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International education is a complex and changing subject. Education professionals have the challenge of promoting economic growth and competition, while supporting the development of sustainable and cohesive societies to promote equity and social justice. Read more
International education is a complex and changing subject. Education professionals have the challenge of promoting economic growth and competition, while supporting the development of sustainable and cohesive societies to promote equity and social justice.

Attracting individuals across the UK and around the world, this course asks you to think deeply around questions relating to the economics, politics and social issues relating to education and development. We’ll equip you with a good grounding in statistical and qualitative research approaches, to prepare you for your dissertation module in the final trimester.

COURSE STRUCTURE

We’ll give you an in-depth understanding of the issues relating to educational development around the world. You’ll have opportunities work with, and learn from, students taking our other MA education programmes – Education Studies: Early Years; and Education: Leadership and Management. This can add breadth to your study, alongside your primary focus on international education.

The course is structured over three trimesters and totals 180 credits.

MODULES

In your first trimester, you’ll study the MA Education core module Education: Economics, Politics and Society plus your award core module.

In the second trimester, you’ll study the core module Social Science Research, plus two 15-credit elective modules, one of which may be a shared elective from another MA award.

In your third trimester, you’ll research and write your Dissertation on a topic relevant to your award.

TEACHING METHODS

You’ll benefit from a rich and stimulating learning environment. The course is taught by active researchers with up-to-date knowledge of International Education. All modules are taught through lectures, small-group seminars and individual tutorials.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

There are no written exams on this course; each module is assessed through coursework. This typically involves an essay of 2,500 words for a 15 credit module or 5,000 words for a 30 credit module. For some modules assessment may be by verbal presentation or online activity. The dissertation is 15,000 – 20,000 words and focuses on an area agreed with a specialist tutor, who will offer guidance on structure and academic writing.

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Education is much more than the study of teaching. Our programme is designed to get you questioning the assumptions that lie beneath educational policy and practice. Read more
Education is much more than the study of teaching. Our programme is designed to get you questioning the assumptions that lie beneath educational policy and practice. The MA in Education Studies offers a mixture of theory and reflection on practice within an international context.

This course is for both prospective teachers and non-teachers, who are looking for a new career path. If your ambition is to teach in a school, then this course would be ideally suited to you (although it is not itself a UK teaching qualification). Most of our students are attracted by the academic nature of this award, by its habit of enabling new thinking about things that seemed like common sense.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

You’ll gain a deep insight into education through discussing topics and questions such as the nature of learning; teaching in different countries and cultures; education and the economy; how marketing effects education; how education systems are managed; responsibility in curriculum and teaching; government control in education; and many more.

MODULE STRUCTURE

In the first trimester, you'll study Language and Educational Ideology, and Education: Economics, Politics and Society. Each are worth 30 credits.

In the second trimester, you'll study Education Policy worth 15 credits, Research Methods in Social Science worth 30 credits and also another chosen module which will be worth 15 credits.

In the final trimester, you will go on to study and complete the Dissertation modules which will be worth the final 60 credits of the degree.

TEACHING METHODS

Modules are taught through lectures and small group seminars. There are also individual tutorials and good opportunities for extended discussion with tutors. Analysis of ideas through discussion is the key to teaching and learning in the programme. Some lectures and seminars occur during the day. Others take place from late afternoon.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

There are no written exams and each module is assessed by coursework. This typically involves an essay of 2,500 words for a 15 credit module and 5,000 words for a 30 credit module. Sometimes assessment is by verbal presentation.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Many of our graduates seek new career paths to educational management, training or in related fields. Some wish to continue their expertise in Education Studies and gain a broader and deeper view of education. Others wish to gain employment in, say, a museum or gallery setting, while others start with the intention of taking their studies further – to PhD level – and seek eventual employment in an academic institution.

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Early years education is globally recognised as being crucial for laying the foundation for lifelong learning and development, as critical aspects of social, emotional and cognitive development are established in a child’s early years. Read more
Early years education is globally recognised as being crucial for laying the foundation for lifelong learning and development, as critical aspects of social, emotional and cognitive development are established in a child’s early years.

This course is for prospective teachers, as well as non-teachers looking for a new career path. If your ambition is to teach in a school, then the MA Education Studies is ideally suited (although it is not itself a UK teaching qualification).

COURSE STRUCTURE

During the course, you’ll develop your knowledge and understanding of how children develop and learn, finding ways to create the most effective learning environment. You’ll be introduced to different pedagogical approaches, including international perspectives that will include a critical analysis of the cultural construction of childhood.

The course incorporates various elective modules which will enhance your skills and insights into developing quality educational provision for young children.

MODULE STRUCTURE

In your first trimester you'll study one award core module, Early Childhood Care and Education. In addition, you'll complete Education: Economics, Politics and Society.

In your second trimester you'll study the compulsory core module Social Science Research, which introduces a range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies and methods. In addition, two elective modules are studied in this trimester.

In your third trimester you will research and write your Dissertation. The dissertation enables you to study and research an aspect of early childhood education theory, policy or practice in depth, whilst being guided by an expert.

For more information on modules please refer to the course handbook: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-education-early-years/

TEACHING METHODS AND RESOURCES

You’ll be taught through lectures and small group seminars. There are also individual tutorials and good opportunities for extended discussion with tutors. Analysis of ideas through discussion is the key to teaching and learning in the programme. Some lectures and seminars occur during the day. Others take place from late afternoon.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

There are no written exams and each module is assessed by coursework. This typically involves an essay of 2,500 words for a 15 credit module and 5,000 words for a 30 credit module. Sometimes assessment is by verbal presentation. Your dissertation will be 15,000–20,000 words and worth 60 credits.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Governments worldwide are now making early childhood education a priority and increasing their investment in early years provision. You’ll acquire specialist expertise in an area of education that is rapidly expanding and opening up new career opportunities.

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Please note, although full time fees are shown, we are currently only accepting applications for part time study. The Professional Practice in Higher Education (PPHE) programme will help you, as a staff member or research student, to meet the key challenges of working in the rapidly changing world of higher education. Read more
Please note, although full time fees are shown, we are currently only accepting applications for part time study.

The Professional Practice in Higher Education (PPHE) programme will help you, as a staff member or research student, to meet the key challenges of working in the rapidly changing world of higher education.

These challenges – of teaching, supporting student learning, employability, sustainability, new technologies, team management, enterprise, quality assurance and external accountability – range across the whole business of higher education, and can rarely be addressed in isolation. They raise many questions about how best to enhance teaching and research within particular contexts, and about how managers and administrators can improve the effectiveness and efficiency of current practices, not least in terms of addressing students' needs and aspirations, enriching their learning experiences, and raising the enduring value of their learning outcomes.By sharing ideas, knowledge and expertise about our professional practices we can both deepen our understanding of the challenges we face and realise opportunities to make improvements through innovations and the adoption of best practices.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The programme is based upon a credit system; you’ll select modules and patterns of study to suit your needs and interests. All modules are credit rated and lead to the following qualifications:

• MA degree: 180 credits; 120 acquired for the PG Dip plus 60 for a Research Project/Dissertation;
• Postgraduate Diploma: 120 credits acquired from any combination of modules;
• Postgraduate Certificate: 60 credits acquired from any combination of modules.

Most modules (subject to availability) can be taken in any order and in any combination, though we would advise new teachers to include the 'Teaching and Learning in Higher Education' module among their initial options. The Master's Project or Dissertation should be taken on completion of the PG Diploma. Tutorials will be available to help you plan your course of study.

For more information on modules, please go to: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-professional-practice-in-he/

TEACHING METHODS

Most modules are delivered through three – four half-day sessions, including mini-lectures, seminars, workshops and presentations, supported where appropriate by online discussions and activities. Throughout the programme, you’ll be supported by individual and small-group tutorials.

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Assessment for all modules is by coursework, based upon the completion of assignments designed to promote understanding, enhancement and/or application of professional practices in higher education.

CAREER

The PPHE programme is designed to support the development of all academic and professional staff, teaching, managing or supporting HE students, at a time when evidence of professional development is increasingly expected of all staff, not least for new appointments and promotions.

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In a globally connected and rapidly changing world, education offers each individual the best chance of navigating an unknown future. Read more
In a globally connected and rapidly changing world, education offers each individual the best chance of navigating an unknown future. You’ll explore the opportunities and challenges that educational leaders face as they are given greater autonomy to have a positive impact on pupils and learners.

The MA Education: Leadership and Management is designed for those who aspire to, or are presently working as, a middle or senior leader in schools and other educational organisations in the UK and internationally. Drawing on theory and research this course offers a critical understanding of leadership as a culturally based, social and ethical practice.

COURSE STRUCTURE

We’ll help you develop and improve your expertise as an educational leader through practice based inquiry, in which you will relate theory and research to your own working environment. You’ll gain a critical understanding of the practices that characterise effective leadership and learn how to bring about change and improvement.

MODULE STRUCTURE

In the first trimester, you’ll gain a broad understanding of the ways economics, politics and society determine educational policy and the context in which leaders operate.

In the second trimester, you’ll undertake research within educational settings, exploring a range of different methodologies. In this trimester you'll also have the opportunity to study for two elective modules.

In the final trimester, you’ll write a dissertation on a aspect of educational leadership that interests you. You’ll be supported by a tutor and benefit from one-to-one tutorials.

TEACHING METHODS

All modules are taught through lectures, small-group seminars and individual tutorials. Lectures and seminars typically take place in the early evening, to accommodate students who may be working.

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There are no written exams on this course; each module is assessed through coursework.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

You’ll graduate with practical and theoretical knowledge, that's well placed to apply for middle, senior or leadership roles in schools or other educational institutions. Many students on our educational leadership awards gain promotion within 12 months of completing the course.

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The inclusion and achievement of students with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) within mainstream education is an important current focus. Read more
The inclusion and achievement of students with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) within mainstream education is an important current focus. By acquiring specialist teaching and assessment skills, you’ll broaden your career opportunities within and beyond the school and college context.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The modules combine theory and practice. You’ll study through workshops, case studies and assignments, justifying your professional practice through research. Modules comprise taught sessions and assessed projects, and can be completed full-time in one year or part-time in up to five years.

MODULE STRUCTURE

The first module of the course enables you to assess a learner, compiling an individual profile based on your findings, and design/deliver an individualised programme of support.

The second module will develop your ability to undertake full diagnostic assessments for dyslexia to inform programmes and appropriate support, such as Examination Access Arrangements.

A further module will allow you to develop an understanding of the difficulties faced by primary or secondary students with SpLD/dyslexia or dyscalculia when learning mathematics,

For detailed information on modules please go to: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-specific-learning-difficulties-dyslexia/

TEACHING METHODS

Modules are taught through twilight lectures and workshops, usually a three hour session each week from 5-8pm.

Many sessions are led by the Course Leader, who is a specialist in the academic and practical aspects of SpLD/dyslexia. Others are delivered by visiting tutors with particular areas of expertise such as an educational psychologist or dyscalculia specialist

ASSESSMENT

Each module is coursework-assessed (7000-10,000 words per 30 credit module). The dissertation is 15,000–20,000 words and worth 60 credits.

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This award is particularly relevant to practitioners and policy makers who are interested in using their prior experience to build an informed picture about inclusion in educational settings. Read more
This award is particularly relevant to practitioners and policy makers who are interested in using their prior experience to build an informed picture about inclusion in educational settings. It’s useful for colleagues who wish to link their current knowledge to a framework that puts human rights at the heart of the debate.

COURSE STRUCTURE

It will draw on research to develop a critical approach to an understanding of inclusive education. There are legal implications, cultural and social aspects which affect the ways the rights of vulnerable learners are achieved and compromised. This can be linked to ethical practice and social justice. Modules will open complex issues for discussion and debate looking at theories, policies and practices that emphasise the development of understanding the needs and entitlement of individuals.

MODULES

There is a choice of optional modules for this award including:

The National Award for Special Educational Needs (SEN) Coordination is a mandatory award for all SENCOs new to post.

Including Vulnerable Learners explores how inclusion is exercised in your own educational setting and how you can become an agent of change.

SEN and Inclusion: Autism Spectrum (Children) is designed for teachers, SENCOs and other professionals working with children and young people on the autism spectrum.

Supporting Learners with Special Educational Needs is designed for practitioners in special schools, schools and early years settings with identified issues relating to specified educational needs.

Children's Services: Supporting Vulnerable Learners will look at the history, theory and practice of multi-agency working.

Other modules include: Identifying and Supporting Learners with SPLD/Dyslexia; Assessment Methodology (SPLD/Dyslexia); and Identifying and Addressing Mathematical Difficulties.

For further information on our optional modules please head to our website: http://www.bathspa.ac.uk, or email

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This programme is for people who wish to teach English as a second or foreign language. We aim to develop confident and well informed language teaching practitioners, who are capable of designing and teaching comprehensive language programmes. Read more
This programme is for people who wish to teach English as a second or foreign language. We aim to develop confident and well informed language teaching practitioners, who are capable of designing and teaching comprehensive language programmes. You’ll extend your knowledge base by engaging in independent research into your own practice and setting.

We recognise the value of professional, cultural and life experiences, which you’ll develop and explore during the programme. This will enhance your professional knowledge and understanding through reflection, aided by theoretical input and practical application.

Context specific professional development is an important element in the programme. We prepare you to return to your previous work context, or even move to a new one, with an adaptable knowledge base for your particular setting.

COURSE STRUCTURE

We’ll aid your understanding of the key theories and principles in TESOL, providing a balance of academic and professional content and experience. You’ll develop your ability in language analysis and understanding, as well as furthering your knowledge on how to incorporate this appropriately in class materials.

MODULES

In the first trimester your studies will include a mix of a practical and theoretical elements. You’ll have your first placement opportunity which you will be encouraged to reflect on in class.

In the second trimester we’ll continue developing your practical teaching skills through detailed discussion of relevant theories alongside your second placement.You’ll begin to prepare for your dissertation by strengthening your knowledge on research methodology and developing a dissertation proposal.

The third trimester sees the culmination of the skills you’ve developed as you gather and analyse data, and write up this research in your dissertation.

For more information on modules and how the course is structured please go to: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-tesol/

TEACHING METHODS

You’ll be taught through lectures; seminars; workshops; directed classroom-based activities; and discussion. Peer-teaching opportunities, presentations and student led workshops are also employed throughout the programme. You’ll be given a dedicated tutor to support your development.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

There are no written exams. You’ll submit a portfolio of tasks which may include: oral presentations; reflection on module learning and teaching practice; essays; and analysis tasks.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Students who complete the MA TESOL will have many career opportunities including: English language teaching (general or specialised), language teacher trainer, materials writing, curriculum development, language textbook editor, Director of Studies/Assistant Director of Studies, PhD studies.

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