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Postgraduate Certificate in Education

Course Description

The MA Education will allow you to develop and enhance your own professional practice in education. It focuses on developing your practice in relation to the needs of your professional setting. All of the modules are designed to support your teaching and associated educational leadership practice in a wide range of work-place settings. This might be in a school, college, local authority, public service or community setting. It provides a programme that will inspire you and develop your passion for working in education, whilst extending and enhancing your own educational development. We welcome applications from individuals who wish to enhance their continuing professional development portfolios through engagement with single modules.

This programme may be delivered at other Staffordshire University campus locations (dependent on sufficient demand). If you already have some Masters level credits (from your NPQH, PGCE or other education courses at level 7 for example) you may be able to fast track part of the award.

Our on-campus groups comprise practitioners from a diverse range of educational settings and students are encouraged to share practice and knowledge across different educational settings. Sessions are interactive and employ a range of learning strategies. These include group-discussion and reflection, and student contributions to on-line discussion boards/academic blogs.

Students are supported in their learning and academic development through tutorial support and developmental feedback.

Course content

You will study a variety of modules. Current modules include: Learning and Assessment; Educational Leadership and Management; Collaborative Working in Education and Education, Culture and Society.

We value the knowledge that you have already gained through your prior experience and you are encouraged to contribute your ideas and experiences from practice in class sessions.

Progression through the course.
Stage 1
You will usually complete two 30 credit modules at level 7 during the first stage of study. You will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Education on successful completion of this stage. This stage is usually completed during one academic year. After this, you can progress onto a PGDip or the complete MA.

Visit the Postgraduate Certificate in Education page on the Staffordshire University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Chloe McCormick

4410.jpg Chloe McCormick has had a career of two halves – first as a commercial photographer and second as a school teacher. She graduated from Staffordshire University with a degree in Business Management in 2008, taking up a full-time job with Photo Corporation in Northampton. When she decided it was time for a career change, she returned to the University in 2014 for a Business Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) before joining Walsall Academy.

Before becoming a fully qualified secondary school teacher, Chloe had worked her way up to a managerial role at Photo Corporation, where she was responsible for a team of people, hiring new staff, training and hitting company targets. “I thought I was busy then,” she said, “But I had no idea what was coming when I became a teacher!”

Chloe first joined the studio photography firm when she was 18, employed to canvas for new business. From there she took up the camera and moved between departments over the years, at the same time studying for her Business Management degree. It wasn’t until she graduated that she was promoted to manager.

“I fell into the role initially,” Chloe explained. “I was 18 and saw the job advert – it was £7 an hour which was a lot of money to me back then. I worked throughout the whole of my degree and enjoyed doing it, so it was an obvious choice to stay there after I graduated and got promoted.”

In 2014, Chloe, 28, started her PGCE, commuting from Tamworth to the Stafford campus once a week and spending the other four days on placement. “It was immediately completely different from my last job,” she recalled.

“I had two placements during the course, one was at Walsall Academy, where they offered me a job. On Fridays we’d go to the Stafford campus, when I’d meet with the lecturers and other students and discuss our lesson plans and any problems we had during the week. It was really useful to learn from each other.

“I officially started at Walsall Academy in September 2015. I’m teaching Year 9 to Sixth Form students. It was a steep learning curve and I’m really busy but I’m really enjoying it. I’d like to stay in secondary education because the students are amazing. I love their inquisitiveness about the world and they are guaranteed to make me laugh every single day.”


International Merit Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

The Merit scholarships will be awarded automatically on application to the University as follows:Applicants with results equivalent to UK First Class degree: £2,000
Applicants with results equivalent to UK 2:1 degree: £1,500
Applicants with results equivalent to UK 2.:2 degree: £1,000

Value of Scholarship(s)



Available to international students enrolling for the first time on campus in September 2015 are are domiciled in one of the following countries:Africa: Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya and Uganda
Europe: Norway and Turkey
East Asia: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam
Middle East Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE
South Asia: Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka
South East Asia: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand

Application Procedure

For information on how to apply, please refer to the Staffordshire University website.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An Honours Degree (Level 6) or equivalent professional qualification from an institution of higher education, or its equivalent from overseas. A contractual role (full-time or fractional) or long-term voluntary placement that sees you working as an education practitioner in an education organisation, for a minimum of 4 hours per week (or equivalent), whilst enrolled on the programme.

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