South Thames College

BA (Hons) Education and Professional Training - Level 6

This course provides applicants with the unusual opportunity to earn a degree after only two years of part-time study. It has been designed for professionals working in the Further Education and Skills Sector who want to complete a full honours degree to develop the academic skills and outlook needed to critically investigate their area of work. In the past the BA has been completed by people working in a wide range of contexts who want to explore and understand the history, the present and the possible futures of lifelong learning and obtain a first degree.

  • Introductory Course Information

    Award: BA (Hons) Education and Professional Training

    Awarding body: Canterbury Christ Church University Logo to add. This award is validated by Canterbury Christ Church University

    UCAS Code: No UCAS Code

    Location of study: Wandsworth High Street , South Thames College Campus.

    Course duration: 2 years (part-time)

    Academic year: September 2020 – July 2022


  • Module Information

    Year 1:

    • Module 1.1 – Lifelong Learning: A Critical Opening (Level 4: 20 credits): This module aims to integrate the development of study skills and academic content within a meaningful context (the Further Education and Skills Sector) by introducing some of the important themes that run through the BA programme.
    • Module 1.2 – ‘Really Useful Knowledge’: 1850 – the Present and the History of Learning Theories (Level 4: 20 credits): This module seeks to expand and deepen knowledge and understanding of how educational policy and practice has evolved in terms of its historical, socio-economic and political contexts.
    • Module 1.3 – Learning from Experience (Level 4: 20 credits): The principal aim of the module is to focus on the individual and the sense they make of their educational experiences within the broader context.
    • Module 2.1 – Lifelong Learning: Widening Views (Level 5: 20 credits): The module looks to develop academic reading skills. Students will critically read, evaluate and discuss a number of challenging texts which have salient importance for teachers and others professionally involved in the Further Education and Skills Sector.
    • Module 2.2 – Lifelong Learning and Sustainable Development (Level 5: 20 credits): The aim of this module is to explore issues of sustainability and sustainable development which are today at the forefront of much informed public debate, organisational planning and individual action.
    • Module 2.3 – Reflective Practice and Lifelong Learning (Level 5: 20 credits): The module explores why (or if) it is the case that practitioners in the Further Education and Skills Sector are more effective if they are able to understand the broader curricular contexts in which they work. Students will consider how we assess the value of our roles in relation to our own professional mores, the demands placed upon us by our organisations, and, crucially, the needs of our learners/co-workers and the communities of practice in which we work.

    Year 2:

    • Module 3.1 – Orientation and Research Skills (Level 6: 40 credits): This module’s primary aim is to provide a common introduction to the philosophy and context of the level 6 work. A central aspect will involve a review of the historical, cultural and policy contexts of the Further Education and Skills Sector.
    • Module 3.2 – Approaches to Research and Professional Development (Level 6: 40 credits): The module will provide students with a set of concepts and approaches about research and development into professional practice in the Further Education and Skills Sector.
    • Module 3.3 – Individual Study (Level 6: 40 credits): The aim of the Individual Study is to enable students to use their selected approach (choosing from action research, curriculum evaluation and development, and literature review) to research a subject of relevance to their professional development.

  • Teaching and Learning

    The teaching and learning strategies used will be centred on student reflection on your own learning and role in the world of work. Learning and teaching strategies will therefore aim to:

    • Involve you in the learning process as an active participant;
    • Utilise experience as a valuable part of your personal programme;
    • Provide academic tutoring and professional advice to support learning;
    • Facilitate opportunities for you to study both collectively and independently;
    • Encourage an open interchange of ideas, experiences and opinions with employers and fellow students;
    • Support you in developing action plans to assist your professional learning.

    Independent Learning

    When not attending lectures, seminars and other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, the Undergraduate Centre, and our computer laboratories.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have passed the Diploma in Education and Training (or similar legacy awards) to be considered for this course.
Mature students with relevant experience may also be considered.

Additional requirements
Applicants must be working in the Further Education and Skills Sector.
Suitable applicants will be invited to interview, where they will be required to further demonstrate their suitability for the course by writing a short analysis of their current work role.

Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience: Applicants will have received 120 credits when successfully completing the Diploma in Education and Training (or a similar legacy award) and these will be taken into account. 

International Student Entry Requirements

Not currently offered to students requiring a Tier 4 visa – the courses available for Tier 4 students are


You will complete and submit for assessment a set task at the end of each module. These tasks are fundamentally written tasks often in an essay form. The assessments are marked in accordance with the relevant university guidelines and regulations. You will find the relevant marking grids in your course handbook and your tutors will explain these grids to you at various times throughout the programme. The marking grids should serve you as a valuable resource and guide. Students’ final BA (Hons.) classification is calculated from the marks awarded for the three assignments at Level 6. To complete the BA students must successfully complete all the modules and assessments.

You will encounter a range of assessment methods which may include, but are not limited to: essays, practical reports, case studies, portfolios, oral presentations and independent study. You will be assessed against assessment criteria which will be made clear to you at the start of your module of study. The assessment across the programme aims to give you opportunities to demonstrate a variety of knowledge and understanding, skills and qualities expected of a graduate of this degree. The assessment for each module will normally be in one or two parts.


There may be materials you need to help with your studies. You'll either make a one-off payment for these when you enrol, or you'll buy them during the course. Your tutor will talk to you about this at interview or in your first class (if you don't need an interview).

Depending on your course and circumstances, you may be able to get funding to help with materials fees. Please check with us when you come in for interview or enrolment.

Course Costs and Financial Support

Fees: For the academic year 2019-20 the tuition fees for this course are:

  • UK/EU students: £3,295
  • Overseas/International students: £ Na

Applicants have the option to pay tuition fees via a student loan, self-funding or sponsor funding.

The following course-related costs are included in the fees:

  • Annual printing allowance

The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:

  • Additional printing over and above the annual allowance
  • The cost of books and equipment that you might wish to purchase.

Next Steps

  • Many students progress on to Masters level study
  • The degree supports career progression within the Further Education and Skills Sector since many roles require a degree at application

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Where and when
2 Years
Study mode:?
Part Time Evening
What do I need to pay?
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19 and older: ?
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