BA (Hons) Education & Training (Top-up)

Start date(s):
13 Sep 2021
1 year
Level 6
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Part Time
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Attendance Pattern:
Daytime, Evening
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
This programme will be validated by Open University


Course details may be subject to change

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 secondary 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 Certificate in Education is the initial teacher training qualification for the post-compulsory and training sector. It is ideal if you wish to teach in the lifelong learning sector such as a further education college, sixth form, an adult and community education setting or training in the workplace.


This programme aims 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.


  • Behaviour for Learning
  • Assessment for Learning
  • Education Policy and Education Practice
  • Leading Learning
  • Individual Project.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week



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

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BA (Hons) Education & Training (Top-up) course handbook

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Regulations for validated awards of The Open University.


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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Alicia Denham - BA Education

Alicia Denham

Alicia is now a fully qualified Primary School Teacher.

Charlotte Tait BA (Hons) Education & Training

Charlotte Tait

Charlotte progressed to work as an Early Years Practitioner at Stepping Stones Nursery in Durham.

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


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Annual increases

Tuition fees are chargeable for the academic period required by the programme, with annual amounts charged for each academic year of the programme unless otherwise stated. It is to be expected that tuition fees will include an inflationary rise each year, for the duration of study. This will be agreed by the College Strategy and Resources Committee who will consider Increases in College costs, including the provision of teaching, supervision and course-related facilities.

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Interview Instructions

You will be invited to attend an interview in college with a member of the Education team.

You will need to bring certificates for all qualifications, including GCSE maths and English.
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Entry Criteria

You will have already achieved:
  • 120 credits at Level 5 in an Education or Training based area.
  • Appropriate professional practice in a teaching and learning environment is desirable, e.g. teaching, training, facilitating, supporting learning, assessing, tutoring, mentoring, coaching or supervising workshops.
  • A positive reference from a previous course tutor.
  • GCSE qualifications in English and Mathematics - if you intend to progress to teaching in Early Childhood or Secondary settings as well as GCSE Science if for Primary/Secondary.
  • Those wishing to teach in Post Compulsory Education/Training must have or be working towards a Level 2 or equivalent in maths and English.