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    Education Top Up (BA Hons)

    Education Top Up (BA Hons) | Level 6 | P10794

    Study options

    How to study

    Full Time

    Start Dates

    Start Date

    September 2024

    Days and times

    Days & Times

    Monday evenings, 5pm-8pm



    1 Year




    • Course overview

      This qualification is awarded by Staffordshire University. Please note, this course is currently taking enquiries for September 2023 applications.

      This course is for anyone who already holds 240 credits in a relevant field, such as a Foundation Degree in Education, where they were engaged in work with children and young people. It is designed for people employed in the field of education in either a paid or voluntary capacity. Students can enrol on the course from other institutions with a relevant Foundation Degree. 

      This course has a very distinctive curriculum that aims to cater for a broad range of students from a variety of workplace situations. Work-based personal experiences form a significant part of the learning for this course, however, the course also aims to extend your knowledge, skills and understanding of learning situations that might be different from your own immediate experience. The modules have a wide and flexible content, adaptable to your needs, while providing an essential core of academic understanding. The programme will develop your subject knowledge; work-based skills and knowledge; and study skills in a coherent package. In particular, the course aims to provide practitioners with specialist roles the opportunity to reflect on their own particular situation. 

      Please note: Specified course fee is per year.

      The BA Top-Up is classified as a full-time course but you will only be required to attend for 3 hours per week (on-line or face-to-face).

      For more details about this course, go to the Staffordshire University course page.

    • Fees and Costs

      Educational entitlements or fee concessions are solely based on the individual programme and nationally set eligibility criteria. To see if you qualify for fee concessions then please visit the 'what will I pay' section of our website. You may be surprised what you are entitled to!

      • Course Fees Examination & Registrations
      • 16-18 School Leaver info n/a Course fee n/aExam & Registration fee
      • 19-23 Educational Entitlement info £6350.00Course fee n/aExam & Registration fee
      • 19+ Part Funded info £6350.00 Course fee n/aExam & Registration fee
      • 19+ Fully Funded info £6350.00Course fee n/a Exam & Registration fee
      • 24+ Fully Funded info £6350.00Course fee n/a Exam & Registration fee
      • Full Cost info £6350.00Course fee n/aExam & Registration fee

      Payment methods

      • Payment in Full (Credit Card / Debit Cards / Cash) accepted
      • Employer Sponsored accepted
      • Direct Debit Instalments accepted
      • Advanced Learning Loan accepted
      • Student Finance English Loan (HE) not accepted

      For International Learners

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      Call us: 01283 494757 or 01283 494472

      Visit us: Chat to the Financial Support Team in the Learner Hub
      Just drop-in, Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


      Further Education Programme Only: The College reserves the right to change or amend, at any time, any of the course details including but not limited to; content, dates, times, venues, tutor, fees payable, concessions available, terms or conditions.

    • Entry requirements

      Applicants will be expected to have achieved a level 5 (e.g. Foundation Degree) in the relevant vocational area, alongside a GCSE English and maths at grade 4 or equivalent level 2 literacy and numeracy qualification. Applicants will also be expected to have secured a minimum of 6 hours per week employed or voluntary placement in an educational support role.
      Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance checks must also be met by the individual

    • What modules will I study?

      This course is made up of the following four modules:

      The Reflective Practitioner 

      This portfolio module will enable students to reflect upon the work-based nature of the course so far. Students will be guided on their portfolio content via face-to-face tutorials and digital support. The award Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) will be used extensively which will direct students’ reflections upon their work-based learning. This module will cover the following topics:

      • Reflection of skills analysis (from modules previously studied)

      • Reflections of personal development within educational settings 

      • Research project outline and methodology

      Changes and Developments in Education

      The purpose of this module is to provide you with a historical and current perspective on how, and why, education changed since 1944. You will use and apply this critical understanding to your current educational setting, providing suggestions to improve future practice. Throughout the module you will develop an understanding of the key legislation shaping education in England and be able to identify issues likely to impact on educational provision in the future. This will be outlined in terms of governmental change, economic pressures and changes within society. You will identify how underpinning theory relates to specific work contexts. In addition, the module will cover current changes to education policy and ideology, suggesting where future educational practices and policy may lead. The module will also cover issues related to developing educational practice. This will draw upon references across different educational settings. Topics studied will include:

       • Understanding barriers to learning

       • How resources improve educational settings and conduct

       • Planning for a diversity of learners, including aspects of education including differentiation, ILP/IEP, individualised learning.

       • Practical assessment opportunities and practices in education 

      • Understanding of the influences of different learning environments on planning and resources

       • How participants can influence the learning process, planning and assessment

       • Planning for a variety of learning encounters

      Doing Education Differently 

      The purpose of this module is to provide you with a broad knowledge and understanding of how education can take place in a variety of organisations and locations. The module will develop understanding of how education can follow a variety of models outside of the traditional classroom to enhance the learning journey. In addition, the module will make international comparisons of educational models to provide further alternative approaches to education. Topics within the module will include: international comparisons, educational technologies and distance learning, forest schools, work based learning and educational visits. This module will include issues related to understanding the impact of technologies in educational settings; how it has influenced delivery patterns and opportunities for future educational development.

      Individual Research Project 

      The small-scale practitioner-led Individual Research Project aims to provide participants with the opportunity to follow a sustained line of enquiry and produce a clear, structured and relevant report that relates theory to practice.

    • How will I be assessed?

      You will be assessed in every module of the programme. The assessments are designed to test achievement of the module’s learning outcomes and you will be given information about what is expected of you at the start of each module. Assessment types, volume and length have been closely considered by the University team to allow students to develop skills and knowledge outlined within module assessment criteria. Some modules have more than one assessment task and will be linked to the teaching and learning methods of the module. It is understandable that some methods of assessment will suit different students in different ways, therefore a range of assessment methods will be used to assess the learning outcomes including written assignments, individual and group presentations, professional dialogue through learning conversations and the use of media.

      Reflection, self-evaluation and self-assessment will be an important part of formative assessment processes. Formative assessment will underpin all teaching and learning, and enable the tutors to identify problems, offer feedback and feed forward to maximise the effectiveness of the learning process. Your engagement with vocational learning is also formatively assessed through presentations of  work related learning, developing practical resources and producing reviews of policy and practice. The majority of formative assessment and self-assessment will be conducted through professional dialogue with tutors and with peers through both face-to-face and structured online learning conversations.

    • What can I do next?

      On successful completion, you may wish to progress onto a master’s degree in a related subject. Many learners completing this course will pursue a career in teaching and progress onto a post-graduate teacher training programme. 

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