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The postgraduate Outdoor Education programme has been developed to meet the needs of practitioners and graduates working in outdoor education. Read more
The postgraduate Outdoor Education programme has been developed to meet the needs of practitioners and graduates working in outdoor education. It brings together in depth theoretical study and professional practice to develop a higher level understanding of outdoor education as a distinctively alternative form of learning. Central to the course is a belief in outdoor education as a process of experiential and holistic learning that can help individuals to better understand their personal values, relationships with others and the natural world.

Course Overview

The postgraduate Outdoor Education programme has been developed to meet the needs of practitioners and graduates working in outdoor education. It brings together in-depth theoretical study and professional practice to develop a higher level understanding of outdoor education as a distinctively alternative form of learning. Central to the course is a belief in outdoor education as a process of experiential and holistic learning that can help individuals to better understand their personal values, relationships with others and the natural world. The course explores Outdoor Education from a socio-educational perspective and addresses key issues linking individual practice to national and international concerns such as sustainability, the nature of adventure, formalising the informal, professionalism, facilitating experiential learning, relationships with nature and healthy outdoor communities.

Modules

Part One
-Philosophical and Cultural Perspectives on Outdoor Education
-Facilitating Learning through Experience
-Debates in Outdoor Education
-Research Methods OR Outdoor Education Internship (subject to approval of Programme Director)

Part Two
-Dissertation (60 credits)

Key Features

-Part time and full time modes of study
-Blended learning approach combining use of eplatforms, course materials and weekend workshops
-All workshop weekends are located at Carmarthen Campus and make use of the surrounding hills, forests, rivers and coastline.
-Supportive community of postgraduate scholars
-Taught modules to support student’s professional practice
-Assessment tasks linked to individual’s professional interests
-Optional exit awards – PG Certificate (60 credits), PG Diploma (120 credits) and Master of Arts (180 credits)

Assessment

The programme uses a range of assessment techniques designed to develop postgraduate level knowledge, skills and competencies. These include: seminar and lead lecture presentations, research proposals, research reports, essays, reflective journals, academic interviews and blogs.

All assessments link theory with practice and require students to undertake empirical research as the basis for further developing their critical skills and an evidence-based personal philosophy of Outdoor Education.

Career Opportunities

The degree would be of particular interest to outdoor professionals who are:
-Seeking career advancement as teachers, centre managers, youth workers, community development officers, environmental education officers, adventure guides, outdoor instructors and graduate students.
-Wishing to undertake Continuing Professional development
-Considering further study at PhD level

It will be of particular interest to outdoor professionals who are:
-Inquisitive & critical in their outlook
-Inspired by the potential of Outdoor Education to offer an alternative approach to learning & teaching
-Motivated to challenge their own beliefs and learn from other cultures

Professional Accreditations

-Demonstrate effective communication and presentation skills
-Work effectively, both independently and with others
-Demonstrate responsibility for their learning and continuing personal and professional development
-Self-appraise and reflect on their practice
-Use information and communication technology (ICT), including word processing, databases, internet communication, information retrieval and online searches
-Interpret and present relevant numerical information
-Develop an adaptable and flexible approach to study and work

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For over 40 years, the Postgraduate Diploma in Outdoor Education, and for almost 20 years, the MSc in Outdoor Education, have been the world’s foremost graduate programme in the field, providing a broad base for a professional career in outdoor education. Read more

For over 40 years, the Postgraduate Diploma in Outdoor Education, and for almost 20 years, the MSc in Outdoor Education, have been the world’s foremost graduate programme in the field, providing a broad base for a professional career in outdoor education.

There are three possible exit levels: Certificate (60 credits), Diploma (120 credits), or Masters (180 credits). The Certificate programme provides a broad theoretical coverage of the field of outdoor education. The Diploma extends this with further academic study and a Professional Development Programme (involving field courses, such as a canoe descent of the River Spey, winter hillwalking, a teaching placement/practicum, and an expedition), which provides a broad base for a professional career in outdoor education. The Masters extends this further still with a dissertation and associated research methods course.

The emphasis — whether Certificate, Diploma, or Masters — is on developing the knowledge, understanding, and judgement necessary to facilitate meaningful learning in, for, and through the outdoors.

You will develop your intellectual skills through critically assessing theoretical, professional, and academic issues surrounding outdoor education, while honing transferable skills such as environmental literacy and oral communication. You will also expand your understanding and personal practice of outdoor education through a range of professional development activities.

Courses take place at our Edinburgh campus and the University’s two residential outdoor centres in the highlands of Scotland, from where you will journey by boat or on foot to live and learn in the outdoors.

Programme structure

Learning will take the form of lectures, seminars, group discussions, student presentations, field courses, self-study, and work experience/practicum.

For the Postgraduate Certificate you will complete the following courses:

  • Personal and Social Development and Outdoor Education (20 credits)
  • Outdoor Environmental Education: Concept-based Practice (20 credits)
  • Experiential Education (10 credits)
  • Sources of Knowledge (10 credits)

For the Postgraduate Diploma, in addition to the above courses, you will complete:

  • Ecology and Field Studies (20 credits)
  • Interpreting the Landscape (20 credits)
  • Social Theory and Outdoor Education (20 credits)

For the Masters, in addition to the above courses, you will complete:

  • Research Methods – Planning Research (10 credits)
  • Dissertation (50 credits)

For the Masters and Diploma you will also complete five field courses (sea kayaking, hillwalking (winter), hill walking (autumn), rock climbing, open canoeing, sea kayaking; approximately 24 days total), a four-week professional placement/practicum, a two-day specialist first aid course, and a 14-16 day expedition.

The Masters and Diploma programmes can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. The Certificate is by nature a part-time programme of study.

Career opportunities

Our graduates have been employed throughout the world in all aspects of the sector, such as residential outdoor education centres, organisations working with marginalised young people, management development, wilderness expeditions, environmental education programmes, and school, college, and university outdoor education programmes.

While the programme does not offer a formal teaching qualification, recent graduates have been successful in gaining accreditation by the General Teaching Council of Scotland to teach Outdoor Education in schools. In addition, you will develop highly transferable skills, such as communication and project management, which can be applied in any field.

Completion of the MSc degree also enables you to continue onto advanced research, and a possible academic career.

Work placement/internships opportunities

To facilitate and broaden direct experience of teaching outdoors, course members undertake a 4-week professional placement. The placement occurs at a stage in the programme when students are able to make a useful contribution to the agencies they choose to work with and are able to relate their experience to theoretical material covered in class. Placement agencies range from those focusing on environmental education, to inner city projects, special needs organisations, management training, outdoor education centres, and many more.



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This Professional Studies (Outdoor Education/Outdoor Learning/Adventure Education) MA is the ideal course for ambitious professionals with a keen interest in developments within their field. Read more
This Professional Studies (Outdoor Education/Outdoor Learning/Adventure Education) MA is the ideal course for ambitious professionals with a keen interest in developments within their field.

The project-based, work-centred course enables students to develop a critical appreciation of fundamental changes in their profession. All the while, students will work on acquiring the skills necessary to deal with the challenges these changes present. This responsive approach is grounded in the concept of action research, which encourages students to react to and explore issues as and when they emerge within their professional context. This flexible course is carefully structured, with three supervised projects based on a theme related to your field.

You’ll be supported throughout the course with project templates which clearly outline structure, content and the research process.

On this course, you’ll be assigned a project supervisor for each stage. Your supervisor will have expertise in the chosen area so that they can provide you with tailored guidance and support throughout. If necessary, a second supervisor will be introduced.

Students will also take part in research workshops in which they’ll explore particular research themes with other students. As a participant on this course, you’ll enjoy full access to a wide range of electronic resources, as well as additional tutorial support where necessary. It is anticipated that one of the course projects will lead to a joint publication between supervisor and student.

Modules

Each stage of the programme is delivered through a project.

1st Year - PG Cert - Conceptual & Theoretical Discourses
There is the opportunity to consider the debates that constitute the terms of reference for Outdoor Education or Outdoor Learning or Adventure Education within organisations. For example: debates relating to the range and scope of the outdoor industry or field; ideology and outdoor interventions; the changing approaches and influences in education outdoors; the application of theory to Outdoor Education or Outdoor Learning or Adventure Education processes. This is an individual tutorial based course, in person in Plymouth and/or via Skype, telephone or email, whatever suits you best.

2nd Year - PG Dip - Contemporary Contextual Issues
This section will look at the students professional practice and how the policy drivers and process impact the provision of Outdoor Education or Outdoor Learning. This will include exploring the development of policy networks, the role of stakeholders, evaluation of the policy process and concepts and constructions of professionalism.

3rd Year - MA Masters Project - Developmental Considerations
This is an opportunity for the student to engage in a research project about their professional practice in context, with a focus on developmental based project work. For example direct engagement in some aspect of the strategic planning process within the student’s professional area. This may concern multi-agency and partnership work and could focus on participants or staff, pedagogy, programme design and implementation of strategies and initiatives.

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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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The course offers qualified graduates and suitably experienced professionals the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and qualifications to enhance their professional development and become effective and reflective practitioners. Read more
The course offers qualified graduates and suitably experienced professionals the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and qualifications to enhance their professional development and become effective and reflective practitioners. It combines theoretical study and work-based practice to consider contemporary issues and professional practice. Students adopt an inter-disciplinary approach that draws on a broad range of sources, and to develop higher skills in critical analysis and evaluation. They are expected to enter into evidence based critical debate about the subject, research into its development and, ultimately to synthesize these into a detailed and critical reflection within their Advanced Independent Study.

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Unique in Europe, and one of only a few in the world, this internationally respected MSc programme offers you the chance to develop a holistic approach to outdoor education with a specific emphasis on environmental and sustainability education. Read more

Unique in Europe, and one of only a few in the world, this internationally respected MSc programme offers you the chance to develop a holistic approach to outdoor education with a specific emphasis on environmental and sustainability education. This programme will prepare you for a career in which you will facilitate learning that focuses on themes of environmental, sustainability, and ecological education.

There are three possible exit levels: Certificate (60 credits), Diploma (120 credits), or Masters (180 credits). The Certificate programme provides a broad theoretical coverage of the field of study. The Diploma extends this with further academic study and a Professional Development Programme (involving field courses, such as a canoe descent of the River Spey, introduction to group leadership and navigation techniques, a teaching placement/practicum, and a group project), which provides a broad base for a professional career in outdoor environmental and sustainability education. The Masters extends this further still with a dissertation and associated research methods course.

The emphasis — whether Certificate, Diploma, or Masters — is on developing the knowledge, understanding, and judgement necessary to facilitate meaningful learning in, for, and through the outdoors. You will consider a range of connected subject areas as well as the particular demands for teaching these in a variety of settings, from schools, residential centres, and Ranger sites, to charitable/not-for-profit organisations.

You will develop your intellectual skills through critically assessing theoretical, professional, and academic issues while honing transferable skills such as environmental literacy and oral communication. You will also expand your understanding and personal practice of educating outdoors through a range of professional development activities.

Courses take place at our Edinburgh campus and the University’s two residential outdoor centres in the highlands of Scotland, from where you will journey by boat or on foot to live and learn in the outdoors.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Environment & Society Academy.

Programme structure

Learning will take the form of lectures, seminars, group discussions, student presentations, field courses, self-study, and work experience/practicum.

For the Postgraduate Certificate you will complete the following courses:

  • Outdoor Environmental Education: Concept-based Practice (20 credits)
  • Interpreting the Landscape (20 credits)
  • Ecology and Field Studies (20 credits)

For the Postgraduate Diploma, in addition to the above courses, you will complete:

  • Education for Environmental Citizenship
  • Introduction to Learning for Sustainability
  • Experiential Education (10 credits)
  • Sources of Knowledge (10 credits)

For the Masters, in addition to the above courses, you will complete:

  • Research Methods – Planning Research (10 credits)
  • Dissertation (50 credits)

For the Masters and Diploma you will complete a four-week professional placement/practicum, a five-day canoe descent of the River Spey, a three-day land-based group leadership and navigation course, a two-day specialist outdoor first aid course, a group designed, week-long ‘Environmental Education in Practice’ practicum project, and the opportunity to opt-in to other professional development courses (eg. sea kayaking) from the MSc Outdoor Education programme at an additional cost.

The Masters and Diploma programmes can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. The Certificate is by nature a part-time programme of study.

Career opportunities

This industry-recognised qualification will allow you to take on roles in outdoor environmental and sustainability education in a variety of settings from schools, to community education, private organisations, or charitable/not-for-profit organisations.

Completion of the MSc degree will enable you to continue onto advanced research, and a possible academic career. However, you will also develop highly transferable skills, such as communication and project management, which can be applied in any field.

Work placement/internships opportunities

To facilitate and broaden direct experience of teaching outdoors, course members undertake a 4-week professional placement. The placement occurs at a stage in the programme when students are able to make a useful contribution to the agencies they choose to work with and are able to relate their experience to theoretical material covered in class. Placement agencies range from those focusing on environmental education, to inner city projects, special needs organisations, management training, outdoor education centres, and many more.



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Degree. Master of Arts and Social Science (60 credits) with a major in Education (with emphasis Outdoor Didactics). Teaching language. Read more
Degree: Master of Arts and Social Science (60 credits) with a major in Education (with emphasis Outdoor Didactics).

Teaching language: English

This programme will clarify how outdoor environmental education and outdoor life can contribute to sustainable development, environmental health and citizenship.

The programme focuses on experiential learning based on nature, culture and society. Teaching includes outdoor field-related experiences and learning in and via natural and cultural landscapes. Students must be prepared to pay for the trips, food and lodging that are included in the programme.

Students will:

further their understanding and knowledge of how outdoor environmental education and outdoor life can contribute to environmental understanding, cyclic thinking and increased responsibility for health, citizenship and sustainability.
develop a thematic perspective on how the urban and rural landscape can be used as a resource for learning.
increase their knowledge of children and young people’s understanding and learning processes in the extended classroom.
develop their skills in describing, interpreting and explaining cultural and environmental experiences through field work in real environments.
This is a one year course but further studies are possible, resulting in a two-year master’s degree

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Our MA Education programme focuses on educational practice using methods of practice-related inquiry. Read more
Our MA Education programme focuses on educational practice using methods of practice-related inquiry. Building on our recognised excellence in postgraduate teaching and research, this programme offers a structured pathway for professional development and scholarship in general education or one of three subject specialisms: Early Childhood Studies, Mathematics Education, or SEN and Inclusion.

Key features

-Take the opportunity to research through a specialised pathway, tailored sustainability and outdoor learning modules, or your own area of interest.
-Benefit from Saturday, weekday and evening face-to-face provision and tutorials offering flexibility for professional practitioners.
-Learn from experienced educators who have first-hand familiarity with the challenges and possibilities of educational practice.
-Further develop your expertise in specific educational issues of interest to you.
-Develop the ability to undertake systematic inquiries and the capability to respond to ethical issues through critical analysis and decision making.

Course details

The programme provides a clear framework for study, designed to suit both professional practitioners and those interested in the scholarship of education. Classes are either on campus or delivered through our Digital Learning Environment. The general MA Education route and modules are available as distance learning. All students take the Researching Education Practice in Context module (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Our specialist and optional modules are designed to allow you the opportunity to pursue your own areas of interest, supported by knowledgeable and research-active academics. All of our general MA Education modules run every year, but subject-specialist modules may depend on demand. Practice-related inquiry modules are a special feature of the programme, where you negotiate a topic of study, supervised by one of the teaching team.

Core modules
-MAED702 Masters of Arts in Education Dissertation

Optional modules
-MASE741 Critical Perspectives on Inclusive Education, Disability and Diversity
-MAED701 Researching Education Practice in Context
-MAME731 Understanding Contemporary Mathematics Education
-MAED711 Thinking About Contemporary Education
-MAME732 Understanding Teaching and Learning in Mathematics
-MLS705 Global Education: Theory and Practice
-MAEC721 Enabling Learning in Early Childhood
-MLS703 Ecological and Sustainability Literacy
-MAEC722 Developing Leadership Skills in Early Childhood Settings
-MASE742 Researching Theory and Practice of Inclusive Education, Disability and Diversity
-MAED717 Practice Related Inquiry 1
-MAED718 Practice Related Inquiry 2
-MLS710 Alternatives in Education and Society
-MLS711 The Experience of Outdoor Learning

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Programme design

The programme is designed to offer you maximum curricular choice within a clear structure by asking you to:
-Choose from a limited range of modules in one of the three specialisms or the general education pathway
-Set your own assignment topic related to module content within all modules
-Undertake optional modules in practice related inquiry and negotiate topics of personal interest with your lecturer
-Design your own research project on your chosen aspect of educational practice for your dissertation module

The way we assess work is through carefully constructed assessment modes that will prepare you for the different elements of dissertation work.

Teaching methods

We use a wide range of pedagogies to support inclusion and participation in higher education. The following is a list:
-Onsite whole class or tutorial sessions with module lecturers
-Online contact with lecturers and/or fellow students
-Directed study (specific tasks related to the module and set by lecturers for completion in your own time)
-Self-directed inquiry, research or scholarship (which may include undertaking a project, reading, work with children, work with colleagues, investigation of topic of interests, etc).

Networking and socialising

As a postgraduate student in Plymouth Institute of Education you'll have plenty of opportunities to attend postgraduate conference events and socialise with other masters and doctorate students at tea breaks on our taught Saturdays.

There is an annual conference for masters students, as well as a history of inviting masters dissertation students to attend the annual on-campus Institute of Health and Community/Plymouth Institute of Education postgraduate conference.

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Over recent years, the Government has prioritised the expansion of physical education as a specialism in the primary sector. We will develop you as a future leader in the teaching of physical education, giving you the knowledge and skills to really promote, shape and develop the subject within a primary school setting. Read more
Over recent years, the Government has prioritised the expansion of physical education as a specialism in the primary sector. We will develop you as a future leader in the teaching of physical education, giving you the knowledge and skills to really promote, shape and develop the subject within a primary school setting.

We are an established sports education provider with a rich sporting pedigree. You will be able to immerse yourself in a supportive learning community informed by the latest research in the field and with vast experience of training the next generation of PE teachers.

We will lay the foundations for an exciting and rewarding career as a well-rounded primary school teacher, with specialist training in teaching physical education.

As part of your training, you will be placed in primary schools that have a particularly strong focus on physical education, providing the perfect setting for you to apply your theoretical knowledge and hone your practical skills while learning from experienced teachers with a specialism in PE.

We will develop your understanding of core and foundation subjects such as maths, English and history so that you can also confidently teach these subjects at primary level. At the same time, we will build your knowledge of how children learn so that you can create tailored and effective lessons.

The most effective teachers not only possess strong teaching skills but see themselves as researchers, constantly looking at new practices and assessing their own teaching methods. Self-analysis will be a fundamental aspect of your training. You will observe and evaluate different learning environments develop your understanding of diverse teaching practices and techniques. This critically reflective approach will be embedded in all aspects of your training, and should proof a useful tool to use throughout your teaching career.

We will develop your understanding of how a school functions outside of the classroom so that you are not only able to manage your class but also contribute to the successful running of the organisation.

Most trainees go on to be offered full-time positions with the schools where they completed their placement.

You can choose from two different training models.

University-led: You will develop your theoretical knowledge at our Headingley Campus, which offers a superb learning environment, modern facilities and excellent resources. Your learning will be informed by the very latest research and the expertise of our supportive teaching staff. We will organise your extensive school placements so you can apply your knowledge in a classroom setting and your placements will be timetabled to fit with your taught seminars on campus.

School Direct: For the vast majority of your course, you will be based in your provider school or schools, learning on the job while being supported by experienced teachers and mentors. You will attend our Headingley Campus one day a week (usually a Friday) for key module seminars.

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

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

Completing this course will enable you to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status. Subject to ratification by the Department for Education, You will then be qualified as a primary school teacher, with a specialism in physical education.

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

We have more than 100 years' experience of teacher training and you'll be supported by an experienced course team determined to see you flourish as an innovative primary school teacher who specialises in physical education. You will become part of a supportive teaching and learning community, where you will be able to pick up advice and tips from your course tutors and share ideas on lesson plans and classroom experiences with your fellow students.

Helping you to develop your confidence, identity and style through a critically reflective approach to your practice will form a fundamental element of your training.

To help with your preparations for your course, you will have the opportunity to attend an outdoor experience during induction, where you will meet your tutors and fellow trainees, start to develop your support networks and discover how the outdoors can be used to inspire physical education and your teaching.

Regardless of which training model you follow, you will gain substantial training in a school environment. Many of the partnership schools involved in the delivery of your course are located in and around Leeds to ensure your travelling is limited and you will have the maximum time to prepare your lessons. You will complete three teaching placements in at least two contrasting schools, receiving support from your school mentor and University tutors.

You will learn from lecturers who have been practising teachers and are now active in educational research, benefiting from their practical experience and theoretical knowledge.

We provide ongoing training for all newly qualified teachers. On successful completion of your course, you will be able to enrol on our Newly Qualified Teacher module, providing you with another valuable element of support and coaching as you start your teaching career.

There's lots of support available to help you fund your teaching training. Depending on your degree class, the subject you want to teach and the training programme you follow, you could be eligible for a bursary, scholarship or even a salary.

For more information, visit the National College for Teaching & Leadership website (https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/bursaries-and-funding).

Dr Tom Dobson

Senior Lecturer

"Training to teach at Leeds Beckett University gives you the best of both worlds. On campus, you will benefit from the expertise of our published academics; in schools and settings, you will learn from outstanding partner teachers."

Having taught English in secondary schools as well as undertaking writing projects in local primary schools, Tom completed his PhD which focused on boys' writing during the transition stage from primary to secondary school. His thesis was recently published by Sense Academic Publishers.

Facilities

- School Practice Collection
Our School Practice Collection offers a wide range of journals, electronic resources and equipment selected specifically to help you prepare for your teaching practice.

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

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

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

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The aim of the course is to prepare students for teaching in a variety of present-day school situations. Emphasis is placed on developing teaching competences in the full range of National Curriculum requirements for Physical Education and Health Education. Read more
The aim of the course is to prepare students for teaching in a variety of present-day school situations.

Emphasis is placed on developing teaching competences in the full range of National Curriculum requirements for Physical Education and Health Education. The main elements of the Physical Education course are based on

games;
athletics;
dance;
swimming;
gymnastics;
outdoor activities.

In Health Education the elements are

substance use and misuse;
sex education;
family-life education;
health-related exercise;
food and nutrition;
personal hygiene;
the environmental and psychological aspects of health education.

The Physical Education course also includes extra-curricular activities, safe practice, and first aid.

All applicants must have at least three coaching qualifications in the specific areas of activity in National Curriculum Physical Education, i.e., hockey, netball, rugby, soccer, gymnastics, dance, swimming, tennis, athletics, outdoor and adventurous activities, basketball, and cricket.

The course also involves professional studies through which students will gain an understanding of whole-school issues, counselling, personal and social education, and school experience.

The Physical Education/Health Education course is open to students holding a degree containing a physical education element of not less than 50%.

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Our MA Education. Early Childhood programme offers you the opportunity to learn about and develop your knowledge of current issues from a wide range of perspectives on education and to focus your study towards your particular interest in Early Childhood. Read more
Our MA Education: Early Childhood programme offers you the opportunity to learn about and develop your knowledge of current issues from a wide range of perspectives on education and to focus your study towards your particular interest in Early Childhood.

The Year One modules introduce you to the skills you need for Master’s level study and you will develop in-depth knowledge of a range of approaches and methods through which education is investigated.

In Year Two there is a choice to adopt a local, national or global perspective. You might choose to study global changes and effects on education or contemporary educational issues and changes at national level, or you might have a specific ‘local’ issue you want to study. This ‘local’ issue might be something relevant to you and your employer if you are employed in a work setting, or it might be a special interest in some aspect of Early Childhood that you choose to examine in more depth. In Year Three you will study the Dissertation/Major Project and the focus for this study will be on Early Childhood. You will have a specific tutor who will supervise this work.

Course detail

We have designed the MA programmes to support you to engage proactively in education from a theoretical or practical approach, or a combination of the two.

We include creative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment and you are supported by a team of tutors who are active researchers. We have designed the programme to enable you to study with others who are interested in a wide range of educational issues; for example people working in primary, secondary, post-compulsory or higher education; libraries and archive professionals; people working in museum education; people with mentor roles; Early Years teachers, play workers or Children’s Centre managers.

The course engages you with current issues and debates in education, enabling you to gain critical awareness and understanding and to develop new insights. You will engage in research and advanced scholarship in the discipline and will develop as a self-directed, independent learner who is able to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively.

Modules

• Developing Criticality
• Methods of Enquiry
• Global Perspectives on Education
• Critical Contemporary Issues in Education in a National Context
• Local Independent Study/Project

Dissertation: Early Childhood

This module is the culmination of the MA Education. It engages students in a substantial piece of research focused on a topic that is relevant to an educational context and manageable within the time and credit constraints of a Master’s dissertation. The focus and nature of the investigation will be agreed with your supervisor; for example it could be an investigation into developing parental involvement in early learning or young children’s perceptions of outdoor play.

Major Project: Early Childhood

This module is the culmination of the MA Education. It engages students in a substantial piece of research investigation and artefact development on a topic relevant to an educational context and manageable within the time and credit constraints of a Master’s dissertation. The focus, nature of the investigation and intended output will be negotiated and agreed with your supervisor; for example the written component could be an investigation into strategies to promote smooth transition from Foundation Stage to Key Stage One, together with artefacts including a dissemination strategy you have developed which may include a booklet and good practice guidelines for practitioners in the setting.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please see the following link:
https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Other sources of funding

Information on alternative sources of funding can be found here:
https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/student-services/money/funding-my-course/postgraduate-/postgraduate-funding-/

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The Master of Arts - Science Education is a research degree that offers a wide range of opportunities to pursue interests in STEM Education with the emphasis on science education. Read more

Program Overview

The Master of Arts - Science Education is a research degree that offers a wide range of opportunities to pursue interests in STEM Education with the emphasis on science education. The program is ideal for those seeking leadership roles in order to make a difference in teacher education; learning and teaching at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels; industry; teaching and research institutions; government and private sectors; museums; outdoor settings and other science-based organizations. The degree prepares graduates to pursue doctoral studies.

The program’s philosophy is that advances in educational theory influence practice to improve the quality of education. Educators are empowered by research collaboration across disciplines, countries, and contexts. Accordingly, this program values diverse expertise, experience, research collaborations, mentorship, and innovative ideas. Through individual and collective research, graduate students will develop and enhance their knowledge, theoretical understandings, and practice of Science Education. Graduate students will be mentored by experienced faculty members to conduct independent research studies driven by their own interests and contemporary issues and problems in the field.

The Program will prepare graduates to advance the quality of education at their institutions and is offered on-line with on-campus options to accommodate working professionals in British Columbia and worldwide.

Part-time and full-time study options are available.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Arts (research-based), Master of Education (course-based)
- Specialization: Science Education
- Subject: Education
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Faculty: Faculty of Education

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We are an established sports education provider with a rich sporting pedigree. You will be able to immerse yourself in a supportive learning community with vast experience of training the next generation of PE teachers. Read more
We are an established sports education provider with a rich sporting pedigree. You will be able to immerse yourself in a supportive learning community with vast experience of training the next generation of PE teachers. Your network of support will include our research staff and course tutors, who will be on hand to sharpen your teaching expertise and knowledge of the subject, ensuring it is informed by the latest research and practices.

You will have access to our wide range of first-class sporting facilities - used by international athletes and Olympic medal winners - to help you in the practical application of your theoretical learning. These include 3G pitches, indoor and floodlit outdoor tennis courts, an athletics track, a swimming pool and gyms packed with the latest fitness equipment.

We will develop your communication skills so that you can confidently manage a large group of pupils. For example, you will understand the importance of varying your tone of voice during group activities, learn how to use equipment such as whistles appropriately and how to address and maintain the attention of your pupils when teaching PE.

We will also give you the skills to confidently manage classes with wide differences in ability. You will be able to devise lessons that develop from personalised activities to games that involve and stimulate your entire class.

Due to the nature of PE, you will not always be able to run your classes outdoors. We will also develop your organisational skills so that you will be able to plan your lessons and teach effectively regardless of the weather.

Your training will also develop your understanding of how PE can be used to motivate and strengthen learning in your pupils beyond the physical benefits of sport.

You can choose from two different training models.

University-led: You will develop your theoretical knowledge at our Headingley Campus, which offers a superb learning environment, modern facilities and excellent resources. Your learning will be informed by the very latest research and the expertise of our supportive teaching staff. We will organise your extensive school placements so you can apply your knowledge in a classroom setting and your placements will be timetabled to fit with your taught seminars on campus.

School Direct: For the vast majority of your course, you will be based in your provider school or schools, learning on the job while being supported by experienced teachers and mentors. You will attend our Headingley Campus one day a week (usually a Friday) for key module seminars.

To view our full range of PGCEs, and for more information, please visit our teacher training pages (http://leedsbeckett.ac.uk/teach).

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

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

Completing this course will enable you to berecommended for Qualified Teacher Status. Subject to ratification by theDepartment for Education, you will then be qualified as a secondary schoolteacher, with a specialism in physical education.

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

We have more than 100 years' experience of training teachers and you'll be guided by a course team ready to develop your potential as a teacher. You will become part of a supportive teaching community, learning from fellow students and sharing ideas on lesson plans, classroom experiences and teaching tips.

Helping you to develop your confidence, identity and teaching style through a critically reflective approach to your practice will be a vital element of your course.

To prepare you for your course, you will have the opportunity to attend a residential, where you will meet your tutors and fellow trainees, start to foster your support networks and discover how the outdoors can be used to inspire your teaching.

You will gain substantial training in a school environment. Many of the partnership schools are located in and around Leeds so your travelling will be limited and you will have more time to prepare your lessons. You will complete three teaching placements in at least two contrasting schools, receiving support from your school mentor and University tutors.

You will learn from lecturers who have been practising teachers and are now active in educational research, benefiting from their real-life experience and theoretical knowledge.

We will provide ongoing training for all newly qualified teachers. On successful completion of your course, you will be able to enrol on our Newly Qualified Teacher module, designed to support your progress and development as you start your teaching career.

Dr Tom Dobson

Senior Lecturer

"Training to teach at Leeds Beckett University gives you the best of both worlds. On campus, you will benefit from the expertise of our published academics; in schools and settings, you will learn from outstanding partner teachers."

Having taught English in secondary schools as well as undertaking writing projects in local primary schools, Tom completed his PhD which focused on boys' writing during the transition stage from primary to secondary school. His thesis was recently published by Sense Academic Publishers.

Facilities

- School Practice Collection
Our School Practice Collection offers a wide range of journals, electronic resources and equipment selected specifically to help you prepare for your teaching practice.

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

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

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

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At a time of increasing concerns about physical activity and health, the MA Physical Education programme explores the issues around physical activity and how to support the development of physical literacy from early childhood, through to later life in the home, school and community. Read more
At a time of increasing concerns about physical activity and health, the MA Physical Education programme explores the issues around physical activity and how to support the development of physical literacy from early childhood, through to later life in the home, school and community.

This programme is the only one of its kind in the UK and is supported by the Wales Institute for Physical Literacy. The programme is designed to be flexible to relate to the broad range of different contexts which all contribute to the development of physical literacy. The team of tutors that contribute to the programme are experts in the field.

Course Overview

In the subject area of Physical Education the need for teachers with higher level knowledge and understanding of the potential and benefits of physical education could not be clearer with growing concerns over childhood and adolescent health and the long-term implications of inactivity. The course explores many aspects of learning in a physical context, personal philosophies of Physical Education, managing the Physical Education curriculum and meeting the needs of all learners to develop Physical Literacy throughout life.

The programme is the only one of its kind in Wales. It has attracted interest from teachers and practitioners from across Wales, the UK, Europe Canada and the United States. As part of their postgraduate studies students have the opportunity to take part in an international exchange programme.

-Flexible postgraduate opportunities throughout Wales
-Part-time and full-time modes of study
-Full-time over two years
-Part-time over four years
-Weekend delivery supported by Moodle
-Accessible locations in South and North Wales
-Modules to suit students' professional practice and needs
-Taught or research based study options
-International exchange opportunities

Key Features

Are you someone who is working with children, young people or adults in relation to education, health, sport or physical activity? Do you want to improve your understanding and expertise to develop the work you do or move on to new opportunities? If so then this programme provides an excellent professional development opportunities and training.

Students will have the opportunity to study some aspects of the course through the medium of Welsh, and submit course work in Welsh. A number of the tutors on the programme can offer tutorial support through the medium of Welsh.

Who is it for?
The degree would be of particular interest to Physical Education and sport professionals, coaches, sports development officers and health professionals who are:
-Inspired to support the development of physical literacy through Play, Physical Education, Sporth, Health, Leisure and Outdoor Activity
-Seeking to gain higher level academic qualifications to enhance their career prospects.
-Inquisitive and critical in their outlook
-Inspired by the potential of Physical Education and sport to offer high quality learning opportunities
-Motivated to challenge their own beliefs and philosophies
-Working as teachers, heads of departments, subject co-ordinators, sports development officers, 5x60 officers, Dragon sports co-ordinators and graduate students

Career Opportunities

Typically, holders of the qualification will be able to:
-Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences
-Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level
-Continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.

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The Physical Education program will appeal to elementary, middle, and secondary school educators with interests in. Read more

Program Overview

The Physical Education program will appeal to elementary, middle, and secondary school educators with interests in: integrated and thematic approaches to curriculum and pedagogy; development and evaluation of outdoor environmental, leadership or experiential education programs; active living, health promotion and wellness; movement education concepts; teaching games for understanding; inclusive models of education and issues of equity and social justice.

Part-time and full-time study options are offered.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Arts (research-based), Master of Education (course-based)
- Specialization: Physical Education
- Subject: Education
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Registration options: Full or Part-time
- Faculty: Faculty of Education

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

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

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

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

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

Mature Applicants

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

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

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

Careers

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

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

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

Course Benefits

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

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

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

Dr Marie-Odile Leconte

School of Education Head

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

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

Facilities

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

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

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

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