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BA (Hons) Education Studies (Top-up)


This flexible honours level programme will allow you to link your study to professional practice, enhancing your employability and career prospects.

As befitting a high level of study, one of the core modules (40 Credits) requires you to engage in an independent project based around your individual vocational situation or educational interest.

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This programme is run in partnership with the University of Derby.

As a University of Derby partner student, you will have access to the university’s virtual learning environment, including UDo and on-line journals and texts, as well as to their library facilities.

Entry requirements

To start this course you will be expected to have successfully completed a minimum of one of the following:

  • At least 240 credits on a relevant foundation degree.
  • At least 240 credits on a relevant HND.
  • Other relevant Level 5 qualification (240 credits normally with a merit grade, or equivalent).

We normally also require three GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above, to include English language and maths: English and maths at Level 2 are essential requirements.

Please note that maths at Level 2 is required for progression onto the BA (Hons) Education Studies Top-up award or other programme.

Start dates and fees

Course fees are payable for each year of all university-level courses. To identify your course fees and the financial support that may be available to you, please visit the finance and funding page, or contact a member of the HE team at the college.

Provisional timetables will be discussed at interview, and confirmed in the final joining instructions which all students will receive in July.

Additional costs: Every student is different, but as a rough guide you should allow for the following costs of study, on top of basic stationery and IT costs, per year:

Essential: Between £100-£300 on books. Up to £100 on visits, events, etc.              

Where applicable: £44 on DBS check.

Start DateDay/TimeWksDurationCodeAnnual FeeActions
301 yr(s)2362D101£7150.00Apply

How long is the course?

We recommend that you undertake a study placement if you are not employed in an appropriate setting (you would be responsible for finding this placement but we would support you if you experienced difficulties in this).

You will also need to dedicate a substantial amount of time to research and study outside the classroom.


How will I be assessed?

There is significant emphasis on assessment through coursework, as the programme requires students to explain and evaluate theoretical issues in the field of education and to apply their critical understanding of such issues in appropriate workplace settings. Assessment methods include presentations, essays and a dissertation.

What does the course lead to?

A degree in education studies allows you to keep your options open. Successful completion of the degree will provide you with the opportunity to follow a number of career pathways. The course can open up different routes into teaching and teaching assistant roles as well as positions in museums organising educational programmes, social and educational research, educational administration, educational publishing, as well as careers in the commercial or public sector.

What will I study?

You will study the following modules:

  • Educational Independent Study (40 credits)
  • Learning and Motivation
  • Curriculum, Corruption and Construction
  • Understanding and Managing the Behaviours of Learners
  • Special Educational Needs, Disability and the Inclusion Debate

Module titles may change.

All modules are worth 20 credits unless otherwise stated.

What can I go on to study?

  • Upon successful completion of the course, you could further your education by studying a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education) or a MEd (Master of Education), subject to entry requirements.
  • Alternatively, you may consider a number of career pathways in the private, public or voluntary sectors including teaching and teaching assistant roles, working in museums, organising educational programmes, social and education research, educational administration and educational publishing. This list is not exhaustive.

How do I apply?

Please complete our online application form, paying particular attention to previous qualifications and the personal statement. If you experience any difficulty, please contact the Vision University Centre on 01623 627191 ext: 8996, or email the HE team at

Applications to our full-time undergraduate courses should be made through UCAS.

Apply via UCAS

However, if you have your results or only wish to apply to this college we may be able to process the application through UCAS for you.

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Next steps

Applications to our full-time undergraduate courses should be made through UCAS.

Apply via UCAS

However, if you have your results or only wish to apply to this college we may be able to process the application through UCAS for you.

Apply online

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