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Learning and Teaching BA Honours

Study alongside your role in primary or secondary education so you can develop the skills and understanding to enhance your career ambitions.
September 2022
1 year full-time
One day per week
£9,250 (UK) *
Course leader
Shirley Allen

Why study BA Learning and Teaching* with us

Our one-year BA Learning and Teaching mixes theory with experiential learning in the workplace to give you a solid understanding of the wider context of learning and teaching. You’ll develop your knowledge, understanding and experience in different school contexts, gaining the qualifications to advance your career towards qualified teacher status (QTS) or other graduate career paths.

You’ll have the flexibility to study while you work - spending one day each week engaged in online learning activities to build on your existing experience and receive educational support.

Develop your teaching skills through practice

We’ve been delivering education courses for over 60 years, and our experienced researchers and teaching staff are always on hand to give you the support you need to succeed.

The BA Learning and Teaching degree gives you an ideal foundation to advance your career as it links experiential learning in the workplace to your studies and coursework. On completing the course, you’ll have the opportunity to progress to an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course as a route to gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Get the support you need to succeed

During your course, you’ll get personalised support from your Personal Tutor, Student Learning Assistant, and Graduate Academic Assistant. Their first-hand experience in your subject area means they understand how to best support you.

Our BA Learning and Teaching gives you the ideal foundation to progress your career with postgraduate study or an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme.

Course highlights

  • Our degree combines theory with experiential learning in the workplace to give you a solid understanding of the wider context of learning and teaching
  • You’ll have the opportunity after completing the course to progress to an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course as a route to gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
  • Benefit from the flexibility to study while you work - spending one day each week engaged in online learning activities to build on your existing experience and receive educational support
  • Dedicated support throughout your studies where you’ll have a Personal Tutor and committed Student Learning and Graduate Academic Assistants who have studied your subject and can support you based on their own experience.

*This course is under review and subject to change.

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What will you study on the BA Learning and Teaching?

The one-year course aims to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding about learning and teaching in a diverse range of educational contexts, including early years, primary, secondary and special education. You will study four modules across the course. The modules are all assessed by coursework, which includes educational research, written assignments, and presentations. Course and module information is indicative and may be subject to change.

You will study four compulsory modules on the course. Each module has a 30 credit value. You will be encouraged to relate your learning on the modules to your workplace context.


  • Modules

    • Contemporary Issues in Learning and Teaching (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to develop your professional knowledge and professionalism through consideration of contemporary issues related to the subject of learning and teaching. You will participate in online discussion of selected contemporary issues that are introduced in module sessions and you will reflect on the implications of those issues for practice.

    • Learning and Teaching Project (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to enable you to undertake substantial independent research in a relevant chosen area. Through managing and executing a programme of investigation, you will deepen your learning and develop the ability to analyse data and interpret information to draw conclusions, which are pertinent to professional practice.

    • Professional Practice in Learning and Teaching (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of the module is to develop your effectiveness within the workplace through consideration of key aspects of your professional practice in relation to the area of learning and teaching. You will identify personal strengths and consider ways in which you can enhance your role in practice.

    • Research Methods in Education (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to support the development of the individualised research project that you will undertake. You will explore research methodologies and broad characteristics of social science research practice and philosophy and consider ethical issues relating to areas of practitioner research in education.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information:

How is the BA Learning and Teaching taught?

Teaching on the BA (Hons) Learning and Teaching Degree incorporates a variety of relevant strategies. Most of the teaching is delivered through active learning seminars that incorporate tutor and student input, collaborative tasks, discussion and follow-up tasks and reading, which will feed into subsequent module sessions.

You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches during the course. Such approaches aim to put you at the centre of your learning so you are involved and engaged in all aspects of your assessment and learning. Your programme will require your active participation in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students both individually and collaboratively.

Your learning will also be supported by a variety of online tools, which will allow you flexible access to a diverse range of resources and learning materials. By engaging with these online resources, you will be developing skills which are not only essential for your learning but are also highly valued by employers in the field of education.


Assessment is by continuous submission of coursework, including written assignments, a research project, presentations and portfolios of evidence.

Teaching and learning – changes for students in 2021

We are back on campus for the majority of teaching in Autumn 2021, as long as restrictions allow. Your timetable will be built around on campus sessions using our professional facilities, with online sessions for some activities where we know being virtual will add value. We’ll use technology to enhance all of your learning and give you access to online resources to use in your own time.

In case of any changes to government guidance, we‘ll be ready to move to teaching with more restrictions in place and continue to give you an excellent learning experience. In this scenario, on campus teaching should continue although more of your course will take place online.

The table below gives you an idea of what your learning will look like across a typical week. Some weeks might be different due to how we schedule classes and arrange on campus sessions.

This information may change slightly as we receive further guidance from the government. You’ll receive final arrangements for your teaching and a full course timetable before you start.

Scenario A: Without social distancing

Live in-person on campus learning

Contact hours per week, per level:

8 hours biweekly

Live online learning

Average hours per week, per level:

8 hours biweekly

Scenario B: With social distancing and/or with restrictions on travel to campus

Live in-person on campus learning

Contact hours per week, per level:


Live online learning

Average hours per week, per level:

8 hours

Outside of these hours, you’ll be expected to do independent study where you read, listen and reflect on other learning activities. This can include preparation for future classes. In a year, you’ll typically be expected to commit 1200 hours to your course across all styles of learning. If you are taking a placement, you might have some additional hours.

Read more about our scenarios for returning to campus and what they might mean for your teaching and learning experience, and how you’ll be able to access student support.

Future plans for teaching

We’re developing our plans for in-person on campus teaching following government advice to keep you safe. If more restrictions are put in place in the future, or there is another lockdown, we’ll deliver your learning and support fully online for a temporary period. We’ll make alternative arrangements for any required placements if they can’t go ahead as planned. We’ll always give you notice of any changes that we make.

Definitions of terms

  • Live in-person on campus learning – This will focus on active and experiential sessions that are both:
    • Led by your tutors including seminars, lab sessions and demonstrations We’ll schedule all of this for you
    • Student-led by you and other students, like small group work and presentations.
  • Live online learning – This will include lectures, tutorials and supervision sessions led by your tutor and timetabled by us. It also includes student-led group work that takes place online

  • Tutor set learning activities – This covers activities which will be set for you by your tutor, but which you will undertake in your own time. Examples of this include watching online materials, participating in an online discussion forum, completing a virtual laboratory or reading specific texts. You may be doing this by yourself of with your course mates depending on your course and assignments. Outside of these hours, you’ll also be expected to do further independent study where you’ll be expected to learn, prepare, revise and reflect in your own time.


You’ll have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.

Our support services will be delivered online and on campus and you’ll have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.

You’ll have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

More on teaching for your subject in 2021/22

Read our guide to what you can look forward to when you study your subject with us including more information about your teaching experience this autumn.

  1. Standard entry requirements
  2. How to apply
  1. UK
  2. Additional costs

How can the BA Learning and Teaching support your career?

Our course will qualify you to progress to postgraduate study and if you wish to become a qualified teacher, then you can apply for an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme as a route to gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), such as the PGCE courses we run (although you are not guaranteed a place). Alternatively, the detailed understanding of learning and teaching that you gain, can further your career within your own school or another organisation.

What support is available?

Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews, networking and so on. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business.

Shirley Allen
Programme Leader

A former Primary School teacher, Shirley worked on initial teacher training programmes at the University of Hertfordshire before moving to Middlesex University in 2007 as Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies. She has worked on professional training programmes in the Early Years and Primary School sectors at Middlesex and is currently studying for a DProf, which focuses on the professional development of early years teachers.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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