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​The PGCE Primary programme is taught from one of the largest centres of teacher training the UK. ​Students can opt to follow either the Foundation Phase route or Key St​age 2​ route.​. Read more

Course Overview

​The PGCE Primary programme is taught from one of the largest centres of teacher training the UK.

​Students can opt to follow either the Foundation Phase route or Key St​age 2​ route.​

See the website https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/education/courses/Pages/Primary-PGCE.aspx

Entry Requirements

All applicants should meet the following essential criteria:
- GCSE grade B or above in English Language and mathematics and a grade C or above in science (or a standard equivalent) on entry to the programme. Students studying to teach in Welsh medium schools will also need a GCSE grade C or above in Welsh (first language).

- Applicants who have achieved a grade C or above in English Language and mathematics or equivalent on application will be considered for interview. Applicants will need to have made arrangements to resit the GCSEs or equivalent in order to obtain a B grade and indicate this on the UCAS Teacher Training application. If successful at interview, applicants will be offered a place subject to the B attainment. Please note, if you are taking a GCSE equivalent qualification, do not choose the option 'Equivalent' on the UTT application as this suggests you are applying to sit an internal test with Cardiff Met which we do not offer, you will need to select 'Other'.

- Good honours degree in an area related to primary education, of at least 2:2 classification; or any honours degree of at least 2:2 classification where an A level grade C or above (or equivalent) has been obtained in a primary curriculum subject area. Access to HE programmes are considered as an equivalent to A level within a relevant subject where 15 Merits have been achieved at Level 3. CACHE Level 3 Diplomas at grade C are also considered as well as Pearson BTEC (QCF)/OCR/NQF Level 3 Diplomas within Childcare at Merit Profile.

- Recent and relevant experience in a mainstream school across the primary age range. This should be for a minimum of ten days and taken place within the 12 months prior to attending interview. Evidence of this MUST be included on the UCAS Teacher Training application. Please include details within the work experience section of the UCAS Teacher Training form. Should applicants reach the interview stage, they will be required to bring evidence of the experience with them. This will be in the form of a reference from the head teacher of the school where the experience takes place, on headed paper and signed off by the head teacher.

- A strong personal statement indicating the applicant's potential to undertake the PGCE Primary Programme. The statement should demonstrate the breadth of knowledge and personal experience gained in primary education to date and how this has equipped the applicant to potentially be an effective primary teacher. A high standard of written English/Welsh is essential.

- The principal referee must be an academic who is most able to comment on the applicant's academic and vocational abilities. An academic reference for those applicants who have undertaken their degree more than 5 years in not required although one is preferred if this can be obtained. For those applicants whose HEI reference is more than 8 years old a reference from a more recent educational professional such as a head teacher is required. Should you have any queries regarding your reference, please contact Admissions.

​Course Content​​

- School Based Component
The School based component is undertaken in our excellent range of SEWCTET partnership schools and is an integral part of the programme. Students will spend a total of 120 days in school, which is predominantly arranged on a 4:1 split. This means that Monday – Thursday is spent on school placement whilst Friday is spent in university. This allows for clear links to be made between theory and practice and for the skills associated with being a reflective practitioner to be developed.

A key part of the development of the reflective practitioner is enquiry based learning to encourage student teachers to reflect critically on learners, their own practice, and to develop an independent, enquiring approach to their professional development. This is achieved through the completion of “Learning Packages” that focus on key educational priority aspects. The packages scaffold the student teacher in identifying their own areas of interest and to improve their practice in systematic ways, as they are more able to closely examine the issues and acquire newfound knowledge that is readily retained.

- University Based Sessions
The university-based sessions include either experience in the Areas of Learning outlined in the Foundation Phase or the subjects outlined in the National Curriculum orders. All university-based modules are studied at Master's level, allowing 60 credits to be achieved. The module ‘Learning and Teaching’ consists of three constituent parts:
- Learning & Teaching 1: Professional Studies
- Learning & Teaching 2: Literacy and Numeracy
- Learning & Teaching 3: Curriculum focus

All parts of the programme complement each other and specific links are made with the School Experience module. The module as a whole develops students’ conceptual understanding of fundamental principles of primary education and pedagogical aspects related specifically to Foundation Phase or Key Stage 2 (depending on route chosen).

- Time commitment required
The school-based element requires students to be in school for the normal working school day as well as additional time before and after school for preparation and meetings.

Employability & Careers​

Successful completion of the programme will lead to the Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) and recommendation to the General Teaching Council for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and provides opportunities for employment at the primary level.

- What can I expect to earn when I start teaching?
Information can be obtained from the Training and Development Agency for Schools website: http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/salary.aspx

- Professional Development:
The programme also offers an advantage towards continuous professional development by affording 60 credits at Master’s level. These credits may be carried forward towards a full Master’s qualification studied on a full or part time basis.​

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching A-Level Mathematics is designed for practising secondary Mathematics teachers who wish to develop or enhance their teaching at post-16 level. Read more
The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching A-Level Mathematics is designed for practising secondary Mathematics teachers who wish to develop or enhance their teaching at post-16 level. The course was developed at Warwick University under the aegis of MEI. In addition to developing your subject knowledge, you will focus on the theoretical underpinning of learning advanced Mathematics and will explore the evidence base for the teaching of one mathematical topic in more depth.

If you are considering this programme, you may also be interested in the MSc Mathematics Education.

Facts

Mode of study: a series of full-day sessions, usually in pairs.

Duration: an academic year.

Location: Durham City campus.

How will I be taught?

The course is very 'hands-on'. Expert tutors come from both Durham University and the University of Warwick. You will work with peers on a range of problems and will reflect on both Mathematics and the appropriate pedagogy.

You will be assessed using a variety of methods, including a portfolio, written assignments, reports and presentations.

What will I learn?

The certificate is based on two modules: A-Level Mathematics Pedagogy and Classroom-based Enquiry in A-Level Mathematics.

A-Level Mathematics Pedagogy

The module introduces the theoretical and practical underpinnings of advanced Mathematics teaching and learning and introduces existing research findings in the area. It covers issues such as the role of questioning in the A-Level Mathematics classroom, visual representations of complex concepts, proof and reasoning and the role of ICT. The assessment involves the production of a portfolio (33%) outlining both the development of subject knowledge and practical teaching skills, as well as a written assignment focused on a key topic in the learning and teaching of A-Level Mathematics (67%).

Classroom-Based Enquiry in A-Level Mathematics

The module develops the skills associated with small-scale, classroom-based research methods to enable teachers to explore an aspect of teaching and learning around one mathematical topic in their own classroom. Building on an understanding of research methods gained from existing literature, the module will examine alternative pedagogies in A-Level Mathematics, assessment, the role of optional modules (such as statistics, decision and mechanics) in developing mathematical understanding, as well as methodological ideas such as action research. The module is assessed by a presentation on a chosen classroom-based enquiry topic (33%) and a written report of the methods and findings of the enquiry project (67%).

Who will teach me?

Bernard Murphy is the MEI Programme Leader for CPD. After 11 years in the classroom, in England and, through VSO, in Tanzania, he joined MEI in 2003 to set up the TAM programme at the University of Warwick. Most of his work now involves CPD related to the Mathematics A-Level. In addition, he was recently involved in a European Project 'Awareness of Big Ideas in the Mathematics Classroom', carries out reviews of whole Mathematics departments, regularly presents master classes to primary and secondary school pupils, has been an A-Level principal examiner and is an author of textbooks.

Mike Ollerton is mainly responsible for supporting teachers through the two Master's modules. Mike has worked on Master's programmes since 1998 in Cumbria (formerly St. Martin's, Lancaster), Warwick )from 2011) and more recently in Durham (2012).He has 20+ years of secondary school Mathematics teaching and is passionate about seeking ways to make the learning of Mathematics accessible and understandable. Since 2006, Mike has been a freelance consultant, working with may schools and running courses focusing on problem solving and investigative approaches. He is a long term member of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics.

James Frost is a member of the Durham University team that works alongside MEI in offering the TAM programme. His primary role resides within the practical teaching element of the course and thus, he is responsible for ensuring that the ideals and philosophy of the programme are evident within the classrooms of TAM students. James has 20 years' experience as a teacher and educator, working on BA, B.Ed and PGCE programmes both in the UK and overseas (St. Lucia). Currently studying for a doctoral qualification, James is particularly interested in the use of ICT in Mathematics classrooms, especially the role of multiple representational environments in developing mathematical understanding.

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This course supports those working in HE, Further Education and Skills Sector and broader educational settings to critically engage with their professional practice as part of their continuing development. Read more
This course supports those working in HE, Further Education and Skills Sector and broader educational settings to critically engage with their professional practice as part of their continuing development. The PGDip is a separate exit award and is also the first part of the MEd route. It is possible to either work towards achieving the PGDip in Professional Practice as an end goal or take it as the first part of the MEd. The PGDip is delivered at the Preston Campus. This course is an internal progression route for our teaching toolkit, PG Cert LTHE, and also for our well established teacher education partnership, which offers PGCE and Cert Ed awards in post-compulsory education. The overriding aim of the course is to support professional development as a reflective researcher within a collaborative research community made up of peers and tutors. It will build research confidence to enable progression to further research activity and reflection.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Assessment methods include: written assignments, presentation, academic poster, professional writing, dialogue, critical review and working with curriculum documents.

ACADEMIC EXPERTISE

The course is delivered by experienced staff with relevant research or practice in FE and HE in the areas of teaching and learning, professional development and education. Members of staff also teach on the MEd and EdD.

FURTHER INFORMATION

The over-riding aim of the programme is to support professional development as a reflective researcher within a collaborative research community. It builds research confidence to enable progression to further research activity and reflection. Further subsidiary aims of the programme are defined as:
-Enabling researchers /teachers to critically explore demands placed on them within their work context and professional role through research activity
-To develop a critical understanding of the impact of strategy, policy and quality procedures on their practice at institutional and sector levels
-To support the development of professional learning communities within Higher, Further and Lifelong Learning contexts
-To enable trainees to develop deep subject or pedagogic knowledge through research activity
-To support reflective and reflexive activity

Increasingly the PG Diploma is welcoming staff from secondary, primary and other educational settings seeking to develop their practice as professionals and as practitioner researchers.

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The Practitioner Enquiry MEd offers teachers, school leaders and other educators the means to engage in enquiry and research related to their own practices and contexts. Read more
The Practitioner Enquiry MEd offers teachers, school leaders and other educators the means to engage in enquiry and research related to their own practices and contexts. Practitioner enquiry is associated with school improvement, teachers' professional development and educational innovation.

There is a general pathway and a leadership pathway – the latter requires you to focus on modules and a dissertation related to educational leadership and management.

Course participants come from across educational phases (early years to HE) and between educational sectors (schools, museums, colleges and universities, and educational consultancies). This diversity helps to create a dynamic and supportive learning environment in which you learn considerably from each other as well as from the course leaders.

The courses encourage you to take a practical and informed approach to the 'plan, do, review' cycle, and helps you to become more critically reflective to develop approaches rooted in evidence.

You will complete taught modules, to suit your interests and complement your career progression. There are also specific modules designed to support early career and leadership progression. In each module, appropriate professional learning is based on exploring the links between practice, theory and research.

Modules can be taken in any combination and order, allowing you to create a tailor-made course to suit your professional needs and interests.

The modules develop innovative approaches to meeting the demands of your work, whether just starting out in your career or taking significant responsibilities for educational excellence and actively supporting other professionals.

The knowledge and skills you develop through taught material will be consolidated and extended through completion of a dissertation.

Course tutors are active researchers and all teach and supervise across a range of courses. This provides them with a wide knowledge base and a genuine concern for the challenges of educational contexts, both in the UK and abroad.

The close relationship between the teaching and contemporary research activities based at Newcastle University has been identified as evidence of exemplary practice.

The MEd in Practitioner Enquiry is led by Rachel Lofthouse, and the Leadership pathway by Rene Kolgbauer.

The course draws on the expertise developed in the North Leadership Centre and the Research Centre for Learning and Teaching which are based in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences.

Delivery

Most students complete these part time courses over three years, although some enter with PGCE (or other) Masters level credits and can complete more quickly. It is recommended that you complete 60 credits per year.

Modules are selected according to your professional development interests. They are taught in a number of ways to accommodate part-time study. For example some are taught on Saturdays, some during half-term holidays, and some are scheduled for afternoons and evenings.

Teaching is fairly intense, and the learning from the modules extends into practical and reflective engagement with the workplace.

Assessed work requires you to use both reflective and enquiry-based techniques in your own professional context to construct a portfolio.

The final year is the dissertation, which is supported by supervision. It provides an opportunity for you to conduct bespoke research related to your professional and academic interests.

Placements

You are expected to work or volunteer in a professional educational setting. This provides the context for much of your practitioner enquiry.

Pathway

There is a general pathway and a leadership pathway – the latter requires you to focus on modules and a dissertation related to educational leadership and management.

Facilities

You are taught in the King George VI Building. You have access to the Education Resource Centre and associated borrowing rights

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The Educational Research and Innovation course offers teachers, school leaders and other educators ways to investigate existing research evidence. Read more
The Educational Research and Innovation course offers teachers, school leaders and other educators ways to investigate existing research evidence. This course puts educators in the driving seat, encouraging them to their develop their own evidence-based understanding.

You will develop understanding of a range of research approaches and methodologies. This will enable you to make informed judgements about the research of others and to initiate research within your own professional context.

The course is suitable for teachers and other educators - whether you are in the early stages of your career or taking significant responsibilities for educational excellence and actively supporting other professionals.

Your background may be from across educational phases (early years to HE) or between educational sectors (schools, museums, colleges and university and educational consultancies). This diversity helps to create a dynamic and supportive learning environment in which you learn considerably from each other as well as from the course leaders.

The course draws on expertise from the Research Centre for Learning and Teaching, based in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences. Course tutors are active researchers and all teach and supervise across a range of courses. This provides them with a wide knowledge base relating to the challenges of research in educational contexts. The course is led by Pamela Woolner.

Delivery

The course is made up of two modules, taught on four days between October and March. Support sessions (which can be replaced by email) run on three evenings. Teaching is fairly intense, and the learning from the modules extends into practical and reflective engagement with the workplace.

Modules are taught in a number of ways to allow flexibility for part time students. Some are taught on Saturdays, and some are scheduled for afternoons and evenings.

Modules can be combined with other master's level credits (including the PGCE), to complete a full master's with a dissertation.

Placements

You are expected to work or volunteer in a professional educational setting. This provides the context for much of your practitioner enquiry.

You should also be able to engage in research-led professional development of your educational practices and pedagogy.

Facilities

The modules are taught in the King George VI Building. You have access to the Education Resource Centre and associated borrowing rights.

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Why choose this course?. The aim of the MA Contemporary Theatre and Performance course is to produce graduates who possess a systematic understanding and a critical and creative awareness of practice and theory at the forefront of the discipline. Read more

Why choose this course?

The aim of the MA Contemporary Theatre and Performance course is to produce graduates who possess a systematic understanding and a critical and creative awareness of practice and theory at the forefront of the discipline.

During the course, you will critically evaluate the current practice and theories and apply a comprehensive range of techniques to develop your own work. You will develop an understanding of philosophies of performance and consider the ethical implications of performance practice. You will investigate a line of experimental performance practices that inform and define the discipline. You will be given opportunities to apply knowledge in original ways, for instance through a significant individual research project which can include a practical component.

What happens on the course?

The modules you will study include: Advanced Performance Making, Performance: Body, Space and Identity, Advanced Research Methods and Professional Practice.

You will receive support for your learning from: your personal tutor, the subject librarian, the Performing Arts technicians, the Drama department administrator, departmental careers support.

Learning activities in Drama will support your personal development, enable you to apply your learning to a range of different contexts, develop your understanding of how you might manage your future career, support your acquisition of subject-specific and generic skills, and help you to develop an understanding of how to deal with risk and uncertainty.

Why Wolverhampton?

The course provides an opportunity to develop a specialism in contemporary performance, in both practice and theory. The choices open to you within modules will allow you to develop your own creative and academic voice across the course, but will also give you a firm grounding in the breadth of contemporary performance practice. A particular feature of the course is the integrated exploration of theory and practice.

We continue to develop state of the art facilities which will greatly enhance your learning experience.

Our state-of-the-art performing arts and learning centre; The Performance Hub is the home for all of our performance courses. The hub features two bespoke drama studios that are ideal for rehearsals and small performances. The studios feature audio/visual equipment and facilities for hanging lighting for performances.

What our students think

"As a teacher it has given me more knowledge and practice which I have used in my own teaching practice as well as challenging my own perceptions of drama and performance". Lenny Love, Head of Drama and Theatre Studies at Cardinal Griffin Catholic College.

Career path

You could use the MA to develop your career as a teacher or lecturer, or as a youth/community worker. You could use your skills and knowledge as a performer, director, writer, or create your own small-scale touring theatre company. As a practitioner, you will have a deeper understanding of your craft and a qualification recognized by FE and HE establishments.

Those aiming to apply their skills in the heritage industry, probation service and/or personnel development will have acquired strategies and techniques appropriate to such applications. Schoolteachers will be qualified for posts in Further and Higher Education, in addition to gaining a qualification to enhance their prospects in their current institutional base. Freelance artists will have additional skills and techniques to offer in the arena of arts projects in schools, theatre educational outreach work and community arts.

You could continue your academic studies by progressing on to a PhD. You could go on to train to teach, through either a PGCE course or a Graduate Training Scheme, or study a vocational course in, for example, dramatherapy.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course you'll be able to:

1. demonstrate a systematic understanding of the field of drama, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights at the forefront of the academic discipline

2. apply a comprehensive range of techniques relevant to their own research, scholarship and practice

3. apply knowledge in original ways, together with an understanding of how established techniques of research and practice are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline

4. evaluate critically current practice, research and advanced scholarship in drama

5. deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences

6. demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level



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The MSc Mathematics Education focuses in detail on important issues emerging from research into the teaching and learning of Mathematics at all levels, particularly with regards to developing understanding in Mathematis. Read more
The MSc Mathematics Education focuses in detail on important issues emerging from research into the teaching and learning of Mathematics at all levels, particularly with regards to developing understanding in Mathematis. The course builds on existing research taking place here in the Durham University School of Education, conducted by Dr Patrick Barmby.

Facts

Find out more about entry requirements, duration of the course and tuition fees here. (Note: this link will direct you to the University's central course tool. Use the link provided to return to the School of Education homepage.)

How will I be taught?

Teaching on the specialised core modules takes place in three full days, taught at weekends. This allows full-time and part-time, home and international students to meet. The teaching involves a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical activities.

You will be assessed using a variety of methods, including presentations, written assignments and portfolios.

What will I learn?

You will take Research Methods in Education (30 credits) and two other core modules: Developing Understanding in Mathematics and Representations and Reasoning in Mathematics. You will also choose one additional module from across those running in the School of Education. You will also research and write up a 15,000 word dissertation within the field of Mathematics Education. This is a supervised piece of work supported by specialists in the field.

The two core modules are:

-Developing Understanding in Mathematics

The module focuses on the notion of understanding in Mathematics in relation to learning theories and linking these ideas to broader issues such as problem solving, creativity, misconceptions and assessment. The implications of the research literature on these issues are examined in terms of pedagogical practice.

Assignments include a presentation on key issues from the research in a specific area of Mathematics (30%) and a 3,500 word assignment relating the theory of developing understanding to practice in schools with implications for teaching (70%).

-Representations and Reasoning in Mathematics

The module focuses on the use of mathematical representations in the teaching of Mathematics, relating the use of these to learning theories and relating these ideas more broadly to mathematical thinking and reasoning. Key representations that are used in both primary and secondary Mathematics classrooms are examined.

Assignments include a portfolio examining the use of a particular mathematical representation in the classroom (30%) and a 3,500 word assignment relating the theory of the use of mathematical representations to practice in schools with implications for teaching (70%).

The optional modules available for you to choose from are:

21st Century Technology (30 credits)
Arts in Education (30 credits)
Classroom Assessment (30 credits)
Judgement based assessment (30 credits)
Enhancing Teaching and Learning through Productive Thinking (30 credits)
Curriculum Analysis (30 credits)
Standardised Test and Exams (30 credits)
Intercultural and International Education (30 credits)
Intercultural Communication (30 credits)
Improving Computer Education (30 credits)
Management, Leadership and Change (30 credits)
Policy Studies (30 credits)
Psychology of the Learner (30 credits)
Special Educational Needs and Inclusion: Rhetoric or Reality? (30 credits)
Learning and Teaching in Science (30 credits)
Physics as an Additional Subject Specialism (30 credits)
Chemistry as an Additional Subject Specialism (30 credits)

Who will teach me?

Dr Patrick Barmby is a Lecturer in Primary Mathematics at the Durham University School of Education. In the past, he has published on a broad range of areas, including attitudes towards science and teacher recruitment and retention. However, his main areas of research are the notion of understanding in Mathematics, the role of representations in understanding and reasoning in Mathematics and teacher subject knowledge in Mathematics. Along with colleagues, Patrick wrote the textbook for primary teachers, Primary Mathematics: Teaching for Understanding, published in 2009 by Open University Press. This was based on his research work on understanding, reasoning and representations in Mathematics. Patrick and colleagues received research funding from the Nuffield Foundation for the project ‘Visual representations in the primary classroom', which aims to develop primary teachers' use of visual representations particularly for multiplication and fractions.

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