BA (Hons)

Education and Training Studies (Top-up)

Enhance your education and training career prospects

3yrsPart Time

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Why take this course?

On this course, you will focus on the development of knowledge and understanding in the broad field of education and training, and explore the current debates and issues. If you are currently working in an education or training environment, this top-up degree will provide a firm foundation for your future career progression.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Transfer the knowledge, information and personal insights gained from the individual units to develop your personal and professional practice
  • Study current matters with a team of enthusiastic lecturers and invited practising professionals
  • Enter in the second year of study, if you can show relevant experience or qualifications

What opportunities might it lead to?

Students on this degree programme are generally studying to develop within their careers in education and training environments. The course helps you to gain the analytical skills, transferable thinking skills, and the confidence that comes from completing a degree.

Diane McEwan, FdA Learning Support student

Online discussions with colleagues have been very valuable and I have confidently taken part in them. The online resources have been very useful and help is never very far away.

Diane McEwan, education student

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Key Facts

3 years part time (top-up)
The UCAS tariff for 2017 entry has changed. See how this affects your tariff score ENTRY
For two year, part time direct entry progression, applicants require completion of levels four and five through a Foundation degree or equivalent. For three year, part time direct entry, applicants require completion of Certificate in Education for Post Compulsory Education or equivalent HE credits. See full entry requirements
For two year, part time direct entry progression, applicants require completion of levels four and five through a Foundation degree or equivalent. For three year, part time direct entry, applicants require completion of Certificate in Education for Post Compulsory Education or equivalent HE credits. See full entry requirements
We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2017/18 entry: part time: £3,080 p/a*

International students
2017/18 entry: part time: £6,300 p/a**

*Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.
**Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

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School of Education and Childhood Studies
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Education, Childhood and Youth Studies

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  • Hands-on opportunities to work in a relevant educational setting
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  • The flexibility of unit options that enable you to tailor your study to your own interests

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Year one

If you have a Foundation degree or equivalent, you may go directly to year two. If not, you will study these units:

  • Reflective Review: reflect on your personal learning development and locate your personal professional practice within the context of current national education and training polices.
  • Introduction to Literature Enquiry: explore the selection and analysis of source material and how it is used to inform thinking and scholarship.
  • Psychology in Education and Training: study the processes of applying psychological principles of learning in your professional practice.

Year two

  • Developing and Extending Young Children’s Thinking for Learning
  • Developing Professional Practice
  • Education, Society and The Curriculum
  • Global Perspectives on Education
  • Promoting Early Learning (0-3)
  • Research Methods and Dissertation Proposal

Year three

  • Global Perspectives on Education: review the issues associated with changing and developing aspects of international influence on pedagogy, policy and practice.
  • Dissertation: this is your opportunity to investigate an area of personal interest in the fields of education, training or administration. You will agree with your tutor the area you wish to investigate in your dissertation proposal. The focus of this unit is on the investigation and production of a small scale research project (10,000 words).

Teaching and Assessment

You will be taught in a variety of ways. Lectures will provide you with a basic grounding in a particular topic or issue; these will be supported by audio and visual materials. Seminar sessions will be used to explore issues in greater depth, discuss ideas and exchange views. Regular small group or one-to-one tutorials will be used to facilitate independent learning.

How are you assessed?

You will be required to complete essays, reports, presentations and a dissertation. We provide clear assessment criteria for all coursework assignments, which are always made known to you so that you can appreciate the criteria used to evaluate your work. All assessment is through coursework assignments.

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Study in SECS

The School comprises a body of enthusiastic staff with a range of expertise in the professional and academic sectors. We offer a welcoming learning environment, in a location near the heart of town, the student buildings and the sea front.

Academic Skills Unit (ASK)

ASK will help you become a successful university student. Our workshops are designed to improve a number of essential academic skills from essay writing and understanding plagiarism to revision and exam techniques. This is a great way to enhance your academic performance and make a smooth transition into university study.

3rd Space

A social learning space for you to study or meet up with friends. Small and large groups, or individuals looking for a quiet space or discuss work can find a quiet area which can be screened off. Alternatively, grab a coffee or play a game of pool in between lectures.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

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Career prospects

Where next?
Where next?

This is a degree that is academically rewarding and stimulating as well as providing a firm foundation for your future career progression. You will be encouraged to transfer the knowledge, information and personal insights gained from the individual units to develop your current personal and professional practice, and to support your overall development as a senior practitioner.

Career planning

To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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Online application form

Apply direct using our online form

Your application will be received by the University Admissions Centre for consideration.

Visiting opportunities

Our next Open Day is
Saturday 7 October 2017

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International Students

Staff from our international Office regularly attend overseas exhibitions. To find out more about these and our visits to your region see our International Office exhibitions page.

Fees and Funding

Find out more about fees and funding available to you at Portsmouth.

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