We offer three postgraduate courses in the area of education:
- PGDE Secondary (Home Economics)
- PgCert Collaborative Working: Education and Therapy
- e-PgCert Professional and Higher Education
For many decades, QMU was renowned internationally for the training of domestic science teachers. We returned to our roots when we launched our new PGDE Secondary (Home Economics) in August 2019. This one-year course addresses a skills shortage relating to home economics teaching within our secondary schools. The course educates aspiring teachers, preparing them to fill vital posts in secondary schools and positively influence young people’s knowledge and skills relating to food, nutrition, health and lifestyle.
Today, our portfolio of education courses is built on a firm foundation of social science and, as well as the PGDE, we offer an undergraduate course for aspiring primary school teachers: a BA (Hons) degree in Education Studies (Primary). This degree also offers a route for people who are interested in working, or are already working in adult education settings in the community, third sector organisations or in overseas humanitarian projects.
While located in the Division of Psychology, Sociology & Education, our PGDE Secondary (Home Economics) and BA (Hons) Education Studies (Primary) draw on a firm foundation of psychological and sociological knowledge and practice. We also champion effective collaborative working between allied health professionals and educators, collaborate with our experts and a range of professionals in child development, welfare and wellbeing, and, of course, we enjoy our heritage in food-related subjects.
Our home economics course draws on QMU’s broad-ranging expertise in food-related subjects. We offer a range of undergraduate degrees in this area along with the UK’s first master’s degree in gastronomy. In addition, we are home to the Scottish Centre for Food Development and Innovation, through which we are helping SMEs and national organisations with food-related research and development.
In addition to the home economics course, we also offer two long established education courses:
- The PgCert Collaborative Working: Education and Therapy, is available fully online or face to face at QMU with additional online learning. This course equips you to support children or young people with additional support needs/special educational needs to access the curriculum and participate in school life, through enhanced collaborative working. Interdisciplinary in approach, this course is aimed at both education and allied health professionals who work with children and young people.
- The e-PgCert Professional and Higher Education is for people who teach and support learning in higher education, for example: nurses and midwives, allied health professionals, social workers, doctors, lecturers in any discipline and professional services staff (e.g. university librarians). The e-PgCert is delivered fully online.
All of our education courses are forward-thinking and focused on the needs of today’s educators in a rapidly changing society. Each offers a critical approach to working with learning and teaching in today’s communities and, in a variety of stimulating ways, explores the interface of social justice, wellbeing, learning and creativity.
As a university, we focus on providing the optimum balance of theoretical and practical knowledge. We aspire to instil the value of achieving that balance in the students who study education with us, encouraging a researcher-practitioner model of educator, one who is curious, open to challenge and is community and research engaged.
As social justice is central to QMU’s mission, this value is hard wired into our approach to education, and our community of students, staff and alumni is characterised by people who want to make a real practical difference in the world.
All Scottish students on our home economics course will be guaranteed a job for one year in a Scottish school following graduation, as part of the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) Teacher Induction Scheme. After graduating, candidates register with the GTCS for provisional registration and on successful completion of a probationary teaching year will be awarded full registration.
Our e-PgCert Professional and Higher Education prepares participants to apply independently for Associate and Fellowship status with Advance HE (Higher Education Academy).
Our PgCert Collaborative Working: Education and Therapy course supports teachers as part of their Professional Update and allied health professional career development in line with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) standards, professional body standards and the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework.
Our approach to learning and teaching
Students on any of our education courses can be assured that they will learn in a friendly and supportive environment and that they will benefit from an academically rigorous approach, informed by our research expertise. Our philosophy as an institution emphasises student support and our relatively small size means that we can develop strong working relationships with all our students.
Each of our education courses prepares you to lead in innovative practice and help others fulfil their potential.
At the time of publication, the UK is in the transition period following its exit from the EU. Where policy decisions have been made regarding EU students these are reflected on this website. There will be areas, however, where policies are still to be finalised. Therefore, references to EU students in this document should be read in that context where there is not a specific statement regarding the post Brexit policy.
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