BA (Hons) Education - Top Up

Southwark Campus

Mode: Full-time


How we learn

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, and undertake placements in a wide variety of London settings.

These could include mainstream primary schools, schools for children with special educational needs, hospitals, prisons, Pupil Referral Units and theatres.

It’s all 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 whilst working.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2020.

Why Education Studies at LSBU?

Our expert staff are committed to a practice-based approach, and we collaborate with psychologists to create exciting course modules.
Top 3 overall in London for Education (Guardian University League Tables 2019).
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.
You’ll have the chance to be involved in three work placements as part of your studies, gaining valuable experience and experiencing exciting new educational settings.

2nd for graduate prospects in Education in London (Sunday Times League Table 2020) and top 3 for career prospects amongst London universities (Guardian University League Tables 2020).

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
1 year
Start Date
Southwark Campus


This work-based programme will give you the opportunity to develop your abilities in the context of your current employment. It covers teaching and learning, creativity in education, the learning environment, and alternative education.

Assessment is through a range of assignments, including making interactive displays, essays, posters, a digital creative project and a research dissertation.

  • Teaching and Learning
    This module is designed to enable students to explore some of the key educational issues and debates that underpin approaches to learning, teaching and assessment.  Students will be given the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their own pedagogic and assessment approaches.  This module will develop students’ knowledge and critical understanding of issues relating to formative assessment and how it can be used to improve teaching and learning and raise standards of attainment.
  • Creativity in Education
    This module explores some key issues around Creativity in Education. Areas such as thematic and integrated learning, learning through play, using creative partnerships and curriculum design are all addressed within the module. The teaching and learning style of the module is highly practical and participatory.
  • Project
    This module builds on students’ foundation degree and is delivered alongside other modules that develop skills in literature reviews, 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 Learning Environment
    This module will enable you to understand practice relevant to the age phase with which you work, by focussing upon learning within your particular work environment. This includes an understanding of the relationships between different stakeholders within the education setting (parents, children, teachers, and other adults) and how these affect learning, the physical and practical aspects of creating and maintaining an effective learning environment and the ways in which learning can be effectively celebrated. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Alternative educational setting
    A series of workshops will prepare you for an Alternative Education Setting and enable you to make the most of the experience. You'll spend six days in an alternative educational setting to your own place of employment. This experience will provide you with the opportunity to work with children and /or families and communities in a different educational context from the setting you're familiar with. This will enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding about education in a wider sense, as well as to critically explore some of the key educational issues experienced in a range of educational settings that impact on their professional roles. Assessment method: 100% coursework.


If you're working in an educational and childcare setting, and have already completed a Foundation Degree, you'll find that converting your qualification into a BA (Hons) Education will open up a range of opportunities for career progression.

You’re guaranteed an interview for teacher training after you graduate from this degree, and have excellent employment opportunities if you want to start your career in an educational or related setting. You’ll also be very well prepared to take a PGCE or employment-based route into teaching, or to carry your studies on to Masters level.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

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.

Professional links

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.

You'll have the opportunity to practice in an educational setting, and you'll also experience an alternative educational setting for a period of 1 day a week for 6 weeks.

Teaching and learning

You’re never on your own on this degree. Even when you are out on placement, you’ll be visited by a tutor. Further resources will be available through our visual learning environment and monitored chat rooms, with tutor input, to enable you to communicate with your fellow students and learn from each other’s experiences.

Personal Tutoring

As an undergraduate Law and Social Science student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first semester at LSBU.  The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.   They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

In your first year, you'll meet with your personal tutor for 1 hour, twice a year.  In your second year you will have appointments with your personal tutor three times a year, for up to 30 minutes.

In your final year your dissertation supervisor will arrange to meet with you as required.

You can contact your tutor/supervisor for additional support by email or phone.


Entry requirements

  • Two-year HE course – FdA Foundation Degree in Education or HND or DipHE, or equivalent
  • Must be working in an educational setting at the start and for the duration of the course.
  • Other level 5 qualifications will be considered such as ESOL teaching qualifications or DET (Diploma in Education and Training) together with substantial professional experience in an educational setting.
  • Applicants must hold GCSEs English and Maths minimum C grade, or equivalent qualification (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
  • We welcome applications from everyone interested in furthering their education, including mature students.

If you are a mature student and your qualifications fall short of those above, your application may still be considered on the basis on your work experience in an educational setting.

We interview all applicants and require as a conditions of entry, confirmation from the applicant's employer that the applicant works in an educational setting.

Visit UCAS for tariff guidance.

If you have any questions about the course, then please get in touch with the Course Director, Fabienne Benoist on

Please also take a look at our What's On event's page to see upcoming Open Days

Advanced entry

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.

How to apply

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
1 year
Start date
Application code
Application method


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

Applicant events

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.

Fees and funding

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Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2020/21
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £14470
AOS/LSBU code: 3838Session 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.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 220 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 102 KB).

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.