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This Professional Studies (Outdoor Education/Outdoor Learning/Adventure Education) MA is the ideal course for ambitious professionals with a keen interest in developments within their field. Read more
This Professional Studies (Outdoor Education/Outdoor Learning/Adventure Education) MA is the ideal course for ambitious professionals with a keen interest in developments within their field.

The project-based, work-centred course enables students to develop a critical appreciation of fundamental changes in their profession. All the while, students will work on acquiring the skills necessary to deal with the challenges these changes present. This responsive approach is grounded in the concept of action research, which encourages students to react to and explore issues as and when they emerge within their professional context. This flexible course is carefully structured, with three supervised projects based on a theme related to your field.

You’ll be supported throughout the course with project templates which clearly outline structure, content and the research process.

On this course, you’ll be assigned a project supervisor for each stage. Your supervisor will have expertise in the chosen area so that they can provide you with tailored guidance and support throughout. If necessary, a second supervisor will be introduced.

Students will also take part in research workshops in which they’ll explore particular research themes with other students. As a participant on this course, you’ll enjoy full access to a wide range of electronic resources, as well as additional tutorial support where necessary. It is anticipated that one of the course projects will lead to a joint publication between supervisor and student.

Modules

Each stage of the programme is delivered through a project.

1st Year - PG Cert - Conceptual & Theoretical Discourses
There is the opportunity to consider the debates that constitute the terms of reference for Outdoor Education or Outdoor Learning or Adventure Education within organisations. For example: debates relating to the range and scope of the outdoor industry or field; ideology and outdoor interventions; the changing approaches and influences in education outdoors; the application of theory to Outdoor Education or Outdoor Learning or Adventure Education processes. This is an individual tutorial based course, in person in Plymouth and/or via Skype, telephone or email, whatever suits you best.

2nd Year - PG Dip - Contemporary Contextual Issues
This section will look at the students professional practice and how the policy drivers and process impact the provision of Outdoor Education or Outdoor Learning. This will include exploring the development of policy networks, the role of stakeholders, evaluation of the policy process and concepts and constructions of professionalism.

3rd Year - MA Masters Project - Developmental Considerations
This is an opportunity for the student to engage in a research project about their professional practice in context, with a focus on developmental based project work. For example direct engagement in some aspect of the strategic planning process within the student’s professional area. This may concern multi-agency and partnership work and could focus on participants or staff, pedagogy, programme design and implementation of strategies and initiatives.

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Assessment of each stage of the programme will be based on the grade awarded for the completed project, formative assessment will also be provided at two points during the year in order to provide students with an indication of their progress.

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Do you want to become an outstanding teacher? Our specialist PGCE in Secondary Education with Physical Education is a direct route to a career of which you can be proud. Read more
Do you want to become an outstanding teacher? Our specialist PGCE in Secondary Education with Physical Education is a direct route to a career of which you can be proud. PE teachers are not just excellent sports people. They provide opportunities for all people, regardless of experience or ability. Great PE teachers can motivate pupils to successful lifelong learning.

During this varied PGCE course, trainees acquire a broad and deep understanding of a teacher’s daily activities in challenging and diverse settings. Furthermore, our PGCE PE trainees take up ‘enhancements’ linked to other curriculum subjects, primary phase or Special Education Needs and Diversity.

Collaborative learning and a strong culture of support underpin this PGCE, and trainees will enjoy a stimulating and effective learning environment from start to finish.

At the University of St Mark & St John, we pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching programmes. Ofsted 2014 commented “The large majority of physical education trainees from both routes are already teaching at a consistently outstanding level”. If the idea of joining these trainees inspires and motivates you, it’s time to start the application process.

Modules

All modules are compulsory:
-Becoming a teacher: Pedagogy & philosophies of learning
-Inclusion in the secondary classroom: Appreciating diversity
-Understanding the learner: A personalised approach to learning & assessment
-Teaching placement

Career Opportunities

The University of St Mark & St John is widely renowned for producing excellent teachers. We have superb links with our partnership schools throughout the South West, London and overseas. You will find many past University of St Mark & St John graduates teaching in a variety of schools across the country.The quality of our graduates is well recognised both locally and nationally and, as such, a very high proportion of graduates gain immediate employment or enrol on Masters programmes to further their studies.

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Do you want to become an outstanding teacher? Our specialist PGCE in Secondary Education with Religious Education (RE) is a direct route to a career of which you can be proud. Read more
Do you want to become an outstanding teacher? Our specialist PGCE in Secondary Education with Religious Education (RE) is a direct route to a career of which you can be proud. RE teachers empower young people and this course aims to produce dynamic, confident, and innovative teachers who are committed to making RE accessible for all. This course includes current debates and practices within RE, as well as those issues relating to the promotion of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils; it develops a range of teaching styles appropriate to the delivery of RE within the National Curriculum and GCSE/A Level specifications.

The course’s perspective on religious education distils the best practice of the recent past and gives a decidedly contemporary flavour with an eye to the future. Furthermore, our PGCE RE trainees take up ‘enhancements’ linked to other curriculum subjects, primary phase or Special Education Needs and Diversity.

The route to qualified teacher status will require you to work closely with all those involved in the training partnership – teachers, University tutors, school mentors, professional tutors in school and, last but not least, your fellow trainees. You are encouraged to take an active and collaborative role in your own learning and we all look forward to working with you on what we know will be a rewarding and enjoyable year.

At the University of St Mark & St John, we pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching programmes. Ofsted 2014 commented “the collaborative nature of the partnership that promotes high-quality training across all settings’. If the idea of joining these trainees inspires and motivates you, it’s time to apply for our PGCE with RE.

Modules

-Becoming a teacher: Pedagogy & Philosophies of Learning
-Inclusion in the Secondary Classroom: Appreciating Diversity
-Understanding the Learner: A Personalised Approach to Learning & Assessment
-Teaching Placement

Career Opportunities

RE teachers are in short supply but the regional demand will vary from year to year. Previous trainees in RE have gained employment locally in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall but also further afield e.g East Midlands, London, Yorkshire, Birmingham and in international schools. University of St Mark & St John will work with partnerships to ensure that you receive the very best in teacher training preparing you to teach in any type of school, church schools, academies, cooperative trusts, independent schools or free schools.

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The ideal course for those who want to develop their professional expertise in education, our MA Education course centres on your own needs, research interests and work-based contexts. Read more
The ideal course for those who want to develop their professional expertise in education, our MA Education course centres on your own needs, research interests and work-based contexts. You can study on a full- (one year) or part-time basis (three years).

With a blend of one-to-one learning, distance learning and attendance at our Saturday practitioner days, you’ll be able to design and develop your own assessments throughout the course. Following completion of this course and with enhanced subject-specialist knowledge, you’ll be ideally placed to inform change in your practice settings.

This course provides a flexible approach to your studies, with learning being informed by your work setting and specific subject interests. You will be given the chance to identify your own research interests to shape your modules and assessments. This course provides a vital route to career progression and enhanced professional practice.

Modules

-Independent Study
-Professional Practice Portfolio
-Research Design
-Dissertation
-Leadership and Governance of Church Schools
-Developing Co-operative Learning Approaches to Teaching and Learning
-Values-Based Education
-NQT Career Development Portfolio
-Managing Inclusion in the Classroom
-Leadership in Learning and Education Contexts
-Becoming a Reflective Practitioner

Career Opportunities

In general terms, a Masters’ degree can enable career progression in a highly competitive market place and promote career mobility. Career opportunities will vary according to students’ fields of work, but holders of a Masters’ degree can expect to demonstrate highly flexible and transferable skills such as high levels of initiative, leadership of learning and mastery of a subject area.

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It is worth researching on-line to see if there are Independent Trusts or Foundations who may be able to offer bursaries in your subject or make a fee contribution. Publications such as The Grants Register and The Directory of Grant-Making Trusts provide information on possible sources of funding. On-line databases also include Scholarship Research and Postgraduate Scholarships.

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Do you want to become an outstanding teacher? Our specialist PGCE in Secondary Education with Geography is a direct route to a career of which you can be proud. Read more
Do you want to become an outstanding teacher? Our specialist PGCE in Secondary Education with Geography is a direct route to a career of which you can be proud. Geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places, this course develops a range of teaching styles appropriate to the delivery of Geography within the National Curriculum and GCSE/A Level specifications.

Geography inspires pupils to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet. This course aims to produce dynamic, confident, and innovative teachers who are committed to making Geography accessible for all.

This course has been planned jointly with geography teachers in our partner schools to prepare you to be sensitive to the need to adapt to the rapidly changing nature of geography and of education in schools. Furthermore, our PGCE Geography trainees take up ‘enhancements’ linked to other curriculum subjects, such as other humanities areas, primary phase or Special Education Needs and Diversity.

We work with a dedicated team of Subject Mentors in our Partnership schools – many of whom we have worked with over a number of years. Training in schools is of an extremely high quality, supportive but rigorous.

At the University of St Mark & St John, we pride ourselves on the quality of our ITE programmes and the impact that has on your progress in schools, we regognise that you all start the PGCE Geography with different levels of knowledge and experience and the programme from the start is personalized to meet your needs. Ofsted 2014 commented “The quality of the assessment arrangements and how well the training is matched to individual trainees’ developmental needs, ensuring that trainees make progress against challenging individual expectations’ progress over time’.

Modules

-Becoming a teacher: Pedagogy & Philosophies of Learning
-Inclusion in the Secondary Classroom: Appreciating Diversity
-Understanding the Learner: A Personalised Approach to Learning & Assessment
-Teaching Placement

Career Opportunities

The University of St Mark & St John is widely renowned for producing excellent teachers. We have superb links with our partnership schools throughout the South West, London and overseas. You will find our graduates teaching in schools across the country.
-Over 95% of secondary trained teachers employed in teaching jobs – above the sector and region average.
-High quality training and outcomes – 100% of Secondary PGCE trainees completing in 2014 were graded good or outstanding.
-Long and established history of teacher education – 175 years of experience.
-Partnership – wide and diverse – praised by Ofsted (2014) – ‘effective use of local diversity and wider links which ensures trainees have breadth and variety in their training, so making them highly employable’.

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Please note that Level 2 Key Skills in Application of Numbers and Communication or Certificates in Adult Literacy or Numeracy, are not sufficient to meet the entry requirements to a PGCE programme.

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Do you want to become an outstanding teacher? Our specialist PGCE in Secondary Education with Drama is a direct route to a career of which you can be proud. Read more
Do you want to become an outstanding teacher? Our specialist PGCE in Secondary Education with Drama is a direct route to a career of which you can be proud. Drama teachers empowering young people and this course aims to produce dynamic confident, and creative teachers who are committed to making drama accessible for all. This course includes a specific focus on the use of masterclasses and develops a range of teaching styles appropriate to the delivery of Drama within the National Curriculum and GCSE/A Level specifications. Great Drama teachers can motivate pupils to successful lifelong learning.

During this varied PGCE course, trainees acquire a broad and deep understanding of a teacher’s daily activities in challenging and diverse settings. Furthermore, our PGCE Drama trainees take up ‘enhancements’ linked to other curriculum subjects e.g english, primary phase or Special Education Needs and Diversity.

Collaborative learning and a strong culture of support underpin this PGCE Secondary Education with Drama, and trainees will enjoy a stimulating and effective learning environment from start to finish.

At the University of St Mark & St John, we pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching programmes. Ofsted 2014 commented “Beyond having very positive attitudes and commitment to teaching, they show a passion for their subject, and want students to do well and enjoy their work.” If the idea of joining these trainees inspires and motivates you, it’s time to start the application process.

Modules

-Becoming a teacher: Pedagogy & Philosophies of Learning
-Inclusion in the Secondary Classroom: Appreciating Diversity
-Understanding the Learner: A Personalised Approach to Learning & Assessment
-Teaching Placement

Career Opportunities

The quality of our graduates is well recognised both locally and nationally and, as such, a very high proportion of graduates gain immediate employment or enrol on Masters programmes to further their studies.A key strength of the Partnership is ‘how well the partnership prepares trainees to make them employable, leading to all securing, and remaining in, teaching posts’. (OFSTED 2014)

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Please note that Level 2 Key Skills in Application of Numbers and Communication or Certificates in Adult Literacy or Numeracy, are not sufficient to meet the entry requirements to a PGCE programme.

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Do you want to become an outstanding teacher? Our specialist PGCE in Secondary Education with Psychology is a direct route to a career of which you can be proud. Read more
Do you want to become an outstanding teacher? Our specialist PGCE in Secondary Education with Psychology is a direct route to a career of which you can be proud. Psychology helps you understand yourself and other people; this course develops a range of teaching styles appropriate to the delivery of Psychology within the GCSE/A Level specifications. Psychology PGCE course addresses the main areas of psychology; developmental, cognitive, biological, social and individual differences, it is a truly contemporary subject which is relevant to all our pupils’ lives. This course aims to produce dynamic, confident, and innovative teachers who are committed to developing students’ curiosity about human behaviour.

We aim to train you as a Psychology teacher at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 with enhancement, the main focus of your training will be through your specialist subject. Furthermore, our PGCE Psychology trainees take up ‘enhancements’ linked to other curriculum subjects e.g sciences, pastoral education or Special Education Needs and Diversity.

In essence, our task is to develop your professional competence, creativity and innovation so that you can be highly effective in the classroom and also to provide a substantial base from which you can develop throughout your future career.

At the University of St Mark & St John, we pride ourselves on the quality of our ITE programmes. Ofsted 2014 commented “The enhancement part of the programme enables trainees to develop particular skills in a specific area; for many, this involves further development of subject knowledge to enable, trainees to teach another subject’. If the idea of joining these trainees inspires and motivates you, it’s time to start the application process.

Modules

-Becoming a teacher: Pedagogy & Philosophies of Learning
-Inclusion in the Secondary Classroom: Appreciating Diversity
-Understanding the Learner: A Personalised Approach to Learning & Assessment
-Teaching Placement

Career Opportunities

Psychology is one of the most popular post 16 choices and as such is in growing demand . The University works in partnership with a wide range of groups across the South West. These partnerships include: Teaching Schools, Co-operative Trusts and Church Schools. Over the last 3 years over 95% of Secondary trained teachers from the Partnership were employed in teaching jobs – above the sector and region average. Our University is well known for the outstanding quality of our trainees, and this course offers trainees the chance to perfect their transferable teaching skills within our key partner schools.

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Please note that Level 2 Key Skills in Application of Numbers and Communication or Certificates in Adult Literacy or Numeracy, are not sufficient to meet the entry requirements to a PGCE programme.

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Give your secondary education career a solid start with our specialist PGCE. On the Secondary Education with Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) PGCE, you’ll build on your existing qualification to become the kind of teacher who makes a real difference in pupils’ lives. Read more
Give your secondary education career a solid start with our specialist PGCE. On the Secondary Education with Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) PGCE, you’ll build on your existing qualification to become the kind of teacher who makes a real difference in pupils’ lives.

On completion of this course, you’ll be fully prepared to support pupils aged from 11 to 16 (key stages three and four) in their secondary education.

The course comprises four main areas which are general professional studies, curriculum studies (with MFL-specific methodology), placements in lead and second schools (with a minimum of 150 days over three terms) and academic assignments.

This structure has been carefully developed to ensure you acquire all the skills you need to become a truly excellent secondary MFL teacher. You’ll explore a range of topics to give you a deep understanding of what teachers need to do on a daily basis in order to be effective in their role.

We’re committed to enhancing your natural passion for teaching, developing your subject knowledge, and helping you apply new-found knowledge and skills to lessons. To help you make a strong start funded (optional) MFL Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses are available too.

Modules

-Becoming a teacher: Pedagogy & Philosophies of Learning
-Inclusion in the Secondary Classroom: Appreciating Diversity
-Understanding the Learner: A Personalised Approach to Learning & Assessment
-Teaching Placement

Career Opportunities

The University of St Mark & St John is widely renowned for producing excellent teachers. We have superb links with our partnership schools throughout the South West, London and overseas. You will find many past University of St Mark & St John graduates teaching in a variety of schools across the country.The quality of our graduates is well recognised both locally and nationally and, as such, a very high proportion of graduates gain immediate employment or enrol on Masters programmes to further their studies. Our employment data for the last three years shows MFL trainee teachers are employed above the region and sector.

More Information

Please note that Level 2 Key Skills in Application of Numbers and Communication or Certificates in Adult Literacy or Numeracy, are not sufficient to meet the entry requirements to a PGCE programme.

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Do you want to become an outstanding teacher? Our specialist PGCE in Secondary Education with English is a direct route to a career of which you can be proud. Read more
Do you want to become an outstanding teacher? Our specialist PGCE in Secondary Education with English is a direct route to a career of which you can be proud. English develops an interest in literature, the role of language and this course develops a range of teaching styles appropriate to the delivery of English within the National Curriculum and GCSE/A Level specifications. English, through literature and language impacts on our lives and this course aims to produce dynamic, confident, and innovative teachers who are committed to developing life skills.

The aim of the course is to prepare trainee teachers for a first appointment as a teacher of English in a secondary school and assess current developments in the subject and their possible effect on teaching in schools. To develop as a teacher, you will be learning about how pupils can engage positively with literature and language and how they can be helped to a better understanding of themselves and the world through English. Furthermore, our PGCE English trainees can take up ‘enhancements’ linked to other curriculum subjects e.g. primary phase or Special Education Needs and Diversity.

We acknowledge that the trainees themselves are the most valuable resource on the course and we will be giving you the opportunity you to share your specialisms with the other trainees, and you will develop essential components of creativity and imagination such as determination, hard work, observing, thinking, experimenting, investigating, making, evaluation.

At the University of St Mark & St John, we pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching programmes. PGCE External examiners commented “The work across the Partnership results in excellent relationship building with staff and pupils as well as creative and forward thinking pedagogical ideas.” If the idea of joining these trainees inspires and motivates you, it’s time to start the application process.

General Entry Requirements

In addition to the specific course entry requirements, all PGCE applicants will need to meet the following:

- Recent secondary school classroom observation experience.
- To be able to clearly and accurately communicate both spoken and written English.
- Candidates must take part in individual and group interviews with representatives from schools as well as University tutors.

Suitability Clearance

You will be required to:

- Provide a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service), Enhanced Disclosure, related to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the Joint Circular ‘Protection of Children’.

- Meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach as detailed in ‘Fit to Teach’ by completing an on-line medical questionnaire.

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The University of St Mark & St John is widely renowned for producing excellent teachers. We have superb links with our partnership schools throughout the South West, London and overseas. You will find our graduates teaching in schools across the country.

- Over 95% of secondary trained teachers employed in teaching jobs – above the sector and region average.

- High quality training and outcomes – 100% of Secondary PGCE trainees completing in 2014 were graded good or outstanding.

- Long and established history of teacher education – 175 years of experience.

- Partnership – wide and diverse – praised by Ofsted (2014) – ‘effective use of local diversity and wider links which ensures trainees have breadth and variety in their training, so making them highly employable’.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.marjon.ac.uk/courses/applying/

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Do you want to become an outstanding teacher? Our specialist PGCE in Secondary Education with Art and Design is a direct route to a career of which you can be proud. Read more
Do you want to become an outstanding teacher? Our specialist PGCE in Secondary Education with Art and Design is a direct route to a career of which you can be proud.

Art and Design develops a passion for visual knowledge and understanding and the use of technology. This course develops a range of teaching styles appropriate to the delivery of Art and Design within the National Curriculum and GCSE/A Level specifications. Art and Design impacts on our lives and this course aims to produce dynamic, confident, and innovative teachers who are committed to developing life skills.

The aim of the course is to prepare trainee teachers for a first appointment as a teacher of Art and Design in a secondary school and assess current developments in the subject and their possible effect on teaching in schools. To develop as a teacher, you will be learning about how pupils develop their art and design skills and knowledge, and how they can be helped to a better understanding of themselves and the world through Art and Design. Furthermore, our PGCE Art and Design trainees can take up ‘enhancements’ linked to other curriculum subjects e.g. English, primary phase or Special Education Needs and Diversity.

We acknowledge that the trainees themselves are the most valuable resource on the course and we will be giving you the opportunity you to share your specialisms with the other trainees, and you will develop essential components of creativity and imagination such as determination, hard work, observing, thinking, experimenting, investigating, making, evaluation.

At the University of St Mark & St John, we pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching programmes. PGCE External examiners commented “The work across the Partnership results in excellent relationship building with staff and pupils as well as creative and forward thinking pedagogical ideas.” If the idea of joining these trainees inspires and motivates you, it’s time to start the application process.

General Entry Requirements

In addition to the specific course entry requirements, all PGCE applicants will need to meet the following:

- Recent secondary school classroom observation experience.
- To be able to clearly and accurately communicate both spoken and written English.
- Candidates must take part in individual and group interviews with representatives from schools as well as University tutors.

Suitability Clearance

You will be required to:

- Provide a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service), Enhanced Disclosure, related to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the Joint Circular ‘Protection of Children’.

- Meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach as detailed in ‘Fit to Teach’ by completing an on-line medical questionnaire.

Career Opportunities

The University of St Mark & St John is widely renowned for producing excellent teachers. We have superb links with our partnership schools throughout the South West, London and overseas. You will find our graduates teaching in schools across the country.

- Over 95% of secondary trained teachers employed in teaching jobs – above the sector and region average.

- High quality training and outcomes – 100% of Secondary PGCE trainees completing in 2014 were graded good or outstanding.

- Long and established history of teacher education – 175 years of experience.

- Partnership – wide and diverse – praised by Ofsted (2014) – ‘effective use of local diversity and wider links which ensures trainees have breadth and variety in their training, so making them highly employable’.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.marjon.ac.uk/courses/applying/

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Do you want to become an outstanding teacher? Our specialist PGCE in Secondary Education with Media Studies is a direct route to a career of which you can be proud. Read more
Do you want to become an outstanding teacher? Our specialist PGCE in Secondary Education with Media Studies is a direct route to a career of which you can be proud. Media Studies stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about our world, this course develops a range of teaching styles appropriate to the delivery of Media Studies within the National Curriculum and GCSE/A Level specifications. Media Studies is a truly contemporary subject which is relevant to all our pupils’ lives. Media impacts on our lives through different areas of influence political, cultural and economic, this course aims to produce dynamic, confident, and innovative teachers who are committed to developing life skills of analysing communicating findings and being imaginative and creative accessible for all.

The aim of the course is to prepare trainee teachers for a first appointment as a teacher of Media studies in a secondary school and assess current developments in the subject and their possible effect on teaching in schools. To develop as a teacher, you will be learning about how pupils can engage positively with the media and how they can be helped to a better understanding of themselves and the world through the media. Furthermore, our PGCE Media Studies trainees take up ‘enhancements’ linked to other curriculum subjects e.g english, primary phase or Special Education Needs and Diversity.

We acknowledge that the trainees themselves are the most valuable resource on the course and we will be giving you the opportunity you to share your specialisms with the other trainees, and you will develop essential components of creativity and imagination such as determination, hard work, observing, thinking, experimenting, investigating, making, evaluation.

At the University of St Mark & St John, we pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching programmes. PGCE External examiners commented “The work across the Partnership results in excellent relationship building with staff and pupils as well as creative and forward thinking pedagogical ideas.”If the idea of joining these trainees inspires and motivates you, it’s time to start the application process.

Modules

-Becoming a teacher: Pedagogy & Philosophies of Learning
-Inclusion in the Secondary Classroom: Appreciating Diversity
-Understanding the Learner: A Personalised Approach to Learning & Assessment
-Teaching Placement

Career Opportunities

The reputation of our trainees, both within and outside of immediate partnership schools in the South West, has resulted in high employability rates, with over 95% of secondary Trainees gaining employment. Ofsted (2104) praised the University’s ‘effective use of local diversity and wider links which ensures trainees have breadth and variety in their training, so making them highly employable’.

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Please note that Level 2 Key Skills in Application of Numbers and Communication or Certificates in Adult Literacy or Numeracy, are not sufficient to meet the entry requirements to a PGCE programme.

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The University of St Mark & St John is one of the most experienced teacher-training institutions in the country. For more than 175 years, our University has played a key role in populating the world with industry-leading, outstanding teaching staff. Read more
The University of St Mark & St John is one of the most experienced teacher-training institutions in the country. For more than 175 years, our University has played a key role in populating the world with industry-leading, outstanding teaching staff.

In fact, our trainees have been found to be seven times more likely to be employed than those from any other named provider.

Our Primary PGCE course focuses on shaping skills which can make a real difference to pupils the world over. We recognise that teaching is a true vocation and therefore the overarching aim of the Primary PGCE is to prepare the next generation of outstanding teachers by providing training of great breadth and variety.

Trainees taking this PGCE course will benefit not only from high-quality teaching and support within the University, but also from a wide range of partnership schools. Participants will be encouraged to explore the kind of critical thinking that results in a reflective, flexible, caring, confident and knowledgeable approach to teaching.

Of course, work-based learning is an integral part of the PGCE. Trainees will spend 24 weeks in placements at key stages one and two. Additionally, three assignments will allow students to gain 60 credits at master’s level: one third of the 180 credits required for a master’s degree with qualified teacher status (QTS).

Perhaps the most tangible benefit of the PGCE is the extremely high rates of employment following completion of the course: our trainees are sought after locally, nationally and internationally.

Modules

All modules are compulsory:
-Inclusion & the primary classroom: Managing difference
-Understanding the child: a personalised approach to children’s learning
-Developing a philosophy of learning & teaching across the primary curriculum
-Final teaching practice

Career Opportunities

Our teaching graduates are highly sought after locally, nationally and internationally:
-Over 90% employed in teaching jobs – above the sector and region average.
-64% of NQTs employed by Plymouth City Council last year were from Marjon – Marjon trainees were seven times more likely to be employed than any other named provider.
-High quality training and outcomes – 98% of primary PGCE trainees completing in 2014 were graded good or outstanding.
-Wide range of placement opportunities across a broad partnership.
-Long and established history of teacher education – 175 years of experience.
-Partnership – wide and diverse – praised by Ofsted (2014) – ‘effective use of local diversity and wider links which ensures trainees have breadth and variety in their training, so making them highly employable’.

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Do you want to gain Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)? This qualification is growing in popularity, and students who hold this status are leading professionals in the provision of services for children aged up to five. Read more
Do you want to gain Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)? This qualification is growing in popularity, and students who hold this status are leading professionals in the provision of services for children aged up to five.

The Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) follows two routes, each developed to meet a range of needs. So whatever your interests and qualifications, you’ll find the perfect route.

Route one: Postgraduate Diploma in Early Years with EYITT (GEE)
Also known as the Graduate Entry Employment-Based route, this option is perfect for those already working in an early years setting. The course is similar to the graduate entry-level programme, but incorporates plenty of work-based learning. In most cases employers are able to obtain funding to cover the release time for employees who wish to undertake this course.

Route two: Postgraduate Diploma in Early Years with EYITT (GEM)
Designed for graduates in any discipline, this route is ideal for those who’ve decided to change careers, or new graduates with an interest in early years education. It’s also known as the Graduate Entry Mainstream Route. The course is fully funded by NCTL and small bursaries may be available for eligible candidates.

Modules

-Critical Perspectives on Pedagogy and Play within the EYFS
-Placement 1
-Notions of Quality in Early Years Practice
-Placement 2-Interim Assessment EYT
-Transforming Early Years Practitioners: Facilitating Reflective Learning
-Placement 3-Final Assessment EYT

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the programme results in the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Early Years with Early Years Teacher Status.Typically, students find employment in Children's Centres, nursery classes in schools, private and voluntary-funded nurseries or working in Local Authority Early Years Provision.

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The University of St Mark & St John is one of the UK’s leading TESOL training providers. Read more
The University of St Mark & St John is one of the UK’s leading TESOL training providers. With more than three decades’ experience delivering master’s programmes to 35 cohorts of students in Plymouth, as well as in over 15 locations around the world, the University has trained a wide range of outstanding TESOL professionals.

We have been involved in TESOL teaching, training curriculum renewal and quality assurance projects in nearly 50 countries, including Hungary, Mexico, Chile, Egypt, China, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Our flexible and dynamic MSc TESOL is an enriching choice for those seeking the challenge of master’s-level study, informed and complemented by the experience of a teaching internship in one of our well-established partner schools.

Modules

-English Language Learning & Teaching
-Analysing Language for TESOL
-Specialist options
-Research methods
-Extended study - Dissertation or Professional Portfolio

Career Opportunities

The internship experience and engagement with cutting-edge academic input provide graduates of the MSc TESOL with opportunities to acquire a range of distinctive qualities attractive to employers across the globe. Graduates of previous programmes have found employment as TESOL teachers in schools, colleges and universities. Others have become teacher trainers, materials writers, education managers and test designers. A significant number have gone on to doctoral study (PhD, EdD).

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School Direct programmes last one year and are largely designed by teachers, for teachers. The course is structured based on the specific skills employers are looking for in NQTs, and therefore employability levels are extremely high on completion. Read more
School Direct programmes last one year and are largely designed by teachers, for teachers. The course is structured based on the specific skills employers are looking for in NQTs, and therefore employability levels are extremely high on completion. School Direct programmes offer trainees the chance to train in school whilst achieving a PGCE. The programmes offers opportunities to train to teach across all phases; Early Years, Primary and Secondary.

The University works in partnership with a wide range of groups across the South West. These partnerships include: Teaching Schools, Co-operative Trusts and Church Schools. Our University is well known for the outstanding quality of our trainees, and this course offers trainees the chance to perfect their transferable teaching skills within our key partner schools.

In 2014-2015 88% of Primary trainees were employed and 100% of Secondary trainees following study.

The University of St Mark and St John as also been highly praised and recognised, Ofsted (2014) ‘The partnership’s effective use of local diversity and wider links which ensures that trainees have breadth and variety in their training, so making them highly employable.’ and Ofsted (2014) ‘The quality of training is good overall and meets the needs of the phase specialisms well.’

Providing you meet the entry criteria, you have two options for the School Direct programme:
-Non-salaried: Open to all graduates and funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee. Trainees may receive a bursary of up to £30,000 from the Department of Education. This is the perfect route for graduates who want to be part of a school team from day one.
-Salaried: Perfect for high-quality graduates (usually with a first class or upper second honours degree) who already have experience in a school. Trainees will earn a salary as an employee of the school, and will partake in a minimum of 60 days of training. You will also be invited to train at another school for variety of experience. During your training, you will have the support of school-based trainers and University trainers.

Modules

All modules are compulsory.
For primary trainees:
-Inclusion & the primary classroom: Managing difference
-Understanding the child: a personalised approach to children’s learning
-Developing a philosophy of learning & teaching across the primary curriculum

For secondary trainees:
-Becoming a teacher: Pedagogy & philosophies of learning
-Inclusion in the secondary classroom: appreciating diversity
-Understanding the learner: A personalised approach to learning & assessment

Career Opportunities

The School Direct programme leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). School Direct is very attractive to potential employers because all training is undetaken in schools which gives graduates a wealth of practical classroom experience.

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