Open Day visitors will be able to preview 'playwork' alongside other mainstream education courses

Published: 6 November 2008 at 11:44

New courses to be showcased include playwork for those working with children of school age in out of school settings.

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Anglia Ruskin University is once again preparing to welcome people from all over the East of England to its Cambridge and Chelmsford campuses for a day of discussions and activities, which will help to reveal the many higher education opportunities available to them.

The forthcoming Open Day on Saturday 22 November will allow potential students to find out more about undergraduate study at Rivermead campus, Chelmsford.

A range of new courses to be featured at the forthcoming event will be showcased by the Faculty of Education which is one of the leading providers of Education Courses and Continuing Professional Studies in the region. One of the new courses available is a Foundation Degree in Playwork, starting January 2009, which has been created for people who are working, or wish to work, with children of school age in out-of-school settings.  This could include wrap-around care provided by schools, holiday and after-school clubs and themed activity centres.

The three year course, based on a choice of modules and work-based learning focuses on management and leadership, collections and information management, and learning and audience development.  An introductory workshop is available on the day to those interested from 10am – 1.00pm.

On the same day as the Open Day, the Faculty of Education is also staging a PGCE Secondary Education (Initial Teacher Education) recruitment event to offer advice and support to prospective students wishing to undertake a one year full-time PGCE course at Anglia Ruskin University.  These courses will enable potential students to become a subject specialist secondary school teacher in either Science, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, ICT, History with Citizenship, Art & Design or English.

Other exhibitors involved in the Anglia Ruskin University Open Day event will include the Students’ Union, Sports Department, Community Development Office, University Chaplaincy, Employer Mentoring Scheme which matches second year students with employees from local organisations. 

The Faculties involved in the Open Day include Arts Law and Social Sciences, Science & Technology, the Ashcroft International Business School, Education and Faculty of Health and Social Care.

Anglia Ruskin University Open Days generally attract 800-1000 prospective students to the campus plus members of their family and friends. There are four Open Days staged during the year. Each one is a key recruitment day for the University.

Those interested in attending one of the Open Days can pre-register online at or call 0845 271 3333 for more details on which courses are offered on which campus.