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MA / PG Dip / PG Cert Education (Religions and Values Education)

The Religions and Values Education pathway is designed to provide specialists and non-specialists alike the opportunity to reflect on policy and practice in religious, spiritual and moral education.

Postgraduate Awards:
MA Education (Religions and Values Education)
Postgraduate Diploma Education (Religions and Values Education)
Postgraduate Certificate Education (Religions and Values Education)

Across the pathway modules, you will learn more about current debates in the field, applying these to the age phase or specific contexts within which you work. You will address such issues as the nature and purposes of religions and values education, topics and debates of current concern, and the relationship between religions and values education and the wider disciplines related to the study of religion. Issues in learning and teaching in religions and values education are of special concern, and consideration will be given to the range of pedagogies to be drawn upon.

Assessment is geared to deepening understanding of the contexts in which religion and values education is taught, oriented towards enhancing learning and teaching. You will also consider the application of strategies in the classroom, developing schemes of work or resource for religions and values education appropriate to your setting and context and articulating your reasons for the approach taken.

Generous funding is available for Religions and Values Education modules. Download details of the funding support scheme [PDF]. Find out how to apply for the funding.

 

Factfile

Entry requirements

The pathway has been designed for teachers of religious and values education and others in a teaching and learning role – both specialists and non-specialists – who are working at any Key Stage or in an advisory capacity.


How to apply

For all awards which form part of the MA Education, please apply directly to the University of Worcester. You can download an application form, or can contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 / pg-admissions@worc.ac.uk

Please post your completed application form to:
Admissions Office
University Of Worcester
Henwick Grove
Worcester
WR2 6AJ

When we receive your application form, your details will be passed to the MA Education course leader who may contact you, where necessary, to arrange an informal interview (usually by telephone). You may include additional material, such as references, in support of your application.

The academic year begins in September, but you may start your award at the beginning of the autumn, spring or summer terms. You should apply in good time for the start of the course.


Funding help

Generous funding is available for Religions and Values Education modules. Download details of the funding support scheme [PDF]. Find out how to apply for the funding.


Study options

Accreditation of previous learning:

In many cases it is possible to gain credit for previous study or experience. Previous study at the same level in other institutions is recognised as transferred academic credit, and professional learning can be analysed through the completion of an Independent Study. Up to 50% of taught elements of the award for which you are registered may be achieved through Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) or Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

Get in touch

Ellie Hill
01905 542165
ellie.hill@worc.ac.uk

Admissions Office
01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk

Employability

Postgraduate study will mark you out in today’s competitive job market, showing that you have enhanced knowledge in this subject area, as well as highlighting your ability to analyse, communicate and apply theory – all skills which are sought after by employers. Teaching is fast becoming a masters-level profession, and deepening your knowledge in education – and religion and values education will provide a number of marked benefits to you.

Course content

Modules

Required modules:

Please see the Education MA course page for full details of required modules.
Contemporary Issues in Education: theory, policy and practice (MAED4006 - 20 credits)
Research Methods (MAED4001 – 20 credits)
Dissertation (MAED4440—40 credits or MAED4460—60 credits)

Pathway modules:

Current Issues in Religions and Values Education (MAED4070—20 credits)

This module aims at enhancing participants’ knowledge of current debates in religions and values
education appropriate for the Key Stage and/or context within which they work. In particular it addresses such issues as the nature and purposes of religions and values education, topics and debates of current concern in the field, and the relationship between religious and values education and the wider disciplines related to the study of religion.

Learning and Teaching Religions and Values (MAED4071—20 credits)

This module consists of two main aspects. The first is to furnish the participants with a greater degree of knowledge of religious traditions or values programmes and approaches with which they are unfamiliar. The second is concerned with planning an appropriate and practical scheme of work or resource for religions and values education. This will include reflecting upon and developing effective means of implementing their schemes of work/resources within specific contexts and articulating reasons for the approach being taken.

Negotiated Learning (on a theme in Religions and Values Education) (MAED4007—20 credits) provides you with the opportunity to explore an aspect of religion or religious education in more depth with a view to improving practice or leading on change in the subject.


Awards

Postgraduate Certificate Education (Religions and Values Education)

To gain a Postgraduate Certificate students must successfully complete Current Issues in Religions and Values Education (MAED4070—20 credits), plus Learning and Teaching Religions and Values (MAED4071—20 credits) plus one 20 credit module from available MA Education modules.

Postgraduate Diploma Education (Religions and Values Education)

To gain a Postgraduate Diploma students must successfully complete the three Religions and Values Education pathway modules, plus Contemporary Issues in Education: theory, policy and practice and any two 20 credit modules or equivalent from available MA Education modules.

MA Education (Religions and Values Education)

Students enrolling in the MA must successfully complete the three Religions and Values Education pathway modules, plus Contemporary Issues in Education: theory, policy and practice, Research Methods, a Dissertation of 40 or 60 credits plus one or two 20 credit modules or equivalent from available MA Education modules.

Assessment

Student views

Tracy Hughes

"I would just like to say a huge thank you for your time, enthusiasm and support in the first module. I was a little apprehensive about the step up to masters level study, but I feel that it has been challenging yet enjoyable thanks to your tutoring."


Academic department

Institute of Education

“Our high quality programmes and innovative teaching methods prepare and train the very best professionals. Worcester graduates have made a huge difference in the field of education.”
Ann Jordan, Head of Institute