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The overall aim of this programme is to produce educators capable of operating at the highest levels within the educational arena, with the ability to integrate theory with practice and apply intellectual and academic rigour, informed by current educational research, to their professional context. Read more

Course Overview

The overall aim of this programme is to produce educators capable of operating at the highest levels within the educational arena, with the ability to integrate theory with practice and apply intellectual and academic rigour, informed by current educational research, to their professional context.

Pathways:
- Education - MA/PgD/PgC
- Education (Leadership and Management) - MA
- Education (Managing Community Practice) – MA
- Education (Educational Research and Practice) - MA
- Education (TESOL) - MA

These awards have been developed after extensive consultation with employers, teachers, education professionals and students. The programme team aims to play a key role in supporting the continuing professional development of teachers, youth and community workers and education professionals.

The key benefits of studying this programme include:
- We take into conside​ration the 60 Master's level credits accrued by PGCE students, thus allowing them to fast track through the programme.

- Full and part-time home and international students from the various pathways study together, allowing for exchange of ideas across professions and nationalities.

- The period of candidature (up to 5 years part-time and 2 years full-time) allows students greater flexibility with their study schedule.

- Two of the modules are now delivered in blended format, allowing for a clicks and mortar approach to learning.

- In addition to a dedicated supervisor, dissertation students also have 4 advanced research sessions during their dissertation year. ​

​Course Content​​

Programme Structure:

- Taught Component:
Contains 4 taught modules, each carrying 30 credits at Level 7. Each module is assessed by coursework assignments equivalent to 6000 words. Each pathway has certain compulsory modules, and there might also be a range of optional modules available, subject to viable numbers.

- Dissertation Component:
You will complete a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words.

Intermediate Awards:
- A Certificate of Attendance is awarded after satisfactory attendance at one Master's level module (no written assessment required)

- Postgraduate Certificate in Education awarded after completion of two Master's level modules (60 credits)

- Postgraduate Diploma in Education awarded after completion of four Master's level modules (120 credits)

- MA is awarded on completion of all necessary taught modules plus a dissertation (12,000 words).

Learning & Teaching​

​The programme will be delivered through a variety of models of delivery with a focus on active learning and group interaction and participation. Typical models of delivery include:
- Lectures
- Seminar groups
- Small group discussions
- Individual and small group activities
- Directed reading
- Peer mentoring and networking
- Web-based research
- Reflective wiki areas
- Online asynchronous discussions

Students will be given opportunities to share their thoughts and work in progress with others and receive constructive feedback from tutors and fellow students. Students will also be encouraged to form learning sets of those interested in similar areas of research in an initial step towards the formation of communities of practice.

As students at Cardiff Metropolitan University, you will each have a named personal tutor who should usually be an academic member of staff from your programme of study.

You will have scheduled meetings with your personal tutor throughout the academic year – at least once per term for full-time students – to address matters including academic progress, career/professional issues, and any personal issues which may be affecting your progress.

Assessment

Assessment is by coursework assignments equivalent to 6,000 words per thirty credit module throughout the taught element of the programme. The assessments take a variety of forms including written reports of research, posters, discussion postings, reflective wikis, seminar presentations and journal style articles.

Students will be given opportunities in each module to ask questions about their assessments in order to clarify what is required of them. ​

Employability & Careers​

Graduates from the programme have gone on to promotion in the education sector, including school and community management and leadership, curriculum leadership, positions within advisory services, lecturing and research posts in higher education, and work with government education departments across the world.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships

Find out how to apply here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply

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​​This new course covers the fundamentals of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Masters level. Read more

Course Overview

​​This new course covers the fundamentals of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Masters level.

Students will examine key issues in the field including teaching methods in English Language Teaching, teaching English to Young Leaners and English for Specific Purposes, including English for Academic Purposes.

*subject to validation

See the website https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/education/courses/Pages/tesol-MA.aspx

​Course Content​​

The MA Education TESOL is a level 7 Masters level course that will be delivered full time over one year.

Core modules bear thirty credits each and include Methodology 1 & 2, Teaching English to Young Learners and English for Specific Purposes. The Methodology modules will provide an in depth study of the various methods that are used in current practice in English Language Teaching. Teaching English to Young Learners explores the pedagogical features of Teaching English to children and teenagers. The English for Specific Purposes module examines the theoretical basis for Specific Purposes in a variety of contexts including English for Academic Purposes, business English and English for Educational, Medical and Industry Professionals. There is also an addition​al non-credit bearing module on Research methods and dissertation preparation.

Learning & Teaching​

​The MA Education TESOL course will be delivered via a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, peer teaching sessions, as well as individual and group work. In addition to timetabled delivery, there will be elements of self-study and independent learning which will reinforce the content delivered in face-to-face contact sessions.

In addition, student will be required to engage fully in the university's Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle, which serves as a tool for independent learning.

Cardiff Metropolitan University has an excellent Student Services departmentwhich provides pastoral support to all students as well as a dedicated International Welfare Team based in our International Office​​. Apart from taught sessions which will make up the majority of the face-to-face delivery on the MA Education TESOL course, office hours for lecturers are normally between 9am and 5pm. We also allocate every student with their own Personal Tutor for academic support.

Assessment

The MA Education TESOL course will be delivered via a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, peer teaching sessions, as well as individual and group work. In addition to timetabled delivery, there will be elements of self-study and independent learning which will reinforce the content delivered in face-to-face contact sessions.

In addition, student will be required to engage fully in the university's Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle, which serves as a tool for independent learning.

Cardiff Metropolitan University has an excellent Student Services department which provides pastoral support to all students as well as a dedicated International Welfare Team based in out International Office. Apart from taught sessions which will make up the majority of the face-to-face delivery on the MA Education TESOL course, office hours for lecturers are normally between 9am and 5pm. We also allocate every student with their own Personal Tutor for academic support.​

Employability & Careers​

​Graduates from the MA Education TESOL course will be able to apply for teaching posts in a variety of contexts that teach English to speakers of other languages. These include private language schools, training departments in professional contexts and university based English language departments. Opportunities for further study for graduates from the programme are to progress on to PhD level study within the Cardiff School of Education or in other universities.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships

Find out how to apply here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply

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​The PGCE Primary programme is taught from one of the largest centres of teacher training the UK. ​Students can opt to follow either the Foundation Phase route or Key St​age 2​ route.​. Read more

Course Overview

​The PGCE Primary programme is taught from one of the largest centres of teacher training the UK.

​Students can opt to follow either the Foundation Phase route or Key St​age 2​ route.​

See the website https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/education/courses/Pages/Primary-PGCE.aspx

Entry Requirements

All applicants should meet the following essential criteria:
- GCSE grade B or above in English Language and mathematics and a grade C or above in science (or a standard equivalent) on entry to the programme. Students studying to teach in Welsh medium schools will also need a GCSE grade C or above in Welsh (first language).

- Applicants who have achieved a grade C or above in English Language and mathematics or equivalent on application will be considered for interview. Applicants will need to have made arrangements to resit the GCSEs or equivalent in order to obtain a B grade and indicate this on the UCAS Teacher Training application. If successful at interview, applicants will be offered a place subject to the B attainment. Please note, if you are taking a GCSE equivalent qualification, do not choose the option 'Equivalent' on the UTT application as this suggests you are applying to sit an internal test with Cardiff Met which we do not offer, you will need to select 'Other'.

- Good honours degree in an area related to primary education, of at least 2:2 classification; or any honours degree of at least 2:2 classification where an A level grade C or above (or equivalent) has been obtained in a primary curriculum subject area. Access to HE programmes are considered as an equivalent to A level within a relevant subject where 15 Merits have been achieved at Level 3. CACHE Level 3 Diplomas at grade C are also considered as well as Pearson BTEC (QCF)/OCR/NQF Level 3 Diplomas within Childcare at Merit Profile.

- Recent and relevant experience in a mainstream school across the primary age range. This should be for a minimum of ten days and taken place within the 12 months prior to attending interview. Evidence of this MUST be included on the UCAS Teacher Training application. Please include details within the work experience section of the UCAS Teacher Training form. Should applicants reach the interview stage, they will be required to bring evidence of the experience with them. This will be in the form of a reference from the head teacher of the school where the experience takes place, on headed paper and signed off by the head teacher.

- A strong personal statement indicating the applicant's potential to undertake the PGCE Primary Programme. The statement should demonstrate the breadth of knowledge and personal experience gained in primary education to date and how this has equipped the applicant to potentially be an effective primary teacher. A high standard of written English/Welsh is essential.

- The principal referee must be an academic who is most able to comment on the applicant's academic and vocational abilities. An academic reference for those applicants who have undertaken their degree more than 5 years in not required although one is preferred if this can be obtained. For those applicants whose HEI reference is more than 8 years old a reference from a more recent educational professional such as a head teacher is required. Should you have any queries regarding your reference, please contact Admissions.

​Course Content​​

- School Based Component
The School based component is undertaken in our excellent range of SEWCTET partnership schools and is an integral part of the programme. Students will spend a total of 120 days in school, which is predominantly arranged on a 4:1 split. This means that Monday – Thursday is spent on school placement whilst Friday is spent in university. This allows for clear links to be made between theory and practice and for the skills associated with being a reflective practitioner to be developed.

A key part of the development of the reflective practitioner is enquiry based learning to encourage student teachers to reflect critically on learners, their own practice, and to develop an independent, enquiring approach to their professional development. This is achieved through the completion of “Learning Packages” that focus on key educational priority aspects. The packages scaffold the student teacher in identifying their own areas of interest and to improve their practice in systematic ways, as they are more able to closely examine the issues and acquire newfound knowledge that is readily retained.

- University Based Sessions
The university-based sessions include either experience in the Areas of Learning outlined in the Foundation Phase or the subjects outlined in the National Curriculum orders. All university-based modules are studied at Master's level, allowing 60 credits to be achieved. The module ‘Learning and Teaching’ consists of three constituent parts:
- Learning & Teaching 1: Professional Studies
- Learning & Teaching 2: Literacy and Numeracy
- Learning & Teaching 3: Curriculum focus

All parts of the programme complement each other and specific links are made with the School Experience module. The module as a whole develops students’ conceptual understanding of fundamental principles of primary education and pedagogical aspects related specifically to Foundation Phase or Key Stage 2 (depending on route chosen).

- Time commitment required
The school-based element requires students to be in school for the normal working school day as well as additional time before and after school for preparation and meetings.

Employability & Careers​

Successful completion of the programme will lead to the Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) and recommendation to the General Teaching Council for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and provides opportunities for employment at the primary level.

- What can I expect to earn when I start teaching?
Information can be obtained from the Training and Development Agency for Schools website: http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/salary.aspx

- Professional Development:
The programme also offers an advantage towards continuous professional development by affording 60 credits at Master’s level. These credits may be carried forward towards a full Master’s qualification studied on a full or part time basis.​

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​The PGCE Secondary programme is taught from one of the largest centres of teacher training in Wales and the UK. ​It provides a professional training for graduates who wish to teach the following subject areas. Read more

Course Overview

​The PGCE Secondary programme is taught from one of the largest centres of teacher training in Wales and the UK. ​It provides a professional training for graduates who wish to teach the following subject areas:

•Art and Design
•Biology with Science
•Chemistry with Science
•Design & Technology (specialising in Resistant Materials & Systems or Food & Textiles)
•Drama
•English
•History
•ICT and Computing
•Mathematics
•Modern Foreign Languages (specialising in either French, French and Spanish, or French and German)
•Music
•Physical Education
•Physics with Science
•Wel​sh​​

Financial incentives and training grants are currently available for certain pathways depending on your undergraduate degree classification.

See the website https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/education/courses/Pages/Secondary-PGCE.aspx

​Course Content​​

The programme is mainly school based in line with government requirements with 24 out of 36 weeks spent in partnership schools, where student teachers work with a subject specialist (the subject mentor) and a senior member of the school staff (the senior mentor). The university-based modules comprise of initial professional development and curriculum studies in the subject in which the student teacher is specialising.​

Welsh medium school placements are available within all subject pathways in Cardiff Met's PGCE Secondary programme. Apart from the PGCE Welsh programme, all subject areas are taught through the medium of English, but all school placements and a significant element of the professional development on the programme can be undertaken through the medium of Welsh.

Welsh language support is given to students wishing to teach through the medium of Welsh to enhance their language skills.

Learning & Teaching​

​A wide variety of learning and teaching strategies is used within the Programme including directed study. The latter encourages students to make use of Cardiff Met library and ICT facilities to support their own learning.
School Experience

Students will participate in the following teaching and learning situations:
- Observation of mentors, other teachers and pupils at work and the recording of findings.
- Collaboration with peers, with mentors, with other teachers and with tutors, in delivering parts of a lesson or a whole lesson.
- Teaching whole-classes and groups of pupils by taking the sole responsibility for them in various formal settings.
- Reflection and Evaluation individually, with peers, with mentors, other teachers and tutors.
- The University-based Programme
- Students will participate in the following learning and teaching situations:
- Lead Lectures or Presentations
- Seminars
- Tutorials
- Directed Study
- Practical/Workshop Sessions
- Blended Study
- Much of the work in University-based sessions will be of this nature and may involve tutors and students in:
- Adapting theory to practice
- Engagement in the use of a variety of teaching materials;
- Participation in a variety of teaching approaches and techniques;
- Familiarisation with the National Curriculum and the post 16 curriculum;
- Working individually, collaboratively and in groups;
- Assessment and monitoring of performance;
- Observation and recording;
- Developing lesson and wider planning skills;
- Individual study;
- Use of libraries and other information systems;
- Role play;
- Visits to various sites.

- Contact Hours
Contact time will vary during school experience placements. Trainees will be expected in to be in school 4 days a week and many of these days will extend beyond the pupils’ timetabled teaching day. All trainees will be in university on a Monday and will have 4 hours contact time with a tutor either in subject groups or IPD groups.

- Work Placements / Work Related Experience
Placement/Work-based learning forms a planned and intended part of an academic programme. It typically takes place outside the university with the support of a placement provider. Please note: all students who opt to complete a placement with children or vulnerable adults will need to hold a current DBS disclosure from Cardiff Metropolitan University. If you have a placement/work-based element to your programme, you will normally be provided with a Placement Handbook.

- Programme Specific Work Placements / Work Related Experience
Student teachers gain experience in three schools. All students will visit at least one primary school. Students from all subject areas will gain substantial experience in two secondary schools.

Details concerning school experience regarding roles and responsibilities (mentors, tutors, students) and how it is structured can be found in the SEWCTET Partnership Handbook, which is also available on the university virtual learning portal.

Assessment

Student teachers will be assessed both on practical teaching and academic assignments. The latter is assessed at Masters level and affords student teachers 60 credits at 'M' level. A pass is required for both school and university based modules. Progress is monitored by continuous assessment of student teachers' competence against statutory standards.

There is no formal end of programme examination.

Employability & Careers​

The PGCE Secondary programme provides student teachers with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), 60 credits at Masters level and recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It provides opportunities for employment at the secondary level.

What can I expect to earn when I start teaching?
Information can be obtained from the Training and Development Agency for Schools website: http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/salary.aspx and from the Teacher Training and Education in Wales website at: teachertrainingcymru.org/node/10.​

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