Education and Professional Development BA/BA(Hons) 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

About the course

This course is primarily aimed at those working either within the education and training sector or related areas including health, careers and the uniformed services lookingto further their professional knowledge and skills.

The course is primarily delivered via an innovative ‘blended learning' style which combines face-to-face Saturday day schools and creative on line activities with both individual and collaborative study. Your practice is the starting point to help strengthen your confidence in critical debate, enterprise in leading ideas, ability to influence policy and in developing your digital and academic scholarship. You'll need access to appropriate technology and be prepared to try out new and changing technologies.

Critical friendships, social networking, tutor support and modelling of excellent online and classroom practice is central to the supportive ethos of a proactive learning community in the 21st Century. This course promotes adaptability, skills and knowledge, essential within rapidly changing professional contexts. The course promotes ‘students-as-researchers' with unique opportunities to share and celebrate practitioner-research at Festivals each year.

You'll be taught by an outstanding team of teachers; in fact we've been ranked in the top five in the Guardian Guide for Education 2016 for the sixth year running.The University of Huddersfield is also one of only ten designated Centres for Excellence in Teacher Training in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

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Start date:
25 / 09 / 2017


2 years part-time

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are typically one of the following:

• Cert Ed or level 5 teaching/training/education qualification

• Foundation Degree from the University of Huddersfield

Candidates not meeting the above academic requirements but who are able to demonstrate significant and relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Please get in contact for further advice.

In addition you must also:

•  demonstrate at least two years teaching or training experience and be in an educational or training role.

Please note: UCAS points are based on the new UCAS tariff, introduced for courses starting in 2017/18.


Course Enquiries

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For enquiries at other centres of The Education and Training Consortium please contact individual colleges.

Places available:

This course is available at the University of Huddersfield and through The Education and Training Consortium at approximately 10 centres.

(this number may be subject to change)

Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

Course content

This course gives you the opportunity to build the knowledge to extend the cognitive and practical skills required within teaching and learning.You'll draw on your existing teaching and learning experiences to plan and explore new ways of developing and understanding contemporary good practice. You'll also have the opportunity to focus on research-based practice and undertake research focusing on contemporary educational challenges and strategies.

Year 1

Core modules:

Professional Practice (Advanced)

This module is focused on enhancing your professionalism and practice through structured workplace learning. You'll have the opportunity to explore work-based learning opportunities and employability together with student occupational and professional concepts, principles and techniques, including reflective practice and using established analytical tools. You'll develop and maintain a systematic approach to evidencing and reviewing your professionalism and employability. There's an emphasis on you setting your own work related learning objectives, developing reflective practice and using learning agreements. Your development will normally be supported in the workplace through supervision arrangements,

Critical Education

This module seeks to explore the social, cultural, political and economic context of education. Assessment is typically via the development of a portfolio analysing the influences on education, a reflexive account of your own personal and professional development and an evaluation of a specific aspect of current educational practice.

Year 2

Core modules for the Ordinary degree:

Reflexive Study

This module encourages you to make explicit links between your modules and your own practice, seeking to deepen your understanding of key issues. Assessment is typically via written coursework exploring key themes within education and professional development through reflection on your own professional learning and development.

Core modules for the Honours degree:

Research Methodologies

This module explores a range of research strategies and methods, preparing you to assess the value and significance of different approaches to data collection and analysis within your field of study. You’ll learn how to develop your own research design, and how to collect and analyse information in order to find out new things about a topic that you’re interested in. Coursework typically involves developing your own research proposal.

Major Study

This module allows you to pursue your particular interests and demonstrate the breadth of knowledge, understanding and strengths that you have developed during your degree studies. You’ll be supported to select a relevant topic and develop a proposal. This module is your opportunity to bring together everything you have learned in a study of your choosing and you'll typically be assessed via a dissertation.

Reflexive Study

This module encourages you to make explicit links between your modules and your own practice, seeking to deepen your understanding of key issues. Assessment is typically via written coursework exploring key themes within education and professional development through reflection on your own professional learning and development.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

Upon successful completion you may progress to a more senior role within education and professional development or consider pursuing further study, including PGCE or other professional Master's programmes.

Teaching and assessment

You'll be taught through a combination of teaching approaches including full day workshops and day-schools (normally taking place on Saturdays) held at the University of Huddersfield or Northern College, via our online learning network (Unilearn) and through work-based learning projects.

Learning materials, including information, case-studies and self-assessment materials are provided at regular intervals throughout the year. Students will also participate in virtual seminars and discussion groups. Assessments vary and include essays, presentations, poster presentations, reports and a major empirical study.

You'll also have a personal tutor who'll be assigned to you throughout your course to support your ongoing wellbeing and ensure that you have a positive learning experience.

We work in partnership with colleges across the country to provide tuition and supervision for your work-based projects, so you should be able to study with us wherever you live.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

  • Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

Who will teach me?

Some of our teaching staff who may teach you on this course include:

Cheryl Reynolds

Dr Ian Rushton

Jane Wormald

Prof Kevin Orr

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the part-time tuition fee for UK and EU students at the University of Huddersfield will be £950 per 20 credit module (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Please note:

•  Fees and finance may vary if you're studying at one of at other centres of The Education and Training Consortium (HUDCETT) please contact individual colleges for further details.

Further study

How to apply

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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