- I have completed a degree in which all instruction was in English. Do I still have to take the IELTS exam?
- I have been away from studies for a long time. What if I cannot get any academic references from my previous university?
- Where do STEP students live while in London?
- Does the STEP scholarship cover living expenses during the academic programme in London as well as during the extended practica back home?
- Can I apply to both STEP and GPISH?
- How are classes organized in London for the duration of the academic year?
- Is it possible to work part-time in London while studying?
- When can candidates expect to learn the outcome of their applications?
- I will be graduating in June 2014. If I do not yet have my undergraduate degree in hand, can I still apply to the programme beginning in September 2014?
- What is a DBS check and why do I have to have one?
- I’ve got a complaint about the admissions process. Whom do I contact?
- Can I bring my spouse/dependents with me when I study in London?
1. I have completed a degree in which all instruction was in English. Do I still have to take the UKVI IELTS exam?
Applicants who have not undertaken university education in English in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, United States of America, Canada, Australia or New Zealand must submit an Internet-based TOEFL or IELTS certificate with their application. The minimum scores required for entry onto the Secondary Teacher Education Programme are as follows:
UKVI IELTS:Listening: 6.0, Reading: 6.0, Writing: 6.0, Speaking 6.0.
Applicants who have studied at an advanced level in an English speaking country for a period of one year or more may be exempted from providing evidence of English language proficiency. If you believe that this exemption may apply to you, please consult with the Admissions Office by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice.
Please note that TOEFL scores are no longer accepted
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2. I have been away from studies for a long time. What if I cannot get any academic references from my previous university?
In this situation, you should submit alternative references from people who can support your ability to undertake graduate-level studies. These may be professional superiors / colleagues from a current or past workplace.
3. Where do STEP students live while in London?
Students reside in the newly built accommodation in King’s Cross. Located minutes away from the King’s Cross Rail and Tube station, in the heart of London, the building has 198 bedrooms all designed to enhance students’ experience of living and studying. Designed by award winning Stanton Williams Architects, the building offers a number of amenities such a reception, reading rooms, communal kitchens, a gym, a roof terrace and a courtyard. The cost of living at the residence is covered by students’ accommodation allowance that is part of their scholarship. The rooms are based in "Cluster Flats" with individual rooms, each with its own en-suite shower room. Each cluster has six to eight rooms, with a shared kitchen and living area. All students are required to live in this residence.
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4. Does the STEP scholarship cover living expenses during the academic programme in London as well as during the extended practica back home?
All STEP students receive a monthly stipend for the full two-year programme, the amount of which is in line with British Council guidelines. During the four month Field Research and Teaching Practice (FRTP) in the home context, students will be paid a stipend based on the World Bank Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) model. This may be more or less than the normal monthly stipend payments.
5. Can I apply to both STEP and GPISH?
Yes. However, each programme has distinct aims. Therefore, you are encouraged to think very carefully before applying about how either programme would meet your academic and career goals. In reviewing your application(s), the respective selection committees will be looking for your ability to make a strong case for your decision to apply to a particular programme.
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6. How are classes organized during the academic phase in London? How many hours of class do I have per week?
The MA in Education programme follows a lecture – seminar – tutorial model. Students spend approximately 15 hours per week in class, attending lectures, seminars and tutorial sessions. The MTeach is a mixed mode course which includes online tasks as well as face-to-face teaching sessions.
Students are expected to keep up with both their MTeach and MA assignments alongside their lectures, readings and class work. Students also spend one day a week teaching at a secular school in London and one day a week teaching at religious education classes in London or European RECs.
7. Is it possible to work part-time in London while studying?
Due to the intensive nature of the Secondary Teacher Education Programme, students are discouraged from taking up employment during their studies. STEP students are engaged in coursework and teaching practice six days per week, including the weekend when they teach religious education classes in London or elsewhere in Europe.
8. When can candidates expect to learn the outcome of their applications?
Notifications are issued in early April.
9. I will be graduating in June 2014. If I do not yet have my undergraduate degree in hand, can I still apply to the programme beginning in September 2014?
Yes. If you are accepted, your offer of acceptance will be conditional upon successful completion of your degree and upon meeting the minimum grades set by the selection committee.
10. What is a DBS check and why do I have to have one?
It is a requirement of the U.K. Home Office that any individual teaching in a UK school or working with children/young people must be in receipt of a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate will be arranged by the UCL Institute of Education in line with UK regulations. You will need to supply a criminal record check (Police Report) from the relevant authorities in your home country, and from every other country in which you have previously spent 12 months or more. This document should contain details of any cautions, convictions, reprimands, warnings or bind-over recorded against your name, or confirm that there are none. If this information is not in English you will need to supply an official certified translation of the document. Failure to submit a satisfactory criminal record check will jeopardise your teaching practice if your clearance remains outstanding at the time of enrolment.
11. I’ve got a complaint about the admissions process. Whom do I contact?
If you have any complaints relating to the admissions process, please contact the Head at the Department of Graduate Studies at email@example.com
If you are a non-EU student, due to recent changes to immigration law, this is not possible.