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, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.

With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.

At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly, supportive and experienced staff. With over 150 research students across our three doctoral programmes (PhD; DProf and EdD), we provide the multi-disciplinary perspective and potential for academic debate that reflects our position as a leader in practitioner-focused and practice-led research studies.

Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.

You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, social services, local and regional authorities, schools and academic institutions.

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

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

Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

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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