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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

Programme description

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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Please note. This course is delivered in partnership with Philipps University at Marburg, Germany and The Norwegian School of Sport Science, Oslo. Read more
Please note: This course is delivered in partnership with Philipps University at Marburg, Germany and The Norwegian School of Sport Science, Oslo. Find more information and apply by visiting their website: http://www.erasmusmundus-teos.eu/

Have a degree in outdoor studies? Do you want to expand your career options through taking up work in Europe? Then we're here to help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to work across transcultural settings. You'll travel and live through the landscapes and cultures of northern Europe by studying with three leading universities, each considered experts in outdoor studies.

This course focuses on transculturality in the context of social and environmental issues and the part outdoor education can play. By studying for a semester in England, Germany and Norway, you'll gain a fully rounded experience taught through experiential courses. Each university has excellent resources and world-renowned academic staff to help your learning, and your degree will open employment opportunities across the world. If you're looking for first class learning at prestigious facilities across Europe, this is the right course for you.

Course outline

Outdoor practice has gained tremendous significance in all industrial countries in recent years, opening up new opportunities for professionals in this field. You will study the accumulated knowledge of the three central traditions of the philosophy of outdoor pedagogics - the Norwegian Friluftsliv, the English Outdoor Education and the German Erlebnispädagogik. This will help develop a transcultural sensitivity, discerning the cultural transitions and open borders between the three national concepts.

Reading about other cultures is one thing, but nothing quite compares to fully immersing yourself into a new way of life. This programme has been designed as a "peregrinatio academica", in which a study group remains together throughout the whole course of studies and spends a semester each at one of the three universities in England, Norway and Germany. The dissertation can take place at any of the partner universities, and there are also opportunities to study for a dissertation at a growing number of partner universities in Australia, Canada or the USA.

Graduate destinations

Graduates from this course can enter a wide range of professions, including teaching, higher education lecturing, research, guiding, voluntary and public sector administration, social work, therapeutic work, outdoor education and international corporate roles.

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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

Programme description

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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This course will enable you to develop expertise in this growing area of education and become a specialist in promoting high quality practice in early years settings. Read more
This course will enable you to develop expertise in this growing area of education and become a specialist in promoting high quality practice in early years settings. Early Years Education is now recognised globally as crucial for laying the foundation for lifelong learning and development. Critical aspects of social, emotional and cognitive development are established in the first five years of life emphasising the importance of this phase of education.

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of how children develop and learn, along with the most effective ways to create an enabling learning environment. You will be introduced to different pedagogical approaches, including international perspectives, which will include a critical analysis of the role of the adult in supporting young childrens’ learning. The course incorporates various elective modules which will enhance your skills and insights into developing quality educational provision for young children.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The course is structured over three trimesters (thirds) and totals 180 credits (90 ECTS). It is available in campus-based mode, low-residency mode or online-only. You can start in September or February and will study for 60 credits per trimester. In your first trimester you will study the MA Education core module Education: Economics, Politics and Society (30 credits) plus your award core module (30 credits). In the second trimester you will study the core module Social Science Research (30 credits), plus two 15-credit elective modules, one of which may be a shared elective from another MA award. In your third trimester you will research and write your Dissertation (60 credits) on a topic relevant to your award. If you take the low residency option, the face-to-face teaching of all modules will take place during two 2-week intensive blocks (typically in September and February).

MODULES

Trimester 1

In your first trimester you will study two compulsory core modules totalling 60 credits.

Core Module:
Education: Economics, Politics and Society (30 credits) explores how education can be understood in a complex and globalised world where it is seen by many governments as a significant factor in economic growth and competition. You will learn how to question the policies and organisations involved in defining the purposes, content and outcomes of education.

Award Core Module:
Early Childhood Care and Education (30 credits) updates and extends your critical knowledge and understanding of how young children develop and create a foundation for all future learning and will develop your skills and expertise in creating high quality learning environments.

Trimester 2

In your second trimester you will study one compulsory core module, and two 15 credit elective modules, one of which may be a shared elective from another MA award. This will total 60 credits.

Compulsory Core Module:
Social Science Research (30 credits) sets educational research within the broader context of the social sciences and introduces a range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies and methods from which you can select the most appropriate for your dissertation.

Elective Modules:
Outdoor Play and Learning (option 15 credits) supports you in leading and researching young children's learning and development in the context of outdoor play and the Forest School experience.
Including Vulnerable Learners (option 15 credits) explores the wider issues of vulnerability and the concept of ‘inclusion’, particularly noting the socio-cultural influences that might impact on children and young people’s engagement with education systems.
Leadership and Team Work (shared option 15 credits) extends your critical knowledge and understanding of the principles and theories of leadership in early childhood settings and will develop your skills and expertise in a range of leadership practices and effective ways of leading a pedagogical team.

Trimester 3

In your third trimester you will research and write your Dissertation (60 credits) on a topic relevant to your award.

Dissertation (60 credits) enables you to study and research an aspect of education theory, policy or practice in depth, guided by an expert to arrive at your own synthesis of a topic to take forward into your career.

TEACHING METHODS AND RESOURCES

All modules are taught through lectures, small-group seminars and individual tutorials. For the campus-based mode of study, some lectures and seminars will take place during the day, whilst others may be in the evening or at weekends. For low-residency students the teaching will be concentrated into two 2-week blocks (typically around 6 hours per day). The course also makes extensive use of online teaching, particularly for the low-residency and online only modes. This will include a combination of individual and shared learning using the Bath Spa University virtual learning environment.

STAFF / TUTORS

Dr Janet Rose: Senior Lecturer and the Early Years Award Leader.
Janet has over 20 years’ experience of working in this specialist area of education both in the UK and internationally. Her publications include The Role of the Adult in Early Years Settings (2012) and her research interests currently focus on supporting children’s well-being and resilience.

Several colleagues co-teach on various modules and are all early years specialists with particular expertise in a range of aspects of early years provision such as symbolic representation (Lone Hattingh), social and emotional development (Hilary Smith) and leadership (Sara Layan).

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Governments worldwide are now making early years education a priority and increasing their investment in early years provision. Therefore, you will acquire specialist expertise in an area of education that is rapidly expanding and opening up new career opportunities. You will be equipped to take on a leadership position or an advisory role in supporting the development of early years provision in your own country.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

There are no written exams on this course; each module is assessed through coursework. This typically involves an essay of 2,500 words for a 15 credit module or 5,000 words for a 30 credit module. For some modules assessment may be by verbal presentation or online activity. The dissertation is 15,000 – 20,000 words and focuses on an area agreed with a specialist tutor, who will offer guidance on structure and academic writing.

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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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Where better to study the outdoors than in the heart of the Lake District? We have a long history of providing postgraduate outdoor studies, starting in the 1960s and updated with new suites of modules and courses. Read more
Where better to study the outdoors than in the heart of the Lake District? We have a long history of providing postgraduate outdoor studies, starting in the 1960s and updated with new suites of modules and courses. Our programme is designed to support those involved or interested in outdoor studies to develop the knowledge and skills relevant to the development and provision of effective and inspiring courses in a wide range of settings.

We welcome applications from all kinds of professional backgrounds, such as nursing, social work, youth work, counselling and therapy, education, outdoor instruction, training and the services. If you're thinking of changing your career to work outside, then we provide an excellent progression route to help support your aspirations.

Course outline

Whether you're already involved in outdoor activities or new to the field, our course will extend your understanding and knowledge to new heights. You'll learn to apply innovative strategies in outdoor practice and integrate them into other spheres of teaching and learning. We provide a thorough appreciation of how experiential learning can help with personal and social development, using lectures, seminars, practicals and field trips to give you a full-bodied education.

You will approach outdoor learning through utilisation of outdoor environments and activities. Students should be enthusiastic participants; there is no required level of outdoor technical skills, although graduates of outdoor-related degrees will find this course ideal for developing new skills and competences. The programme will be taught by core staff of the Outdoor Studies Department together with key visiting lecturers.

Graduate destinations

Candidates can exit after 60 credits with a PgC Outdoor Learning, and after 120 credits with a PgD Outdoor and Experiential Learning. There are opportunities for PhD research after achievement of a Masters qualification.

Other admission requirements

Applications are welcome from people with a good first degree (normally U.K. 2:2 or above) and/or relevant work experience. It is hoped that the course will attract students from a variety of backgrounds and first degree subject areas from outdoor related areas through to youth work, social work, education and those with more philosophical backgrounds. International students are welcome to apply. The course can be studied full-time or part-time. Modules are taught in one week blocks. You are also welcome to apply to take modules individually.

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This programme leads to Qualified Teacher Status. It equips you to teach pupils from 5-11 years with a focus on Physical Education, and covers all areas of the Key Stage 1 and 2 curriculum through lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Read more
This programme leads to Qualified Teacher Status. It equips you to teach pupils from 5-11 years with a focus on Physical Education, and covers all areas of the Key Stage 1 and 2 curriculum through lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. You'll gain 60 Masters level credits and be awarded with a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education.

The programme will give you an in-depth understanding of inclusive practice, equality and diversity to prepare you for a career in London schools. As a part of the programme you will experience different schools and also have an opportunity to work in an Alternative Education Setting. At Masters level you'll develop leadership skills and expertise in the subject and pedagogy of Physical Education.

LSBU has a particular focus on social justice and equality that is well matched to the needs of schools in urban and multicultural areas. At LSBU we encourage creativity, reflective pedagogy and sensitivity to educational issues.

Bursaries

The Government provides the following bursaries to be off-set against tuition fees, via the Training Agency. Tuition fees need to be paid by all students direct to LSBU. Students can use any bursary they receive from the Training Agency for this purpose.

If you have a 1st Class or 2.1 Degree or a PhD you will be eligible for a bursary of £3,000

You do not need to apply for bursaries. Once you have firmly accepted an unconditional offer of a place on a Teacher Training course (and supplied proof of your degree grade) the University will liaise with the Department for Education to put your bursary in place.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/primary-with-physical-education-pgce

Modules

H Level Modules:
- Core curriculum
This module covers all aspects of the English, mathematics, science and computing national curriculum at Key Stage 1 and 2.

- Professional studies
This module covers theories of learning, planning, teaching and assessment, classroom management and employment.

- Physical education, pedagogy and practice
In this module you will develop understanding of functional skills, physical literacy, movement and fitness.

- School experience
School experience begins in week four of the course. During your Reading Mentor placement you'll be placed in a local school three times a week, gaining experience in the teaching of reading. You'll have opportunities to work with a designated child to develop an in-depth understanding of how teaching relates to pupil learning and progress. Your first block school experience is an eight week paired block practice. During this practice you will shadow a PE co-ordinator and have opportunities to teach PE across the primary school age range. You will also be encouraged to work with teachers running after school PE activities. School experience 2 is a nine week block, and by the end of this placement you will be expected to teach the whole class for up to three days a week.

- Alternative education setting
In term two you will take your Alternative Education Setting placement in an outdoor centre or similar that will allow you to develop expertise in a specific area of the primary school curriculum, for example adventurous activity.

- Foundation subjects (optional)
This module covers the national curriculum foundation subjects including: history, geography, art and design, music, and design technology.

M Level Modules:
- Equality, inclusion and citizenship
This module will allow you to reflect on key issues such as equality, diversity and sustainability in the educational context. You'll undertake a small piece of classroom research.

- Understanding and leading PE in the primary school
You will build knowledge and skills to teach and lead PE. You will learn to audit staff needs and how to plan, review and adjust the curriculum. Physiology sessions will help you to develop a greater sense of learners’ physical development.

Employability

Completion and employment rates for our PGCE are both above the sector norms and we have been identified as a good provider of initial teacher training (OFSTED 2014). Although we pride ourselves in providing teachers for London schools, successful students enter the teaching profession in a variety of schools/nurseries within the UK.

All students entering the course have the possibility of gaining up to 60 credits at Masters level, which can be used by students to count towards the award of full Masters qualifications (such as the LSBU MA in Education) gained via further study after graduation.

LSBU Employability Services

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

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

Professional links

Academics from other institutions and related industries are invited as guest speakers to form part of the Equality Inclusion and Citizenship module. The Alternative Educational Settings (AES) placement provides an opportunity for you to experience teaching and learning in a completely different environment, and is one of the unique aspects of our programme. PE subject matter experts from partnership schools and outside organisations, including sports coaching bodies, will promote professional links relating to PE.

Placements

Placement schools are chosen to provide different experiences including size, organisation and location. You will begin your teaching experience in a local school to LSBU where you will support children in learning to read. School Experience 1 will be a PE placement, focusing on teaching PE and shadowing a school PE co-ordinator. School Experience 2 will also have a PE focus, while giving you the opportunity to teach the core and foundation subjects of the primary curriculum subjects in order to fulfill the requirements for gaining Qualified Teacher Status.

In addition you'll undertake an Alternative Education Setting (AES) placement in an outdoor and adventure facility, or other non-school Physical Education setting. A key element of the programme is to prepare you to work in multi-cultural, urban settings. In terms of school experience placements, you'll normally be required to do at least one practice in an inner or outer London state school.

Teaching and learning

We provide a thorough training course incorporating all areas of the primary curriculum with a focus on Physical Education.

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

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

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

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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 graduate programs (M.Ed. and M.A.) in Physical Education (PETE) are part of the graduate offerings in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy. Read more

Program Overview

The graduate programs (M.Ed. and M.A.) in Physical Education (PETE) are part of the graduate offerings in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy. 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. Students interested in secondary physical education, sport-specific instruction, or coaching might also want to consider the graduate programs within the School of Kinesiology, but are encouraged to inquire with EDCP as well.

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

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Education
- Specialization: Physical Education
- Subject: Education
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Major Project/Essay required
- Registration options: Full or Part-time
- Faculty: Faculty of Education

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