This course is ideal for those already employed in an appropriate educational setting and wish to study while working. BA Education (Top Up) is a one-day-a-week taught course for professionals already working in settings where they can engage in study during their working week. As well as the day at LSBU, students are expected to reflect on their academic studies by relating them to their day to day experiences in the workplace. This work-based route allows students to develop transferable work-based analytical and research skills, gain academic recognition for existing skills and improve professional effectiveness.
This programme supports you in developing your professional approach in their workplace. It gives you the opportunity to link theory and practice, to critically analyse different approaches and to develop the necessary skills to be a reflective and innovative practitioner. It also widens participation to include career changers and mature students with family commitments.
Why Education at LSBU?
Our expert staff are committed to a practice-based approach, and we collaborate with psychologists to create exciting course modules.
3rd among London competitors for Student Satisfaction in Education (Complete University Guide 2022)
The Centre for Education and School Partnerships, which delivers this degree, has extensive links with schools, alternative educational settings and the creative industries.
We’re home to specialist facilities that contain all the equipment you can expect to find in a primary school setting.
240 CAT points from two years higher education or equivalent qualifications in a relevant academic discipline
GCSE grade “C” or above in Mathematics and English Language or equivalent qualifications.
Applicants must be employed in an appropriate educational setting in either a paid or voluntary capacity of a minimum of 20 hours per week.
While a GCSE in science is not an entry requirement to this degree, candidates must note that a GCSE in science or equivalent is required for application to a PGCE or School Direct Teacher Training programme.
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If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.
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The Learning Environment The module aims to enable students to understand practice relevant to the age phase with which they work, by focusing upon learning within their particular work environment. This includes an understanding of:
the relationships that exist between different stakeholders within the education setting: parents, children, teachers, other adults – and how these affect learning
the physical and practical aspects of creating and maintaining an effective learning environment
the ways in which learning can be effectively celebrated.
Alternative Educational Setting Placement - work based This is a placement module. For the length of the module students will spend their time in an alternative educational setting to their own place of employment. This experience will provide students with the opportunity to work with children, families and communities in a different educational context and this will enable students to develop their knowledge and understanding about education in a wider sense.
Contemporary Issues in Education This module provides students with the opportunity to bring together a range of issues explored in depth in discreet modules and to critically explore the impact each element discussed has one upon the other. It will critically explore the role and purpose of education in contemporary Britain and the factors that impact on both government educational policy and the expectation parents, communities and children have of education. As the module is focused on contemporary concerns, the content is subject to change. For example, it may discuss how the new 2014 national curriculum is relevant to children growing up in the 21st century.
Educational Autobiography This module will equip students with the framework, theory and methodologies to reflect critically on their own educational journey. Through lectures, seminars and workshops, students will be guided to map and analyse their experience of primary, secondary and tertiary education, and ultimately write a critical educational autobiography (educational autoethnography) as the endpoint assessment. Students will apply previous learning such as theories of education and pedagogy, barriers to learning, and personal and social interaction to their own experiences. It will also enable students to reflect on their understanding of wider social and cultural issues such as equality, culture and identity, and social justice in a personal context. The assignment will build on skills developed through reflective journals completed at Levels 4 and 5, and is a Level 6 module that develops students’ understanding and experience of research methodologies in parallel with the active research which underpins their dissertation project.
Project This module builds on several previous modules that have developed skills in literature reviews, ethical approval, case study and small-scale research. By planning and implementing their own research students will consolidate skills already learnt to develop a more sustained and in-depth study. Students are supported with 1:1 supervision, developing their own research in a chosen area of interest. The module provides students with practical research experience that will lead into a range of postgraduate studies. The module also helps develop a range of appropriate academic skills such as evaluating validity and developing a questioning approach to the status quo in education.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
This degree is all about deepening your understanding of how people learn. You’ll explore the cultural and historical aspects of the education system in the UK and beyond. The course is delivered by an academic team with vast experience and expertise in teaching practice and education research – with a guaranteed interview for teacher training and strong employment opportunities waiting for you when you graduate.
This is a one-day-a-week taught course, ideal for those already employed in an appropriate educational setting and who wish to study while working. This work-based programme will give you the opportunity to develop your abilities in the context of your current employment. Assessment is through a range of assignments, including making interactive displays, essays, reflective journals, and a research dissertation.
As you are starting at Level 6, which is the final year of a degree, your dissertation supervisor will also be your personal tutor and will arrange to meet with you as required. You can contact your tutor/supervisor for additional support by email or phone.