Advanced Educational Practice - Mentoring and Coaching

Advanced Educational Practice - Mentoring and Coaching PgCert

Course fees (2017/18 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home full time annual tuition fee: 
Home cost per credit: £33.00
International full time annual tuition fee: 

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Course type

PgCert

MA

PgDip

School

School of Education

Study mode

Part Time (3 years)

About your course

Develop your mentoring and coaching skills to enhance your career prospects and improve your personal effectiveness on this Masters in Advanced Educational Practice: Mentoring and Coaching programme at Liverpool John Moores University.

  • Study part time over three years on a course designed to support effective change in the classroom
  • Develop your professional practice through an inquiry based approach
  • Enjoy flexible course delivery and fit studying around your work commitments
  • Follow a curriculum closely linked to your professional practice needs

I now feel secure in my knowledge when mentoring staff and pupils.

Recent graduate

Throughout our lives we take on the role of mentor or coach in various situations. Our programme has been designed to develop your mentoring and coaching capabilities, give you hands-on techniques/skills to put theory into practice, develop self-awareness and contribute to change.

Debbie Duncalf, Subject Lead, Mentoring and Coaching

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?

Mentoring and coaching is recognised as a successful method for developing talent, promoting professional development and improving performance. With this in mind, our programme has been designed to develop your personal mentoring and coaching skills.

It differs from many other postgraduate courses in its focus on enhancing educational practice and bringing together professionals from a range of educational sectors. This mix of professionals ensures a dynamic learning environment for all and you will learn from each other through sharing your 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 the profession.

Successful completion of this programme will give you enhanced knowledge and understanding of mentoring and coaching theory and practice, and you will be able to contribute to organisational change and effectiveness.

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 on a part time basis, enabling you to integrate your learning with your full time professional role.

University-based study includes taught sessions scheduled late afternoon (4pm to 7pm) and occaisional 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 LJMU's city centre Aldham Robarts and Avril Robarts libraries, which are open 24/7 during semesters.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Year 1

Mentoring in the Workplace  (Core)

Supports the professional development of mentors in educational contexts, utilising the theoretical frameworks that underpin mentoring to explore practice in your own setting.

Developing Mentoring and Coaching (Core)

Explores established and emerging practice in effective mentoring and coaching within the professional context.

Developing Collaborative Coaching for Improvement (Core)

Investigates collaborative coaching within an organisational context using a learning community forum as a means for practitioners to engage peers in reflection, knowledge creation and evidence of impact.

Year 2
Researching Professional Practice (Core)
Provides an introduction to a range of research methods applicable to educational contexts, with a focus on practitioner enquiry, and how to develop a research project proposal and plan.

Approaches to Learning in the 21st Century (Optional)

Investigates 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  (Optional)

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 (Optional)
Provides a grounding in educational assessment practice in a time dominated by change and developing educational theories, policies and challenge.
Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (Optional)    

Develops awareness of the impact social and emotional aspects of learning through engagement with current educational theory, research, policy and practice.

Developing the Role of the Subject Leader

Explores the characteristics of effective subject leadership to inform the organisation and management of learning in a range of professional settings.

Professional Development for Leadership (Optional)

Provides professional development for leadership and management through engagement with current educational theory, research, policy and practice and its application within your professional setting.

Year 3

Dissertation (Optional)

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 (Optional)  

Involves the development and implementation of several linked practice based research projects relevant to professional practice in 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 courses@ljmu.ac.uk 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 invovled in the Advance Educational Practice: Teaching and Learning pathway are engaged 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)

The normal 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).

Application and Selection
Applications are invited from those working in the education sector. As each case is considered on an individual basis, in consultation with the Programme Leader, we welcome your enquiry if you do not meet the formal criteria but feel your professional experience would enable you 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 as you may need to visit locations outside of your workplace where there is access to children.

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 those working in the education sector. As each case is considered on an individual basis, in consultation with the Programme Leader, we welcome your enquiry if you do not meet the formal criteria but feel your professional experience would enable you 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 as you may need to visit locations outside of your workplace where there is access to children.Will I be interviewed?
You may be interviewed face-to-face or over the telephone to further explore details of your application or your suitability for the programme.

Prior Learning

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 (APL) and accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). 

In addition to an administrative fee, there is a minimum charge of £6 per APEL credit to be paid before the agreed APEL credits are added to the student's record. There is no maximum fee payable. Fees are reviewed each year.

International

Due to UK Visa restrictions, international students are only allowed to study on a full time basis so this course is not suitable for them.

Will I be interviewed?

You may be interviewed face-to-face or by telephone to further explore details of your application or your suitability for the programme. 

IELTS

6.5 (Min. 6.0 in each component)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes


Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Financial support

Tuition 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 loans

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. 

Employer sponsorship

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.


Graduate employment

Our Advanced Educational Practice programmes offer excellent networking opportunities. You will be encouraged to join the relevant professional association for your subject, providing valuable links with teachers and others interested in your 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 usually go on to take up leadership roles or other posts of responsibility in schools and colleges.

"I have secured a new job 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

International study

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

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