Teaching and learning
Studying by distance learning allows you to choose when and where you study, meaning you do not have to take a career break. Our award-winning library has world-class facilities for distance learning students. You will have full access to our support services and will be assigned a personal tutor. Our virtual learning environment offers a wide range of study support material, and you will be encouraged to connect with fellow students from around the world by engaging with e-tutor supported e-tivities.
You can expect to work 19 hours per week. There is some scope in the course to block some of this workload into school holidays, reducing the demands during term time. We recognise the importance of connecting theory with practice. Throughout the course you will be supported in developing a flexible set of professional inquiry skills to inform practice in your work setting. Your personal development will equip you to lead change in your organisation.
We recognise colleagues may not have engaged with writing for academic purposes since their first degree, and/or Teaching Qualification, and therefore each of the modules has a reflective journal of 1,000 words. This forms a plan for your 4,000 - 5,000 word assessment at the end of each module.
The final 60-credit module is the dissertation, which is a report of 15,000 - 20,000 words that aims to underpin a sustainable improvement in your institution, potentially mapped to your School Evaluation Plan. The dissertation makes a significant contribution to your career professional development portfolio and demonstrates your readiness for a promotion in educational leadership. There are no exams on this course.
The lecturers are incredibly supportive and allow you the freedom to research and explore your own interests from day one, making us stand out from the crowd as confident, active members of the research community.