The programme aims to help lecturers, mentors, teaching assistants and other workers in education develop their knowledge of educational practice and reflect on strategies for developing their professional practice. It is primarily for those currently practising or volunteering in the sector.
The degree consists of four level 5 core modules and one option module, and five level 6 modules, giving a total of 120 credits at each level. The level 5 modules are delivered in one year as are the level 6 modules.
Year 1 core modules
Different education and training settings and contexts are considered for you to critically evaluate them in terms of your provision and purpose within the educational system. You explore the complexity of the interaction between learning and contexts, and the range of ways in which participants (including learners and teachers) can influence the learning process.
You focus on innovative learning techniques and how theories of learning underpin these ideas, and consider how the needs of learners can influence the learning techniques required for effective learning to take place. With professional practice a core element of this module, you trial and reflect on the effectiveness of your chosen innovative learning techniques for meeting the needs of your learners.
You explore current issues in inclusive practice in formal and non-formal educational settings. You evaluate the effectiveness of your own practice in relation to national, regional and local policy and critically evaluate the effectiveness of inclusion strategies employed in your organisation, from both an organisational perspective and from the perspective of inclusive practices in learning and teaching. You also explore the legal and ethical implications affecting inclusive practice for educational institutions.
This module is based on the concept of reflective practice providing a means of enhancing personal and professional skills. It’s an opportunity for you to consider your personal and professional development and identify areas in which you may wish to develop.
You explore strategies to promote positive patterns of behaviour and attitudes in learners, and differing perspectives on behaviour management, response strategies.
Year 2 core modules
You focus on international approaches to education, developing a critical understanding of how politics, culture, economics, and social factors influence education.
You explore influences on policy development, how these are implemented in practice at both an organisational and classroom level and debate any direct influences these policies may have on learning and teaching practice. You also examine key issues, practices and theories from education sectors that directly impact on your understanding of professional practice.
This is your opportunity to define and deliver your own research topic. You draw together the learning from all other modules to facilitate the development of a range of skills for you to independently research an area of professional concern. Tutor support is available to assist this process and you will also be encouraged to reflect upon the vocational and other work skills you have developed undertaking the dissertation work, including appropriate decision making and independent learning.
Three inter-related aspects of research: the philosophical basis of different methodologies, the practice of carrying out research (including issues of approach, method, sampling, analysis ) and how to ensure researchers follow developing ideas of good practice in research, with particular relation to issues of good ethical practice are examined. You develop skills to enable you to evaluate current research papers and to make judgments about these.
Modules offered may vary.
Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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For direct entry into the level 6 modules, entrants will be expected to have attained a foundation degree or equivalent credits (120 at level 4 and 120 at level 5) in a relevant and appropriate educational area. These entrants will follow a one-year programme.
For direct entry into the level 5 modules, entrants will be expected to have attained an appropriate teaching qualification such as a Certificate in Education: Education and Training or other relevant equivalent award/s (worth 120 HE credits at level 4/5 study).
Applicants must be in paid or unpaid employment in an educational practice for at least 2-5 hours per week.
RPL and APEL will be considered via individual application. Please contact the programme leader for further guidance.
For general information please see our overview of entry requirements
You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Successful graduates may progress into a graduate teacher programme for teaching in primary settings. Graduates will also practise in a range of lifelong learning educational settings, such as further education colleges.