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MA/PgDip/PgCert Education (Early Years, School, College and Workplace Educators' Pathway)

Course content

Course Start Date: Modules start throughout the year

MA Education is grounded in a particular form of professionalism, that of research-based teaching. It is a vision of practitioners constructing their own practical theories of the situations that confront them in their professional life and testing them in action. The programme is suitable for teachers working in primary, secondary and post-compulsory settings as well as workplace educators such as police and military trainers.

Programme Content

The programme is designed to enhance and deepen pedagogic knowledge of learning and aspects of students’ professional role in their workplace. Students build up credits by undertaking a range of optional modules allowing them to focus on issues relevant to their own professional practice. They also complete the modules on Reserach Methods in Education prior to putting together a research plan as preparation for the dissertation.


Students take optional modules which enable them to identify and develop an aspect of their professional work with a tutor’s support. The modules are flexible, allowing for shorter submissions for 20 credits (4,000 words) through to longer submissions for 40 credits (8,000 words).

Optional modules include:
• Examining Professional Practice
• Improving Practice Through a Project
• Individual Practitioner-based Enquiry
• Developing Pedagogy and Learning

Examples of 'shell' modules which may be taken as the assessment pathway in any taught course:
• Wellbeing and Education
• NPQH Accreditation
• NCSL Middle LEadership Prgramme Accreditation
• Individual School Based Research Project
• NQT Accreditation
• SEN including:
- National SENCO Accreditation
- Additional Communication Needs
- The Vulnerable Child
- Positive Behaviour Support

Learning and Teaching

The teaching team is mainly drawn from the Faculty of Education, Health and Social Care and from other experienced specialists such as local authority inspection and advisory teams.


Assessments for each of the optional and compulsory modules are the equivalent of 4,000 words per 20 credits and may take the form of reflective journals, portfolios, case studies or workplace-based assignments.


A Masters degree is increasingly seen as an essential qualification for senior school positions. The programme also develops skills and knowledge for significant professional development and it can form the basis of a research degree or further training.

Visit the MA/PgDip/PgCert Education (Early Years, School, College and Workplace Educators' Pathway) page on the University of Winchester website for more details!






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