Education Top-Up BA (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (1 year)

University Centre Peterborough


code: X300

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Develop your professional knowledge, skills and understanding. Our one-year top-up course is ideal for professionals already working in schools, colleges or other educational settings.

Full description


With a BA (Hons) Education under your belt, you'll be ready to enter a wide range of degree-level careers, or to undertake further studies or professional training.

Our students have gone on to work in teaching, university administration, to mentoring roles in schools, and to jobs as college lecturers and trainers.

Modules & assessment

  • Investigating Education Through Research
    This module gives you the opportunity to consider the aims and intentions of educational research, critique published journal articles, and examine the role of evidence from research as a basis for improving your area of practice. With a clear understanding of research purposes, methodology and methods, you will be in a strong position to design, carry out and evaluate small-scale projects in your workplace.
  • Work-Based Learning
    This module focuses upon experiential learning in the workplace. This learning can take place either within your current job role or on a work placement and must be within an educational context, either formal (e.g. school or college classroom) or informal (e.g. play scheme, museum or outdoor learning centre). You will select and plan the specific focus for the learning in consultation with your module tutor. You will then carried out your project and be evaluated to show the professional learning and development that you have achieved.
  • Raising Achievement Through Improving Teaching and Learning
    On this module, we reflect on the vitally important topic of why learners succeed or fail and what can be done to enable all learners (at any age) to thrive. You will discuss the low attainment in school of children from certain social groups. You will also consider and critique contemporary pedagogical strategies in the light of case studies and other research evidence.
  • Undergraduate Major Project
    The undergraduate major project enables you to raise and address significant questions relating to your chosen topic/issue. You will be supported by a tutor with similar interests and research profile. This module requires autonomous study and it is your chance to demonstrate that you have met our University’s expectations and are ready to graduate.


We'll assess you in a number of ways, including case studies, action research, reflection and a Major Project.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.

We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.

We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.

Where can I study?

University Centre Peterborough
University Centre Peterborough

University Centre Peterborough (or UCP) is our modern campus in the heart of an historic city.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2018/19 (per year)


How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees in the following ways.

Tuition fee loan

You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.

Loans and fee payments


We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.

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Funding for UK & EU students

Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.

We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Entry requirements

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This course is open to education professionals working in schools, colleges and other educational settings. You should already have 240 credits (120 at Level 4 and 120 at Level 5) before joining the course.

Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

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