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MA Leadership in Learning (Teach First)

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Year of Entry 2023/24

Leadership in Learning (Teach First)

Develop as an educator and a leader on this unique, policy-driven course.

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What is the fee? Home: £3,305 for 60 credits or £6,610 for 120 credits
How long will I study? 10 Months
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2023

Course summary

  • Think critically and reflectively about contemporary issues in education.
  • Engage with a supportive network of Teach First partners and ambassadors.
  • Develop specific interests further by applying concepts taught to own areas of interest and research.
  • Be empowered to develop, influence and lead practice and policy for your current or future positions.

On this course, you'll learn to think about education differently. You'll develop specific, authoritative interests as an educator, and be empowered to influence or lead practice and policy. The course will enable you to develop competence, resilience and knowledge — allowing you to become a highly employable professional.

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

At the beginning of their programme of study all participants will be offered induction and ongoing support sessions. Participants will be introduced to ways of accessing and making optimum use of ICT and Learning Centre support and resources, as well as other sources of student support.

Three days of lectures and seminars, timed to correspond with arising participant need, support the introduction and design of the project, mid-review and pre-submission. Ongoing supervisory support allocated by specialism is provided.

You learn through

  • tutor-led seminars, workshops, participant-led activities, group and peer discussion, self-directed study, reading and reflection
  • digital resources including the Blackboard VLE which enables participants to interact with content covered in modules and to support peer learning
  • resources and support offered by Student Learning Services, including the Learning Centre.
  • work-based learning

Course leaders and tutors

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Sarah Lawson
Course Leader PGDE Leadership in Learning (Teach First)

Deputy programme leader and professional tutor for Teach First Programme. Supervisor/tutor for participants on Masters in Teaching and Learning Programme.

Applied learning

Live projects

You will be encouraged to establish an authoritative voice founded on a broad and deep knowledge base, drawing  on theoretical and research literature, policy practice guidance and practitioner networks.

This theoretical knowledge will link to your own experience within your educational context. You will be encouraged to take a reflective, critical approaching to your own practice.

Future careers

The primary purpose of this course is to support the development of teachers as  leaders of learning and  employability-related transferable attributes such as leadership are embedded to support transition to other roles as careers progress.

This course prepares you for a career in:

  • teaching
  • education policy
  • public sector work
  • management positions

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • the BlackBoard Virtual Learning Environment
  • industry standard specialist computing hardware, tools and applications
  • four specialist labs for cyber security, digital forensics and computer networking

Entry requirements

All students

A PGDE Leadership in Learning (Teach First) or other PGDE Teach First qualification


A PGCE Teach First or other PGCE Teach First qualification.

Entrants with PGCE Teach First will be required to complete an additional two modules: Collaborative Learning and Development and Extending Impact and Influencing Others.

Additional information for EU/International students

This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Collaborative Learning And Development Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Extending Impact And Influencing Others Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Teach First Leadership Project Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting part-time study in 2023/24 is £3,305 for 60 credits or £6,610 for 120 credits. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry.

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