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Master of Education – Leadership in Learning (Teach First) - MA

The Masters award is available to ambassadors of the Teach First Leadership Development Programme (LDP). The LDP is a leadership programme, facilitated by Teach First colleagues that runs alongside the PGDE, which Teach First Participants engage with during their initial 2 years of practice....

Studying with us in 2021/22

It is possible that the 2021/22 academic year may be affected by the ongoing disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Information about the arrangements the University has put in place for the 2021/22 academic year in response to Covid-19 and the emerging variants can be found here.


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  • School School of Education and Social Work
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

Overview

The Masters award is available to ambassadors of the Teach First Leadership Development Programme (LDP). The LDP is a leadership programme, facilitated by Teach First colleagues that runs alongside the PGDE, which Teach First Participants engage with during their initial 2 years of practice. The award is open to all participants who have completed the Teach First PGDE and includes two full academic years of teaching in a Teach First partner school. The Masters content builds on the structure and content of the LDP and the PGDE. 

This course is not open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

The Professional Practice Enquiry module is the culmination of your Masters in Leadership in Learning. It provides you with the opportunity to develop a systematic understanding of research, national and international frameworks, and practical knowledge in relation to your chosen area, and to develop your professional practice. You are encouraged to use self-direction and originality in pursuing your development focus through professional enquiry. The module provides you with opportunities to: act autonomously in designing and planning a master’s level, practice-based enquiry; to investigate the relationships between theoretical, practical and research knowledge and to consider the actual and potential impact on practice.

Why Choose Us?

The modules provides students with opportunities to:

  • Act autonomously in relation to the selected leadership focus/aim
  • Investigate the relationships between theoretical, practical and research knowledge
  • Consider the actual and potential impact on practice
  • Disseminate findings in a leadership context
  • 1-2-1 supervisor for dissertation – advice and support

Entry Requirements

The Masters award is available to Teach First ambassadors of the LDP (The LDP is the Leadership Development Programme).

A pass is required from the Teach First PGDE.  

Fees & How to Apply

  • International students

Award: MA

Starting: Sep 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • 1 year
  • £2,600 per year

Sorry, this course is not available to International students.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead.

Access to computer equipment

You will require use of a laptop, and most students do prefer to have their own. However, you can borrow a laptop from the university or use one of our shared computer rooms.

Printing

You will receive £5 print credit in each year of your course, available after enrolment.

Field trips

All essential field trips and associated travel costs will be included in your course fees.

Access to Microsoft Office 365

Every student at the University can download a free copy of Microsoft Office 365 to use whilst at university and for 18 months after graduation.

Key Software

You will be able to download SPSS and Nvivo to your home computer to support with your studies and research.

Key subscriptions

Subscriptions to key journals and websites are available through our library.

Free access to Rosetta Stone

All students can sign up to the online learning language platform for free through the Graduate+ scheme.

Excess printing (optional)

Once you have spent your £5 credit, additional printing on campus costs from 5p per sheet.

Books (optional)

All module key texts will be in the University library, but in limited numbers. You may choose to purchase a copy.

Subscriptions (optional)

You may wish to purchase subscriptions to additional journals and websites.

Memberships (optional)

You may wish to join a union or professional body related to this course.

Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

Personal statement

Students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.

Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Your passion and motivations

Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?

Why this course?

Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.

What makes you a good postgraduate candidate?

Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.

Relevant academic or work experience

Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?

You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

Course in Depth

Level 7

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 60 credits):

The Professional Practice Enquiry module is the culmination of your Masters in Leadership in Learning. It provides you with the opportunity to develop a systematic understanding of research, national and international frameworks, and practical knowledge in relation to your chosen area, and to develop your professional practice.

How you'll learn

The course is Part-time and is assessed via coursework. There is a total of 600 hours study time directed and independent.

The Masters module – Leadership in Learning aims to address:

  • The role of research, scholarly activity and evidence-based practice as an important part of professional development
  • Current issues, initiatives and developments in education and educational practice aimed at extending skills, knowledge and understanding in your subject/ phase area
  • Principles that underpin and inform practice-based enquiry approaches to educational research
  • Research methodologies and ethical considerations in relation to appropriateness, effectiveness, and resource implications of enquiry
  • Knowledge, skills and techniques in research methods and approaches appropriate to the professional workplace

Employability

Career Development

Your chosen development focus for the module will be based on personal, professional and subject/ phase priorities. It may build on work carried out in earlier modules, or address an entirely different or new aspect of professional practice. The expectation is that this work is underpinned by a leadership focus, which will demonstrate your skills as a leader and your ability to demonstrate impact in terms of the Fair Education Impact

Facilities and Staff

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities.

As part of these plans, the University's Education provision joined the rest of the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences at our City South Campus in Edgbaston in 2018.

Campus

In addition to classrooms, a lecture theatre, social learning spaces, an open access IT suite and cafe facilities, the new £41 million extension to our City South Campus offers a range of specialist teaching and learning facilities for specific subjects including science, design and technology, drama and physical education.  

Departments

All our departmental facilities replicate the school learning environment.

  • Art and Design
  • Design and Technology
  • History
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Religious Education
  • Music
  • Drama

Not only are we investing £41 million in a new building to house the laboratories and teaching spaces needed, but we also plan to open up these facilities to benefit all students and the wider community. This will complement our existing sports facilities, which already provide a base for students to compete in activities ranging from rugby to.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Our staff

Neil Sheasby

Teach First Masters Course Leader, Masters in Learning and Teaching Tutor, and Deputy Chair Ethics

Neil has worked at Birmingham City University since 2014, after leaving the Open University. He has had multiple roles, initially working on the Teach First PGCE programme as a professional tutor and subsequently a science and maths tutor, as well as leading on the moderation of the Teach First assignments.

He is currently the Course Leader for the Teach First Masters (Leadership in Learning) that builds on the structure and content of the LDP and the PGDE. Additional roles include delivering on the Masters in Learning and Teaching. He is also a deputy chair of the Ethics committee.

More about Neil

Dr Amanda French

Reader

Amanda has worked in higher, further, adult education and the voluntary sector for 30 years as a lecturer, writing developer and researcher. Her research interests include academic writing, learner development in higher education, participatory research, transition experiences in education, employment literacies, widening participation and social justice, radical methodologies, critical pedagogies, postgraduate teaching and learning.

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