MA Education

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Study Options Explained

Status

Validated

Campus

Newport (Campus code - C )

Location

Caerleon

Tuition Fees

For full information about tuition fees for this course, please visit our money pages.

Additional Costs

In addition to the standard course fees this course has the following additional charges:

  • Full-time and part-time students choosing modules which have a placement component as part of the assessment process will need to provide evidence of a current DBS check (or its equivalent if an EU or international student)
  • Full-time students wishing to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in the Internship Scheme will need to provide evidence of a current DBS check (or its equivalent if an EU or international student).
  • Where there is a requirement for students to undergo an enhanced DBS check, the current cost is £44. Costs are subject to change and may increase. Relevant up-to-date instructions will be sent out as part of the admissions process.

Entry Requirements

You should be a graduate or, if you are a non-graduate, you will need relevant experience

  • Full-time and part-time students choosing modules which have a placement component as
    part of the assessment process will need to provide evidence of a current enhanced DBS check (or its equivalent if an EU or international student)
  • Full-time students wishing to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in the Internship Scheme will also need to provide evidence of a current enhanced DBS check (or its equivalent if an EU or international student)
  • If English is not your first language you should be able to demonstrate a level of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (minimum score of 5.5 in each band).

Interviewed Course

After you have made your application an informal interview will be required.

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The MA Education award at the University of South Wales offers students the maximum flexibility in terms of module choice.

About MA Education

Essential Information

Lecturers will work with you to put together a course specifically tailored to meet your individual professional needs. During your studies, if you decide to focus on one of the areas you have studied at module level, there is the possibility for you to transfer onto one of the specialist awards available.

The MA Education Programme consists of a number of specialist pathways and is for you if you are from any of a range of professional backgrounds including teachers, lecturers and managers in the further education sector, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, midwives and members of the armed forces and police service. If you are a non-graduate then you may qualify for the pathways with relevant experience.

On your chosen pathway within the programme, students at the University will have the opportunity to engage critically with the theories and practices of education with a view to applying your learning to your own practice.

The masters programme is well established and has been running since 1995 and is regularly updated in order to reflect the changing needs of participants and potential participants.

What you will study

On all pathways within the MA Education programme, you must take the core module Research Methodology. This module will equip you to carry out a small scale education enquiry ethically and effectively.

You are then free to choose three other modules from 55 modules that are built into the different pathways within the MA Education programme.

Pathways available:

  • MA Education
  • MA Autism
  • MA Child & Adolescent Mental Health
  • MA Childhood Studies
  • MA Early Years
  • MA Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (ESDGC)
  • MA ICT and Education
  • MA Leadership and Management (Education)
  • MA Leadership and Management (Health Promotion & Education)
  • MA Leadership and Management (PcET)
  • MA Leadership and Management (Further Education / PcET)
  • MA Religious Education
  • MA SEN
  • Postgraduate Diploma (SEN Specific Learning Difficulties)
  • Postgraduate Certificate (Dyspraxia / Developmental Co-ordination Disorder)
  • Postgraduate Certificate Developing Professional Practise in Higher Education
  • Postgraduate Diploma (SEN Hearing Impairment)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (SEN Visual Impairment)
  • MA Teaching English as an Additional Language (TEAL)
  • MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • MA Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL)

Awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level (after completion of two taught modules) and Postgraduate Diploma level (after completion of four taught modules). Full MA awards require you to complete a 17,000 word research dissertation and a 3,000 word dissemination plan after the taught programmes.

Learning, Teaching and Assessment for MA Education

Learning and Teaching methods

Most students following the part-time programme spend 2 years on the taught modules (typically one evening per week) and undertake their dissertation in their third year. Participants are, however, allowed to take a maximum of 5 years to complete the whole programme.

Full-time students are able to complete the whole programme within 12 months, although some take a little longer to finish writing up their dissertation.

Assessment methods

In most cases modules are assessed through a 5,000 word written piece of coursework. Progress on to the dissertation is dependent upon successful completion of the taught modules.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects for MA Education

Employability

A Masters degree is required for professional advancement in numerous occupations, and is widely seen as evidence of a successful commitment to high level professional development. The broad award of MA Education indicates you have acquired skills and knowledge across a range of different areas.

If you are interested in the possibility of a higher degree by research, your tutors will be pleased to discuss the opportunities for doing so here.

Additional Information for MA Education

Testimonial

Adele Hood completed the MA Education course and successfully secured a new job role as a project manager to lead the development of an All Wales Curriculum for Maternity Support Workers. Adele said:

I am certain that my MA Education qualification and dissertation recommendations have raised my profile and enabled me to secure such a high profile opportunity. Tutor support was pivotal, in aiding me to achieve this qualification.