Education and Professional Development BA/BA(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

Start date

30 September 2019

Duration

2 years part-time

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 478249

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 looking to 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.The University of Huddersfield is also one of only ten designated Centres for Excellence in Teacher Training in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

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

Are you already in education, teaching, learning support or training roles and wish to upgrade your qualifications to BA (Honours) degree level status whilst working? This innovative blended learning course has 12 Saturday Schools over the two years and includes both face-to-face and new flexible virtual study modes, building a community of learning. You also have access to a number of support and development projects designed specifically for you, including action-led academic skills workshops, writing boot camps, tutorials, critical friendship groups, a social discussion platform, virtual chat rooms and participation in a successful research festival that you can use to enhance your CV.

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Jane Wormald, Course Leader

Course detail

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,

Improving Teaching and Learning

This module will allow you to explore innovative and creative developments in teaching and learning practice. You'll have the opportunity to develop a proposal for innovative practice in your own professional context through a presentation and supporting paper and to evaluate the effectiveness of your intervention through a short presentation and discussion.

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.

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.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally 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.

6th in the UK for Education


We’ve been ranked 6th in the UK for Education in the Guardian University Guide 2020.

We’re top of the subject rankings for education programmes in Yorkshire. The rankings confirm what we already knew - that our education courses are among the very best in the UK.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**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; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

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.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

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

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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 Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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