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New NHS Bursary Scheme Arrangements from 2012/13

The Department of Health has announced that, from 1 September 2012, all new eligible students on eligible healthcare courses will be able to apply for:

The tuition costs for non-medical courses are paid directly by the NHS so eligible students are not required to pay tuition fees.

It should be noted that these new arrangements will not apply to students who have already commenced training prior to 1 September 2012.

For more information about the new funding arrangements, please visit the DoH website and for other updates about NHS Bursaries, including information about eligibility criteria, please visit the NHS Business Services Authority’s website.

New Directions: Help others to unlock their potential….

Courses which enable conversion from one subject to another can be hidden gems if you’re wondering about the possibility of completely transforming your area of knowledge after you’ve graduated from a first degree.

There are a range of courses that provide a means of doing this, from Graduate Diploma conversion courses in areas such as psychology, law  and even landscape architecture, to postgraduate qualifications to train to become a teacher, gain new knowledge in management or computing, or to train to enter professions in town planning, construction, surveying or real estate. Some of these courses include professional qualifications or provide routes to membership of professional bodies.

Through our New Directions series you can discover more about opportunities for graduates to retrain in subjects including teaching, law, construction and surveying, real estate, planning, management, computing and landscape architecture at Birmingham City University.

Here, in our fourth article of the series, we explore PGCE teacher training courses….

PGCE Teacher Training courses

Teaching is a highly rewarding career and, if you have a degree with a classification of 2:2 or above, there are a range of opportunities to enter the profession.

Early Years and Primary Teacher Training (3-7 year olds and 5-11 year olds)

Early years teachers teach pupils aged 3-7 years, whilst primary teachers teach 5-11 year olds. For our PGCE Primary and Early Years Education course, we can consider a wide range of honours degree subjects. Applicants are also required to have GCSE mathematics, English language and science at grade C or above at the point of applying and need a minimum of 2 weeks observational experience in a mainstream primary or early years classroom, depending on whether the applicant wishes to follow the primary or early years route.

Secondary Teacher Training (11-16 year olds)

For Secondary PGCE courses, 50% of the degree content needs to be related to the specialist subject area you wish to train to teach. Applicants are also required to have GCSE mathematics and English language at grade C or above. Birmingham City University currently offers PGCE courses in the following secondary subjects:

For some shortage subjects, graduates from unrelated disciplines or who don’t have sufficient relevant content within their degree, Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses may be available for particular courses. At Birmingham City University, we offer a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course in mathematics for those who wish to go on to train to become a secondary mathematics teacher.

Post-16 Teacher Training (students over age 16)

We do also offer a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education and Training which is ideal for those who wish to teach students over the age of 16 throughout the lifelong learning sector. 50% of your degree content needs to be related to the specialist subject area you wish to train to teach. Applicants are also required to have GCSE mathematics and English language at grade C or above.

Further information about our PGCE courses is available on our website at http://www.bcu.ac.uk/courses/list?fm=1&area=2&term=PGCE.

Applications

Applications are made through the Graduate Teacher Training Registry and you can apply via their website at www.gttr.ac.uk/students/apply from early September onwards.  GTTR start to send applications out to institutions from early October onwards for consideration for courses commencing the following autumn.

*Primary and Early Years*

Please note that the on-time application deadline for Primary and Early Years PGCE courses is 1st December. As competition can be high for these courses, we strongly advise prospective students to adhere to this deadline. Any applications received after the deadline may not be considered.

*Secondary and Post-Compulsory Education*

The official application deadline for the course is 30th June. However, from experience we would strongly advise you to apply early as PGCE courses are often filled well in advance of the deadline.

New Directions: Discover what makes people tick….

Courses which enable conversion from one subject to another can be hidden gems if you’re wondering about the possibility of completely transforming your area of knowledge after you’ve graduated from a first degree.

There are a range of courses that provide a means of doing this, from Graduate Diploma conversion courses in areas such as psychology, law  and even landscape architecture, to postgraduate qualifications to train to become a teacher, gain new knowledge in management or computing, or to train to enter professions in town planning, construction, surveying or real estate. Some of these courses include professional qualifications or provide routes to membership of professional bodies.

Through our New Directions series you can discover more about opportunities for graduates to retrain in subjects including teaching, law, construction and surveying, real estate, planning, management, computing and landscape architecture at Birmingham City University.

Our third article of the series looks a conversion option for those seeking to change direction and train to become a Chartered Psychologist….

Graduate Certificate/Diploma in Psychology

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology is a conversion course offered to looking to pursue a career as a Chartered Psychologist. This conversion course will award Graduate Basis of Chartered Membership (GBC) to the British Psychological Society (BPS) providing that an average of 50% or above has been attained across the programme. GBC is required for entry onto postgraduate training courses in the various chartered divisional psychology areas which are accredited by the BPS.

For entry onto the Graduate Diploma, graduates need to hold 60 credits in relevant Psychology (accredited or non-accredited), or hold a Graduate Certificate in Psychology and have obtained a minimum of a 2:2 in an undergraduate degree (accredited psychology degree holders are excluded). For graduates with a minimum 2:2 degree without the required 60 credits of Psychology, the Graduate Certificate can provide an alternative means to gain a qualification enabling them to go on to take the Graduate Diploma course.

Once GBC has been gained, opportunities to complete a specialist postgraduate degree to qualify in one of the following professional areas of psychology:

Visit the British Psychological Society’s website for more information about careers in psychology.

New Directions: Legally speaking….

Courses which enable conversion from one subject to another can be hidden gems if you’re wondering about the possibility of completely transforming your area of knowledge after you’ve graduated from a first degree.

There are a range of courses that provide a means of doing this, from Graduate Diploma conversion courses in areas such as psychology, law  and even landscape architecture, to postgraduate qualifications to train to become a teacher, gain new knowledge in management or computing, or to train to enter professions in town planning, construction, surveying or real estate. Some of these courses include professional qualifications or provide routes to membership of professional bodies.

Through our New Directions series you can discover more about opportunities for graduates to retrain in subjects including teaching, law, construction and surveying, real estate, planning, management, computing and landscape architecture at Birmingham City University.

In our second article of the series, we explore our law conversion course for graduates…

Graduate Diploma in Law

This Graduate Diploma in Law course provides a conversion route for graduates of any discipline who do not have an LLB awarded by a University of England and Wales. The course enables students to complete the Common Professional Examination which is the academic stage of training to become either a solicitor or a barrister. Following on from the Graduate Diploma in Law, students may opt to progress onto either the Legal Practice Course (for those wishing to become a solicitor) or the Bar Professional Training Course (for those intending to become a barrister) to complete the vocational stage of training for their chosen professional route. Find out more about careers as a solicitor and a barrister.

Our course has options for both full-time and part-time study. The full-time course can be completed in one year, whilst the part-time course takes two years to complete. The course commences each September. Applications for the full-time course are made through the Central Applications Board and you can apply via their website at www.lawcabs.ac.uk. Applications for the part-time course are made directly to the University and you can apply online here.

If you’d like to discuss the course in more detail with the Admissions Tutor you can contact Jill Molloy via email.

New Directions: Create beautiful spaces…..

Courses which enable conversion from one subject to another can be hidden gems if you’re wondering about the possibility of completely transforming your area of knowledge after you’ve graduated from a first degree.

There are a range of courses that provide a means of doing this, from Graduate Diploma conversion courses in areas such as psychology, law  and even landscape architecture, to postgraduate qualifications to train to become a teacher, gain new knowledge in management or computing, or to train to enter professions in town planning, construction, surveying or real estate. Some of these courses include professional qualifications or provide routes to membership of professional bodies.

Through our New Directions series you can discover more about opportunities for graduates to retrain in subjects including teaching, law, construction and surveying, real estate, planning, management, computing and landscape architecture at Birmingham City University.

First in the series is an opportunity to create beautiful spaces through a graduate conversion course in Landscape Architecture…

Graduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture

The Graduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture at Birmingham City University offers a conversion route into the professional discipline of landscape architecture for students with a first degree in a different subject. The course is accredited by the Landscape Institute (LI) – the professional body for landscape architecture in the UK – and successful completion of this course, followed by the Postgraduate Diploma, will make you eligible for licentiate membership of the LI. We can potentially look at quite a wide range of non-cognate degree subjects for entry onto the course, so it appeals to variety of graduates seeking a change of direction. You can learn more about careers in landscape architecture here.

The Graduate Diploma course commences each September. It takes place over one year and attendance is on one day each week, apart from the Induction Week at the end of September where students attend the University for 3-4 days. Days run from 10.00am to roughly 5.30pm, to allow for travel to the University, as our students attend from a fairly wide geographical area – some from up to 100 miles away!

We invite all applicants and those interested to one of our Interview Days which we hold throughout the year. The Course Director, Mark Cowell, gives an illustrated presentation on both the Graduate Diploma and PGDip/MA courses, a tour of the School of Architecture and also conducts individual interviews during the day. If you’re a graduate interested in finding out more about converting to landscape architecture, please contact Mark on 0121 331 5857 or email Mark here.

Formal applications for this course are made directly to the University and you can download an application form from our website.

Accepting offers through UCAS: firm and insurance acceptances

If you’ve applied for an undergraduate course through UCAS and have received offers from institutions you’ve applied to, it’s important to carefully consider your decision about which offers to accept.  Once you’ve made your decision about accepting offers as a firm or insurance choices, you cannot change this.

Firm acceptances

When you accept an offer as your firm choice, this is your preferred choice of course and University.  Accepting an unconditional offer as your firm choice then binds you to going to that university only for the course you have been offered a place on.

Accepting a conditional offer as your firm choice enables you to state your preference of the University and course you want to go to out of any offers you may have received.

Insurance acceptances

If you are made a conditional offer, you can also accept a second offer as an insurance choice. You’re not obliged to accept an offer as an insurance choice, but doing so provides you with the opportunity to have a back-up in case you don’t meet the conditions of offer for your firm choice.  

Some points to consider when accepting a conditional offer as an insurance choice

Important dates for replying to offers in 2011

If UCAS has received all decisions from your university or college choices by 31st March, you’ll need to reply to any offers by 5th May 2011 (unless you live outside the EU or you are applying through Extra). If UCAS don’t receive your replies, they will decline your offers on your behalf.

If UCAS has received all decisions from your university or college choices by 6th May, you’ll need to reply to any offers by 7th June 2011 (unless you are applying through Extra). If UCAS don’t receive your replies, they will decline your offers on your behalf.

Train to become a Children’s Nurse with our degree commencing in April 2011

If you’re interested in a rewarding career as a children’s nurse, we currently have vacancies on the Child Nursing branch of our BSc (Hons) Nursing RN course commencing in April 2011. For entry onto the course, you’ll need to have appropriate qualifications to meet the course entry requirements and also to have evidence of study undertaken within the past 5 years.

Children’s nurses can work with clients ranging from newborn babies through to adolescents, and have to be adaptable to the differing needs of children in terms of responding to the stage of their development, understanding how this can affect things such as physical conditions and communication abilities.  They also need to have flexibility in being able to support parents, guardians and carers.

Children’s nurses need a range of  excellent interpersonal skills, such as empathy, the ability to work with people from different backgrounds and of different ages, solid communication skills and being able to keep calm under pressure. It’s an incredibly rewarding career for those with a passion for caring and an affinity for working with people. 

Once qualified, many nurses specialise in a particular clinical area, such as neonatal care or paediatric oncology, so there’s plenty of room for professional development once you’ve gained your registered nurse status.

Our nursing degree provides the opportunity to train to become a registered children’s nurse and combines both academic and practical training through the 3 years of the full-time course. Our state of the art simulation facilities and skills suites allow students to develop essential practical skills in a safe environment under the supervision of our tutors, so they can feel more confident when it comes to using these skills when they go out on their clinical placements. Find out more about our degree.

Interested in joining the course in April 2011?

If you think you’ve got what it takes to become a children’s nurse, meet the academic entry requirements for the course and have evidence of study within the past 5 years, you are welcome to make an application to us. Applications are made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and you can apply through their website at www.ucas.ac.uk/students/apply. Be quick, though, as the course commences in early April so time is of the essence!

Why Birmingham City University Should Be Your First Choice

If you haven’t yet made your mind up about your university choices for a full-time undergraduate course commencing in September 2011, you’ve only a few weeks to submit your UCAS application by the on-time deadline, which is 15 January 2011 for the majority of courses.  As a university, we’re currently seeing a 40% increase in UCAS applications compared to the same time last year so, with increasing competition for places on university courses commencing next Autumn, it’s important to act now.

Why Choose Birmingham City University?

We’re one of the most increasingly popular universities in the UK, having seen our applications rise by a phenomenal 78% since 2008. With a real commitment to providing courses that are relevant and robust and a reputation for being a university that listens to its students, it’s not difficult to see why we are frequently becoming the first choice for many prospective students.

Find out more about our fantastic range of courses by visiting the courses section on our website and, if you have any questions, why not get in touch with one of our course advisers?

Links Round-Up 10.09.10 | Freshers’ Special

Here’s a brief round up of useful links for our new freshers!

PGCE Live Web Chat – 2nd September 2010

Simon Spencer, Course Director of the Secondary Education PGCE programmes in the Faculty of Education, Law and Social Sciences is joining the panel of experts taking part in a live Guardian web chat on 2nd September between 1pm until 4pm. The theme is ‘Acing your teacher Training’ and the discussion will be centred around the question ‘What does it take to be top of the class as a trainee teacher?’ This should appeal to anyone interested in starting an initial teacher training course or indeed currently training to be a teacher. Questions can be posted online at the Guardian site.

Simon Spencer is the PGCE Secondary Course Director at Birmingham City University, training teachers in a range of secondary school subject routes with a particular emphasis on arts subjects.  Prior to that he worked for 17 years in secondary and further education as a head of department.  Simon’s subject specialism is drama and theatre.