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Advanced Educational Practice: Teaching and Learning

This programme provides an opportunity for you to develop your teaching capabilities; your understanding of relevant recent theory, research and practice in teaching and learning and your ability to contribute to organisational effectiveness.

It differs from many other postgraduate programmes in its focus on enhancing practice and, as such, attracts professionals from a range of educational sectors. This mix of professionals results in a dynamic learning environment for all, where you learn from each other through the sharing of professional experiences.

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirements for the MA Advanced Educational Practice pathways are:

  • An honours degree (or its equivalent) in any subject
  • Current employment as an educational practitioner

Applications are welcome from practitioners who may hold alternate qualifications, such as Certificate in Education (Post-16), with appropriate professional experience.

If your first language is not English, you will also need an IELTS score of 6.5 (minimum of Level 6 in reading and writing).

Please note: this programme is not suitable for international students because, due to UK Visa restrictions, they are only allowed to study on a full time basis.

Application and selection

Applications are invited from all working in the education sector. Each applicant will be considered on an individual basis in consultation with the Programme Leader and, as such, we welcome enquiries from potential applicants who do not meet standard criteria but who feel their professional experience would enable them to succeed on the programme.

Please note: A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally the Criminal Records Bureau – CRB) is required for students needing to visit locations outside of their own workplace where there is access to children.

Course modules

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Year 1

Approaches to Learning in the 21st Century (Core)

Investigates teaching and learning through the analysis of, engagement with and reflection on current educational theory, research, and practice in the context of your own professional setting.

Learning through Assessment (Core)

Provides a grounding in educational assessment practice in a time dominated by change and developing educational theories, policies and challenge.

Exploring Curriculum Change (Core)

Explores key theoretical frameworks and concepts in curriculum models, drivers, innovation and the evaluation and curriculum change and their implications for professional practice.

Year 2

Researching Professional Practice (Core)

Provides an introduction to a range of research methods applicable to educational contexts, with a focus on practitioner enquiry and how to develop a research project proposal and plan.

Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (Option)

Develops awareness of the impact social and emotional aspects of learning through engagement with current educational theory, research, policy and practice.

Developing the role of the Subject Leader (Option)

Explores the characteristics of effective subject leadership to inform the organisation and management of learning in a range of professional settings.

Mentoring in the Workplace (Option)
Developing Mentoring and Coaching (Option)

Supports the professional development of mentors in educational contexts, utilising the theoretical frameworks that underpin mentoring to explore practice in your own setting.

Professional Development for Leadership (Option)

Provides professional development for leadership and management through engagement with current educational theory, research, policy and practice and its application within your professional setting.

Developing Mentoring and Coaching

Explores established and emerging practice in effective mentoring and coaching within the professional context.

Year 3

Dissertation (Option)

Involves the development and implementation of a major research project relevant to your subject area with the support of an experienced academic tutor.

Professional Inquiry (Option)

Involves the development and implementation of several linked practice-based research projects relevant to professional practice in your subject area with the support of an experienced academic tutor.

Assessment methods

All assessments are closely linked to school and college-based practice and involve the completion of reports, small scale practice-based research projects, presentations, and critical reflections on professional practice.

As a practice-based programme there is a strong emphasis on the application of ideas developed in the context of your own classroom, school or setting.


All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. 


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time September 2018 GBP 35 (Credit) Home/EU 3 Years
MA Part-time September 2018 GBP 35 (Credit) Home/EU 3 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time September 2018 GBP 35 (Credit) Home/EU 3 Years

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