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Education - MA in Education

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Course Location

Ardleigh Green

Course Level

Level 7

Course Summary

The MA Education is an exciting and innovative part-time, two-year programme that is aimed at those working within the education sector who wish to study for a Master’s degree. One of the main features of this Master’s programme is that it is both vocational and academic highlighting the cross-disciplinary nature of the degree. The MA Education is classed as a professional practice master’s and seeks to build upon professional expertise as well as practice.

The course provides a selective approach into the wider perspectives of education and work-based learning. The programme also encourages healthy debate and discussion, building a deeper knowledge and understanding across a variety of sectors, taking in key aspects of learning through educational theory and policy, strategic methodology, professionalism and whole-organisational practices beyond the role of teaching. Havering Colleges, New City College is registered with the Office for Students.

Course Information

The MA Education programme is validated by the Open University and is unique in its approach to delivering this qualification as it brings the various sectors together as well as practitioners, to broaden knowledge of methodologies and policies and sector contexts. The programme aims to develop deep knowledge and understanding of the wider context of education. This qualification is a classroom-based course incorporating a work placement.

You will study a selection of modules:

Year One
Exploring Issues and Themes in Education 30 credits
Supporting the Holistic Development of Learners 30 credits
Advanced Research Design 30 credits

Year Two
Measuring Learning: Assessment and Feedback 30 credits
Dissertation 60 credits

For part-time students, the course is studied over a period of two years. Attendance is 1 three-hour session per week. The course will take place at our Ardleigh Green campus.

Open University Regulations click here

This course is subject to reapproval by the Open University for Academic Year 2021/22 start

Assessment Method

You will be assessed in all the modules that you study.  The programme team has designed a range of assessment methods to test your learning and development as you progress through the programme.

Assessment will take place during or immediately on completion of the teaching of each module.  Assessment methods for this qualification are varied and will usually involve submitted assignments/in-programme assessments, research projects and reports, reflective self-evaluation and dissertation.


The gaining of a Master’s qualification will put participants ‘ahead of the game’ when applying to teach on Higher Education courses or for promotion within the education sector. With increased competition for teaching posts in secondary schools, sixth form colleges and colleges of further and higher education, a Master’s degree will give access and employability and will enhance the prospects of all participants.

How Will I Learn?

This is a part time course. A typical student registered in part-time attendance mode will study the equivalent of 180 credits over two academic years and will attend College for one evening per week. Students will either be working or volunteering within an educational setting and be able to commit to self-study alongside the programme.

All of our teaching staff are experienced professionals in the field of education. All students are allocated a personal tutor who will be your first point of communication should you have any queries or concerns. Regular 1:1 sessions will take place within the classroom where there will be the opportunity to discuss your course and progress.

Course Duration/Delivery

The teaching year begins in September and ends in June. For part-time students, the course is studied over a period of two years. Attendance is one 3-hour session per week.

Funding For My Studies

You can apply for the Post Graduate ‘Student loan’. Student loans can include a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan to help with your living costs. Help and advice is available.

Compulsory Cost


Compulsory Cost Details

2020/21: Tuition fees £3,000 per year
Approximately £100 per year for academic reading

Qualification Type

Higher Education

Exam Board

Open University - Validated Awarding Body: New City College - Havering Colleges is approved by The Open University as an appropriate organisation to offer higher education programmes leading to Open University validated awards.