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The PGCert Education. Further Education is a part time, three module course and is an ideal qualification if you want to increase your knowledge and skills in this sector. Read more
The PGCert Education: Further Education is a part time, three module course and is an ideal qualification if you want to increase your knowledge and skills in this sector.

This course is suitable for lecturers teaching in FE, Adult Education or for those training adults in industry or the public sector. Once you have completed the Postgraduate Certificate you can continue your studies to complete a master's degree in Education.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/pgcert-education-further-education/

Why choose this course?

You will:
- Gain further knowledge and skills that will enable you to progress in your career.

- Examine in depth the context of professional practice and will have the opportunity to relate it to your own values and experiences.

- Explore key issues and challenges raised by the complex and fast changing environment of FE.

- Have the opportunity to develop an inquiry related to your own practice.

- Be able to network and study with other practitioners in the FE and lifelong learning sector.

- Be joining a university which is widely regarded as a major contributor to the improvement of education and learning, locally and nationally. The School of Education is a focal point for lively, informed debate on education through its seminar and lecture programmes.

- Be working with highly regarded academics who are at the forefront of their subjects.

This course in detail

This course consists of three modules:

- Professionalism in the Lifelong Learning Sector
You will have the opportunity to examine in depth the context of professional practice in the Lifelong Learning Sector and to relate it to your own values and experience. You will consider the historical backgrounds of the sector and how these, along with recent initiatives, have shaped current understandings of professional identity and practice. You will examine the pressures for professional status and recognition for teachers in the sector, the drives for regulation and subsequent deregulation.

You will be encouraged to engage with a range of critical theoretical perspectives which will enable you to interrogate ideologies which operate through the discourse of 'professionalism' and to develop your own viewpoint.

The module comes together around two interlinked questions:
1. What is a professional identity?
2. How is this related to practice and the disciplinary regimes which shape the activity and subjectivity of the practitioner?

- Pedagogy in the Lifelong Learning Sector
You will focus on pedagogy in the FE context with the aim of expanding the repertoire of approaches to teaching and learning for FE professionals. This is informed by a range of theories of learning and models of teaching. You will explore key issues and challenges raised by the complex and fast changing environment of FE.

For example:
- Definitions of pedagogy and its role in effective teaching and learning with comparisons of different international approaches to pedagogical approaches.
- The importance of 'knowledge' in pedagogical practice
- A critical analysis of the way that theories of learning - behaviorist, cognitivist, constructivist and humanist inform pedagogical choice and practice.
- A critical analysis of a range of models of learning and their appropriateness to the FE context including experiential, inductive and problem based.
- Consideration of the theory of analogy and its place in FE teaching and learning.
- The role of technology in changing pedagogical approaches.
- The academic divide, vocational pedagogy and communities of practice and changing localities for pedagogy.

- Investigating practice
You will have an opportunity to develop an inquiry related to your own practice which can be assessed through either a report or a portfolio of work. This might include the development of pedagogical approaches or curriculum materials, or investigations into the achievement levels or opportunities provided for particular groups of learners. It could also include the development of professional practice through shadowing others or engaging in collaborative work across organisations. The syllabus will be determined by the focus of the inquiries selected by yourself adopting a 'learning set' approach.

How this course helps you develop

The PG Certificate aims to develop reflective practitioners at master's level. You will learn from other students with a wide range of experience working in various careers in the FE and lifelong learning sector.

Careers

Your learning on the course may lead to better prospects for career advancement. Completion of the course shows a commitment to professional development and can be used as a credit to build towards a full MA Education.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

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There is a national shortage of mathematics and numeracy tutors. If you have a bachelor’s degree along with a talent for maths and the desire to help people overcome their fear of numbers, this qualification opens the door to teaching up to Level 2/GCSE mathematics and numeracy to learners aged 14 and over. Read more

There is a national shortage of mathematics and numeracy tutors. If you have a bachelor’s degree along with a talent for maths and the desire to help people overcome their fear of numbers, this qualification opens the door to teaching up to Level 2/GCSE mathematics and numeracy to learners aged 14 and over.

What the course offers

The government estimates that around 80% of adults in the UK have a low level of numeracy, costing the UK billions of pounds each year and decreasing the opportunities available to those individuals*. The government is investing in mathematics and numeracy education and there’s a national need for more people able to teach these subjects.

If you have a bachelor’s degree and a strong background in mathematics at Level 3, equivalent to A-level, this course offers you a route into a rewarding career helping people aged 14 or over gain mathematics and numeracy skills up to and including Level 2 (GCSE standard).

Through a combination of traditional study and work-based learning, you’ll be able to explore the key theories and techniques of teaching, learning and assessment. We’ll support you as you discover how to apply them in practice, how you can mould them to the teaching of mathematics and numeracy and how they link into current research in education.

We’ll guide you as you learn to plan lessons, deliver classes, assess your students’ performances and provide constructive feedback. Our expert and supportive tutors will work to help you become an expert, engaging and inclusive teacher with high standards of professionalism.

* National Numeracy (https://www.nationalnumeracy.org.uk/what-issue)

Course Highlights:

  • Ofsted rated us as ‘outstanding’ for the quality of leadership and management across our Initial Teacher Education (ITE) partnerships at the last inspection in December 2012, and rated the quality of outcomes for our trainee teachers, the quality of the training they receive and the overall effectiveness of our partnerships as ‘good’.
  • Work-based learning through teaching placements is essential for success on this course and you’ll have the opportunity to gain a minimum of 100 hours’ experience planning and delivering learning.
  • We’ll organise your work placements and these may be in a variety of settings, helping you gain a rounded appreciation of the types of environment you can work in and experience teaching a diverse range of learners.
  • Face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support is offered by our team of highly experienced, enthusiastic and dedicated experts, ensuring you have access to feedback and advice.
  • Our academic team is actively involved in educational research, ensuring you have access to the latest thinking in teaching and learning.
  • The course is designed to help you achieve your potential and enjoy teaching. By encouraging you to reflect on your performance and take charge of your own development, we aim to prepare you for a successful career in education.

Key Features:

  • This is a pre-service Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course – you don’t need prior experience of teaching or current employment in education.
  • The University of Bolton is one of the largest providers of teacher training for further and higher education in the UK, sitting at the heart of an extensive network of educational partners.
  • Our highly qualified and dedicated team offer a wealth of experience of teaching both in post-14 education and training and teacher education.
  • We offer a warm and friendly environment for your studies, with relatively small class sizes and excellent IT and library facilities.
  • This PGCE 14+ course meets the requirements of the FE-specific Diploma in Education and Training (DET) which is the recognised full teaching qualification for the sector. It’s ideal if you wish to teach in adult and community education, further education, sixth form colleges, universities, the prison and probation services, pre-employment training and work-based learning.
  • After completing this ITE course, you can progress towards QTLS (Qualified Teacher for Learning and Skills) which is recommended for teaching in the further education and training sector.

For more information, please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/subject-areas/education-teacher-training



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There’s a national shortage of mathematics and numeracy tutors. Read more

There’s a national shortage of mathematics and numeracy tutors. If you have a bachelor’s degree along with a talent for maths and the desire to help people overcome their fear of numbers, this Master’s level qualification opens the door to teaching up to Level 2/GCSE mathematics and numeracy to learners aged 14 and over.

What the course offers

There’s a national need for more people who can teach mathematics and numeracy. If you have a bachelor’s degree and a strong background in mathematics at Level 3, equivalent to A-level, this course offers you a route into a rewarding career helping people aged 14 or over gain mathematics and numeracy skills up to Level 2 (GCSE standard). This can significantly improve their life chances. Offering 60 credits at Master’s level that can be transferred to a full Master’s award, it’s designed to show your ability to work independently at a high level in the field of education.

Through a combination of traditional study and work-based learning, you’ll be able to explore the key theories and techniques of teaching, learning and assessment. We’ll support you as you discover how to apply them in practice, how you can mould them to the teaching of mathematics and numeracy, and how they link into current research in education.

We’ll guide you as you learn to plan lessons, deliver classes, assess your students’ performances and provide constructive feedback. Our expert and supportive tutors will work to help you become a skilled, engaging and inclusive teacher with high standards of professionalism.

Course Highlights:

  • Ofsted rated us as ‘outstanding’ for the quality of leadership and management across our Initial Teacher Education (ITE) partnerships at the last inspection in December 2012, and rated the quality of outcomes for our trainee teachers, the quality of the training they receive and the overall effectiveness of our partnerships as ‘good’.
  • Work-based learning through teaching placements is essential for success on this course and you’ll have the opportunity to gain a minimum of 100 hours’ experience planning and delivering learning.
  • We’ll organise your work placements and these may be in a variety of settings, helping you gain a rounded appreciation of the types of environment you can work in and experience teaching a diverse range of learners.
  • Face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support is offered by our team of highly experienced, enthusiastic and dedicated experts, ensuring you have access to feedback and advice.
  • Our academic team is actively involved in educational research, ensuring you have access to the latest thinking in teaching and learning.
  • The course is designed to help you achieve your potential and enjoy teaching. By encouraging you to reflect on your performance and take charge of your own development, we aim to prepare you for a successful career in education.

Key Features:

  • This is a pre-service ITE course – you don’t need prior experience of teaching or current employment in education.
  • The University of Bolton is one of the largest providers of teacher training for further and higher education in the UK, sitting at the heart of an extensive network of educational partners.
  • Our highly qualified and dedicated team offer a wealth of experience of teaching both in post-14 education and training and teacher education.
  • We offer a warm and friendly environment for your studies, with relatively small class sizes and excellent IT and library facilities.
  • This PGCE 14+ course meets the requirements of the FE-specific Diploma in Education and Training (DET) which is the recognised full teaching qualification for the sector. It‘s ideal if you wish to teach in adult and community education, further education, sixth form colleges, universities, the prison and probation services, pre-employment training and work-based learning.
  • After completing this ITE course, you can progress towards QTLS (Qualified Teacher for Learning and Skills) which is recommended for teaching in the further education and training sector.

For more information, please visit https://www.bolton.ac.uk/subject-areas/education-teacher-training/



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Large numbers of people need help to improve their English language, literacy and employability skills. If you have a bachelor’s degree along with English skills at Level 3 and a passion for communication, this nationally-recognised qualification opens the door to teaching and assessing learners aged 14 and over. Read more

Large numbers of people need help to improve their English language, literacy and employability skills. If you have a bachelor’s degree along with English skills at Level 3 and a passion for communication, this nationally-recognised qualification opens the door to teaching and assessing learners aged 14 and over.

What the course offers

Good verbal and written English skills are associated with access to better jobs and higher pay as well as better overall health, happiness and wellbeing. If you’re seeking a career helping people aged 14 and over to gain these skills, whether they are native English speakers or learning English as a second language, this course is ideal.

Including two specialisms – Literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) – this course explores the key theories and techniques of teaching, learning and assessment. Using a combination of traditional study and work-based learning, we’ll support you as you discover how to apply this knowledge in practice. Teaching placements are key to this and offer you experience supporting learning of both literacy and ESOL up to Level 2 (GCSE standard).

We’ll guide you as you learn to plan lessons, deliver classes, assess your students’ performances, and provide constructive feedback. Our expert and supportive tutors will work to help you become an expert, engaging and inclusive teacher with high standards of professionalism.

Course Highlights:

  • Ofsted rated us as ‘outstanding’ for the quality of leadership and management across our Initial Teacher Education (ITE) partnerships at the last inspection in December 2012, and rated the quality of outcomes for our trainee teachers, the quality of the training they receive and the overall effectiveness of our partnerships as ‘good’.
  • Work-based learning through teaching placements is essential for success on this course and you’ll have the opportunity to gain a minimum of 120 hours’ experience planning and delivering learning.
  • We’ll organise your work placements and these may be in a variety of settings, helping you gain a rounded appreciation of the types of environment you can work in and experience teaching a diverse range of learners.
  • Face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support is offered by our team of highly experienced, enthusiastic and dedicated experts, ensuring you have access to feedback and advice.
  • The course is designed to help you achieve your potential and enjoy teaching. By encouraging you to reflect on your performance and take charge of your own development, we aim to prepare you for a successful career in education.

Key Features:

  • The University of Bolton is one of the largest providers of teacher training for further and higher education in the UK. Sitting at the heart of an extensive network of partners, we offer access to an impressive range of educational environments.
  • This is a pre-service Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course – you don’t need prior experience of teaching or current employment in education.
  • Our highly qualified and dedicated team offer a wealth of experience of teaching both in post-14 education and training and teacher education, as well as educational research, ensuring you have access to the latest thinking in teaching and learning.
  • We offer a warm and friendly environment for your studies, with relatively small class sizes and excellent IT and library facilities.
  • This PGCE 14+ course meets the requirements of the FE-specific Diploma in Education and Training (DET) which is the recognised full teaching qualification for the sector. It is ideal if you wish to teach in adult and community education, further education, sixth form colleges, universities, the prison and probation services, pre-employment training and work-based learning.
  • After completing this ITE course, you can progress towards QTLS (Qualified Teacher for Learning and Skills) which is recommended for teaching in the further education and training sector.

For more information, please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/subject-areas/education-teacher-training



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Large numbers of people need help to improve their English language, literacy and employability skills. Read more

Large numbers of people need help to improve their English language, literacy and employability skills. If you have a bachelor’s degree along with English skills at Level 3 and a passion for communication, this nationally-recognised Master’s level qualification opens the door to teaching and assessing learners aged 14 and over.

What the course offers

Good verbal and written English skills are associated with access to better jobs and higher pay as well as better overall health, happiness and wellbeing. If you are seeking a career helping people aged 14 and over to gain these skills, whether they are native English speakers or learning English as a second language, this course is ideal. Offering 60 credits at Master’s level that can be transferred to a full Master’s award, it’s designed to show your ability to work independently at a high level in the field of education.

Including two specialisms – Literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) – this course explores the key theories and techniques of teaching, learning and assessment. Using a combination of traditional study and work-based learning, we’ll support you as you discover how to apply this knowledge in practice. Teaching placements are key to this and offer you experience supporting learning of both literacy and ESOL up to Level 2 (GCSE standard).

We’ll guide you as you learn to plan lessons, deliver classes, assess your students’ performances, and provide constructive feedback. Our expert and supportive tutors will work to help you become an expert, engaging and inclusive teacher with high standards of professionalism.

Course Highlights:

  • Ofsted rated us as ‘outstanding’ for the quality of leadership and management across our Initial Teacher Education (ITE) partnerships at the last inspection in December 2012, and rated the quality of outcomes for our trainee teachers, the quality of the training they receive and the overall effectiveness of our partnerships as ‘good’.
  • Work-based learning through teaching placements is essential for success on this course and you’ll have the opportunity to gain a minimum of 120 hours’ experience planning and delivering learning.
  • We’ll organise your work placements and these may be in a variety of settings, helping you gain a rounded appreciation of the types of environment you can work in and experience teaching a diverse range of learners.
  • Face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support is offered by our team of highly experienced, enthusiastic and dedicated experts, ensuring you have access to feedback and advice.
  • The course is designed to help you achieve your potential and enjoy teaching. By encouraging you to reflect on your performance and take charge of your own development, we aim to prepare you for a successful career in education.

Key Features:

  • The University of Bolton is one of the largest providers of teacher training for further and higher education in the UK. Sitting at the heart of an extensive network of partners, we offer access to an impressive range of educational environments.
  • This is a pre-service ITE course – you don’t need prior experience of teaching or current employment in education.
  • Our highly qualified and dedicated team offer a wealth of experience of teaching both in post-14 education and training and teacher education, as well as educational research, ensuring you have access to the latest thinking in teaching and learning.
  • We offer a warm and friendly environment for your studies, with relatively small class sizes and excellent IT and library facilities.
  • This PGCE 14+ course meets the requirements of the FE-specific Diploma in Education and Training (DET) which is the recognised full teaching qualification for the sector. It’s ideal if you wish to teach in adult and community education, further education, sixth form colleges, universities, the prison and probation services, pre-employment training and work-based learning.
  • After completing this ITE course, you can progress towards QTLS (Qualified Teacher for Learning and Skills) which is recommended for teaching in the further education and skills sector.

For more information, please visit https://www.bolton.ac.uk/subject-areas/education-teacher-training



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Do you wish to support learners with additional needs and help them achieve their potential? If you have a bachelor’s degree, this Master’s level qualification aims to build on your personal strengths and interests to help you become an effective and creative teacher of people aged 14 and over who have additional needs. Read more

Do you wish to support learners with additional needs and help them achieve their potential? If you have a bachelor’s degree, this Master’s level qualification aims to build on your personal strengths and interests to help you become an effective and creative teacher of people aged 14 and over who have additional needs.

What the course offers

Achieving your potential can be difficult for everyone – but especially for young people and adults with social, mental health, behavioural or emotional challenges, physical or cognitive disabilities, sensory impairments, communication difficulties or learning differences.

Teaching Learners with Additional Needs (TLAN) can be an exceptionally rewarding, if demanding, career. If you have the commitment, courage and patience then this Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course offers you the knowledge and skills to help others develop their understanding, confidence or independence, enabling you to transform lives. Offering 60 credits at Master’s level that can be transferred to a full Master’s award, it’s designed to show your ability to work independently at a high level in the field of education.

Through a combination of traditional study and work-based learning, you’ll be able to explore the key theories and techniques of teaching, learning and assessment for all learners, focusing especially on TLAN. We’ll guide you as you learn to plan and deliver lessons and explore a range of additional needs. Our expert and supportive tutors will work to help you become an expert, engaging and inclusive teacher with high standards of professionalism.

Course Highlights:

  • TLAN offers enormous scope. For instance, you might teach personal independence and social skills to people with profound learning difficulties, help students in pupil referral units or prisons learn basic maths and English, or support learners with hearing or visual impairments to develop employability skills.
  • Ofsted rated us as ‘outstanding’ for the quality of leadership and management across our ITE partnerships at the last inspection in December 2012, and rated the quality of outcomes for our trainee teachers, the quality of the training they receive and the overall effectiveness of our partnerships as ‘good’.
  • The University of Bolton sits at the heart of an extensive and well-established partnership of post-14 education and training providers, offering access to an impressive range of educational environments.
  • Our three specialist modules in TLAN are designed to help you gain a high-level of understanding in the teaching, learning and assessment of students with learning difficulties, physical disabilities, sensory impairments, and social, mental health, emotional or behavioural challenges, alongside the sound knowledge of ‘generic’ education offered by the course.
  • Face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support is offered by our team of highly experienced, enthusiastic and dedicated experts, ensuring you have access to feedback and advice.
  • After completing this ITE course, you can progress towards QTLS (Qualified Teacher for Learning and Skills) which is recommended for teaching in the further education and training sector.

Key Features:

  • This is a pre-service ITE course – you don’t need prior experience of teaching or current employment in education.
  • Our highly qualified and dedicated team offer a wealth of experience of teaching both in post-14 education and training and teacher education, as well as educational research, ensuring you have access to the latest thinking in teaching and learning.
  • We offer a warm and friendly environment for your studies, with relatively small class sizes and excellent IT and library facilities.
  • Work-based learning through teaching placements is essential for success on this course and you’ll have the opportunity to gain a minimum of 100 hours’ experience planning and delivering learning.
  • We’ll organise your work placements and these may be in a variety of settings, helping you gain a rounded appreciation of the types of environment you can work in and experience teaching a diverse range of learners.
  • This PGCE 14+ course meets the requirements of the FE-specific Diploma in Education and Training (DET) which is the recognised full teaching qualification for the FE and Skills sector. It’s ideal if you wish to teach in adult and community education, further education, sixth form colleges, universities, the prison and probation services, pre-employment training and work-based learning.

For more information, please visit https://www.bolton.ac.uk/subject-areas/education-teacher-training/



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This programme provides a strong grounding in the practices used in teaching adults, as well as an opportunity to conduct a practice-related research project. Read more
This programme provides a strong grounding in the practices used in teaching adults, as well as an opportunity to conduct a practice-related research project.

Why this programme

-The programme is open to people with little or no experience in teaching adults, but also works well for those with more knowledge of the field.
-The programme combines a good background in the theories and history of teaching adults with a substantial placement component.
-The placement allows you to work with an adult education agency for 100 hours, and counts as two courses in the programme. You can choose your own type of organisation for your placement, and we will help to set it up.
-Students tell us that they come out of the programme with much stronger knowledge of teaching adults as well as a better understanding of what that means to their teaching practice.

Programme structure

You will take a taught component of four core courses alongside the work placement. For the MSc you will also complete a supervised research project of between 12,000 and 15,000 words.

The teaching segment provides great opportunities to build professional and personal relationships through seminars, fieldwork and self-directed or group projects.

You will have the opportunity to gain real-life experience in the area of adult education through the adult learning placement. The placement gives you the opportunity to relate theory to practice within an adult learning organisation of relevance and interest to you.

Core courses
-The psychology of adult learning
-Modern educational thought
-International issues in adult and continuing education
-Curriculum development in adult and continuing education

Career prospects

Many of our graduates have gained employment in the higher education sector, including international and UK universities. You could also find roles in adult education for local councils, healthcare departments and adult literacy.

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This Master’s course focuses on Skills for Life education, emphasising policy, practice and theoretical approaches in literacy/ESOL or numeracy/mathematics. Read more

This Master’s course focuses on Skills for Life education, emphasising policy, practice and theoretical approaches in literacy/ESOL or numeracy/mathematics. Suitable for existing education professionals, it’s ideal if you wish to advance your career in the area of basic skills education.

What the course offers

At the University of Bolton we have a ‘Teaching Intensive, Research Informed’ ethos. This means we aspire to offer postgraduate student-focused learning opportunities that inform best practice in education, underpinned by the research knowledge of our high quality staff.

This exciting and contemporary Master’s course gives you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and critical thinking skills in relation to the principles and practice of learning and teaching in literacy/ESOL or numeracy/mathematics. We’ll guide you to explore a range of theoretical perspectives that relate to this area of education and look at the implications for best practice.

You’ll also have the opportunity to explore and critically compare a wide variety of models of language or mathematics learning including socio-cultural, constructivist and psychological theories. The course also examines the potential barriers to learning faced by some adult learners.

Our supportive team of experienced, professionally and academically qualified offer a combination of face-to-face and online tuition. We’ll encourage you to critically reflect on and evaluate your own professional practice, and develop creative solutions for improvement.

Course Highlights:

  • Poor levels of literacy and numeracy can adversely affect both the life chances of the individual and the economic performance of the country as a whole. This course is designed to help you explore the very best practice in teaching and learning in this crucial field.
  • Our students are drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds – sharing the individual and unique educational insights and perspectives of your peers helps to enrich your learning experience.
  • We promote research and critical enquiry, helping you learn to make sound, evidence-based independent judgements.
  • Our highly experienced and research active team will support you as you develop critical thinking and research evaluation skills and apply these during your independent Master’s-level project.
  • You can explore the diversity of educational practice and learn how to balance subject knowledge, theoretical perspectives and professional best practice with creativity and originality in your own classroom and organisation.

Key Features:

  • This course is designed to meet the professional development needs of experienced educationalists, in particular the need to be able to engage in informed, sustained change based on sound theoretical principles and appropriate and evaluated practices.
  • Face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support is offered by our team of highly experienced, enthusiastic and dedicated experts.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to develop high levels of proficiency in key skills including team working, problem solving, numeracy, oral and written communication, and information and communication technology.
  • Inter-professional working is embedded throughout the programme.
  • Our academic team is actively involved in educational research, helping you to explore issues from a robust research-informed knowledge base.
  • Intensive use of learning technologies and multimedia resources, such as virtual learning environments, cloud technologies and eLearning tools, raise your awareness of resources from across the educational spectrum.

For more information please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/postgrad



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The MA in Education. Leading Innovation and Change course aims to develop evidence-based innovative educational practice. The well-established and popular MA in Education. Read more
The MA in Education: Leading Innovation and Change course aims to develop evidence-based innovative educational practice.

The well-established and popular MA in Education: Leading Innovation and Change programme is designed to meet the professional development needs of teachers and other education professionals. This includes school administrators, business managers, finance officers, librarians, data managers and ICT managers through all phases of schooling and other educational contexts, and at all stages of their careers.

The programme enables middle and senior leaders (and aspiring leaders) to engage in critical reflection on their experience and understanding of leadership as they develop their scholarly knowledge whilst linking theory with practice.

Students have the opportunity to explore an area of particular interest and relevance to their professional role as they undertake a small-scale practitioner research enquiry, leading to evidence-based innovation.

The programme that helps schools to develop a research culture supported by continuing professional learning with potential for high impact on school improvement.

A Student View

Headteacher, Secondary School
"St Mary’s MA in Education, with its focus on research-based enquiry, has been the best form of continuing professional learning that our school has been involved in."

Why St Mary's?

Building on our long tradition of excellent practice in teacher education, St Mary's provides a flexible approach to this professional Master’s degree.

In addition to being delivered at the university and as a distance programme, it is also taught in school-centres in partnership with individual schools and groups of schools. This offers the opportunity for busy professionals to study in small groups in their own context. The timing of taught sessions and tutorials can be arranged to meet the needs of the students.

The success of this course lies in the flexible structure, bespoke delivery and quality of teaching offered. Students apply their learning to practical situations within their own schools, using their knowledge to drive effective change. The MA is designed to facilitate reflection and inquiry into practice and supports the long-term career development of participants.

Course Content

The course aims to:
-Help schools and staff develop so that learning improves.
-Enable schools and staff to advance their professional skills and expertise through the development of a research culture.
-Provide a framework of support for progressing school development priorities, offering planned feedback opportunities for research and development within schools.
-Provide support for staff actively engaged in change leadership and management initiatives.
-Support staff in generating evidence of their work in the curriculum to contribute to performance management and school self-evaluation.
-Enable schools to address recruitment and retention challenges by offering advanced qualifications at Master's level, in partnership with St Mary's University.
-Enhance career progression through participation in a quality professional development programme.

All modules can be viewed on our website:
https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/postgraduate-courses-london/leading-innovation-and-change-education

Career Prospects

The MA in Leading Innovation and Change programme is aimed at teachers and other education professionals at any stage of their careers, those in senior and middle leadership roles and those aspiring to leadership positions in the early years, primary, secondary and post-sixteen sectors and in other educational establishments. The programme will offer you the opportunity to be at the forefront of leading and managing school initiatives and enable you to make a positive difference to the quality of learning and teaching within your educational setting.

What the course can lead to:
-The development of teacher expertise in a chosen field of enquiry
-High impact on practice (school improvement and professional understanding)
-Knowledge of change leadership and management dynamics
-Skills in presenting work/research findings
-Experience in writing for professional and academic audiences
-Career-long teacher development at various levels
-Subject Leadership
-Senior Leadership
-An ongoing engagement with practitioner research
-Doctoral studies

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Students will be supervised by an internationally recognised Director of Studies and a second supervisor. Read more

About the course

Students will be supervised by an internationally recognised Director of Studies and a second supervisor. In addition to the individual support received, through empirical research, group discussion and activities, and critical engagement with diverse education theories, practices and policies, students will gain world-leading experience and skills in educational research. IRED encourages and supports students to share their findings at internal and external conferences and seminars, and by publishing in relevant journals. Students are also supported to develop their academic research profiles/careers and enhance their employability within educational research and academic more broadly.

Key features

-The ability to undertake independent research
-Monthly PhD seminar programme complements the supervision activities and provides feedback on research content and progress

Career opportunities

A doctorate is increasingly essential for those seeking to establish careers in research (in the public, private and third sector organisations) and academia (teaching, research and various support positions). The research experience acquired through the doctorate can assist applicants in gaining international educational appointments, as well as securing competitive post doctoral research positions.

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Teaching in a primary school is one of the most rewarding careers you can have. You will be working with a team of teachers and other adults to support children (aged 5 to 11) to succeed inside and outside the classroom. Read more
Teaching in a primary school is one of the most rewarding careers you can have. You will be working with a team of teachers and other adults to support children (aged 5 to 11) to succeed inside and outside the classroom. The course is taught by expert tutors with extensive experience working in educational settings, ensuring you are well supported to achieve the best results.

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This flexible Masters course has been designed for education professionals from a wide range of settings and phases (early years, primary, secondary, further and higher education). Read more

This flexible Masters course has been designed for education professionals from a wide range of settings and phases (early years, primary, secondary, further and higher education). You may be currently working or taking a break to pursue your studies full-time.

The course encourages and supports rigorous and critical professional development that can have significant impact on all learners’ outcomes and organisational change. It has flexible modules to enable you to explore your interests and concerns relevant to your professional context. As well as the generic course, there are a number of specialist Postgraduate Certificates that can be studied separately or incorporated into the main course, along with a specialist route for those involved in higher education.

There is a thriving postgraduate community with opportunities to attend conferences, study days, workshops and seminars on campus and at other locations.

Visit the website: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/postgraduate/education.aspx

Course detail

The following themes run through the whole course:

• Education research, theory and professional knowledge;

• Education policy and its implications for practice;

• Reflective practice and professional development;

• Enquiry and evidence-based practice;

• Creativity and innovation in education;

• Leadership, advocacy and action research;

• Values, nature and purpose of education;

• Contemporary international perspectives and cultural diversity;

• Sustainability, inclusion and globalisation.

Suitability

The course is for anyone with an interest in education, including those currently employed in different education settings or involved in educational work within an organisation or agency. The course can be studied full-time (normally 1 year) or part-time (normally 3 years). The full-time option, may be more suitable if you are taking a break from employment or following on from undergraduate study.

Content

All of the modules carry Teaching and Learning Academy (TLA) recognition.

• Critical reflection in professional practice (MTLA) (20 credits);

• Enquiry and evidence in professional practice (MTLA) (20 credits);

• Reading the changing policy landscape (MTLA) (20 credits);

• Learning theories (MTLA) (20 credits);

• Issues in mentoring, coaching and critical friendship (MTLA) (20 credits);

• Critical theory and evidence ¬informed practice (MTLA) (20 credits);

• Negotiated module – on a focus of your choice (MTLA) (20 credits);

• Evaluation and research methods and dissertation (MTLA) (60 credits).

Format

The course is normally delivered through group seminars and lectures, one to one tutorials, workshops and activities, enquiry and guided independent study.

Assessment

Your learning is assessed by written papers, portfolios and reflective learning journals, depending on the modules studied, and the final dissertation. These are submitted and marked online. Each 20 credit module assignment is 4,000 words or equivalent. The dissertation is 15-18,000 words.

What can I do next?

The part time course is normally studied alongside full­-time or part-­time employment as a teacher, lecturer or in other education settings, while full­time students often use this opportunity to enhance employability or change direction.

Your promotion prospects and performance at interview are enhanced not only by the Master’s qualification itself but also by discussing interesting and valuable research in progress and by showing confidence in understanding contemporary issues in education.

We have a wide network of alumni who may continue with postgraduate study on our popular EdD course or a PhD, contribute to Masters courses as associate staff and offer expert support to colleagues engaging in Masters study and school-based research. Many are involved in mentoring and coaching in professional settings and may progress into new senior leadership roles.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx

Fees and Funding

See our postgraduate fees and funding page to discover the loans, scholarships and bursaries available.

View https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/postgraduate-fees-funding/postgraduate-funding.aspx



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Our MA is an innovative degree that offers a challenging and engaging course of study for anyone interested in the field of global and international education. Read more

Our MA is an innovative degree that offers a challenging and engaging course of study for anyone interested in the field of global and international education. The course responds to the sometimes rapid changes to education on a global and international scale.

Visit the website: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/postgraduate/global-and-international-education.aspx

Course detail

You will study a multidisciplinary postgraduate degree course consisting of six 20 credit modules and one 60 credit dissertation. It can be studied full-time over the course of one year, or up to three years part-time.

There are two compulsory modules designed to introduce you to the terrain of global and international education, and the approaches used to understand this terrain:

• Theoretical Perspectives on Global and International Education

Introduces you to the key theoretical perspectives and concepts relating to global and international contexts of education.

• Researching Education in a Global World

You will be introduced to education research methods to support your dissertation.

Suitability

It is suitable for anyone with an interest in education on a global and international scale, particularly for those who wish to pursue a career as an educational professional, or who wish to work in governmental and non-governmental roles both nationally and internationally.

Content

Optional modules:

• Global Childhoods

• Internationalisation of Higher Education: Transformation and Exploitation

• Development Education 1: issues and challenges

• Development Education 2: enquiry and impact

• Intercultural Learning through Study Visits

• The Intercultural Dimension

• Ethics and Globalisation and Thinking Cosmopolitanism.

Format

Formal contact hours with tutors involve lecture, seminar, discussion and workshop type activities. Lectures are used to underpin key concepts and challenges and initiate areas of study. Seminars, workshops and discussions focus on developing critical thinking, enabling you to comment upon particular aspects of current research; and to devise, justify and sustain your arguments.

You are expected to work independently as well as collaboratively in pairs, groups and action learning sets to aid support and critical reflection and you will also benefit from access to the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which offers further study and self-help mechanisms.

Assessment

A range of written assignments and final dissertation.

What can I do next?

This course is particularly suitable if you wish to pursue a career as an educational professional, or wish to work in governmental and non- governmental roles both nationally and internationally. It is also be of interest to existing teachers seeking middle and senior leadership in teaching, as well as those interested in other aspects of school sector service provision, and those working in education systems. Graduates can also go on to study at doctoral level.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx

Fees and Funding

See our postgraduate fees and funding page to discover the loans, scholarships and bursaries available.

View https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/postgraduate-fees-funding/postgraduate-funding.aspx



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This postgraduate certificate has been designed for students who wish to develop their knowledge of special educational needs and disability policy and practice in the workplace. Read more

This postgraduate certificate has been designed for students who wish to develop their knowledge of special educational needs and disability policy and practice in the workplace.

It is designed to support those who are interested in learning about leadership in SEND policy and practice at postgraduate level.

Successful completion of the programme enables you to gain 60 M level credits which can contribute to further M level studies to achieve a Masters qualification.

Our facilities

You will study for your PGCiPP at our Bognor Regis Campus. Over the past few years, we have redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree.

We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students. At the Bognor Regis Campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support. We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research.

A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas. 

We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Our brand new award winning Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus hosting a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors. 

Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone, Costa Coffee and over 80 open access work stations. 

An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans. The campus also offers purpose built classrooms for the teacher training courses, as well as lecture and seminar rooms.

Where this can take you

Successful completion of the programme enables you to gain 60 M level credits which can contribute to further M level studies to achieve a Masters qualification.

Indicative modules

The PGCiPP is a part-time programme and students attend for one day each month across an academic year.

All students will be required to undertake the Core taught element and undertake a Workplace Learning Development Project on an aspect of SEND provision in the workplace.

The programme starts in September and February.

The module encourages students to:

  • develop professional leadership skills and attributes in SEND policy and practice through reflection and action learning.
  • analyse and reflect on workplace practices in SEND provision and inclusive practice
  • identify, explore and research a professional challenge or topic in SEND provision and inclusive practice;
  • develop a research approach to SEND provision in the workplace

Teaching and assessment

The course is structured over one academic year and students come to the Bognor Regis Campus for one day each month. 

You will be required to undertake three assignments that are strongly rooted in evidence-based SEND practice in the work place.

Task 1 (2000 words): A critical analysis of your current role in leading an aspect of SEND provision, a review of literature related to leading and managing others and promoting achievement. The assignment will also reflect learning achieved through professional experience, work in the action learning set and further reading.

Task 2 (10 minutes or 2000 words equivalent): Students will present an individual research plan with a rationale and explanation of the research. This will relate to a workplace improvement plan where appropriate, or a topic that has been negotiated in discussion with the tutor.

Task 3 (8000 words): Students will submit a workplace development learning project on an aspect of SEND provision that promotes inclusive practice in your workplace.

The report will include:

  • explanation of current professional context;
  • rationale for the development learning project;
  • justification for methods and techniques used and actions taken;
  • review and evaluation of the development learning project, both process and outcomes, with reference to relevant research and policy;
  • evaluation of impact on self and within the workplace context;
  • evaluation of action learning and other strategies contributing to personal learning skills and professional standards.

Staff at the university offer support and guidance throughout the programme.

As students of the University, students also have opportunities to access the library and online resources during the study days and off campus.



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Your programme of study. If you are about to start teaching in a College in Scotland you may need a teaching qualification alongside your specialist degree and experience in order to teach at further education level. Read more

Your programme of study

If you are about to start teaching in a College in Scotland you may need a teaching qualification alongside your specialist degree and experience in order to teach at further education level. The qualification is intended to improve your teaching experience in the class room whether you are teaching post school students or adult education in colleges. The TQFE is approved by the Scottish Government and General Teaching Council for Scotland. You are taught three courses at level 9 if you are coming from degree or 11 if you are coming from a master''s degree. You study flexibly on site whilst you teach. The online route allows for a small number of participants from different colleges to work together.

There is also a route into this qualification for you if you have a HND or HNC to study the qualification. The programme allows you to critically assess your teaching and evaluation methods and to reflect and ensure peer review in your teaching and research to enhance your practice. The programme is available to you wherever you teach in Scotland from the Western Isles, to Shetland down to Jedburgh and Dumfries. It is an idea course if you work freelance or in contract positions across Scotland within your area of expertise to secure work quickly and it is an important qualification to acquire in a new teaching role within FE.

Positions can be anything from Full time teacher or lecturer up to HE level within colleges, part time associate teacher or lecturer, freelance and cover support teaching to adult education and community education. This qualification is an important asset to your employability within the profession.

Courses listed for the programme

Developing Professional Practice in Further Education

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • The programme is offered to allow you to work flexibly around your teaching and other commitments
  • The programme is accredited by both the Scottish Government and The General Teaching Council for Scotland
  • The qualification is helpful when looking for teaching work either part time, freelance or full time in colleges.

Where you study

  • Blended Learning - mostly at a college
  • 12 Months
  • Part Time
  • September start 

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

 https://www.abdn.ac.uk/funding/

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

  • Your Accommodation
  • Campus Facilities
  • Aberdeen City
  • Student Support
  • Clubs and Societies

Find out more about living in Aberdeen

Living costs



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