Educational Practice


The MA in Educational Practice is a practice-focused qualification which aims to help teachers and other educational practitioners to extend their professional skills and abilities at Master's level. It aims to develop the capacity to critically engage with practice in order to improve it through systematic enquiry and engagement with research, literature, policy and curriculum frameworks. There is an emphasis throughout the modules on the development of pedagogical practice. The course offers subject specialist pathways in Mathematics, English and Science as well as a generic pathway. The course is designed for both experienced practitioners and those at the start of their career.

To find out more about the course and to meet the programme leader, please book on to our next Open Evening on Thursday 2nd June 2016 , 5-7pm.

Campus Riverside Campus, Chester
Course MA
Length 2-6 Years Part-time
Start dates January 2016
May 2016
September 2016
January 2017
May 2017

Learning activities will include delivery methods such as lectures, group discussions and learning conversations through the use of a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), and action research.

Assessments are designed to encourage critical engagement with literature and reflect on professional practice.

Why study Educational Practice at Chester?

Our MA Educational Practice programme provides a coherent, personalised and progressive framework for the professional learning and career development of educational practitioners. You will use your experiences as a teaching professional to critically reflect on your own practice and develop confidence in sharing good practice and articulating new insights. Delivery is through taught sessions, which foster lively debate and deliberate and contest issues that are relevant and current. You will be given opportunities to assess up-to-date research findings and how they complement or challenge current approaches, as well as pursuing your own research, which will be fully supported. Your learning will be supported and extended through individual tutorials with lecturers in your chosen field of study ad through use of online resources on the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).


  • Participants will study six modules plus a dissertation. Accreditation of prior learning can be applied for in relation to any of the non-core modules on the MA Educational Practice course (up to 60 credits).
  • The MA in Educational practice has three subject specialist pathways in Mathematics, Science and English. These may be of interest to subject specialists, Heads of Department, Subject Leaders or to anyone interested in subject specialist development. The Specialist pathways in Mathematics, Science and English allow participants to engage in sustained research within their chosen area and focus on the development of subject pedagogy.

Programme Structure:

Pathway 1

MA in Educational Practice

The Master of Arts (MA) in Educational Practice is a practice-based qualification developed to help teachers extend their teaching skills and abilities. This will benefit the children and young people they teach.

Pathway 2

MA Educational Practice (Science)

A specialist Master's route for teachers who aspire to excel as science educators. This programme will provide you with the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge of practical and physical science learning models including science beyond the classroom and realistic science learning models. You will also explore the impact of constructivism on children’s learning in science and creativity in science curriculum delivery.

Modules include: Enhancing Scientific Knowledge and Understanding; Subject Knowledge and the Science Classroom and Practitioner Enquiry in Science to Enhance Expertise. 

Pathway 3

MA Educational Practice (English)

A specialist route for teachers who wish to excel in the teaching and learning of English. This course will provide you with the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge of linguistics, literacy and literature. You will also explore topics such as genre and gender, literature across the curriculum and writing children’s literature.

Modules include: Linguistics for teachers of English, Engaging and Enriching Education Through Children's Literature and English and the New Literacies.

Pathway 4

MA Educational Practice (Maths)

A specialist Master's route for teachers who aspire to excel as mathematics educators. This course will provide you with the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge of practical and physical mathematics learning models, creativity in teaching and learning mathematics and engaging and enriching mathematics lessons.

Modules include: How Children Learn Maths; Engaging and Enriching Maths Education and Emerging Expertise Through Practitioner Enquiry in Maths.

Central Teaching:

Induction day - Saturday September 12th 10.00am - 1.00pm (Riverside Campus, Chester)

Weekend delivery pattern:

Fridays 5.00pm - 7.00pm
Saturdays 9.30am - 4.00pm

Semester 1 (Riverside Campus, Chester)

Friday 25th and Saturday 26th September 2015
Friday 13th and Saturday 14th November 2015

Semester 2 (Riverside Campus, Chester)

Friday 22nd January and Saturday 23rd January 2016
Friday 4th March and Saturday 5th February 2016

Semester 3 (Riverside Campus, Chester)

Friday 13th and Saturday 14th May 2016
Friday 24th and Saturday 25th June 2016


Assessments are designed to encourage critical engagement with literature and reflection on practice. The assessment formats are varied and are designed to focus on work- based learning. They include presentations, portfolios of work with reflective commentaries, case studies, video presentations and reflective sketchbooks. Assignments will usually be submitted electronically with some components submitted directly to tutors.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT)

At the University of Chester, each module is worth 20 Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT) points. CAT points are a nationally recognised system which ensures that there is parity across Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) in the way their modules and courses are organised

For postgraduate awards across the UK:

  • 60 credits = a postgraduate certificate
  • 120 credits = a postgraduate diploma
  • 180 credits = a Master's degree

These credits are transferrable and hence, if you have passed modules in other HEIs, you can use them towards your qualification with us, and vice versa.

Hence, a certificate requires the successful completion of three modules (or equivalent) a diploma requires the successful completion of six modules (or equivalent) and a Masters Degree requires the successful completion of nine modules (or equivalent). 

Type of Module CATS Cost per Module
Single modules 20 points £460
Postgraduate Certificate
  3 modules
60 points £1,380
Postgraduate Diploma
  6 modules
120 points £2,760

MA in Teaching and Learning 

6 modules,
Dissertation worth 3 modules

180 points £4,140


Can I transfer credit from other Universities?

Yes through Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential learning (APEL). If you have credit that you think may be able to contribute to a qualification contact the CPD Co-ordinator and make an individual appointment to enable us to review your profile.

Study skills support

The University has a team dedicated to enhancing student academic and personal development including study skills.

Students who engage in Chester's Master's courses will become reflective practitioners and critical thinkers who can articulate their views with confidence and conviction.

They will have expert knowledge of the political arena of education. They will have read widely and engaged with theoretical frameworks which have challenged their values, beliefs and understanding. They will have become confident researchers, finding solutions to challenges in their professional setting and practice.

Their professional integrity will have been affirmed and they will have become sufficiently professionally secure to confront and manage change and to lead others, should they choose.

Many of our students enrol on this programme to develop their potential as outstanding teachers or future leaders in educational settings.

Minimum entry requirements is a first degree. A first degree and a recognised teaching qualification will allow automatic entry. Other candidates will be asked to attend an interview.