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BA (Hons) - Education Studies (Top-Up)

If you’ve completed a Foundation Degree or similar in Education, Childhood Studies or Teaching and Learning Support – why not top up your qualification to a BA in Education Studies?

On this BA (Hons) Education Studies (Top-Up) programme you can study the subjects associated with education in society. You'll gain a national and international perspective of education and consider elements such as social justice, policy, current issues in education.

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Course Overview

During this one-year course, experience a practical placement that provides you with hands-on experience. You can take this placement with an institution or organisation you already know or a new one, the sourcing of which we can support you with. If you are already working in an education setting, you can even use your employment as your placement. Our industry-experienced tutors support and provide you with a solid academic grounding to complement your practical experience. You’ll study subjects associated with education, teaching and learning, gaining a national and international perspective of education. Discover the world of social justice, policy and current affairs in the context of education.

On this course you will...

  • Complete work-based placements, enhancing your academic knowledge and boosting your employability.
  • Develop a critical understanding of educational environments and approaches in relation to social justice, social policy and educational diversity.
  • Benefit from an intimate learning environment, including a personal tutor and small class groups.
  • Complete research enquiries on educational issues and in educational settings, developing analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Learn flexibly, studying the areas of education that are of interest to you.
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Course Structure

What you will learn

This programme will develop useful skills for a future working in a range of education settings, including roles such as a learning mentor, teaching assistant, family support worker or museum education officer. Alternatively, if you want to become a Primary School teacher, you can top up your qualifications with a one-year PGCE course to gain Qualified Teacher Status, subject to application.


This course is a one-year Top-Up. As such, the following modules are taken over the academic year of study.

Year one
  • Professional Studies and Work-based Contexts 3
    Further develop your professional understanding of the relevant education working environments including schools and non-school settings.
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
    Develop an understanding of the concepts of equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Educational Leadership and Management
    Develop an understanding of the perspectives of education leadership and management, making links between education management theory and practice.
  • Current Issues and International Perspectives
    Develop an awareness of the issues arising nationally and internationally within all sectors of Education.
  • Education and the Media
    Discuss the nature of media and technology in the world of the learner, exploring significant issues in the way technology has impacted on children, young people and adult learners’ lives, experiences, and well-being.
  • Special Study
    Undertake and communicate findings of a reliable and valid small scale research project into an appropriate aspect of education.

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An Open Day is your opportunity to explore one of 5 campuses, meet your lecturers, and find out how the University of Cumbria could become your new home.

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