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Goldsmiths, University of London, Full Time Masters Degrees in Education

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This MA is designed for anyone working in education or a related field. It aims to enhance your understanding of educational theory and practice by focusing upon issues of culture, language and identity, and it is taught by internationally-renowned experts. Read more

This MA is designed for anyone working in education or a related field. It aims to enhance your understanding of educational theory and practice by focusing upon issues of culture, language and identity, and it is taught by internationally-renowned experts.

The programme aims to develop an inclusive and inter-cultural approach to teaching and learning across a wide range of educational styles, by interrogating current educational policies, curriculum frameworks, teaching practices and theoretical perspectives.

Its modular structure allows for specialisation in the areas of equity and social justice, curriculum policy and practice, language and culture in education, and the arts in education.

Modules & structure

Overview

You'll develop new perspectives on education through a process of reasoned critical reflection, and you will be encouraged to apply your developing understanding of educational practices and issues in your own institution and elsewhere.

You have to complete 180 credits, made up from:

  • a compulsory core module, Culture, Language and Identity in Education (30 credits)
  • option modules (30 credits each)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

If you already have M level credits from your PGCE courses or elsewhere you can apply to have one or both of these included in your MA accreditation. In this case only a further 120 credits are needed.

If you are a former Goldsmiths student you should also be aware that you are eligible for a 30% discount on each module.

All sessions run in the evenings to accommodate professional teachers and educators with substantial existing commitments and workloads.

You may be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate if you exit after completing two modules (one third of the programme) or a Postgraduate Diploma if you complete four modules (two thirds of the programme).

Option modules

You'll select options from a list that currently includes:

Assessment

 Assessment is normally via a 5000 word essay.

The dissertation is a 15000 word assignment on a subject of your choice. 

Download the programme specification. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Skills & careers

The programme will enable you to develop:

  • enhanced understanding and critical awareness of educational theory and practice
  • critical reflection skills
  • research skills

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.



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The MA in Multilingualism, Linguistics and Education is an applied linguistics programme with an emphasis on diversity, both linguistic and cultural diversity, which also provides a solid understanding of the theoretical and practical issues that arise in multilingual and intercultural educational settings. Read more

The MA in Multilingualism, Linguistics and Education is an applied linguistics programme with an emphasis on diversity, both linguistic and cultural diversity, which also provides a solid understanding of the theoretical and practical issues that arise in multilingual and intercultural educational settings.

This programme is a unique combination of applied linguistics and educational studies. It draws on expertise from two departments, the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Department of Educational Studies, to offer students a wide-ranging interdisciplinary programme. It will add value to your professional life, whether as a manager, teacher or researcher, or in other careers related to language and education.

This programme is targeted at students working or planning to work in education in diverse contexts, and those interested in professional roles related to intercultural and multilingual communication.

It will be of particular interest to students who wish to gain experience in language teaching, either as an additional or second foreign language (for example in multilingual classrooms, in bilingual education settings internationally, or English as a foreign language/English as a Lingua Franca) and aim to achieve a wider theoretical knowledge base. Some of the topics explored include:

  • English in a multilingual world
  • Multilingualism, code-switching and translanguaging
  • English as a Lingua Franca
  • Intercultural communication
  • English language teaching
  • Teaching languages from a multilingual perspective
  • Race, ethnicity and cultural diversity in education

Study in Brazil

There are three places available for students on this programme to spend a minimum of two months at our partner institution the Federal University of Bahia (Salvador, Brazil). Students can apply for this opportunity through Goldsmiths once they have enrolled on the MA.

Successful students will not have to pay additional tuition fees, and will receive a grant for living expenses while in Salvador provided by Erasmus+ and the UK National Agency. Students will be able to conduct their research projects as well as take a range of modules at the host institution.

Modules & structure

You learn how the English language and other languages are structured and used in a range of cultural settings, and how to support the literacy and learning development of students from multilingual backgrounds.

The course offers critical engagement with theory, policy and practice, and students benefit from intellectual debates in the disciplines of both education and linguistics.

Modules are taught by the Department of English and Comparative Literature (ECL) and the Department of Educational Studies (ES). You complete two compulsory modules, two option modules and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Core modules

In addition to the two core modules, you must choose two option modules.

One of the following modules from the Department of English and Comparative Literature:

And one of the following modules from the Department of Educational Studies:

For the dissertation we encourage hands-on research based on the uses of written and spoken language in a variety of institutional and informal contexts.

Where possible, we'll help you access multilingual settings relevant to you research. This will give unique insight into the practices of British classrooms and different linguistic communities.

You're also encouraged to draw on your own experience or unique cultural and linguistic background.

We run an additional MA study skills module in which we cover topics such as: using electronic resources; British academic essay writing & referencing at MA level; planning a dissertation.

Assessment

Coursework; essays; examinations; dissertation.

Skills

You will acquire a wide-ranging understanding of educational and linguistic policy and research, especially with respect to multilingual settings. You will also develop your critical thinking, communication and research skills.

Careers

Teaching (especially language teaching or teaching in multilingual environments), administration and/or management of educational and language policy, publishing, the civil service, the media.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths



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We are committed to developing our postgraduate students into competent educational researchers able to conduct rigorous research using a variety of methodological approaches. Read more

We are committed to developing our postgraduate students into competent educational researchers able to conduct rigorous research using a variety of methodological approaches. We welcome inquiries about possible research topics both theoretical and empirical.

We are particularly interested to hear from those who would like to work within areas such as:

  • arts practice as research
  • arts in education
  • bilingualism in education
  • children’s literature and education
  • creativity and learning
  • cultural constructions of disability
  • curriculum policy and practice
  • digital technologies and learning
  • early literacy and bilingualism
  • education and its cultural representation
  • English in education
  • family learning in multilingual contexts
  • gender studies
  • social justice
  • inclusive education
  • learning outside formal settings
  • language use and language ideologies
  • language and faith
  • language and youth cultures
  • modern language education
  • performing arts as education
  • policy and its contestation
  • race and education
  • science, culture and education
  • sexualities and education
  • social class and education
  • social research ethics as situated practice
  • socially engaged arts practices
  • visual cultures and education

The Department of Educational Studies is part of South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS), a consortium formed of 10 leading UK Universities, all of which are engaged in cutting-edge social science research and training.

It has about forty research students from the UK, the EU and other countries. Many of our research students are also practicing professionals carrying out research related to their work. Students study either full-time or part-time.

Students become members of the Department’s Research Centres and they are encouraged to contribute along with staff and other visiting scholars to their seminar series. Additional facilities for research students are provided by the Goldsmiths Graduate School.

Programme aims

To help you:

  • Identify appropriate issues of educational significance for your enquiry
  • Select appropriate methods and methodologies by which to investigate these
  • Appreciate the epistemological and technical assumptions that underpin this choice
  • Design and execute a well-founded enquiry
  • Analyse and interpret findings with accuracy, rigour and originality
  • Identify the practical and professional implications of educational enquiry

Structure

We ensure that you are supported by highly qualified supervisors with whom you work to a mutually agreed timetable and maintain regular tutorial contact throughout your research. An induction and research training programme is provided and you are normally expected to follow this. There is an annual appraisal of your progress, and every effort is made to ensure good communication between yourself, your supervisor and other relevant members of staff.

Students have additional support from the Goldsmiths Graduate School, where there is a lively programme of interdisciplinary seminars, as well as core research training to support your studies. The Graduate School also has its own virtual research community, running in parallel to the physical School and providing online seminars and research training programmes.

All MPhil students and academic staff are invited to research seminars run by the Department’s three Research Centres: the Centre for Language, Culture and Learning (CLCL), the Centre for the Arts and Learning and the Centre for Identities and Social Justice. In addition to academics from inside and outside the University, research students also have an opportunity to contribute to seminars on work in progress.

Facilities

In addition to the facilities available in the Graduate School the Department has good facilities for research students including a study room with networked computers, scanner and printers.

Assessment

Thesis and viva voce.



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The MA in Multilingualism, Linguistics and Education is an applied linguistics programme with an emphasis on diversity, both linguistic and cultural diversity, which also provides a solid understanding of the theoretical and practical issues that arise in multilingual and intercultural educational settings. Read more

The MA in Multilingualism, Linguistics and Education is an applied linguistics programme with an emphasis on diversity, both linguistic and cultural diversity, which also provides a solid understanding of the theoretical and practical issues that arise in multilingual and intercultural educational settings.

This programme is a unique combination of applied linguistics and educational studies. It draws on expertise from two departments, the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Department of Educational Studies, to offer students a wide-ranging interdisciplinary programme. It will add value to your professional life, whether as a manager, teacher or researcher, or in other careers related to language and education.

This programme is targeted at students working or planning to work in education in diverse contexts, and those interested in professional roles related to intercultural and multilingual communication.

It will be of particular interest to students who wish to gain experience in language teaching, either as an additional or second foreign language (for example in multilingual classrooms, in bilingual education settings internationally, or English as a foreign language/English as a Lingua Franca) and aim to achieve a wider theoretical knowledge base. Some of the topics explored include:

  • English in a multilingual world
  • Multilingualism, code-switching and translanguaging
  • English as a Lingua Franca
  • Intercultural communication
  • English language teaching
  • Teaching languages from a multilingual perspective
  • Race, ethnicity and cultural diversity in education

Study in Brazil

There are three places available for students on this programme to spend a minimum of two months at our partner institution the Federal University of Bahia (Salvador, Brazil). Students can apply for this opportunity through Goldsmiths once they have enrolled on the MA.

Successful students will not have to pay additional tuition fees, and will receive a grant for living expenses while in Salvador provided by Erasmus+ and the UK National Agency. Students will be able to conduct their research projects as well as take a range of modules at the host institution.

Modules & structure

You learn how the English language and other languages are structured and used in a range of cultural settings, and how to support the literacy and learning development of students from multilingual backgrounds.

The course offers critical engagement with theory, policy and practice, and students benefit from intellectual debates in the disciplines of both education and linguistics.

Modules are taught by the Department of English and Comparative Literature (ECL) and the Department of Educational Studies (ES). You complete two compulsory modules, two option modules and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Core modules

In addition to the two core modules, you must choose two option modules. Please visit the website for more information.

of institutional and informal contexts.

Where possible, we'll help you access multilingual settings relevant to you research. This will give unique insight into the practices of British classrooms and different linguistic communities.

You're also encouraged to draw on your own experience or unique cultural and linguistic background.

We run an additional MA study skills module in which we cover topics such as: using electronic resources; British academic essay writing & referencing at MA level; planning a dissertation.

Assessment

Coursework; essays; examinations; dissertation.

Skills

You will acquire a wide-ranging understanding of educational and linguistic policy and research, especially with respect to multilingual settings. You will also develop your critical thinking, communication and research skills.

Careers

Teaching (especially language teaching or teaching in multilingual environments), administration and/or management of educational and language policy, publishing, the civil service, the media.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths



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Support the professional learning of others through leadership in education, supervision and reflective practice. Where do you see yourself in five years' time?. Read more

Support the professional learning of others through leadership in education, supervision and reflective practice.

Where do you see yourself in five years' time?

Do you see yourself moving into a more experienced, advanced or strategic social work role? If so, Goldsmiths can support you in developing your professionalism by enhancing your skills, expanding your knowledge and reflecting on values. They offer a whole range of modules designed to further your capabilities in all domains of the PCF, but they focus especially on practice education and professional leadership. In addition, many of the modules are designed to further your knowledge and skills outlined in the Knowledge and Skills Statement for Practice Supervisors of Social Workers in Child and Family Social Work.

Normally, practitioners take individual modules of this programme and apply through the Continuous Professional Development Framework. If you want to achieve the MA or exit with a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma, and you are supported by your employer to do so, then you should apply to this programme. Please contact the  for more information.

The MA/PGDip/PGCert in Advanced Social Work: Practice Education is ideal for qualified social workers. If you are a professional from another discipline please go to the MA/PGCert in Practice Education, which is aimed at other staff working in social welfare roles. Both programmes will enable you to extend and develop your existing competence and prepare for leadership and research in practice education. All modules, except the dissertation, can be taken as standalone MA-level CPD modules.

This programme has been endorsed by TCSW as working to an agreed set of quality criteria and offers provision that meets the CPD learning needs of social workers.  

Modules & structure

Your first two modules will see you providing work-based learning and assessment for a recognised professional award, for example for social work students. You’ll develop the skills and knowledge in supporting and assessing learners. The modules will support you in meeting the requirements of the Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS). This allows you to become a practice educator for social work students on their first (PEPS stage 1) and last placement (PEPS stage 2). In your third and fourth modules, you’ll develop your practice education skills through designing, implementing and evaluating a practice learning intervention. If you successfully complete these four modules on one of the MA programmes you can leave at this stage with a Postgraduate Certificate in Practice Education.

In modules five to seven you’ll focus on developing the learning organisation. You’ll extend your skills and knowledge in developing professional leadership with individuals, teams and groups within and across organisations. The modules will focus on coaching, mentoring, supervision and reflective practice. If you are going to work with NQSW as an ASYE mentor and assessor, module five is designed for you. Professional leadership also involves developing the learning organisation through working not only with individuals but also with groups, whole organisations and in interagency practice. The last two modules specifically address these leadership skills and enhance your capabilities in working with teams and groups and in supporting workforce development through reflective practice and learning within and across organisations. If you successfully complete these modules on one of the MA programmes you can leave the programme at this stage with a Postgraduate Diploma.To gain your MA qualification, you’ll complete a dissertation on a topic related to practice education. You’ll develop your strategic leadership in the field through your research, which will normally take the form of an action research project. You may also choose a more conventional dissertation, through which you’ll play a leading role in how the recommendations arising from your literature review could be implemented. Throughout your dissertation, you’ll learn research methodologies, and receive individual supervision and mentoring to help you design your research or literature review.

We also offer CPD modules on interpersonal skills for direct work with adult service users and on the Care Act, including adult safeguarding.

The modules have an academic and professional component. They support you in learning from your work, your reading and your interaction with others and by developing practice, skills and values, always aiming to enhance the experience of students, service users and carers you are working with.

Find out about service user and carer involvement in social work education at Goldsmiths.



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The MA in Creative Writing and Education has been designed for writers of poetry, fiction and life-writing who are interested in education and learning. Read more

The MA in Creative Writing and Education has been designed for writers of poetry, fiction and life-writing who are interested in education and learning. If you are keen to publish your own writing or you're looking to use your creative writing to help people learn or just developing your skills and knowledge then this programme could be right for you.

The MA in Creative Writing and Education offers you the chance to:

  • Work with two leading departments at Goldsmiths: Educational Studies and English and Comparative Literature.
  • Work with professional writers in the English and Comparative Literature Department who include Ros Barber, Maura Dooley, Stephen Knight, Blake Morrison, Ross Raisin, Francis Spufford, Jack Underwood, Ardashir Vakil and Erica Wagner.
  • Collaborate with high-profile organisations to workshop your creative writing and hone your pedagogical skills.
  • Work with Creative Writing educators to develop your skills and knowledge as a teacher of Creative Writing, at all ages, from small children to older people.
  • Develop your awareness and critical understanding of what creative writing means in different societies and social settings.

You may be given the opportunity to contribute to:

Who is the programme aimed at?

You might be a teacher who writes; a writer who works in education; a poet, a novelist, a short story writer or an author of autobiography who wants to learn more about the connections between creative writing and education. 

Spoken Word Education programme

The Spoken Word Education Training Programme is led by Jacob Sam-La Rose (Artistic Director). All Spoken Word Educators need to first apply to the MA in Creative Writing and Education programme and, if they are accepted, they will then be interviewed for the Spoken Word Education Training programme.

Modules & structure

Full-time: you will complete 4 modules in one year plus a dissertation, amounting 180 credits – full details of the modules are in the Overview section below. This can mean committing yourself to attending evening seminars and lectures twice a week in the autumn and spring terms for 10 weeks, and a number of one-to-one tutorials for your dissertation.

Part-time: you can spread your modules for the course over two years. This could mean attending seminars/lectures once a week during the autumn and spring terms for the two years, and then spacing your dissertation tutorials over two terms. 

Overview

You'll have the opportunity to develop your own creative writing practices and explore a range of educational approaches towards creative writing.

You'll work with practising and published creative writing lecturers and education lecturers in collaboration with professionals working in local cultural institutions.

You'll participate in creative and life writing workshops and research creative writing pedagogies in classrooms and educational settings.

You have to complete 180 credits points, made up from:

  • one compulsory core module in the Department of English and Comparative Literature: Workshop in Creative and Life Writing (30 credits)
  • two compulsory core modules in the Department of Educational Studies in association with the British Library, Poetry Society, English and Media Centre, Apples and Snakes, Ministry of Stories, The Complete Works: Contemporary Writer Identity and Education (30 credits) & Research into Writing Practices (30 credits)
  • an option module in the Department of Educational Studies (30 credits)
  • the Dissertation in the Department of Educational Studies and the Department of English and Comparative Literature (60 credits)

Practitioners who already have existing M-level credits may transfer these on to the MA.

Assessment

Assessment for the Workshop in Creative and Life Writing module is by the submission of a piece or pieces of creative or life-writing of 5,000 words plus a critical account of how you have structured and developed your work.

Assessment for the Educational Studies modules is by the submission of assignments.

You'll also be assessed on a project-based dissertation.

Skills

The programme will enable you to develop creative writing skills to a potentially publishable level, participate in local cultural events as writers, and develop advanced theoretical and critical skills in creative writing pedagogy.

Careers

The programme provides and enhances continuing professional development in creative writing for educators and teachers, opening up opportunities to work with local cultural institutions and schools, and enriching current professional practice.

Previous students have helped their careers by doing this MA, going on to work in business, arts organisations, theatre, Spoken Word and diverse educational settings. Previous students include Niall Bourke who won the 2015 Costa Short Story Award, Joshua Seighal shortlisted for the National Literacy Trust Award 2015 and a number of students have published their academic research in prestigious scholarly journals.

Feedback from the students is overwhelmingly positive, with many saying doing the MA has been a life-changing experience.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths



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We aim to model how you might engage pupils in the science classroom. Classrooms are complex and dynamic places. Becoming an effective teacher is more than just ‘transmitting knowledge’ or `telling pupils how to do it' or about numerical outcomes. Read more

We aim to model how you might engage pupils in the science classroom

Classrooms are complex and dynamic places. Becoming an effective teacher is more than just ‘transmitting knowledge’ or `telling pupils how to do it' or about numerical outcomes. Education encompasses a whole range of attributes and requires teachers to be at the cutting edge of their practice. Through dynamic and innovative teaching, we will support and encourage you on your journey to becoming an effective science teacher to inspire a new generation of world-changers.

Our secondary science PGCE programme is grounded in the view that the process of gaining qualified teacher status with a PGCE must essentially be an educational one. We encourage you to form your own opinions on education through first-hand experience and reflective thinking. We anticipate that you will develop qualities that will enable you to become teachers who will not only be outstanding classroom practitioners, but will also be in a position to participate in and influence the development of science education for the future.

At University 

The pedagogy within a science classroom is perhaps somewhat different to what you might see within an English or maths lesson. Our programme focuses on modelling the science classroom in workshops; we will raise lots of questions and encourage you to think critically about what you see and experience in our workshops. We will encourage you to reflect on “what works for you” and incorporate some of these ‘active’ teaching and learning strategies into your own practice. Once in school we hope you will try them out, evaluate and reflect on them to develop your own teacher identity.

As teachers you will help to shape future education policy and practice. We will set out to enable you to make informed decisions. To this end we will promote discussion and get you to question your thoughts on a range of issues central to science teaching; what is science, what is subject knowledge, what knowledge do we need to teach a scientific idea well, do theories link with our own personal viewpoints? These are questions to which there are no set answers. Through our sessions we aim to encourage students to search for their own order and understanding from within. Secure, reflective and questioning science teachers are those who are likely to become true educators of young people – teachers who encourage pupils to think, question and understand.

During the science subject studies sessions, we will focus on the ideas and principles underlying effective teaching. Two broad themes are identifiable through our subject sessions; learning and practical work. Each of these has a key place within the science classroom but what does rigorous learning and effective practical work look like? We will revisit these key areas throughout the programme both at University and in school; taking into account that lessons should be engaging and relevant to every pupils’ needs.

Our programme is an 11-18 programme (science teachers need to be able to teach at least two sciences up to and including GCSE level), so our subject sessions cover pedagogical subject knowledge in aspects of chemistry, biology and physics.

At School

During the first term, you observe, participate in and take responsibility for lessons in one of our partnership schools. You will be allocated a school mentor who will be your “go to” person on a daily basis to facilitate your learning and progress within the classroom. Following an induction period, during which you find out about the school, its pupils and surrounding area, you will take increasing responsibility for the teaching and learning work of particular classes under the supervision of the regular class teacher. Your University tutor will monitor your progress using our virtual learning environment (learn.gold) and visit you during your first school placement.

A professional network of school and University based colleagues will support you throughout the entire programme at University and on your school placements.

We might sum up our programme as having its feet firmly rooted in school science, with its head in theory and with a strong body connecting the two, combined with the realisation that there are many places in which the figure can stand.

Institute of Physics Scholarships

The Institute of Physics (IOP) offers scholarships for students studying for a PGCE in physics. To be an IOP Scholar you will need to have outstanding knowledge of school-level physics and the potential to become an inspirational physics teacher. Each scholarship also includes a package of benefits including membership and early career mentoring. 

Royal Society of Chemistry Scholarships

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) offers scholarships for students studying for a PGCE in chemistry. Applicants are expected to have an excellent understanding of chemistry at school level, a passion for chemistry and teaching as well as an excellent ability to explain complex chemistry ideas at school level. The scholarship package includes mentoring by a chemistry expert, meetings with other scholars, free online CPD and opportunities to represent the Royal Society of Chemistry at meetings and conferences on chemistry and chemistry education. 

School Direct

It is also possible to study this course via our School Direct programme. Please visit our School Direct page to see which schools offer this subject.

Additional costs

As well as your PGCE fees, you will have to cover your travel costs to your school placements.

Part-time study 

It is possible to study for the PGCE in science on a part-time basis. You can find out more on the page for our part-time programme. 

Learning & teaching

A range of teaching methods are employed across the PGCE programmes, including:

  • Taught subject sessions
  • Taught General Professional Study sessions
  • Practical workshops
  • Core lectures
  • Group tutorials/seminars
  • Individual tutorials
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Supported self-study

As with the other PGCE courses, you’ll be given the opportunity to work with children in a wide range of contexts. These might include focused interventions with individuals or groups, or larger scale events for the community.



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We recognise the importance and potential of theatre as an art form, and it is our goal to use it to promote the personal, social, spiritual and cultural development of all pupils, including the ones you will go on to teach. Read more

We recognise the importance and potential of theatre as an art form, and it is our goal to use it to promote the personal, social, spiritual and cultural development of all pupils, including the ones you will go on to teach.

This programme is designed to create teachers who will operate as artists in education, empowering young people through Drama, and encourage you to reach your full potential as a qualified teacher.

The programme integrates process and performance, teaching both through and about the art form. In this way, you’ll be able to benefit from a whole host of transferable skills, enabling you to develop personally and professionally through both practical and theoretical enquiry.

As well as focusing on the Drama curriculum in the first three years of secondary education, the programme covers Drama and performing arts courses for pupils from 14 to 19.

We pay special attention to the relationship between English and Drama in the National Curriculum.

Candidates invited to interview are established practitioners in there own right with industry experience. This may vary widely from stage management, playwriting or design to acting in television, film or theatre. They also have Teaching Assistant, Learning Support Assistant, Unqualified Teacher, Drama in Education experience or similar. 

School Direct

It is also possible to study this course via our School Direct programme. Please visit our School Direct page to see which schools offer this subject.

Additional costs

As well as your PGCE fees, you will have to cover your travel costs to your school placements.

We produce reading packs electronically and in hard copy format. There’s a small charge for the hard copy reading packs. You may also be asked to contribute towards trips and some materials for your modules.

Structure

In College-based sessions, you engage in practical Drama at your own level and then analyse this from the perspective of participant and teacher.

Starting to teach grows out of this, coupled with you observing Drama in schools, re-visiting the work of key practitioners, and beginning to develop the conceptual underpinnings of classroom practice.

School-based tutors are heads of department or experienced Drama specialists. In addition, you will be supported by alumni as ‘buddies’.

In the Autumn Term, you have an intensive introduction to Drama in education at the College, and begin weekly induction visits to your first teaching practice school.

As the term develops, you spend four days a week in school beginning to develop teaching skills, and return to Goldsmiths on the fifth day for support in lesson planning, managing behaviour, and assessing and recording pupils’ progress.

At the start of the Spring Term there is a similar pattern of College-based work, with an induction visit to your second teaching practice school. This enables you to build on everything you have learned in the first term and to plan for your second block of school experience.

You then spend four days a week in this school until the spring half-term.

After this you are in school five days a week gaining a sense of what it means to be a full-time Drama teacher. In the final weeks you return to College and complete your Career Entry Development Profile. You also engage in a review and evaluation of the programme as a whole.

Learning & teaching

A range of teaching methods are employed across the PGCE programmes, including:

  • Taught subject sessions
  • Taught General Professional Study sessions
  • Practical workshops
  • Core lectures
  • Group tutorials/seminars
  • Individual tutorials
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Supported self-study

As with the other PGCE courses, you’ll be given the opportunity to work with children in a wide range of contexts. These might include focused interventions with individuals or groups, or larger scale events for the community.



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Immerse yourself in exploring professional and practical approaches to children’s illustration as well as engaging in the academic study of children's literature, to gain an in-depth understanding of the relationships between image, text, readers and context in the world of children’s literature. Read more

Immerse yourself in exploring professional and practical approaches to children’s illustration as well as engaging in the academic study of children's literature, to gain an in-depth understanding of the relationships between image, text, readers and context in the world of children’s literature.

Developed and taught by leading teaching staff including children’s authors, this degree draws on both professional and critical perspectives from art and education, cultural studies, design and sociology to deliver a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to the subject.

Guidance from tutors and a choice of modules and assignments will enable you to develop personal projects, culminating in a practice-based dissertation. At the end of the programme you will have the opportunity to exhibit your work.

Illustration skills

Throughout the programme you will develop and refine your practical illustration skills and ideas, working within short and longer project formats. These projects focus on materials and their combination, colour, tone, creating atmosphere, addressing the reader and the relation of illustration to text. You will have the opportunity to work in collaboration with students on the MA in Children’s Literature. This is an opportunity to develop and refine your work and ideas within the project format.

The sociopolitical context of children’s illustration

This degree not only develops your practical skills, but also challenges you to question the context in which children’s books are produced and interpreted, and how they can challenge or reinforce dominant ideologies. You will interrogate the power relations that determine what is published, distributed and selected to be read by children in schools.

Understanding the publishing landscape

You will gain knowledge and insight into the professional world of children’s publishing through exposure to professional networks such as the Association of Illustrators, guest lectures from established illustrators, studio visits, and a bespoke module in Children’s Publishing. This module develops an in-depth understanding of the children’s publishing landscape and your skills in self-publishing and establishing dialogue with designers, editors and agents.

Modules & structure

The core modules of this degree cover both the theoretical and the practical aspects of illustrating for children’s literature, with a module dedicated to learning the skills needed to successfully navigate the world of children’s publishing as a freelance illustrator.

Core modules

The core modules you will study are:

  • Children’s Literature and Cultural Diversity (30 credits)
  • Children’s Book Illustration Practice (30 credits)
  • Children’s Publishing (30 credits)
  • Children’s Book Illustration Final Project – portfolio and reflective essay (60 credits)

Option modules

In addition to the core modules, you will also have the opportunity to tailor your studies to your personal interests by choosing a 30 credit option module from the Department of Educational Studies, such as:

  • Children’s Literature in Action
  • Race, Culture and Education
  • Early Childhood Education for a Diverse Society
  • Revisiting Practice

Skills & careers

As a graduate of the MA in Children’s Literature: Children’s Illustration you will have the skills and knowledge to succeed as a freelance children’s illustrator. In addition to honing your understanding and practice of children’s illustration, this degree will provide you with the professional skills to enter the industry with confidence.

Throughout the course you will benefit from the expertise and networks of renowned practitioners. The Children’s Publishing module will develop your knowledge of the sector and your professional skills, while the degree show and visits to London book fairs to meet publishers and agents will provide you with a platform to build professional relationships in the industry. You will also benefit from Goldsmiths’ networks with other institutions such as the Association of Illustrators.



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Immerse yourself in exploring professional and practical approaches to children’s illustration as well as engaging in the academic study of children's literature, to gain an in-depth understanding of the relationships between image, text, readers and context in the world of children’s literature. Read more

Immerse yourself in exploring professional and practical approaches to children’s illustration as well as engaging in the academic study of children's literature, to gain an in-depth understanding of the relationships between image, text, readers and context in the world of children’s literature.

Developed and taught by leading teaching staff including children’s authors, this degree draws on both professional and critical perspectives from art and education, cultural studies, design and sociology to deliver a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to the subject.

Guidance from tutors and a choice of modules and assignments will enable you to develop personal projects, culminating in a practice-based dissertation. At the end of the programme you will have the opportunity to exhibit your work.

Illustration skills

Throughout the programme you will develop and refine your practical illustration skills and ideas, working within short and longer project formats. These projects focus on materials and their combination, colour, tone, creating atmosphere, addressing the reader and the relation of illustration to text. You will have the opportunity to work in collaboration with students on the MA in Children’s Literature. This is an opportunity to develop and refine your work and ideas within the project format.

The sociopolitical context of children’s illustration

This degree not only develops your practical skills, but also challenges you to question the context in which children’s books are produced and interpreted, and how they can challenge or reinforce dominant ideologies. You will interrogate the power relations that determine what is published, distributed and selected to be read by children in schools.

Understanding the publishing landscape

You will gain knowledge and insight into the professional world of children’s publishing through exposure to professional networks such as the Association of Illustrators, guest lectures from established illustrators, studio visits, and a bespoke module in Children’s Publishing. This module develops an in-depth understanding of the children’s publishing landscape and your skills in self-publishing and establishing dialogue with designers, editors and agents.

Modules & structure

The core modules of this degree cover both the theoretical and the practical aspects of illustrating for children’s literature, with a module dedicated to learning the skills needed to successfully navigate the world of children’s publishing as a freelance illustrator.

Core modules

The core modules you will study are:

  • Children’s Literature and Cultural Diversity (30 credits)
  • Children’s Book Illustration Practice (30 credits)
  • Children’s Publishing (30 credits)
  • Children’s Book Illustration Final Project – portfolio and reflective essay (60 credits)

Option modules

In addition to the core modules, you will also have the opportunity to tailor your studies to your personal interests by choosing a 30 credit option module from the Department of Educational Studies, such as:

  • Children’s Literature in Action
  • Race, Culture and Education
  • Early Childhood Education for a Diverse Society
  • Revisiting Practice

Skills & careers

As a graduate of the MA in Children’s Literature: Children’s Illustration you will have the skills and knowledge to succeed as a freelance children’s illustrator. In addition to honing your understanding and practice of children’s illustration, this degree will provide you with the professional skills to enter the industry with confidence.

Throughout the course you will benefit from the expertise and networks of renowned practitioners. The Children’s Publishing module will develop your knowledge of the sector and your professional skills, while the degree show and visits to London book fairs to meet publishers and agents will provide you with a platform to build professional relationships in the industry. You will also benefit from Goldsmiths’ networks with other institutions such as the Association of Illustrators.



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This Masters gives artists, practitioners, teachers and educators, in informal and formal learning environments, the opportunity to extend, enrich and consolidate the overlapping practices and theories of contemporary art and learning and teaching through individual and collaborative research. Read more

This Masters gives artists, practitioners, teachers and educators, in informal and formal learning environments, the opportunity to extend, enrich and consolidate the overlapping practices and theories of contemporary art and learning and teaching through individual and collaborative research.

Why study MA Artist Teachers & Contemporary Practices (MAAT) at Goldsmiths?

  • Engaging with practice and theory, you will create new work; develop innovative research approaches and outcomes; critically debate the changing nature of contemporary art, gallery/exhibition practices and art education; and sustain these practices and ideas as artist teacher beyond the MAAT.
  • You’ll be taught by staff who are nationally and internationally renowned and published artist researcher teachers.
  • You’ll draw on the international scope of contemporary art practices in London through partnerships with international galleries including Tate Modern, The Whitechapel Gallery and The Showroom Gallery.
  • You’ll be part of a student body with a rich diversity of backgrounds and experiences, and have the opportunity to develop and maintain collaborative peer networks and support.
  • You’ll have access to an extensive programme of guest lectures, presentations and projects that has included: Grayson Perry, Yinka Shonibare, Sonia Boyce, Susan Pui San Lok, Danny Devenny, Mark Ervine, Marty Lyons and John Matthews, hosted through our Centre for Arts and Learning (CAL).

The MAAT can be a pathway before or after the completion of a UK QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) programme, such as the PGCE (Secondary): Art & Design.

Modules & structure

Overview

The programme places a strong emphasis on student-centred and directed learning, where teaching sessions and personal tutorials draw on the critical reflection and development of your artist teacher practices: including artistic, theoretical, political and learning and teaching concerns.

The modules of the programme are all underpinned with theories of contemporary art, learning and critical and dialectical pedagogical theories and philosophies.

You'll attend all lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials where you'll engage in questioning the political, ideas, practices, theory and philosophy related to the specific topics of: contemporary art practice, teaching and learning, identity and place/space construction, dialectical pedagogical theories and practice, social-engagement, and research led practices where you'll be encouraged and expected to critically discuss and debate the issues raised.

But this is just a small proportion of what we expect you to do on the degree. Independent learning/research (practice with theory) is expected throughout the MAAT, this typically involves critical reflection and development of your practices as artist teacher including: additional readings, preparing topics for discussion/presentations, working with fellow students, producing essays, artist teacher statements, research, planning, organising and producing practice-based work and/or projects, curating exhibitions and presentations, both individually and collaboratively.

This emphasis on independent learning is very important at Goldsmiths. We don't just want you to accept what we tell you without question. We want you to be deeply engaged with theory and practice to develop and sustain your own ideas and practices as artist teachers. 

Structure

To enable greater flexibility for you and a more equitable experience for full-time and part-time students, the MAAT programme has a modular structure, with the majority of teaching sessions usually conducted in the evenings.

This also enables part time and full-time students to attend the same evening teaching sessions and therefore form a collaborative and supportive learning environment.

For you to obtain the postgraduate degree of MAAT you will need to complete 180 CATS at Masters level.

The MAAT comprises five core modules (150 CATS) and one option module (30 CATS).

Assessment

The MA Artist Teacher and Contemporary Practices utilises a number of complementary assessment strategies. These have been devised to appropriately assess the range of learning outcomes and are underpinned by the ethos of the programme these include, exhibition/presentation/performance, essay, viva voce.

Download the programme specification. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Skills & careers

Skills

Through the programme, you’ll develop independent thinking, understand theoretical underpinning, and the ability to question and have confidence in your ideas and practice - skills that will benefit you throughout your chosen career. You'll also develop:

  • critical and analytical skills
  • creative and practical skills
  • ability to express complex and sophisticated ideas with clarity and confidence
  • the ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • IT skills

As a MAAT alumna, you’ll continue to research and engage in the presentation of your practices through practice, exhibitions, socially-engaged projects, international conferences and international journals.

Careers

Our graduates have an outstanding employment record in the fields of education, galleries/museums, social work/charity, health, public administration and welfare with the majority of graduates gaining full-time employment in a variety of careers including:

  • Teacher, lecturer, tutor
  • Heads of Faculties/Departments
  • Community artists
  • Gallery educators/curators
  • Practicing artists/photographers

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.



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This programme aims to develop all the skills, knowledge and understanding you’ll need to become a responsible and effective teacher in your chosen age phase. Read more

This programme aims to develop all the skills, knowledge and understanding you’ll need to become a responsible and effective teacher in your chosen age phase.

This full-time Primary PGCE (QTS) programme is available in conjunction with any of the following age phases:

  • 3-7 year olds (Lower Primary)
  • 5-11 year olds (Upper Primary) or
  • 7-11 year olds (Upper Primary)

Why train with Goldsmiths?

  • We have a strong and longstanding partnership with a range of schools in London and south-east England and work closely with them to plan and implement our PGCE (Primary) programme.
  • In 2015 98% of student who were recommended for QTS with Goldsmiths were employed in schools. This figure is higher than the national average. Almost nine out of ten Goldsmiths graduates obtained teaching posts in London schools and about two thirds are employed within partnership schools.
  • The programme covers all the National Curriculum subjects, and in each curriculum area, you will have the opportunity to develop understanding of the teaching and learning process, and to learn about effective classroom practice

In addition, Core PGCE students will be able to choose from a range of enhancements as part of your training. These have been chosen through discussions with school partners and reflect what they are looking for in prospective NQTs. 

These enhancements include: 

  • Children Literature
  • Maths in Action 
  • Modern Languages 
  • Early years (Chosen at application) 

We really care

We offer personalised support and enrichment activities for all of our students, as we recognise that this is a strong factors in helping them achieve their goals. Our students told Ofsted that the response they got from tutors is ‘amazing’, with help always forthcoming.

You will be well prepared to enter to world of teaching

A recent Ofsted inspection found that trainee teachers at Goldsmiths were well prepared for the world of teaching, with exceptional subject knowledge across the curriculum.

Additional costs

You will have to cover your travel costs to your school placements. We produce reading packs electronically and in hard copy format. There’s a small charge for the hard copy reading packs. You may also be asked to contribute towards trips and some materials for your modules.

School Direct

It is also possible to study this course via our School Direct programme. Please visit our School Direct page to see which schools offer this subject. 

Structure

Our integrated, dual pathway method of teaching means that for 24 weeks of this programme you will be working full-time in a school while being supported professionally by a system of school and personal tutoring.

During the Autumn Term and Spring Term you undertake block placements in a relevant age phase, and then in the Summer Term you will be given responsibility for the whole class. For the 3-7 age range programme, extra sessions relevant to teaching in the Foundation Stage are given.

Two modules are offered at Masters (M) level. These are Studies in Professional Issues and Research in Education (SPIRE) – a classroom-based research project with a pedagogic focus – and Curriculum Studies, which has an integrated focus in which there are a number of options. School Experience is offered at Higher (H) level.

For the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you are also formally assessed on your competence in the classroom and your ability to meet Department for Education Professional Standards including computer-based tests in literacy and numeracy which are now a condition of entry to the programme.

Learning & teaching

A range of teaching methods are employed across the PGCE programmes, including:

  • Taught subject sessions
  • Taught General Professional Study sessions
  • Practical workshops
  • Core lectures
  • Group tutorials/seminars
  • Individual tutorials
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Supported self-study

As with the other PGCE courses, you’ll be given the opportunity to work with children in a wide range of contexts. These might include focused interventions with individuals or groups, or larger scale events for the community.



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This programme will enable you to teach across the curriculum in two consecutive primary school age ranges, with either French, German or Spanish as a specialist subject. Read more

This programme will enable you to teach across the curriculum in two consecutive primary school age ranges, with either French, German or Spanish as a specialist subject. Our exciting and challenging course aims to develop both competence and confidence.

In this course you will follow an innovative structure combining three strands that will help you develop the knowledge, skills and understanding you need in teaching and learning modern foreign languages at primary level. You will be engaged in practical and theoretical enquiry, both in College and on a school placement, to enable you to reach your full potential as a qualified teacher.

You follow the same programme as other PGCE (Primary) students, but also take these modern languages elements as part of curriculum studies:

  • theories of second language learning and some aspects of bilingualism
  • pedagogical approaches to modern language learning
  • impact of parents, teachers and socio-cultural context on language learning
  • critical and analytical approach to teaching strategies and resources
  • curriculum design for primary modern language teaching (QCA guidelines for KS2, linguistic progression, differentiation, assessment)
  • planning of modern languages in conjunction with other curricular areas (cross-curricular links with literacy, numeracy, citizenship, ICT, etc)
  • planning the implementation of modern languages into primary school and the transition from primary to secondary education
  • a linguistic component to support the development of your own language skills
  • a cultural component (awareness and understanding)
  • school experience in England. As part of your school placement, you teach French, German or Spanish alongside all other curriculum areas

Additional costs

You will have to cover your travel costs to your school placements. We produce reading packs electronically and in hard copy format. There’s a small charge for the hard copy reading packs. You may also be asked to contribute towards trips and some materials for your modules..

Structure

Two modules are offered at Masters (M) level. These are General Professional Studies – a classroom-based research project with a pedagogic focus – and Curriculum Studies, which has an integrated focus in which there are a number of options. School Experience is offered at higher (H) level.

For the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you are also formally assessed on your competence in the classroom and your ability to meet Department for Education Professional Standards including computer-based tests in literacy and numeracy, which are now a condition of entry to the programme.



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This full-time PGCE (Secondary) programme is available in conjunction with any of the following teaching subjects. Art and Design; Biology; Chemistry; Design and Technology; Drama; English; Media with English; Mathematics; Modern Languages and Physics. Read more

This full-time PGCE (Secondary) programme is available in conjunction with any of the following teaching subjects: Art and Design; Biology; Chemistry; Design and Technology; Drama; English; Media with English; Mathematics; Modern Languages and Physics.

This programme aims to develop all the skills, knowledge and understanding you’ll need to become a responsible and effective secondary school teacher in your chosen subject. Find out about the programmes: 

Why train with Goldsmiths?

We have a strong and longstanding partnership with a range of schools in London and south-east England and work closely with them to plan and implement our PGCE (Secondary) programmes. 

In 2015, 98% of students who were recommended for QTS with Goldsmiths were employed in schools. This figure is higher than the national average. 

Our recent Ofsted inspection found that: 

Schools and NQTs testify that the course provides trainees with a solid pedagogical understanding of teaching in their subject area. They rightly believe this is due to an effective balance between practice and pedagogy. School Direct trainees are able to attend the same academic sessions at the university as trainees on the traditional PGCE courses.

All trainees feel these sessions equip them with a range of teaching strategies. They comment that they are encouraged to develop their reflective skills and this further enhances the quality of their teaching over time. 

School Direct

It is also possible to study this course via our School Direct programme. Please visit our School Direct page to see which schools offer this subject.

Additional costs

As well as your your PGCE fees, you will have to cover your travel costs to your school placements.

We produce reading packs electronically and in hard copy format. There’s a small charge for the hard copy reading packs. You may also be asked to contribute towards trips and some materials for your modules.

Structure

Autumn Term

The first four weeks of the Autumn Term are usually College-based, although you may begin regular visits to your first teaching experience school from the fourth week onwards.

In College, you spend most of your time in a subject group with your subject tutor, who has overall responsibility for your professional development. These sessions introduce you to the basic principles and approaches to teaching and learning in your subject.

There is also a block lecture programme, General Professional Studies (GPS), which explores issues common to all teachers. Within GPS you have an opportunity to study an option in more depth.

From around the fifth or sixth week until the end of the term, you are based for four days a week in a school, working largely within your specialist subject department.

Your school-based tutor is responsible for a programme in school that enables you to relate what you have learned in College to the context of the particular school, and to gradually build up your confidence and expertise in teaching.

Throughout the term, you continue to come into College on Fridays to work with your subject tutor and group to reflect on your experience in school and develop particular areas of expertise.

Spring and Summer terms

The first two weeks of the Spring Term are usually based in College, where you build on the experiences of the Autumn Term to develop your expertise further so that you will be ready to undertake an extended block of teaching.

From around the third week of term until the spring half-term holiday, you spend four days a week in your second school, coming into College on Fridays to reflect on your experiences and develop your expertise with your subject tutor and fellow students. Between the spring and summer half-term holidays you are based full-time in the school.

In effect you work as a full member of a school team, with responsibility for all aspects of planning, teaching and assessing the learning of a number of classes. During this period, you have the opportunity to investigate in greater depth one of the areas introduced in the Autumn Term lecture programme, and to relate it to the specific context of the school in which you are based.

The three or four weeks at the end of the Summer Term are used flexibly for both school and College activities to ensure that all aspects of your professional development have been addressed.

Learning & teaching

A range of teaching methods are employed across the PGCE programmes, including:

  • Taught subject sessions
  • Taught General Professional Study sessions
  • Practical workshops
  • Core lectures
  • Group tutorials/seminars
  • Individual tutorials
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Supported self-study

As with the other PGCE courses, you’ll be given the opportunity to work with children in a wide range of contexts. These might include focused interventions with individuals or groups, or larger scale events for the community.



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This programme prepares you to teach art and design in secondary schools. You are shown how to plan, resource and organise art lessons, and how to monitor, record, evaluate and assess the art practices of students. Read more

This programme prepares you to teach art and design in secondary schools. You are shown how to plan, resource and organise art lessons, and how to monitor, record, evaluate and assess the art practices of students.

We encourage you to create exciting, questioning and stimulating learning environments.

You'll explore how young people develop their own forms of exploration, expression and communication.

You'll learn about current educational initiatives and agendas and wider political and conceptual issues related to art and design education and how to design, develop, resource and organise art and design lessons, and how to monitor, record, evaluate and assess the art and design practices of young people.

A central philosophical position of the Goldsmiths PGCE is the importance and essential element of your practice as an artist/designer/craftsperson and how this can contribute to your development as an educator.

School Direct

It is also possible to study this course via our School Direct programme. Please visit our School Direct page to see which schools offer this subject.

Additional costs

As well as your PGCE fees, you will have to cover your travel costs to your school placements.

We produce reading packs electronically and in hard copy format. There’s a small charge for the hard copy reading packs. You may also be asked to contribute towards trips and some materials for your modules.

Structure

College-based work

There are practice-based Art and Design workshops, lectures and seminars and individual and group tutorials, which are conducted by Goldsmiths lecturers, artist teachers and gallery/arts educators.

The content of the lectures and seminars focus on current issues including:

  • contemporary art and design practices
  • learner identities
  • visual and place-based pedagogies
  • inclusive strategies for learning
  • political and conceptual issues in art and design
  • artist teacher identities
  • assessment and evaluation of Art and Design
  • designing and developing opportunities for learning

School-based work

During the Autumn Term you are placed in a secondary school Art and Design department to observe, participate in and teach alongside experienced teachers.

You'll visit a primary school to develop an understanding of younger children’s work and how the Art and Design curriculum is taught.

During the Spring and Summer terms you are placed in a second school, where you will experience a sustained experience of teaching in which you develop competence in the Professional Standards.

Throughout the course you will develop and implement Art and Design practices in all Key Stages of the curriculum including post-16.

Learning & teaching

A range of teaching methods are employed across the PGCE programmes, including:

  • Taught subject sessions
  • Taught General Professional Study sessions
  • Practical workshops
  • Core lectures
  • Group tutorials/seminars
  • Individual tutorials
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Supported self-study

As with the other PGCE courses, you’ll be given the opportunity to work with children in a wide range of contexts. These might include focused interventions with individuals or groups, or larger scale events for the community.



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