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).
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.
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/
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.
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.
For more information on teaching and assessment methods, please view the course handbook via the website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-education-early-years/
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.
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.
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.
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. We’ll introduce you to the key practices of effective leadership. You’ll use this knowledge to critically explore how leadership strategically brings about educational change through understanding theories of change and drawing on your own professional experience.
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, one of which may be chosen from one of the other MA Education pathways.
In your final trimester, you’ll write a dissertation (15,000 - 20,000 words) on a aspect of educational leadership that particularly interests you. You’ll be supported by a tutor and benefit from one-to-one tutorials. You’ll also be able to attend optional research seminars.
For more information on modules, please go to the course website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-education-leadership-and-management/
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.
There are no written exams on this course; each module is assessed through coursework. In some modules you may be assessed by presentations or online activity.
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. The grounding in academic work provides a foundation for further research at PhD level which can lead to employment in Higher Education.
For more information on opportunities, please go to the website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-education-leadership-and-management/
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.
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/
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.
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.
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.
For more information on opportunities, please go to the web course page: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-professional-practice-in-he/
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.
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.
You’ll develop your theoretical and practical knowledge of SpLD/dyslexia, and will learn specialist approaches to the identification, assessment and teaching of learners with specific learning difficulties.
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. You’ll also explore methods and strategies to develop the inclusive practices which can support learners across the curriculum.
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, and provide you with knowledge about how to support them.
If you already have specialist SpLD/dyslexia qualifications and wish to gain a PATOSS Assessment Practising Certificate, a further module can facilitate this.
For more information on careers, please view the Course Handbook: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/media/bathspaacuk/course-handbooks/ife/PG-Specific-Learning-Difficulties-and-Dyslexia-handbook-2016-2017.pdf
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
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.
The programme can serve as a stepping stone to becoming a Specialist SpLD/Dyslexia teacher and assessor working either in a school setting or independently. This is also helpful pathway for those working within SEN leadership and management roles such as SENCO in schools. It can also lead onto further PhD studies in SpLD/Dyslexia, education or similar fields.
Areas of career direction include: Specialist learning support and teaching possibilities, Advisory Teacher roles for Local Authorities, educational leadership and management, curriculum design and development, higher education research and teacher training.
For more information on careers, please go to your Course Handbook: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/media/bathspaacuk/course-handbooks/ife/PG-Specific-Learning-Difficulties-and-Dyslexia-handbook-2016-2017.pdf