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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 2020
1 year full-time
One day per week
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
Course leader
Shirley Allen

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning for the first few months of the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting with us in autumn 2020 or spring 2021, check back for more detail on arrangements for this course in July and August, and see our current plans for teaching and learning.

This course is now available in Clearing.
Follow this link or call 020 8411 6565 for more info

Why study 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 to wards qualified teacher status (QTS) or other graduate career paths .

Spending one day a week at our campus, you’ll be in the ideal environment 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 teaching career with postgraduate study or an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme.

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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.

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 this 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.

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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.

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Start: October 2020

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

Code: X31F

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