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University of Leeds MA in Education (Part-time) in Partnership with YLC

 

If you are a School Leader looking for more information, please view our 'Information for Schools' flier here

 

Course overview

The University of Leeds has developed a version of its MA in Education (Part-time) degree specifically for the Yorkshire Leadership Community (YLC). This Masters degree is designed to develop your understanding of educational research methods and allow you to apply these in researching aspects of your own professional practice, for example, teaching and learning, and leadership.
The programme is suitable for both primary and secondary teachers and all career stages whether you are a relatively new teacher or a head teacher.

 

Entry requirements

  • A first degree – normally at least a 2.2
  • Employed as a teacher at the point of registration
  • Accreditation of Prior Learning*

You will need to discuss your participation on the programme with your manager as 3 days of teaching (two in Year 1 and one in Year 2) are scheduled for school days.

 

Accreditation of prior learning

Students can gain 60 credits (of the 180 credits needed for a Masters degree) through the process of Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).  There are 3 possible APL routes:

Route Who for  Requirements
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) – credit transfer Applicants with PGCE in last 5 years Portfolio with a short commentary (c1,000 words) to identify evidence in relation to the two MA in Education learning outcomes.
Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) Applicants who have successfully completed a NPQ or a YLC programme Portfolio with a short commentary (c1,000 words) to identify evidence in relation to the two MA in Education learning outcomes.
Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) Other applicants Portfolio with a Critical Reflection (3,000-4,000 words) - a discursive and critical reflection on the evidence included in the portfolio in relation to the two MA in Education learning outcomes.

 

Fees and Funding (2018 entry)

The Partnership Agreement between the University and the Yorkshire Leadership Community means that is has been possible to establish a very competitive fee structure. 

There are options to reduce this fee still further;

  • A YLC bursary of £350 will be available for most applicants (details available upon application).
  • Your school may contribute to the course fee, especially if research is focused on a school improvement priority area.
  • There may be DfE school improvement funding available to contribute to course fees e.g. Opportunity Area Fund, MAT Development and Improvement Fund, Strategic School Improvement Fund, Equality and Diversity Fund for women or BME leaders, etc.

 

Programme structure

The MA in Education in Partnership with the YLC is a part-time programme taught over two years as follows:

  Modules Credits
  Accreditation of Prior Learning 60 credits
Year 1
Semester 1

Getting Started: Research Questions & Approaches in Education

Assignment – 3,000 words
15 credits

Educational Research in Context

Assignment – 3,000 words
15 credits
Year 1
Semester 2

Directed Study in Education – small independent research project

Assignment - 6,000 words
30 credits
Year 2

Dissertation – large independent research project

Assignment - 12,000 words
60 credits

 

Teaching and support

In Year 1 there will be 4 University-based teaching days, 2 on Saturdays and 2 on school days. In Year 1, Semester 1, most of the teaching is on-line via the University’s VLE. The University days will introduce the on-line resources and provide guidance for working through the modules. Guidance will also be given on selecting a focus for the individual research projects. University days will run from 10 o’clock to 4 o’clock.

In Year 1 Semester 2 and in Year 2 your individual research will be supervised by a tutor. Tutorials can be arranged face-to-face, online, or by telephone.

In Year 2 there will be two University days (one Saturday and one school day) where you will share your plans for their research and then, later in the year, share your findings.

 

Assignments

We have designed the MA Education to ensure that the workload in any one year is not excessive and you will be able to focus on issues that have specific interest and relevance to you and your school. All assignments have deadlines at the end of a school holidays. The Directed Study and Dissertation are submitted at the end of the summer holidays after Year 1 and Year 2 respectively.

 

Graduation

On successful completion of the programme you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University in December where you will receive your Masters Degree.

 

The University of Leeds

Established in 1904, Leeds is one of the original six ‘redbrick’ universities and part of the prestigious Russell Group which comprises the leading research universities in the UK. The University has outstanding facilities available to support study and these are fully accessible to MA students.
http://www.leeds.ac.uk/

 

For more information

Email: Graham Chambers at g.chambers@leeds.ac.uk (University of Leeds) or info@yorksleadership.co.uk (YLC)
More information will shortly be available at www.education.leeds.ac.uk

 

To apply

Email: pgeduc@leeds.ac.uk | Phone: 0113 343 4602
More information will shortly be available on www.education.leeds.ac.uk

 

Important information

Information provided by the University, such as in presentations, University brochures and on the University website, is accurate at the time of first disclosure. However, courses, University services and content of publications remain subject to change. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or to keep courses contemporary through updating practices or areas of study. Circumstances may arise outside the reasonable control of the University leading to required changes. Such circumstances include industrial action, unexpected student numbers, significant staff illness (where a course is reliant upon a person’s expertise), unexpected lack of funding, severe weather, fire, civil disorder, political unrest, government restrictions and serious concern with regard to the transmission of serious illness making a course unsafe to deliver. After a student has taken up a place with the University, the University will look to give early notification of any changes and try to minimise their impact, offering suitable alternative arrangements or forms of compensation where it believes there is a fair case to do so. Offers of a place to study at the University will provide up-to-date information on courses. The latest key information on courses, entry requirements and fees can be found at www.education.leeds.ac.uk. Please check this website before making any decisions.

 

* This allows you to gain credit from a YLC programme, PGCE or experiential learning

 

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