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The University of Northampton has a long standing reputation for high quality teaching and research and is passionate about transforming the lives of children and young people in the UK and internationally. Read more
The University of Northampton has a long standing reputation for high quality teaching and research and is passionate about transforming the lives of children and young people in the UK and internationally.

With its thriving community of practice, Education (Mathematics) at the University of Northampton has established a well-earned national reputation. Our tutors have all taught in schools and are experts in their respective disciplines within the mathematics teaching field: the combination of our expertise is the strength of our teaching team which offers our students far more than the sum of our parts.

Our MA in Education (Mathematics) Pathway offers opportunities for graduates who work in teaching to extend their knowledge, understanding and skills. One students says‘…[the tutor] makes managing studying alongside work manageable. What we learn is so interesting it doesn’t seem like a chore. Thank you.’ (MA in Education [Mathematics] student).

Course content

The MA in Education (Mathematics) Pathway offers Level 7 study to professionals teaching mathematics to:
-Critically evaluate the impact of recent legislation and policy on mathematics provision.
-Enhance their knowledge and understanding of children’s mathematical development.
-Investigate and critique theoretical perspectives in mathematics and their applications to practice.
-Engage with research and literature influencing developments in mathematics teaching policy and practice.
-Critically explore cutting-edge developments in the mathematics teaching field, in the UK and internationally.

Throughout the MA in Education (Mathematics) Pathway, opportunities to engage in deep-level critical reflection with other like-minded professionals and specialist tutors enable our students to gain secure understanding of complex issues in the dynamic and exciting field of mathematics teaching to inform their professional practice.

The MA in Education (Mathematics) offers a flexible approach through standard or blended approaches. Participants can either choose to study a full MA degree, or may exit the programme earlier to attain other qualifications:
-Stage one: two specified M level modules, exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Mathematics.
-Stage two: two further M level modules, exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Mathematics).
-Stage three: Dissertation or Research Thesis, leading to the full MA in Education (Mathematics) degree.

Course modules (16/17)

-Research Thesis
-Curriculum Leadership in Mathematics
-Contemporary Issues in Mathematics Education
-Mathematical Topics
-Mathematical Processes
-Inclusion in Mathematics Teaching and Learning
-Organisational based Project
-Principles and Practice in Coaching and Mentoring

Methods of Learning

The entire MA involves 140 hours of taught sessions, all of which are taught as interactive sessions involving activities and discussions. This means students will typically attend classes for six hours per week if studying full time, although this may vary depending on the modules taken. In addition full-time students will be expected to undertake a further 24 hours per week of private study and research. Part-time students taking the course over three years will be expected to do one third of this. You should however be aware that this is not consistently spread across the year and that at some points you may be working considerably more hours in a week. There will also be the chance to attend additional optional sessions and presentations connected to the research undertaken at the Faculty of Education and Humanities.

Assessments

The course assessment involves essays, portfolios, presentations, practical projects and small scale studies. Students will complete their final Dissertation or Research Thesis on a topic negotiated with a tutor.

Careers

Typical career opportunities for MA graduates in the field include leadership roles in schools, lecturing in further and higher education, research in the field of mathematics education and policy development in the field of mathematics education.

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The University of Northampton has a long standing reputation for high quality teaching and research, and is passionate about transforming the lives of children and young people in the UK and internationally. Read more
The University of Northampton has a long standing reputation for high quality teaching and research, and is passionate about transforming the lives of children and young people in the UK and internationally.

With its thriving community of practice, Early Years at the University of Northampton has established a well-earned national and international reputation. Our tutors have all worked in health, education or social care practice and are experts in their respective disciplines within the early years’ field: the combination of our expertise is the strength of our teaching team which offers our students far more than the sum of our parts.

Our MA Education Early Years Pathway offers opportunities for graduates who work in early years to extend their knowledge, understanding and skills in ways that are ‘…inspiring and eye opening: it will change the way you think’ (MA Education Early Years Pathway student). ‘Challenge, inspiration, professional and personal growth are guaranteed through critical engagement with contemporary inter-disciplinary issues in early childhood education and care’ – Dr. Eunice Lumsden, Head of Early Years.

Course content

The MA Education Early Years Pathway offers Level 7 study to professionals working in the early years field to:
-Critically evaluate the impact of recent legislation and policy on Early Years provision.
-Enhance their knowledge and understanding of children’s development in its widest sense.
-Investigate and critique theoretical perspectives in early childhood and their applications to practice.
-Engage with multi-disciplinary research and literature influencing developments in Early Years policy and practice.
-Critically explore cutting-edge developments in the Early Years field, in the UK and internationally.

Throughout the Early Years MA Pathway, opportunities to engage in deep-level critical reflection with other like-minded professionals and specialist tutors enable our students to gain secure understanding of complex issues in the dynamic and exciting field of Early Years to inform their professional practice.

The MA Education (Early Years) offers a flexible approach through standard or blended approaches. You can either chose to study a full MA degree, or may exit the programme earlier to attain other qualifications:
-Stage one: two M level modules, exit with a Certificate in Postgraduate Studies in Education (Early Years).
-Stage two: two M level modules, exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Early Years).
-Stage three: Dissertation or Research Thesis, leading to the full MA degree.

Course modules (16/17)

-Research Thesis
-Supporting Parents and Developing Communities
-Promoting Inclusive Practice
-Autism in the Early Years
-Young Children’s Rights and Participation
-Contemporary and international Issues in the Early Years
-Young Children’s Literature, Media and Culture
-Documenting Young Children’s Learning
-Organisational Based Project
-Advanced Practice in Early Childhood Education
-Perspectives on Leadership and Management
-Dissertation
-Research Methods

Methods of Learning

The entire MA involves 140 hours of taught sessions, all of which are taught as interactive sessions involving activities and discussions. This means students will typically attend classes for 6 hours per week if studying full time, although this may vary depending on the modules taken. In addition full-time students will be expected to undertake a further 24 hours per week of private study and research. Part-time students taking the course over 3 years will be expected to do a third of this. You should however be aware that this is not consistently spread across the year and that at some points you may be working considerably more hours in a week. There will also be the chance to attend additional optional sessions and presentations connected to the research undertaken at Faculty of Education and Humanities.

Assessments

The course assessment involves essays, portfolios, presentations, practical projects and small scale studies. Students will complete their final Dissertation or Research Thesis on a topic negotiated with a tutor.

Careers

Typical career opportunities for MA graduates in the Early Years field include:
-Leadership roles in early years and schools.
-Lecturing in further and higher education.
-Research in the field of early years.
-Policy development in the field of early years.

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The programme is designed for teachers and other professionals working in the field of education as well as recent graduates. Read more
The programme is designed for teachers and other professionals working in the field of education as well as recent graduates.

The course provides participants with opportunities to enhance their practice by reflecting on their own personal and professional experiences and developing further skills, knowledge and understanding of aspects of specific interest. It can be taken both full and part time. The full-time course has a distinct international and comparative perspective, whilst the part-time option contains the same modules as the full-time course but with additional modules related to teacher-led research, mathematics and early years.

Distinctive approaches to learning and teaching

The course is taught through a series of lectures, seminars and workshops. All teaching takes place in small groups which enables you to engage in discussion and debate. In addition to the main programme, you will have opportunities to attend research seminars, day courses and other activities.

All modules are taught by members of the university’s academic staff. The course also makes use of visiting lecturers from other academic institutions from within the UK and further. The underpinning delivery principle of our teaching is that we seek to demonstrate the ongoing links between theory and practice: we offer all our course members the chance to engage in rich dialogue and critical reflection on work based issues, concerns and developments.

Additional Costs

There are no additional fees in connected with this programme other than the requirement to be a suitably equipped student with a pen and paper. There are computers and computer spaces available at the university and the university library contains all required texts.

Course content

The MA comprises of modules that can be studied one by one. A key element of many modules is the provision for ‘shared enquiry’, enabling participants to engage with other professional colleagues and researchers in developing critical approaches to enquiry within practical education (and education-related) contexts.

Assessment procedures are flexible and sensitive to existing professional workloads, and are usually based on aspects of work currently ongoing in the participant’s own school or setting.

There is a full time pathway through this MA. This is particularly targeted at international students and has a strong international and comparative flavour, although UK students are very welcome to apply. It consists of four compulsory modules and a thesis.

The four modules that must be taken on the full-time pathway are:
-School and Classroom Cultures
-Educational Leadership
-International Perspectives on Education
-Research methods

In addition to this the University now has pathways within the course which reflect two specific areas of professional and theoretical interest:
-MA Education (Mathematics)
-MA Education (Early Years)

There is also an MA Education Special Educational Needs and Inclusion which is run on a full and part time basis.

There are also a range of modules which enable teachers to engage with reflective, teacher-led research.

Course modules (16/17)

-International Perspectives on Education
-Research Methods
-Educational Leaderships
-Investigating Individual Professional Practice (Part 2) Post Threshold
-School and Classroom Cultures
-Dissertation

Methods of Learning

The entire MA involves 140 hours of taught sessions, all of which are taught as interactive sessions involving activities and discussions. This means you will typically attend classes for 6 hours per week if studying full time, although this may vary depending on the modules taken. In addition full-time students will be expected to undertake a further 24 hours per week of private study and research. Part-time students taking the course over 3 years will be expected to do one third of this. You should however be aware that this is not consistently spread across the year and that at some points they may be working considerably more hours in a week.There will also be the chance to attend additional optional sessions and presentations connected to the research undertaken at Faculty of Education and Humanities.

Assessments

There are no examinations. The course has a mixture of assessments involving essays, portfolios, presentations and small scale research projects. Participants will complete a final project/dissertation on a topic negotiated with a tutor for the MA Education.

Facilities and Special Features

-Modules relevant to those working in children’s and young people’s services.
-Recognised postgraduate professional development for teachers.
-Modules can be taken ‘stand alone’ for professional development.
-Modules can build into three successive postgraduate awards from Certificate to Diploma and Masters.
-Modules relevant to those working in early years or children’s services.
-Employment related course designed to fit with participants’ work.
-Modules designed to connect with practitioner work and context.
-Highly experienced and supportive tutor team.

Other admission requirements

Applicants who have recent professional experience of three years or more will be positively considered. In this case the applicant will be interviewed and must demonstrate suitability for the course by providing evidence of significant professional engagement in children’s services at graduate level or equivalent. The evidence will be in the form of a compendium or portfolio which sets out details of their specific responsibilities relating to their work with children and young people.

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The University of Northampton is working as the Initial Teacher Training provider for a diverse and innovative group of Lead Schools and their Alliance schools in Northamptonshire and its surrounding counties to support the delivery of PGCE QTS programmes through the School Direct route. Read more
The University of Northampton is working as the Initial Teacher Training provider for a diverse and innovative group of Lead Schools and their Alliance schools in Northamptonshire and its surrounding counties to support the delivery of PGCE QTS programmes through the School Direct route. The PGCE QTS programme is the same for those on a University place or School Direct place.

If you would like to apply for a School Direct place for training to teach in 2017-18, then you will need to consider which route will be most suitable and which will be available with different Lead Schools. There are two routes for School Direct applicants:

1. The School Direct (Salaried) route: you will be employed by one of the Lead Schools or their Alliance schools and receive a salary while you train to become a teacher. This programme will lead to Postgraduate Certificate of Education or Professional Graduate Certificate of Education with recommendation for QTS.

2. The School Direct (Training) Programme: you will be based for a large part of your training in one of the Lead Schools or their Alliance schools but you will pay fees for the training programme. This programme will lead to Postgraduate Certificate or Professional Graduate Certificate with QTS. You may be eligible to apply for a bursary which varies according to degree classifications and subject specialisms. Please contact for further details.

This programme will develop you into a highly committed, creative and reflective teacher with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will be training to teach children within the age range offered by the Lead School. On successful completion, you will have achieved 60 credits at Masters’ Level (PGCE) and be recommended for and awarded Qualified Teacher Status. You will develop your skills, knowledge and understanding such that you can demonstrate the professional standards for teaching required by the Department for Education and exceed the minimum expectations for each Standard.

You will spend a substantial part of the programme in school-based Placements within the Lead School or their Alliance Schools which will enable you to develop high levels of competence in practical teaching in a range of educational contexts. There are three assessed school-based Placements where you will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards and submit a Record of Professional Evidence. You will also have the opportunity for self-organising a Placement in an alternative setting including a special school. You will have a trained mentor in each school-based Placement and a Personal Academic Tutor at the University to support your professional development.

The University of Northampton will be working with the following Lead Schools in 2017-18:
-Abington Vale Primary – Primary 5-11 (training and salaried)
-Bilton Infant – Primary 5-11 (training)
-Brooke Weston Academy – Primary 5-11 (training)
-Glenhills Primary School – Primary 5-11 (training and salaried),
-Inspire Northamptonshire – Hall Meadow Primary 5-11 (training and salaried)
-Maplefields Special School – Primary 5-11 (training)
-Northampton School for Boys – Primary 5-11 (training)
-The David Ross Education Trust – Primary 5-11 (training)
-Upton Meadow Primary School – Primary 5-11 (training)
-Wollaston Community Primary School – Primary 5-11(training)

Course content

The programme is structured to promote academic rigour, skilled practice, independence and flexibility. The emphasis in the programme reflects the primary national curriculum and priorities. The programme develops your subject knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and leadership skills so that you can apply this through teaching in primary classrooms. We work in partnership with schools across Northamptonshire and its neighbouring counties. This enables you to learn in a diverse range of schools. There are also opportunities for placements in Special Educational Needs (SEN) settings.

University Learning Events and three school placements. There are two compulsory modules at Level 7 which are worth 60 credits and can be used to contribute to a full MA in the future. The modules are Teaching, Learning and Assessment and Professional Studies.

Course modules (16/17)

-Professional Studies
-Placement 1, 2 and 3 Primary Education 3-7
-Placement 1, 2 and 3 Primary Education 5-11
-Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Methods of Learning

You are expected to engage with Learning Events through the active use of technological tools in the pre and post face to face sessions and online learning activities. You will be taught how to use technological tools to enhance your learning which you can then use in the classroom. You will be given time for independent and peer assisted learning. You will have a tutor for different subjects and professional studies.

Schedule

Learning Events comprise of pre and post face to face sessions with tutors for groups or whole cohorts. During the University based days, you are expected to be available between 9-5pm. During School based days, you are expected to be in school between 8.20am and 4pm.

Assessments

Assessment is continuous. You will engage in four assignments which will contribute towards your M Level Modules. Your teaching, including planning and assessment, is also assessed against the Teachers’ Standards. Partner schools share the responsibility for assessment during the practical teaching.

Facilities and Special Features

You will have access to the School Experience Library. This is an established and extensive set of resources specific for trainee teachers to support your placements and includes activities, big books and planning materials. “The quality of training is enhanced by the excellent resources at the University” (Ofsted 2014).

Other admission requirements

A minimum of five GCSE passes at grade C or above and these must include Mathematics, English Language and Science. You must be interviewed and we will explore your suitability for teaching including undertaking DBS and Disqualification by Association.

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This programme is designed for managers and leaders in a variety of educational settings including. schools, government offices and NGO’s. Read more
This programme is designed for managers and leaders in a variety of educational settings including: schools, government offices and NGO’s. Through this course, students will explore the nature of leadership and management in educational settings. Study support groups will provide an opportunity for you to be given structured advice about your assignments and practical help with organising your work, conducting literature searches and managing your reading. These support groups will additionally afford you an opportunity to work in teams with other students on the course and with the support of experienced researchers.

Course content

Aspects of leadership and management that will be taught in this programme include: distributed leadership and communities of practice, school evaluation and school improvement, and leadership in an international context. There is a specific module on coaching and mentoring. Finally there is the flexibility to study an aspect of leadership in depth via the thesis.

Course modules (16/17)

-Perspectives on Leadership and Management
-Approaches to Leadership and Management
-Research Methods
-Research Thesis
-Developing and Supporting Others
-Investigating Professional Practice 1 and 2
-International Perspectives on Education
-Designing for the 21st Century Learning
-Dissertation

Methods of Learning

The entire MA involves up to 140 hours of taught sessions, all of which are taught as interactive sessions involving activities and discussions. This means students will typically attend classes for three hours per week if studying full time, although this may vary depending on the modules taken. In addition full-time students will be expected to undertake a further 24 hours per week of private study and research. Part-time students taking the course over three years will be expected to do one third of this. They should however be aware that this is not consistently spread across the year and that at some points they may be working considerably more hours in a week. There will also be the chance to attend additional optional sessions and presentations connected to the research undertaken at Faculty of Education and Humanities.

Schedule

For part-time students, the course is structured over three years. However, if master’s level (level 7 credits) have been attained on other courses including the PGCE, NPQH, or programmes run by University of Northampton then it is possible to complete this MA in just two years.

Assessments

The course assessment involves essays, portfolios, presentations and small scale research projects. Students will complete their final dissertation on a topic negotiated with a tutor.

Facilities and Special Features

The University of Northampton has a long standing reputation for high quality teaching, and is passionate about transforming the lives of children and young people in the UK and Internationally.

Careers

Often leads to job promotion within the field of education.

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This programme develops highly committed, creative and reflective teachers with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) who are capable of maximising children's learning in Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2) contexts. Read more
This programme develops highly committed, creative and reflective teachers with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) who are capable of maximising children's learning in Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2) contexts. This intensive one-year programme is designed for graduates wishing to teach in Primary schools and aims to prepare trainees to teach children aged 5-11 (Key Stages 1 and 2). The programme supports teacher trainees in developing the skills, knowledge and understanding required to demonstrate the professional standards for teaching required by The Department for Education. Our achievements include:

• 3 times received the highest Ofsted award
• Among the highest newly qualified teacher (NQT) employment ratings nationally
• Praised by the NCLT for our teaching of Phonics

Course content

On successful completion, trainees are recommended for and awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Teaching approaches are highly interactive, being delivered by a team of tutors with expertise at Primary level. The programme prepares trainees to teach the National Curriculum (Key Stages 1 and 2) with an emphasis on key national priorities, including systematic synthetic phonics and early Mathematics. Trainees will also study professional issues including behaviour management, classroom organisation, planning, assessment, equal opportunities and inclusion.

The programme promotes professional and academic development with modules at level 6 and 7. Trainees will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with QTS.

Typical modules

• Core: Mathematics and English
• Science and Design and Technology
• The wider curriculum – including History, Geography, Art, Music, PE, ICT, MFL, and RE
• Professional studies
• School experience

Assessment

Assessment is continuous and includes professional dialogues between trainee and tutor, written assignments and practical teaching. Partner schools share the responsibility for the assessment of the trainee during placements. A substantial part of the programme will be spent in partner settings and schools, which will enable trainees to develop competence in practical teaching in a range of educational contexts.

Career opportunities

Trainees qualify with QTS to teach across the five to eleven age ranges thus giving them access to a teaching career in Key stage 1 or Key stage 2.
The programme ensures successful outcomes for its graduates.

Work placement opportunities

We work in partnership with schools across Northamptonshire and its neighbouring counties. This enables us to work with a diverse range of schools, meaning we can give students a range of experiences. There are also opportunities for school experience in a Special Educational Needs (SEN) school.

Application Notes

You must pass the National College for Teaching and Leadership Professional Skills tests in numeracy and literacy before commencement of the course. If you are unfortunate and fail your test twice but you have chosen us as your first choice, we will provide additional support to help you through your re-sits. Please contact for advice.

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This programme develops highly committed, creative and reflective teachers with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) who are capable of maximising children's learning in Early Years and Key Stage 1 (KS1) contexts. Read more
This programme develops highly committed, creative and reflective teachers with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) who are capable of maximising children's learning in Early Years and Key Stage 1 (KS1) contexts.

Course content

This intensive one year programme is designed for graduates wishing to teach children aged three to seven (Early Years and Key Stage 1). The programme supports Early Years teacher trainees in developing the skills, knowledge and understanding required to demonstrate the professional standards for teaching required by the Department for Education. On successful completion, trainees are recommended for and awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Teaching approaches are highly interactive, being delivered by a team of tutors with expertise in both the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), and at KS1. The programme prepares trainees to teach the EYFS and the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1, with an emphasis on national priorities, including systematic synthetic phonics and early mathematics. Trainees will also study professional issues including classroom organisation, the role of play in learning, behaviour management, planning, assessment, equal opportunities and inclusion.

The programme promotes professional and academic development with modules at level 6 and 7. Trainees will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with QTS. A substantial part of the programme will be spent in partner settings and schools, which will enable trainees to develop competence in practical teaching in a range of educational contexts.

A substantial part of the programme will be spent in partner settings and schools, which will enable trainees to develop competence in practical teaching in a range of educational contexts.

Our Achievements

• 3 times received the highest award (Ofsted)
• Among the highest newly qualified teacher (NQT) employment ratings nationally
• Praised by the NCLT for our teaching of Phonics

Typical modules

The programme comprises of modules studied at levels 6 and 7.

The level 6 modules focus on:

• Core subjects and Early Years Pedagogy and Practice – including Mathematics, English, Science and aspects of effective Early Years practice
• Professional Studies
• School Experience

The level 7 modules focus on considering how classroom practice is influenced by research.

Assessment

Assessment is continuous and includes professional vivas, presentations, written assignments and practical teaching. Partner schools share the responsibility for the assessment of the trainee during placements.

Career opportunities

Trainees qualify with QTS to teach across the three to seven age range, thus giving them access to a teaching career in Early Years settings and primary schools. The programme ensures successful outcomes for its graduates.

Work placement opportunities

We work in partnership with schools across Northamptonshire and its neighbouring counties. This enables us to work with a diverse range of schools, meaning we can give students a range of experiences. There are also opportunities for school experience in a Special Educational Needs (SEN) school.

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This programme will develop you into a highly committed, creative and reflective teacher with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will be training to teach children within Key Stage 1 and Early Years Foundation Stage (3-7). Read more
This programme will develop you into a highly committed, creative and reflective teacher with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will be training to teach children within Key Stage 1 and Early Years Foundation Stage (3-7). On successful completion, you will have achieved 60 credits at Masters’ Level (PGCE) and be recommended for and awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The programme will develop your skills, knowledge and understanding such that you can demonstrate the professional standards for teaching required by the Department for Education and exceed the minimum expectations for each Standard.

You will spend a substantial part of the programme in school-based Placements in our Partnership schools, which will enable you to develop high levels of competence in practical teaching in a range of educational contexts. There are three assessed school-based Placements where you will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards and submit a Record of Professional Evidence. You will also have the opportunity for self-organising a Placement in an alternative setting including a special school. You will have a trained mentor in each school-based Placement and a Personal Academic Tutor at the University to support your professional development.

Course content

The programme is structured to promote academic rigour, skilled practice, independence and flexibility. The emphasis in the programme reflects the KS1 national curiculum, Early Years Foundation Stage and national priorities. The programme develops your subject knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and leadership skills so that you can apply this through teaching in KS1 and EYFS classrooms. We work in partnership with schools across Northamptonshire and its neighbouring counties. This enables you to learn in a diverse range of schools. There are also opportunities for placements in Special Educational Needs (SEN) settings.

University Learning Events and three school placements. There are two compulsory modules at Level 7 which are worth 60 credits and can be used to contribute to a full MA in the future. The modules are Teaching, Learning and Assessment and Professional Studies.

Course modules (16/17)

-Professional Studies
-Placement 1, 2 and 3 Primary Education 3-7
-Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Methods of Learning

You are expected to engage with Learning Events through the active use of technological tools in the pre and post face to face sessions and online learning activities. You will be taught how to use technological tools to enhance your learning which you can then use in the classroom. You will be given time for independent and peer assisted learning. You will have a tutor for different subjects and professional studies.

Schedule

Learning Events comprise of pre and post face to face sessions with tutors for groups or whole cohorts. During the University based days, you are expected to be available between 9-5pm. During School based days, you are expected to be in school between 8.20am and 4pm.

Assessments

Assessment is continuous. You will engage in four assignments which will contribute towards your M Level Modules. Your teaching, including planning and assessment, is also assessed against the Teachers’ Standards. Partner schools share the responsibility for assessment during the practical teaching.

Facilities and Special Features

You will have access to the School Experience Library. This is an established and extensive set of resources specific for trainee teachers to support your placements and includes activities, big books and planning materials. “The quality of training is enhanced by the excellent resources at the University” (Ofsted 2014).

Careers

You will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which is nationally recognised as the professional qualification for teachers. You will be assessed in teaching the 3-7 age range, thus giving you access to a teaching career in Key Stage 1 or EYFS.

Work Experience - We work in partnership with schools across Northamptonshire, its neighbouring counties and many schools across the country. This enables you to learn in range of schools. There are also opportunities for placements in Special Educational Needs (SEN) settings.

Other admission requirements

You will need to have a minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above and these must include Mathematics, English Language and Science. You must have these before applying. You must be interviewed and we will explore your suitability for teaching including undertaking DBS and Disqualification by Association.

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This programme will develop you into a highly committed, creative and reflective teacher with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will be training to teach children within Key Stage One and Key Stage Two (5-11). Read more
This programme will develop you into a highly committed, creative and reflective teacher with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will be training to teach children within Key Stage One and Key Stage Two (5-11). On successful completion, you will have achieved 60 credits at Masters’ Level (PGCE) and be recommended for and awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The programme will develop your skills, knowledge and understanding such that you can demonstrate the professional standards for teaching required by the Department for Education and exceed the minimum expectations for each Standard.

You will spend a substantial part of the programme in school-based Placements in our Partnership schools, which will enable you to develop high levels of competence in practical teaching in a range of educational contexts. There are three assessed school-based Placements where you will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards and submit a Record of Professional Evidence. You will also have the opportunity for self- organising a Placement in an alternative setting including a special school. You will have a trained mentor in each school-based Placement and a Personal Academic Tutor at the University to support your professional development.

Course content

The programme is structured to promote academic rigour, skilled practice, independence and flexibility. The emphasis in the programme reflects the Key Stage One and Key Stage Two national curriculum and priorities. The programme develops your subject knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and leadership skills so that you can apply this through teaching in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two classrooms. We work in partnership with schools across Northamptonshire and its neighbouring counties. This enables you to learn in a diverse range of schools. There are also opportunities for placements in Special Educational Needs (SEN) settings.

University Learning Events and three school placements. There are two compulsory modules at Level 7 which are worth 60 credits and can be used to contribute to a full MA in the future. The modules are Teaching, Learning and Assessment and Professional Studies.

Course modules (16/17)

-Professional studies
-Placement 1, 2 and 3 Primary Education 5-11
-Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Methods of Learning

You are expected to engage with Learning Events through the active use of technological tools in the pre and post face to face sessions and online learning activities. You will be taught how to use technological tools to enhance your learning which you can then use in the classroom. You will be given time for independent and peer assisted learning. You will have a tutor for different subjects and professional studies.

Schedule

Learning Events comprise of pre and post face to face sessions with tutors for groups or whole cohorts. During the University based days, you are expected to be available between 9-5pm. During School based days, you are expected to be in school between 8.20am and 4pm.

Assessments

Assessment is continuous. You will engage in four assignments which will contribute towards your M Level Modules. Your teaching, including planning and assessment, is also assessed against the Teachers’ Standards. Partner schools share the responsibility for assessment during the practical teaching.

Facilities and Special Features

You will have access to the School Experience Library. This is an established and extensive set of resources specific for trainee teachers to support your placements and includes activities, big books and planning materials. “The quality of training is enhanced by the excellent resources at the University” (Ofsted 2014).

Careers

You will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which is nationally recognised as the professional qualification for teachers. You will be assessed in teaching the 5 to 11 age range, thus giving you access to a teaching career in Key Stage One or Key Stage Two.

Work Experience - We work in partnership with schools across Northamptonshire, its neighbouring counties and many schools across the country. This enables you to learn in range of schools. There are also opportunities for placements in Special Educational Needs (SEN) settings.

Other admission requirements

You will need to have a minimum of five GCSE passes at grade C or above and these must include Mathematics, English Language and Science. You must have these before applying. You must be interviewed and we will explore your suitability for teaching including undertaking DBS and Disqualification by Association.

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Early Years Teachers who meet the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) will be specialists in early childhood development, trained to work with babies and young children from birth to five. Read more
Early Years Teachers who meet the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) will be specialists in early childhood development, trained to work with babies and young children from birth to five. They will be graduate leaders responsible for organising and leading high quality practice in early years settings.

The University of Northampton is one of the main providers of Early Years Teacher Training (0-5) in the East Midlands. We have over forty years of experience in teacher training, education and research and are committed to inspiring change which transforms the lives of children and young people.

All aspects of The Early Years Teacher Status programmes have been commended by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in its recent monitoring assessment (November 2014). The University was additionally praised for developing a “post-qualification programme for newly qualified trainees who make a substantial contribution to the trainees’ professional formation”.

Course content

The programme consists of two routes for graduates (GEB and GEM) – both with fees for tuition and assessment covered by government funding.

1. Graduate Employment based (GEB) – part time 9-12 months.

Suitable for experienced early years practitioners who are graduates in paid employment in an early years setting who require training and further experience to demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years). They should have either a relevant degree and at least a year’s full time experience of working across most of the age range 0-5 or a non-relevant degree and at least 2 year’s full time experience of working across most of the age range 0-5.

On successful completion, you will be recommended for and awarded Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). The programme will build on and develop your knowledge and experience gained as an early years practitioner such that you can demonstrate the standards for early years teachers required by the Department for Education and exceed the minimum expectations for each Standard.

The programme covers a range of topics including:
-Child development.
-Safeguarding.
-Diversity.
-Pedagogy.
-Language and literacy.
-Maths and phonics.
-Working with parents.
-Professional development.
-Leading and supporting others.

Assessment

Assessment against the Teachers’ Standards Early Years is continuous. Your teaching, including planning and assessment, is assessed against the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years); there are no formal academic assignments. Employer and partner settings and schools share the responsibility for assessment during the practical teaching.

2. Graduate Entry Mainstream (GEM), PGCE Early Years (EYTS) 0-5 – full time 12 months.

Suitable for graduates from any discipline with little or no experience of working in early years. At least two weeks of experience in an Early Years setting is required.

On successful completion, you will have achieved 60 credits at Masters’ Level (PGCE) and be recommended for and awarded Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). The programme will build on and develop your knowledge and experience gained as an early years practitioner such that you can demonstrate the professional standards for early years teachers required by the Department for Education and exceed the minimum expectations for each Standard.

You will spend a substantial part of the programme in setting or school-based placements in our partnership settings and schools, which will enable you to develop high levels of competence in practical teaching in a range of educational contexts. There are three assessed setting/school-based placements where you will be assessed against the Professional Standards for Early Years Teachers and submit a Record of Professional Evidence. You will have a trained mentor in each placement and a Personal Academic Tutor at the University to support your professional development.

There are two compulsory modules at Level 7 which are worth 60 credits and can be used to contribute to a full MA in the future. The modules are Teaching, Learning and Assessment and Professional Studies.

Course modules (16/17)

-Professional Studies
-Teaching, Learning and Assessment
-Setting Experience 1, 2 and 3 Early Years (0-5)

Facilities and Special Features

We have a strong reputation for training teachers and our academics are experts in their field. With fully funded places available, you can study free of charge.

All aspects of the Early Years Teacher Status programmes have been commended by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in its recent monitoring assessment (November 2014). The University was additionally praised for developing a “post-qualification programme for newly qualified trainees who make a substantial contribution to the trainees’ professional formation”.

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This programme is aimed at people interested in developing their knowledge and skills in the field of autism spectrum, including Asperger syndrome. Read more
This programme is aimed at people interested in developing their knowledge and skills in the field of autism spectrum, including Asperger syndrome. This specialist pathway is ideal for professionals working in early years, primary or secondary schools, further and higher education, voluntary sector, advisory roles, and residential settings. It would also be available (subject to entry qualifications) to people with a personal interest, for example individuals on the autism spectrum and family members.

Course content

This programme provides in-depth knowledge and understanding of various aspects related to autism. The modules place specific emphasis on understanding autism from the individual and their family perspective. Theoretical perspectives related to autism and learning are explored in order to better understand the strengths and needs of individuals. A thorough analysis of evidence based approaches will be included in order to evaluate best practice in this field. The aim of the programme is to help participants to reduce the barriers that individuals with autism face in education and wider society. Participants will be encouraged to critically reflect and analyse their practice.

The modules undertaken will vary depending upon the selected exit award (PG certificate, diploma, MA). Each module is 30 level 7 CATs points, the final Dissertation is 60 CATs points. Students progressing to MA will undertake a Research Methods module and will complete a dissertation as part of their study.

Course modules (16/17)

-Understanding Autistic Spectrum Disorders
-Autism in the Early Years
-Understanding Challenging Behaviour in People with Autism and/or Learning Disabilities
-Evaluating Approaches for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
-Research Thesis
-Dissertation
-Research Methods

Students on PG Diploma or MA will study another optional module such as Key concepts in Inclusion or Understanding Severe and Profound Multiple Learning Difficulties. Students on the MA route will then complete an independent research project, either the Dissertation on its own, or the Research Thesis and Research Methods modules together.

Methods of Learning

Modules will be taught through a combination of approaches such as lectures, seminars, group work, case studies, tutorials and independent enquiries. A key strength of our programme is our blended learning approach. This provides the opportunity to learn collaboratively both face to face and online.

Schedule

For this programme taught study would be a combination of lectures, seminars and online activities which is usually 3 hours per week, per module. We recommend students to spend 10 hours per week, per module in self-directed study time.

PG Certificate– one year full time or between one to two years part-time.

PG Diploma– one year full time or between two to three years part-time.

MA – one year full time or between two to four years part-time.

September, 2016/ 2017, Full-time and Part-time.

Assessments

Assessment procedures are flexible and sensitive to either personal interests or existing professional workloads. Modules are assessed on the basis of essays, case studies, portfolios or reports and small-scale research projects.

Facilities and Special Features

Facilities available
-Virtual Learning environment.
-Fantastic library facilities.

Special features
The course is taught by senior lecturers who have extensive professional experience of working with individuals on the autism spectrum across the age and ability range. In addition, lecturers have an extensive research background.

Careers

If you are already working in the field of autism then the in-depth knowledge you will gain from this programme can help you to improve your practice or apply for management positions. A range of other career options in education, social care and voluntary sectors will be possible, such as being an advocate, learning mentor, or family adviser. For those who want to pursue further post-graduate research there is also a possibility of studying for a PhD.

Work Experience - For students who do not have any practical experience in the field, optional opportunities to visit settings can be arranged.

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This programme is designed for anyone wishing to develop their knowledge and understanding of issues relating to special educational needs and inclusion at Master’s level, including practitioners working with children, young people and adults in a range of different contexts. Read more
This programme is designed for anyone wishing to develop their knowledge and understanding of issues relating to special educational needs and inclusion at Master’s level, including practitioners working with children, young people and adults in a range of different contexts. However, some modules may require people to be working in practice. We can also offer bespoke training packages for a variety of settings.

Course content

All the modules are 30 CATs points each, apart from the final Dissertation which is 60 CATs points and is a compulsory module for those aiming for a MA award.

Students can choose from a range of optional modules which provide an opportunity to critically reflect on debates and controversies surrounding the development of inclusive practice in a variety of settings and contexts, national and international and in relation to various individual needs.

Course modules (16/17)

-Promoting Inclusive Practice
-Understanding Dyslexia: Identification, Curriculum & Teaching
-Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders
-Perspectives on Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
-Pupils with Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties 1 and 2
-Key Concepts in Inclusion and Diversity
-Leadership and Management in BESD
-Understanding Multi-Sensory Impairment
-Physical Disabilities: Contexts and Interventions
-Physical Disabilities: Curriculum Issues
-Evaluating Approaches for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
-Organisational based Project
-Research Methods
-Speech, Language and Communication needs
-Theoretical Perspectives on SpLD (Dyslexia) where are we now?
-The National Award for SEN Coordination 1 and 2
-Autism in the Early Years
-Using Standardised Assessments in Educational Settings: Theory and Practice
-Understanding Challenging Behaviour in People with Autism and/or Learning Disabilities
-Promoting EAL Practice (English Additional Learning and Bilingualism in Education)
-Research Thesis
-Dissertation

Students studying for a MA will have to complete a compulsory research project, either the Dissertation on its own, or a Research Thesis and the Research Methods module together.

Methods of Learning

Modules will be taught across three semesters per year through a combination of approaches such as lectures, seminars, group work, case studies, tutorials and independent enquiries. A key strength of our programme is our blended learning approach. This provides the opportunity to learn collaboratively both face to face and online.

Schedule

For this programme taught study would be a combination of lectures, seminars and online activities which is usually 3 hours per week, per module. We recommend students to spend 10 hours per week, per module in self-directed study time.

Students studying in India or Thailand will have block classes for 4-5 days with additional online support.

PG Certificate- one year full time or between one to two years part-time.
PG Diploma- one year full time or between two to three years part-time.
MA – one year full time or between two to four years part-time.

The programme has September and January in-takes for home students and September in-take only for international students.

Assessments

Assessment procedures are flexible and sensitive to either personal interests or existing professional workloads. Modules are assessed on the basis of essays, case studies, portfolios or reports and small-scale research projects.

Facilities and Special Features

Our integrated learning environment provides access to course materials and to a well-resourced library enabling students to access e-books and electronic journals from home.

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