Education and Curriculum Studies (Top-Up) BA (Hons)

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BA (Hons) Education and Curriculum Studies (Top-Up) is designed for people who want to gain a full undergraduate degree, and are working with young people or the primary education sector.

You will develop a broader understanding of a number of education topics, and use this to analyse and make recommendations for your own workplace.

Why us?

  • 'World-leading' research in Education, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • 93.4% of our graduates are in employment, further study or training within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2016/17 (based on full-time, first degree, home leavers)
  • Evening classes, to fit around work commitments
  • Focus on work and practical application of learning
  • Our Social Work courses were ranked 1st overall in the UK in the 2018 UK Engagement Survey
  • Our Social Work courses were ranked 2nd in the UK for Assessment and Feedback, and 2nd in the UK for Retention and Progression in the 2018 UK Engagement Survey

Course structure

This is a full-time course, and the timetable has been carefully created to allow you to continue working in a paid or voluntary capacity for at least two days a week.

Contact time

Semester One (September - December)
Up to three evenings per week: Mondays 6pm to 9pm (six sessions), Tuesdays 5pm to 8pm, and Wednesdays 6pm to 9pm.

Semester Two (January - May)
Three sessions on Mondays 6pm to 9pm, and weekly sessions on Wednesdays 6pm and 9pm for core modules, and 5pm to 9pm for optional modules.

In addition to this contact time, you will have supervision sessions for the Work Based Research Project (Dissertation) throughout the academic year.

Please be advised that these times are subject to change - if you have any questions, speak to our admissions team.

National level 6:

Modules on this course include:

  • Schooling and Society (20 credits)
  • Special Educational Needs (20 credits)
  • Equality and Diversity in Contemporary Society (20 credits)
  • Work based Research Project (40 credits)

Plus one option from:

  • The Foundation Stage of Learning: Issues and Provision (Early Childhood Studies Route) (20 credits)
  • Creative Teaching and Thinking (Teaching Assistant Route) (20 credits)


Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

  • You can access free Wi-Fi throughout the University campus, so you can work from anywhere. If you don't want to carry a laptop around, just use one of the University’s PCs or Apple Macs. We have hundreds of computers for you to use in the Murray Library, St Peter's Library, and the David Goldman Informatics Centre. If you ever have any technical problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

    IT provision
  • We’ve got thousands of relevant books and e-books, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

    Resources which will be particularly useful for your course include:

    • Community Care Inform, which helps professionals who work with children and young people to make, and evidence, their decisions
    • JSTOR (short for ‘Journal Storage’), which provides access to important journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences
    • EBSCO Professional Development Collection, which is a specialised collection of over 500 education journals
    • Professional Development Collection, which features hundreds of education journals and reports
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You'll be based at The David Goldman Informatics Centre, situated on the award-winning St Peter's riverside campus. The location benefits from dedicated library services and has superb transport links with the city centre and City Campus.

Entry requirements

To apply for this course you usually need one of the following:

Foundation Degree in a relevant subject (such as Education and Care)
240 credits (or equivalent) of a recognised UK undergraduate award, in a relevant subject

You must also have all of the following:

GCSE grade C or above in three subjects, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

At least two years experience of working or volunteering in the early years or education sectors

A letter of endorsement from your employer or provider of voluntary work

An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

We will consider applications from applicants who do not hold the relevant academic qualifications, but who do have relevant experience or alternative qualifications.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £9,250 if you are from the UK or EU
  • £11,500 if you from outside the UK/EU

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

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Gaining an undergraduate degree will boost your career prospects and allow you to progress faster. You will also be eligible for Masters courses, such as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), which would qualify you as a teacher.

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