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Education and Professional Studies - BA (Hons) Top up

Approved by The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

For those who have completed a Foundation Degree in a relevant subject area, the BA (Hons) Top upp course is designed to help you take your knowledge and skills in working with children and young people in education to full honours degree level.

You will study educational systems from early years to adolescence. There is a particularly strong focus on issues relating to inclusion, including work with vulnerable young people and those with learning disabilities. You will undertake a placement in a setting working with children and/or young people to help you relate your theoretical knowledge to the workplace.

Our experienced and professionally qualified staff will support you throughout the course. The team all have industry experience and will help you to make the most of your studies on this intensive and rewarding course.

Our students benefit from studying in our dedicated multi million pound Hugh Baird University Centre. You will have access to learning resources at the Hugh Baird University Centre and at the University of Central Lancashire.

You will study a range of core modules, including:

  • The education of vulnerable young people
  • Policy and practice in educational settings
  • Reflective practice in educational settings
  • Developmental disorders of learning and cognition
  • Theories and approaches to learning
  • Dissertation module

The Education and Professional Studies - BA (Hons) Top up is focused on developing a range of skills for you to take into the work place in order to enhance your knowledge of education within various settings. Each week there will be a mixture of lectures, group discussion, debates and presentations designed to meet the learning styles of all class members. You will be encouraged to reflect on experiences from the workplace in order to maximise learning opportunities and discuss these experiences within a group setting. The assessments range from assignments, presentations, debates and portfolio development. You will also be given directed study and reading lists to help focus on specific areas in preparation for class. The aim of the BA (Hons) Top up in Education and Professional Studies is to develop the skills, strategies, and behaviours required to perform as confident, independent and active learners.

Validated by: UCLan
UCAS code:: 5835

Institutional code: H65

Primary contact:
Fiona Botsford
Tel: 0151 353 4444 ext 6522 or email: fiona.botsford@hughbaird.ac.uk

Other contact:
Hayley Wilson
Tel: 0151 353 4444 ext 5539 or email: hayley.wilson2@hughbaird.ac.uk

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  • What are the entry requirements?

    In order to qualify for this course, you will need to be aged 18+ and have:

    • A Foundation Degree or HND in relevant subject

    Additional Selection Criteria:
    Meeting the minimum entry requirement for a course does not necessarily guarantee a place. Entry to all courses is subject to a successful interview. When assessing an application, we take into account your grades, predicted grades, reference and personal statement. From your personal statement and interview, we consider your motivation and commitment to success, and any relevant experience you may have. For some courses, we may also ask for a portfolio of appropriate work or an audition.

    For some courses, students may be required to find a work placement prior to enrolment and/or undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check. These requirements will be discussed at interview.

    Mature Students:
    We recognise that some mature students may not meet the standard entry requirements but may have gained knowledge and skills from relevant work or life experience and, therefore, we would consider your application on an individual basis. We would take into account your work and life experience and may ask you to discuss this in more details at interview.

    Interview:
    All applicants are invited to attend an interview with either the Course Leader or Course Tutor. You will be notified of your interview by our Admissions Team who will also update UCAS Track with details of your application.

    UK and EU Entry:
    Equivalent international qualifications will be considered towards meeting the general entry requirements. Additionally, EU students, for whom English is not their first language, will be required to evidence an IELTS score or 6.5 or equivalent. Equivalences include:

    • TOEFL written examination score of 550 plus a test of written English (at 4)
    • TOEFL Computer Equivalent score of 230
    • Proficiency in English (Cambridge) at Grade C or above

    Please note: To gain access to some courses you may need to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. If you have criminal convictions or cautions, please do not be put off from applying for the course. Your acceptance on to the course will depend on the nature of any convictions and will be at the discretion of the University Centre and your placement provider. If you would like to discuss this issue in confidence, please contact Student Services Advisors in The Pod on 0151 353 4444, or call in to speak to them in person.

  • What can I do if I complete this course?

    Learners completing their BA (Hons) Top up will be able to apply to study courses at postgraduate level.

    Graduates may progress towards careers in teaching, most commonly going on to gain places on primary PGCE courses (teacher training) or increasingly, undertaking training in schools as part of the Schools Direct programme.

    Other possible graduate destinations include advice and guidance roles; community support; social work roles; learning mentors or other pastoral roles in educational contexts.

  • Duration

    One year, full time or two years, part time.

  • Cost

    You don’t need to pay your tuition fees up front - Tuition Fee Loans cover university or college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university or college, by Student Finance England. They are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn and not how much you owe and you won’t need to start paying them back until you are earning more than £21,000 per year. Student Loans will also help to support your living costs.

    For more information, visit www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The standard full time tuition fee rate for this course in 2017/18 for Home and EU students is:

    • £8,500 per year

    The standard part time tuition fee rate for 2017/18 for Home and EU students is:

    • £1,000 per 20 credit module

    The University Centre’s tuition fees are reviewed each academic year.

  • Disclaimer

    We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course. For full details of our terms, conditions and disclaimers, click here.

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