Master of Arts (MA) in Education and Professional Development

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The programme has been designed to further enhance the knowledge and skills of educational practitioners in three broad areas: critical reflection; policy and practice; and research and academic scholarship. It is an academically rigorous programme underpinned by commitment to professional development which draws upon a range of differing perspectives, academic disciplines and sustainable practices applied to the practitioner’s context. The purpose of the programme is to develop reflexive practitioners who shape and influence policy and its implementation within a changing professional context, whilst responding to the needs of learners, employers and organisations.

The blended learning model will allow for some flexibility in the modes of study additional support to students through personal and academic tutorials, group seminars, IT and library facilities.

“I worked as an Accountant and Company Auditor for 10 years prior to teaching – this was in the Medical Industry and Private Training Industry. I decided to teach to offer my knowledge to others, and have been teaching for seven years.”

Conal White
Conal White Curriculum Team Leader in Accounting
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We make every effort to ensure information within our online course directory is accurate and a true representation of the courses we are offering in 2023/24. However, we do reserve the right to make changes if necessary.

Start an exciting career in Education

The education sector is ideal for those who have a passion for inspiring others and helping people reach their full potential.

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Further Education Lecturer

Average salary - £33,700

Further Education Lecturers supervise and teach trade and technical education to students beyond secondary education and for adults and commercial training.

Day-to-day tasks**:
  • Plan, prepare and teach classes and workshops for students
  • Use e-learning technology to deliver lessons
  • Work with learning support staff to give students with special educational needs or disabilities extra help
  • Check and mark work and give feedback
  • Help and motivate students facing barriers to learning and make sure that all students work well together
  • Make referrals to other professionals e.g. mentors, personal tutors, careers advisers and counsellors
  • Meet with subject colleagues and other staff to plan and review work and share good practice
  • Plan and take part in events like open days or recruitment activities
Working environments

You could work in a sixth form college, an independent training centre, at a college or in a prison.

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Training Officer

Average salary - £25,000

Training Officers plan and run courses and workshops for staff within organisations.

Day-to-day tasks**:
  • Assess individual and organisational training needs
  • Conduct staff appraisals and meetings with managers
  • Design engaging, appropriate, and inclusive learning activities
  • Deliver training using online, blended or classroom based methods
  • Assess individuals and the effectiveness of training programmes
  • Monitor trainees’ progress
  • Make sure training is cost-effective and within budget

*EMSI 2021 **nationalcareers.service.gov.uk

In-demand skills that commonly appear in job descriptions for roles within the education sector include*:

  • Teaching
  • Enthusiasm
  • Communication
  • Management
  • Leadership

What our students say

“The tutors are really friendly and genuinely care about your development as an individual. I have easy access to state-of-the-art equipment used in industry and feel I can be free with my creativity.”

James Poulton
James Poulton Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Media, Moving Image and Photography

“I enjoy socialising with the teachers and my peers, and the environment in class is really positive. I can ask for help confidently and I know the staff will help me with whatever it is I don't understand.”

Jack Liptrot Higher National Certificate - Diploma Level 4 in General Engineering

Master of Arts (MA) in Education and Professional Development