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Overview

Our Master of Education (MEd) Enhanced Educational Practice is designed for teachers and other professionals working with learners in primary, secondary and tertiary education as well as practitioners working within other educational and training contexts who are involved in the management, implementation and coordination of learning and development programmes.

All participants are required to have ongoing access to appropriate work-related opportunities within their professional context, and to reflect upon and inquire into practice during the programme, which uses practical, task-oriented material and activities. A strong emphasis is placed on research and ‘practitioner enquiry’ throughout the programme.

In broadening and enhancing your understanding of important concepts, theories and debates in education, you will also reflect on your own professional practice. You will foster critical awareness of educational methodology to enable you to evaluate the methods used in educational research, and apply critical awareness within your own research.

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Academic Requirements

You should normally hold a teaching qualification or other relevant professional qualification, eg training and development and on-going practical experience of working in an educational or training setting.

Other Required Qualifications/Experience

Applications from interested professionals who do not hold a teaching qualification or other relevant professional qualification will be considered on the basis of a first degree in a relevant area e.g. training and development, HR, and/or on-going practical experience of/responsibility for training and development and or supporting peers and colleagues as specified above.

Applications will also be considered from holders of the following qualifications by the course leader on a case-by-case basis and through the UWS Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process:

  • UWS Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • UWS Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring
  • UWS Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Physical Education
  • PGDE Primary or Secondary who studied for and gained Masters' (Level 11) credits as part of their course

Applications are also welcome from individuals who may have previously studied as part of an accredited Scottish Chartered Teacher programme (but who may have suspended their programme of study due to the Scottish Government’s formal withdrawal of the national Chartered Teacher scheme in February 2012) and who, may now wish to complete a Master’s level degree.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

TOEFL IBT

TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:

  • Reading: 17;
  • Listening: 17;
  • Speaking: 17;
  • Writing: 17

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

 

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*

  • C6 or above in English

*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

The MEd Enhanced Educational Practice programme is designed for teachers and other professionals working with learners in primary, secondary and tertiary education as well as practitioners working within other educational and training contexts who are involved in the management, implementation and coordination of learning and development programmes.

To achieve the MEd you must complete 6 taught modules (20 credits each) plus a final, single dissertation calibrated at 60 credit points; a programme total of 180 credits as follows:

  • Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert - (3 modules, 60 Credits)
  • Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip - ( a further 3 modules, 60 credits)
  • Masters dissertation - MEd - (an additional module, final 60 Credits)

The PgCert comprises the following core module:

  • Critical Self-evaluation and Development (core, 20 credits)

To complete the PgCert, you will select a further two, 20 credit modules from the following option list:

  • Stress Management in Education (optional, 20 credits)
  • Contemporary issues in Education (optional, 20 credits)
  • Teaching for Effective Learning (optional, 20 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in Science Education (optional, 20 credits)
  • Inclusive Practice (optional, 20 credits)
  • Leadership- Vision and Values (optional, 20 credits)
  • Leadership- Qualities and Skills (optional, 20 credits)
  • Language Teaching: Foundations (optional, 20 credits)
  • Controversial Issues in Social Studies (optional, 20 credits)
  • Curriculum Development and Evaluation in STEM (optional, 20 credits)
  • Early Years Pedagogy (optional, 20 credits)
  • Early Intervention: Policy and Practice (optional, 20 credits)
  • Participation and Children's Rights (optional, 20 credits)
  • Health and well-being across learning (optional, 20 credits)
  • Literacy across learning (optional, 20 credits)
  • Numeracy across learning (optional, 20 credits)
  • Researching Learning and Development Needs (optional, 20 credits)
  • Transformative Technology across learning (optional, 20 credits)

Successful completion of the PgCert allows you to proceed to the PgDip consists of the additional following core module:

  • Educational Research (core, 20 credits)

To complete the PgDip stage, you will select a further two, 20 credit modules from the following options above above.

Successful completion of the PgDip allows you to proceed to the master's module:

  • Master's Dissertation (60 credits)

Teaching & Assessment

Teaching & Learning

The MEd Enhanced Educational Practice is delivered, administered and supported entirely online through Moodle, UWS's virtual learning environment.

Within Moodle, you will be required to remotely access all coursework (readings and activities) and, they will also be required to regularly engage with on-line and asynchronous communication with tutors and fellow participants (including the use of online discussion forum areas).

It should be noted that each 20 credit point Masters level module requires 200 ‘notional hours learning’. In order to assist you at this level of study, an overview of coursework aligned to key dates is provided during each module’s ‘orientation’ period; this approach is designed to enable individuals to plan and review their progress against the relevant timescales and deadlines at regular intervals throughout the module.

Assessment

A range of formative and summative assessments are applied across the programme. Assessment details are published on each module site from the start of each term together with links to further sources of support and guidance.

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Enhanced Educational Practice Course Structure

Jobs

Your enhanced practice and research-based skills will provide additional emphasis to your professional standing and employment opportunities in relevant sectors.

Further Study

Following successful completion of our MEd in Enhanced Educational Practice you would be able to undertake further study towards PhD or EdD level.

CPL & General teaching Council for Scotland

From a Scottish perspective, this practice-based programme is aligned with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) Standard for Career-long Professional Learning. Therefore, teachers located in Scotland can use modules studied as part of the programme towards their GTCS Professional Update portfolio.

Tuition Fees

Module Fee: Education Part-time / Online Study 2019/20

Scottish & EU

£560 per module (20 credits)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£560 per module (20 credits)

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£560 per module (20 credits)

International (Non-EU)

£1,350 per module (20 credits)

More on current & future tuition fees

Module Fee: Face-to-face delivery version 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£560 per module (20 credits)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£560 per module (20 credits)

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£560 per module (20 credits)

International (Non-EU)

£1,350 per module (20 credits)

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

You can also find additional information in our Postgraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

 

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Enhanced Educational Practice - Additional Costs

Online access

As the MEd is delivered, administered and supported entirely online, there is an expectation that participants will have access to a reliable internet connection. Additionally, there is an expectation that participants will have regular access to an appropriate internet connected device which will enable full engagement with, and the development of, work at Masters' level; participants will need to use word processing and, on occasion, other common file formatting software packages to enable engagement with aspects of the programme. An indication of the minimum technical specification(s) is available on request.

Library & Reading Materials

Consideration of current and recent literature is required throughout the programme as a means of linking theoretical perspectives to professional practice. Set and optional reading is therefore an integral part of coursework, and participants are also expected to source additional literature which is of direct relevance to their professional context. Fully enrolled participants have access to a range of resources and services offered by UWS’ Library, and although every effort is made to supply module specific texts books in e-book format, it is not always possible. Therefore, some students may prefer to purchase their own copies of text books. Students are advised to liaise with the Course Leader when considering this course of action so as to receive advice and/or an up-to-date module reading list (as reading lists are updated regularly throughout an academic session where possible and applicable).

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as a postgraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Norther Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at postgraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find our more.

Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at postgraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

How to apply

Postgraduate courses (MA, MSc, MEd, MBA, DBA, PG Cert, PG Dip, etc.) & some Post-experience courses (CertHE, BA, Grad Cert, Grad Dip, etc.)

All students should apply directly to the University through our online application system. Before you apply, you should check that you meet our entry requirements and you should have all your supporting documents ready.

The first stage of the process is to create a profile; you don't have to complete the application in one session - you can complete it in stages by saving each section and return to complete it at a later date.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

Before you begin your application, it is important to read the Postgraduate & Post-Experience application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.

 

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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