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BA (Hons) Education Studies Top-Up

    Full time
    1 Year
    University of Greenwich
Designed specifically for those students interested in developing their current Level 5 qualification to a full honours degree, this programme has been designed with employability, enterprise and research at the fore. Students are expected to reflect on their current practice (voluntary or employed) whilst using theory and contemporary strategy to inform their professional pedagogy. Learning takes place in the classroom with a strong emphasis on debate, discussion and analysis of developments in the diverse world of education.

By focusing on various educational specialisms, you will gain a broad-based platform from which to study the key aspects of Education and/or Education Studies and develop an understanding of the importance of being able to evaluate learning and teaching in the context of the wider community and society at large. Whilst the majority of Education Studies students begin with the aim of becoming primary teachers, an additional aim of the programme is to create awareness of the wide range of education-related careers that are available to graduates, which do not involve classroom practice.

The programme is delivered using a combination of lectures, providing a broad overview, and seminars, which focus on discussing particular issues and are led by student presentations. Lectures and seminars use a variety of materials, including original documents, films and documentaries, illuminated manuscripts, slide and PowerPoint demonstrations.

Depending on the modules you select, assessment varies from 100% coursework to a combination of examination and coursework of varying ratios. Coursework tasks can include individual and group projects, presentations, critical reviews and portfolios, as well as conventional analytical essays.

Teaching and Learning:

• Lectures
• Seminars
• Group work
• Independent reading and research
• Directed study
• Presentations
• Action learning sets
• Blogging
• Online collaborative projects
• Case studies


• Essay
• Enquiry project
• Literature review
• Individual and group presentations
• Reflective log
• Portfolio
• Poster
• Wikis
• Exam

Students will normally receive 12 hours of contact time with teaching staff each week through teaching and assessment (i.e. lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory work, projects and examinations). Students will be expected to dedicate two hours of independent study for every hour of contact time, equating to a total of approximately 36 hours of study per week.

On graduation, students will be:

• Well informed about education and relevant public sector policies.
• Able to use concepts and information to make judgements in their professional practice.
• Able to organise their own learning research and reporting to continue to develop.
• Recognise the need to consult a variety of sources to be sufficiently informed.
• Be confident in the use of IT and to transmit those skills to others.
• Have the required literacy and numeracy commensurate with professional demands.
• Able to create a social enterprise in a relevant area.
• Able to access Student Union activities/events to further interpersonal and intrapersonal communication skills
• Able to access UoG Employability Kit and GET activities/events to enhance employment opportunities.

Applicants will be interviewed and asked to complete a short written task at interview. This task will be used in conjunction with the interview and application form to assess an applicant’s motivation and commitment to furthering their degree and their academic skills for study at this level.

Applications (full-time only) should be made through UCAS.

The College offers a friendly, dynamic and creative community of higher education students studying across a wide range of creative disciplines and is ideally located within close proximity to London. The programme has a wealth of professional contacts, guest speakers and an established close working relationship with the university. These features run in tandem with the teaching team's engagement in research, scholarly activity and external consultancy and enable the programme to maintain the best practices within teaching and learning that are relevant to current industry contexts. Under the overarching subject of Education, our focus is placed upon the training of versatile professionals able to solve problems creatively, while drawing on deep knowledge of their chosen field and a critical understanding of the social, economic and cultural factors influencing their professional environment. Students are introduced to flipped and blended learning techniques which enrich and enhance the overall delivery of the programme content. Students are encouraged to complete homework and collaborate in teams using the college virtual learning environment.

The educational aims for the programme are as follows:

• To provide a broad-based platform for the study of key aspects of the academic field or discipline of Education and/or Education Studies
• To focus on major concepts and current practices as a basis for understanding their application to the broad field of education
• To understand the importance of being able to evaluate learning and teaching in the context of the wider community and society at large
• To extend student understanding of the relationship between educational theory and other social scientific perspectives
• To encourage the development of critical analysis of, and reflection on, education as a basis for potential career development
• To understand the nature and operation of social enterprise within the education sector.

The majority of Education Studies students begin with the aim of becoming primary teachers; however, an additional aim of the programme is to create awareness of the wide range of education-related careers that are available to graduates that do not involve classroom practice.

This programme will be of particular interest to students who wish to pursue a career in teaching or further study in the world of education. The courses are designed to encourage students from various education related subjects such as learner psychology, early years, childhood studies, social pedagogy, primary, secondary or further education, learner support and many more. Existing tutors and lecturers are able to undertake this course upon successful completion of the accredited prior learning process.

You will study:

• Enquiry Project (30 credits)
• Leadership and Management (30 credits)
• Creativity, Inclusivity, Pedagogy and Practice (30 credits)
• Negotiated Work-Based Learning (30 credits)


Applicants should hold a minimum of 240 degree credit points. This is made up of 120 Level 4 credit points and 120 Level 5 credit points please see examples below:

• Level 5 – Foundation Degree or equivalent in a compatible subject.
• DTTLS / DET (Level 4 with Level 5 credits) - applicants will need to complete the Accredited Prior Learning (ALP) procedure – please ask for details.
• In addition, all applicants are expected to have achieved a minimum of Grade C/4 (or equivalent) in GCSE English and maths or working towards a functional skills qualification. Please do contact us to discuss your application if you do not have one of these qualifications.

Ideally applicants should be working with learners of any age in an educational setting, on a paid or voluntary basis, for at least one day per week for the full duration of the programme.

Institution Code: G70
Course Code: X301
Campus Code: K

Joanna Harris

Throughout this course the lectures have been inspiring and influential to my teaching ... Joanna Harris, BA (Hons) Education Studies
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