EDUCATION AND LEARNING

MA / PGDip / PGCert

Accredited by the University of Birmingham

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Customise your degree to suit your career aspirations

Are you looking to boost your academic and professional profile in the fields of learning and teaching? Designed for practising teachers, trainers and graduates working across a range of environments including formal and informal education or community-based settings, our Education and Learning postgraduate course will help you take the next step in this rewarding field.

Designed ideally for those currently in relevant employment or voluntary work for a minimum of 8 hours per week, this course will further develop your advanced skill set and your ability to deal efficiently 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 the curriculum.

In addition, our education master's course gives you the opportunity to undertake detailed exploration of education and learning-related issues, enabling you to apply what you have learned to practice in the workplace and to support field research. If you already have a PGCE with 60 credits, you can use your existing credits towards this qualification, meaning you could complete the course in 18 months (part-time).

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 facilities

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.

Course breakdown

  • POSTGRADUATE

Core modules

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.

Masters Dissertation

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.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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.

Work-based

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.

EU/international students

For Academic and English entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page.

Additional

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: pg@ucb.ac.uk

International applicants: international@ucb.ac.uk

Key information

Teaching and assessment

Note: Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction.

Teaching

Full-time route

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.

Part-time route

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.

Assessment

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.

Percentage
70%

of graduate employers say relevant experience is essential to getting a job with them

Work placements

 

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.

If you’re interested in progressing within education or simply trying to understand the structures within educational management, this is the course to take. The knowledge I have gained has helped to change and shape the way I look at teaching and the progression I want within my career.

Natasha Edwards Education and Learning MA

Career opportunities

Counsellor

Average Salary: £35,000

Community education officer

Average Salary: £28,000

Education consultant

Average Salary: £32,500

Advice worker

Average Salary: £28,000

Adult guidance worker

Average Salary: £30,000

Family support worker

Average Salary: £21,000

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