Course Details


This work-based learning Top-Up degree is designed to be undertaken on completion of a foundation degree, or other Level 5 qualification, in an area related to education. This programme is ideal preparation for those who may wish to progress towards a teaching qualification or academic postgraduate education, or take on more responsibility in their educational setting.

You will have the opportunity to develop subject expertise while engaging with current debate and professional practice. You will be introduced to new concepts and higher order skills such as synthesis and critical evaluation.

How long is the course?

The course runs over one year, you will attend two evenings per week, Tuesdays and Thursdays 5.00pm-8.00pm.

What qualification will I achieve?

BA (Hons) Professional Practice: Education Studies*

What will I study?

• Evaluating Current Debates and Development
• Leadership in Multi-Agency Environments
• Work-Based Research: Research Proposal Project

Plus related core modules:
• Preparing to Teach: Environment and Inclusion
• Supporting Learning and Inclusion

Topic areas include support and inclusion of those with individual needs, education’s role in the multi-agency workforce, teaching skills, learning strategies and project work.

You will develop reflective practitioner skills and the application of theory to practice when you undertake a range of work-based activities including workplace analysis in terms of practices and models of management, teamwork, teaching and learning.

You will be introduced to the key issues related to ethical practice and how to reflect critically on the work place in a professional fashion. It is hoped, although not compulsory, that you will identify a work place mentor who could support your studies and research.

Where will I study?

You will study at our Church Street campus, Barnsley, S70 2AN.

What equipment will I need?

Paper, pens, files and books.

How will I be assessed?

A variety of assessment methods are used which are matched to the learner outcomes for the programme. This will enable you to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills you have developed. You will take part in workshops, seminars and lectures. Work will be assessed on reports, presentations and essays.

What can I do next?

Progression options include:
• Gaining Qualified Teacher Status or a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.
• Careers in educational settings.

How do I apply?

Apply directly via UCAS.

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £5,995 per year

Student Finance

As a Higher Education student living in England you may be eligible for the non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan from the Government. See the Fees and Finance page for further information.

Disability and Dyslexia Service

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Further information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

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* Validated by Leeds Trinity University