BA (Hons) Education & Lifelong Learning (Top Up)



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UCAS/UKPASS Code: X316 Please Apply through UCAS

Study Type: HigherEducation

Hours per week: tbc

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Course Fees

Tuition Fee: £7570.00

Award body exam fee: £0

This Honours Degree Level 6 programme, is available to study full-time in one year. It is designed to extend the knowledge gained from previous studies at Level 5, developing a deeper understanding of the context of education in our society and examining current contemporary issues in Education. The course offers opportunity to work alongside peers from a variety of roles across the education sector. The sector of education is a challenging and rewarding environment in which to work, and all staff play a role in maintaining and improving educational standards, and high quality provision for children and young people. The Modules of study allow students to examine theory and make direct links to practice, challenging poor practice, and understanding the impact of a variety of factors on teaching and learning and the barriers to learning. Students will undertake their own research and examine their professional identity, developing themselves as educators and facilitators, confident to work in a changing educational environment. Students will study the following Modules: • Research Methods • Psychology in the Learning Environment • Dissertation (Double module) • Developing Professional Roles & Identity • Contemporary Issues in Education (Double module) • Developing an Effective Learning Environment.


Entry Requirements

Typically, applicants must have: • Level 5 qualification such as Foundation Degree or HND (240 Credits equivalent) in a relevant subject Applicants will also need to provide evidence of a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. Applicants will be required to have a minimum of two years’ experience of working or volunteering in an educational setting prior to commencing the course, and provide evidence that their current setting/employer is prepared to support their training needs. All applicants will be required to attend an interview at the College. Following successful completion of the Honours degree, candidates intending to apply for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programmes should note that they will require GCSE Grade C (4) or above in English, Maths and Science at the point of application.

What do I need to bring?

Students will be expected to attend lessons equipped with writing/notetaking material and/or a laptop or tablet if preferred. Access to college computers will be provided with specialist software where applicable. Course specific: Each Module will provide details of indicative reading which will benefit your knowledge and understanding of the topics covered. Students are encouraged to purchase their own copies of some core text books, where possible. Students will have access to the Library at College, and Oxford Brookes, including electronic resources Please see ‘Additional costs for your course’ for further details on other things you may need to buy or pay for.

Assessment/Exam Information

In each Module, teaching and learning strategies will acknowledge and encourage a range of learning styles. The programme aims to provide a balance between provision of information and opportunities to actively assimilate, apply, question, debate and critically reflect. Teaching and learning strategies will encourage student engagement in new areas of knowledge, broadening and deepening existing knowledge, and provide opportunities to apply theory and new understanding to students’ own practices, developing individuals as graduate professionals. A range of assessment types are employed throughout the Modules and will enable students to demonstrate knowledge in a variety of ways, including essay, reports, and presentations. There are no formal written exams. In modules with more than one assignment, you must pass both in order to pass the module. Further details of the assignment tasks relating to each module with be provide in each Module Handbook. As part of our induction process, we carry out a screening exercise with all new entrants to establish any support needs. This is not a graded assessment and is not a condition of acceptance to the course. If you are concerned about studying at this level, or are returning to studying after a break from education, have a disability or additional need, or want some advice on the support available, please see our website information on support for students 

What can I do next?

Graduates may find employment or career progression in teaching support roles, roles in further education colleges, sixth-form colleges, universities, adult education centres, private training providers, art colleges, community organisations, charities, the public services and a wide range of commercial and voluntary organisations. Following successful completion of the Honours degree, candidates intending to apply for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programmes such a Primary PGCE*, should note that they will require GCSE Grade C (4) or above in English, Maths and Science at the point of application. Graduates of the BA may also wish to study a PGCE in post-compulsory Education* which can support entry to a variety of roles such a lecturer, or trainer within a College or training provider. *Please remember to check other entry requirements for all courses as these may differ according to institution.
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