BA (Hons) Education Top-up

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 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; educational policy and practice; assessment in schools 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, such as childhood. This will give you the opportunity to become aware of and investigate educational issues of particular personal interest and related to your career aspirations.

You will be assessed in a number of ways, including case tudies, reflection and a Major Project, so that you can develop a variety of knowledge and skills.

Our friendly, helpful tutors will offer support and guidance throughout, and help you to think about and plan for your future career.

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

  • You will be able to develop the professional knowledge base required to become a qualified teacher.
  • You will gain an in-depth knowledge in the field of education which you can apply in different educational settings.
  • You will attend one full day a week so you can work part-time while you study locally.
  • You will be taught by supportive staff with experience in education sector and in educational research.

Applicants must be working in or having access to a suitable children’s environment and completed of any of the following qualifications:

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

Students who do not qualify by any of these qualifications should call 01733 214466 or email to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

You must have GCSEs English and Mathematics at grade C or above.

If English is not your first language you will require IELTS score of 6.0 (with 5.5 minimum in each skill) or an equivalent English Language qualification. If you did not complete your FdA (or equivalent) qualification in the UK you will require IELTS score of 6.5.

Current DBS required.

A face to face interview is required before an offer can be made.


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.


UCP offers students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning processes ensure that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you should 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.


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, in which their claim is justified in detail and is supported by relevant evidence. 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.

If you have any questions about entry requirements contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email

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

Year 1 compulsory for full-time students
  • Raising Achievement through Improving Teaching and Learning (30 credits)
  • Investigating Education through Research (30 credits)
  • Work-Based Learning: An Extended Experience (30 credits)
  • Undergraduate Major Project (30 credits)
Year 1 compulsory for part-time students
  • Investigating Education through Research (30 credits)
  • Work-Based Learning: An Extended Experience (30 credits)
Year 2 compulsory for part-time students
  • Raising Achievement through Improving Teaching and Learning (30 credits)
  • Undergraduate Major Project (30 credits)

Click here for more information about each of the core modules.

A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study.  A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study.  A full-time student should expect to undertake 38 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 full day a week over two semesters per year).

Each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes 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.

We recommend that full-time students allow up to an additional 40 hours per week for additional study. The campus is open Monday to Friday throughout the whole year and open late until 9.00pm from Monday to Thursday during term time. You also have 24/7 access to online resources from Anglia Ruskin University.

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

  • Coursework
  • Work based assessment
  • Written assessment
  • Artefact
  • Dissertation (final year)

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.

A formative assessment workshop is written into all module plans and usually take place in weeks 9 or 10 of the semester.  Each course includes a summative feedback session where marked work is returned.

Entry to the BA (Hons) Education Top-up is subject to approval of accreditation of prior certificated / experiential learning with a minimum 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5.  If a student is eligible for a BA (Hons) Education Top-up, the award classification is determined by calculating the credit weighted arithmetic mean of the module results for all level 6.

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

After graduating, you will be able to gain a position as a teaching assistant or a supply teacher in primary or secondary schools, and progress to job roles in primary, secondary and further education. You will be able to work as a practitioner or a room supervisor in early years settings.

You will also be able to apply for a PGCE in Primary Education, or apply for an MA in a field related to education. Previous students have also been offered places in the School Direct programme, and have progressed to job roles via this route.

I am the Course Leader for the FdA Early Years, Playwork and Education and BA (Hons) Education Top-up courses at University Centre Peterborough.  I have been teaching at University Centre Peterborough since September 2015 on a number of modules including Embracing Diversity, Researching Childhood, Supporting Children’s Learning and Learning and Development.

I have always had a fascination and passion in working with early years and have had experience in working in various settings. This has given me invaluable industry expertise and a realistic understanding of the sector.

I previously worked for a local primary school within foundation stage as a trainee primary school teacher. During my time there I had a particular focus in phonics in Early Years and developed a variety of programs to support children and parents in reading and writing.
Prior to this I managed a local preschool developing planning, managing funding, supporting families and liaising with external agencies to facilitate a wide range of needs.

During my career I pursued higher education starting from a foundation degree in childhood services and worked towards a BA in learning and teaching. This led me to develop my practice further and qualify as an Early Years Teacher and achieve teaching status.  

  • FdA Childhood Services (Early Years Pathway), Bishop Grosseteste University
  • BA (Hons) Learning and Teaching, University of Northampton
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYTS), University of Bedfordshire

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

All full-time applications for UK and EU students must be made to UCAS via a web-based tracker system – (the institution code for University Centre Peterborough is P56).

All part-time and postgraduate applications can be directly to University Centre Peterborough. Contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email to start your application.

If you only wish to apply to University Centre Peterborough and already have the entry requirements, you can also apply directly to us by downloading and completing the following form.

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


For full-time undergraduate and HNC/D applications, 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 a successfully received an unconditional or conditional offer. We are available to help you through every step of the way.

First UCAS deadline
Applications for the majority of undergraduate courses will be made by 6.00pm on Tuesday 15th January 2019.

UCAS Extra
If you missed the first UCAS deadline, you can still apply through UCAS Extra from Monday 25th February to Thursday 4th July 2019. This also gives you the opportunity to add UCP as an additional choice if you have used all five choices and are not holding any offers.

From Friday 5th July 2019 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, you still have the opportunity to change to study at University Centre Peterborough.


Don’t panic. If you have done better or worse than you expected, contact University Centre Peterborough during Clearing and we will let you know very quickly. During this time of year we have additional staff so you can speak to admissions and academic staff who can advise if you can be accepted on a degree. We are used to helping hundreds of students at this time of year so you can feel assured that you receive the best advice and support.

If you have any questions about making an application contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email

Key Facts

Institution code
Accredited by:
Anglia Ruskin University

University Centre Peterborough

Duration and Delivery

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

2 years part-time 
(1 full day a week over two semesters per year)

Start Date
w/c 16th September 2019

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students starting in 2019/20 will be £8,000 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities.

All full-time undergraduate students will receive £500 cash reward at the end of every year and students from low income households can apply for a £500 cash bonus after the first semester of every year (subject to eligibility).

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 2018/19 including our complaints policy.

The course content is currently being revalidated for September 2019 and this webpage will be updated as soon as confirmed so please check back for updates.


BA (Hons) Education Top-up

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