Education at Winchester is grounded in research-based teaching – you construct practical theories of the situations which confront you in your professional life and test them in action. The programme is suitable for teachers working in primary, secondary and post-compulsory settings.
You build up credits by undertaking a range of optional modules, allowing you to focus on issues relevant to your own practice. Many of the pathways through the MA enable you to explore an element of your subject knowledge or pedagogy, such as your classroom practice, school leadership role or an aspect of your school improvement, as part of your MA research.
Start by completing a core module of either Quantitative Methods in Social Research or Qualitative Methods in Social Research, followed by a choice of optional modules for further independent study. These enable you to identify and develop an aspect of your professional work with a tutor’s support. The modules are flexible, allowing you to submit assignments of between 4,000 and 8,000 words. Options include Investigating Practice through a Project, Critical Thinking and Writing, Reflecting on Professional Practice, and Considering Debates in Professional Practice.
Within this structure, there are a range of pathways through the MA, enabling you to specialise. These include Primary Maths Mastery, Teaching English as an Additional Language (TEAL), Wellbeing and Education, Mentoring and Coaching, Pathway for NQTs, National SENCO Accreditation, Early Years Practice, Religious Education in Context and Independent Work-based Research.
The teaching team is drawn from Education, Health and Social Care, and includes experienced specialists such as local authority inspection and advisory teams. Group twilight seminars with a tutor and other course members will ensure that you are provided with guidance and support to design, implement and write up your projects and assignments.
A Masters degree is increasingly seen as an essential qualification for senior educational positions. The programme develops skills and knowledge for significant professional development.
UK, EU, World
Start dates: September and January
Distance learning available: For some modules
Teaching takes place: Evenings and weekends
The teaching team encompasses University staff within Education, Health and Social Care, and experienced specialists such as local authority inspection and advisory teams.
While this programme involves a high degree of independent working, group twilight seminars (or weekend for research methods modules) with a tutor and other course members will ensure that you are provided with guidance and support to design, implement and write up your projects and assignments.
Taught elements of the course take place on our King Alfred Campus (Winchester) or at our West Downs Campus (Winchester)
Assessments take the form of reviews of literature, reflective accounts of practice in relation to research, portfolios, case studies or workplace-based assignments.
Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.
We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes.
Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found by attending an open evening or contacting our teaching staff.
We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.
For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures section.