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Learning and Teaching (top-up) BA (Hons)


TEF Gold. Teaching Excellence Framework.

The BA (Hons) Learning and Teaching Top-up degree is designed to follow on from our Foundation Degree in Learning and Teaching, or equivalent Level 5 qualifications. It is aimed at teaching assistants and those in similar educational support roles and is designed to fit around your work, with attendance at University being one day per week.

It builds upon  your  existing knowledge and experience to explore wider issues related to teaching and learning and is ideal preparation for applying to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) programmes in Key Stage 1 and 2 and for careers linked to teaching and learning, such as learning mentors. If you would like to gain QTS at secondary level, you will need to undertake additional subject study.

Updated 05/08/2020

Key Facts

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    1 year full time
    2 years part time

  • Starting:


  • Fees UK/EU:

    Full Time: £9,250 Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module

  • Location:

    Waterside, Leicester

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries
0300 303 2772


  • Enables you to top-up your qualification to a BA Honours degree whilst continuing with your current role.
  • Two locations (Northampton and Leicester) available subject to student numbers.
  • Experienced and supportive tutor team.
  • 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
  • Large online component to the course

Course Content

  • This course provides you with an opportunity to gain an understanding of wider educational perspectives and to take part in some of the key debates that surround education and schooling.

    You will study five interlinked modules and write a dissertation on a subject of your choice. You will be able to tailor your studies to your interests by the way that you approach your assignments.

    This course is taught at two venues, subject to numbers:

    • University of Northampton, Waterside Campus
    • Devonshire Place, London Road, Leicester LE2 0LA
    • Module code: PDT4001
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is for students to produce an extended piece of work which explores an education-related topic in-depth. Students will conduct independent research in order to demonstrate a comprehensive and critical understanding of their chosen topic of interest.
    • Module code: PDT3004
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to assist students in starting their dissertation research. It introduces basic data collection methods and key methodological concepts. The module is focused upon students' interests and assists in the design of an independent education research project.
    • Module code: PDT3002
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to develop students? ability to function as a member of a professional team within an education setting through enhancing their professional attributes and skills and increasing their knowledge and understanding; and through consideration and critical evaluation of theoretical perspectives and factors such as government policies which impinge on education settings and children and young people?s learning.
    • Module code: PDT3001
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is:For students to1. Understand how identity factors influence life chances2. Understand how social/historical and political factors influence life chances
    • Module code: PDT3003
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is:? to develop students? ability to research current issues of educational importance identfying relevant literaure evaluating its validity and synthesising it into focused arguments. ? To debate in online groups seeking to defend persuade and evaluate literature and arguments. ? To reflect on the impact of the experience on their own learning.
  • How will I be taught?

    The method of teaching for each module will vary slightly to suit the content and to give you a broad experience of learning strategies. You will be taught via lectures, seminars, group work, case studies, presentations, reflection on practice, analytical assignments, tutorials, online forums, individual learning and observations. Overall we hope you will see your course as a co-operative experience, sharing knowledge and expertise.

    How often will I attend university?

    You can attend this course full-time, for one year, spending one day per week at the University or you can attend the course part-time, for two years, spending an average of half a day per week at the University. Whichever route you take, this will amount to 1,200 hours of study.

    How will I be assessed?

    There are no examinations. Instead, assessments include written assignments and reports, practical projects and presentations.

  • We ask that applicants have completed a Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning or equivalent, amounting to 240 Credit Accumulation Transfer Scheme (CATS) points. We also ask that you have recent or current experience in a school or other educational establishment.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module

    Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2020/21. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

  • Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our postgraduate courses to give yourself a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

    Early Years Teacher Status (0-5)

    Primary Education (5-11) (QTS) PGCE

  • Having first successfully completed the Foundation Degree in Learning and Teaching, Hannah Taylor recently graduated from the BA (Hons) Learning and Teaching (Top-Up) programme with a First Class honours.

    She is now on her final step to becoming a teacher.

    Read more…

Careers and Employability

The BA (Hons) Learning and Teaching degree provides you with a degree level qualification that will allow you to progress onto a programme for qualified teacher status (QTS) including through an employment-based scheme or similar.

The degree will also prepare you for careers in education that do not require QTS, and for postgraduate courses such as Masters degrees.

Is this course for you?