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Learning and Teaching BA (Part time) 2018 start

Course information for 2017 start

  • Overview

    This top-up degree is designed for those currently engaged in providing support for learning and/or teaching in schools or other settings.

    The course builds on your Foundation Degree or equivalent qualification. Firmly rooted in professional practice, it aims to take you from a learning support role to one where you have the responsibility for delivering and managing learning.

    The course is taught one afternoon a week so you can fit study alongside your other work and family commitments. You’ll be taught by friendly and supportive staff, experienced in working with adult learners and with substantial professional experience in the sector. Our student support service offers advice and guidance, academic skills support, welcome events and social events throughout your studies.


    Many of our Foundation Degree and BA graduates progress to managerial positions both within and outside the education sector.

    Is this course for me?

    The top-up degree is aimed at those currently engaged in providing support for learning and/or teaching, not just in schools but in a wide range of learning support roles, including further and higher education, the voluntary sector, libraries and museums.

    We know that many mature and part-time students face unique challenges, including balancing academic study with family and employment commitments. For that reason, the Lifelong Learning Centre provides specialist guidance, advice and support to mature and part-time students, from pre-application right through to graduation and beyond.


    Our BA Learning and Teaching (SEND) is designed for those who are interested in working with learners with SEND in specialist and mainstream settings.

    The course runs one afternoon a week so you can fit in study alongside your work and other family commitments.

    If you're interested in studying full-time you may also be interested in the Learning and Teaching specialist pathway available through our Professional Studies BA programme.

  • Course content

    This top-up degree will build on the learning outcomes of the Foundation Degree Learning and Teaching and your professional experience.

    The degree is designed to produce practitioners who are able to question and critically analyse education policies and initiatives and who can make an informed contribution to their organisation. It is structured and delivered in such a way that you have the opportunity to understand and assimilate new ideas and concepts and to apply these in practice. The BA is firmly rooted in professional practice and combines scholarly activities with learning through experience of work. The course develops your skills in supporting learners and optional modules allow you to develop more specialised skills and knowledge in areas which affect your own practice.

    In year 1 core modules will look at issues and ethics in professional practice and research methods and you will choose from optional modules looking at autism, leadership, exploring learning identities and playful learning. In year 2 you will focus on your dissertation.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Researching the Learning and Teaching Sector 20 credits
    • Issues and Ethics in Professional Practice 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Leadership for Learning in Community and Educational Settings 20 credits
    • An Introduction to Autism 20 credits
    • Involving Parents/Carers in Learning 20 credits
    • Who do you think you are? Exploring Learning Identities 20 credits
    • Playful Learning: using game philosophy to develop new approaches to learning and teaching 20 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Dissertation 40 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Learning and Teaching BA in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    Teaching is imaginative and supportive to make sure that you are intellectually stretched and helped to become an independent inquirer. Group sizes are small enough for you to engage actively and be well supported.

    Assessment

    Assessments are varied and include essays, projects, case studies, individual and group presentations and posters. This wide range gives you the opportunity to work to your strengths and to gain skills in different forms of expression.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    GCSE: English and Maths grade C/4 or above, or equivalent


    A Foundation Degree, Diploma in Higher Education or equivalent qualification in Learning and Teaching or a similar discipline.

    OR

    A qualification at NVQ Level 5 normally coupled with at least two years experience of work in an educational role or setting.

    AND

    Applicants must also be engaged in relevant work (paid or voluntary) with a minimum of 60 hours per year.

    If you are a mature student or want to study part-time the Lifelong Learning Centre offers a free, confidential and impartial pre-entry guidance service. Our experienced staff can also talk to you about how you might meet the entry criteria and what support may be available to you.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through the Lifelong Learning Centre.

    We will treat all applications individually. We’ll take into account an applicant’s life experience and the circumstances in which they have gained prior qualifications and we encourage you to cover these things in your personal statement. We will interview shortlisted candidates.

    Admissions policy

    Lifelong Learning Centre Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    Fees

    UK/EU: To be confirmed

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.

    The fee is likely to increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

    The UK government has also confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

    There are no upfront fees to pay. All eligible students are able to borrow the entire cost of tuition fees making study free at the point of entry, with good repayment terms. You are eligible if you are studying for 30+ credits per year on a programme which is at a higher level than any qualification already held. Previous study in Higher Education may affect your eligibility.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

  • Career opportunities

    A qualification from the University of Leeds counts: our graduates are highly valued by employers. When you complete your degree programme you will also become part of a network of highly employable graduates.

    A University of Leeds degree will make you very attractive to employers and enhance your career prospects. The Learning and Teaching degree provides you with skills that can help you develop in your present employment or access a diverse range of careers which involve supporting learning, some of these are in education but many are in other areas eg public and college libraries, voluntary sector organisations, children’s centres and hospitals. Many students go onto learning support and managerial roles in education such as managing teams of learning mentors, teaching assistants and behaviour support workers. Successful completion of the BA enables students to apply for a PG teacher training course.

    Careers support

    Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.

    The University and the Lifelong Learning Centre provide a range of activities to support LLC students looking to:
    • explore their career options
    • develop or enhance their employability skills
    • gain work or voluntary experience
    • prepare for promotion, review or a role change at work
    • find and apply for jobs

    Read more at Careers support for LLC students and on the University’s Careers website.

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