Reasons to study Education Practice at DMU:
- Enhance your employability with placements and voluntary opportunities in local educational settings
- Reflect upon the latest trends and developments in the field and consider how these apply to your own place of work
- Course content fits with the latest demands of the Department for Education and National College in helping to prepare and build on the demands of National Professional Qualification for Headship and Middle Leadership
- Our practice- and research-based academic team is recognised for excellence in teaching, curriculum design and innovation
- Benefit from our strong partnerships with universities, schools, professional organisations such as the International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET) , education charities and government agencies worldwide
Structure and assessment
- Researching Education (30 credits) – Introduces research methodologies and their implications to in forma research proposal for the dissertation element
- Major project/dissertation (60 credits) – In consultation with the course leader, you will be encouraged to undertake research in an area that speaks to your own interests/experience. Assessment may include a continuing professional development event with your employer.
You will select from the following 30 credit optional modules:
- Assessment and the Curriculum – Examines the ways in which a content-led curriculum focuses classroom encounters upon assessment rather than learning. It also considers the ways in which you are tested and the effectiveness of this regime on you, the teacher and the school. Alternative approaches to the curriculum and assessment will be identified to enhance your learning
- Current and Emergent Issues in Education Policy – Reflects upon the latest developments in education and examines the policy trends underpinning these. You will explore policy issues in the context of your own educational setting and develop an informed critique of how policy links with practice
- Technology Enhanced Practice – Considers the pitfalls and potentials of new technologies (e-safety, interactive whiteboards, virtual learning environments, Twitter, social networking, etc) for schooling, learning and teaching. You will also explore how such technology can be used effectively and what future education spaces/ possibilities are opened up
- Negotiated Study – Provides students with the opportunity to pursue topics that are of direct and immediate relevance to their professional context. You will conduct an independent and individually negotiated study in an area of personal interest to you and your role in education.
- Leading and Managing Educational Change – Enables students to critically engage with research on educational leadership and the management of change, with a view to applying their theoretical understanding to their practice. You will also critically reflect on your own position and opportunities as a leader within your educational workplace
Facilities and features
Health and Life Sciences facilities
Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.
The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.
Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
Opportunities and careers
As part of the university’s commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates. We offer an Alumni scholarship programme. For more information visit Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships >
This course is ideal if you wish to further your career in teaching, leadership and school management, and other careers related to the education system. This will also help prepare and build on the demands of National Professional Qualification for Headship.
The course is also an ideal vehicle for those wishing to work and research in the academic discipline of Education Studies.