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University of Exeter

University of Exeter
School of Education and Lifelong Learning

About the Programmes

BA Honours Programme:
3 year undergraduate programme in Education. The School offers 2 single honours:
BA in Childhood and Youth Studies
BA in Education Studies

And 2 combined honours courses:
BA English and Education
BSC Exercise and Sports Science and Education

PGCE Programme:
One year teacher training programme in:
Primary: Early Years, English, Humanities, Maths, Music, Science
Secondary: Art, Citizenship, Dance, Design & Technology, English with Drama, English with Media, Geography, History, Information and Communication Technology, Maths, Modern Foreign Languages (French, German, Spanish and Mandarin), Physical Education, Religious Studies, Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).
PCE: Qualifying students to teach in Post Compulsory or Further Education

The School of Education and Lifelong Learning has an excellent reputation for quality teacher education programmes. The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) conducts regular school inspections and reviews of teacher education courses. Exeter is one of only 2 PGCE providers receiving top marks in all 3 Ofsted full inspection categories for Secondary PGCE (Management and Quality Assurance, Training, and Standards) as well as top marks for Management and Quality Assurance for Primary PGCE. The University of Cambridge is the only other PGCE provider to achieve this level of excellence.

An important part of this success is attributed to our excellent school-based work programme. School-based work provides the practical experience necessary for students to reinforce the teaching skills and techniques introduced to them through their university lectures. The School has created partnerships with over 300 schools, making this one of the largest, most diverse and successful partnership programmes in the country.

Masters Programme
Our Masters programmes are committed to providing excellence in Continuing Professional Development. Our academic staff are leaders in their fields and this expertise has been recognised by government examiners. The latest inspection by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) awarded our CPD provision a perfect score of 24, a testament to the quality of our teaching and support. The inspectors noted 'A coherent and well-integrated teaching and learning strategy operates at all levels of provision.'.

Full-time Masters programme -
The full-time Masters programme includes courses in Special Educational Needs, Creative Arts, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). In addition to the year long full-time structure, the TESOL course is also available part-time and as an intensive summer school session lasting 6 weeks for each of 2 consecutive summers.

The School's academic staff are well respected for their contributions to the theory and practice of education. The quality of these contributions has been recognised in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), where the School was awarded an outstanding score of 5, acknowledging research of international excellence and the existence of a strong research culture. The School embraces a considerable variety of research activity, from large-scale externally funded programmes to small-scale collaborations with local teachers. Many of these involve international links with leading researchers in countries from around the world.

The School is the only institution in the UK to offer a full-time, part-time, and distance learning Masters programme in educational research that meets the strict guidelines demanded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). As such, we are also one of the few research outlets receiving guaranteed studentship funded places from the ESRC. Completion of the MSc in Educational Research naturally leads onto the MPhil/PhD programme, where students engage in high level personal research on a topic of their choice. Due to our size, success and the fact that we are not wedded to any one research paradigm, the School can offer research supervision in many areas of educational research. For a complete list of our research activity, please visit our website.

In addition the MPhil/PhD research degrees, the School has also developed a taught doctoral degree. The Doctor of Education (EdD) is an innovative degree programme based on five taught modules and a dissertation. Currently we offer the programme in 4 special fields: Educational Psychology, Special Needs and Inclusive Education, Mathematics Education, TESOL as well as our generic EdD in Education.

As well as an EdD programme, the school also offers a new DEd Psy in Educational Child Community Psychology – a requirement for those wishing to practice as Educational Psychologists. All research students have access to their own study area and desk space in the Research Support Unit, which provides ICT facilities, the help of a technician, access to help with qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, and a loan service for equipment to support students' research.

About the University

Internationally recognised for excellence, the School of Education and Lifelong Learning in the only UK institution to have all of the following:
  • RAE of 5
  • ESRC studentship quota and recognised outlet for 1+3 (full and part-time), distance learning and CASE research training
  • a perfect score in the latest QAA inspection
  • top 10 ranking in the Guardian and The Times Education league tables the past 5 years
  • ranked 4th in the 2006 Teacher Training Profiles
  • one of the country’s 10 largest PGCE programmes, offering among the widest breadth of subjects
  • one of the largest Education libraries in the UK

    Rated among the best campuses in Britain, the University of Exeter is ideally situated in the heart of Devon. With lush rolling green hills, national parks, breathtaking coastlines and a temperate climate, Devon provides the perfect setting to begin or continue your studies in Education. The School of Education and Lifelong Learning is situated on the St. Luke's Campus, which has specialist education facilities including:
    · One of the largest education Libraries in the UK
    · Separate Resources Library
    · Modern Seminar Rooms and Lecture Theatres
    · Print Unit with full Reprographic Services
    · Extensive IT Facilities

Address Information:

Address School of Education and Lifelong Learning
Student Support Office, University of Exeter
Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU
Tel. No. +44 (0) 1392 264837
Fax No. +44 (0) 1392 264902
E-mail address
Courses BA Honours Programme
PGCE Programme
Full-Time Med/PgDip/PgCert Programme
MSc in Educational Research Programme
Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Programmes
Doctorate in Education (EdD) Programme
DEd Psy in Educational Child Community Psychology
Please see below for a detailed description of the courses
Date of Commencement Typically programmes begin in October with the start of the academic year. Students are invited to contact our Student Support Office or visit our website to see the start date of any specific programme.
Cost/Fees Please contact our Student Support Office or visit our website for current fees.
Type of Programme The School of Education and Lifelong Learning offers a wide range of programmes both full and part-time and by distance learning
Application deadlines For most Postgraduate Programmes, the University has no formal application deadline, however students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as places may fill quickly.
Accommodation The university guarantees accommodation to all new undergraduate students. In addition, all new unaccompanied postgraduate students from outside the EU are guaranteed accommodation for their first year of study.
Financial assistance Many financial assistance and incentives are available:
PGCE Programme: Dependent upon your residency status, you will receive a minimum £6,000 bursary.
Master's Programme: Many of our full-time students receive funding from their local government education agencies as part of continuing professional development initiatives.
MSc Education Research: Recognised by the ESRC, the school receives guaranteed ESRC studentship funding for outstanding Home and EU research students.
PhD and EdD Studentships: Recognised by the ESRC, studentships are available for outstanding Home and EU research students.

In addition the University and School offer studentships for both EU and International students. Please see our website for complete details.
Top recruiters of graduates The majority of our graduates work in an education setting either in public schools, state schools, higher education or for government agencies. Some of our graduates do go on to provide education programmes in other civil servant areas such as social work.
Admission requirements The University of Exeter’s English Language Centre is dedicated to providing the support and resources necessary to assist students in achieving the English skills required to engage in their selected programme. For specific requirements, please contact our Graduate Studies Office.
Student profile 1. Countries of origin
The University has an active international community attracting students from all over the world.
2. Ratio Men:Women
48% male; 52% female
3. Age Range
Postgraduate students vary in age and background.
4. Average Work Experience
Most of our students have an established background in teaching or Education.

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