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BA (Hons) Education Top up (online)

Course Overview

Start date

September 2021

Subject area

Teaching and Education

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Learning

Online

Course summary

The BA (Hons) Education Top Up Online provides the opportunity for those with sub-degree qualifications the opportunity to progress directly into the second (level 5) or final year (level 6) of the BA (Hons) Education Studies degree programme. It provides a differentiated and flexible route, which enables individuals to gain an undergraduate honours degree which will help them to develop the professional knowledge, skills and competencies relevant to their workplace settings. It is suitable for those who do not have appropriate credits to enter directly onto the BA (Hons) Education Studies degree.

The programme is suitable for those who already hold existing credits from qualifications such as HNCs/HNDs, other level 4/5 vocational/technical qualifications or foundation degrees. It would also appeal to Further Education practitioners, who hold level 5 teaching qualifications as well as those with relevant overseas qualifications.

There is no PSRB or other professional accreditation attached to this programme.

In addition to topping up to a relevant academic degree, the programme also enables participants to demonstrate to employers the capacity for academic, organisational or management skills to enhance career development opportunities or open up new career possibilities.

UCAS points

Course options

Degree

UCAS code

N/A

Return to campus: dual delivery

In a Covid-secure environment, enjoy learning on our state-of-the-art campuses and flex between online delivery

Find out more

Flexibility

The programme provides a flexible and adaptive route into gaining an accredited qualification for those who have done some higher education level study and want to gain a degree. It recognises diverse and non-traditional educational achievement.

Industry Focused

Current and relevant modules that include a focus on critical and global perspectives on education, language, pedagogy and cultural diversity in addition to undertaking research in an area of interest. 

Voluntary placement

The programme offers the chance to undertake a voluntary placement in a relevant context, which will enhance and develop skills, and provide professional development opportunities.

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Diane Griffiths

Third year student

I really enjoy the variety of topics we cover on my course. They’ve have raised my awareness of current issues and relevant theories that explicitly relate to the education sector and situations that I might face in a classroom in the future.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parents' Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

-          All nursing and many allied health students on courses from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year from the government.

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance or contact Student Finance England.

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£9,250

You don't need to pay this up front.

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations.  Further information can be found at UKCISA.

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.


Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

Maintenance Loan

Part-time students can access maintenance loans from Student Finance England.

From academic year 2018/19, part-time students can access maintenance loans from Student Finance England.

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation.
Part-time students need to study their courses at a rate of at least 25% of an equivalent full-time course in each academic year.

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.


All students will receive
:
Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£2,310

Price per 30 credit module.

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations. Further information can be found at UKCISA.

 

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or study@uel.ac.uk

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money. Please make sure you also factor in the fees for the visa application and immigration health surcharge when budgeting.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£13,320

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations.  Further information can be found at UKCISA.

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.


Entry requirements

Non-UCAS

From
HND
HND or Foundation Degree in a related subject
The programme is open for direct entry to level 5 (the second year of a degree) and level 6 (the final year of a degree). Entry will be decided by the Programme Team determined by one of the following routes:

For applicants with previous credits gained through HE certificated study:

a) for direct entry to level 5, applicants need to have evidence of 120 credits gained through level 4 study in an appropriate education / training related context. Certificate and full transcripts are needed.

b) for direct entry to level 6, applicants need to provide evidence of 240 credits gained through study at level 4 / 5 study in an appropriate education / training related context. Certificate and full transcripts are needed.

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

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Overall Academic IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more.

What you'll learn

The BA (Hons) Education Top Up online provides a broad-based interdisciplinary approach to understanding how individuals develop and learn.  It considers how socio-economic and political factors can affect educational institutions and and individuals’ development, and emphasises inclusive education. Graduating students will have the skills to integrate and apply systematic knowledge to helping individual and organisations.

The volunteering module is designed to help students to develop an  understanding of the voluntary and public sector, and the value of volunteering for themselves, the host organisation, and society at large. It also encourages them to reflect upon a potential career within the voluntary or public sector and is valuable for gaining different perspectives and building a strong CV. 

What you'll study and when

  • Debates in Educational Ideology and Policy (core)
  • Language, Pedagogy and Cultural Diversity (core)
  • Dissertation (core)
  • Critical Pedagogies (optional)
  • Volunteering (optional)

How you'll be assessed

We assess all modules through different forms of coursework. Assessment methods include group works, exams and individual work including essays

In addition to writing traditional essays, you’ll be required to write reports, policy reviews and give presentations. This is to ensure you gain skills that are relevant to and can be transferred to the workplace. In your final year, you’ll write a research dissertation.

All grades count towards your module mark. 

More details will be included in the student handbook and module guides.Feedback is provided within 15 working days in line with UEL’s assessment and feedback policy.

How you'll learn

Coursework will include presentations, video reports, research-based assignments and learning logs.

The approximate percentages for this course are:
Year 1: 100% coursework

This course is supported by our virtual learning environment (VLE), Moodle. You’ll be given a full introduction to the use, scope of the VLE; Microsoft Teams. This will help you to feel comfortable and confident with your online classroom, while your module leader/tutor will contact you at the beginning of each module to provide basic information and check for questions.

You’ll virtually attend lectures, workshops and tutorials. You’ll also carry out e-learning, self-learning and guided reading – with plenty of individual support along the way. We want you to develop as an independent thinker, which is why our lectures are always interactive and include open debates. 

In your final year, you’ll carry out an independent research project on a relevant topic, There’s also an optional volunteering module. 

If you fancy studying abroad, you can do so through an educational exchange or apply for a short study trip overseas via our popular Going Global scheme. 

You’ll be taught by staff with relevant experience and practice to ensure you learn from real life experience and research. We offer dual delivery which combines traditional on-campus face-to-face teaching and online teaching simultaneously, allowing you to interact as if you were there in person. You can move smoothly between online and on campus teaching subject to your individual timetable (and health requirements). Students can interact and collaborate in person and online in any of these live-streamed sessions. Live-streamed sessions will also be recorded, so you can login when you want, playback and watch from the comfort of your home and whilst on the go.

When not attending timetabled lectures you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This will typically involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, Microsoft Teams and Moodle.
 
We are investing in key areas beyond your studies including our career services, library and well-being, to be available both face-to-face on campus and online with many of these available 24/7.

With a number of practising teachers on our academic staff, we understand there are times when you might need some extra tutor support. We won’t let you down in this regard. Our team of lecturers and tutors pride themselves on being in tune with their students’ needs and adjust their teaching accordingly. 
 
Students are supported with any academic or subject related queries by an Academic Advisor, module leaders, former and current UEL students. If you need support with certain skills such as academic writing, our Skillzone and English for Academic Purposes offer workshops, drop-in sessions and one-to-one appointments will help you to achieve your potential.
 
You can receive advice and guidance on all aspects of the IT systems provided by the university from our IT Service Desks located on all three campuses.Our Student Support hubs in Docklands and Stratford feature centralised helpdesks to cater for your every need.
 
We have new, modern library facilities on both campuses offering inspirational environments for study and research. Libraries contain resources in print and digital formats, a range of study spaces and dedicated librarian who can assist with your learning.
 
UEL provides also support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties (SPDs).Your overall workload consists of class and online tutor led sessions, individual learning, practical activities.
 
Our aim is to prepare our students for a broad range of careers, so that they can make amazing contributions to their communities. When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at UEL and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer.
 
Class sizes:
30 in seminars
200 in lectures

Who will teach on this course
The Programme Leader for this course is Mario Moya.
The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the teaching team will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Your future career

Because the programme is broad-based and interdisciplinary, a range of careers may be open to you.  These include, but are not limited to, becoming a teacher - particularly if you want to teach in Early Years settings, Primary Schools, or Post-16 Education and Training (such as Further Education College).  You might be interested in working in Special Educational Needs, Youth Development, Youth and Community Education, Children, Family and Community Outreach or in an education support role such as a Teaching Assistant or Learning Mentor. Alternatively, a career in Educational Management, Social and Educational Policy or Educational Administration may interest you.

During the course you’ll have frequent opportunities to meet practitioners and potential employers, and we also arrange dedicated careers workshops and events. 

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

Meet us in your country

Our international team travel overseas regularly to meet prospective students and attend recruitment fairs. Our academics also give regular lectures overseas and are happy to speak to prospective students. In addition, we have a large worldwide network of advisors who can provide guidance and support with applying to study at the University of East London.
 

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