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This course will allow you to develop and enhance your own professional practice in education. It focuses on developing your practice in relation to the needs of your professional setting. All of the modules are designed to support your teaching and associated educational leadership practice in a wide range of workplace settings. This might be in a school, college, local authority, public service or community setting. It provides a programme that will develop your passion for working in education, whilst extending and enhancing your own educational development. We welcome applications from individuals who wish to enhance their continuing professional development portfolios through engagement with single modules.

Entry requirements

MA: An Honours degree (Level 6) or equivalent professional qualification from an institution of higher education, or its equivalent from overseas. GCSE English grade C or above, or equivalent. Evidence of an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. If your first language is not English, you need either: a minimum score of 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the writing and listening modules) in IELTS; a minimum score of 550 in TOEFL or 213 in the computer-based test (including a minimum score of 4.5 for the Test of Written English); or Cambridge Proficiency Grade C. A contractual role (full-time or fractional) or long-term voluntary placement that sees you working as an education practitioner in an education organisation, for a minimum of 4 hours per week (or equivalent), whilst enrolled on the programme.

Course modules

Semester 1: core modules; learning and assessment (30 credits); option modules; education, culture and society (30 credits); or; contemporary issues in early years (30 credits); semester 2. Core modules: collaborative working in education (30 credits); option modules; international perspectives in early years (30 credits); or; educational leadership and management (30 credits); semester 3; dissertation (60 credits).

Assessment methods

All modules are assessed through a variety of formats. These include: assignments, case studies, annotated bibliographies, contributions to online discussion forums, and a dissertation. Although group work is strongly supported as a learning strategy in the majority of modules throughout the course, all modules are assessed summatively by means of individual assessments. For those working in early years settings, optional modules can be taken which have an early years focus.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MA Part-time January 2019 3 3 Years

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