Learning and Teaching BA Honours | Middlesex University London
Section navigation
Main Baner Image

Learning and Teaching BA Honours

Learn about the course below
September 2019
1 year full-time
One day per week
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
Course leader
Shirley Allen

For those already working within primary and secondary education, our course allows you to study while you work, and focus your learning towards your career ambitions and professional development.

Why study BA Learning and Teaching at Middlesex University?

We have been delivering education courses for over 60 years, ensuring that you benefit from the experience and expertise of our staff. This one-year course blends theory with experiential learning in the workplace, and involves one day's attendance on campus while continuing in your educational role.

Our course allows you to develop knowledge, understanding and experience of learning and teaching in different school contexts and gain qualifications that will focus your career towards qualified teacher status (QTS) or other relevant graduate career pathways. It is ideal for those already working in an education support role as a classroom or teaching assistant or as an unqualified teacher.

Course highlights

  • Upon successful graduation you can apply to an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme as a route towards QTS, such as our PGCE (though you are not guaranteed a place)
  • Our course allows you to study while you work and links experiential learning in the workplace to your studies and coursework
  • You will study both the wider context of learning and teaching
  • One day's attendance on campus to enable you to study while you work
  • Our tutors are active researchers who bring the latest research findings into their teaching: placing you at the cutting-edge of education practice in the UK
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

Find out more

Sign up now to receive more information about studying at Middlesex University London.

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.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

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 face-to-face teaching is delivered through 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. Learning activities may occur both within and outside the classroom..

Individual and group tutorials aim to support students’ progression on the course. 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.

  1. UK & EU
  2. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  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.

Other courses

Learning and Teaching Foundation FdA

Start: October 2019

Duration: 2 years full-time, One day per week

Code: X31F

Back to top