Education Studies (Top-up) BA (Hons)

education studies top up students in classroom
UCAS Code
X300
Mode of Study
Part-time, Full-time
Duration
1 year full-time (top-up), 15 months part-time (top-up)
Start Date
September 2019

Overview

If you want to top up a Level 5 qualification such as a diploma or Foundation degree to a full Bachelor's degree, this BA (Hons) Education Studies top-up degree course is ideal.

You’ll get a deeper understanding of how people learn, study education in relation to society and develop your research skills. If you're in work, you can do the course part time over 15 months.

You’ll graduate with a Bachelor's degree that’s valued across the education sector.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Progress to a full Bachelor's degree
  • Learn mentoring and research skills
  • Be taught by experts at our School of Education and Sociology
  • Study on full-time or part-time basis

Careers and opportunities

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • teaching in primary education
  • teaching in Colleges of FE
  • senior management roles in nurseries
  • senior positions in education and training in areas such as nursing/police work

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years after you leave the University as you advance in your career.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

You need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Core units on this course include:

  • Research methods and dissertation proposal
  • Education and Society
  • Skills for mentoring in an educational context
  • 21st century lives
  • Dissertation

There are no optional units.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Work experience and career planning

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build links in the education sector.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • group activities

You'll get feedback throughout and get one-on-one support from your personal tutor.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

There’s no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

There’s no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • presentations
  • essays reports
  • dissertation

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

  • Only those who have previously studied at higher education level should apply.
  • 240 HE credits of which 120 must be at level 5.
  • Shortlisted applicants with non-standard qualifications will be interviewed.

    See the other qualifications we accept

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

Full time

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250
  • International students: £13,900

Part time

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
    • Year 1 (80 credits): £4,100
    • Year 2 (40 credits): £2,060
  • International students
    • Year 1 (80 credits): £9,270
    • Year 2 (40 credits): £4,630

Fees may be subject to annual increase

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Apply

How to apply

If you want to start this course on a full-time basis in 2019, you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – X300
  • our institution code – P80

If you want to start this course on a part-time basis in 2019, you should use our online application form. Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.  

Not quite ready to apply? Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.