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BA (Hons) - Teaching and Learning (top-up)

Education is one of the most universal and powerful forces in society, from inspiring future leaders to shaping how we view the world around us, there are few subjects more significant in understanding what makes humanity tick.

Looking to develop your existing expertise? If you’ve completed a Foundation Degree or similar in Education, Childhood Studies or Teaching and Learning Support – why not top up your qualification with an Education Studies programme?


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Course Overview

During this one-year course, a practical placement will provide you with hands-on experience. You can take this placement with an institution or organisation you already know, or a new one with which we can support the sourcing of for you. If you are already in work, you could use your employment as your placement if it is in an appropriate setting, such as a school. Our industry-experienced tutors will support you and provide a solid academic grounding to complement your practical work experience. You’ll study the subjects associated with education, teaching and learning, gaining a national and international perspective of education. You’ll cover elements such as social justice, policy and current issues in education.

On this course you will...

  • Have flexibility of study, allowing you to engage with topics and material that interest you.
  • Undertake non-assessed placements, which enable you to put theory into practice.
  • Be taught in small teaching groups, facilitating supportive relationships with peer and tutors alike.
  • Follow a named pathway; either SEND or early years.
  • Benefit from a programme team made up of experts from a wide variety of educational backgrounds.

Course Structure

What you will learn

This course gives you the opportunity to build a degree based on your interests and desired career path. You'll become an education expert, with specialised knowledge including global approaches to teaching and how technology is being utilised to deliver education. With wide-ranging module content, the opportunity for specialist study and a placement-based approach, the potential for learning on this course is boundless.


You'll develop useful skills for a future working in a range of educational settings including roles such as 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.

Year one
  • Professional Studies and Work-Based Contexts 3
  • Inclusive Practice
  • Developing a Specialism
  • Current Issues in Education and International Perspectives
  • Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Special Study

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