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.
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).
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.
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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.
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See the course specification for more information:
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.
If you’re starting university in 2020, we’ll be teaching you in different ways to make sure you get the best learning experience possible. You’ll learn through live sessions with teaching staff and have the chance to study independently too, with access to all the online resources you need through our globally available student portal.
The table below shows current plans for your learning across a typical week, including scheduled live online teaching and an indication of what we hope to teach face to face, where you can make it to campus. While some weeks might look different to this, due to how we schedule classes, the table gives you an idea of what to expect based on the overall number of teaching hours on your course.
The table below shows current plans for your learning across a typical week, including scheduled live online teaching and an indication of what we hope to teach face to face, where you can make it to campus. While some weeks might look different to this, due to how we schedule classes and make arrangements for any face to face sessions (for example, in some cases these could take place every two weeks with an increased number of hours), the table gives you an idea of what to expect based on the overall number of teaching hours on your course.
You’ll receive final arrangements for your teaching and a full course timetable before you start.
Course delivered fully online while current social distancing measures are in place
Contact time per week, per level:
Year 3: 4 hours
Self-paced learning time
Average hours per week, per level:
Year 3: 2 hours
On demand resources
Average hours per week, per level:
Year 3: 2 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 timetable for face to face teaching with current government advice on social distancing to keep you safe. If social distancing requirements are lifted, we’ll start to safely move back towards our usual teaching arrangements with more opportunities for face to face learning. Some learning and support might stay online in this scenario. If more restrictions are put in place, or there is another lockdown, we’ll be prepared to deliver your learning and support fully online, with alternative arrangements made for any required placements. We’ll always give you notice of any changes that we make.
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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 mainly be delivered online 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.
Read our guide to what’s been happening in your subject area recently and more about what to expect this autumn.
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.