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BA (Hons) Education and Lifelong Learning (Top-Up)

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Oxford City Centre,
Oxpens Rd,
Oxford, OX1 1SA

Extend your knowledge and gain a deeper understanding of the context of education in our society.

This Honours Degree Level 6 programme, is available to study full-time in one year, including attendance at college for one afternoon and evening per week. It is designed to extend the knowledge gained from previous studies at Level 5, developing a deeper understanding of the context of education in our society and examining current contemporary issues in Education.

The course offers the opportunity to work alongside peers from a variety of roles across the education sector. The programme aims to provide a balance between provision of information and opportunities to actively assimilate, apply, question, debate and critically reflect. Teaching and learning strategies will encourage student engagement in new areas of knowledge, broadening and deepening existing knowledge, and provide opportunities to apply theory and new understanding to students’ own practices, developing individuals as graduate professionals.

A range of assessment types are employed throughout the Modules and will enable students to demonstrate knowledge in a variety of ways, including essay, reports, and presentations. There are no formal written exams. In modules with more than one assignment, you must pass both in order to pass the module. Further details of the assignment tasks relating to each module with be provided in each Module Handbook.

Graduates may find employment or career progression in teaching support roles, roles in further education colleges, sixth-form colleges, universities, adult education centres, private training providers, art colleges, community organisations, charities, the public services and a wide range of commercial and voluntary organisations. Following successful completion of the Honours degree, candidates intending to apply for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programmes such a Primary PGCE*, should note that they will require GCSE Grade C (4) or above in English, Maths and Science at the point of application. Graduates of the BA may also wish to study a PGCE in post-compulsory Education* which can support entry to a variety of roles such a lecturer, or trainer within a College or training provider. *Please remember to check other entry requirements for all courses as these may differ according to institution.

What I'll learn

The Modules of study allows students to examine theory and make direct links to practice, challenging poor practice, and understanding the impact of a variety of factors on teaching and learning and the barriers to learning. Students will undertake their own research and examine their professional identity, developing themselves as educators and facilitators, confident to work in a changing educational environment.

Students will study the following Modules:

  • Research Methods
  • Psychology in the Learning Environment
  • Dissertation (Double module)
  • Developing Professional Roles & Identity
  • Contemporary Issues in Education (Double module)
  • Developing an Effective Learning Environment.


My favourite part of working at Activate Learning is the opportunity for Continued Professional Development.  

Soumaya Arfa

Entry Requirements

Typically, applicants must have:

  • Level 5 qualification such as Foundation Degree (240 Credits equivalent) in a relevant subject

Applicants should have at least two years' experience of working or volunteering in an educational setting prior to commencing the course, and the setting must be willing to support their training needs.

As part of the entry requirements students are also required to have a DBS check.

Students progressing on to Primary Initial Teacher Training will require GCSE Grade 4/C or above in English, Maths and Science. If progressing on to Secondary Initial Teacher Training, or teaching in the FE sector, Science is not a stipulated requirement for entry.

Students will be expected to attend lessons equipped with writing/notetaking material and/or a laptop or tablet if preferred. Each Module will provide details of indicative reading which will benefit your knowledge and understanding of the topics covered. Students are encouraged to purchase their own copies of some core text books, where possible. Students will have access to the Learning Environment at the college, and the library at Oxford Brookes, including electronic resources.


How to Apply

X302 Please apply through UCAS.