About your course
Aimed at current and future subject leaders and teachers in religious education, this Masters in Advanced Educational Practice: Religious Education programme from Liverpool John Moores University enhances teaching capability and builds on theoretical and practical knowledge.
- Programme is part of the 3forRE Scheme supported by the Culham St Gabriel’s Trust
- Study part time over three years on a course designed to support effective change in the classroom
- Develop your subject knowledge and professional practice in religious education
- Enjoy flexible course delivery and fit studying around your work commitments
I have found the whole course offered private, personal and institutional benefit.
Introduction to the School
In the 2014 REF, LJMU's education-related research was ranked 4th in the UK's Post-92 Universities, with over 60% of work considered world leading or internationally excellent.
This research helps ensure our postgraduate courses are at the forefront of developments in the field and that you have an opportunity to study alongside leading experts.
Our School of Education has over 100 years’ experience delivering teacher education in partnership with Primary, Secondary and other education providers.
All of our professional Masters programmes for educators are designed to make study relevant to your professional requirements. We provide space and support for professional study that will impact on the learning outcomes of young people and on the effectiveness of team leadership in schools and colleges as they enact change.
While developing an up-to-date perspective on specialist areas and key skills in critical analysis and practitioner research, our programmes offer a wide scope for you to relate your learning to your own professional practice or areas of specific interest.
Why study this course at LJMU?
This programme provides an opportunity for you to develop your teaching capabilities; your understanding of relevant recent theory, research and practice in religious education and your ability to contribute to the success of this subject area within your school or setting.
Our approach to professional learning for teachers differs from many other postgraduate programmes in its focus on enhancing practice and, as such, our programme attracts professionals from a range of educational sectors. This mix of professionals results in a dynamic learning environment for all, where you learn from each other through the sharing of professional experiences.
The programme team have strong links with schools, colleges, local authorities and other universities, ensuring that our curriculum and approach to professional development are relevant to the current needs of those teaching and leading religious education in primary and secondary schools.
Successful completion of this programme will give you enhanced knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice around current research-based and curriculum initiatives in religious education and the ability to critically assess their impact on learners.
Programme outline and structure
We recognise that our students are busy professionals and have taken this into account in the design of our programmes and assessments. Study on this programme is on a part time basis, enabling you integrate your learning with your full time professional role.
The course is delivered around school/college term times, with 20 credits being studied per term for the first two years.
During your first year you will study three compulsory (core) modules specialising in key current themes in religious education. Your second year will involve selection of two optional modules from an identified suite, and the core module in Researching Professional Practice. Your final year will involve 60 credits of research-based study through completion of the Dissertation or Professional Enquiry modules.
University-based study includes taught sessions scheduled late afternoon (4pm to 7pm) and occasional conference style days scheduled on Saturdays.
A blended learning approach ensures you can usually study at a time to suit you and all modules are supported by online study resources with additional guidance available through face-to-face or virtual tutorials.
To keep on top of your study you should be prepared to work between five and 10 hours per week (evenings and weekends). The practical applications of the course will involve the integration of study with your professional activity in school or college.
During your studies you will have access to LJMU learning resources including our libraries for independent study. You will be allocated a personal tutor to support your academic and professional development and will also receive guidance via email.
Taught sessions mostly take place at the IM Marsh campus, four miles outside Liverpool centre, although some sessions may take place in the city.
The IM Marsh campus has independent study spaces with IT facilities, a library with relevant stock and study spaces, access to student welfare and support, a gym and other sports facilities, a cafeteria and shop. The campus library, open 8am to 11pm, houses the main collections linked to this course and you will also have access to the 24 hour, city centre Aldham Robarts and Avril Robarts libraries.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Context and Purpose for Religious Education (core)
Provides opportunities to investigate and engage with current thinking and research relating to the nature of religious education and its role in the school curriculum, and encourages practitioners to develop critical reflective practice.
Curriculum and Practice in Religious Education (core)
This module develops understanding of curriculum and pedagogical issues in Religious Education through learning based on engagement with current educational theory, research, and policy and the implications for professional practice.
Controversial Issues in Religious Education (core)
This module investigates the teaching of controversial issues in Religious Education through learning based on engagement with current educational theory, research, policy and practice in relation to your own professional setting.
Researching Professional Practice (core)
This module provides an introduction to a range of research methods applicable to educational contexts, with a focus on practitioner enquiry, and to the development of a research project proposal and plan.
Approaches to Learning in the 21st Century (option)
This module develops critical professional practice in teaching and learning through analysis of engagement with and reflection on current educational theory, research, and practice in the context of your own professional setting.
Exploring Curriculum Change (option)
Explores key theoretical frameworks and concepts in curriculum models, drivers, innovation and the evaluation and curriculum change and their implications for professional practice.
Learning Through Assessment (option)
Provides a grounding in educational assessment practice in a time dominated by change and developing educational theories, policies and challenge.
Developing the Role of the Subject Leader (option)
Explores the characteristics of effective subject leadership through engagement with current educational theory, research, policy and practice to inform the organisation and management of learning in a range of professional settings and frameworks.
Professional Development for Leadership (option)
Provides professional development for leadership and management through learning based on engagement with current educational theory, research, policy and practice in Leadership and Management and its application within your professional setting.
This module involves the development and implementation of a major research project relevant to your subject area with the support of an experienced academic tutor.
Professional Inquiry (option)
This module involves the development and implementation of several linked practice based research projects relevant to your subject area with the support of an experienced academic tutor.
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you require further guidance or clarification.
How will I be assessed?
All assessments are closely linked to school and college-based practice and involve the completion of reports, small scale practice-based research projects, presentations, and critical reflections on professional practice.
As a practice-based programme, there is a strong emphasis on the application of ideas developed in the context of your own classroom, school or setting.
Staff research interests
Our staff offer a wide range of expertise.
Tutors contribute to the development of national initiatives and policy in curriculum development, school leadership and governance and initial teacher education.
Programme Team members are involved in national and regional CPD networks and significant educational research projects. Such activities directly inform teaching and learning on the programme, ensuring the curriculum reflects current practice and keeps you up-to-date with developments in the sector.
Tutors involved in the Advance Educational Practice pathways are engaged in curriculum development and in research into the professional development of teachers through practice based learning and have presented their research findings at national conferences over the last year.
Entry requirements (Home)
Standard entry requirements for the MA Advanced Educational Practice pathways are:
- An honours degree (or its equivalent) in any subject
- Current employment as an educational practitioner
Applications are welcome from practitioners who may hold alternate qualifications, such as Certificate in Education (Post-16), with appropriate professional experience.
If your first language is not English, you will also need an IELTS score of 6.5 (minimum of Level 6 in reading and writing).
Entry requirements (International)
Please note: this programme is not suitable for international students because, due to UK Visa restrictions, they are only allowed to study on a full time basis.
Application and selection
Applications are invited from all working in the education sector. Each applicant will be considered on an individual basis in consultation with the Programme Leader and, as such, we welcome enquiries from potential applicants who do not meet standard criteria but who feel their professional experience would enable them to succeed on the programme.
Please note: A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally the Criminal Records Bureau – CRB) is required for students needing to visit locations outside of their own workplace where there is access to children.
The programme is subject to the University's Principles, Policies, Regulations and Procedures for the Admission of Students to Postgraduate Programmes and will take account of University policy and guidelines for assessing accredited prior learning (RPL) and accreditation of prior experiential learning (RPEL).
In addition to an administrative fee, there is a minimum charge of £6 per RPEL credit to be paid before the agreed RPEL credits are added to the student's record. There is no maximum fee payable. (Fees are reviewed each year).
You may be interviewed face-to-face or over the telephone to further explore details of your application or your suitability for the programme.
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
T uition fees
All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.
Sources of funding:
Postgraduate Masters loans are available for the 2017/18 academic year. The new loans, of up to £10,000, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses, in line with the existing qualification framework for England. Administered by the Student Loan Company, the loans will be available to those under 60 at the start of their course.
Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to: ljmu.ac.uk/postgraduate-funding
LJMU Alumni Award
Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).
Postgraduate International Scholarships
LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants.
English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary
A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.
Earn While You Learn
Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.
LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.
Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)
Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs.
Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.
Support for disabled students
Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.
Council tax exemption
All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.
Our Advanced Educational Practice programmes offer excellent networking opportunities. You will be encouraged to join your relevant professional association for your subject, providing valuable links with teachers and others interested in their chosen area. You will also be able to network with recent alumni and local professional communities.
After completing this course you may progress to research-based study through engaging with our MPhil and PhD programmes.
In general, AEP graduates go on to take up leadership roles or other posts of responsibility in schools and colleges. Graduates from this course have secured roles in subject and curriculum leadership.
“I just wanted to let you know about a new job that I have secured as a direct result of the MA Advanced Educational Practice. I’ve undertaken a secondment within the college to be a Technical Researcher for a Government funded project that looks at the embedding of English & Maths in Apprenticeships. The secondment lasts for one year and I will be developing maths-based resources for teachers within the college to use and be involved in various case studies. The main reason why I was offered the position is that my dissertation subject was based around numeracy and I also undertook different pieces of research when completing my MA. At the end of the project the results will be published and other colleges will be able to use the resources developed."
Martin O'Brien Programme Leader, Service Industries, Kingston College
Please note: this programme is not suitable for students who require a Tier 4 visa. Due to immigration requirements, Tier 4 international students must study on a full-time basis.
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes