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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 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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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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We have designed this online course to meet the learning needs of events managers and others working in the events industry, as well as those who have studied at first degree level in another subject and wish to specialise in events management. Read more
We have designed this online course to meet the learning needs of events managers and others working in the events industry, as well as those who have studied at first degree level in another subject and wish to specialise in events management.

This course allows you to study at your own pace - from wherever you are in the world. To help you fit your studies around your work and personal commitments, you will study one module each semester.

Modules are offered on a rolling basis, with new and existing students learning together and from each other, sharing their experience and learning. Expertise is drawn from events worldwide and enables the course to address the changes and complexity of challenges facing today's events manager.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

This course is delivered by online learning and teaching methods focus on online materials. However, there is variety and diversity in the teaching methods deployed as they match the aims and learning outcomes of each module.

An online induction programme is provided in the first week of the course to ensure you are fully equipped to operate effectively throughout your studies. You will be supported by e-tutors and the distance learning team including administrative and course leader support.

A range of materials are provided to support your learning and include a programme specification, student and module handbooks and online learning tools. These include online and audio recorded lectures, PowerPoint presentations, directed reading in preparation for lectures, online journals and reports, online individual and group tutoring via web cam, and chat rooms for students and staff.

Here's what you'll need

To study this course you will need to use Windows, Mac OS or an i-Pad. If you're working on a PC, laptop or Mac you will require a 56k modem or higher with soundcard and speakers. Windows users will need version 7, XP or Vista and have access to Firefox, Chrome or Microsoft Internet Explorer. Mac users will need the OS X or higher version and access to Apple Safari, while if you intend to study via an iPad it will need to be the iOS 5.1 or a latest version.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: 59% of our research submitted was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent.

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

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

We aim to advance your knowledge and expertise so you can strategically plan and manage large and complex events, and fully understand the operational aspects of events management. You will be equipped to undertake a wide variety of senior management and strategic positions within the events industry in the UK, Europe and overseas.

- Events Manager
- Senior Account Executive
- Conference Organiser
- Senior Project Manager

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

The UK Centre for Events Management is the world's leading provider of events education, consultancy and research. Our specialist team draws together academics and events professionals who have designed and developed cutting-edge courses that are informed by industry and research.

Our staff are engaged in research and consultancy work, publishing their findings in textbooks and journals of international standing.

UKCEM is recognised as a Centre of Excellence for Events Management by the National Skills Academy for Sport and Active Leisure (http://www.skillsactive.com/skillsactive/nsa). Our courses are also accredited by the Institute of Hospitality and are recognised by the National Outdoor Events Associated, the British Hospitality Association and by EUROCHRIE.

Barry Blake

Senior Lecturer

"You'll develop a breadth of knowledge about current theories and their practical applications that could never be gained by just 'working on the job'. Having earned this challenging qualification you will become a more effective events professional."

Barry is an industry practitioner turned academic. During his successful career in sales and marketing Barry has been the owner/director of two successful small businesses, made a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and worked as Sales and Marketing Director of CPL Industries Ltd, where he had responsibility for corporate event activity. Barry has been at our University since 2005 and he uses his industry knowledge to help his students gain valuable events experience.

Facilities

- Online Library
Global access to Leeds Beckett's extensive online library, plus free eBooks to supercharge your study.

- Dedicated Support Team
A highly-skilled and dedicated support team whose job is to work with you through every step of your online learning.

- Virtual Learning Environment
A Virtual Learning Environment that's easy to use and available whenever and wherever you are.

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

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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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Our history of excellence in teaching outdoor studies goes back to the 1960s, offering full time courses for teachers and other professionals set in the wonderfully diverse landscape of the Lake District. Read more
Our history of excellence in teaching outdoor studies goes back to the 1960s, offering full time courses for teachers and other professionals set in the wonderfully diverse landscape of the Lake District. This tradition has returned with a new suite of modules and courses to support those involved with the outdoors or experiential learning. We'll help you develop the relevant knowledge and skills to produce effective and inspiring courses in a wide range of settings.

We welcome students from all professional backgrounds, from outdoor instructors and training experts to nurses, teachers, counsellors, therapists and those involved with youth and social work. If you're considering breaking into these fields, then we provide the perfect transitionary course to help you realise your career aspirations. Make sure your skills are of the highest quality - apply for our course and help advance your personal and professional development.

Course outline

You'll learn to apply innovative strategies in outdoor practice and integrate them into other spheres of teaching and learning. Your prior learning and practice will be enhanced towards further creativity, philosophical stances and methodologies. We will approach outdoor learning through experience and as a learning community through the utilisation of outdoor environments and activities as contexts.

Our course is designed to be accessible to all skill levels, whether you have a former qualification in outdoor-related studies or not. We will broaden your practice and understanding of outdoor and experiential learning, so we ask that students be enthusiastic about taking part to get the most out of the course. The programme will be taught by core staff of the Outdoor Studies department through lectures, seminars, practicals and field trips, as well as talks from key visiting lecturers.

Graduate destinations

Candidates can exit after 60 credits with a PGC Outdoor Learning or a PGC Experiential Learning, dependent on the modules chosen. Candidates who satisfactorily complete 120 credits gain a PGD Outdoor and Experiential Learning. There are opportunities for PhD research after achievement of a masters qualification.

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This MSc is an opportunity to study international educational responses to global issues and benefit from Scotland’s position as one of the leading countries in the world in this field. Read more

Programme description

This MSc is an opportunity to study international educational responses to global issues and benefit from Scotland’s position as one of the leading countries in the world in this field.

The programme has been designed in response to recent policy declarations by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (Revised Professional Standards) and the Scottish Government.

It seeks to understand and contribute to the ways schooling, community and higher education respond to issues such as climate change, resource depletion, inequality and well-being, and ecological and economic stability.

It explores the relationships between learning and social and environmental change in complex, global circumstances, through local places and educational contexts.

Programme structure

For the Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) programme you will study:

Introduction to Learning for Sustainability
Ecosystems for Educators
Outdoor Learning

For the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) programme you will study the PgCert courses plus the following:

Education for Environmental Citizenship
Environmental Philosophy and City-based Outdoor Learning
Experiential Education
The Sources of Knowledge (or Conceptualising Research)

For the Masters (MSc) programme you will study the PgCert and PgDip courses plus the following:

Planning Research
Dissertation

Career opportunities

The programme is designed to enhance career opportunities for practising teachers, education professionals, policy-makers and activists from informal, environmental, outdoor, community and NGO education providers and for Scottish, UK and international students who already work, or intend to work, in these and related areas.

The University of Edinburgh plays a key role in Scotland’s UN Recognised Regional Centre of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development, and can offer strong collaborative links with other Scottish universities, non-governmental organisations, and third sector organisations within Scotland and internationally.

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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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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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Our aim is to develop teachers with a specialist understanding of how children aged between three and seven learn. Read more
Our aim is to develop teachers with a specialist understanding of how children aged between three and seven learn. You will develop children's abilities through playful learning and creative teaching, and you will reflect on how your teaching methods and the opportunities and environments you create can influence outcomes.Your training will involve a particular focus on outdoor play and learning. You will have the opportunity to attend a forest school workshop using our outdoor classroom, where you will learn different techniques to bring learning to life and spark your pupils' imaginations.

As a primary school teacher, you will work closely with teaching assistants, parents and complex teaching teams to deliver a range of activities. We will give you the skills and confidence to manage these relationships to ensure you can deliver an outstanding learning experience for your class.

We will develop your knowledge and understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum to ensure your teaching fulfils the requirements set out by the Government. With an emphasis on mathematics, English and Science at both Key Stages, you will embrace all curricular areas of learning and principles of best practice in early childhood education.

You will put your theoretical knowledge into practice. As part of your training, you will complete three teaching placements in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, developing your teaching skills across different age ranges and helping to prepare you for future employment. Throughout these placements you will gain the specialist knowledge and teaching skills required to meet the needs of pupils in the three to seven age range.

One of your most important tools as a teacher will be your voice. You will learn how to use it effectively when addressing large groups of children and how to look after it. We will also develop your understanding of safeguarding children, giving you the important ability to spot the signs of vulnerable children.

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_primaryearlyyears

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

Successful completion of your course will enable you to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status. Although the three to seven years specialism enables you to work across the whole primary age range, it is geared directly to the early years sector where there is an increasing demand for trained professionals.

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 benefit from an experienced course team determined to help you realise your potential. You will become part of a supportive teaching community, learning from fellow students and swapping ideas on lesson plans, classroom experiences and teaching tips.

Thanks to a critically reflective approach to your learning, you will develop your own identity and teaching style and will feel empowered to deliver innovative lessons with confidence.

To help prepare you 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 cultivate your support networks and discover how the outdoors can be used to deliver stimulating lessons.

You will gain extensive training in a school environment. Many of the partnership schools are located in and around Leeds, limiting your travelling time and giving you more time to spend on your lesson plans. 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 will continue to support you in your career even when you have successfully completed your course. On successful completion of your course, you will be able to enrol on our Newly Qualified Teacher module, offering you another valuable element of support 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, a 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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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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Your learning will cover two main strands involving an enquiry-based approach to geography and real-world practical activities, which you will then translate into your classroom lessons. Read more
Your learning will cover two main strands involving an enquiry-based approach to geography and real-world practical activities, which you will then translate into your classroom lessons.

Your initial training will be based around developing your own personal vision of geography, which will feed into your teaching style by drawing on influences of your own geographical background and knowledge.

We will encourage you to take an enquiry-based approach to learning, actively posing questions and investigating geographical issues through exploring and questioning.

You will be taught how to use a range of geographical resources through practical tasks, including maps and atlases, photographs and images, meteorological equipment, geographical media and cultural artefacts. Developing your understanding of key geographical practical resources and equipment and how they are used will enable you to then enhance your pupils' learning.

You will have the opportunity to participate in and lead outdoor field experiences which will investigate physical and human geography. These experiences will develop your understanding of how to infuse classroom-based learning with practical outdoor sessions.

Your training will also involve exploring key issues in geography such as migration, war and sustainability from, enabling you to develop a better understanding of these modern issues which you will then translate into a classroom context and will ensure your teaching is current.

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_geography

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 secondary school teacher, with a specialism in geography.

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 the next generation of teachers and you'll find an experienced course team ready to bring out the best in you as a future teacher of geography. 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 key element of your training.

To help with your preparations for your course, you will have the opportunity to attend a residential, 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 your teaching.

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, giving you another valuable means of support 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 course focuses on the application of physiology and psychology to outdoor activities. It aims to develop students’ practical and theoretical knowledge as well as their ability to propose possible alternative hypotheses to current thinking. Read more
The course focuses on the application of physiology and psychology to outdoor activities. It aims to develop students’ practical and theoretical knowledge as well as their ability to propose possible alternative hypotheses to current thinking.

As with other MSc programmes, this MSc been designed to be flexible and relevant to the student’s individual needs and interests. It is intended that the skills learnt on this programme will enable students to apply theory to professional practice. The programme benefits from being taught by staff with a wide a range of physiological and psychological expertise.

Within the modular structure all students undertake core/compulsory modules in:

Research Skills;
Independent Study (a one to one supervised programme of work leading to the development of the proposal for the Research Project);
Supervised Experience – a module tailored to the needs of the individual and could include directed work with a specified client group or individual;
Research Project relevant to the programme being studied.
Research Skills
Research Skills is a double credit taught module. Students study the broad nature of the research process that will allow them to complete, initially, an appropriate Independent Study (in which a research proposal for the Research Project is completed) and subsequently, a full Research Project. The module covers material relevant to the design and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative research. It also provides a broad understanding of the benefits and limitations of various research methods, research designs, data collection instruments and data analysis tools. Students are given the opportunity to develop their ability to be critically evaluative.

Specific content includes: Statistical issues in quantitative research and design; Simple and multiple (forced entry, moderated and mediated) regression analyses; Single factor analysis of variance with and without repeated measures; Two factor analysis of variance with and without repeated measures; Single factor and two factor multivariate analysis of variance (with and without repeated measures); Repeated measures analysis of variance using the multivariate solution; Doubly repeated measures analysis of variance; Analysis of covariance; Follow-up procedures for all of the above; Assumptions underpinning all of the above and available options for dealing with violations to these assumptions; Experiments and causal inference; External and construct validity; Experimental and quasi-experimental designs; Correlational and epidemiological research; Reliability and validity in quantitative and qualitative research; Issues in qualitative research and design; Interviews; Single case design and analysis; Observation; Narrative; Ethnography; grounded theory and discourse analysis.

Independent Study
The Independent Study should consist of a critical and concise review of the research literature pertaining to a particular research question. A rationale for the proposed research question must be provided, along with a sound methodology for exploring the research question, planned analyses, and expected outcomes. Further, anticipated problems such as resources, equipment, possible ethical issues, informed consent forms, a statement of feasibility of the project and expected costs must be discussed.

Supervised Experience
The content of this module will be largely student specific and include activities (workshops, directed reading, client based work) that will develop the individual’s personal applied support skills. Initially, students complete an individual self-assessment of their current skills/knowledge base and set personal goals to enable them to improve their applied support skills. All students will attend units (workshops) on Ethics in Research and consultancy, communication and counselling skills and how to conduct a needs assessment. Specific physiology and psychology workshops (eg Imagery) will also take place.

Students will complete a contract of intended activities agreed with their supervisor in the first four weeks of their programme of study. This contract may, where appropriate, include the intention to apply to British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) to commence a formally logged Supervised Experience.

A portfolio will then be developed; the portfolio records activities including meetings with supervisor, attendance at workshops, meetings and a plan of work with at least one client, and thought/evaluations of all meetings and workshops (ie evidence of reflective practice).

Overview and Format of the Research Project module
The Research Project is an independent piece of research, and acts as the culmination of the academic challenges faced by the student. The module comprises 60 credits (i.e. equivalent to three double modules) and will formally equate to some 600 hours of student time.

Specifically, this will involve a review of research evidence with the aim of formulating an appropriate research question, and will likely involve some refinement and pilot work. Once achieved, the student will implement a research design and method suited to the area of enquiry. The supervisor provides excellent expert guidance throughout the process.

Mono-disciplinary studies and interdisciplinary work, which might involve the student’s ongoing sport/exercise experience, will be encouraged. Each topic will normally involve data collection, analysis and interpretation and allow students to demonstrate their powers of imagination, initiative, independence and time management. Students will be expected to show a thorough knowledge of the relevant sources of information and the ability to use them with discrimination; to provide full references; to exercise sound and independent judgment; to structure work logically and to express themselves with clarity and precision.

In addition to the core modules listed above, students undertake an additional compulsory Higher Skills module. On completion of this module students should be sufficiently knowledgeable and skilled to work in scientific and outdoor related disciplines. Due to current industry regulation and insurance requirements, the attainment of nationally recognised vocational qualifications is essential to gain employment in outdoor activities. This module will enable students to progress towards, or actually attain, National Governing Body (NGB) awards in outdoor activities. Pending approval of prior learning/experience, this module may not need to be pursued. However, an additional 20 credits would need to be studied instead.

Finally, students are able to choose one optional module from:

Performance Physiology;
Sport Psychology;
Effective Coaching;
Rehabilitation of the Injured Athlete.
The programme is delivered using a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops, group activities, practical work, tutorials and role play. Each module comprises approximately 200 hours of student time (including formal contact).

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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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