This is a level 6 programme for Teaching Assistants, unqualified teachers and other education paraprofessionals. Students examine issues and debates surrounding education and on successful completion can apply to Qualified Teacher Status programmes or undertake other careers in educational support such as learning mentors.
Who is the BA Learning and Teaching (BALT) for?
The BALT is a ‘top up’ degree designed to follow on from a Foundation Degree in Learning and Teaching or similar qualification. Students need the equivalent of 120 CATS points at level 5 and 120 CATS points at level 4 in appropriate subjects. In addition students need recent experience of classroom work either as a support worker (teaching assistant, learning mentor, etc) or as an unqualified teacher. The one day a week attendance model is designed to accommodate students who are also working four days in schools but students need not be in current employment. Access to an educational institution is needed to complete assignments. The course is suitable for oversees trained teachers whose qualifications are not recognised as degree level in the UK, as well as for all education staff with sub-degree level qualifications who need to top up to honours degree level. If you are in doubt about your qualification please contact us.
This course is taught at three venues, subject to numbers:
- University of Northampton, Park Campus, Boughton Green Road, Northampton, NN2 7AL
- Devonshire Place, London Road, Leicester. LE2 0LA.
- Milton Keynes College, Silbury Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 1LT.
Park Campus, the larger of the two campuses, is set in 80 acres of open green parkland, occupying an impressive and spacious site.
Facilities available on-site include a sports hall, restaurant, Students’ Union, Student Centre, shop, bar and nightclub. Safe and secure accommodation for more than 1,300 students is spread throughout Park Campus, with the majority placed within our student village combining stunning green spaces with welcoming Halls of Residence.
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Medical Centre (providing a full GP service and free counselling) are also available at Park Campus.
Park Campus is within easy walking distance of a busy, local shopping area, complete with banks, supermarkets, shops and pubs.
The University of Northampton
Boughton Green Road
The course provides an opportunity to examine what lies behind contentious educational issues and a chance to take part in some of the key debates that surround education and schooling. It is suitable preparation for applying to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) programmes in Key Stage 1 and 2. For those who want to gain QTS at secondary level, additional subject study will be required. For those who do not want to progress to QTS, the course offers an understanding of education which will be useful to those aiming for careers allied to teaching such as learning mentors.
The course comprises four modules of study, each of which is interlinked, and a dissertation of the student’s own choosing, worth 40 credits. There is scope for students to individualise learning and follow special interests by changing the way assignments are approached.
Course modules (16/17)
Issues of Equality in Educational Settings
- Module code: PDT3001
- Core module Y
This module investigates the ways in which gender, 'race', ethnicity, social class, sexuality and disability can influence children's differing experiences of education.
Professional Practice in Education
- Module code: PDT3002
- Core module Y
This module involves understanding the role of a professional in education and develops students' skills in professional practice.
Educational Debates in Learning and Teaching (online)
- Module code: PDT3003
- Core module Y
This module takes an innovative approach to learning by means of electronic conferencing, in which students investigate and debate key issues in education.
Research Methods in Education
- Module code: PDT3004
- Core module Y
As a companion module to the dissertation, this module introduces students to data collection methods, research methodology, how to write research reports and the ethics of research in educational settings.
- Module code: PDT4001
- Core module Y
With the support of an academic tutor, students conduct independent, small-scale research and present their findings in the form of an extended study.
Methods of Learning
A range of teaching and learning methods is used within each module. One module is entirely online. You will be involved in discussion of ideas and interactive learning. Learning strategies include lectures, seminars, group work, case studies, presentations, reflection on practice, analytical assignments, tutorials, individual learning and observations.
Overall, we want you to think of your course in terms of co-operative pooling of experience and engagement. It is recognised that the teaching and learning strategies involved should exhibit variety so as to broaden your experience.
One year full time requiring 1,200 hours of study, or two years part time. Attendance is one day a week with additional home study.
One year full time (one day per week attendance; students may work for up to four days per week), or two years part time (equivalent to one day per week attendance for a year spread over two years).
Assessments include written assignments and reports, practical projects, individual and group presentations. There are no exams.
Facilities and Special Features
- this is a course designed to fit in with your employment in school and is taught on one day per week
- modules are designed to help you develop excellent models of practice underpinned by theory
- there are no examinations
- you are supported by a dissertation supervisor and tutorials from teaching staff
- there is a large online component to the course
The BA (Hons) Learning and Teaching degree provides a degree level qualification that allows application to a programme for qualified teacher status (QTS) through an employment based route or through further study on a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE). It is also suitable for careers in education that do not require QTS.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Completion of a Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning or equivalent, amounting to 240 Credit Accumulation Transfer Scheme (CATS) points. Recent or current experience in a school or other educational establishment.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 16/17 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,280 per 20 credit module|
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.