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Course Level:Undergraduate
Next Start Date: October 2024
Duration: 1 Year
Campus Location: Bedford Campus
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time day

About the course

This top-up course is ideally suited to candidates who already have a Foundation degree in Education, Early Years, SEND or any other related field. It brings you up to a full Honours degree in just one year, opening up exciting career opportunities.

Are you already working or volunteering in an educational setting such as a primary or middle school, an early years setting or a special school, for at least two days per week? If you are then this course will allow you to explore a range of aspects related to education including curriculum content and pedagogy; educational theory; and professional practice. It introduces you to the importance of research and enquiry within education and gives you the opportunity to carry out primary research in your own education setting. Throughout the course, you are encouraged to consider how educational theory is applied within your own workplace.

Please note this course is not a suitable for those wishing to teach at secondary level unless you are prepared to study further units in your specialist subject outside of this degree.

Why choose this course?

  • Our Education courses have a high ƹƵsatisfaction rating for our teaching (91%) and academic support (90%) (NSS 2022)
  • Gain a higher-level understanding of educational provision for children aged between 3 and 11 years, and children in special education working at levels commensurate with this age band
  • Develop your practical skills based on a sound knowledge and understanding of educational theory and curriculum content
  • Be able to meet the needs of all children within a culturally diverse society
  • Build skills that allow you to communicate effectively with learners, parents/carers, colleagues and other professionals
  • Learn from tutors with a wealth of experience within education including early years, primary and SEND
  • While you need to be able to relate your learning to practice through assessments, there are no formal observations as part of this course
  • On graduating, you can progress within your own education setting or go on to early years or primary teacher training

Course Leader - James Simpson

I joined the ƹƵ of ƹƵ having taught in secondary education for 5 years, specialising in history and politics. I also had responsibilities for mentoring trainee teachers and delivering subject enhancement sessions for history trainees.

 
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The campus where this course is taught

Units

  • Developing Professional Practice (EDC245-3) Compulsory
  • Exploring The Curriculum (EDC244-3) Compulsory
  • Research Methods In Applied Education (EDC243-3) Compulsory
  • Research Project In Applied Education Practice (EDC246-3) Compulsory

In addition, it aims to enable you to demonstrate that you have fulfilled the objectives of each unit as well as those needed for working within education as a profession. The assessment strategies are designed to give you the opportunity to demonstrate the range of knowledge, understanding and skills required by intending teachers and those who wish to work within education. At Level 6 the assessment strategy for the course is less formative in nature and more summative. The first unit studied focuses on Research Methods and will be an introduction to assessment at Level 6 and will act as preparation for the major piece of work that they undertake in the research project. A range of approaches to assessments are utilised throughout the course, to include reflective writing, case study, poster, presentations, literature reviews and a final independent research project. These tools have been chosen to ensure there is a balance of assessment. The research based dissertation will enable students to carry out their own research project, guided throughout by a supervisor and will be the culmination of your work on the degree through the academic year. All assessments are applied to your work or volunteer experience, with the intention of impacting on both your academic and professional development. You are required to demonstrate that the work you submit for assessment is your own and you will be supported in this process by using a range of tools to include: - Detailed assignment briefs and marking grids. - Engaging teaching sessions to included activities and discussions to support you in understanding assessment requirements. - Guidance in referencing and citing work correctly using the ƹƵ Referencing Guidelines. - The ƹƵ Virtual Learning Environment, BREO, which includes access to a range of teaching and learning materials and interactive discussion boards where you can post questions and gain feedback on ideas related to your specific assignment. During independent study, the support of a research project supervisor to guide you in the research process and provide formative feedback on draft work.

Why the School of Education?

  • 100% satisfaction with Physical Education (Secondary) NSS 2021
  • Professional expertise in all 4 phases of Teacher Education

Entry Requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 96 points with 80 points from at least 2 A level passes
  • At least 96 points with Merit Merit Merit in BTEC Extended Diploma or Distinction Distinction in the BTEC Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

The ƹƵ of ƹƵ warmly welcomes students from all over the world.

To ensure a smooth application process, we have dedicated pages with detailed information about country-specific requirements. You can find information on our generic entry requirements too, if your county is not listed.

International Foundation Year

For those who do not have a qualification that allows for direct entry to an undergraduate degree, we offer our own International Foundation Year program to enhance your English language and study skills and help you bridge any knowledge gaps before starting your degree. The program is taught on our campus by ƹƵ of ƹƵ staff and offers pathways into nearly all of our undergraduate degrees.

English Language

The English Language requirement for this course is 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in any subtest) in IELTS, or an equivalent SELT. Have a look at our webpage for a list of English language qualifications we accept. If you do not have the required level of English for your chosen degree, we offer pre-sessional courses to enhance your language skills before commencing your studies.

We are committed to supporting you every step of the way, so please do not hesitate to reach out to our international admissions team for further assistance. We look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant academic community.

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Entry Requirements


We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 96 points with 80 points from at least 2 A level passes
  • At least 96 points with Merit Merit Merit in BTEC Extended Diploma or Distinction Distinction in the BTEC Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk


The ƹƵ of ƹƵ warmly welcomes students from all over the world.

To ensure a smooth application process, we have dedicated pages with detailed information about country-specific requirements. You can find information on our generic entry requirements too, if your county is not listed.

International Foundation Year

For those who do not have a qualification that allows for direct entry to an undergraduate degree, we offer our own International Foundation Year program to enhance your English language and study skills and help you bridge any knowledge gaps before starting your degree. The program is taught on our campus by ƹƵ of ƹƵ staff and offers pathways into nearly all of our undergraduate degrees.

English Language

The English Language requirement for this course is 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in any subtest) in IELTS, or an equivalent SELT. Have a look at our webpage for a list of English language qualifications we accept. If you do not have the required level of English for your chosen degree, we offer pre-sessional courses to enhance your language skills before commencing your studies.

We are committed to supporting you every step of the way, so please do not hesitate to reach out to our international admissions team for further assistance. We look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant academic community.


Many students who successfully complete this degree course go on to further their career within the education sector, including embarking on initial teacher training courses within the primary or early years sectors. Graduates also go on to have careers with both public and private sector employers in a range of fields such as HR; market and policy research; retail management; publishing; educational psychology; and careers guidance.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs. See

Merit Scholarship

We offer a Merit Scholarship to UK students, worth £2,400* over three academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 120 UCAS tariff points or more.

ƹƵ Bursary

If you aren’t eligible for the Merit Scholarship, this Bursary is there to help UK students with aspects of ƹƵliving such as course costs. The Bursary will give you £1,000* over three academic years, or £1,300* if you are taking your course over four academic years (including those with a Foundation Year).

Full terms and conditions

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2024/25 is £15,500 per year.

There are range of Scholarships available to help support you through your studies with us.

A full list of scholarships can be found here.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs. See

Merit Scholarship

We offer a Merit Scholarship to UK students, worth £2,400* over three academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 120 UCAS tariff points or more.

ƹƵ Bursary

If you aren’t eligible for the Merit Scholarship, this Bursary is there to help UK students with aspects of ƹƵliving such as course costs. The Bursary will give you £1,000* over three academic years, or £1,300* if you are taking your course over four academic years (including those with a Foundation Year).

Full terms and conditions

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2024/25 is £15,500 per year.

There are range of Scholarships available to help support you through your studies with us.

A full list of scholarships can be found here.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

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How to Apply

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 96 points with 80 points from at least 2 A level passes
  • At least 96 points with Merit Merit Merit in BTEC Extended Diploma or Distinction Distinction in the BTEC Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

Application for this undergraduate course is direct to the ƹƵ of ƹƵ.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the ƹƵ of ƹƵ should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 96 points with 80 points from at least 2 A level passes
  • At least 96 points with Merit Merit Merit in BTEC Extended Diploma or Distinction Distinction in the BTEC Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk


Application for this undergraduate course is direct to the ƹƵ of ƹƵ.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the ƹƵ of ƹƵ should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also

Find out more about how to apply as an International student