Education Top Up Online BA (Hons)

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Degree with distance learning

UCAS code: X305
  • BA (Hons) Education Top Up Online, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 1 year
    • Pound 9250 per year
  • BA (Hons) Education Top Up Online, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 1 year
    • Pound 14820 per year

What makes this course different

  • Flexibility

    A flexible and adaptive route to an accredited qualification for those with some higher education study who want to gain a degree. It recognises diverse and non-traditional educational achievements.

  • Industry focused

    Modules 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

    You can undertake a voluntary placement in a relevant context, which will enhance and develop skills, and provide professional development opportunities.

Course modules

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Mental Wealth: Academic and Professional Skills for Life 2

Contemporary Issues in Education

Identity and Social Justice

Building Research Communities

Ideology, Politics, and Policy in Education

Education Practice

Mental Wealth: Academic and Professional Skills for Life 3

Critical and Global Perspectives on Education

Language, Pedagogy and Cultural Diversity


Independent Research Project

NOTE: Modules are subject to change. For those studying part time courses the modules may vary.

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Your future career

Because the programme is broad-based and interdisciplinary, a range of careers may be open to you. 

You could go into teaching - particularly in Early Years settings, primary schools, or Post-16 education and training (such as Further Education colleges).

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.

Industry links

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

Graduate employers

Our graduates have gone to work for such organisations as the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Hillingdon Council and Reeson Education, to name a few.

Job roles

Typical roles which our graduates have gone on to do include: special needs teacher, primary school teacher, teaching assistant.

We offer postgraduate courses for further specialisation and you can explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

Further study

We offer a wide range of masters degrees in special education, early childhood or leadership in education, should you choose to specialise further.

Dorcus, Early Childhood student
The job I am doing right now was advertised through the UEL careers service."

Early Childhood graduate

How we support your career ambitions

We offer dedicated careers support, and further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. Our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting-edge technologies and facilities.

Career Zone

This digital platform provides you with careers and employability resources, including: 

  • Jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work 
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts 
  • 1-2-1 career coaching services 
  • Careers workshops and employer events 
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you've mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft.

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We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top:

  • Work-based projects
  • Networking and visits to leading organisations
  • Support in starting a new business
  • London on our doorstep

How you'll learn

Our online Education Top Up course mirrors our on-campus Education Top Up course. Online learning, or distance learning is supported by our virtual learning environment (VLE), called Moodle.

The course is modular, and each module has a Moodle site which provides specific areas such as general information, assessments and feedback, career and employability, and weekly topics for study.

We will explain the functions and features of Moodle, and give you instructions on how to use it. This will help you feel comfortable and confident in navigating and using it. Your module leader/tutor will contact you at the beginning of each module to answer questions and to ensure that you have basic information, and to answer questions.

You will learn through a mix of teaching and learning methods designed to help and enhance your experience on the programme. We use a variety of methods, including access to recorded lectures, tutorials, and online activities. Opportunities for group work are embedded throughout the programme. We encourage you to develop your critical analysis skills, independent thinking and evaluation through engagement with your peers, and lecturers (through formative assessment) and self-reflection.

    Guided independent study

    Our innovative Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) approach enhances face-to-face learning by providing students with scheduled on-campus contact hours and additional learning opportunities. Through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), students can access course materials and resources beyond their scheduled hours. We offer access to industry-standard technology and specialised spaces to prepare students for their future careers. Dedicated time for activities and development, along with a holistic approach to learning, fosters academic, personal, and professional growth. Students benefit from career support through on-campus and virtual Career Zones, personalised support services, and a dedicated online portal, Track My Future (TMF)

    When not attending timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This is a key part of university-level work. It will typically involve reading journal articles and books, preparing for seminars, preparing coursework assignments, and arranging independent skills practice sessions with your peers. In your final year, much of your independent study will be focused on your research project.

    Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library, and Moodle.

    Academic support

    Students are supported with academic or subject-related queries by a programme director, module leaders, academic advisors (you’ll have an academic advisor from the teaching team as soon as you arrive with us), and university central support services.

    Dedicated personal tutor

    Extra support is provided for academic writing if needed and you will be allocated an Academic Advisor, who supports you with academic and pastoral issues. 

    The overall approach to the programme is designed to support the successful completion of your degree.


    Each year you will spend around 300 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars, and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module.

    The approximate hours for this course are: 

    • Year 1: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours
    • Year 2: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours

    Your timetable

    Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm. For undergraduate students, Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible.

    Class sizes

    The size of classes can vary depending on the nature of the course, module and activity. This can range from large groups in a lecture theatre setting, to smaller groups taking part in seminars and collaborative work. You will receive your personalised timetable at the beginning of the academic year depending on your course.

How you'll be assessed

Assessment is by a portfolio of coursework tasks, which may include assignments, presentations, report writing and project work.

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 15 working days, although you will receive immediate feedback following many of our face-to-face assessments.

Campus and facilities

Who teaches this course

This course is delivered by School of Education and Communities

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.


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Statistics for BA (Hons) Education Top Up Online Degree with distance learning, Full Time

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What our students and staff say

Special_ed_teacher (1)
The time and effort my tutor invested in me throughout my teacher training enabled me to reflect on my practice and continually develop the skills required to be the best I can be and give back to the community within which I work."

Sam Walters

Executive Head Teacher, Redbridge. Graduate 2012

Happy Students
I enjoy the variety of topics we cover on my course. They 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

Third year student