BA (Hons) top-up Education & Training

Start date(s):
1 year
Level 6
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Part Time
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Framwellgate Moor Campus
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This programme is validated by Open University


This programme will top-up your foundation degree in an education or supporting learning related area to a degree and will provide you with the potential to progress within the education sector.

Your studies will expand your knowledge of educational concepts and theories, and will focus on exploring teaching, learning and behaviour management. You will also study the impact of educational policy on practice, as well as design, plan and undertake a research project on an aspect of education that interests you the most. This will develop essential transferable skills such as project management and research skills.

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The main aim of the BA(Hons) Education and Training programme is to provide an opportunity to help lecturers, mentors, teaching assistants and other workers in education develop their knowledge of educational practice and reflect on strategies for developing their professional practice.

More specifically the programme will:
  • Enable students whom are practicing in a variety of educational contexts and engaged in the processes of promoting learning/educational achievement to gain an in-depth knowledge of relevant professional issues.
  • Provide students with opportunities to relate new knowledge to their on-going professional experience.
  • Develop students’ skills as reflective practitioners through the analysis of aspects of their professional practice
  • Develop the students’ knowledge, skills and abilities required to have a positive impact on the way people learn.
  • Promote students' awareness of the key issues and drivers in current educational practice, including awareness of up to date research in education and the impact of policy at both organisational level and on own practice.
  • Facilitate students in the completion of independent research into an area of identified professional concern.


  • Planning research in education
  • Curriculum design & assessment
  • Individual practice project
  • Education policy & education practice
  • Promoting positive behaviour

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Independent Learning


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

You could progress to further study with a Master's degree or you could progress to a PGCE programme for the post-16 sector, at New College Durham, in order to teach in a post-16 setting.

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Johnny Huntley

Education Studies student John now works in Canada for the Alberta Government.


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Please note this is not a qualification to teach in primary or secondary education.


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

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Entry Criteria

On entry to the programme you will normally need to meet the following requirements:

  • Be employed or volunteer in an educational context
  • A Foundation Degree in an education-related subject
  • Diploma in Higher Education in an education-related subject

What if I do not hold these qualifications?

Applicants who do not have the standard entry criteria may be considered for exceptional entry, although this will necessitate applying for Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL)