childhood Education; Dissertation (Early Childhood Education).

Teaching

You’ll study mostly at home, staying in contact with your tutor by telephone, post and email. You must attend five residential weekends in Sheffield during the two years of the course.

Assessment

Each module is assessed through a 6,000- word assignment. A final 15–20,000-word dissertation represents one-third of the MA (60 credits out of 180). On completion, you’ll have the opportunity to apply for doctoral study on our Early Childhood Education EdD.

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Accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland, this professional qualifying programme provides initial teacher education to meet the latest demands of contemporary primary and nursery schools. Read more
Accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland, this professional qualifying programme provides initial teacher education to meet the latest demands of contemporary primary and nursery schools. The aim of the programme is to produce adaptable, flexible teachers able to collaborate and cooperate with other professionals, ready to face challenges of teaching in the 21st century and commit to the notion of life-long learning.

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Health psychology is an exciting and growing branch of psychology that applies psychological theory and research to behaviours and beliefs related to health and illness. Read more
Health psychology is an exciting and growing branch of psychology that applies psychological theory and research to behaviours and beliefs related to health and illness.

Health psychologists’ interests are firmly in line with government health agendas, and include the promotion of positive health behaviours in adults and children; reducing obesity, binge drinking, smoking and stress; and increasing psychological wellbeing.

The route to Chartered Psychologist status is through the attainment of an accredited MSc Health Psychology (stage 1 training), followed by supervised professional practice (stage 2 training).

USW’s MSc Health Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as providing students with the knowledge and skills required for Stage 1 of your training in qualifying as a Chartered Psychologist and practitioner health psychologist.

The MSc Health Psychology is taught by registered practitioner health psychologists (who are also BPS Chartered) with many years of specialist teaching, research and clinical experience in a range of areas of health psychology. Specialist practitioners contribute a contemporary perspective as guest lecturers.

We have ongoing research collaborations with NHS clinicians that provide opportunities for students to have access to clinical populations for dissertation research projects and work experience placements. These currently include psychiatry liaison, pain management, eating disorders and cardiac rehabilitation.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/300-msc-health-psychology

Five BPS Commendations

The course recently received five commendations from the British Psychological Society who praised the relationships we have with external health and clinical practitioners, and the opportunities these provide to students; the programme’s development in relation to the health needs of the local and wider population in response to the priorities of the Welsh Government Department of Health; the high level of student support; the emphasis on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to prepare students for the reflective skills they will need in practice; and the opportunities provided to students by Psychology Plus (employability scheme).

Work Experience Opportunities

We have ongoing research collaborations with four Welsh Health Boards and NHS clinicians that provide opportunities for students to have access to clinical populations for dissertation research projects and work experience placements.

Pawb, our on-campus clinic offers a wide range of psychological services to the public. Students will be able to benefit from supervised voluntary experience and in-house research opportunities.

What you will study

You will study the following modules:
- Contexts and Perspectives in Health Psychology
- Research Methods in Health Psychology: Measurement & Professional Issues* Applications of Health Psychology
- Health-related Cognitions and Behaviour
- Stress, Health and Illness
- A Lifespan Perspective on Health, Illness & Disability
- Independent Research Dissertation
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Learning and teaching methods

Teaching includes lectures, seminars and workshops, some of which will be student-led. There will be a variety of assessment activities such as examinations, essays, case study analysis, poster presentations and the design of a health promotion campaign.

The MSc Health Psychology provides students with opportunities for work experience in the School of Psychology’s own Psychology and Well-Being Clinic (PAWB Wales), in addition to research projects with our NHS partners on issues such as pain management, eating disorders and cardiac rehabilitation.

As well as our excellent dedicated teaching facilities, the University has recently invested in a new clinic facility that offers a wide range of psychological services to the public. The Psychology and Well-Being Clinic Wales (PAWB Wales) services include play therapy, health psychology, sport psychology, occupational psychology and behaviour analysis. Through the clinic, MSc Health Psychology students and trainee practitioners can gain access to real life training opportunities.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

The Sc Health Psychology provides current, up-to-date theory, knowledge and skills related to therapeutic play and enables graduates to work as therapeutic play specialists in educational, healthcare or social care settings.

In addition, an understanding of play is key to current government education initiatives and course content addresses the Welsh Government’s Foundation Phase and other early years educational curricula. Hence this award offers excellent career development in the field of play, whether as a teacher or education specialist, play worker or play development officer, nursery manager, or work in health or social services.

Assessment methods

Assessment uses a variety of methods, including essays, diaries, research reports, presentations, portfolios of observations and clinical notes. There are opportunities for work placements.

Facilities

As an MSc Health Psychology student, you’lll have access to the latest learning technologies, facilities and equipment, including excellent designated facilities.

These include observation and interview rooms equipped with two-way mirror, CCTV and audio and allow research and interview practice sessions to be conducted and recorded onto DVD. We also have a custom-built air-conditioned PC laboratory which provides access to specialist software for running psychology experiments and conducting careers guidance interviews. More specialist equipment is also available in our cognitive suite and more details about this are given below.

The cognitive psychology suite houses specialist psychology equipment. This includes eye tracking equipment which is capable of studying the eye movements of individuals whilst they complete cognitive tasks. The suite includes EEG (electroencephalogram) and ECG (electrocardiogram) facilities for recording electrical activity in the heart and scalp. There is also a driving simulator which is currently being used by postgraduate students to complete a study which examines the effects of stressors on driving performance.

As well as our excellent dedicated teaching facilities, the School of Psychology offers a wide range of psychological services to the general public. These are offered through our new PAWB Wales clinic facility and include play therapy, behaviour analysis, health and sport psychology interventions. The clinic activities support our wide range of postgraduate opportunities and undergraduate students can also get involved in some of the clinic’s work.

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During this Masters degree, you will develop a critical understanding of the psychological, educational and ethical foundations of play and their application in educational settings and therapy. Read more
During this Masters degree, you will develop a critical understanding of the psychological, educational and ethical foundations of play and their application in educational settings and therapy. This course integrates different areas of play to explore its role in cognitive and social development, as well as the play needs of different age groups. You will also develop your understanding and competence in basic therapeutic skills.

The course combines theory, research and practical applications of play with developments in how play is used in a broader therapeutic context. You will be introduced to play interventions with children, which can be used in various settings.

By graduation, you will have a theoretical and practical understanding of the role of play in development and be able to use play to structure an individual’s development.

The course team is actively engaged with practitioner work and related research. This is a demanding course and all acceptable applicants will be interviewed to assess their suitability for training.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/305-msc-play-and-therapeutic-play

What you will study

You will study the following modules:
- Child Development
- Play Therapy Skills
- Research Methods
- Working with Children and their Families
- Play into Practice
- Dissertation: this is a piece of original research where you have the opportunity to investigate a topic, with support from your academic supervisor

Learning and teaching methods

The full-time option is an intensive course, with study on one day per week (9am- 6pm) for one year.

The part-time option involves study on half a day per week, over two years (9am- 1pm in year one, and 2pm-6pm in year two).

Teaching is through lectures, seminars, workshops, reflective diaries, research project work and specialist guest speakers.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

This course provides current, up-to-date theory, knowledge and skills related to therapeutic play and enables graduates to work as therapeutic play specialists in educational, healthcare or social care settings.

In addition, an understanding of play is key to current government education initiatives and course content addresses the Welsh Government’s Foundation Phase and other early years educational curricula. Hence this award offers excellent career development in the field of play, whether as a teacher or education specialist, play worker or play development officer, nursery manager, or work in health or social services

Assessment methods

Assessment uses a variety of methods, including essays, diaries, research reports, presentations, portfolios of observations and clinical notes. There are opportunities for work placements.

Facilities

As a student in the School of Psychology, you’ll have access to the latest learning technologies, facilities and equipment, including excellent designated facilities.

These include observation and interview rooms equipped with two-way mirror, CCTV and audio and allow research and interview practice sessions to be conducted and recorded onto DVD. We also have a custom-built air-conditioned PC laboratory which provides access to specialist software for running psychology experiments and conducting careers guidance interviews. More specialist equipment is also available in our cognitive suite and more details about this are given below.

- Cognitive suite
The cognitive psychology suite houses specialist psychology equipment. This includes eye tracking equipment which is capable of studying the eye movements of individuals whilst they complete cognitive tasks. The suite includes EEG (electroencephalogram) and ECG (electrocardiogram) facilities for recording electrical activity in the heart and scalp. There is also a driving simulator which is currently being used by postgraduate students to complete a study which examines the effects of stressors on driving performance.

- Psychology clinic facility (PAWB Wales)
As well as our excellent dedicated teaching facilities, the School of Psychology offers a wide range of psychological services to the general public. These are offered through our new PAWB Wales clinic facility and include play therapy, behaviour analysis, health and sport psychology interventions. The clinic activities support our wide range of postgraduate opportunities and undergraduate students can also get involved in some of the clinic’s work.

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The programme allows students to engage with current issues and debates relevant to early years education, increasing understanding of policy development and developing leadership knowledge and skills to assess the quality of early years practice. Read more
The programme allows students to engage with current issues and debates relevant to early years education, increasing understanding of policy development and developing leadership knowledge and skills to assess the quality of early years practice. Students gain understanding of general methodology and research methods, which enables them to conduct research in early years settings.

Degree information

This programme provides the opportunity for students to access professional development that is informed by best practice in early years education. It will also prepare students for leadership roles and develop their understanding of general methodology and research methods.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits), one optional module (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules
-Contemporary Issues in the Early Years
-Early Childhood Education
-Researching Early Years and Primary Education

Optional modules
-Leadership in Early Childhood Education
-Students can also choose one from a wide range of Master's-level optional modules across the UCL IOE offering.

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

Teaching and learning
This programme is delivered through face-to-face evening sessions. Assessment is through assignments and a dissertation.

Careers

Graduates of the Early Years Education MA are currently working as nursery teachers and managers, primary school teachers, advisers to local and national government and researchers on early childhood programmes.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-PhD in Early Years Education, Institute of Education, University of London (IOE)
-Day School Teacher (Early Years), Girls' Day School Trust (GDST)
-Pre-School Teacher, Unspecified Pre-School

Employability
By taking this programme students develop an international, critical and deep understanding of early years leadership, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Early Years Education staff team at UCL Institute of Education have been at the forefront of international research for two decades including the renowned Effective Pre-School, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE) project.

The research and teaching team specialise in early years leadership, pedagogy and curriculum and assessment.

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The Leadership MA will explore and critique educational leadership and management theory, research and practice and encourage students to reflect on and challenge their own practice as educational leaders or managers. Read more
The Leadership MA will explore and critique educational leadership and management theory, research and practice and encourage students to reflect on and challenge their own practice as educational leaders or managers. Students investigate how the intersection of policy and practice influences leaders and managers of schools, institutions and systems, and examine how leaders and managers can improve the quality of teaching and learning.

Degree information

This programme provides students with the opportunity to develop their understanding of how leaders and managers can nurture relationships with their communities, investigating how leaders and managers can address issues of race, gender and class within educational organisations to improve student outcomes. Students will be able to join a professional network with other participants from London and around the world.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of one core module (60 credits), three optional modules (60 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules
-Leading and Managing Change and Improvement

Optional modules - students choose a maximum of three optional modules. Other elective modules offered within the IOE may also be taken, subject to approval, including the recommended distance learning module, Evaluation and Inspection for Educational Improvement.
-Coaching and Mentoring Principles, Theory and Application to Practice
-Leadership for the Learning Community
-Leading in Diverse Cultures and Communities
-Developing Personal Leadership Skills*
-Exploring Educational Policy*
-Finance and Resource Management*
-Values, Vision and Moral Purpose*

*Modules available from the University of London International Programme (subject to confirmation)

Dissertation/report
Students undertake a dissertation of 20,000 words.

Teaching and learning
Teaching is delivered through face-to-face teaching, facilitation, multimedia presentations and activity-based learning. Each module is supported by materials on our virtual learning environment. The programme is assessed through coursework and the dissertation.

Careers

The Leadership MA is a proven programme which our students have found to be invaluable in enhancing their current roles. A significant number have used both the skills and the qualification as a platform for career advancement. Typically they move into senior leadership positions within their selected phase of working. Subsequently many move on to headship or principalship. A smaller number elect to continue their exploration of education through doctoral studies.

Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as principals/head teachers, while others have jobs as university academics.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Head of Psychology / Quality Adviser for Academic Sciences, Unspecified Sixth Form College
-Head of Secondary, Unspecified Secondary School
-Nursery Schools Head Teacher, Unspecified Children's Centre
-Head of Mathematics, Unspecified Secondary School

Employability
Though academic in focus the programme is practical in terms of application. Students develop skills in leading staff, working with teams, professional issues of supporting and challenging motivation, leading change, assessing research claims and developing research-engaged institutions. Wider philosophical and value stances are explored and these are particularly pertinent in working in a truly global context.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The quality and range of the Department of Learning and Leadership's research and development work derives from its excellent reputation, not least for promoting new knowledge for and about leadership, in London, nationally, and internationally.

The department supports educational and public sector leadership for improving the life chances of individuals and communities, working in partnership with practitioners and policymakers at the critical edge of research and practice.

The department is at the forefront of developing research, new knowledge and publications for and about leadership and learning.

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This postgraduate qualification is designed for those who want to develop their understanding and knowledge of early years education and care. Read more
This postgraduate qualification is designed for those who want to develop their understanding and knowledge of early years education and care. It provides ideal training and staff development pertinent to those working with young children and their families in a range of settings and situations.

Course Overview

The degree is delivered so that students can integrate work commitments and study. The course combines face-to-face delivery at the University with independent study by the student from home. Lectures/ workshops are delivered as twilight/ evening sessions or on the weekend.

The course also uses blended learning where students use online resources provided by the tutors to complement and extend classroom learning.

The MA Early Years Education and Care programme takes a critical and analytic overview of children’s early learning and care and sets this in the context of social learning and societal influences. Students will be encouraged to take a critical approach to research, theories and beliefs about children’s learning. The crucial role of adults in that learning process, as policy makers and pedagogues, will be deconstructed and debated. The course focuses on the remarkable skills of young children as powerful and competent learners; studying what they learn, how they learn, why they learn.

The programme has themes and principles which run throughout and which are linked to the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child:
-The well-being of the child
-The role of the reflective and self-critical adult in children’s early learning and well-being
-The core values that underpin all adult relationships with children: inclusion, anti-oppressive practice, respect for the child

These are threads that run through the programme, allowing students to appreciate the critical relationship between the integrative approach to children’s learning and good practice in early years settings.

Modules

During the first part of the MA programme students will study compulsory modules linked to:
-Research for and with young children
-Well-being in the early years
-Young childrens' learning
-The professional practitioner

The second part of the MA consists of undertaking a dissertation on a topic of your own interest. You will be supported during the research process with individual supervision from an experienced member of academic staff.

Key Features

This is an ideal qualification for teachers, LSAs, nursery personnel, child-minders, lecturers and course providers, Flying Start personnel and anyone interested in working with young children and their families.

The course has been designed by the School of Early Years to support professionals deliver high quality early childhood provision and deliver effective child care and education policy and initiatives However the multidisciplinary and cross-curricular nature of the course, as well as the strong emphasis on reflection, evaluation, analysis and research provide students with important transferable skills. The degree’s focus on undertaking research, academic writing skills and oral presentation skills also allow students to develop skills which are sought by employers and are transferable to several different career situations.

The course is delivered by tutors who have extensive experience of working with young children in a range of early years settings and who also have delivered postgraduate training and qualifications successfully for several years.

Assessment

The assignments are varied and designed to assess a range of different skills including critical reflection, evaluation and analysis. Assessments are designed to develop students’ practical and independent research skills where students feel confident to link issues relevant to young children’s learning within a theoretical academic context.

Assessment includes both written tasks as well as opportunities to develop oral skills during seminar presentations.

Those who wish to gain the MA will complete a research dissertation during the second part of their studies which provides an opportunity to undertake a significant piece of research in an area related to early literacy. Students will be supported during the process with individual supervision from an experienced member of the academic staff.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the MA have gone on to further their careers as:
-Advisory teachers in the Foundation Phase
-Headteachers
-CSSIW senior managers
-Integrated centre managers
-Further Education lecturers

Several of the current School of Early Childhood personnel have graduated with the MA Early Childhood.

The early years focus of this course allows students to demonstrate to employers an expertise in an area currently the focus of government education initiatives. Developing an expertise within early years can support students to take advantage of promotion opportunities or new responsibilities within their current employment.

The degree also focuses on developing students’ research skills, written and oral communication skills as well providing students with excellent time management and organisation skills. These are all skills which are highly sought after by a variety of diverse employers, and thus skills gained during the degree are transferable to different career pathways.

The School of Early Years works closely with employers and has developed an employer forum with local employers. The forum meets regularly and helps the lecturing team ensure that the content of the degree supports the types of skills and experiences required of graduates when applying for work.

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This programme, run in conjunction with, and based at The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, provides a unique foundation for individuals interested in pursuing a psychotherapy training or an academic career in childhood development. Read more
This programme, run in conjunction with, and based at The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, provides a unique foundation for individuals interested in pursuing a psychotherapy training or an academic career in childhood development. The programme combines psychoanalytic theory of development and inter-family relationships with year-long observations of infants and children and a research project.

Degree information

Students develop a theoretical grounding in psychoanalytic theories as related to child development and clinical practice. Observations of infants, parents and children allow students to witness some of these theoretical constructs in real world contexts and help students develop the observational skills essential in clinical work. The research teaching covers qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and gives students the tools necessary for conducting reliable, valid and ethical research.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits, with the research dissertation accounting for 60 of these credits. A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is also offered on both a full-time and part-time basis.

Core modules
-Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Child Development I: Infancy
-Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Child Development II: Toddlerhood and Early Childhood
-Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Child Development III: Latency and Adolescence
-An Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theory
-The Clinical Theory of Psychoanalysis
-Research Methods II: Introduction to Statistical Analysis
-Observation I: Parent Infant

Optional modules
-Observation II: Toddler Observation
OR
-Observation III: Observation of a Nursery-School Aged Child

Dissertation/report
All MSc students undertake an independent research project, supported by a supervisor, which culminates in a dissertation of a maximum of 12,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops, and theory and observation seminars. Seminar groups are small, often led by clinicians and allow plenty of opportunity for discussion and reflection. Research work is supported by an individual supervisor and by workshops throughout the year. Assessments include a variety of essays, examinations, observation papers and a research dissertation and assessment occurs throughout the programme (usually at the end of the relevant module).

Careers

Some graduates of this programme go on to psychoanalytic/psychotherapy, doctoral-level trainings and PhD programmes, whilst others progress into work as child mental health workers, psychology or teaching assistants.

Employability
Students who successfully complete the MSc can apply their degree in a variety of settings. Our graduates have found work as psychology assistants or child mental health workers, taken up posts as research assistants and have been admitted to psychotherapy trainings in both adult and child programmes.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Teaching on the programme is based at The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families in London, a world-renowned centre for research, training and clinical practice in the field of child mental health.

The MSc is based within UCL's Division of Psychology & Language Sciences. This is one of the world’s leading integrated departments of research and teaching in mind, behaviour, and language.

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Successful participation in this programme enables students to gain provisional registration as a Primary teacher, working with young learners in the 3-12 age group. Read more
Successful participation in this programme enables students to gain provisional registration as a Primary teacher, working with young learners in the 3-12 age group.

You will benefit from a blend of guidance from a range of successful practitioners, peer learning and individual study.

Why study Primary Education at Dundee?

You will work alongside tutors with a wealth of experience to share with you and the ability to help you to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding you will need to fulfil the role of a primary teacher. We offer excellent resources and facilities and a high level of support. You will benefit from placements in two schools, so that you may hone these skills further. We liaise closely with school colleagues, so that they are in a strong position to afford you the experiences you need to make the most of your placements.

Masters level study

The programme offers students the opportunity to have their non-practice placement assignments assessed at Masters Level (SCQF Level 11) and so accrue a total of 60M credits whist they complete their programme of study. These credits can then be used towards future Masters study, representing a considerable saving in both time and cost in relation to the usual Masters study arrangements. We are working closely with the M Ed team within the School to ensure a smooth transition to the Masters programme for those who wish to pursue this.

Professional accreditation

The resulting award of PGDE(P) for all successful participants is recognised by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS)General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) and widely outside Scotland, thus widening employment opportunities.

Who should study this course?

This course is suitable for those who have already secured a degree and now wish to enter the field of Primary Education, initially as a classroom teacher.

"I have been amazed by how much I have learned. I have found the course to be very inspirational and am thoroughly looking forward to entering a truly fantastic profession. I would like to highlight the great work of the staff and feel each member brings their own element and area of expertise to the course."
Student comment in Online Programme Evaluation, June 2012.

How you will be taught

Students are associated with two schools (one per semester) in order to capitalise on opportunities to gain deeper understanding and to participate in the wide spectrum of aspects associated with the lives of schools.

We also allow students to develop their areas of strengths/expertise and to support them in areas where they feel less secure. In order to meet the varying needs of students and to address issues as they are identified, we offer "Module Enhancements". Students will be able to choose from a range of learning enhancements which provide enriching experiences for the students, enabling them to personalise their studies.

There will be a blended learning approach, whereby students' ability to self-direct their studies will be utilised in tandem with tutor-directed and tutor-delivered activities.

This approach will utilise workshops, lectures, seminars, tutorials and independent (guided and "free choice") study. Students will also benefit from insights and expertise shared by visiting speakers and from visits to a variety of locations.

What you will study

There are four modules: two university-based modules prepare students for their ensuing Professional Practice placements in schools, in Upper Primary and Nursery/Early Years respectively. All four modules (2 university-based and 2 school-based) are compulsory. Students may opt in to an Elective and also participate in a range of Enhanced Learning opportunities, whereby their understanding of educational practice may be furthered, whilst undertaking the university-based modules.

Curricular Studies - The programme covers all aspects of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE). The programme develops students’ understanding of how young learners learn and explores strategies for effective teaching and learning.
Professional Studies - The programme will support and develop students’ awareness and understanding of: inter-agency working, working with parents, meeting the needs of all learners, assessment, classroom management and strategies for promoting a positive ethos for learning, including strategies to support positive behaviour management.
Educational Studies - Students are introduced to the History of Scottish Education, Comparative Education (education systems in other countries) and Learning Theory.
Professional Practice (Placement) - 18 weeks working with 3-12 year olds in two/three settings.

How you will be assessed

Formative assessment and summative assessment are used throughout the programme. There are two university-based assessed modules (one by essay, the other by ePortfolio) and two professional practice placement modules. Professional Practice (Placement) is assessed with reference to the Standard for Initial Teacher Education by university staff and school partners. Although this programme is at graduate entry, there are components (University-based) which are assessed at SCQF Level 10 and Level 11. Professional Placement is assessed only at SCQF Level 10.

Careers

All successful UK and EU participants are guaranteed one year’s employment in a Scottish primary school via the GTCS Teacher Induction Scheme.

The majority of our students go on to enjoy careers as classroom teachers initially. Thereafter, they may apply for promoted posts within the management teams in schools, or as Principal Teachers. Some choose to enter other fields, operating as Education Officers within museums etc. Others undertake further study, to become Educational Psychologists etc. It is also possible to pursue a wide range of further careers, e.g. within Education Scotland, as Advisors/Directors within Local Education Authorities, within GTCS or in Initial Teacher Education in universities.

Recent participants in this programme have gone on to secure permanent posts in a range of settings, both within Scotland and abroad e.g. in International Schools. Some are operating within promoted posts in schools; others are specialising in specific aspects within schools e.g. in promoted posts, Learning Support or Outdoor Education. Others have returned to academic life as lecturers.

"The large input on Curriculum for Excellence has been very useful in my career. As tough as it was to stomach at the time, I feel a step ahead of the game now, and I'm reaping the benefits."
PGDE graduate

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