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What's Involved

The MA Education programme is validated by the Open University and is unique in its approach to delivering this qualification as it brings the various sectors together as well as practitioners, to broaden knowledge of methodologies and policies and sector contexts. The programme aims to develop deep knowledge and understanding of the wider context of education. This qualification is a classroom-based course incorporating a work placement.

You will study a selection of modules:

Year One
Exploring Issues and Themes in Education 30 credits
Supporting the Holistic Development of Learners 30 credits
Advanced Research Design 30 credits

Year Two
Measuring Learning: Assessment and Feedback 30 credits
Dissertation 60 credits

For part-time students, the course is studied over a period of two years. Attendance is 1 three-hour session per week. The course will take place at our Ardleigh Green campus.

Entry Requirements

This qualification is of interest to:
Graduates with a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
Graduates with a degree in any discipline, working in a variety of roles in Education.

Applicants will need to:
Hold an honours degree or equivalent.
Have GCSE English and Maths at Grade 4 (C) or above or equivalent Level 2 qualifications.
Demonstrate professional suitability in motivation and enthusiasm for the subject and their career.

Attend an interview and complete a successful entry assessment with the programme team.

If you are interested in applying for the course, please contact the Admissions team for a Higher Education application form This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01708 455011.

Where will it take me?

The gaining of a Master’s qualification will put participants ‘ahead of the game’ when applying to teach on Higher Education courses or for promotion within the education sector. With increased competition for teaching posts in secondary schools, sixth form colleges and colleges of further and higher education, a Master’s degree will give access and employability and will enhance the prospects of all participants.

Course Assessment Method

You will be assessed in all the modules that you study.  The programme team has designed a range of assessment methods to test your learning and development as you progress through the programme.

Assessment will take place during or immediately on completion of the teaching of each module.  Assessment methods for this qualification are varied and will usually involve submitted assignments/in-programme assessments, research projects and reports, reflective self-evaluation and dissertation.

The teaching year begins in September and ends in June. A typical student registered in part-time attendance mode will study the equivalent of 180 credits over two academic years and will attend College for one evening per week. Students will either be working or volunteering within an educational setting and be able to commit to self-study alongside the programme.

All of our teaching staff are experienced professionals in the field of education. All students are allocated a personal tutor who will be your first point of communication should you have any queries or concerns. Regular 1:1 sessions will take place within the classroom where there will be the opportunity to discuss your course and progress.

Where and When

Education Level 7 MA

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Notes About Fees

Fees shown are per year. Additional miscellaneous fees may be applicable.

Find out more by speaking to Admissions:

  • For full-time further education courses call 01708 462833
  • For part-time further education courses call 01708 462801
  • For higher education courses, or if you’re an overseas student, call 01708 462801


  • To find out if you’re entitled to support call Student Services for advice on 01708 462718 ext 2718
  • You don’t have to pay tuition or admin fees if you’re 16-18 and studying a further education funded course.
  • You need to pay higher education course fees each academic year.
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MA Critical Studies & Education Programme Specification, 2015 

MA Critical Studies Programme Specification 2015

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