Learning and Teaching MA

This postgraduate course is accredited by the University of Birmingham.

Overview (NV)
Course length
18 months full-time / 2.5 years part-time
Fees (Home/EU)
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Course overview

This course is available both full and part-time and aims to further your knowledge of teaching-related and contextual studies and provide opportunities for you to explore current research and issues regarding working with children.

You will further develop your advanced skillset and learn how to efficiently deal with complex issues that may arise in the learning environment. You will also hone your analytical skills, evaluating research and studies surrounding childhood theory and curriculum.
The opportunity to undertake detailed exploration of current childhood issues is provided, enabling you to apply what you have learned into practice in the workplace and to support field research.

Why should I choose this course?

  • You will develop your professional career in education as you specialise in the rewarding area of teaching and learning.
  • You will be given a choice of specialist modules that allow you to customise your degree to suit your career aspirations.
  • You will learn advanced techniques for research and communication and how to apply them to the industry.
  • You will learn a variety of industry approaches around mentoring, professional practice and distance learning materials.
  • You will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of industry trends and a variety of perspectives.
Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching and assessment

Full-time route

Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and a typical teaching week will have up to 8 teaching contact hours and additional optional hours if students take up career-enhancing opportunities offered by UCB.

  • Large group teaching - 4 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
  • Smaller group teaching - 2 hours of teaching in smaller groups and discussing topics relevant to the module
  • Tutorials - 2 hours of tutorials (involving personal, group and academic sessions each week)

Individual Study

In addition, you are expected to commit to approximately 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. UCB Online provides a 24 hour access to learning and support material.

Part-time route

Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers. Delivery will be through a range of methods including lectures, student led seminars and tutorials. There will be a class exercise to facilitate deeper comprehension of analysis, which is required for postgraduate study. In a typical teaching week you will have up to 4 teaching contact hours made up as follows:

  • Smaller group teaching - 3 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
  • Tutorials - 1 hours including a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials per week

Individual Study

In addition, you are expected to commit approximately 10 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. UCB Online provides a 24 hour access to learning and support material.


The following assessment criteria applies to both the full and part-time route and is designed to provide you an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of assessment methods are used. Assignments are typically based around your professional practice within your vocational area enabling you to demonstrate your initiative, self-direction and appraise your decision-making within your workplace/placement setting.

An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:

  • Coursework 80%
  • Practical Assessment 20%

Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry Requirements

Primary and secondary pathways

A relevant undergraduate qualification or equivalent.

Early Years pathway

A relevant undergraduate qualification or equivalent (applicants who have completed a PGCE Early Years could enter with 60 credits).

Vocational subjects pathway

UCB's Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Vocational Subjects (the PGLTVS contributes 60 credits to the final award).

UCB's standard English language requirement for Postgraduate study will apply (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent).

Modules (NV)


Research Methods and Ethics Masters Dissertation (C & E)
Coaching and Mentoring Communication in Practice Management and Leadership in Education and Community Professional Enquiry Social Justice
Placements (NV)

Work placement

If you are looking for further work experience opportunities, our highly experienced hired@UCB staff members have a diverse mix of advisors with experience in a wide variety of areas including early years, education, learning disability, special education, child protection, community service development and management. 

At UCB, we understand the importance of work placements within academic study, and our employer contacts say they give preference to students with qualifications who also have experience within the field.

Employability (NV)


Upon successful completion of this course, graduates have secured jobs as primary school teachers, nursery owners and managers as well as social workers and counsellors. 

Graduating with this degree will enable you to go onto work in child-related organisations in:

  • Education
  • Welfare
  • Leisure
  • Advocacy
  • Counselling

In such a diverse sector, many of our graduates go on to specialise in a specific area within learning and education, such as working with children with learning difficulties.


hired@UCB is our new student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills.

Based on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, in newly refurbished facilities, the hired team comprises of specialist and qualified staff with knowledge and experience of:

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Graduate schemes and alumni support
  • Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency

Find out more about hired@UCB services.

Profiles (NV)

Student profiles

Read what our current students and alumni love about UCB and how we helped them begin their career in industry.

Louisa Gibbons

Louisa Gibbons

Learning and Teaching

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Lucy Oldershaw

Lucy Oldershaw

Learning and Teaching

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