Monthly Archives: July 2011

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:

  • Art and Design
  • Chemistry
  • Design and Technology (Food and Textiles)
  • Drama
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Science with Chemistry
  • Science with Physics

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:

  • Clinical psychology
  • Counselling psychology
  • Educational psychology
  • Forensic psychology
  • Health psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Occupational psychology
  • Sport and exercise psychology
  • Teachers and Researchers in 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.