Education (Wales) MA / MA Education (Wales)

The National MA Education (Wales) is a truly transformative and sector leading programme for educational professionals in Wales, from early career teachers to senior leaders.

The educational landscape in Wales is changing rapidly. Teaching not only requires the mastery of a complex set of skills to guide, motivate, and facilitate student learning, but also the ability to enquire into professional practice in order to improve it.

The National MA Education (Wales), which has been collaboratively developed by seven universities in Wales, through direct engagement with a variety of key stakeholders including Welsh Government - will ensure that all education professionals in Wales have the same high-quality opportunity to enhance their professional knowledge, engage with research, and to improve their professional practice.

The course is eligible for funding from the Welsh Government, subject to meeting eligibility criteria. Funding applications must be received by the following deadlines: 16th July and 17th September. Please see funding information below for further information. 

Prospective students are encouraged to contact Dr Rhiannon Packer (RAJPacker@cardiffmet.ac.uk).

Course Content

The course is 3 years part-time. There is no full-time option. 

Students who have completed a PGCE with 60 credits at Level 7 are likely to be exempt from the first year of study. Those students who do not have this award will study three modules in the first year:

  • Pedagogy and practice (20 credits)
  • Collaboration and Professional Practice (20 credits)
  • Evidence-Informed Practice (20 credits)


In Year 2, students will take core Research Enquiry Skills module, alongside any 2 optional modules. All the modules are 20 credits. 

Optional modules:

  • Leadership and Management of ALN
  • Inclusive Classroom Practice
  • Leading and Managing Education Professionals
  • Leading Organisational Change
  • Curriculum Design and Realisation
  • Exploring Pedagogies
  • Emotional and Mental Wellbeing
  • Equity and Diversity

The third and final year will focus on the core Dissertation module (60 credits). 

Module topics

Modules typically include:

  • Advanced Research and Enquiry Skills
  • Additional Learning Needs, Excellence in Practice (not running for Sept 2021 entry)
  • Curriculum Design and Realisation
  • Evidence-Informed Practice

Learning & Teaching

Teaching

There will be 200 hours of study per 20 credit module, of which 22 will be contact hours. Learning will be a blend of online and face-to-face. Activities will be a combination of lectures, seminars, group activities and individual activities. 

Students will join their peers on the same course at the six other universities for some synchronous online sessions to develop a national learning community. 

Assessment

Assessments are all coursework assignments and will be submitted at the end of each module. There will be one assessment per module. 


Employability & Careers

Designed for qualified teachers at all career stages.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Candidates must hold Qualified Teacher Status and be currently employed in the compulsory education sector in the UK.

Please check our Compulsory Supporting Documents page for further information on compulsory documents you will need to provide when applying for this course. 

Candidates may use up to 60 credits of approved prior learning towards the Master’s degree. Please refer to the MA RPL Policy and supporting documents which is on the compulsory documents page. 


How to Apply

Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.

Due to the complexity of the application and funding application process for the National MA Education (Wales), we will endeavour to communicate whether your application has been successful as soon as possible, but at this point are not able to provide a detailed timeframe for response. If you have any questions about the status of your application at any time, do please contact us at directapplications@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Fees & Funding Information

Tuition Fees

£6,500

Eligibility Criteria for funded places 

All candidates must meet the Universities academic entry requirements of the programme. Candidates to be eligible for Welsh Government funding must be:

  • A resident in Wales (for 3 years prior to start of the programme)
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Holder of qualified teacher status (QTS)
  • Registered with the EWC in the category of School Teacher 
  • Have completed NQT induction, must have been completed prior to the start of the course. (EWC registration must be maintained for the duration of the programme)
  • Employed by a maintained school in Wales as a teacher
  • Employed on a minimum of 0.4 FTE contract. This can include supply teachers who are on long term contracts either with a Local Authority, school or an agency. 
  • Are in year 3 to year 6 of practice (following completion of induction) at the start of the MA course
  • Offered a place on the National MA Education (Wales) by one of the 7 partnership HEIs 
  • Have support of their Headteacher (or other relevant senior colleague/manager) where possible
  • If you have already achieved a subject specific Masters you are still eligible to apply for funding towards this programme
  • No other Masters in Education qualifications offered by HEIs are eligible for this funding


Funding application deadlines

These will be allocated by the National Funding Award Panel in line with the dates below:

16th July 2021 

17th September 2021


Due to the complexity of the application and funding application process for the National MA Education (Wales), we will endeavour to communicate whether your application has been successful as soon as possible, but at this point are not able to provide a detailed timeframe for response. If you have any questions about the status of your application at any time, do please contact us at directapplications@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Funding for this programme is limited to 50 places per HEI and will be allocated by the Funding Award Panel. Funding allocations will be made on a priority basis, so please ensure that you apply as soon as possible to have the greatest chance of being successful. 

Eligibility of self-funded places

Candidates who do NOT qualify for Welsh Government funding (i.e. NOT in years 3 - 6 of teaching practice) must hold a PGCE, normally achieved within the last 5 years. Such candidates will therefore be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning. The programme fee for these students is £6,500. 

Admissions FAQs

Who is this programme for?

The National MA Education (Wales) is a truly transformative and sector leading programme for educational professionals in Wales, from early career teachers to senior leaders. The educational landscape in Wales is changing rapidly. Teaching not only requires the mastery of a complex set of skills to guide, motivate, and facilitate student learning, but also the ability to enquire into professional practice in order to improve it. The National MA Education (Wales), which has been collaboratively developed by seven universities in Wales, through direct engagement with a variety of key stakeholders including Welsh Government - will ensure that all education professionals in Wales have the same high-quality opportunity to enhance their professional knowledge, engage with research, and to improve their professional practice.

What are the entry requirements? 
Candidates must hold Qualified Teacher Status and be currently employed in the compulsory education sector in the UK.

Does the course require a specific degree classification at UG level?
The course does not require a specific degree classification at UG level. Entry requirements are as stated above.

What are the application deadlines?
Applications will be reviewed throughout the year however if you wish to be considered for funding, the funding application deadlines are as follows: 

  • 16th July
  • 17th September

Latest possible enrolment dates (students mist have completed enrolment by this date): 15 October 2021

What is Recognition of Prior Learning? 
Recognition of Prior Learning signifies the process recognising learning achieved by an individual before entry to the MA. For the purpose of this programme, the term covers the following: a) Credit Transfer - Where the credits or qualification have been awarded by a UK higher education institution as part of a formal qualification; b) Recognition of Prior experiential Learning (RPeL) – where learning gained through experience is assessed and recognised.

Can I be exempted from part of the MA i.e. accepted with Recognition of Prior Learning? 
It may be possible to admit you to the MA with advanced standing on the basis of M-Level modules studied elsewhere in the UK during the last five years. Please apply using the standard application form but ensure that you include your previous academic transcripts plus a copy of the course syllabus giving details of learning outcomes and credit weightings.

What documents do I need to send to you? 
As well as completing the standard University application process, you will also be required to submit a supplementary application form available here.

A statement of support from your Headteacher or other senior colleague/manager.

If you are applying for Accreditation of Experiential Learning, you will need to submit a CV If you are applying for Credit Transfer, you will need to enclose your QTS Academic Transcript listing modules.

Do I need a GCSE in Welsh Language?
You do not need a GCSE in Welsh language to apply for this programme.

How can I register on a Virtual Open Day?
Please check the website of your chosen University for details of virtual open days. 

I have received a conditional offer, what does this mean?
A conditional offer means that you have been accepted onto the MA subject to you meeting the criteria specified in your formal offer of admission.

Do I need to provide a programme specific enhanced criminal disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)?
As a practicing teacher you will already have undergone checks via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and therefore will not need to complete this process again.

I am a teacher in England/Scotland/Northern Ireland - can I still apply for the programme?
Yes, we welcome applications from teachers across the UK.

I am a teacher from the EU/Overseas - can I still apply for the programme?
Unfortunately, this programme is not available to teachers from the EU/Overseas.

I completed the GTP, am I eligible to apply for the National MA Education (Wales)?
Yes, teachers who qualified via the GTP route are eligible to apply for the National MA Education (Wales). You will need to map your learning and/or experience against the Learning Outcomes in the Recognition of Prior Learning section of the Supplementary form. Guidance on how to complete this is available in the Recognition of Prior Learning policy.


Funding FAQs

Am I eligible for funding?
Please see funding criteria.

The funding eligibility criteria states that I must be in year 3 to 6 of practice at the start of the course, what does this mean?
This means you must be in years 3-6 of teaching following successful completion of your NQT induction when the course is due to start (not when you apply)

Do I need to be registered with the EWC?
Yes, to be eligible for funding you must be registered with the EWC in the category of school teacher. This must be maintained for the duration of the course.

Why is the funding only available for teachers in years 3-6 of practice?
The funding for this programme is offered by the Welsh Government as part of the Early Career Teacher Package

Following completion of my NQT induction, I spent a period of time working overseas / took a career break, does this count?
Time spent employed as a teacher outside of the UK or time taken as a career break will not be counted as years of practice

Am I required to have a teaching contract for a minimum period of time, e.g. an academic term / year? What happens if my contract ends part way through the programme?
Eligibility will be conferred at the beginning of the programme. At that point you will need to hold a contract of at least one term.

I am employed as a teacher in a number of schools and my contracts total more than 0.4FTE. Am I eligible for funding?
Yes, as long as your contracts total 0.4FTE or higher, you are eligible to apply for funding

I am a part time and/or supply teacher, can I apply for funding?
Yes, as long as your contracts total 0.4FTE or higher, you are eligible to apply for funding

Do I need to commit to working in Wales after I have completed the MA Education?
In accepting this funding teachers are required to continue to work in Wales, within the maintained education system for a minimum of 2 years after completing the programme.

Is there a residency requirement before the course starts?
In order to be eligible for funding you must be resident in Wales for 3 years prior to start of course and remain so for the duration of the programme.

I would like to self-fund; how much are the fees?
£6,500

I have previously undertaken masters level study, am I eligible for funding for this programme?
If you have previously studied a subject specific masters programme, then you are still eligible to apply for funding (subject to meeting all other criteria). Please note that if you have previously undertaken a funded MEd then you will not be eligible to apply for funding for the National MA

My application for funding was unsuccessful, what are my options?
If your application for funding is not successful, you may still be able to take up a place on the course as a self-funded student.

My application for funding was unsuccessful, how can I appeal against the decision?
Applicants who are not satisfied with the decision of the National MA Education (Wales) Funding Award Panel should contact the Chair of the Panel in the first instance.

Who decides on funding allocation?
Upon receipt of your application, the Admissions team at your chosen institution will ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria. The National MA Education (Wales) Funding Award Panel will then assess all eligible applications to determine the outcome and award funding to those who are successful.  The Panel consists of representatives from each Partner University and reports to the National Management Board (which has membership from the Welsh Government), to ensure clear accountability and oversight.

How many funded places are available?
There are 500 funded places across the National MA Education (Wales) partnership

Am I eligible for a student loan?

If you are expected to start the National MA Education (Wales) in 2021 you will not be eligible to apply for a student loan as you will be claiming Recognition of Prior Learning / Experiential Learning as per Student Finance Wales' guidance as detailed below. 

Student Finance Wales Students are not eligible where they are undertaking a partial master's course where previous study and / or work experience has been taken into account, allowing the student to bypass certain aspects/modules of the full master's course. Postgraduate Master's Funding is designed as a contribution to the costs associated with a full master's course and there is no prorated support available where less than a full standalone master's course is undertaken. Further information can be found on Student Finance Wales' webpages.


Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email directapplications@cardiffmet.ac.uk

For course specific enquiries, please contact: Dr Rhiannon Packer
Email: RAJPacker@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Key Course Information

Place of Study: 
Cyncoed Campus

School:
Cardiff School of Education & Social Policy

Course length:
Three years part-time

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