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Institute of Education

Professional Practice and Lifelong Education

MA Part-time 2 years

The MA in Professional Practice and Lifelong Education aims to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and professional values of participants engaged with lifelong education and professional practice.

The MA in Professional Practice and Lifelong Education aims to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and professional values of participants engaged with lifelong education and professional practice.

  • Institute Code W75
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  • Start Date(s) 26 September 2020
  • Award MA
  • Study Mode Part-time
  • Course Length Part-time (2 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School Institute of Education

Why choose this course?

The MA in Professional Practice and Lifelong Education aims to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and professional values of participants engaged with lifelong education and professional practice.

The programme endeavours to enhance participants' capacity to apply scholarship, theory and research to relevant professional practice. 

It also aims to support the development of critical and reflective dialogue in lifelong education and training. Participants are expected to engage in reflective activities that examine the key literature and research in this field. It is anticipated that participants will synthesise theory and practice in order to actively engage in their own continuing professional development.

What happens on the course?

Route 1 for entrants with no prior credits:

Year 1

Semesters 1 and 2: Core Modules

Semester 2: Core Module

Semester 3: Core Module

Sustaining Criticality in Professional Practice

(7PC001) 20 credits

Educational Research and Developmental Approaches (7ED007)

20 credits

Extending Criticality in Professional Practice (7PC009)

20 credits

Mentoring: Critical Dialogue and Professional Practice (7ED005) 20 credits

Year 2

Semesters 1 & 2: Core Module

Dissertation (7ED026) 60 credits

Semesters 1 & 2: Two Modules

Mentoring: Collaborative and Reflective Relationships (7ED006) 20 credits

Identity and the Management of Changing Roles in Lifelong Education and Professional Practice (7PC003) 20 credits

If you have come from the University full time PGCE in PCE with its 60 Masters credits, you will study 120 credits instead of 180 credits.  If you are able to self-fund and are therefore not accessing Student Finance.  

Your schedule would be as below : 

Year 1

Semesters 1 & 2: Core Modules

Semester 2: Core Module

Sustaining Criticality in Professional Practice

(7PC001) 20 credits

Educational Research and Developmental Approaches (7ED007)

20 credits

Mentoring: Critical Dialogue and Professional Practice (7ED005) 20 credits

 

Year 2

Semesters 1 & 2: Core Module

Dissertation (7ED026) 60 credits

Please be aware that the programme may take between 2 and 4 years part-time (NB we timetable you for a two year or three year programme) dependent upon your progress through the course and your funding route.  This will be discussed with your personal and module tutors.

A programme of 80 credits in Year One and 100 credits in Year Two (NB the dissertation module runs for a calendar year i.e. September to September) would support a two year completion.  If you would like to take the course over three years: you will do 60 credits each year.  Your schedule would be adjusted so that you did 7PC009 in the summer of your year two (along with the other two Year 2 modules), and you would do the dissertation in your year 3.

In Year One the Award focuses on the Core Modules and will be delivered over at least 10-15 Saturdays (5 hours per session), with the additional requirements:

  • Inter-session work
  • Online activity
  • Tutorials as agreed

Additional twilight sessions will also be offered in support of your programme. In discussion with the year group.

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Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Why become a student in the Insitute of Education?

You will be taught in our state-of-the-art teaching buildings at Walsall Campus, just a short walk from the heart of the town.

We focus on preparing students for a more enriched career, personally and professionally. Our modules are designed to be flexible enough to allow you to explore what you are interested in.

We are committed to student support, from enrolment to graduation. You will have a personal tutor to support your progression through your award.

We have strong partnerships with regional and national education organisations.

Who will teach you on this course?
All of the staff that teach you on this course have experience within the feild having worked in Further Education and now work in teacher education. You will benefit from the team’s expertise, as they all actively engage in research.

The Institute of Education at the University of Wolverhampton has a strong focus on research and the part it plays in your study experience. All our lecturers are research active (see our profiles on the University web pages) and working on latest developments.

We are committed to student support, from enrolment to graduation. You will have a personal tutor to support your progression through your award.

 

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 At the end of this course you the student, will be able to demonstrate:

-Originality in the application of knowledge to explain the  significance of some relevant professional, institutional, and sector factors shaping lifelong education and professional practice

 -A systematic understanding and  critical awareness  of issues of diversity and social justice related to lifelong education and professional practice

 -In depth knowledge of key policies, theories and practices within the field of lifelong education and professional practice based upon recent research and writing 

-Evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship

-Recognition of own value positions related to education and professional practice

-The ability to analyse, judge and critique areas of knowledge and practice 

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Part-time £3200 per year 2020-21

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

  • First degree
  • Some types of professional experience (e.g. experience of teaching and/or managing in an appropriate sector: for example, post-compulsory education; voluntary sector; training; adult and community education) MAY be acceptable as APL in lieu of a first degree.
  • Applicants must be current practitioners in, or have had very recent experience of working in, an appropriate sector: for example, post-compulsory education; voluntary sector; training; adult and community education.
  • All applications will require a satisfactory reference before a decision is taken - even from students on another award at the University of Wolverhampton
  • A teaching qualification is desirable and if held, should be at Level 5 (or above).

An interview may be required (depending on qualifications and experience) preferably in person, although telephone interview can be agreed where appropriate, before being offered a place on the Award.

Admissions will check with Award leader any application that has no first degree.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

  • RPCL may be employed (PGCE PCE (M) 60 credits) depending on your source of funding (i.e. it is not allowed if you access the postgraduate loan)
  • RPCL from another H.E.I may be considered up to 60 credits.

Postgraduate Loan (UK or EU national):

You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £11,222 to help pay for a Master’s degree. Applications are made through Student Finance England and more information on the regulations and eligibility criteria can be found at gov.uk or here

* Any RPL will invalidate your eligibility as you must study a minimum of 180 credits

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website.


Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


Self-funded:

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.


Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.


You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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