Suitable for either primary or secondary school teachers, for those with QTS or working towards it, this course is designed to enhance your understanding of education and teaching through master's-level study.
The course is taught through a mixture of face-to-face sessions at the London Road campus with online tutorial support. The sessions will take place over three days in the autumn half term, two days in the spring half term and a tutorial at the end of the Easter holiday.
You will complete two assignments. One will address a whole-school issue (such as behaviour or inclusion). The other will involve an action research project designed to develop an aspect of your work in the classroom.
Students undertaking the Primary Postgraduate Certificate in Education must take:
Students undertaking the Secondary Postgraduate Certificate in Education must take:
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
In addition to the many masters' and PhD graduates, each year we have over 500 students become newly qualified teachers (NQTs). Our excellent links with local schools ensure that our employment rates are consistently high, with well over 90 per cent of our NQTs finding a teaching job last year.
With pay scales to match other industries, job security, an excellent pension and better work-life balance, teaching is becoming one of the most sought-after professions of today. Our masters' and professional courses have allowed many teachers to gain promotion within their institutions. A number of students also continue their studies onto EdD/PhD courses to develop a career in educational research.
This dynamic and exciting programme offers a fantastic opportunity to enhance your critical thinking an analytical skills whilst developing an enquiring, reflective and innovative approach to contemporary educational and professional practice.
It is suitable for a wide range of individuals from health and social care settings who wish to gain qualified teacher status.
The programme will enable you to pass on to your students the values required in modern healthcare, and within the NHS Constitution, including: compassion, kindness, empathy, advocacy, good communication and teamwork skills, and respect for patients’ privacy, dignity and individuality.
All students are initially registered for five years. The programme is part-time. On successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate Education for Professional Practice programme NMC registered practitioners may apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Council for recognition of their Qualified Teacher Status and be recorded on their Registration record.
The programme is in line with the NMC Standards for Learning and Teaching in Practice (2008).
Example module listing
This pathway is open to individuals from health care environments who wish to extend their knowledge, skills and develop their understanding through critical thinking and analysis.
For nurses and midwives, this forms part of the NMC standards for Supporting Learning and Assessing in Practice (Stage 4 - Teacher).
On completion of the three core modules, plus the requisite 360 teaching hours, the nurse or midwife can record this study as meeting the standards for the qualified teacher and therefore register the qualification with the NMC.
The ethos of the programme is based on an individual’s developmental learning journey and, as such, commences at the initial applicant enquiry.
It is at this stage that an informal discussion will take place possibly with the administrator, module leader and/or the Director of Studies (DOS) to offer information regarding the modules/programmes whether it is Mentorship, Practice Teacher or Qualified Teacher.
Through this enquiry, a general discussion takes place that will assist the individual to make an informed decision as to the right journey of learning based on their learning needs, taking into account previous study and the requirements for their professional role in learning and teaching.
A nurse or midwife could apply for AP(E)L for up to 100 per cent against the Mentorship programme and the Practice Teacher qualification if appropriate study has been successfully completed.
This process takes place rarely but the mechanism is still in place. Each application for AP(E)L is considered on an individual basis by the AP(E)L committee using the University’s standard AP(E)L procedures.
The Mentorship module can be accessed by a variety of health care professionals who have a responsibility to support learning in practice and forms part of the NMC standards for Supporting Learning and Assessment in Practice (Mentor).
A nurse or midwife wishing to undertake this module will be required to have one year’s post-qualification experience prior to attending. In preparation for this module, you would be encouraged to engage in the Associate Mentor preparation provision, which will be offered within NHS Trusts, led by Trust personnel with educational responsibilities.
The Mentorship module is a generic module (offered at FHEQ Level 6 and FHEQ Level 7) and forms part of the NMC standards to support learning and assessment in practice (stage 2 – Mentor).
It assists participants to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills through exploration, enquiry and reflexivity, aiming to develop and enhance effective assessment and facilitation skills.
Students will have an opportunity to explore learning and teaching strategies relevant to practice; assessment and evaluation in the context of giving feedback, measuring achievements, competence and quality.
The exciting challenge is to contextualise these areas for each student to ensure that the learning experience is meaningful.
Those who show an aptitude for learning, teaching and supporting learners or a keen interest in this area will be actively encouraged to progress on to further study.
The Practice Teacher NMC qualification can be accessed by individuals on the NMC register. This pathway includes Supporting Education in Practice, and the Practice Module for the Practice Teacher.
Both modules are offered at FHEQ level 7. Pre-requisite study for this qualification is Mentorship FHEQ Level 6 or FHEQ Level 7.
This qualification forms part of the NMC standards for Supporting Learning and Assessment in Practice (Stage 3 – Practice Teacher), which offers preparation for Primary Care nurses who are supporting learners undertaking Specialist Community Public Health nursing qualifications and Specialist Practice qualifications.
Throughout the Practice Teacher programme, Practice Teacher students are supported by a qualified Practice Teacher to assist in developing skills associated with supporting specialist practice students.
Undertaking the Supporting Education in Practice module gives the opportunity for the student Practice Teachers to consider and critically evaluate links between theory and practice, and to explore strategies relevant for the facilitation and support of learning within the workplace.
The Practice Module for the Practice Teacher is an effective strategy to test and extend your skills in supporting specialist practice students throughout their specialist practice programme.
Opportunities are given to actively be involved in formative and summative assessments whilst being supported by a qualified Practice Teacher.
On successful completion of the Supporting Education in Practice module and the Practice Module for the Practice Teacher, the nurse can record this study as meeting the NMC standards for the Practice Teacher Qualification and be annotated on the local register of Practice Teachers which is held and maintained within their Trust.
Education Leads within the Trusts are sent information as to who has been successful in achieving this qualification.
Once the Practice Teacher qualification has been completed individuals are actively encouraged to continue with their postgraduate studies by undertaking the remaining modules associated with the Postgraduate Certificate.
This Masters degree has been developed to address the needs of teachers and other professionals working in educational practices and contexts. If you are a practitioner in a setting such as a school, college, youth and community centre, voluntary service, or health and social care setting, this programme will enable you to enhance your professional learning and practice. You will develop skills in critical reflective practice, critical thinking and leadership. You will also investigate and critique contemporary policy, analyse the nature and status of evidence in educational settings, and explore and experience mutual ways of working. The course contains a mixture of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to develop a strong academic underpinning to your work, while also tailoring your studies to focus on areas of professional and/or personal interest.
In Year 1 you will focus on the nature of critically reflective practice and study two additional modules from a selection of options. You may wish to investigate education and social policy, participate in Action Learning Sets with your peers, engage with inclusive education and social justice, explore an aspect of professional practice through self-directed study, develop professional leadership skills, or immerse yourself in contemporary issues in evidence-informed practice.
In Year 2 you will study two further elective modules from the range of options, as well as develop your knowledge of research methods and methodologies in a dedicated project design module from which you will prepare a research proposal. This will form the foundation for a 15,000 word dissertation in Year 3.
The course is delivered through blended learning. Each module typically includes two or three face-to-face sessions at St James’ in central Manchester alongside online learning.
Assessment is through coursework focusing on a range of professional learning activities and projects. Opportunities for formative feedback will be scheduled throughout each module.
This programme is delivered by a team of research-active academic staff who have a range of areas of expertise. These include social justice, educational policy and practice, reflective practice, practice development, and research methods and methodologies.
On successful completion of this programme, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills required to make a significant and positive contribution to a range of practice development and enhancement initiatives. You will therefore be well placed to apply for more senior positions both within your current setting and at other providers.