Education Studies (Top-up) BA (Hons)
BA Hons Education Studies Top-up
Applying for 2021/22 entry? See how you'll be taught in our Covid information for applicants.
If you want to top up a Level 5 qualification such as a diploma or Foundation degree to a full Bachelor's degree, this BA (Hons) Education Studies top-up degree course is ideal.
You’ll get a deeper understanding of how people learn, study education in relation to society and develop your research skills. If you're in work, you can do the course part time over 15 months.
You’ll graduate with a Bachelor's degree that’s valued across the education sector.
BA (Hons) Education Studies (Top-Up) degree entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- Only those who have previously studied at higher education level should apply. 240 HE credits of which 120 must be at level 5.
- Shortlisted applicants with non-standard qualifications will be interviewed.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
What you'll experience
On this Education Studies course you'll:
- Progress to a full Bachelor's degree
- Learn mentoring and research skills
- Be taught by experts at our School of Education and Sociology
- Study on full-time or part-time basis
Careers and opportunities
What jobs can you do with a Education Studies (Top-Up) degree?
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
Work experience and career planning
Our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course. We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build links in the education sector.
We'll also be available to help, advise and support you for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.
What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Education Studies Top-up degree
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
You need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.
Core modules on this course include:
- Research methods and dissertation proposal
- Education and Society
- Skills for mentoring in an educational context
- 21st century lives
There are no optional modules.
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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- essays reports
Teaching methods on this course include:
- group activities
You'll get feedback throughout and get one-on-one support from your personal tutor.
You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.
For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.
How you'll spend your time
One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.
In 2021/22, we're planning for most of your learning to be supported by timetabled face-to-face teaching with some elements of online provision. Please be aware, the balance between face-to-face teaching and online provision may change depending on Government restrictions. You'll also do lots of independent study with support from staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle. Find out more about how our teaching has transformed to best support your learning.
The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.
It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- Teaching block 1 – early October to January
- Assessment period 1 – late January to early February
- Teaching block 2 – February to May
- Assessment period 2 – May to June
Extra learning support
The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:
Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.
As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next scheduled meeting.
Learning development tutors
You'll have help from a team of faculty learning development tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.
They can help with:
- Improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
- Delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
- Understanding and using assignment feedback
- Managing your time and workload
- Revision and exam techniques
Academic skills support
As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- Academic writing
- Note taking
- Time management
- Critical thinking
- Presentation skills
- Working in groups
- Revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.
The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.
Tuition fees (2021 start)
Note that if you're an EU and International student, you can only apply for this course if you don't require a Student Route Visa.
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £15,500 per year (subject to annual increase)
UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
- Year 1 (80 credits): £4,110
- Year 2 (40 credits): £2,060
EU Students (including Transition Scholarship)
- Year 1 (80 credits): £4,110
- Year 2 (40 credits): £2,060
- Year 1 (80 credits): £10,330
- Year 2 (40 credits): £5,170
Fees may be subject to annual increase.
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
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.
How to apply
To start this course in 2021, apply through UCAS. You'll need:
- the UCAS course code – X300/Non-UCAS
- our institution code – P80
If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.
You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
- Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
- Speak with lecturers and chat with our students
- Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join
If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
Apply for this part-time course using our online application form. Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.
Not quite ready to apply?
Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
How to apply from outside the UK
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.