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Professional Master's Programme

Course Description

Our postgraduate Professional Master’s Programme (PMP) has been designed to offer professional learning related to general and specialist fields of education and training. We offer flexible study on a range of work-based, independent study, taught and core modules, leading to Grad Cert, PG Cert, PG Dip or Master’s degree qualifications.

PMP Awards

The PMP has a selection of both specialised and general professional learning awards, some of which can be studied as a full-time programme.

Specialised awards:
These awards include specific modules for study:
• Education Studies (full & part-time options)
• Specific Learning Difficulties/Dyslexia (full & part-time options)
• Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice (part-time option)

General awards:
These flexible awards reflect the general focus of independent or work-based study undertaken. Participants undertaking general awards are initially registered to the 'Educational Practice' award. Based on the focus of their study, they may choose from a number of different titles for their final award.

The awards offered are:
• Early Childhood Studies
• Educational Practice
• Educational Leadership and Management
• Learning and Knowledge Technology
• Mentoring and Coaching
• Tertiary and Adult Education
• Vulnerable Learners and Inclusion

Qualifications within the programme

The range of qualifications offered have different requirements in terms of the number of module credits involved:

Graduate Certificate (Grad Cert)
This involves the study and completion of 60 credits at Level 6 (Honours).

Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)
This involves the study and completion of 60 credits, a maximum of 15 at Level 6 (Honours) and a minimum of 45 credits at Level 7 (Master’s).

Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip)
This involves the completion of 120 credits. At least 90 credits must be at Level 7 with a maximum of 30 at Level 6.

Master of Arts or Teaching (MA/MTeach)
The MA or MTeach qualification is gained through the completion of 180 credits that includes a final dissertation of 60 credits. The final stage 60 credits dissertation research project is 15,000-20,000 words or equivalent.

The period of registration for part-time students is usually a minimum of two (maximum of six) whereas full-time this is generally from one year up to two years maximum.

Elective and Core Modules within the programme

Flexible and Distance Learning Modules for General and some Specialist Awards:
For students working at a distance from the Bath Spa campuses we offer several flexible and distance learning low residency modules for a range of credits: 15, 30, 45, 60 at either level 6 or 7. Students registered onto each module are allocated a personal supervisor with an allocated number of support hours and can gain up to 90 credits following this pathway. The flexible modules offered:

• Independent Study Module
• Work-based Action Enquiry

Elective Modules for General Awards:
These 30 credit modules are intended for new participants who need to gain 60 to 120 credits within the General Awards. They are independent study options, and generally involve four or more evening sessions. They are additionally supported by Educational Context Seminars. The elective modules offered cover the following areas of study:

• Coaching
• Introduction to Distributed Leadership
• Learning in Mathematics
• Special Education Studies
• Early Years
• Including Vulnerable Learners
• Leading & Coaching
• Learning & Knowledge Technology
• Education, Politics & Society

Note: The above elective modules may be added to on an ongoing basis

PMP Core Research Modules for Master’s Awards:
The core modules that all participants must complete to progress towards a Master’s dissertation are:
• Research and the Professional: Part 1 – Research Methodology (15 credits)
• Research and the Professional: Part 2 – Project Preparation (15 credits)

This then leads to:
• Master’s Research Project (60 credits)

Assessment methods

Assessment for most modules is based on completing assignments related to relevant professional learning tasks. An innovative range of assessment modes have been designed to reflect a diversity of professional needs and experience.

Valuing Previous Learning (APL)

Accreditation of Prior certificated Learning (APL) can be offered if you have successfully completed previous Level 6 or 7 modules at another university. We accept APL for our PGDip or Master’s qualifications. As a guide, up to a maximum of 90 credits may be credited towards a Master’s Degree and 75 credits towards a PGDip. We will require a full transcript from the awarding university.

It is also possible to gain accreditation for other kinds of professional development by compiling an independent study portfolio of professional development (APEL - Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning).

School-Based CPD and Consultancy

At Bath Spa University we offer a wide range of school-based CPD opportunities. We are keen to provide professional development which reflects the changing contexts and priorities of schools and our current involvement ranges from specific CPD programmes for individual schools, or networks and clusters, through to strategic partnerships with Local Authorities and/or Teaching School Alliances. Timings for bespoke school/LA centre based modules will be individually negotiated to meet the group’s needs. These development projects might typically include:

Learning and Teaching in the 21st Century
Your project focuses might include:
• Creative approaches to curriculum design
• The central role of talk and collaborative learning in the classroom
• Promoting and teaching learning to learn dispositions
• The place of Web 2.0 technologies to enhance learning

Mentoring and Coaching
Your mentoring and coaching project could include:
• Exploration of the similarities and differences between mentoring and coaching
• The place of mentoring and coaching in the workplace
• Development and consolidation of skills and knowledge associated with mentoring and coaching
• Strategies to support the development of a coaching culture in your school/ setting.

Leadership Development
Your leadership development module could include:
• Personal reflections on what informs your leadership aspirations and practice
• Understanding different leadership styles and their impact upon school climate
• The leadership of learning.
• Strategies to develop and support the leadership of change
• Critical understanding of building and leading effective teams

Visit the Professional Master's Programme page on the Bath Spa University website for more details!

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Hannah Crook

I am completing the PMP on a part-time basis at the same time as my full-time job as a classroom teacher at a Primary School in Wiltshire. I chose to do this course to improve my understanding of teaching and learning and to develop as a teacher, improving the learning experiences of the children I teach. I also enjoy it! I chose Bath Spa University because of the connections with Wiltshire County Council; my first 2 action research projects were completed as a joint course between the two. I really like the fact that the course is linked to my teaching so I can see, and note, the benefits it is having on my teaching and the children. I like how I have been able to complete the PMP part-time and to a certain degree at my own pace, depending on my teaching job. I have found the lecturers at Bath Spa are easily contactable and are always available to help with any questions I have. Also, the campus is in a beautiful situation with lots of resources to use. I’m still completing the course but so far it has taught me to be more of a reflective teacher, and will help with my future career development. The PMP is a highly enjoyable programme that has made me really ‘think’ and develop my teaching.

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Entry Requirements

Applications from all backgrounds will be considered. Candidates without a degree may apply to the Grad Cert route to enable them to progress to higher level awards. Please contact CPD admin for which level of qualification would suit you best.

Course Fees

Please see www2.bathspa.ac.uk/schools/education/cpd/prospective-costs.asp

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