BA (Hons) Professional Development in Education (Top Up)
Top-Up Degree • Level 4
About the course
The principal aims of the programme are to: 1. Develop the skills and abilities necessary for study at undergraduate level. 2. Develop a reflective and reflexive approach to personal and professional development and research. 3. Enable students to demonstrate their awareness of current issues and practices within education. 4. Encourage comment on the applicability, relevance and usefulness of a range of theories, concepts, and models applied to education. 5. Enable students to demonstrate high levels of proficiency in key skills commensurate with their individual development and professional circumstances. 6. Enable students to take responsibility for the initiation, planning and development of chosen lines of enquiry. 7. Encourage evaluation of educational policies and analyse the way in which these may affect practice within specific educational environments. 8. Enable students to monitor their own progress through reviewing, reflecting, action planning and target setting as part of their Personal Development Planning (PDP).
Type of LearningUniversity Study
Study ModeFull time
Awarded ByUniversity of Bolton
A relevant Foundation Degree or HND (Level 5 equivalent).
Illusion of Inclusion, Global Perspectives on Education, Investigating the English Language, Management in Education, Dissertation.
We use a combination of face-to-face sessions (such as lectures, seminars and group work), electronic-based resources and electronic communications. We’ll support your development of research skills through individual learning and independent research. You’ll also be expected to undertake considerable guided independent study; for instance, library research and background reading, preparing for seminar and tutorial activities, and working on assignments. In terms of assessment, you can essays, written reports and assignments, presentations, research exercises, case studies, and others. These may contribute to your final marks and allow you to demonstrate that you’ve met the learning outcomes, or be designed to help consolidate your learning. We’ll provide you with regular feedback and support with your assessments drafts. These will help to identify areas where you need extra support from your tutors or student services.
Careers & Progression
The programme serves a wide and varied catchment area within which we have developed an excellent reputation as providers of high quality courses in Education. The programme has been developed in response to student and employer demand for a qualification which explores issues within a wider educational context. We find that when students leave the Foundation Degree in Children Young People and their Services or Cert Ed they have sound knowledge of educational practice and are ready to explore new areas of study. This course differs from a traditional “top up” in that it stretches students’ knowledge beyond professional practice to exploring education as a complex and ever changing area of academic study.