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BA (Hons) Education and Professional Training Top-Up

    2 Years
    Canterbury Christ Church University
The BA (Hons) Education and Professional Training is a two-year top up to initial HE qualifications in Education and Training or in the life-long learning sector.

If you have completed the Diploma in Education and Training or equivalent the course will enable you to top up your existing qualifications to a full degree. It is taught part-time over two years, so you can remain in employment while critically exploring the area you work in.

During the course, you will develop your academic skills and your ability to evaluate and investigate the ideas and practices of post-compulsory education/lifelong learning. You will receive structured guidance and tutorial support through your own personal tutor. You will explore areas such as learning from experience, learning and sustainable development and reflective practice.

You will encounter a range of assessment methods which may include, but are not limited to: essays, practical reports, case studies, portfolios, oral presentations and independent study.

Graduates from this programme work within Post Compulsory Education and Training or other broadly similar roles. Some have progressed onto the MA Education.

Year 1

Lifelong Learning: a critical opening

This module will introduce you to the key themes that run throughout the course through studying readings in adult learning. You will become confident in participating in academic discussion and writing.

Really Useful Knowledge’ 1850-The Present and the History of Learning Theories

You will study how education policy and practice have evolved in historical, socio-economic and political contexts. By examining these, you will investigate the changing organisation of work and the emphasis on vocational training. Together we will explore the concept of the adult learner and how it impacts our professional and personal lives. You will be encouraged to explore knowledge, who is knowledge for and who has the power to make decisions.

Learning from Experience

The focus of this module is the individual and how they make sense of educational experiences within the broader context. You will consider what learning and lifelong learning means to you. The module aims to make the link between theory and practice at an individual level.

Lifelong Learning: Widening Views

This module will focus on your academic reading skills. You will read, evaluate and discuss a number of challenging texts. Themes include post-modernism, globalisation, Neoliberalism, and equality and diversity. You will gain confidence in dealing with issues of ideology and interpretation.

Lifelong Learning and Sustainability Development

Sustainability and sustainable development are often at the forefront of current public debate. You will examine the complexity of the various perspectives and debates. In this module, you will also look at the diversity of sustainable development in both national and international contexts as well as the concepts of informal and community learning.

Reflective Practice and Lifelong Learning

By increasing your understanding of the curricular contexts of your own work, this module will help you become a more effective practitioner of Lifelong Learning. You will examine the value of your role and how it relates to the views of your organisation and professional conventions. In particular, you will assess the needs of your learners and co-workers within your area of work.

Year 2

Orientation and Research Skills

This module will introduce you to the next stage of your studies. You will develop your professional understanding and practice through the review of history, cultural and policy contexts of PCET/Lifelong Learning. Using a biographical approach, you will learn to understand the personal context for learning and thinking about the idea of a 'reflective practioner'.

Approaches to Research and Professional Development

You will be provided with concepts and approaches for research and development. These are action research, curriculum evaluation and development, and literature review. You will use these to help you engage in research for your role and professional development.

Individual Study

You will have the opportunity to research a subject of your choice to enhance your professional development.
We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.


Entry requirements are a Diploma in Education and Training, Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector or an equivalent. Other relevant qualifications from HE institutions can be considered.

You should have relevant professional work within the Post-Compulsory Education and Training/Lifelong Learning sector. In most cases entrants to the programme will be either teachers or lecturers or be in some similar type of role within this sector. In some cases teaching or training will only be a part of the entrant’s professional work. It is possible that entrants to the programme will be employed in PCET/LL without being directly involved in teaching and training. Such entrants must be in a position to complete all the modules including those which require ‘research’.

All applicants will be expected to provide evidence of a current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate. In almost all cases you will be able to use your work-related DBS check as part of meeting the entry requirements.