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Education - M-Level Programme for Teachers

St Mary’s University College has a long-established tradition in teacher education which includes an M-Level programme. The M-Level programme has been approved by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, which commended it for its quality and excellence.

The programme consists of a range of accredited modules which may be taken on a stand-alone basis or which may contribute to one of the following awards:

Advanced Certificate in Education (AdvCertEd),
Diploma in the Advanced Study (DASE),
Master of Education (MEd).

Programme Aims
St Mary’s provides teachers and education related professionals with a stimulating, welcoming and supportive environment in which they have the opportunity to work alongside a strong community of like-minded professionals. The programme has the following aims:

- Make educational excellence and success accessible to all by providing a dynamic, flexible and wide-ranging programme of professional development.

- Ensure that teachers receive targeted and supportive professional development training needed to drive standards and raise achievement in schools.

- Facilitate school improvement.

- Nurture the talent and ambition of teachers who are committed to their own professional development.

- Support career-long professional development.

- Embed a culture of self-evaluation by engaging in critical reflection.

- Facilitate professional collaboration and the sharing of good practice.

- Steer teachers and schools through educational change.

- Inspire creativity, passion and optimism in the teaching profession.

- Promote personal excellence, teamwork and leadership in educational professionals.

Entry requirements

Candidates for admission to the M-level programme in Education should normally hold either:
(a) Qualified teacher status and an honours degree or equivalent qualification or

(b) An honours degree or equivalent qualification with at least two years’ professional experience in an educational, training or professionally related context.


Students are expected to attend all planned teaching sessions and, if unable to do so, to inform the course tutor.

Further enquiries

M-Level Admissions Officer
St Mary’s University College
191 Falls Road
Belfast BT12 6FE
Tel: (+44) 028 90268279
Fax: (+44) 028 90333719

Subjects taught

The specialist options are listed below:
• Curriculum Development and Primary Education,
• Developing Physical Education, School Sport and Coaching Science,
• Early Years Education,
• Educational Management and School Organisation,
• Effective Teaching (online),
• English and Literacy in the Curriculum,
• Irish and Irish-Medium Education,
• Pastoral Issues,
• Special Education.

Course fee

Students wishing to complete a course do so, on a self-funding basis though financial support may be sought from a Board of Governors.

In the current academic year 2014-2015 the following fees will apply:

Bridging application £48.00
Bridging fee £190.00
Module (10 credit points) £272.00
Module (20 credit points) £544.00
Module (30 credit points) £817.00
Dissertation module £1,633.00
(60 credit points)

The fees for the academic year 2015-2016 will be published as soon as they become available.

Enrolment and start dates

Application Procedure
Application for a part-time M-level course should be made on the appropriate form, which may be obtained from the College website or at the following address:

Academic Registry Office
St Mary’s University College
191 Falls Road
BT12 6FE
Tel: 028 90327678

Application forms for entry to the M-level programme should be returned to the Academic Registry Office no later than two weeks prior to the commencement of a course.

Late applications will be considered subject to the availability of places.

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