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Newman’s MA in Contemporary Christian Theology will enable you to develop your interest in theology through an engagement with with some of the issues brought to light by our contemporary culture. Read more
Newman’s MA in Contemporary Christian Theology will enable you to develop your interest in theology through an engagement with with some of the issues brought to light by our contemporary culture. You will have the choice of focusing your MA on Christian Theology, Christian Theology and Education, or Christian Theology and Ministry. The part-time programme is ideally suited to professionals working within the field of Theology, Religious Education or Christian Ministry and for those who want to deepen their understanding of the issues facing contemporary theology. Participation in this programme can help advance a career in leading Church schools, teaching Religious Education, or development in pastoral ministry and adult education.

The programme aims to open up new insights building from historical schools of thought to contemporary Christian theologies through an exploration of current issues, such as those surrounding the new bio-technologies, the relationship between science and theology, and eco-feminism. The programme is delivered through a blend of on-line learning and taught sessions. There are four weekend schools a year and ongoing on-line support.

Modules on the programme include

• Constructing Theologies: Past and Future
• Theology and Contemporary Ethics
• Metaphysics and Postmodernity: Belief and the Future
• Method and Hermeneutics in Theology
• Theology and Education.

Pathways

All students take the same modules and attend core lectures but where appropriate, seminars and tutorials allow you to focus your studies on one of the following areas:

Christian Theology

Students pursuing their studies in Christian Theology have the opportunity to engage in considerable depth with contemporary movements in philosophical and systematic theology. The course will allow for detailed study of key texts and ideas, while addressing questions about the possibility and nature of theology.

Theology and Education

The taught modules aim to open up new insights into the study of theology through an exploration of the issues that impact on Religious Studies and the leadership of Church schools. These include theologies underpinning education, ethical issues such as designer babies and environmental ethics, and philosophies of education.

Theology and Ministry

Choosing to focus on ministry enables you to explore and extend your understanding of how current research in theology can enrich the work of Christian ministry and mission. This focus will encourage a development of the cognitive, imaginative and critical skills required to interpret texts and doctrines and will enhance the competence of clerical and lay Christians to apply the resources of faith to everyday life and ministry.

In addition to the core modules, you may choose one professionally related module from the MA in Professional Enquiry programme or choose to reflect theologically on a specific area of personal interest. An optional negotiated module provides the opportunity to address a research area of personal interest with tutor support. The writing of a dissertation, allows a further opportunity to develop personal research and completes the final stage of the MA. Students may complete two modules of study to gain a Postgraduate Certificate (typically one year of part-time study), or four modules to gain a Postgraduate Diploma.

Attendance

The group size is small enough to allow good interaction between class members and easy access to the tutors. The course is delivered through a combination of on-line materials, and face-to-face taught sessions at Newman. University College-based sessions take place over an average of 6 days per year, timed to suit the needs of part-time students. In addition, students will make use of distance learning materials and will be encouraged to interact with each other and with tutors in on-line forums.

Research Areas

Theological research is fundamental to the mission of Newman University. The subject area welcomes applications from suitably qualified students who wish to pursue postgraduate research degrees (MPhil and PhD awarded by the University of Leicester) in the areas of Philosophy of Religion, Religious Education and Biblical Studies.

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Our MA Education is designed for graduates and aimed specifically at educational professionals (e.g. teachers, lecturers and others working in educational settings in support/administrative roles). Read more
Our MA Education is designed for graduates and aimed specifically at educational professionals (e.g. teachers, lecturers and others working in educational settings in support/administrative roles). We offer a generic MA Education and also an MA Education with specialist routes:

MA Education (Catholic School Leadership),
MA Education (Leadership and Management),
MA Education (Learning and Teaching),
MA Education (Inclusion and SEN)
MA Education (Early Childhood Education and Care)
MA Education (Higher Education Practice),
MA Education (Research),
MA Education (Safeguarding).


Postgraduate certificates for the above routes are also available as interim or stand-alone awards, including a Post Graduate Special Education Needs Coordinators.

Course content

Newman offers you the opportunity to enhance your professional knowledge, understanding and skills by developing and implementing systematic professional enquiry and research. The course promotes critical engagement in a range of contemporary issues pertinent to specific interests and needs and you are encouraged to explore your own personal and professional interests and expertise.
If you wish to progress your studies even further then the course provides an appropriate academic platform for progression to PhD/EdD study.

Selection of module

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This is a modular programme in which the emphasis is on selecting elective modules to best suit your professional needs and interests:
• An Introduction to Mentoring and Coaching
• Advanced Mentoring and Coaching
• Learning, Teaching and Assessment
• Learning via new Technologies
• Educational Leadership
• Change Management
• Reflective Practice
• SEN and Inclusion
• The role of the SENCo
• International Education
• Professional Enquiry Skills
• Independent Study
• Specialist Study
Please note elective modules will be offered based on viable numbers each year.
Compulsory modules:
• Research Methods
• Dissertation

The MA Education is typically taken over 2-3 years part-time (over 12-18 months full-time). To gain an MA Education you must complete 180 credits at Masters level. The programme also provides a basis for progression to doctoral study in education. To gain an MA Education, you must successfully complete 180 credits – 90 of these are from elective modules and 90 are from core/compulsory modules. The Postgraduate Certificate comprises 2 elective modules typically taken over 6-9 months part-time (over 4 months full-time).

Attendance

Modules are based at Newman, with sessions taking place from 5.30-7.30 on Monday-Thursday evenings. However, if there are significant numbers of staff in one institution wishing to undertake the programme we can deliver the programme on your site at times convenient to you.

Assessment

You will experience a range of assessment formats including portfolios, presentations and written assignments. The course will recognise your needs as a learner and develop independent study skills that are transferable to a range of learning situations and assessment tasks.

Special features

You will have access to all facilities at Newman including the library, which stocks a wide range of books, journals and e-books. Previous level 7 masters credits may be transferred (free-of-charge) through the accreditation of prior certificated learning (APCL). Also, you can gain credits for other sustained CPD programmes you have undertaken, such as National College Programmes, by writing up your reflections against the assessment criteria for a comparable module via the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). You may also gain national professional recognition through the Teaching and Learning Academy for your Masters level work.

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This degree is designed to develop your understanding of high quality research within the human sciences. As part of the department of Physical Education and Sport Studies, you will be a part of an exciting group investigating a range of contemporary issues in sport, exercise and health. Read more

Overview

This degree is designed to develop your understanding of high quality research within the human sciences. As part of the department of Physical Education and Sport Studies, you will be a part of an exciting group investigating a range of contemporary issues in sport, exercise and health. Through this you will gain advanced knowledge, skills, and experience of conducting independent research.

Our MRes research projects, as part of the Sport, Physical Activity and Health Research Centre, often take advantage of the extensive links with community bodies and professional sport organisations. Such collaborations contribute to the students’ subject expertise and broader transferable skills. This programme therefore allows you to develop competencies as an independent learner and researcher in a specific field. The MRes Social Sciences provides a strong foundation for career progression and further study (e.g. PhD). More generally it will develop skills valued by employers such as high-level organisational skills, independent research skills, advanced oral and written communication, collaborative project work, and problem solving.

Course Content

Offered both full-time and part-time, the MRes includes a 90 credit independent research project with three supporting 30 credit modules (e.g., Advanced Research Methods). We adopt a flexible approach allowing you to tailor learning and research to your specific interests. This provides the opportunity to become a well-rounded and critical researcher within the social sciences. In addition, you will conduct high quality research in an area of your interest while being supervised by experts.

Research projects are welcome in the following areas of sport and exercise:
• Physical activity and health
• Psychology
• Physiology
• Biomechanics
• Sports coaching
• Sociology

Fees

2017/18: Full-time UK/EU Students - £4,000
2017/18: Part-time UK/EU Students - £2,000 per academic year

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If your undergraduate degree has left you with a passion for independent research, and an. interest in a particular topic in one area of the Humanities (Drama, English literature, History,. Read more

Overview

If your undergraduate degree has left you with a passion for independent research, and an
interest in a particular topic in one area of the Humanities (Drama, English literature, History,
Theology), this degree will allow you to advance both your subject knowledge and your research
skills. Based around an individually devised and researched dissertation on the subject of your
interest, it is designed to develop your understanding of high quality research within the
Humanities and will give you the opportunity to research into a subject that you want to explore.
Through this you will gain advanced knowledge, skills, and experience of conducting
independent research.

Fees

2017/18: Full-time UK/EU Students - £4,000
2017/18: Part-time UK/EU Students - £2,000 per academic year

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The MBA course at Newman University, Birmingham, will give you the knowledge and skills for you to have an extensive understanding of the different specialisms within the area of business management. Read more

Overview

The MBA course at Newman University, Birmingham, will give you the knowledge and skills for you to have an extensive understanding of the different specialisms within the area of business management. You’ll gain the skills needed in the business world, preparing you for opportunities for working in a wide range of industry sectors across the global economy.

Core Modules

Managing People and Processes: You’ll look at people and operational functions across complex organisations, looking at management styles, leadership and change management. Through case study scenarios you’ll analyse, evaluate, and look at creative, innovative ways to improve business operations. You’ll appraise and implement business strategies, identify and evaluating frameworks and techniques to develop strategies.

Marketing Management: You’ll develop an understanding of the critical factors which influence and determine marketing environments. You’ll also look at ethics and social responsibility in marketing, social marketing, consumer needs, market segmentation, targeting, and positioning.

Managing Financial Performance: You’ll critically evaluate the financial element of business organisations that inform business decision making, looks at the application of key principles of financial accounting, and management accounting which guides financial investment decisions. This module will provide you with the confidence to discuss financial decision-making and performance.

Strategic Management: You will gain a strong understanding of the key concepts of business models, paradigms, strategic planning, and strategic management, working on case study scenarios to understand the internal and external influences of business sector environments.

Contemporary Issues in Global Business: In this module you’ll identify and evaluate modern politico-economic business structures as they determine global business activity, undertake research to critically examine contemporary issues facing global industries, and critically evaluate the policies and protocols associated with global business.

Leadership and Change: You’ll develop critical knowledge of leadership and change management within the principles of ethics, sustainability and change, and critique leadership and change initiatives in business sectors.

Research Methods: This module will provide you with the key skills to be able to distinguish and apply qualitative, quantitative and mix method research methodologies in a business and change management context.

Research Project: The course culminates in an independent research project based on your research. It will be conducted in an area of interest to you using the research skills acquired throughout the course. You will receive support from a supervisor throughout the project phase of your course.

Assessment

Assessment is through a range of methods, including online discussions, video presentations, and short answer questions, along with essays, reports, and time constrained assessments.

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The Courses. There are two routes for this Primary PGCE course. ages 3-7 or 5-11. These PGCE Primary routes focus on the study of teaching in all National Curriculum subjects, with emphasis on English, maths, science and ICT. Read more

The Courses

There are two routes for this Primary PGCE course: ages 3-7 or 5-11. These PGCE Primary routes focus on the study of teaching in all National Curriculum subjects, with emphasis on English, maths, science and ICT. The Primary Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 course (3-7) includes a specialist study of the early years foundation stage curriculum and the distinctive pedagogies encountered in reception/nursery classrooms and children’s centres. For both routes school placements will be completed in relevant age phases, including nursery and reception classes for students on the 3-7 age range course.

Whichever route you take, you will learn the principles of curriculum design and delivery, and theories of learning and teaching, alongside developing practical insights and skills in the effective teaching and assessment of young children. The course is designed to enable you to meet the requirements for qualified teacher status (QTS).

The Programme

The programme is approximately 38 weeks long with at least 24 of those weeks in schools. You will attend taught sessions at Newman and/or partner schools which will provide you with a thorough understanding of education theory that you will be able to apply in the classroom.

The course will provide you with key skills such as behaviour management while preparing you to teach the national curriculum. The content brings together latest research findings with current school policies and practices. Emphasis is placed on systematic synthetic phonics (as a key strategy within early reading pedagogy), children’s mathematical development and scientific enquiry. The key characteristics of each primary subject area are studied along with cross-curricular links and topics.

The courses will provide you with a balance of general classroom practice and specialist understanding. You will study two modules at masters level which will provide a firm foundation for future continuous professional development leading to a masters degree.

Newman’s Primary PGCE courses offer you strong partnerships with Teaching School Alliances and primary schools in the West Midlands. You will be taught by qualified practitioners who are able to link different perspectives of primary teaching to the development of your practical skills in the classroom. Tutors are involved in both Newman based training and in supporting the professional development of students in Teaching School Alliances and partnership schools. Teachers are involved in the construction of courses and the supervision of school experience and in teaching students how to make effective, critical and reflective evaluations of their work.

School-based learning is central to the PGCE programme and will be a feature of all three terms of your PGCE year. You undertake placements in at least two primary schools providing opportunities to observe and practise a range of methods and approaches. School-based learning includes observation of experienced teachers, a structured programme of group and whole class teaching and a series of directed activities to explore wider school issues.



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School Direct is a school-based approach to teacher training, which in many ways mirrors the life of a ‘real’ teacher, as you are based in school from the very start of the training and for the majority of the course. Read more
School Direct is a school-based approach to teacher training, which in many ways mirrors the life of a ‘real’ teacher, as you are based in school from the very start of the training and for the majority of the course. The School Direct training at Newman runs alongside existing PGCE and undergraduate programmes. When you successfully complete the course, you are awarded a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE with QTS) with the opportunity to attain additional Masters’ credits.

Newman University continues to provide high quality School Direct primary and secondary places, working in partnership with a number of schools across the region. As one of the main School Direct providers in the West Midlands, Newman University has secured a significant number of places with school partners for September 2017.

Schools work in partnership with Newman University to recruit trainees and train them according to an agreed programme. For most trainees this will involve undertaking training at both their School and the University on occasions throughout the year.
School Direct is also a way of growing schools’ own teachers and future leaders; it can make a key contribution to school improvement strategy and help the continuing professional development of staff.

How does it work?

The programme lasts for one year, during which time the trainee is based mainly in school. Schools are at the heart of the School Direct process and agree with the University about how the training programme delivered. Some schools prefer Newman University to deliver all aspects of pedagogical training, while some schools choose to deliver aspects of this programme themselves. The majority of our partner schools work in partnership with other schools; these clusters vary in size and some might cover both primary and secondary phases. Each cluster of schools has a ‘lead school’ that manages and leads the programme. Once you have completed the year and training, schools might offer employment within the school or partnership.

Salaried and Training Routes

There are two types of programmes available across both primary and secondary phases. Schools will have already indicated which types of places they are offering. Both programmes are for one academic year and are full-time. Salaries and bursaries are available to support you and your training – but these depend upon the places offered by the school and the phases/subjects. Individual schools decide whether they are offering salaried or training places. Further information is available on the ‘Eligibility and Funding’ section.

1. School Direct - Salaried Route
Aimed at those with three or more years’ career experience. This experience will normally have been gained since leaving university and does not have to be from an educational setting, although it could be. Primarily, the salaried route is designed to career changers.
You are employed as a member of staff in school, as an unqualified teacher and paid a salary (between £15,976 and £25,267).

2. School Direct - Training route
Open to all graduates who meet the minimum entry requirements. You are strongly advised to check the entry requirements prior to application. If in doubt, contact our admissions department for clarification.

Funded by tuition fees (£9,250 - 2017 entry: paid by the trainee directly. You will be eligible for the standard student support package, including training bursaries, tuition fee loans and scholarships where applicable.

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The Course. This course will provide you with the relevant skills to teach Computer Science across the 11-16 age range with post 16 enhancement and, in the longer term, progress your career by giving you the subject knowledge to become a subject coordinator, head of department or ICT co-ordinator. Read more

The Course

This course will provide you with the relevant skills to teach Computer Science across the 11-16 age range with post 16 enhancement and, in the longer term, progress your career by giving you the subject knowledge to become a subject coordinator, head of department or ICT co-ordinator. Computer Science is included as a science subject in the EBacc performance measure which will create a huge demand for computing teachers so you can expect to have excellent employment prospects on completion.

For those applicants that have a good grasp of ICT but need to enhance their subject knowledge of Computer Science to give flexibility at secondary level, places may be available on our Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses. You will study a programme that gives you an opportunity to gain knowledge, skills and understanding of planning, classroom management and delivery of secondary computing lessons. The focus will be upon the teaching and development of the computing curriculum at Key Stages 3 and 4.

You can also expect to engage with several key topics which will furnish you with valuable knowledge and enable you to develop into an effective classroom practitioner including:

• Programming

• Computational Thinking

• Capture and Manipulation of Data

• Appropriate Presentation of Information

• Engaging students with emerging technologies

• Creativity and Innovation

• Ethical Issues in ICT

• Digital Literacy

Duration and Work Experience

The programme consists of 40 weeks of full-time study (from early September to the beginning of July), and you can expect to spend at least 24 of those weeks in schools. You will attend taught sessions at Newman which will provide you with a thorough understanding of education theory that you will be able to apply in the classroom. You will also benefit from Newman’s excellent partnerships with schools in the West Midlands.

School Based Learning

You will gain a vast amount of experience of teaching as a substantial component of the course involves teaching placements in at least two secondary schools. After completing the course you will have acquired high level skills in the application of new technologies in teaching and learning. You can expect to be supported through these placements by experienced teaching colleagues, including subject mentors – teachers trained to provide trainee teachers with support and guidance. Partnership Tutors from Newman will also be allocated to provide advice and support.

A key feature of the course is the opportunity to develop your own professional interests through individual experiences. You will be encouraged to explore further aspects of computer science education with groups of pupils across the age and ability range, including those with special educational needs.

Teaching Methods and Assessment

A combination of lectures and tutorials are used alongside support from individual tutors, in well-resourced IT rooms. Assessment is primarily through individual and group coursework.

Special Features

• You will have with the opportunity to engage in a range of visits, conferences and experiences. These may include the annual Computing at School conference, local Computing at School hubs and Digital Days

• You will be introduced to a range of exciting and innovative strategies through which existing and emerging technologies are being used in school to enhance the quality of teaching and learning of both Computer Science and ICT

• As a graduate you will be highly sought after by head teachers. You may also be eligible for a £25,000 scholarship (see postgraduate bursary page for more information)

• Understanding education theory is an important part of the course which gives you an understanding of the issues you encounter in the classroom, and provides a basis for excellent classroom practice



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The Course. This course prepares you to teach English in secondary schools. Providing you with a solid foundation of professional awareness and understanding, it will build and develop your competence and confidence in imparting your subject knowledge to young people. Read more

The Course

This course prepares you to teach English in secondary schools. Providing you with a solid foundation of professional awareness and understanding, it will build and develop your competence and confidence in imparting your subject knowledge to young people. Building on your English studies at undergraduate level, you will be encouraged to develop effective classroom and teaching skills whilst considering the theories, policies and developments within English teaching.

You will acquire an awareness of the teaching and learning strategies which will help you develop the reading, writing, speaking and listening abilities of pupils across the 11-16 range with post 16 enhancement. Teaching related areas such as media and drama, as well as the post-16 curriculum, will also be explored during the course. You will develop the strategies and expertise necessary to teach an understanding and appreciation of both language and literature which will hopefully stay with pupils throughout their lives.

A particular strength of the course is its focus on ICT and media studies in English, reflecting Newman’s expertise in these areas as well as the importance to the wider community. Whether a novice or a confident user of ICT, you will explore how to use resources such as interactive whiteboards and multimedia programmes effectively when teaching English. It is a feature that not only helps our trainees explore exciting teaching opportunities, but also makes them especially attractive to employers.

School Experience

All students complete placements in secondary schools – usually in the West Midlands area. You will benefit from Newman’s excellent partnerships with Birmingham schools, providing you with support and encouragement from colleagues in the field.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement

If your degree does not include enough mathematics, or if you just need a refresher course, places may be available on our Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses.

Teaching Methods and Assessment

Our lecturers and visiting teachers use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, workshops and special projects. Assessment is through coursework, presentations, project work and practical teaching ability.



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The PGCE. The Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is the most widely recognised UK post graduate award and is transferable. It is accepted, across the UK and internationally, as an assurance that the candidate has achieved the high standard expected for entry to the teaching profession. . Read more

The PGCE

The Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is the most widely recognised UK post graduate award and is transferable. It is accepted, across the UK and internationally, as an assurance that the candidate has achieved the high standard expected for entry to the teaching profession. 

Introduction

If you are passionate about geography this course will equip you with the skills to provide secondary school students across the 11-16 age range plus post 16 enhancement, with an understanding of the complex geographical systems in the world around them. The course is designed to provoke thought, challenge assumptions and help develop you as a reflective practitioner of the subject, so that you can enter the teaching profession with clear educational priorities and the skills with which to achieve them. You will have the opportunity to explore and develop your knowledge of key issues including globalisation, global interdependence and how human and physical processes interact to influence, and change landscapes, environments and the climate. The use and application of GIS is embedded within the course. In addition, the programme is designed to develop you as professional geographers confident to challenge misconceptions and teach with passion and authority.

You will study ten modules: six are spent in schools in a programme that gives you an opportunity to gain an advanced understanding of secondary schools and skills in classroom management and lesson delivery. During the year you will gain experience of teaching in at least two secondary schools and will acquire high level skills in the application of new technologies in teaching and learning.

Key Feature

A key feature of the course are the ‘Special Focus Weeks’ where you can, as geographers, spend time exploring the teaching of geography in a primary school setting and leading fieldwork in the local area with Gifted and Talented pupils, enabling you the time you need to develop your own areas of professional interest.

The programme consists of 36 weeks of full-time study (from early September to the beginning of July), and you can expect to spend at least 24 of those weeks in schools. You will gain experience of teaching in at least two secondary schools and will acquire high level skills in the application of new technologies in teaching and learning. You can also expect to engage with several key strands which will furnish you with valuable knowledge and enable you to develop into an effective classroom practitioner including:

• Extending locational knowledge whilst deepening spatial awareness of key global regions

• Comparing and contrasting human and physical features across the globe

• Exploring key geographical processes relating to physical geography such as coasts and hydrology

• Investigate the complexities of human geography such as population and urbanisation

• Develop a range of geographical skills, ranging from the use of topographical maps to the use of GIS

• Experience a wide range of practical fieldwork

Due to the dynamic nature of geography, you will be provided with opportunities to engage in a range of visits, conferences, experiences and working parties.

School Experience

All students complete placements in secondary schools – usually in the West Midlands area. You will benefit from Newman’s excellent partnerships with Birmingham schools, providing you with support and encouragement from colleagues in the field.

Teaching Methods and Assessment

Our lecturers and visiting teachers use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, workshops and special projects. Assessment is through coursework, presentations, project work and practical teaching ability.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement

If your degree does not include enough mathematics, or if you just need a refresher course, places may be available on our Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses.



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This course offers you the opportunity to learn how to teach mathematics to all ability ranges at secondary level. You will develop a good understanding of maths pedagogy and how to help children grasp complex ideas. Read more

This course offers you the opportunity to learn how to teach mathematics to all ability ranges at secondary level. You will develop a good understanding of maths pedagogy and how to help children grasp complex ideas. Providing you with a solid foundation of professional awareness and understanding, the course will foster and develop your competence and confidence in imparting your subject knowledge to young people.

If your degree does not include enough mathematics, or if you just need a refresher course, the Department for Education sponsors several Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses. Newman’s SKE course will provide you with the opportunity to acquire enough mathematics to teach it to at least Key Stage 4 in a secondary school and could improve your chances of employment. Visit http://www.newman.ac.uk/ske-maths for further information.

Course Content

Teaching sessions at Newman comprise an exploration of how mathematical topics develop in the 11-16 with post 16 enhancement age range with a brief exploration of Key Stage 2 techniques and how ideas progress at A level. You will be involved in sessions that focus on doing maths, exploring why techniques such as long multiplication work and how children can be guided in their learning.

You will focus not only on how children will develop their mathematical knowledge and understanding but how to increase their confidence in applying it. To assess children’s progress you will explore potential errors and misconceptions and how they might be observed and remedied. Extensive use will be made of ICT to illustrate and model mathematical ideas. This will furnish you with relevant skills that can be taken into the classroom.

School Based Learning

You will gain a vast amount of experience of teaching as a substantial component of the course involves two teaching placements. You will also benefit from Newman’s excellent partnerships with schools in the West Midlands. The programme consists of 40 weeks of full-time study (from early September to the beginning of July), and you can expect to spend at least 24 of those weeks in schools.

You will be supported through these placements by experienced teaching colleagues, including subject mentors – teachers trained to provide beginning teachers with support and guidance. Partnership tutors from Newman will also be allocated to provide advice and support.

You will be encouraged to explore further aspects of mathematics education with groups of pupils across the age and ability range, including those with special educational needs.

Special Features

• As a graduate you will be highly sought after by head teachers as mathematics is a shortage subject. You may also be eligible for a £25,000 scholarship (see Postgraduate Bursaries for more information)

• Newman lecturers use a variety of interactive teaching methods including lectures, seminars and individual tutorials which encourage participation

• You will experience a range of assessment formats including coursework, presentations and practical teaching ability



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This course will not only prepare you to teach Physical Education (PE) across the 11-16 age range with post 16 enhancement in secondary schools, but will provide you with valuable knowledge so you develop into an effective classroom practitioner. Read more
This course will not only prepare you to teach Physical Education (PE) across the 11-16 age range with post 16 enhancement in secondary schools, but will provide you with valuable knowledge so you develop into an effective classroom practitioner. Providing you with a solid foundation of professional awareness and understanding, the course will foster and develop your competence and confidence in imparting your subject knowledge to young people. Newman can offer you a rich diversity of partnership schools, through a combination of supportive school experiences and active teaching and learning sessions you will develop as a teaching professional.
Students are encouraged to develop into reflective teachers; practitioners who can respond effectively to the learning needs of young people in school and apply imaginatively the principles underpinning a broad and balanced physical education programme.

A significant part of the course will be spent in schools obtaining valuable classroom experience under the supervision of trained mentors and Newman lecturers. The rich diversity of partner schools ensures a variety of school contexts within which teaching skills can be developed. Nationally recognised sports coaching courses are also available to students studying this course at Newman.

Course Content

The Teaching Agency has set out professional standards for qualified teacher status (QTS) in relation to:
• Professional Values and Practice
• Knowledge and Understanding
• Teaching.

In addition to developing knowledge of the secondary PE curriculum you can also expect to focus on classroom management, lesson planning and assessment techniques, learning and teaching styles and strategies. Newman University’s international links in both Europe and South Africa have developed thriving partnerships that have produced a wealth of resources that allows PE trainees to incorporate an international dimension into their teaching e.g. the Create to Innovate programme (developed in through links with learners in South African townships). As a student studying this course, you will also have access to nationally recognised sports coaching courses which will enhance your PGCE.

School Based Learning

Teaching experiences take place in two blocks of 7 and 12 weeks respectively. Students are placed in a number of local schools so as to gain as much experience as possible. During the PGCE year you are offered a variety of other experiences including working in primary schools, outdoor education sessions and special educational needs (SEN) schools so as to further develop your skills and knowledge.

You will gain experience of teaching in at least two secondary schools and acquire high level skills in the application of new technologies in teaching and learning. School-based learning includes observation of experienced teachers, a structured programme of group and whole class teaching and a series of directed activities to explore whole school issues. In addition there is the opportunity to develop your own professional interests through individual experiences. You will be encouraged to explore further aspects of PE education with groups of pupils across the age and ability range, including those with special educational needs.

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This course will prepare you to teach secondary religious education in a variety of school settings, including Roman Catholic faith schools, academies and local authority secondary schools, across the 11-16 age range with post 16 enhancement. Read more

This course will prepare you to teach secondary religious education in a variety of school settings, including Roman Catholic faith schools, academies and local authority secondary schools, across the 11-16 age range with post 16 enhancement . You will develop a good understanding of religious education and gain a solid foundation of professional awareness and understanding to help you develop your competence and confidence in imparting your subject knowledge to young people. In addition to enhancing your subject knowledge, the course will develop your practical teaching skills to meet the standards for qualified teacher status (QTS) and will improve your ability to demonstrate a range of key skills, that will support your wider professional development.

The course is designed to help deepen your knowledge and understanding of not only Christianity, which is the main religion taught within all schools, but also all of the other major world religions including Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism. During your studies you will be introduced to current debates and practices within religious education, as well as those issues relating to the promotion of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils. You will be provided with opportunities to engage in the use of study trips to a variety of places of worship, including synagogues, churches, mosques, temples, gurdwaras and pagodas in teaching RE.

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You will gain a vast amount of experience of teaching as a substantial component of the course involves teaching placements. You will undertake 40 weeks of full-time study at Newman (from early September to the beginning of July), and you can expect to spend at least 24 weeks in school. This focuses on an introduction to secondary teaching, developing standards through partnership school experience and extending and developing your professional skills. Experienced teaching colleagues, including subject mentors – teachers trained to provide beginning teachers with support and guidance - will support you through these placements.

Partnership Tutors from Newman will also be allocated to provide advice and support. You will attend taught sessions at Newman which will provide you with a thorough understanding of education theory that you will be able to apply in the classroom. A key feature of the course is the opportunity to develop your own professional interests thorough individual experiences. You will be encouraged to explore further aspects of religious education with groups of pupils across the age and ability range, including those with special educational needs.

One of the best features of studying this course at Newman is the high level of tutor support it offers. You may also have the option to study for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS), which enables you to teach in Catholic schools.

Special Features

You can expect a variety of different teaching methods including off-site teaching, study visits, seminars, lectures and visiting experts in related fields of RE.

• Newman has excellent links with Birmingham’s faith communities.

• Assessment methods are varied and include essays, presentations, seminar preparation, school-based reports, teaching files and appraisal of practical teaching skills.

• To enable you to teach in Catholic schools you will have the opportunity to study for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS)

Teaching Methods and Assessment

A variety of teaching methods are used, including off-site teaching, study visits, seminars, lectures and visiting experts in related fields of RE. Assessment methods include essays, presentations, seminar preparation, school-based reports, teaching files and appraisal of practical teaching skills.



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The PGCE Secondary Science course with an enhancement in Biology, Chemistry or Physics leads to a professional qualification to enable you to enter the teaching profession in a secondary school as a Science teacher with a subject specialism. Read more
The PGCE Secondary Science course with an enhancement in Biology, Chemistry or Physics leads to a professional qualification to enable you to enter the teaching profession in a secondary school as a Science teacher with a subject specialism. During the course you will develop subject knowledge across all three science areas, along with practical skills and an understanding of pedagogical issues related to teaching Science in the 11-16 with post 16 enhancement range. In addition you will follow a pathway based on your degree qualification and experience that will enhance your understanding of the teaching of Biology, Chemistry or Physics at Key Stage 4.

At interview you will need to indicate your interest in one or more of three pathways for this PGCE in secondary science. Your suitability for a particular pathway will be explored at interview and you bursary eligibility will depend on the subject specialism of your offer of a place from either:

Science with Biology

You will need to have a good honours degree and a substantial component of biology in your study. You may also consider applying for this pathway in combination with a Biology Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course. You need to demonstrate a commitment to the teaching of Biology.

Science with Chemistry

You will need to have a good honours degree and a substantial component of chemistry in your study. You may also consider applying for this pathway in combination with a Chemistry Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course. You need to demonstrate a commitment to the teaching of Chemistry.

Science with Physics

You will need to have a good honours degree with a substantial component of physics in your study. You may also consider applying for this pathway in combination with a Physics Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course. You need to demonstrate a commitment to the teaching of Physics.

Learning and Teaching in Science

You will explore the science curriculum at Key Stage 3 and 4 through practical work in chemistry, physics and biology that leads to the development of subject knowledge and pedagogical skills. These sessions will take place in newly built laboratories equipped to model modern school science facilities. Several learning and teaching themes are developed throughout the year including safe management of laboratory practical work, teaching outside the classroom, how science works, contemporary issues in science teaching, using models and analogies, literacy, differentiation, use of games, pupil misconceptions, using ICT, inclusion, questioning techniques and citizenship. At all times you are supported by well qualified and experienced tutors.

School Experience

You will spend the majority of your time on the course in schools, developing your teaching skills. You will complete two main teaching placements at different secondary schools; one of 8 weeks and a second longer placement of 12 weeks. During both placements you are likely to have the opportunity teach science across Key Stages 3 and 4 and teach your specialism (biology, physics or chemistry) at Key Stage 4. During your placements your professional development will be supported by both the school and Newman tutors. Newman has an excellent reputation with local schools for providing a strong partnership with schools that support students during their placements. You will also work in a primary school for a short placement, looking at science teaching methods across earlier key stages. The course offers further flexible opportunities for individual 'focus' weeks towards the end of training, where specialised areas can be further developed, including AS/A2 examinations and Education and Professional Studies links with science and your specialism.

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This degree is designed to develop your understanding of high quality research within the social. science. As part of the department of Physical Education and Sport Studies, you will be a part. Read more

Overview

This degree is designed to develop your understanding of high quality research within the social
science. As part of the department of Physical Education and Sport Studies, you will be a part
of an exciting group investigating a range of contemporary issues in sport, exercise and health.
Through this you will gain advanced knowledge, skills, and experience of conducting
independent research.

Our MRes research projects, as part of the Sport, Exercise, and Health Research Centre,
often take advantage of the extensive links with community bodies and professional sport
organisations. Such collaborations contribute to the students’ subject expertise and broader
transferable skills. This programme therefore allows you to develop competencies as an
independent learner and researcher in a specific field. The MRes Social Sciences provides
a strong foundation for career progression and further study (e.g., PhD). More generally it
will develop skills valued by employers such as high-level organisational skills, independent
research skills, advanced oral and written communication, collaborative project work,
and problem solving.

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