BA (Hons) Education Studies (Top-Up) - University of Portsmouth
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BA (Hons)

Education Studies (Top-Up)

UCAS codeX300

Full Time 1yr

Flexible progression for those who have completed levels 4 and 5

Course Overview

Why take this course?

Convert your study and work in education into an honours degree with this flexible top-up programme, designed to fit around your work. 

This course offers a flexible progression route for those who have completed level 4 and 5 through other courses such as a Foundation degree.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Progress to a full honours degree
  • Study on a part time basis
  • Study on a full time basis

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course is appropriate for those who are currently working within education and training environments and who wish to have a full honours degree.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • Teacher training
  • Working in education related professions


Ashley Bridle, BA (Hons) Education Studies

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the University of Portsmouth, the support I have received has made it possible to juggle family, work and study. I have learnt so much about myself as well as gaining subject knowledge which has increased my confidence professionally.

Ashley Bridle, BA (Hons) Education Studies

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Structure & Teaching

This part time course will offer the option to fast track year two and complete studies in only one year.

Core units in the first year include:

  • Research methods and dissertation proposal
  • Education and Society
  • Skills for mentoring in an educational context
  • 21st century lives

Core units in the second year include:

  • Dissertation

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Teaching and Assessment

Learning and teaching is interactive, with a combination of lectures and group activities. All topics are supported by online materials through a VLE.

Opportunities for formative feedback are provided in the sessions and you will be supported in your learning by a Personal Tutor. The experienced staff have both academic and professional backgrounds which ensures that the course retains a professional focus.

How are you assessed?

Assessment is varied across the units and includes:

  • Presentations
  • Essays reports
  • Extended study (dissertation)

There are no exams.

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Facilities & Features

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.

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 may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.

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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

Career prospects
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 professional within the field of education.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • Teaching in primary education
  • Teaching in Colleges of FE
  • Senior management roles in nurseries
  • Senior positions in education and training in areas such as nursing/police work

Career planning

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.

Graduate profile

I am a mature student who has recently completed the BA(Hons) in Education and Training Studies, I found the course as a whole a great opportunity to enhance my knowledge and add credibility and value to my role as a teacher. I am joint owner of my own training company and since completing this course I have found that opportunities for myself and my company have presented themselves that were not available to me before.

I enjoyed the course immensely, although it was challenging and not to be underestimated. I enjoyed the ease in which the course fitted into my schedule as working fulltime and having small children this was an important consideration. The teaching provided was well planned and delivered professionally, support was offered in various different ways which included guidance and feedback from the course tutors and the Learning and Development Tutors.

I enjoyed the majority of the units in particular the Coaching and Leadership unit and the Globilisation unit, these units were enjoyable for two main reasons, apart from being very interesting, what I learnt from these units I feel have made me a better teacher as I gained a greater understanding of how people learn, and the barriers to learning. The knowledge gained through these units also expanded my own knowledge and understanding of these topics. It was satisfying to be able to put what I have learnt into practice.

The most enjoyable part of the course and by far the most challenging was the dissertation. Because the dissertation is on a topic of the students choosing meant that I could choose a topic I was interested in and related to my work. I found this enjoyable because the research I did enabled me to learn many things that I did not know and confirmed many others that I did. I was supported throughout the dissertation process by my dissertation supervisor whose guidance and feedback was invaluable, she made time for me and was always an email away when needed.

The course once completed has given me an enormous sense of personal achievement, as someone who left school without any formal qualifications. I am very grateful for the opportunity to have taken on and completed this degree and for the support and guidance I received. I would highly recommend this course and the University of Portsmouth for the facilities and courses available and the quality of teaching provided.


Mike Bridges

Mike Bridges
BA (Hons) Education Studies

A great opportunity to enhance my knowledge and add credibility and value to my role as a teacher.

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