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Learning and Teaching BA Honours

Study alongside your role at a primary or secondary school and develop the skills to further your career
September 2024
1 year full-time
One day per week
£9,250 (UK)*
Course leader
Shirley Allen

You will gain the understanding and experience necessary to operate as a critically reflective teacher in a secondary school setting.

Why choose Learning and Teaching BA Honours at Middlesex?

Our one-year BA in Learning and Teaching mixes theory with learning in the workplace and builds your understanding of the wider context of learning and teaching.

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.

You’ll develop your knowledge and experience in different school contexts, gaining the qualifications to advance your career towards qualified teacher status (QTS) or other graduate career paths.

What you will gain

You’ll develop the knowledge and experience to progress to an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course as a route to gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

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.

You’ll be supported by your personal tutor, whose own teaching experience means they totally understand how to best support you. And our Learning Enhancement Team (LET), who also have experience in your subject area.

We have 145 years of experience delivering professional, creative and technical education that prepares our students for success in global careers.

What you will learn

You will have opportunities to critically engage in current educational topics and undertake independent research in a relevant chosen area. You'll be encouraged to relate your academic learning on the modules to practice so that your studies support your current roles and future professional development.

3 great reasons to pick this course

  • Highly ranked
    We're ranked in the top 20% of 531 young universities worldwide for Education – Times Higher Education World Young University Ranking, 2023
  • Strong local school links
    We've developed partnerships in north London and the surrounding areas to help you find placements and gain valuable work experience
  • Excellent facilities
    Including dedicated spaces for Education studies, a large collection of resources covering work based learning and subject-based areas as well as useful online resources.

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What will you study on the BA Learning and Teaching?

The one-year course develops your knowledge, skills and understanding of learning and teaching in a range of educational contexts including early years, primary, secondary and special education.

You'll study four modules which will all be assessed by coursework including research, written assignments, and presentations.


  • Modules - Compulsory

    • Contemporary Issues in Learning and Teaching (30 credits)

      The aim of the module is to develop students’ professional knowledge and professionalism through their opportunities to critically engage with contemporary issues in education and to consider implications of these issues for practice.

      The module aims to support students to explore and analyse the values and beliefs, which underpin policy and practice and, in so doing, reflect on their own evolving principles and practice.

      Students will further develop their knowledge and understanding of diversity in relation to learning and teaching.

    • Education Research Project (30 credits)

      The aim of the module is to foster a critical and questioning approach to research in education.

      The module provides an opportunity for students to undertake substantial independent research in a relevant chosen area and enables students to experience the research process in a systematic and supervised way.

      Through managing and executing a research project, students deepen their learning and develop the ability to analyse data and interpret information to draw conclusions and to promote their ability to conduct subsequent research, which is pertinent to their professional practice.

    • Professional Practice in Learning and Teaching (30 credits)

      The aim of the module is to develop students’ effectiveness within the workplace through consideration of key aspects of their professional practice in relation to the area of learning and teaching.

      Students review their professional development; they identify personal strengths and consider ways in which they can enhance their role in practice.

      The module provides students with an opportunity to explore theoretical ideas about reflective practice and consider reasons for using critical reflection to inform and develop practice.

    • Learning without Limits (30 credits)

      This module aims to provide students with opportunities to develop broad knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning across the curriculum.

      Students will have opportunities to critically engage with creative, innovative and inclusive pedagogical approaches that offer children meaningful and relevant learning experiences.

      Students will consider the implications of diverse approaches to practice for learners and for their own professional practice and development.

To find out more about this course, please download the full Learning and Teaching BA Honours specification (PDF).

We review our courses regularly to improve your experience and graduate prospects so modules may be subject to change.

How we'll teach you

You will learn using a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches that put you at the centre of your learning. Some of the time you will work independently and at others with your fellow students.

Most seminar groups have about 20-30 students. We will support you with a range of online tools, with flexible access and the opportunity to develop skills that are not only essential for your learning but are also highly valued by employers.

Work is divided into credits of approximately 10 hours of study time. You will need to complete 120 credits per year, which are broken down into modules of 30 credits.

Where will I study?

You will be studying at our north London campus in Hendon.


Whether you are studying full or part-time – your course timetable will balance your study commitments on campus with time for work, life commitments and independent study.

We aim to make timetables available to students at least 2 weeks before the start of term. Some weeks are different due to how we schedule classes and arrange on-campus sessions.

Typical weekly breakdown

During your first year, your weekly timetable will typically consist of:

  • 6 hours of seminars

Independent learning

Outside of teaching hours, you’ll learn independently through self-study which will involve reading articles and books, working on projects, undertaking research, and preparing for assessments including coursework, presentations and exams.

Teaching and independent learning

Here is an indication of how you will split your time:

Year 1



Typical activity



Teaching, learning and assessment



Independent learning



Work-based learning activity

Academic support

Our excellent teaching and support teams will help you develop the skills relevant to your degree from research and practical skills to critical thinking. Our Sheppard Library is open 24 hours a day during term time. And we offer free 24-hour laptop loans with full desktop software, free printing and Wi-Fi to use on or off campus, even over the weekend.

Coursework and assessments

Your learning will be assessed regularly and is made up of 100% coursework.


We'll test your understanding and progress with informal and formal tests.

The informal tests usually take place at least once per module, from which you’ll receive feedback from your tutor. The grades from these tests don’t count towards your final marks.

There are formal assessments for each module, usually at the end, which will count towards your module and your final marks.

Assessments are reviewed annually and may be updated based on student feedback or feedback from an external examiner.


To help you achieve the best results, we will provide regular feedback.

We offer lots of support to help you while you're studying including financial advice, wellbeing, mental health, and disability support.

Additional needs

We'll support you if you have additional needs such as sensory impairment or dyslexia. And if you want to find out whether Middlesex is the right place for you before you apply, get in touch with our Disability and Dyslexia team.


Our specialist teams will support your mental health. We have free individual counselling sessions, workshops, support groups and useful guides.

Work while you study

Our Middlesex Unitemps branch will help you find work that fits around uni and your other commitments. We have hundreds of student jobs on campus that pay the London Living Wage and above. Visit the Middlesex Unitemps page.

Financial support

You can apply for scholarships and bursaries and our MDX Student Starter Kit to help with up to £1,000 of goods, including a new laptop or iPad.

We have also reduced the costs of studying with free laptop loans, free learning resources and discounts to save money on everyday things. Check out our guide to student life on a budget.

How can the BA in 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) course 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.


Our employability service, MDXworks will launch you into the world of work from the beginning of your course, with placements, projects and networking opportunities through our 1000+ links with industry and big-name employers in London and globally.

Our dedicated lifetime career support, like our business start-up support programme and funding for entrepreneurs, has been recognised with the following awards:

The top 20 UK universities for business leaders and entrepreneurs – Business Money, 2023

A top 10 university for producing CEOs – Novuana, 2023.

Global network

You’ll study with students from 122 countries who’ll hopefully become part of your global network. And after you graduate, we'll still support you through our alumni network to help you progress in your chosen career.

  1. UK entry
  2. How to apply

The fees below are for the 2024/25 academic year:

UK students

Full-time: £9,250

Part-time: £77 per taught credit

Additional costs

The following study tools are included in your fees:

  • Free access to the resources, learning materials and software you need to succeed on your course
  • Free laptop loans for up to 24 hours
  • Free printing for academic paperwork
  • Free online training with LinkedIn Learning.

Scholarships and bursaries

To help make uni affordable, we do everything we can to support you including our:

  • MDX Excellence Scholarship offers grants of up to £2,000 per year for UK students
  • Student Starter Kit. Get help with up to £1,000 of goods, including a new laptop or iPad. Find out about our MDX Student Starter Kit.

Find out more about undergraduate funding and all of our scholarships and bursaries.

Fees disclaimer

UK fees: The university reserves the right to increase undergraduate tuition fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions. The tuition fees for part-time UK study are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.

Any annual increase in tuition fees as provided for above will be notified to students at the earliest opportunity in advance of the academic year to which any applicable inflationary rise may apply.

Shirley Allen, Liz Beasley and Ron Sergejev

Dr Shirley Allen, Liz Beasley and Ron Sergejev are the main BA programme tutors on the programme and have substantial experience of schools and teacher education.

Shirley is the programme leader and has much experience in working in schools and Higher Education. She has researched and published on professional development, early years practice and learning theory.

Liz has taught extensively in schools, early years settings and Higher Education in the UK and in USA and she has researched work-based reflective practice and the development of the student voice. Liz is currently Director of Learning and Teaching Programmes and the programme leader for the FdA Learning and Teaching programme.

Ron has much experience in teaching in both London and Hertfordshire. He also is programme leader for two master’s programmes and a tutor on various routes into Initial Teacher Training (ITT).

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.

Other courses

Learning and Teaching Foundation FdA

Start: September 2024

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

Code: X31F

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