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Why should I choose this course?
- SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES – Our range of specialist modules allows you to customise your degree to suit your career aspirations
- BOOST YOUR SKILLS – Learn a variety of industry approaches around communication, mentoring, professional practice and self-development as well as leadership
- IN-DEPTH RESEARCH – Gain advanced techniques for research to prepare you to become a practitioner-researcher within your discipline
Our learning spaces at University College Birmingham ensure you have the right environments to build your knowledge, from lecture theatres to interactive group working spaces and extensive library resources.
Our new £44 million Moss House campus includes an exhibition space to showcase your work to assessors and prospective employers, as well as our Enterprise Hive service which helps budding entrepreneurs with start-ups
Our campus buildings feature lecture theatres equipped with the latest technology, as well as comfortable tutorial and seminar rooms and private meeting rooms
Located in our McIntyre House campus, ThinkSpace features glazed study pods to discuss group projects and glass wipe boards to mind-map your ideas
Our library facilities offer more than 50,000 print resources and over 60 million digital resources, with expert support from qualified library professionals and research specialists
Advanced Professional Enquiry
This module is designed to support the enhanced professional cognitive and academic skills required at post graduate level. It will build on previous skills of literature research and analysis from undergraduate study by introducing students to advanced methods of data location, organisation, selection, and reading for analysis. It will also introduce students to key theories and concepts, in order to structure and form well-reasoned arguments and judgements in key educational and learning issues, while also taking into account the wider education and community focus of the programme. It will also introduce students to the value, current use, and processes of practitioner research.
Learning and Pedagogy
This module explores the meaning of the term pedagogy and how it has been defined and understood over time. It invites the learner to consider their own pedagogical style along with wide socio-political factors which may influence their approach to pedagogy. Studying this module will provide the practitioner with deeper insight into their own pedagogical preferences and into the type of learning they facilitate. Various theories of learning are discussed and the implications of these when supporting the learning of children, young people and other professionals. The module will equp practitioners with further strategies for developing their practice in the context of contemporary policy and to become effective educators in this context.
The dissertation is a key mechanism through which the skills of analysis, problem solving, assimilation and presentation of data are developed. The dissertation also affords the student the opportunity of deepening their knoweldge in a particular area. The structure of the dissertation essentally requires an appropriate analytical writing style, in-depth analysis and evaluation of both secondary and primary research. The dissertation is often a rewarding end to your MA degree, rounding off your studies with the opportunity to explore thoroughly a pertinent area of interest.
Optional Modules (choose 2)
Management and Leadership in Education and Community
If you want to develop an understanding of leadership in working with children, young people and communities, then this module will aid your professional development. You will examine the historical and current social policies in relation to provision and management of services and research initiatives to engage children, young people and communities in, for example, the field of education, training, work and society.
Inclusion Studies for Practice
This module will build on the concepts of equality and diversity in work with children, young people and adults. You will consider the potential challenges of supporting individuals in relation to issues around identity such as race, sexuality, gender and disability. Theoretical perspectives such as Intersectionality will be explored and linked to practice. You will be challenged to examine how attitudes and perceptions towards diversity can contribute to inequality. Strategies aimed at the removal of such barriers will be identified, analysed and evaluated.
Coaching and Mentoring
You will examine the mentoring and coaching issues faced by those who mentor others in the workplace, looking at the principles of coaching as well as specialist coaching. Different theories, concepts and models will be analysed and evaluated in relation to your own work as well as demonstrate your own professional skills within this area.
Assessment for Practice
This module will critically explore contemporary issues related to assessment within the Early Years and Primary age phases. It will provide students with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of methods and uses of assessment within their schools and to analyse and develop their own assessment procedures in relation to key theory and their professional practice.
The modules listed above for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up to date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules – if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.
MA Education and Learning: A grade classification of 2:2 is required or international equivalent.
PGDip Education and Learning: A grade classification of third-class is required or international equivalent.
A subject-related UK or International honours degree from a recognised institution.
We also consider applicants who are currently employed and wish to apply to University College Birmingham.
To apply, you must have five years of relevant managerial work experience, demonstrating in-depth knowledge of the sector for the subject matter you are interested in pursuing.
A reference detailing your roles and responsibilities from your line manager and a meeting with the programme team will usually be scheduled prior to a place being offered.
Ideally, you should be currently in relevant employment or voluntary work for a minimum of 8 hours per week. All students are required to complete an overall minimum requirement of 175 hours across two semesters. The hired@UCB team will support successful applicants who are not able to secure an appropriate role during enrolment.
You must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before starting this course. University College Birmingham will co-ordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check. All students must follow the University’s Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise.
If your degree is not related and you do not have relevant managerial work experience, please contact Admissions so that we can discuss your application on an individual basis before you apply.
If you have any questions, please send us an email:
Home and EU applicants: firstname.lastname@example.org
International applicants: email@example.com
Teaching and assessment
Note: Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction.
Example of a typical teaching week (up to 8 contact hours):
- Large group teaching – 4 hours per week
- Smaller group teaching – 2 hour per week
- Tutorials – 2 hours per week
Classes take place in the afternoon and evenings. You will also need to commit around 20 hours per week for individual study time.
Example of a typical teaching week (up to 4 contact hours):
- Smaller group teaching – 3 hours per week
- Tutorials – 1 hour per week
Classes take place in the afternoon and evenings. You will also need to commit around 10 hours per week for individual study time.
Estimated breakdown of assessment for this postgraduate course:
- Coursework – 80%
- Practical assessment – 20%
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.
This course is accredited by the University of Birmingham.
Accreditations, endorsements and partnerships
University College Birmingham works with a wide range of organisations to ensure you receive the best possible training and qualifications recognised by industry.
Work placements are vital for gaining real-life experience and for building your confidence and skills before you finish your course – and they may even lead to a job when you graduate.
Ideally, you should be currently in relevant employment or voluntary work for a minimum of eight hours per week. All students are required to complete an overall minimum requirement of 175 hours across two semesters. The hired@UCB team will support successful applicants who are not able to secure an appropriate role during enrolment.
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