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Our Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) Secondary course provides the formal teaching qualification for provisional registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), preparing you for a career in secondary school teaching. Read more

Our Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) Secondary course provides the formal teaching qualification for provisional registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), preparing you for a career in secondary school teaching.

University-based study focuses on:

  • curriculum
  • methods of teaching and learning
  • assessment
  • theoretical and practical aspects of professional studies in education

Our course is carried out in partnership with schools in which you will spend 18 weeks on placement.

The programme is attuned to all issues and developments influencing Scottish secondary education, including the expectations of the GTCS.

Teaching qualifications are offered in the following areas. Select one or two of the following subjects, depending on qualifications: Art & Design; Biology with Science; Chemistry with Science; English; French; German; Mathematics; Physical Education; Physics with Science; Spanish.

Placement Opportunities

Eighteen weeks are spent on school experience placements in at least two schools; a two week introductory placement followed by five weeks in the same school; then six weeks in a second school and a final five week placement in the second school.

The School of Education

The School of Education at UWS is recognised as one of the most innovative providers of education degrees in the UK. From early years to adult education, students gain rich experience from our innovative courses and graduate with unrivalled career prospects.

Our research informs our teaching courses, influences policy and contributes to wider research networks across the world. Our work into the nature and causes of youth violence, crime and gang culture has had an international impact.

FAQs

We have compilied a set of answers to FAQs relating to PGDE Secondary which you can download now in pdf format.

UWS & Education: 2018 League Tables

  • Education at UWS was ranked 4th in the UK & 1st in Scotland for teaching quality and student experience in the Times Good University Guide 2018*
  • Education at UWS was ranked 4th in the UK & 1st in Scotland for student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide 2018*
  • Education at UWS was ranked 13th in the UK & 1st in Scotland for satisfaction with the course, teaching and assessment & feedback in the Guardian University Guide 2018*

* this ranking was achieved for our undergraduate course in initial teacher training

Course Details

Teaching qualifications are offered in the following areas*. You will select one or two of the following subjects, depending on qualifications:

  • Art & Design
  • Biology with Science
  • Chemistry with Science
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Physics with Science
  • Spanish

Our course currently consists of three compulsory modules, one of which is taught in conjunction with PGDE (Primary) and is offered at both SCQF levels 10 and 11, giving the option of 40 credits of internationally-recognised Master's level study. You will develop an understanding of the curriculum and a range of approaches to teaching, learning and assessment in your chosen subject discipline(s).

You can also undertake an additional 20-credit module at Master's level.

* The University reserves the right to withdraw certain subjects, depending on the quotas set by the Scottish Funding Council.

Teaching & Assessment

Each module incorporates a variety of teaching and learning methods. You will be taught through a combination of

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • workshops

Our Secondary Education course is mainly assessed using a variety of assessment methods including:

  • written assignments
  • coursework
  • practical assessment

Academic Requirements

The degree qualification must contain a minimum of 80 credit points relevant to the teaching qualification that an applicant plans to qualify for in Secondary, with at least 40 of the credit points studied at Level 8 or above (i.e. around two years full-time study in Higher Education).

Applicants are strongly advised to visit the Teaching in Scotland website for full information on what is required to become a teacher in Scotland.

An offer of a place on this programme is made on the basis of your application and successful interview.

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

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The PGDE Primary course provides the formal teaching qualification for provisional registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), giving you the skills, knowledge and experience to build a career as a primary school teacher. Read more

The PGDE Primary course provides the formal teaching qualification for provisional registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), giving you the skills, knowledge and experience to build a career as a primary school teacher.

Eighteen weeks of school experience placements occur in at least two primary schools/education and childcare settings within local authorities in Scotland.

You cover a wide range of subjects that feature in the primary school curriculum including English/Literacy, Health and Wellbeing, and Mathematics/Numeracy.

The programme enables you to develop core skills in planning, teaching, assessment and evaluation strategies, classroom and behaviour management, and contemporary issues in Scottish education. You can also undertake an additional module at Masters level.

Placement Opportunities

Eighteen weeks are spent on school experience placements in at least two schools; a two week introductory placement followed by five weeks in the same school; then six weeks in a second school and a final five week placement in the second school.

The School of Education

The School of Education at UWS is recognised as one of the most innovative providers of education degrees in the UK. From early years to adult education, students gain rich experience from our innovative courses and graduate with unrivalled career prospects.

Our research informs our teaching courses, influences policy and contributes to wider research networks across the world. Our work into the nature and causes of youth violence, crime and gang culture has had an international impact.

UWS & Education: 2018 League Tables

  • Education at UWS was ranked 4th in the UK & 1st in Scotland for teaching quality and student experience in the Times Good University Guide 2018*
  • Education at UWS was ranked 4th in the UK & 1st in Scotland for student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide 2018*
  • Education at UWS was ranked 13th in the UK & 1st in Scotland for satisfaction with the course, teaching and assessment & feedback in the Guardian University Guide 2018*

* this ranking was achieved for our undergraduate course in initial teacher training

Course Details

You will cover a wide range of subjects that feature in the primary school curriculum.

Subjects

The subjects studied include English/Literacy, Health/Wellbeing and Mathematics/Numeracy.

The programme will also cover core skills in planning, teaching, assessment and evaluation strategies, classroom and behaviour management and contemporary issues in Scotland.

You can also undertake an additional module at Masters level.

Career Prospects

You receive the formal teaching qualification necessary for provisional registration with the GTCS, a requirement for entry into the guaranteed one-year Teacher Induction Scheme.

Most UWS graduates remain in mainstream teaching in the UK or abroad. Others work in specialist educational areas including working with children with additional learning support needs, adult training, museums, writing and publishing, health education, curriculum development, and social services.

Academic Requirements

Given the high number of applications, preference is initially given to candidates who currently have an Honours degree and the required qualifications in English and Mathematics. If you are working towards gaining an Honours degree, your application may be considered. If you are currently working towards gaining qualifications in English and Mathematics, you are encouraged to apply from September 2018 for entry in session 2019-20.

Applicants are strongly advised to visit the General Teaching Council for Scotland’s website for full information on what is required to become a teacher in Scotland.



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Social work is now establishing itself as a global profession. Our MSc Social Work course curriculum fully reflects the differences, debates and tensions within global social work concerning the manner in which practice should be conducted and the way in which the profession should develop. Read more

Social work is now establishing itself as a global profession. Our MSc Social Work course curriculum fully reflects the differences, debates and tensions within global social work concerning the manner in which practice should be conducted and the way in which the profession should develop.

Our course offers a challenging and stimulating range of learning opportunities that will equip you with the key attributes necessary to work effectively in a varied, global working environment.

The MSc in Social Work at UWS builds upon a long tradition of providing social work education dating back over 40 years. Social work education at UWS has a reputation second to none for promoting excellence in practice.

This programme is accredited by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).Upon successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma component of the degree, graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the SSSC or other social work regulators throughout the United Kingdom. Students will be encouraged to complete the full Masters when they achieve the professional component of the programme.

Course details

Our MSc in Social Work builds upon a long tradition of providing social work education dating back over 40 years. Social work education at UWS has a reputation second to none for promoting excellence in practice.

Two years of study culminate in a dissertation that will allow students to explore their chosen area of social work practice in considerable depth.

Teaching & Assessment

The modules selected for inclusion in our course have been carefully chosen to reflect the changing requirements of professional social work practice.

In year 1 you will study:

  • Social Work Theory
  • Application in Practice 1
  • Applied Law for Social Work Practice

In year 2 you will undertake:

  • An assessed Practice 2
  • Dissertation

What students say about this course

"The thing I like most about UWS is how dynamic my course is, and how passionate the lecturers are. We constantly have outside speakers in from a huge range of agencies and professions to give us an insight into the job and this has been extremely beneficial to my learning. Each of my placements has been totally different and this has allowed me to observe and participate in different sides to social work and understand the role, task and purpose of social work more clearly. It’s so helpful to put our knowledge and theory into practice and actually use the skills we’ve been learning."

Kiara Mayne, Social Work student



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The Postgraduate Certificate Coaching & Mentoring course is ideal if you have a background in a public, private or voluntary organisation and have responsibility for training and development and/or supporting peers and colleagues as part of your own organisational development policies. Read more

The Postgraduate Certificate Coaching & Mentoring course is ideal if you have a background in a public, private or voluntary organisation and have responsibility for training and development and/or supporting peers and colleagues as part of your own organisational development policies.

Our course will provide you with an opportunity for sustained engagement with the subject; you will embark on a learning journey in a supportive and non-threatening environment.

The programme promotes cross-sector/interagency/inter-professional working and the development of core, transferable skills. It also provides an opportunity for sustained engagement with the subject; to embark on an incremental learning journey in a supportive and non-threatening environment.

You will explore the body of theoretical knowledge required and issues of practical implementation and management of coaching and mentoring in workplace contexts. Depending on your workplace context, this can have an immediate impact on professional practice.

Course Details

Our course promotes cross-sector/interagency/inter-professional working and the development of core, transferable skills appropriate for postgraduate study at SCQF Level 11 (Masters).

While on our course you will study the following three modules:

  • Critical Self-evaluation and Development
  • Situated Professional Learning
  • Contextualising Coaching and Mentoring

Additionally, our course provides an opportunity for sustained engagement with the subject; to embark on an incremental learning journey in a supportive and non-threatening environment.

You will explore the body of theoretical knowledge required and issues of practical implementation and management of coaching and mentoring in workplace contexts. Depending on your workplace context, this could have an immediate impact on professional practice.

Teaching & Assessment

You will taught entirely online through UWS’ virtual learning environment Moodle.

Assessment uses formative and summative assessments, including such instruments as:

  • contributions to online discussion threads
  • reflective statements
  • reports
  • collaborative peer assessment
  • online journals
  • blogs
  • UWS ePortfolio tool Mahara

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

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Our master’s program appeals to those interested in a more patient-centered approach to helping people achieve and maintain optimal wellness through focus on the whole person, rather than simply their symptoms. Read more
Our master’s program appeals to those interested in a more patient-centered approach to helping people achieve and maintain optimal wellness through focus on the whole person, rather than simply their symptoms.

Highlights:

- Accredited program offered in collaboration with the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)
- Rigorous, clinically-applicable curriculum that is continually reviewed and updated with new research and findings
- 100 percent online format with flexible schedule options
- Engaging online learning experience featuring distinguished and dedicated instructors and an expert support network to reinforce clinical and academic skills
- Program satisfies educational requirements to sit for many national nutrition certification exams

Don’t miss your chance to enroll in our spring term!

MISSION

The mission of the UWS master’s in human nutrition and functional medicine (HNFM) program is to prepare learners to serve as outstanding health care clinicians, consultants, educators, administrators and researchers in the field of human nutrition and functional medicine.

PROGRAM

Our clinically-oriented human nutrition and functional medicine program is the only fully accredited master’s degree in functional medicine, having been granted regional accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the highest level of academic accreditation available in the U.S. This program is 100 percent online as offered as a collaborative endeavor between UWS and the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), the organization which founded and developed the key functional medicine concepts used today.

Functional medicine is a science-based, patient-centered and systems-oriented approach to helping people achieve and maintain excellent health. This is accomplished primarily through natural methods, with diet and nutrition as a central focus. It is a forefront model for health care practice that seeks to address the causes of disease and dysfunction rather than suppressing symptoms. Founded on a holistic view of health, functional medicine delves deep into the biochemical and genetic individuality of each patient.

Why choose UWS for a master’s in nutrition?

This program includes advanced instruction in clinical nutrition, similar to other master’s level nutrition programs, but it goes far beyond by also presenting extensive educational content on functional medicine principles and practices derived from the Institute for Functional Medicine. These include important interdisciplinary and evidence-based perspectives, patient assessments and clinical interventions designed to enhance the function of the whole person.

It is primarily a clinically focused degree, with emphasis on treating individual or multiple conditions and their risk factors using dietary and nutritional interventions. Every course contains elements of clinical assessment and diagnosis. There is also a strong focus on wellness promotion and general health in order to meet the clinician’s primary goal of preventing disease and metabolic dysfunction before they occur.

SCHEDULE

The program consists of 50 quarter-credits of graduate coursework (33 semester credits) and can be completed in seven quarters (under two years) if taken at the recommended pace of 7-8 credits (usually two courses) per quarter, though students may move more quickly or more slowly through the program. We recognize that the life situations of our students vary considerably in terms of their family, employment and community commitments, thus we are flexible with regard to speed and prefer that students take the time they need in order to learn the material well.

Additionally, it is possible to take a leave of absence for a quarter or more if needed. As long as the intended schedule is communicated with the registrar, it is possible to extend the program to better suit a student’s individual needs.

Classes are admitted twice per year, with Fall (October) and Spring (April) starts.

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The UWS Masters course in Inclusive Education is a part-time qualification and is ideal if you are a teacher or a professional teaching and/or supporting learning in a mainstream school or other inclusive educational setting. Read more

The UWS Masters course in Inclusive Education is a part-time qualification and is ideal if you are a teacher or a professional teaching and/or supporting learning in a mainstream school or other inclusive educational setting.

With increasing diversity in society being reflected in the classroom, where children and young people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse abilities and needs learn together, we believe that it is becoming progressively more important that teachers and other professionals working in mainstream schools or other inclusive educational settings develop appropriate responses to diversity.

Through our Masters' course, we will support you as you strive to make all learners feel included, and to provide for them learning experiences that are relevant and accessible.

Course Details

Completing five of the following modules, plus a module in educational research and the dissertation will give you the award of MEd Inclusive Education.

Course modules you will study are:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Dyslexia · Inclusion and Equality
  • Inclusive Enquiry · Inclusive Leadership
  • Inclusive Practice
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs

Throughout our course, you are given opportunities to use the principles of practitioner enquiry, such as the need to engage in professional dialogue about, systematic reflection on, and evidence-based enhancement of practice to explore the themes of each module in their professional context.

Teaching & Assessment

Our teaching and learning strategy is designed to help you achieve the learning outcomes associated with each module, while the assessment strategy provides you with a structured opportunity to demonstrate that you have actually achieved them and to gain formal recognition for this achievement. All modules are assessed summatively through reflective essays exploring key themes associated with each module. Formative assessment opportunities are built into each module.

Career Prospects

Jobs

Our Inclusive Education course will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that make you well suited to pursue positions of responsibility in the areas of inclusion and support for learning.

Professional and personal development abilities are greatly enhanced, and you will be perfectly poised to undertake positions of leadership as well as seeking new opportunities in this exciting field.

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

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Our MA Broadcast Journalism course will equip you with the necessary skills, knowledge, understanding and other attributes expected of professional broadcast journalists at the start of their careers. Read more

Our MA Broadcast Journalism course will equip you with the necessary skills, knowledge, understanding and other attributes expected of professional broadcast journalists at the start of their careers.

You will engage critically with, and make informed judgments on current professional practices and ethical issues. In addition you will be expected to apply specialised techniques. At Masters' level, you will plan and carry out a significant project of original research, culminating in a documentary or broadcast portfolio.

Areas of focus will include:

  • News Journalism – students compile and broadcast radio bulletins. Newswriting, interviewing, editing, and online content are taught. Professional voice coaching is also an important element of the module.
  • Journalism Law and Regulation – the main legal and regulatory issues that confront working journalists are taught and analysed.
  • Television Journalism – students make television packages, conduct live two-ways, write out of vision scripts, and present live television news bulletins.

Our course is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).

Course Details

To flourish in the digitally-enabled field of contemporary journalism our course will equip you with the following essential skills: 

  • Technical 
  • Practical 
  • Critical thinking

Modules

As a student on the MA Broadcast Journalism course, you will take three modules: 

  • Journalism Law and Regulation
  • News Journalism 
  • Collaborative Project

These modules will hone your journalistic practice.

Your creative and collaborative skills will be developed by producing infographics, working with short form video, and broadcasting 'live' on social platforms, as well as undertaking a work placement.

In addition, you will undertake three pathway-specific modules:

Broadcast: 

  • Television Journalism 
  • News Journalism 
  • Journalism & Public Affairs

Sport: 

  • Sports Reporting 
  • Sport & Society 
  • Television or News Journalism

Mobile & Social Media: 

  • Digital Journalism Practice 
  • Social Media & Society
  • Television or News Journalism

All students them complete the MA by undertaking a significant research practice project.

Career Prospects

The course has an outstanding employment record. Recent graduates have found work at the BBC and STV, a host of commercial radio stations such as Radio Clyde and Heart, busy media offices, and a range of high-quality journalism employers. 

"It's clear that without the training and experience gained by studying at UWS I wouldn't be where I am in my career. From practice 'news days', to learning media law, all of the knowledge gained during my Postgrad is put to daily use. The teaching provided is second to none, with regular visits from industry professionals. Employers are regularly impressed with the quality of graduates from UWS. One just needs to look around my newsroom to see the large number of people who studied the course; proof that it's a well-respected and clear route into the profession."

Alan Jenkins, Broadcast Journalist, STV



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- 100 percent online format with flexible schedule options. - Engaging online learning experience featuring distinguished and dedicated instructors and an expert support network to reinforce clinical and academic skills. Read more

Program Highlights

- 100 percent online format with flexible schedule options
- Engaging online learning experience featuring distinguished and dedicated instructors and an expert support network to reinforce clinical and academic skills
- Classes are admitted twice per year, with Fall (October) and Spring (April) starts.

What is Exercise and Sport Science?


Sport and Exercise science is the study of human movement and how the body acutely responds and chronically adapts to physical activity, exercise and sports activities. Study includes a broad range of movement related courses such as exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor learning and movement psychology. 



Why study Exercise and Sport Science at UWS?


If you are interested in health and human performance ranging from the role activity plays in the prevention of chronic disease to the role various types of sport specific training can play in enhancing athletic performance, this degree is for you. Our ESS program offers a more holistic perspective when thinking about chronic disease prevention and health and human performance.



What is the concentration in Health and Wellness Promotion?


This concentration provides a strong foundation in the study of human movement and the roles physical activity and exercise plays in human health. This concentration also focuses on better understanding how to work within any community to promote overall health and well-being by promoting lifestyle change. 



What is the concentration in Nutrition?


This concentration provides a strong foundation in the study of human movement as an integral component of health and also includes an introduction to the role nutrition can also play on overall health and well-being. 



What can I do with a degree in ESS?


Health and Wellness Director
Fitness Director
Corporate Fitness or Wellness Director
Exercise Physiologist
Personal Trainer
Health Coach
Lifestyle Coach
Wellness Coach
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Exercise Specialists


https://www.uws.edu/ess-fau/

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The Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice is a professional qualification for those who have a teaching role within a university or higher education context. Read more

The Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice is a professional qualification for those who have a teaching role within a university or higher education context.

It is a flexible, modular open-learning programme. Most of the modules are available in either: Blended Learning or Fully Online Learning modes of delivery. The PgCert consists of three 20-credit masters-level modules. 

The PgCert is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Participants, who meet the requirements, can apply for Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in line with UK Professional Standards Framework: Descriptor 2. Those successfully completing Module 1 can apply for Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), aligned to UK Professional Standards Framework: Descriptor 1.

Graduates in the fields of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting may qualify to apply for a recordable teaching qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) providing they have met NMC requirements in terms of assessed teaching activity in both academic and practice settings, with students on NMC approved programmes.

Course Details

The PgCert comprises three 20 credit, Masters-level modules. Modules are completed in sequence i.e. participants undertake one module per trimester.

There are two pathways for progression through the PgCert. The two pathways commence by your selection of foundation module:

  • Module 1A: Approaches to effective learning and teaching
  • Module 1B: Teaching in Contemporary Practice (For NMC Practice Teachers only)

Regardless of the pathway you select, you will be required to complete the following core module:

  • Module 2: Assessment for Learning

You will finally select a final optional module (subject to availability, viable numbers and requirement to achieve a recordable teaching qualification with the NMC):

  • Module 3A: Interdisciplinary Approaches in Curriculum Design
  • Module 3B: Academic Research in Practice
  • Module 3C: Leadership Matters in Higher Education
  • Module 3D: Internationalisation: issues and approaches
  • Module 3E: Contemporary Issues in HE: Global and Local

Some modules are available as blended with face-to-face learning at Paisley Campus, fully online. All modules require engagement in asynchronous discussion forum and requires around 200 notional hours of study, regardless of the delivery mode.

Foundation Modules

  • FOUNDATION MODULE 1A: APPROACHES TO EFFECTIVE LEARNING AND TEACHING
  • FOUNDATION MODULE 1B: TEACHING FOR CONTEMPORARY PRACTICE

Core Module

  • MODULE 2: ASSESSMENT FOR LEARNING

Optional Modules

  • MODULE 3A: INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACHES IN CURRICULUM DESIGN
  • MODULE 3B: ACADEMIC RESEARCH IN PRACTICE
  • MODULE 3C: LEADERSHIP MATTERS IN HIGHER EDUCATION
  • MODULE 3D: INTERNATIONALISATION - ISSUES AND APPROACHES
  • MODULE 3E: CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN HE - GLOBAL AND LOCAL

Professional Recognition with the NMC

To be eligible for a recordable teaching qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), participants must:

  • hold a registered qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the field of practice that you will support student learning e.g. adult, mental health, midwifery, health visiting
  • undertake teaching activity to include experience in both academic and practice settings, at least equivalent to a minimum of 12 weeks (or 360 hours), with students studying an NMC approved programme.

NB: All nurses and midwives seeking a recordable teaching qualification with the NMC must complete Modules 1A or 1B, 2 and 3A.

Note for UWS Doctoral Students

If you are a Doctoral student at UWS who also has teaching responsibilities, you may be eligible to undertake the first module of the PgCert in Academic Practice. Upon completion of Module 1A or 1B, you will then be able to apply to become an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. You should ensure that your Head of School is prepared to fund you to undertake Module 1A or 1B.

As a Doctoral student, you must have sufficient teaching responsibilities to meet the programme’s admissions criteria. This means that you must have a minimum of 33 hours of teaching (at least half of which must be spent in direct teaching contact time) during the trimester in which you undertake Module 1. You will be required to provide written confirmation from your Head of School (or other line manager) that you meet these criteria.

If you do not have sufficient teaching responsibilities to undertake Module 1A or 1B, you can complete the Introduction to Teaching and Learning in HE course which is offered as part of the University’s training programme specifically for doctoral students. Please contact us for more information.

Assessment

Each module is assessed through both formative and summative assessments. These include written assignments, teaching observation and the development of a reflective teaching portfolio. 



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The MEd Early Years is primarily aimed at professionals working in the Early Learning and Childcare sector in its widest definition (school and Early Learning and Childcare settings, health and social work), who are addressing these agendas and supporting their own development and of and others. Read more

The MEd Early Years is primarily aimed at professionals working in the Early Learning and Childcare sector in its widest definition (school and Early Learning and Childcare settings, health and social work), who are addressing these agendas and supporting their own development and of and others.

The current national and international priorities focus on tackling inequality through raising attainment and reducing poverty. Current policy frameworks are underpinned by UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) and tackle inequality through working sensitively supporting and involving families, early years intervention and improvement, literacy and pedagogy and practice.

Course Details

There is no requirement to attend ‘face-to-face’ sessions on this innovative course as it is offered by distance learning, using the UWS virtual learning environment. However, face-to-face delivery may also be an option for some cohorts. Materials are supplied online and the system allows access to both electronic journals and e-books. Participants are required to contribute to online discussion threads on themes relevant to the modules. The approach taken to the learning and assessment is that of reflection on and in practice thus making the theory and practice links necessary to enhance future practice.

There are three stages to the programme.

Year 1

The Postgraduate Certificate stage consists of three 20-credit SCQF Level 11/ Masters level modules, and can be taken as a discrete programme. All new students start with the compulsory

Participation and Children’s Rights module and then select 2 from:

  • Supporting Professional Development
  • Early Years Pedagogy
  • Early Intervention: Policy and Practice
  • Supporting and Developing Literacy

Or 20 credits of their own choice from the The School of Education CPD portfolio.

Year 2

The Postgraduate Diploma also consists of three 20-credit SCQF Level 11/ Masters level modules and can be taken as a discrete programme. The mandatory module is Research Methods in Education and then students select 2 from:

  • Supporting Professional Development
  • Early Years Pedagogy
  • Early Intervention: Policy and Practice
  • Supporting and Developing Literacy

Or 20 credits of their own choice from the School of Education CPD portfolio.

Year 3

Upon successful completion of the diploma phase interested applicants can continue with the Masters phase which comprises a dissertation in consultation with the course Leader.

Teaching & Assessment

Our course is taught largely online through the Moodle Virtual Learning Environment. Within Moodle, you will make use of e-learning methods such as:

  • remotely accessing readings
  • research journals
  • discussion boards
  • online and asynchronous communication with tutors and fellow students.

You will be assessed using a combination of the methods below:

  • essays
  • assignments
  • individual presentations
  • group presentations
  • online discussion threads

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

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Learn a Language (optional)

This course also gives you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.



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Our MSc Mobile Web Development course is designed to meet the demands of the increasing use of mobile devices, which are being coupled with cloud computing to provide applications and services to users and enterprises. Read more

Our MSc Mobile Web Development course is designed to meet the demands of the increasing use of mobile devices, which are being coupled with cloud computing to provide applications and services to users and enterprises.

You will develop your design and development skills and position yourself to target employment opportunities in software development for the mobile web.

Many of the learning outcomes are practical and a large proportion of class time is spent in computing laboratories engaging with the appropriate tools and acquiring practical knowledge. Theoretical knowledge is provided through lectures, tutorials, seminars and individual study.

Active learning is promoted through practical assignments. Certain classes and assignments involve problem-solving through analysis, evaluation and the synthesis of a solution reflecting the practical emphasis of the programme.

Course Details

A number of prominent technology experts, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, have been proclaiming the focus of software innovation has nearly completely shifted from an emphasis on developing tools for use on full-size personal computers to developing for mobile devices.

MSc Mobile Web Development is a technical course covering web and mobile development and addresses the issue highlighted above. Its content will develop as technologies evolve and change, which is the nature of a specialist computing course.

Core modules you will study include:

  • Web Development
  • Ethics for the IT Professional
  • Dynamic Web Applications
  • Security for the Mobile Web
  • Research Design and Methods
  • Interactive Design for Smart Devices
  • Mobile Networks and Smartphone Applications
  • Mobile Business Technology and Design

Teaching & Assessment

Many of the learning outcomes are practical and a large proportion of class time is spent in computing laboratories engaging with the appropriate tools and acquiring practical knowledge. Theoretical knowledge is provided through:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars
  • Individual study

 Active learning is promoted through practical assignments.

Certain classes and assignments involve problem-solving through analysis, evaluation and the synthesis of a solution reflecting the practical emphasis of the course.

Your knowledge and understanding is assessed through class tests and also by the structure it gives to practical work assignments and by reflective practice exercises.

Career Prospects

Jobs

You are poised for employment opportunities in software development for the mobile web. In addition, you will also be able to undertake employment as a mobile and web application developer.

Further Study

Gaining a MSc Mobile Web Development degree will be equip you to undertake a PhD by research in the subject area.

Implementing Europe's 5G Mobile Network

Remote surgery, driverless cars and smooth mobile HD streaming could all become a reality thanks to pioneering research taking place at UWS.

UWS computing researchers Jose Alcaraz-Calero and Qi Wang are the technical leads on the SELFNET project, which is developing a ‘self-healing’ mobile network. The new network is 1,000 times faster than 4G, delivering dramatic improvements to quality of user experience, reliability and security – and unlocking a wealth of new online opportunities.

”SELFNET will allow 5G networks to make possible things that would have been considered science fiction just a few years ago.” Dr. Alcaraz-Calero

As part of this course, you will hear from PhD students who are working on the 5G mobile project, and the course content will be updated to reflect the findings of this work.



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Offering practical experience this course offers a strong global perspective to your studies while equipping you with expertise in project management, enabling you to manage global projects and programmes. Read more

Offering practical experience this course offers a strong global perspective to your studies while equipping you with expertise in project management, enabling you to manage global projects and programmes.

This dual award is based on the Postgraduate Diploma Project Management at UWS but with an additional eight months spent in France. At the end of the course you will receive two Masters: MSc Project Management (International) from UWS; and MSc ISMP (Ingénierie des Systèmes et Management de Projet) from University of Angers. Classes in France are taught in French but you can sit exams and assignments in English.

100% of graduates in work or further study six months after graduating - HESA performance indicator 2015/16

Course Details

Our course is taught in English and French and structured around a number of core taught modules.

You can expect to study:

MSc Project Management (International) Postgraduate Diploma 

  • Change Management and Leadership 
  • Case Studies in Project Management

Plus two from

  • Advances in Project Management (10 point module) 
  • Financial Resources (10 point module) 
  • Research Design and Methods (10 point module)

MSc ISMP You will also study: 

  • Formation Générale 
  • Management de projet 
  • Qualité Logiciel

Upon completion of our course, you will have developed an independent approach to investigating and presenting findings on a practical problem. All in all you will have the necessary skills and confidence to manage projects with independent judgement and critical awareness.

Teaching & Assessment

A wide range of teaching and learning approaches are used to facilitate and enhance learning within our Project Management (International) course. Depending on whether teaching is face-to-face or online, examples include: 

  • Lectures 
  • Tutorials 
  • Computer laboratories
  • Seminars 
  • Team work
  • Case studies

You will be assessed in a variety of different ways. The below list provides a guide to the types of assessment methods you can expect: 

  • Written examinations 
  • Oral presentation 
  • Written reports 
  • Coursework 
  • Academic posters


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Our Quality Management (International) course offers practical experience and will broaden your horizons giving your studies a global outlook while enhancing your understanding of modern developments within quality. Read more

Our Quality Management (International) course offers practical experience and will broaden your horizons giving your studies a global outlook while enhancing your understanding of modern developments within quality.

Close links with commerce and industry ensure our course reflects the latest in quality thinking and techniques, and our laboratories have industry-standard equipment.

This dual award course is the same as the MSc Quality Management but with additional study at the University of Angers in France. Funding options are available for the period of study in France.

At the end of the course you will receive two Masters; MSc Quality Management (International) from UWS, and MSc ISMP (Ingénierie des Systèmes et Management de Project) from University of Angers. Classes in France are taught in French but you can sit exams and assignments in English.

100% of graduates in work or further study six months after graduating - HESA performance indicator 2015/16

Course Details

Our dual award course is the same as the MSc Quality Management but with additional study at the University of Angers in France. At the end of our course you will receive two Masters; MSc Quality Management (International) from UWS, and MSc ISMP (Ingénierie des Systèmes et Management de Project) from University of Angers. Classes in France are taught in French but you can sit exams and assignments in English.

You can expect to study the modules below:

  • MSc Quality Management (International) Postgraduate Diploma 
  • Operations and Project Management 
  • Interpersonal Skills and Change Management (10 point module) 

Research Design and Methods (10 point module) plus one from: 

  • Service Quality or 
  • Reliability and Experimental Design for Industry

MSc ISMP You will also study: 

  • Formation Générale
  • Management de projet 
  • Qualité Logiciel

Upon successful completion of the taught modules listed above you will undertake the MSc research project, which can be carried out within industry in Scotland or France.

Teaching & Assessment

Teaching on our Quality Management (International) course will consist of a combination of:

  • Formal and online teaching sessions 
  • Industrial seminars 
  • Tutor-led taught 
  • Online tutorials 
  • Group participation sessions

Self-directed learning, problem based learning, case studies and seminars will form part of this approach.

You will be assessed through a mixture of: 

  • Written exam papers 
  • Challenging and stimulating coursework 
  • Laboratory exercises (available online) 
  • Student involvement in the industrially related integrative project


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Designed for health, social care and third sector professionals working with people in their later life years, this programme can also be studied online, offering flexibility for students in employment or a caring role. Read more
Designed for health, social care and third sector professionals working with people in their later life years, this programme can also be studied online, offering flexibility for students in employment or a caring role.

About the programme

UWS will provide graduates from various disciplines with a rigorous education in the many complex health and social care issues affecting older people. It will equip professionals with an in-depth knowledge and the critical perspective necessary to plan, practice in partnership, manage and lead high-quality services and interventions for older people and people with dementia. The programme’s integrated perspective helps to challenge the sector’s next generation of leaders to make connections between the biopsychosocial aspects of later life, caring sciences, implementation sciences, service management and economics.

Campus: Online or blended learning with some attendance required at Lanarkshire Campus

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Students who have already gained credit at Level 11 may transfer this in certain circumstances; this will be considered on an individual basis.
Prior learning and prior experiential learning may also be considered for entry on an individual basis.

Your learning

The course has three parts:

- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits):
Includes an overview and introduction to the key aspects of later life, including physical, psychological, social, political, and relationship issues. Core modules are Understanding Later Life, Research in Health and Social Care, and Frailty in Later Life. You will be introduced to research at this stage.

- Postgraduate Diploma (60 credits):
The core Independent Study module is the foundation for the Masters dissertation year. Option modules currently available are Dementia Care Principles, Delivering Compassionate Care and Complexities of Pain.

- MSc (180 credits):
You will complete a supervised dissertation (worth 60 credits) in a subject relevant to adults in later life

Our Careers Adviser says

This programme will prepare experienced professionals to embrace the challenges of autonomous practice, decision-making and leadership necessary for this important sector. It is recognised that advanced and specialised knowledge is needed to support the increasingly blended and integrated roles that professionals will adopt in supporting older people.

Current students include occupational therapists, integrated discharge facilitators, care home and assistant care home managers and charge nurses.

State-of-the-art facilities

Our campuses are equipped with artificial simulated environments with contemporary healthcare technology, where you’ll learn in a realistic context, to put your knowledge into practice. The unpredictability of patient symptoms are mimicked using sophisticated software in a clinical ward setting, ranging from low to high dependency beds.

Investment in the Domus Initiative – an older adult artificial home environment – provides you with experience in caring for older people and dementia care. In a first for the Scottish university sector, we have established A Community Orientated Resource for Nursing (ACORN) where students can practice within a simulated primary care environment.

Lanarkshire and Paisley campuses also provide midwifery students with excellent learning and teaching environments with facilities and equipment that includes a birthing room with maternal simulator and a birthing pool for simulated water births.

Life-changing research

We work jointly with a range of partners, both nationally and internationally, on our research interests, and this directly informs teaching at UWS – which means that you’ll learn from the experts.

Our programmes are informed by practice and all of our academic staff are members of the School’s Institute of Healthcare Policy and
Practice. Some of our most recent initiatives include –

• the launch of a new resource, ‘Jenny’s Diary’, which will provide an invaluable tool for families and practitioners to help people with a learning disability understand their diagnosis of dementia

• the development of a new ‘Philosophy of Care’ in partnership with Broomfield Court Care Home in Glasgow, which will look at ways of enhancing the culture and care within a care setting

• we have collaborated with Ayrshire Hospice to launch the first University Hospice in Scotland to help improve the lives of people with life-limiting illness, their families, partners and carers across Ayrshire & Arran; and Ardgowan Hospice in Greenock, with it becoming a University Teaching Hospice and launching a two-year research project with the University aimed at revolutionising the way palliative
care is delivered to improve the patient journey

• the launch of Dumfries & Galloway Recovery College – the first of its kind in Scotland – which offers short courses designed to enhance self-belief, identify ambitions and encourage learning

• in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Edinburgh, the mental health team lead research into the relationship between emotional intelligence and clinical and academic performance in student nurses

• we are working with the Glasgow Improving Cancer Journey Programme to evaluate this groundbreaking intervention in cancer care in Scotland

• we have launched a new state-of-the-art microbiology lab which will form a research base in the fight against Healthcare Associated Infection

• a collaboration with a number of European partners to develop shared academic and practicebased programmes to prepare family health nurses in Europe

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Our specialist MSc Information and Network Security course teaches security aspects of information and networks to combat 21st century cyber threats. Read more

Our specialist MSc Information and Network Security course teaches security aspects of information and networks to combat 21st century cyber threats.

You will develop practical and hands-on skills, underpinned by theoretical knowledge of the analysis, design and development of solutions for modern day technologies of the internet.

The course content of this programme is divided into four categories of Knowledge and Hands-on Skills, Supporting Knowledge and Competences, New Research Developments, and Application of Knowledge and Skills.

In each of these categories students will gain state-of-the-art knowledge, practical experience and continuous professional development supporting their career and make notable contribution in the growing area of cybersecurity or generally in ICT.

Course Details

Our MSc Information and Network Security course is research-informed. It will build upon your computing and networking expertise which focuses on the understanding and development of information and network security solutions that meet the increasing business requirements of businesses today.

Our course content is carefully divided into four categories of:

  • Knowledge and Hands-on Skills
  • Supporting Knowledge and Competences
  • New Research Developments
  • Application of Knowledge and Skills

In each of these categories you will gain state-of-the-art knowledge, practical experience and continuous professional development supporting your career and make notable contribution in the growing area of cybersecurity or generally in ICT. 

Modules will focus on theoretical knowledge and practical skill development of:

  • Cyberattacks
  • Cyber defence
  • Data and network security
  • Virtual Network & Cloud Computing

Teaching & Assessment

The teaching and learning activities will support your comprehensive understanding of topics and their practical working through hands-on experience.

Our assessment methodology is influenced by the learning outcomes to be tested and employs a range of methods including:

  • essays
  • reports
  • strategic planning proposals
  • critical incident analysis
  • projects
  • research proposal
  • dissertation

Career Prospects

Jobs

With hands-on experience on state-of-the-art in network and information security methodologies, tools and techniques, you will graduate equipped for the job market within UK/EU and internationally.

Further Study

Completion of our MSc will greatly enhance your potential to progress to a PhD in relevant areas of future networking technologies and services.

Implementing Europe's 5G Mobile Network

Remote surgery, driverless cars and smooth mobile HD streaming could all become a reality thanks to pioneering research taking place at UWS.

UWS computing researchers Jose Alcaraz-Calero and Qi Wang are the technical leads on the SELFNET project, which is developing a ‘self-healing’ mobile network. The new network is 1,000 times faster than 4G, delivering dramatic improvements to quality of user experience, reliability and security – and unlocking a wealth of new online opportunities.

”SELFNET will allow 5G networks to make possible things that would have been considered science fiction just a few years ago.” Dr. Alcaraz-Calero

As part of this course, you will hear from PhD students who are working on the 5G mobile project, and the course content will be updated to reflect the findings of this work.



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