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- Independent PGCE
- Primary PGCE with QTS
- Secondary PGCE with QTS
- Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Conversion Course – Primary
- Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Conversion Course – Secondary
- Assessment Only (AO) Route to Qualified Teacher Status – Primary
- Assessment Only (AO) Route to Qualified Teacher Status – Secondary
- MEd in Educational Leadership
- Postgraduate Certificate in Middle Leadership
Postgraduate Certificate in Middle Leadership
Based on our highly successful MEd in Educational Leadership, this course aims to equip current or aspirant middle leaders with the knowledge and skills to become first-rate subject / departmental leaders.
This is a one year, work-based course. You will complete an initial self-assessment which is followed by an individual interview with your University of Buckingham tutor. A two-day tutorial meeting at Buckingham follows, where the main topics of study are outlined and the course’s supporting textbook is issued. A 3,500 word essay is undertaken and a further two-day residential at Buckingham takes place, after which the leadership-of-change project is completed.
The course carries 60 Masters-level credits. These are redeemable against the Master’s in Educational Leadership, giving exemption from one assessment and triggering a reduction in fees.
Topics include: Leadership theory and the development of departmental culture; principles and practice of effective performance management (including lesson observation, feedback, coaching); handling of difficult conversations (with colleagues and parents); promotion of high quality teaching and learning; effective pupil-assessment; staff recruitment, induction and development; effective administration and use of data; running purposeful meetings; preparing for inspection.
Applicants are expected to be heads of department, 2nd in department, subject co-ordinators or heads of year and must be educated to degree level.
How to apply
Please use the ‘Apply Now’ button in the silver box (above) or contact The School of Education on +44 (0)1280 820222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The closing date for applications for 2017 is 1 July 2017.
Terms and conditions for prospective students
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We offer high quality, traditional Oxbridge-style teaching, which leads to our degrees being recognised around the world. The standards of degrees and awards are safeguarded by distinguished external examiners – senior academic staff from other universities in the UK – who approve and moderate assessed work.
High calibre staff
Most of our academic staff teach for three terms out of four, with the remaining term used for research. Because of this, we have no difficulty in attracting high calibre, highly respected lecturers, many of whom also have a background in business or industry and can offer networking opportunities for students.
Self-study based upon the course unit, supported by a mixture of presentations, workshops, role-plays and case studies when at Buckingham. Online support is available throughout the course.
- 3000-4000 word essay, based on initial self-analysis
- 7000-8000 word extended essay documenting the leadership of change project
We have a high graduate employment rate, The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) ranked Buckingham top for graduate employability with 98.1% in July 2015.
Our graduates have gone on to further study at most of the world’s leading universities, including Harvard, London, Oxford and Cambridge and secured jobs in senior positions around the world. Among our alumni we have a graduate who became the head of his country’s civil service and one who became a leading Formula One motor-racing driver. Another secured a position as the Minister of Sabah and one female law graduate became the first British lawyer to become a French Advocate.
Applicants must also pay a £100 non-refundable Registration Fee.
Tuition fees cover the cost of all tutoring as well as the course textbook and food and accommodation when at Buckingham.
*The University reserves the right to increase course fees annually in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering educational services. If the University intends to increase your course fees it will notify you via email of this as soon as reasonably practicable.