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Education
Postgraduate course
MA

Education

You can study this course part-time over two or three years or by distance learning over three years. The two-year part-time route and the distance learning route are eligible for the government postgraduate loan scheme. The three-year part-time route is not eligible.
International Scholarships available

Overview

Whether you work in a school, hospital, for a local authority or in another field where teaching is part of your role, this course will significantly develop your knowledge of current research, policy and practice in education.

You will examine the influences that have shaped modern education, from the philosophy behind teaching methods to government policies that direct educational practice across a variety of settings, both inside and outside the classroom. We will give you a strong grounding in these areas, allowing you to gain a greater understanding of how people learn and of how to teach and assess effectively.

You will relate your learning to your own experiences and you will be able to tailor the course to your career needs and interests by selecting from a range of option modules. Offered as Pathway modules, you could choose to specialise in one of two areas: Inclusion & Special Education; Leadership & Management. You will also have the opportunity to study an option module from one of our other masters courses.

At Leeds Beckett we are passionate about education and the expertise of our course team reflects our commitment to providing you with the tools to make improvements in your work environment.

The expertise of our teaching team is broad and covers many aspects of education from educational philosophy to child development and language acquisition to special needs. Our team also includes experts in professional and cultural identity in education, leadership and management in education and many other areas.

You will be studying alongside students from a range of different backgrounds and educational environments giving you the opportunity to share your experiences and learn from each other's teaching methods.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Transforming mental health in schools: "The work we do ensures that mental health difficulties at school do not stand in the way of a young person's success in the future." - Professor Jonathan Glazzard, Carnegie School of Education
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Entry Requirements

Requirements

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree, a professional or vocational qualification in Education equivalent to level 6 study, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Requirements

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree, a professional or vocational qualification in Education equivalent to level 6 study, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Helen Pratten

Careers

Helen Pratten
Executive Headteacher St Chad's CE Primary School, Leeds

MA Leadership & Management (now MA Education)

“I was already in my headship when I decided to return to university. I am always telling my pupils that they should never stop learning, and the time felt right for me to lead by example . Doing the masters gave me the opportunity to read, research and reflect on my practice. Consequently, I have made changes to the way that I lead, which in turn has had a really positive impact on the school.

Teaching and learning

Distance Learning - overall workload

If you choose to study this course by distance learning, as a guideline you will need to allocate around 10 hours per week to complete each module plus a further five hours for additional reading and assignments. These 10 hours of teaching and learning will be delivered using a range of interactive resources, this typically includes audio and video content, group discussions, reflective exercises, quizzes, online reading and much more. All these resources are delivered through our Virtual Learning Environment and can be accessed at a time and place that suits you.

You will undertake an extended piece of work in an area of your own interest that is relevant to your professional practice.

Develop a critical understanding of a selection of key concepts, issues and debates in contemporary education and examine the way that these relate to the right of citizens, particularly children to education.

Develop a critical awareness of models of coaching and mentoring as applied in educational settings.

Develop your professional attributes, knowledge, skills and understanding in your practice so that your teaching is effective and you have an increasingly positive impact on the outcomes of the children and young people you teach.

Examine the evolving nature of the social history of education and its practices (from early childhood to higher education and professional education), focusing on what goes in the spaces in which teachers, learners, and the curriculum interact with each other.

Critically examine current and pervasive ideas of leadership and management, particularly with regard to education and education-related contexts, and consider alternative perspectives that may challenge current notions.

An introduction to key concepts and debates in relation to Special Educational Needs (SEN) and inclusive education.

Explore an area of particular interest in relation to an aspect of education, methodology or professional development which will enhance professional understanding and practice.

Another opportunity to explore an area of particular interest in relation to an aspect of education, methodology or professional development which will enhance professional understanding and practice.

An accreditation route for teachers and education professionals who have undertaken or are undertaking certificated or in-house professional learning courses, or similar professional development.

Demonstrate a knowledge and a critical understanding of key theories and policy context relating to your professional role within the education sector.

Gain an understanding of the ways in which academic communities operate, the function of academic networks and the role of peer review and collaboration.

Gain an understanding of mental health risk and resilience factors for pupils and how these can change over time. You will develop the confidence and independence to lead changes which will improve mental resilience and reduce the risk of mental ill-health within your school.

Tom Dobson
Dr Tom Dobson
Course Director
Having taught English in secondary schools as well as undertaking writing projects in local primary schools, Tom completed his PhD which explored boys' identities through their creative writing as they made the transition from primary to secondary school. Most of Tom's teaching now focuses on English pedagogy and he works with our partnered schools to develop practice which engages pupils and has an impact upon their learning.
The MA Education is a highly flexible course which enables you to tailor content to match your professional development needs. Graduates from the MA Education benefit greatly in terms of enhancing their future careers within the education sector.
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Fees & funding

Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most taught postgraduate modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 2018/19 on this course is £611 for each 20 credit point module. For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £30.55. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation.
See further information on financing your studies.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most taught postgraduate modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 2018/19 on this course is £611 for each 20 credit point module. For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £30.55. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Education resources & teaching rooms
    Education resources & teaching rooms

    We offer a School Practice Collection, a dedicated Academic Librarian to help you navigate our education and teaching resources, and teaching rooms containing the equipment you may use in your own classroom.

  • Library and online resources
    Library and online resources

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Headingley Campus
    Headingley Campus

    Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

  • Dedicated Support Team
    Dedicated Support Team

    Just because you aren't learning on campus doesn't mean you'll have to cope on your own - you'll have the support of a personal tutor along with the University's Student Hub and Wellbeing Centre. They are on hand to offer you advice about everything from academic issues to stress and anxiety.

  • Virtual Learning Environment
    Virtual Learning Environment

    The VLE gives you access to course materials such as videos, e-books and other documents. You also use it to submit your assignments and to receive feedback.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

Distance Learning

Distance Learning

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you get can get involved in learning. Our flexible courses – internet-based learning and part-time options – give you more choice, convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

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