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BA (Hons) Education Studies (Top-up)

  • Course Type: Undergraduate Degree
  • Institution Code: P56
Course overview

What can this course lead to?

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.

Who is it for?

Embark on a transformative journey in shaping future generations, where your passion for learning and dedication to fostering positive academic environments can truly make a lasting impact.

UCP’s BA (Hons) Education Studies (top-up) degree will give you a solid grounding in the theory and ideas of practice behind education and the way people teach and learn. It’s ideal if you want a versatile Bachelor’s degree that will open doors across the education sector and beyond. There will continue to be a very high demand for teachers in the region 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 great local employment opportunities. You will turn your Level 5 qualification – such as a diploma, teaching apprenticeship or foundation degree – into a full Bachelor’s degree.

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 explore 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 looking 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. There will be an opportunity to personalise your learning through a research project where you can set your own educational focus and explore an area of personal educational interests in detail.
 The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 15 students. 

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What is covered?

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

You must take modules worth 120 credits at level 6. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

YEAR 1  (Level 6)

  • Advanced Professional & Reflective Practice in Education (30 credits)
  • Undergraduate Research Project (30 credits)
  • Individual Needs and Educational Psychology (30 Credits)
  • Developing and Using Resources in Practice (15 Credits)
  • Leadership in Education (15 Credits)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • A minimum of 400 hours pre-entry work experience within an early years or primary education setting.
  • A confirmed placement of a minimum of 40 days per academic year, including identification of a workplace mentor.
  • Successful completion of a 240 credit level 5 qualification, FD equivalent
  • GCSE English language and mathematics at a minimum of grade C or grade 4 or equivalent
  • If English is not the first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 or above is required, or an equivalent English Language qualification.
  • Admission to the programme is also possible for mature students without formal qualifications but with equivalent professional experience. This is called Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning and it is demonstrated through the production of a portfolio of your experiential learning. Full details are available at the following link;
Mature students or students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

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The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students will be £8,250 per year. There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.

Full-time: 1 year (1 full day a week over two semesters per year).
Each semester is 12 weeks.

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