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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 2024
1 year full-time
One day per week
£9,250 (UK)*
£16,600 (INT)*
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. Their first-hand experience in the subject area of Education means they understand how to best support you. You’ll also get support from our Learning Enhancement Team (LET), who have experience in your subject area.

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

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 learning activities to build on your existing experience and receive educational support.
  • Dedicated support throughout your studies where you’ll have a Personal Tutor who can support you based on their own experience of your subject area.

*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 - 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.

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.

  1. Standard entry requirements
  2. How to apply
  1. UK
  2. International
  3. 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, 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.

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Learning and Teaching Foundation FdA

Start: September 2024

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

Code: X31F

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