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  • Objectives
    The MA in Lifelong Learning will provide participants with a chance to develop knowledge and understanding of issues related to lifelong learning. By coming together with others in a context that supports critical enquiry, research, innovative thinking and imaginative reformulation, the programme provides opportunities for personal and professional growth and renewal.
  • Entry requirements
    The MA in Lifelong Learning is aimed at those with a professional and/or personal interest in the field of lifelong learning. This may include those working in all phases of formal education, including further and adult education, as well as those active in the growing domain of informal education. It is a programme with relevance to those who work in the areas of policy development and implementation as well as teaching and learning, training and staff development in a range of settings.
  • Academic Title
    MA Lifelong Learning
  • Course description
    Content

    What does the programme cover?

    The MA in Lifelong Learning provides opportunities for the interrogation of policy and practice related to aspects of lifelong learning. The programme will also facilitate the exploration of a variety of transformational dimensions associated with lifelong learning, considering both personal and institutional contexts, and how they have been articulated over time and on local, regional, national and global scales. It also aims to develop reflective practitioners who are committed to developing their practice to enhance equality, diversity, inclusion and social justice related to lifelong learning policy and practice.

    The total credits required to gain the MA in Lifelong Learning are 180 credits. Core and compulsory modules include:

    -Transformational Dimensions of Lifelong Learning (UTCGH9-30-M)
    -Policy and Practice of Lifelong Learning (UTCGH8-30-M)
    -Researching Education (UTCGBH-30-M)
    -Dissertation (UTCGBX-60-M)

    In addition, a further 30 credits can be gained from a variety of optional modules.

    Assessment
    Each module has some form of assessment. A range of assessment modes are used in the programme including written assignment, poster presentations, oral presentations, reflective diaries and portfolios, research and enquiry tasks. Support and guidance are provided in developing work for assessment – with scope for negotiation about the content and focus of the assessment and the assessment criteria to be used. The MA culminates in a written dissertation of 15,000 - 20,000 words – supported through close individual supervision.

    Careers/further study
    Important intellectual, professional and key transferable skills and abilities are developed during this programme. The qualification of a Master’s degree enhances career opportunities and progression. The MA Lifelong Learning can also lead on to further study and qualifications eg an EdD, MPhil or PhD. The programme itself does not confer qualified teachers status.

    Extra information
    Accredited Learning (AL)

    Up to two thirds of the credit for the award can be achieved through appropriate prior accredited learning or accredited experiential learning. The MA provides a natural progression route for those already qualified at certificate or diploma level in the field of Post-compulsory Education and Training. For those with a suitable CertEd, BEd, BA/BSC plus QTS, PGCert or PGCE, credit exemption will normally be possible from the first 30-60 credits of the programme. Support is also provided for the accreditation of experiential learning.

    Entry requirements
    Normally participants will be required to hold a degree (or equivalent) plus experience and/or qualification related to the field of lifelong learning. This qualification might be a teaching qualification (eg PGCE; CertEd plus experience; CertEd (FE) or PGCert (FAHE), PGDip). Candidates without a formal role in the professional field of lifelong learning but with an informal and/or personal interest will be considered. Candidates without a first degree will be required to demonstrate suitability for study at Master’s Level. This may be provided through written application or interview.

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