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MA Educational Leadership (Teach First)
School of Education
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
One year part time.

Entry requirements

You'll be working towards, or will have already successfully completed, the 120 credit Teach First PGDE award.

Develop your expertise as an educational leader with our Teach First leadership development Master's programme.

  • Pursue your passion for education while you gain a critical understanding of the characteristics of effective leadership.
  • Build on your existing PGDE to attain a Master's degree, with studies that fit around your current teaching responsibilities.
  • Learn how to bring about change in your school and improve the wellbeing of the children and young people you teach.

Education offers individuals and communities the very best chance to successfully take control of their future, and the future of the world. This MA in Education Leadership asks you to question, research, analyse and evaluate the challenges facing education and educational leadership in the twenty-first century, whether locally or globally.

Drawing on internationally-based research, and informed by the values and mission of Teach First, MA Educational Leadership at Bath Spa is designed to develop and improve your expertise as an educational leader. This is a 60 credit dissertation module that builds on your existing PGDE to 'top-up' your learning to Master's level.

You'll take a critical and cultural approach to leadership as a socially constructed and ethical practice. You'll also relate theory and research to your own working environment.

What you'll learn


You'll have already successfully gained 120 credits from your PGDE Award. Building on this award, this 60 credit dissertation module allows you to complete your Master’s degree, to gain an MA in Education Leadership (Teach First).

This programme is open to all Teach First ambassadors who have successfully completed a PGDE.

Course structure

This dissertation module follows on from the topics covered during the PGDE.

You'll be expected to undertake a piece of original research or study, which may be work-based, in an area of interest to you that is closely related to your PGDE Award in Education Leadership (Teach First).

You'll identify ethical issues when undertaking research in the field of education, and work with your fellow participants and supervisor to take your dissertation from initial draft to submission, through self-directed study, open seminars, peer learning workshops, and tutorials with your dissertation supervisor.

Course modules

This course includes or offers the following modules. Please check the programme document for more information on which modules are core, required or optional.

  • Applied Research Project: Leadership Development (Teach First)
  • Work-based Action Enquiry
  • Research and the Professional Part 1
  • Research and the Professional Part 2
How will I be taught?

You'll be taught in several ways, including:

  • Group seminars and presentations
  • Online and phone / Skype supervision
  • Face-to-face supervision.

Most of your learning and supervision will be online and through digital means.

You'll be assigned a supervisor who is knowledgeable in the field of Education Leadership and Development. The course also requires self-directed study and wide reading around your area of research. Following tutorials, you'll be given formative feedback on your progress and the next steps in your study.

To find out more about how we teach and how you'll learn, please read our Learning and Teaching Delivery Statement.

How will I be assessed?

Your assessment is the equivalent of 16,000 words and includes an ethical approval form, an applied research project proposal, a portfolio and a recorded digital presentation.

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Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Your University sessions will take place online. You’ll benefit from access to:


2024 entry
Student Annual tuition fee
UK part time £2,905

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

You'll be working towards, or will have already successfully completed, the 120 credit Teach First PGDE award.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

When to apply

Many of our postgraduate courses have a limited number of student spaces. To avoid the disappointment of the course being full, we recommend that you apply now.

Late applications (generally those made after 31 July) will only be considered if places remain on the course.

Need more information or still have questions? Contact us to discuss your situation.

Course Leader: Francine McMahon

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