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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.

What makes this course different

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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.

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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.

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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.


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 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. 


This course is subject to validation. You can still apply for this course while it is being approved.


  • Core Modules

    Debates in Educational Ideology and Policy

    • To critically analyse current educational policy in relation to ideology and social justice
    • To facilitate conception of the future educational model
    • To underpin understanding of educational present and futures with social theory
    • To explore alternative models of education

    Language, Pedagogy and Cultural Diversity

    • To consider language and pedagogy issues in a personal and societal context
    • To understand the links between theoretical perspectives and/or research evidence, and professional practice and/or lived experiences
    • To consider and analyse policy and practice in linguistically and culturally diverse mainstream schools (locally, nationally and internationally)


    To enable students to plan, conduct, reflect upon and write a 8,000 word evidence-based (empirical) research project. The topic will be based on a research topic of the student’s choice, one that is relevant to their studies and which has been agreed and developed as a Research Proposal in ED5012 in consultation with their dissertation supervisor.


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 log in 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 a bit of extra help with certain skills such as academic writing, English, maths or statistics, our Academic Tutors offer workshops, drop-in sessions and one-to-one appointments to help our students achieve their 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 a 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


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.



The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Mario Moya

Mario Moya is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Education and Communities, where he leads the MA in English Language Teaching.

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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.

Diane Griffiths

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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.