BA single honours Education and Professional Training 2017/18

Year of entry

This programme provides teachers and trainers in post compulsory education and training with the option to progress and achieve an Honours Degree to enhance their career and personal development.

The BA (Hons) Education and Professional Training (EPT) has been designed for professionals working in Lifelong Learning in a range of contexts. The course has at its heart the idea that people working within this area will want to explore and understand the history, the present and the possible futures of Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET)/Lifelong Learning (LL).

The course sits within PCET provision that was graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in March 2014 and offers excellent progression routes for students from the teaching qualifications.

At the centre of the design of this course rests the idea that professionals working in ‘Lifelong Learning’ will want to develop the academic skills and outlook needed to critically explore and understand the area in which they work. The course has been planned to allow students to develop their own ability to evaluate and investigate the ideas and practices of PCET/LL. Towards the end of the course you will, to a considerable extent, be able to choose which particular aspects of lifelong learning to examine in greater depth. Staff involved in teaching on the BA (Hons) Education and Professional Training see tutorial support and structured guidance as being very important and each student will be allocated a personal tutor.

Possession of the BA (Hons) Education and Professional Training is an asset for teachers and others working in PCET/LL. Students who have completed the course report that it has helped them to advance in their profession and has given academic depth to their understanding of the area they work in. National Student Survey outcomes show that students rate the course very highly.

Many students completing the BA (Hons) Education and Professional Training do so after completing a Teacher Training Award in post compulsory education. For many of these students success in Higher Education is something which they did not expect to achieve when they left school. Perhaps the most important benefit to students of completing the BA (Hons) Education and Professional Training is personal satisfaction derived from the knowledge that they can legitimately participate in the world of Higher Education. The BA (Hons) Education and Professional Training course sits within the PCET provision that was graded as outstanding by Ofsted in March 2014.

Year 1

  • Lifelong Learning: a critical opening
  • Really Useful Knowledge’ 1850-The Present and the History of Learning Theories
  • Learning from Experience
  • Lifelong Learning: Widening Views
  • Lifelong Learning and Sustainability Development
  • Reflective Practice and Lifelong Learning


Year 2

  • Orientation and Research Skills
  • Approaches to Research and Professional Development
  • Individual Study 
Graduates from this programme work within Post Compulsory Education and Training or other broadly similar roles.


The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

Full-time To be confirmed N/A
Part-time £3,090 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

You will attend taught three hour sessions weekly during term times. There is a Saturday Day School each term. Individual study time varies from student to student and week to week but most students think that about eight hours of study each week in addition to the taught hours would represent the minimum commitment required.

Academic input

All the staff are qualified to at least MA level and all have many years experience of practical ‘hands on’ professional work in the sector and in teaching on this course.

Surprising terms

Special regulations apply to this course.

There are nine assessed modules over the two years of the programme. All assessments are based on essay style work and research projects.

There are no requirements in addition to the academic requirements other than those needed to work in Post Compulsory Education and Training in a general sense.

Where you do not have a current Disclosure and Barring Service Check this will need to be conducted through the University. There will be a charge for this check. Information on charges is set out under ‘Further Information for applicants’.

All students on the course work in a relevant professional setting.

Fact file

UCAS code

  • N/A

Institutional code

  • C10


  • The course lasts two academic years and is a full-time course with part-time attendance. To complete the course you must be working in post compulsory education and training or similar context.

Entry requirements

  • Entry requirements are a Diploma in Education and Training, Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector or an equivalent. Other relevant qualifications from HE institutions can be considered.



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