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BA (Honours) Education and Learning Support (top up)

Please note that this course is closed for applications for 16/17 entry

If you have a foundation degree or equivalent qualification with an educational focus, this course allows you to progress further and achieve a full honours degree. Designed for experienced practitioners working with children and young people in all settings, it gives you the knowledge and skills to develop effective practice at the forefront of current thinking in education. Work based learning is a key part of the course, allowing you to develop in your role as you learn.

Course length 1 Year
Location City Campus
UCAS U98B Course code

Course description

This course is suitable for educational support workers from a range of settings, including those working across the full age range in schools and colleges. As an experienced practitioner, it allows you to build on your existing qualifications and graduate with an honours degree.

Your studies focus on the current requirements and environment of the educational sector. You explore • leadership • quality improvement • staff development and CPD • research in the workplace, and the ways in which these support the continuous development of effective practice. You also consider their impact on your own delivery of improved outcomes for children and young people.

We use a work-based learning approach to ensure the development of your knowledge, skills and understanding is directly relevant to your role. This means that during projects and assessments, you use your daily work experiences as the basis for your learning.

This qualification can help you to gain positions with greater responsibility. It can also enable you to progress to professional qualifications such as Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or postgraduate level study.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Typically you need
• a foundation degree or equivalent level 5 qualification with an educational focus
• to be in employment or on voluntary placement in an educational setting for a minimum of 16 hours per week

As you work with children you need to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau) check.

Course structure

One year full-time

Typical modules may include


• leadership and quality improvement • advanced professional practice 1 • advanced professional practice 2 • planning a professional project: education and learning support • extended professional project: education and learning support

Assessment Continuous assessment including
  • presentations
  • essays
  • portfolios


The skills and knowledge you gain on this course enable you to progress to posts with greater responsibility within the educational sector. This includes supervisory, management and curriculum leadership posts in education settings or higher level management and leadership positions within larger organisations such as local authorities and children's charities.

There are also a growing range of opportunities to take on wider responsibilities as graduate curriculum leaders and managers in more complex multiprofessional organisations, such as children's centres, academy chains and teaching school alliances.

In addition you can progress to postgraduate programmes which allow you to achieve professional qualifications such as Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) or Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).


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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

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How to apply

Complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form

When submitting your application, please include a signed letter from your employer stating that the setting are offering full support for the course duration.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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