BA (Hons) Education Studies Top-up

There will continue to be a very high demand for teachers in Peterborough with a 19% increase in 5 to 14 year olds from 2015 to 2036 (Source: Cambridgeshire Research Group, 2015 Based Population Forecasts). This makes education a growing sector offering good employment opportunities for students studying locally.

Education has a fundamental role to play in personal, social and professional development. Through education, you can make a difference in the lives of many learners from different and diverse backgrounds. This degree offers you the opportunity to develop the professional knowledge, skills and understanding required to follow a career in education.

You will become aware of the factors affecting learners’ achievement so that you can promote continuous improvement and educational achievement among all students in a wide array of learning institutions. The course will also give you the tools to become a reflective practitioner and an independent, critical problem-solver.

Within the course you will explore topical issues relating to education and society; raising achievement through inclusion and look at the underlying principles of the educational system. The course looks at educational issues at various life stages rather than concentrating on a single phase. This will give you the opportunity to become aware of, and investigate educational issues of particular personal interest and related to your career aspirations.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.

Applicants must be working in or having access to a suitable children’s environment (paid or voluntary) and completed any of these qualifications:

  • FdA Early Years, Childcare and Education (Level 4 and 5)
  • FdA Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (Level 4 and 5)
  • FdA Professional Studies (Education) or (Early Childhood) (Level 4 and 5)
  • Diploma in Education and Training
  • CertEd Certificate in Education

Students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

You must have GCSE English language and mathematics at a minimum of grade C or grade 4.

If English is not your first language you will require a recognised Level 2 English language qualification or an IELTS score of 6.0 (with 5.5 minimum in each skill) or an equivalent English Language qualification.

An enhanced DBS check is required.

An interview may be required before an offer can be made.

EU STUDENTS AND OVERSEAS QUALIFICATIONS

We can accept a wide range of overseas qualifications and use UK NARIC to compare qualifications. For advice about overseas qualification conversion call the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk.

UCAS TARIFF

To find out more about UCAS tariff points and how they work, visit ucas.com/tariff-calculator. The tariff points for qualifications can be added together. We accept a wide range of qualifications such as A-levels, BTEC, Cambridge Technicals, International Baccalaureate (IB), NVQ Level 3, Access to Higher Education, Scottish Advanced Highers and Level 3 Apprenticeships.

ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR CERTIFICATED LEARNING (APCL) FOR ENTRY

APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.

EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR LEARNING (APL)

We offer students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning process ensures that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you identify any relevant prior learning when you apply. If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.

EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR EXPERIENTIAL CERTIFICATED LEARNING (APEL)

It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, which evidences their claimed exemptions for entry. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one /final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • Raising Achievement Through Supporting Learning and Inclusion (30 credits)
  • Enhanced Work-based Research: Environment and Practice (30 credits)
  • Investigating and Evaluating Current Debates and Developments (30 credits)
  • Undergraduate Major Project (30 credits)

A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours which includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study.  A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours which includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study.  A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.

When studying this course at University Centre Peterborough, we will timetable your lectures as one full day a week over two semesters per year (part-time will be one half day a week over two semesters per year).

We are able to offer this convenient timetabling to our students as we are a smaller institution so we can timetable our staff and resources more efficiently.

Over the duration of your course, teaching will be delivered by the following methods:

Year one / final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • 50%     Lectures
  • 25%     Seminars
  • 25%     Workshops

There are two semesters per year and each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes up to 12 teaching weeks and 3 assessment weeks.

If studying full-time you will be in classes, seminars and tutorials for approximately 15 hours per week and will spend the rest of your time in independent study and extra-curricular activities including work placement if not embedded in your course. We recommend that full-time students allow an additional 30 hours per week for additional study.

The campus is open Monday to Friday throughout the whole year and open until 9pm from Monday to Thursday during term time. You will also have 24/7 access to a virtual learning environment (VLE) with e-books, journals and abstracts plus teaching resources and interactive tools.

Timetables are available at least one month before registration and you can refer to the academic calendar for examination weeks and resit periods.

The days of the week you study may change each year and in some circumstances one of the full days might have to be split into two half days, but we aim to keep these as full days where possible.

Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods:

Year one / final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • 100%     Coursework

We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.

Formative assessment opportunities are written into all module plans to provide students with on-going feedback.  End of semester assessments will have formative opportunities in weeks 9 or 10 of the semester.  In addition revision sessions will be held in week 12.

Your final degree classification is calculated as an average of all your credits at Level 6.

70%+         First
60-69%     2:1
50-59%     2:2
40-49%     Third

Applicants must be working in or have access to a suitable children’s environment (paid or voluntary) as you will undertake an Enhanced Work Based Research module based on your work placement.

After graduating, you will be able to gain a position as a Teaching Assistant within in
Primary or Secondary schools.

You will also be able to apply for a PGCE in Primary or Secondary Education, or apply for an MA in a field related to education.

Previous students have also been offered places in the School Direct and Teach East programmes, and have progressed to teaching roles via this route.

Other career options related to Education can include working in the Education Department of a local council or going on to work in education based research.

I am the Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Education Top-up degree  at University Centre Peterborough.  I have been involved in teaching and course management since 2011 across a range of organisations. I have specialised on the delivery of management programmes and have been responsible for designing national programmes on behalf of government departments as well as in partnership with many large universities. I have been at University Centre Peterborough since 2013 and in that time have delivered on a range of modules across the Accounting and Finance degree, Business Management degree as well as the Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management.

My professional experience is varied but is focused within marketing, business development and change management. I have held roles in marketing management and development, from junior management to senior board level.

My most recent role was as a development director for a leadership charity and think-tank, where I was responsible for the marketing, website development, online learning and business development as well as leading on the development of a range of national management programmes. The main focus of my role was to develop the income generation for the charity, however I was also responsible for the development and management of a range of training and development programmes. I have worked with a range of industry professionals and experts (including university staff, government officials and professionals) to develop relevant industry programmes as well as ensure the quality of delivery and assessment was maintained to the standards expected by all partners. This experience has helped me to develop and run some very successful and well-received qualifications here at University Centre Peterborough.

In addition to the roles above, I have also worked for a number of organisations including the RNIB, Association of Colleges (AoC) and within the education sector in various other roles. I still do consultancy work for charities outside of my work for University Centre Peterborough and I am still using my industry contacts to help us develop our programmes and career opportunities for our students.

Qualifications

  • PhD - Thesis topic: Effects of power / responsibility disparity in organisations, University of Lincoln (currently completing)
  • MEd Leadership & Management, Open University
  • MSc Marketing, University of Glamorgan
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, Chartered Institute of Marketing
  • Advanced Certificate in Marketing (Level 5), Chartered Institute of Marketing
  • Postgraduate Statistics and Social Research Methods (30 MCat module), Open University
  • Diploma in Education and Teaching (Level 5), City & Guilds
  • BSc (Hons) Biopsychology, University of Southampton

When you have chosen a course to study at University Centre Peterborough, your next step is to make an application.

All FULL-TIME APPLICATIONS must be made to UCAS via a web-based tracker system – www.ucas.com (the institution code for University Centre Peterborough is P56).

All PART-TIME APPLICATIONS can be submitted directly to University Centre Peterborough. You can download and complete the following form then email to admissions@ucp.ac.uk, or send it through the post, or visit us in person.

Before you apply, please check that you meet the entry requirement which is listed on the course information pages.

If you have any questions about making an application contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk.

When to apply

We advise you to make an application for your chosen course as soon as possible to secure your place. We will process your application within 1 to 5 working days so you know if you have been successful and received an offer.

FIRST UCAS DEADLINE

  • Applications for the majority of courses will be made by 6pm on 15th January 2020.
  • If you have not made your application by this date you can still apply to University Centre Peterborough at any time afterwards.

UCAS EXTRA

  • If you missed the first UCAS deadline, you can still apply through UCAS Extra from 25th February to 5th July 2020.
  • This also gives you the opportunity to add University Centre Peterborough as an additional choice if you have used all five choices and are not holding any offers.

UCAS CLEARING

  • From 6th July 2020 you can apply via UCAS through Clearing.
  • This is open to those who have not yet applied or students who have waited until they have received their grades. However, you do not need to wait until you receive your grades before applying through Clearing.
  • If you have applied and been accepted at another university and want to change the course to study, you still have the opportunity to change to study at University Centre Peterborough.
  • If you don’t get the grades you expected, don’t panic. Just contact University Centre Peterborough during Clearing and we will let you know very quickly. We are used to helping students at this time of year so you can feel assured that you receive the best advice and support.

Application drop-in sessions

  • If you would like help or have questions about your application, then you are welcome to come to arrange an apppointment to meet with a member of the Admissions team. Simply contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk.
  • If you would like us to help you with submitting your UCAS application, please ensure you bring along copies of your qualification certificates, have a Personal Statement prepared (email it to admissions@ucp.ac.uk prior to your visit or bring it on a USB device), and a debit/credit card to make an online payment for the application.

Types of offer

When you make an application, you will receive one of the following offers:

  • CONDITIONAL OFFER: You will have to meet certain conditions before the start of the course (such as achieving your exams with a certain grade). We will specify these conditions when making you an offer. When you achieve these grades your place will then be confirmed.
  • UNCONDITIONAL OFFER: You already meet the entry requirements for the course (i.e. you have achieved the grades already) and we are happy to offer you a place without conditions.
  • DECLINE: Unfortunately, we are not able to offer you a place at this time. We will advise you why you were unsuccessful on this occasion and we can give you advice on alternative courses for progression.

Applicant days

  • We will be holding Applicant Days for new students in March and April 2020.
  • These are open to students who are holding a Conditional Offer or Unconditional Offer and give you the opportunity to meet other students, academic staff and participate in subject sessions.
  • If you are still deciding on where to study then these days can be a great chance to see if studying with us is right for you.

Key Facts

UCAS Code
X300
Institution code
P56
Accredited by:
Anglia Ruskin University

Location
University Centre Peterborough

Duration and Delivery

Full-time 1 year (1 full day a week over two semesters per year)

Part-time 2 years (1 half day a week over two semesters per year)


Start Date
September 2020

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students starting in 2020/21 will be £8,000 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities.

Fees for part-time study are pro-rata depending on the number of credits you are studying (i.e. 60 credits per year will be 50% of the tuition fee).

There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.


Additional Notes

Click here for terms and conditions 2020/21 including our complaints policy.


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