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

Start date(s):
13 Sep 2021
1 year
Level 6
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Part Time
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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.

Expand upon your existing knowledge of educational concepts and theories, and focus on exploring teaching, learning assessment, leadership and behaviour management.

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
  • Leading Learning
  • Education Policy and Education Practice
  • Individual Project.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

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

Teaching & assessment

You will be supported in your studies by a dedicated Programme Leader, Module Tutors and where appropriate, other academic staff within the course team.

One-to-one and small group tutorials are an integral part of the programme and these can take place on a face-to-face or remote basis. Throughout the programme, you will have access to the College’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Library and, where required, members of the College’s Support Staff (e.g. the HE Academic Support Tutor, Personal Learning Coach, Advice, Support Careers Services (ASC), and the Students’ Union.)

This part-time programme is delivered one evening per week, over one year. The sessions will focus on linking academic research theories to practice in the workplace. You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including essays, academic posters, reports, extended writing activities an open-book exam and the production of an extended Literature Review/Dissertation.

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Although this is a research degree, you are required to be currently employed in an education setting on a full-time or voluntary basis as you will be required to analyse and critique key policy documents and practices in order to explore how education theory relates to practice.


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

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HE Information

Regulations for validated awards of The Open University.


You could apply to study on a course leading to Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) such as a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PgCE) at New College Duhram to teach in a post-16 setting, or SCITT programme or Masters Degree (MA or MEd).

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Alicia Denham - BA Education

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Charlotte Tait BA (Hons) Education & Training

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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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Additional Costs

Other than stationery, you may wish to purchase texts listed in the Module Guides, but this is not compulsory.

Interview Instructions

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

You will need to bring original copies of certificates for all qualifications, including GCSE maths and English, A-Levels and Foundation Degree.
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Entry Criteria

You will have already achieved:
  • 120 credits at Level 5 (Foundation Degree) 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 is required.
  • You will be required to take part in an interview.
  • You will also be required to be working towards GCSE qualifications in maths and English if you intend to progress in teaching in Early Childhood or Secondary settings - as well as GCSE Science for Primary. Those wishing to teach in Post Compulsory Education/Training must have or be working towards a Level 2 or equivalent in maths and English.

Non-standard entry requirements:
  • Significant, appropriate experience in Education or Teaching and Learning coupled with evidence of successful academic study of an area of Education and Training, (e.g., Assessment, Mentoring, Leadership and Management) will be considered as an alternative route.
  • You will also be required to have or be working towards GCSE qualifications in English, maths and Science if you intend to progress into teaching in Early Childhood, Primary or Secondary settings.
  • Those wishing to teach in Post Compulsory Education/Training must have or be working towards a Level 2 or equivalent in maths and English
  • You must be interviewed and must complete a short Academic Writing and Referencing Task.