MA Education

Education at Wrexham Glyndŵr University has a long history of working with teachers, FE lecturers, nurses, the voluntary sector and organisations that deliver education and training. The Department is one of Wrexham Glyndŵr University’ highest quality deliverers with excellent success rates, some of the highest retention figures and student satisfaction statistics that range from 96% to 100% satisfied with their programmes (National Student Satisfaction survey).

In the last year the Department rose a further 11 places in the Good University Guide rating of Education departments throughout the country and, in the Guardian League Table has risen to 24/79 departments of Education, the highest performing Education Department in Wales, beating its nearest competitor by 9 places.

The new MA Education has been validated to ensure that the content relates directly to the work of educational professionals in their settings. All content and assignments are work-related, enabling participants to consider the latest theoretical underpinning for the subject area selected to be evaluated in the context of their delivery. Students may select from the following named routes:

MA Education (Learning & Teaching)

MA Education (Leadership)

MA Education (Additional Learning Needs)

MA Education (Youth and Community Work)

MA Education (Counselling Skills for Education)

or make their own selection of modules to achieve the generic MA Education award.

Come along and meet the programme team at our next open information evening between 4.30-6.30pm on July 6 in room B32 on the Wrexham campus.  Specialist staff will be available to discuss the study options that are available to you and answer your detailed questions.  Register online now.




The MA Education (Additional Learning Needs) has two pathways.  There are generic SEN/ALN modules or, candidates may elect to study the specific British Dyslexia Association accredited modules to achieve the Approved Teacher Status (ATS) and then the Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) awards.

The MA Education has been designed to meet the requirements of the Welsh Government’s priorities for education and caters for a wide range of professionals who are involved in delivering education in a variety of organisations and related settings.  Partners involved in the design of this programme included:  local authorities; FE colleges; voluntary and community organisations, nurse educators; headteachers; teachers and current students.

Whatever setting you come from, you will be challenged to extend your thinking about the subjects you select, deepen your understanding of the content and theoretical foundations of the area and, be encouraged to reflect critically upon how this will impact on your practice.  All assignments will be context related to enable you to implement many of the ideas discussed and to evaluate their success. 

Key Facts

  • The course is designed in partnership with LEAs, local further and higher education and training providers, professional agencies and leading consultants
  • The MA provides Continuing Professional Development for professionals working in schools, further education and training, higher education and community and voluntary sectors
  • The course provides progression opportunities from undergraduate level by offering a number of exit points: single module, postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma and MA Education

Course Content

The programme is structured to develop your skills and concepts incrementally through the following stages:

Postgraduate Certificate stage: 1 core module: Mastering Professional Learning, and 1 option module.

Postgraduate Diploma stage: 1 core module: Research Methodology and Enquiry in Education, and 1 option module.

MA Education stage:A dissertation on an aspect of interest that you wish to explore.


A selection of the option modules available include (subject to numbers):

  • Overview of behaviour management
  • Supporting mathematical learning: pupils with specific learning difficulties
  • Supporting pupils with literacy difficulties and dyslexia
  • Inclusion
  • Poverty, Attainment and Education
  • Learning from Teaching
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour
  • Recognising, Respecting and Developing Individuality
  • Curriculum Design and Development
  • Learning and Assessment
  • Language and Literacy in Learning and Teaching
  • Effective Professional Learning Communities (60 credits)
  • Teaching Critical Thinking, Reasoning and Argument Skills
  • Teaching and Learning with Technology
  • Mentoring to Develop and Improve Professional Practice
  • Negotiated Learning
  • Leadership and Management in Education
  • Leading and Managing Professionals
  • Accountability, Evaluation and School Improvement
  • Strategic and Developmental Planning for School Improvement
  • Impact of Developmental Ages and Stages on the Counselling Relationship
  • Using Creative Resources in Counselling
  • Relationships in Schools: How to Use Counselling Skills to Support Pupils’ Well-being and Achievement
  • Therapeutic Play Skills

Career Opportunities

This course provides a career-enhancing, internationally-recognised award that is valued by many professions.

Employability & Assessment

Assessments will reflect the professional context in which you work and reflect an enquiry-led approach to learning that comprises portfolios, presentations, reports, research projects, reports to seminar groups and essays.

Entry Requirements & Applying

Entry Requirements

A good honours degree or appropriate professional qualification with experience in an educational setting.  Many modules will require you to be working in, or have access to, an educational environment.

Find out more

If you have any questions or would like further information about this course, entry requirements or application process, please contact our Admissions and Enquiries Team here.

Applying for the course

If you are applying as a home or European Union student, you should make your application through the direct application form. This is an editable PDF file and can be completed electronically or by hand on a printed version. A paper version is available upon request from the Admissions and Enquiries Team.

Course Duration & Fees

Course Duration


2-3 years

The delivery for the part-time programmes will be 10 Saturdays per year.  The full-time programme will be 10 Saturdays plus modules delivered during the week days.



Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages.

Meet the Team

John Luker
Programme Leader
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Sylvia Phillips
Route Leader Additional Learning Needs

Hayley Douglas
Route Leader Youth and Community
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Alison Woolf
Route Leader Counselling Skills for Education
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Della Austin
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Judith Dalton-Morris
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Duane Chong
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Gillian Danby
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Ruth Davies
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Paula Hamilton
Senior Lecturer in Early Years
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Sue Horder
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Helen Kneale

Deborah Roberts
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Simon Stewart
Head of Social Sciences & Education
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David Thomas
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Ged Turner
Lecturer in Youth and Community
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