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Education (Advanced Standing)

Bucks New University · Bucks New University

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Entry requirements

Individuals with an undergraduate degree, typically 2.1 or higher, with an interest in pursuing a career in education.

Individuals who hold a Postgraduate Certificate broadly in the area of education (PGCE) will be considered for this award. It is expected that the Postgraduate Certificate would be accredited at L7 (60 credits). However, the University will also consider applicants with non-level specific PGCE awarded pre-2006 who have been working in education since this time, provided that they are able to demonstrate their ability to engage with the course at the appropriate level. There is no requirement for the PGCE to have been conferred in the last five years.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) to the value of 30 credits is available within the master's framework. It is possible to APL against either Capturing Professional Education or Mentoring in the Practice Setting/ Principles of Practice Education. It is not possible to APL against the research modules. Where APL is sought, there is a requirement that it must have been conferred within the last 5 years.

Individuals who do not already have a PGCE, may want to consider the full MA in Education.

Months of entry


Course content

If you are passionate about education and already hold a postgraduate qualification in the field of education, this MA is for you. It enables you to use your existing credits towards a full Masters. Employers looking to fill leadership and advanced practitioner roles are increasingly looking for candidates with a master's level understanding of the sector. It's also an ideal choice for those who want to build a career in educational research.

This course is a highly structured part-time route to gaining a higher qualification in education. We've designed this course for those who have are working in a range of areas including:

  • primary education
  • secondary education
  • higher and further education
  • practice education in health and social care.

What will this course cover?

This course offers a comprehensive qualification in education. You will develop your research, analysis and critical thinking skills. You will also build an understanding of educational theories and approaches and apply them directly to your practice. Your studies will enable you to take an in-depth look at current educational management practice, theory, research and policy.

The programme encourages you to apply core principles of learning and teaching theory within your work setting, providing you with the chance to study a particular area of education in-depth. We expect you to carry out a sustained research study that involves:

  • a critical review of current knowledge in a specific area of educational practice
  • blending different research findings
  • reaching appropriate conclusions

Through your research, you will also be able to make evidence-based recommendations relevant to your chosen area of educational practice or interest.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Rebecca Rochon
0330 123 2032