About This Masters Degree
About the courseOur graduates make great teachers. It’s that simple. The Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course helps you develop an understanding of research, policies and practice relating to education in general and secondary education in particular. You’ll analyse and reflect on what you learn to connect research with the classroom.
We teach an approach to your work that will stay with you throughout your career. Our graduates are dedicated to lifelong learning, developing their professional practice, and using classroom-based research. You’ll learn everything the qualified teacher needs to know about planning, teaching, learning, assessing, policies and processes.
Routes offeredWe offer a provider-led route plus School Direct with a choice of four different clusters of schools.
The routes are all quite similar, but the main differences between the provider-led and the School Direct routes are:
You’ll have your two school placements in the schools within the cluster that you are attached to, rather than in any school across the partnership.
The schools in your cluster will have a greater input into the PGDE programme throughout the year.
There will be a strong possibility of securing employment within the cluster of schools that you are attached to, subject to availability and suitability.
Your careerWe offer postgraduate courses that will launch your career in education or aid your continuing professional development.
Our graduates work in the UK and overseas in schools, universities, and local and national government. Some are teachers and lecturers. Others use their skills in policy development, education, administration, psychology and social work.
About usWe value creative teaching that challenges inequalities in the education system. We believe in increasing opportunities for education, for everyone. Our research has a direct impact on educational theory, policy and practice. We’re supporting the development of children, families and learning communities through dedicated research centres.
You’ll learn from world-class academics such as Professor Cathy Nutbrown and Professor Dan Goodley. Cathy, who teaches on three of our postgraduate courses, won an Outstanding Impact in Society award in 2013 for her work on literacy. Dan’s work on disability in education has been described as ground breaking.
Our research seminar programme gives you access to the latest findings, often before they’re published. The University’s library has online catalogues and databases, e-books and e-journals.
Structure, teaching and assessmentAll MA courses follow a similar pattern with two core modules (1 and 4) and two subject-specific modules (2 and 3).
Teaching and learning takes place via lectures, seminars, tutorials, discussion, active inquiry and investigations. Regular meetings with a personal tutor support and encourage your learning and understanding.
A weekly tutorial and a Study of Education course accompanies the taught modules.
There are no formal written examinations and assessment is by coursework and a 15–20,000-word dissertation.
Subjects coveredEnglish, Geography, History, Mathematics, Languages, Science with Biology, Chemistry or Physics and Physics with Maths.
Age rangeSecondary (11–19).
TeachingYou’ll learn through seminars, group work, tutorials, individual consultations, practical activities. You’ll spend 24 of the 36 weeks in schools.
Masters creditsAs well as a PGDE qualification and Qualified Teacher Status, you’ll gain 120 credits at Masters level if you successfully complete the course. You can put these towards study for an MA Applied Professional Studies in Education.
Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)
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Relevant A Level, grade B or above. Plus an honours degree (minimum 2:2, or for Maths, Physics and Physics with Maths applicants minimum class 3) in one of our teaching subjects or with a strong element of a teaching subject (see below). You also need grade C in English Language and Mathematics at GCSE, or the equivalent. You need to pass the Professional skills tests before the start of the course. English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.