What will I learn?

This course specification provides a summary of the main features of the course, identifies the aims and learning outcomes of the course, the teaching, learning and assessment methods used by teaching staff, and the reference points used to inform the curriculum. This information is therefore useful to potential students to help them choose the right course of study, to current students on the course and to staff teaching and administering the course. Further detailed information on the individual modules within the course may be found in the relevant module descriptors and the Course Handbook provided to students onenrolment.

Educational aims of the course

The Course Specification Guidance Notes include advice on what to include in this section.

This programme is designed to provide trainee teachers with the opportunity to study the theory and practice of education from the perspective of learners, teachers, administrators, policymakers and other key stakeholders in the system of formal education. It combines work based at the University with school experience in order to equip trainee teachers with the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to begin to develop as a professional educator. It also provides them with a theoretical and research-based perspective to extend their knowledge and understanding and to allow them to reflect critically upon their own personal and professional values.

Achievement of the Teachers’ Standards 2012 (DfE) are an essential part of the practical experience in school and the programme as a whole.

The aims of the programme are:

● To equip trainee teachers with a rigorous knowledge and understanding of the core areas ofeducation – professional values and practice, knowledge and understanding and teaching (including planning, expectations and target setting, monitoring and assessment, teaching and class management).

● To enable trainee teachers to recognise the interrelationship between educational theory, policy and practice

● To enable trainee teachers to apply an educationally based analysis to issues of their personal practice

● To introduce trainee teachers to ways in which education is researched and to provide opportunities for enquiry into their own practice

● To enable trainee teachers to develop critical, evaluative and reflective thinking in the context of their personal practice

● To enable trainee teachers to develop a range of skills and abilities that will contribute to their effectiveness as a professional educator

● To support trainee teachers in becoming independent learners in their subsequent career.

Which department am I in?

School of Education and Sociology (EDSOC)

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
Students need to pay £14,300 for 2020 entry; There may be slight increase in 21/22 entry. Tuition fees are subject to annual increase. Additional cost may apply.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022


Main Site

University House,

Winston Churchill Avenue,


PO1 2UP, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For entry to our postgraduate Master's programmes, you'll usually need to have a Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.6 /4 or above from a recognised Higher Education institution. Students need a minimum of IELTS band 6.5–7.0, with no component below 6.0.

For international students

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, with approximately 50% Mathematics content. GCSE Mathematics and English language at grade C (Grade 4) or above, or equivalent. All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance. Applicants whose first language is not English, and who do not have GCSE English language at grade C (Grade 4) or above, require English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component less than 6.0. For most of our Master's degrees, you need a TOEFL score of 91 with a minimum of: 20 in Reading; 19 in Listening; 21 in Speaking; 20 in Writing.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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