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What does the course involve?. Read more
What does the course involve?

The Certificate in Education (CertEd) and Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) are professional qualifications for people teaching in further education colleges, sixth form colleges, adult education, higher education, and a wide range of other training and educational settings that are outside the schools sector.
The courses are available to graduates and to non-graduates with appropriate vocational qualifications. The courses can be studied full-time (Ipswich and Bury Campus only), part-time or on a flexible basis. The two year part-time course will interest teachers and trainers who are already in full or part-time employment. Attendance on this course is one evening or one morning or afternoon per week.

The full-time course will benefit those who wish to obtain a teaching qualification before seeking employment. The full-time mode of study assumes no teaching experience and participants are provided with a supervised teaching placement (subject to availability). The course is designed to develop a range of skills and knowledge required of a professional teacher in a post-compulsory environment. The course places a significant emphasis on participants developing the appropriate skills and knowledge they require to meet the needs of the learner. The fundamental principles of practice are underpinned by reference to theoretical perspectives, thus encouraging participants to effectively link theory to practice. Successful completion of the course is determined by continuous assessment.

The course is designed to encourage students to achieve the aims through engaging in activities which are directly related to their own teaching context. Students are assessed through a mixture of essays, reports, assignments and practical tasks as appropriate for the learning outcomes of each individual module. It is a requirement that all students pass the practical teaching elements of the course. Participants will be observed teaching in the normal teaching context and formally assessed a number of times throughout the programme.

What different entry requirements are there depending on the route I choose to take?

Part-time in-service route
All applicants on the two year part-time route must have access to teaching opportunities in a post-compulsory environment and have sufficient experience on which to be assessed. This must be a minimum of 75 teaching hours per academic year. Students will be asked to identify a mentor from within their organisation to assist the development of subject-specific teaching skills.
Full-time pre-service route
Entry to this course depends upon the areas of work or subject area the candidate intends to teach. Recruitment will depend upon the availability of an appropriate supervised teaching practice placement. Training bursaries may be available to support students in designated shortage subject areas.

What modules will I study?
This programme has been developed to match the Education and Training Foundation standards and meet the DfES requirements for new teachers in this sector.

The programme consists of six modules:

Preparing and Enabling Learning in the Lifelong Learning Sector
Assessment and Guidance
Professional Practice 1
Curriculum Design and Evaluation
Researching and Improving Professional Practice
Professional Practice 2

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The Tendring Hundred Primary SCITT programme combines the very best of school-centred and academic training to produce confident and competent Newly Qualified Teachers. Read more
The Tendring Hundred Primary SCITT programme combines the very best of school-centred and academic training to produce confident and competent Newly Qualified Teachers. The course specialises in Early Years education (3-7 years) and Primary (5-11 years). On successful completion of the course all Trainees will gain QTS and a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). The course offers a range of opportunities to work within a school environment and be part of the school community.

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The Suffolk and Norfolk Initial Teaching Training programmes for both Primary and Secondary teachers aim to bring together the very best of school centred… Read more
The Suffolk and Norfolk Initial Teaching Training programmes for both Primary and Secondary teachers aim to bring together the very best of school centred and academic training to produce competent and confident Newly Qualified Teachers who consider and reflect upon the purposes of education as well as having high levels of knowledge, understanding and skills in the learning and teaching of children. We offer the facilities to undertake the following three programmes in which the training is based mainly in schools:

Primary SCITT (School Centred Initial teacher Training)
Secondary SCITT
Graduate Teacher Programme

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The Suffolk and Norfolk Initial Teaching Training programmes for both Primary and Secondary teachers aim to bring together the very best of school centred… Read more
The Suffolk and Norfolk Initial Teaching Training programmes for both Primary and Secondary teachers aim to bring together the very best of school centred and academic training to produce competent and confident Newly Qualified Teachers who consider and reflect upon the purposes of education as well as having high levels of knowledge, understanding and skills in the learning and teaching of children. We offer the facilities to undertake the following three programmes in which the training is based mainly in schools:

Primary SCITT (School Centred Initial teacher Training)
Secondary SCITT
Graduate Teacher Programme

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MA Childhood Studies is based on an informed and critical approach to the academic study of childhood and youth and is intended to reflect both the desires and ambitions of postgraduate students and the philosophical traditions and current developments in the social studies of childhood and youth. Read more
MA Childhood Studies is based on an informed and critical approach to the academic study of childhood and youth and is intended to reflect both the desires and ambitions of postgraduate students and the philosophical traditions and current developments in the social studies of childhood and youth.

This taught Masters course has been developed for postgraduate students or senior professionals interested in specialised or advanced study of childhood and youth. It will, therefore, be of particular interest to those wishing to be or already employed in the children and young people’s workforce. In line with recent international developments in social studies of childhood and youth, the MA Childhood Studies is transdisciplinary in approach but has a strong emphasis on perspectives drawn from sociology, social policy, geography, anthropology and history. The course is informed by the United Nations Rights of the Child (UNCRC) framework and draws on current methodological standpoints in childhood and youth research that emphasis participation. It is committed to adopting a ‘child/young person - centred’ philosophy throughout, and reflects the principles of protecting the rights and interests of children and young people and the increasing importance of participation. The changing conditions of childhood and youth and the ways in which children and young people themselves experience and understand their everyday lives is emphasised.

The aims of the MA (including PG Dip/PG Cert) Childhood Studies are:

• To offer an innovative, dynamic and flexible programme that critically considers developments in the academic study of childhood and the changing contexts of childhood and youth in a globalised world.
• To critically explore the cultural and social constructions of childhood and youth and the implications that they have had and continue to have on children and young people’s everyday lives.
• To advance students’ knowledge of the complexity of understanding the relationship between children’s rights, the ideologies and responsibilities for welfare and the lived realities of children’s and young people’s diverse experiences.
• To provide a robust theoretical framework for students to develop an integrated and critically aware understanding of childhood and youth studies and to cultivate a critical and analytical approach to contemporary methodological advances in childhood research.
• To develop in students a range of intellectual skills reflecting both the ethos of lifelong learning and the rigour required at M level, a high level of student autonomy and self-direction in order to facilitate the student to demonstrate initiative, originality alongside integrity and ethical judgement in their advanced scholarship and to become influential and effective specialists in the field of childhood and youth studies.

The MA Childhood Studies course is delivered on a flexible, blended learning basis using both traditionally taught elements of the course with lectures, seminars and tutorials during study days, weekend learning programmes and a research summer school and through new media technologies and the online learning environment. Combined, these provide an effective and dynamic space for engaging students and effectively promoting student learning through a knowledge sharing philosophy.

The course team have a commitment to high quality teaching and they incorporate a wide variety of technological tools and learning and teaching techniques to form a collaborative space that enables a seamless transition between classroom based and online learning. Tutors are able to monitor understanding and clarify and expand on points quickly and efficiently to support student learning. Using audio and video, online lectures, links to key reading and relevant web based materials these methods of technology enhanced learning are part of a blended learning programme. whilst some modules can be studied by students at a time and pace that best suits them, other modules have a more structured approach in their design and students access the course content on a week by week basis. All modules are designed to offer students a shared learning experience with other students and module tutors. They involve discussion boards and blogs and more interactive learning tools and techniques as well as the self-study materials, downloadable documents, email, eportfolio||, podcasts and vodcasts found throughout the course.

Students will require access to Broadband either at home, in their workplace or in a public library and standard PC or MAC technology. Ipods/Mp3 players would be helpful to also facilitate mobile learning for students to download and listen to podcasts.

The course uses a range of different assessment strategies, which could include: essays and reports; critical reviews and commentaries; analytical exercises; individual or group presentations; a project-based or work-experience report; a dissertation; computer-based assessments and informed discussion and debate via module Blogs.

Most modules run along the UCS based semester September to June but the actual arrangement of the taught content of the modules varies. Some modules can be accessed and studied on a more flexible, independent basis than others allowing greater autonomy in student learning whilst other modules follow a more structured approach and provide a more formalised approach to learning with study days, weekend workshop or a summer school. All modules fulfil UCS requirements in providing the necessary hours of study for students to succeed and obtain credits and masters level. A full-time student is expected to study 3 modules in one year, giving 120 credits and undertake a 60 credit research dissertation. A part-time student will take either 40, 60 or 80 credits per year as taught modules and finally the 60 credit research dissertation.

Students can expect to have to study between four to five hours per module each week and to spend at least an equivalent amount of time per week in additional reading and set learning activities and preparing for assignments. Students will be provided with timetables and learning schedules when they join the course. Personal tutorial advice is a key feature of the course and the course team offer students support either on a face-to-face basis, via telephone or personalised blog.

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What does the PGCE involve?. This PGCE programme combines the very best of school and university training. It lasts one year and is full-time. Read more
What does the PGCE involve?

This PGCE programme combines the very best of school and university training. It lasts one year and is full-time. It provides trainees with an intellectually stimulating course that challenges their assumptions, while providing them with an in-depth practical experience of the classroom environment.

The course offers a range of opportunities for study in differing schools. Most importantly, it creates the opportunity to work full-time within a school environment and to be part of a school community.

The major aim of the course is to prepare trainee teachers effectively as specialists in their chosen subject and to produce teachers who are confident and competent in the craft of teaching, as well as being able to contribute within an active school environment.

The course also aims to facilitate trainee teachers in their development of critical inquiry, and to engage trainee teachers in the application of educational theory and current research. These latter elements contribute to the PGCE qualification awarded to trainees along with the QTS Certificate.
Where will my placements be?

The course is based in the largely rural Tendring area of north east Essex which stretches from Colchester to Harwich. The area is pleasant and welcoming with a comprehensive range of social and educational amenities. Educational facilities are extensive, including UCS, the University of Essex and Colchester Institute. The Training Centre is located at Clacton County High School and during teaching practice trainees will travel to two partner schools in Clacton, Harwich, Brightlingsea, Thorpe-le-Soken and Frinton-on-Sea.

How is the course structured?

Programme delivery is strongly influenced by trainee-centred strategies which involve group and individual reflection, negotiation and individual learning audits, and contracts and individual development profiles. During the first term there is an intensive induction programme. Trainees will spend two days a week following both a general educational theory course and a subject specific course. The remainder of the week is spent in the base school, observing experienced teachers and preparing for the first teaching practice. Students will also be expected to complete two assignments.

The second term provides students with five to six weeks of teaching practice in the base school followed by a primary school placement, plus further subject and general theory sessions and preparations for the second teaching practice in a different confederation school. Students will also be expected to complete one assignment and a primary school report.

In the third term, students complete their second teaching practice placement, complete their final theory sessions and prepare for final assessment. They will also be expected to complete a critical review and a career entry profile.

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Criminal justice practitioners and professionals working the law enforcement arena today increasingly require the skills and understanding at an advanced level in order to embed an evidence-based approach into their professional practice and beyond that into their working environment. Read more
Criminal justice practitioners and professionals working the law enforcement arena today increasingly require the skills and understanding at an advanced level in order to embed an evidence-based approach into their professional practice and beyond that into their working environment. This Master’s course will provide graduates with an advanced understanding of crime, criminological theory and criminal justice and will upgrade the skills of senior professionals to enable them to drive an evidence-based approach to policing and to decision-making. It will embed the theories, principles and practices of an evidence-based approach and will equip students with analytical, problem solving and leadership skills necessary to address the challenges they encounter in the twenty-first century.

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