Learning and Teaching (BALT) Welcome Pack

Welcome to BA (Hons) in Learning and Teaching (BALT) 2022

​The BA (Hons) in Learning and Teaching (BALT) is a one-year Level 6 Top-up degree designed for teaching assistants, unqualified teachers and others working in support roles in schools and other educational settings who have a Level 5 qualification in Learning and Teaching or equivalent.

Most BALT students intend to become teachers and after gaining the degree, they progress to Qualified Teacher Status through PGCE or other routes. The BALT degree is not limited to teaching careers however, and graduates can progress to a range of other careers.

The programme aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of learning and teaching, and of professional values, attitudes and behaviour, and to enable you to critically apply theory, concepts and research within your practice, and develop you as a reflective professional.

You will study one sixty-credit principal module which includes research methods and a dissertation, two ten-credit modules which focus on aspects of professional practice, and two twenty-credit modules which cover comparative education and culture and identity in education.

To be offered a place on the programme, you must either be working or volunteering in a school or other educational setting or have recent substantial experience of doing so. The programme has one day of taught sessions each week and has two cohorts, one based at the University of Northampton’s Waterside Campus, and the other at a satellite venue in the centre of Leicester.

Your Programme Leader

Dominic Murphy Senior Lecturer in Education, Children, and Young PeopleDom Murphy

Senior Lecturer in Education


Welcome Video

Watch the below introduction from the tutors about the BALT.

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