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Bradford College

BA (Hons) (Top-up) Supporting and Managing Learning in Education

Study Level
Level 6
Course Type
Higher Education
1 Academic Year
Start Date
September 2024
Study Mode


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Are you currently working in teaching? This course is ideal if you are currently a teaching assistant and would like to develop your career further so that you can progress onto a work-based or postgraduate route into teaching.

Our programme offers both a full- and part-time programme of academic study in order to develop skills and knowledge in early years, primary, secondary, FE or adult education.

This programme links theory and practice in order to make informed, critical and independent judgements in preparation for diverse roles within educational settings.

The course also aims to develop your confidence to be adaptable, creative and inspiring, reflective learning and teaching practitioners. You also develop your study, critical and research skills to prepare you to study at a higher level.

Course Benefits

The course is delivered within the Margaret McMillan School of Education, in the heart of a thriving Further Education College and our team provide a supportive learning and teaching environment.

If you’re currently working in a school or educational setting , this course will allow you to progress your career towards Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) following successful completion of the foundation degree and a top-up year to achieve a full degree.

Specialist staff, external speakers and a range of stimulating teaching and learning strategies will ensure you have a quality student experience.

Throughout the course, you will be supported so that you can progress into your chosen vocational area and/or further post-graduate study.

  Key Info

The BA (Hons) Supporting and Managing Learning in Education (Top-Up) degree enables support staff and teaching assistants in educational settings to develop their careers and can support progress onto a work-based or post-graduate route into teaching.

It offers a full- and part-time programme of academic study to develop skills and knowledge in early years, primary, secondary, FE or adult education.

This programme links theory and practice in order to help you make informed, critical and independent judgements in order to prepare you to work in a range of diverse roles within educational settings.

You will enhance your understanding of the professional role in education by drawing on your knowledge, skills and understanding from prior or current educational experience within these modules.

The principle aims of the programme enable students to work in a support role whilst studying a HE course, emphasising the importance of Work Based Learning.

You will gather evidence from your educational setting and initiate activities within your workplace, with a focus on reflection to help you improve your professional practice.

  • Dissertation
  • Personal Philosophy of Education
  • Creativity in Education
  • Educating for a Sustainable Future
  • Developing Numeracy and Literacy for All

Successful completion of a relevant Foundation Degree or equivalent, awarded by a United Kingdom Higher Education Institution (240 credits).

Recent experience of an educational setting.

Applicants can be considered with 240 credits in another discipline or subject if they have relevant experience.

Assessment methods are varied, rigorous and appropriate. You will have the opportunity to receive feedback from formative assessments to develop your skills and confidence prior to submitting assessments.

Assessment occurs throughout the programme in the form of staff feedback on student discussion, case studies, seminars, presentations, and question and answer sessions.

You will submit written assignments, create resources and presentations that will be delivered to your peers on the programme. Submission will be via our VLE and/or in person.

Summative assessment follows a rigorous process before you receive your final grade in your student portal.

A placement or paid work is not a compulsory element of the programme but you need to have had recent experience in an education setting so that you can apply theory to practice.

This experience is a necessity as part of the assessment strategy to analyse and produce educational resources or reflect on current education issues.

This is an ideal programme if you aspire to a career in a wide range of educational settings such as teaching or student support roles in schools, colleges or Higher Education institutions. It will also provide you with a solid foundation if you wish to work in other roles in education, including training, supporting, mentoring or youth work.

On completion of the course you can progress onto a PGCE to become a Qualified Teacher or go into employment directly or via an apprenticeship.

This course is not available to students on a Student Route Visa. Once you have submitted your application, it is processed by the Admissions Team. Once the team has received your application, they will conduct a check of your application to make sure that you have the correct entry requirements for the course you have applied for. They will arrange your interview and assessment (if required). If successful at your interview, our curriculum team will make you an offer to study with us. This offer will include any pre-enrolment information that you will have to provide in order to be able to enrol onto the course. Failure to provide the information will mean that you will not be able to enrol on the course. For information about how Bradford College use your application data, we encourage you to read Bradford College privacy policy For this or any other questions regarding your application, please email [email protected].

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.

If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact [email protected]

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