Education and Learning MA

This postgraduate course is accredited by the University of Birmingham.

This course is subject to approval.

Overview (NV)
Course length
18 months full-time / 2.5 years part-time PGDip - 1 year full-time / 2 years part-time PGCert - 0.5 years full-time / 1 year part-time
Fees (Home/EU)
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Course overview

This course is designed to enhance the academic and professional profile of practicing teachers, trainers and graduates working in a range of learning and teaching-related disciplines and situations, including community-based settings and formal and informal education.

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 education, learning and curriculum. 

The opportunity to undertake detailed exploration of education and learning-related issues is provided, enabling you to apply what you have learned to practice in the workplace and to support field research. 

If you have a PGCE with 60 credits, you can use these credits towards the course, meaning you could complete the course in 18 months (part-time).

Why should I choose this course?

  • You will develop your academic and professional profile as you specialise in the rewarding area of education 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 a variety of industry approaches around communication, mentoring, professional practice and self-development. 
  • You will acquire advanced techniques for research which prepare you to become a practitioner-researcher within your discipline. 
  • You will gain the proficiency to lead others and inform change within your organisation.
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)

Classes take place in the afternoon and evenings.

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

Classes take place in the afternoon and evenings.

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 with 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

You will require a relevant undergraduate degree (or equivalent) from a recognised institution (if your degree is not related to Education & Learning, please contact our Admissions team so that we can discuss your application on an individual basis). Candidates with relevant experience will also be considered.

Ideally, you should be in relevant employment or voluntary work for a minimum of 8 hours per week.

Students who are not in relevant employment, will be required to complete a practical placement as part of the course, for a minimum of 8 hours per week (with an overall minimum requirement of 175 hours across two semesters), and complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. UCB will co-ordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.

All students are required to complete an overall minimum requirement of 175 hours across two semesters and complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Hired@UCB will provide guidance regarding this.

All students must follow UCB’s Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practice.

Students with a PGCE (60 credits) may use existing credits towards the course.

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

If you have any queries, please email:

Modules (NV)


Advanced Professional Enquiry Learning and Pedagogy Masters Dissertation
Optional Modules (choose 2):
Management and Leadership in Education and Community Inclusion Studies for Practice Coaching and Mentoring Assessment for Practice
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.

Ellie stokes MA

Ellie Stokes

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Lucy Oldershaw

Lucy Oldershaw

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Amelia Bedson

Amelia Bedson

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