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?
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|ModePart-time||Duration2 years||Start dateSeptember||Application code2315||Application method Direct to LSBU|
|ModeFull-time||Duration1 year||Start dateSeptember||Application code022K||Application method UCAS|
London South Bank University student union is located at 103 Borough Rd, London SE1 0AA.
Walk or bicycle
The University is in easy walking distance of underground and leading overground stations. We are only 20 minutes away from the Thames. We encourage walking and cycling and have bicycle racks on campus. Please check the Transport for London cycling website for London cycling maps and route planners.
LSBU is very well connected, and a large number of buses travel to and connect in the Elephant and Castle area from across London.
By train or tube
The Bakerloo and Northern lines stop at Elephant & Castle underground station, which is right next to campus. The closest rail stations are Elephant & Castle, London Waterloo and London Bridge. To plan your train journey, visit the National Rail website.
London South Bank University does not provide public parking space. There is a limited amount of parking in the area, so we strongly advise using public transport.
Do consider the Congestion Charge if you are driving through London to reach the campus. Find out if you'll be crossing the Congestion Charge zone to reach our Southwark Campus.
TfL journey planner
You can travel to Southwark Campus by using public transport, plan your journey using the Transport for London journey planner.
Entry Level Requirements
- 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.
Tuition fees for home students
Tuition fees for international students
Tuition fees are subject to annual inflationary increases. Find out more about tuition fees
HNC Construction (PT) - Year 1
UK fee: £4625.00 International fee: £7950.00 AOS/LSBU code: 2315 Session code: 1PS00 Total course fee: UK: £9250.00 International: £15900.00
HNC Construction (PT) - Year 2
UK fee: £4625.00 International fee: £7950.00 AOS/LSBU code: 2315 Session code: 2PS00 Total course fee: UK: £9250.00 International: £15900.00
HNC Construction (FT) - Year 1
UK fee: £9250.00 International fee: £15900.00 AOS/LSBU code: 4580 Session code: 1FS00
For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.
Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.
Possible fee changes
The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.
The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.
We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.
The course is not currently open to international students.
International (non Home) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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|Mode Part-time||Duration 2 years||Start date September||Application code 2315||Application method Direct to LSBU|
|Mode Full-time||Duration 1 year||Start date September||Application code 022K||Application method UCAS|
Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.
Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.
Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.
You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.
Prepare to start
After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.
Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.
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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.
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.
We have extensive links with schools, alternative educational settings and the creative industries, as well as organisations such as The British Dyslexia Association, Achievement for All, and researchers in the field.
Teaching and Assessment
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.