Top tips on preparing your application for our Postgraduate course

by The Assessment Network, 12 May 2022
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1. Start preparing your application early

As we approach the application deadline of 24 June 2022, now's the time to start preparing. This article will provide some useful hints and tips on what you need to consider before getting your application together and how you can prepare for the course. Give yourself enough time to consider the requirements and if any questions come up, you can get in touch with us or the Faculty of Education PPD office with any questions.

Following the successful online delivery of the last two cohorts, it has now been confirmed that this year's intake will benefit from the remote delivery of the course. So if you’ve been considering this Master’s level course, and want the convenience of online learning, now is the time to apply.

2. Check the requirements

You’ll need to show evidence of the following in your application:

  • That you have relevant experience of working in an educational or related professional setting
  • You can demonstrate a reflective and enquiring approach to your work that supports improvement in professional practice and/or policy
  • You have the ability to work independently and collaboratively with the support of Faculty supervision
  • You have a willingness and ability to engage with academic and professional literature that will support empirical and/or literature-based enquiry into policy and/or practice

You’ll also want to think about who to choose as your referees (you’ll need two) who can comment on your suitability to study on this PPD programme.

This Faculty of Education Admissions Guidance document provides more details on how you can demonstrate the above criteria.

3. Consider your motivations for applying

You'll want to think about your motivation for study and how you’ll apply the learning from the course in practice. This will help to enrich your application and get across your suitability for the course.

If applicable, getting your employer on board is also really important - understanding the impact the course can make will support this. Dr Simon Child, Head of Assessment Training and Course Co-Director wrote about how the course can be transformative for students in a blog, How the PGCA is designed to support assessment practitioners innovate and progress in their professional life.

4. Find out what the studying experience is like

We have spoken to several past and current students about what it's like to study on the course. Through these blogs and videos, you'll gain a real insight into the practicalities of studying, as well as the future impact of your learning:

5. Think about how you’ll be funding your study

For 2022/23 entry the course fee will be £4850 (Home) and £10200 (Overseas). If you are seeking funding from your employer to cover the costs of the course, we recommend thinking about how your learning on the course could benefit your institution.

George Vlachoniklis, a teacher who studied on the course last year offered up this advice in a recent Q & A webinar for the course, “If you can tailor your proposal to your employer to show (how studying on the course) will positively affect student outcomes that will make it much more attractive. 

I also explained in my proposal that I would use my assignments to conduct research in the school – if you are researching and offering policy change proposals then it’s all for the benefit of your employer.”

Good luck!

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