University of East London

BA (Hons) Education Top Up

The BA (Hons) Education Top Up provides the opportunity for those with sub-degree qualifications the opportunity to progress directly into the second (level 5) or final year (level 6) of the BA (Hons) Education Studies degree programme. It provides a differentiated and flexible route, which enables individuals to gain an undergraduate honours degree which will help them to develop the professional knowledge, skills and competencies relevant to their workplace settings. It is suitable for those who do not have appropriate credits to enter directly onto the BA (Hons) Education Studies degree.

The programme is suitable for those who already hold existing credits from qualifications such as HNCs/HNDs, other level 4/5 vocational/technical qualifications or foundation degrees. It would also appeal to Further Education practitioners, who hold level 5 teaching qualifications as well as those with relevant overseas qualifications.

There is no PSRB or other professional accreditation attached to this programme.

In addition to topping up to a relevant academic degree, the programme also enables participants to demonstrate to employers the capacity for academic, organisational or management skills to enhance career development opportunities or open up new career possibilities.

Entry Requirements


HND or Foundation Degree in a related subject

The programme is open for direct entry to level 5 (the second year of a degree) and level 6 (the final year of a degree).

Entry will be decided by the Programme Team determined by one of the following routes:

For applicants with previous credits gained through HE certificated study:

a) for direct entry to level 5, applicants need to have evidence of 120 credits gained through level 4 study in an appropriate education / training related context. Certificate and full transcripts are needed.

b) for direct entry to level 6, applicants need to provide evidence of 240 credits gained through study at level 4 / 5 study in an appropriate education / training related context. Certificate and full transcripts are needed.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

Career Prospects

Because the programme is broad-based and interdisciplinary, a range of careers may be open to you.  These include, but are not limited to, becoming a teacher - particularly if you want to teach in Early Years settings, Primary Schools, or Post-16 Education and Training (such as Further Education College).  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.

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

Course Details

The BA (Hons) Education Top Up provides a broad-based interdisciplinary approach to understanding how individuals develop and learn.  It considers how socio-economic and political factors can affect educational institutions and individuals' development, and emphasises inclusive education. Graduating students will have the skills to integrate and apply systematic knowledge to helping individual and organisations.

The volunteering module is designed to help students to develop an understanding of the voluntary and public sector, and the value of volunteering for themselves, the host organisation, and society at large. It also encourages them to reflect upon a potential career within the voluntary or public sector and is valuable for gaining different perspectives and building a strong CV. 

Level 5

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

Level 6

Mental Wealth: Academic and Professional Skills for Life 3
Critical and Global Perspectives on Education
Language, Pedagogy and Cultural Diversity
Independent Research Project

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