The BA (Hons) Learning and Teaching Top-up degree is designed to follow on from our Foundation Degree in Learning and Teaching, or equivalent qualifications. It is aimed at teaching assistants and others in 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. This course also provides a pathway into Masters level study.
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.
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Other course locations
As well as being taught at Waterside Campus, Northampton, the FDLT is also offered at two off-site locations. These are Devonshire Place, 78 London Road, Leicester and Milton Keynes College, 200 Silbury Boulevard, Milton Keynes. Delivery of the course on these sites is by University of Northampton staff.
This course provides you with an opportunity to gain an understanding of wider educational perspectives and gives you the chance to take part in some of the key debates that surround education and schooling.
You will study four 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.
Course modules (17/18)
Issues of Equality in Educational Settings (20 credits)
- 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 (20 credits)
- 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 (20 credits – 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 (20 credits)
- 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.
Dissertation (40 credits)
- 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.
Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
Methods of Learning
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.
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.
There are no examinations. Instead, assessments include written assignments and reports, practical projects and presentations.
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 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.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
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 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 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,300 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.
Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.
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.