Education Studies - BA (Hons) Top up

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University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
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Course Details

For those who have completed a Foundation Degree in a relevant subject area, the BA (Hons) Top up course is designed to help you take your knowledge and skills in working with children and young people in education to full honours degree level.

You will study educational systems from early years to adolescence. There is a particularly strong focus on issues relating to inclusion, including work with vulnerable young people and those with learning disabilities. You will undertake a placement in a setting working with children and/or young people to help you relate your theoretical knowledge to the workplace.

Our experienced and professionally qualified staff will support you throughout the course. The team all have industry experience and will help you to make the most of your studies on this intensive and rewarding course.

Our students benefit from studying in our dedicated multi million pound Hugh Baird University Centre. You will have access to learning resources at the Hugh Baird University Centre and at the University of Central Lancashire.

The Education Studies - BA (Hons) Top up is focused on developing a range of skills for you to take into the work place in order to enhance your knowledge of education within various settings. Each week there will be a mixture of lectures, group discussion, debates and presentations designed to meet the learning styles of all class members. You will be encouraged to reflect on experiences from the workplace in order to maximise learning opportunities and discuss these experiences within a group setting. The assessments range from assignments, presentations, debates and portfolio development. You will also be given directed study and reading lists to help focus on specific areas in preparation for class. The aim of the BA (Hons) Top up in Education Studies is to develop the skills, strategies, and behaviours required to perform as confident, independent and active learners.

You will study a range of core modules, including:

  • The education of vulnerable young people
  • Policy and practice in educational settings
  • Reflective practice in educational settings
  • Developmental disorders of learning and cognition
  • Theories and approaches to learning
  • Dissertation module
For full entry criteria, please see the Programme Specification.
One year, full time or two years, part time.

Learners completing their BA (Hons) Top up will be able to apply to study courses at postgraduate level.

Graduates may progress towards careers in teaching, most commonly going on to gain places on primary PGCE courses (teacher training) or increasingly, undertaking training in schools as part of the Schools Direct programme.

Other possible graduate destinations include advice and guidance roles; community support; social work roles; learning mentors or other pastoral roles in educational contexts.

Please call our Careers Advice team on 0151 353 4444 for more information.

Primary contact:
Fiona Botsford

Other contact:
Hayley Wilson

How much will this course cost me?

Tuition fee loans cover university/college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university/college by Student Finance England, so you don’t need a pot of money up front.

They are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn and not how much you owe and you won’t need to start paying them back until you are earning more than a certain amount.

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It’s never too late to learn

We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 years or above). Even if you don't have the entry requirements, you may have gained knowledge and skills from relevant work or life experience, so we would consider your application on an individual basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

We want to make your university education as flexible and affordable as possible. We offer a number of financial support options to help you go further by staying local. You don’t need to pay for your tuition fees up front - Tuition Fee Loans cover university or college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university or college, by Student Finance England.

They are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn. You may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan to help support your living costs. For more information, visit

Yes. We have a dedicated team of staff on hand to help guide you through the admissions process, from selecting the right course, to completing your UCAS application and applying for financial support.

If you have any questions, or need help at any stage, call the Retention and Progression Team on 0151 353 4444, or email

Important terms, conditions and disclaimer information about our courses can be found on our Wider Information Set.