BA (Hons) Education and Professional Development

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Places are still available for this course.

This course is particularly suitable for those wishing to progress from a Certificate of Education (CertEd), DTLLS or other Level 5 teaching qualification to a degree. It takes two years (part-time) to attain the degree and you can choose to complete either an ordinary degree or a degree with honours. 

The degree is primarily aimed at those working either within the education and training sector or related areas including health, community, private and voluntary sectors and the uniformed services, who are looking to further their professional knowledge and skills. It will help you broaden your knowledge and understanding of theoretical and policy issues and research methods in education and training, with direct application to your own professional context. It provides an opportunity to develop your professional and personal confidence within your working practice.  

What will I study? 

The course is delivered via an innovative ‘blended learning’ style which combines face-to-face Saturday day schools normally at Northern College (some are at the University of Huddersfield, please see course dates below) and creative online activities with both individual and collaborative study.  

Your practice is the starting point to help strengthen your confidence in critical debate, enterprise in leading ideas, ability to influence policy and in developing your digital and academic scholarship. You’ll need access to appropriate technology and be prepared to try out new and changing technologies. 

Critical friendships, social networking, tutor support and modelling of excellent online and classroom practice is central to the supportive ethos of a proactive learning community in the 21st Century. This course promotes adaptability, skills and knowledge, essential within rapidly changing professional contexts. The course promotes ‘students-as-researchers’ with unique opportunities to share and celebrate practitioner-research at festivals each year. 

This course gives you the opportunity to build the knowledge to extend the cognitive and practical skills required within teaching and learning. You’ll draw on your existing teaching and learning experiences to plan and explore new ways of developing and understanding contemporary good practice. You’ll also have the opportunity to focus on research-based practice and undertake research focusing on contemporary educational challenges and strategies. 

Learning materials, including information, case-studies and self-assessment materials are provided at regular intervals throughout the year. Students will also participate in virtual seminars and discussion groups. Assessments vary and include essays, presentations, poster presentations, reports and a major empirical study. 

You’ll also have a Personal Academic Tutor who’ll be assigned to you throughout your course to support your ongoing wellbeing and ensure that you have a positive learning experience. 

Summary of course 

Year 1 core modules: 

Professional practice (Advanced) 

This module is focused on enhancing your professionalism and practice through structured workplace learning. You’ll have the opportunity to explore work-based learning opportunities and employability together with student occupational and professional concepts, principles and techniques, including reflective practice and using established analytical tools. You’ll develop and maintain a systematic approach to evidencing and reviewing your professionalism and employability. There’s an emphasis on you setting your own work-related learning objectives, developing reflective practice and using learning agreements.  

Improving teaching and learning 

This module will allow you to explore innovative and creative developments in teaching and learning practice. You’ll have the opportunity to develop a proposal for innovative practice in your own professional context through a presentation and supporting paper and to evaluate the effectiveness of your intervention through a short presentation and discussion. 

Critical education 

This module seeks to explore the social, cultural, political and economic context of education. Assessment is typically via the development of a portfolio analysing the influences on education, a reflexive account of your own personal and professional development and an evaluation of a specific aspect of current educational practice. 

Year 2 core modules for the Honours degree: 

Research methodologies 

This module explores a range of research strategies and methods, preparing you to assess the value and significance of different approaches to data collection and analysis within your field of study. You’ll learn how to develop your own research design, and how to collect and analyse information in order to find out new things about a topic that you’re interested in. Coursework typically involves developing your own research proposal. 

Major study 

This module allows you to pursue your particular interests and demonstrate the breadth of knowledge, understanding and strengths that you have developed during your degree studies. You’ll be supported to select a relevant topic and develop a proposal. This module is your opportunity to bring together everything you have learned in a study of your choosing and you’ll typically be assessed via a dissertation. 

Reflexive study 

This module encourages you to make explicit links between your modules and your own practice, seeking to deepen your understanding of key issues. Assessment is typically via written coursework exploring key themes within education and professional development through reflection on your own professional learning and development. 

Year 2 Core modules for the ordinary degree: 

Reflexive study (see above) 
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the modules and assessments. 
Entry requirements 

For this course are typically one of the following: 

  • Cert Ed or Level 5 teaching/training/education qualification
  • Foundation Degree from the University of Huddersfield

Candidates not meeting the above academic requirements but who are able to demonstrate significant and relevant experience, will be considered on an individual basis. Please contact us for further advice. 

In addition, you must also demonstrate at least two years teaching or training experience and be in an educational or training role.

Course fees: 

The course fees for 2021-22 are £4,477.50.

These fees are fundable by a Student Finance England loan (if you have an existing loan, the monthly repayments stay the same).  

If you have any further questions, please contact David Feeney 

 To apply: 

Please email David Feeney

  • The course type’ is ‘BA Education and Professional Development’ 
  • The ‘study course’ is ‘Education and Professional Development BA/BA(Hons) (Northern College)

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