Are you ready to take the next step in your educational journey? The BA (Hons) Education in Practice program is the perfect opportunity for individuals who have already completed BGU's Foundation Degree Education in Practice, as well as those with similar qualifications from BGU and other institutions. This program allows you to work or volunteer for a minimum of two days per week in an education setting while working towards a Bachelor's Degree.
Mode of study
Bishop Grosseteste University
About this course
Our work-based degree program offers a unique blend of practice-based learning and weekly campus-based teaching sessions. Over the course of one year, you will integrate your previous study and experience in an education context, deepening your understanding of current issues, education practices, and practitioner research. Whether you come from a background in primary, secondary education, or the lifelong learning sector, this program emphasises the importance of formal education.
We understand the importance of maintaining your current employment or volunteer commitments. That's why our program is designed with your schedule in mind. You'll attend classes one day per week on campus, starting from 1 pm, allowing you to continue working and earning while pursuing your degree.
This course offers you the chance to critically evaluate your practice by closely examining the systems, procedures, and changes within your field of work and study. The modules will foster your professional development as a reflective practitioner, covering topics like leading people and teams, addressing contemporary issues, and adopting critical approaches to pedagogy. Additionally, you will undertake an independent research study, further enhancing your skills and knowledge in the education sector.
The BA (Hons) Education in Practice is designed for applicants employed as Teaching Assistants or in other support roles within schools or colleges. You often work alongside qualified teachers, providing invaluable support for children, young people, or adults, including those with additional needs. We also encourage collaboration with students from related degree courses, offering diverse perspectives from various educational contexts, such as early childhood and youth services. This collaboration enriches your understanding of the broader education landscape in which you work.
Take the next step in your educational and professional journey with the BA (Hons) Education in Practice. Join us and unlock your potential to make a significant impact in the field of education while advancing your career.
How you will be taught
This course allows you to study and continue to work. It is a flexible qualification covering the issues in Foundation, Primary, Secondary and the Lifelong Learning sector with the emphasis on formal education. Students undertaking the course remain in employment, or as volunteers, over the academic year in the same manner as the Foundation Degree.
The Top Up Degree offers opportunities to critically evaluate practice through a detailed analysis of the systems, procedures and changes that contribute to your field of study. This course will promote your professional formation as a reflective practitioner and modules will cover topics such as leading people and teams, promoting quality, new models of practice and contemporary issues such as current political and social trends.
In addition, the undertaking of an independent research study will support your continuing development as a leading practitioner.
A variety of assessment methods are used including presentations, discussions, debates, poster presentations, essays, portfolios of work, case studies and reflections. All assessments allow you to reflect on your practice and theory as you evidence your learning, building on your personal strengths to develop clear communication skills to share your knowledge and understanding.
Careers & Further study
Graduate opportunities have enabled our students to attain managerial positions within their sector, to lead practice with their setting. Many go on to further study to become teachers through our PGCE routes, or gain a professional status. Others take on professional roles in areas such as special educational needs, mentoring, subject support, school, family and welfare liaison roles in the wider educational community and with local authorities working with the full range of age groups and sectors.
The completion of the BA (Hons) Education in Practice degree can lead to teacher training, advanced support roles and team leadership in Education settings, or further study at Master's Degree level.
What Our Students Say
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Studying at BGU is a student-centred experience. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere as part of an intimate campus community. You will know every member of staff personally and feel confident approaching them for help and advice, and staff members will recognise you, not just by sight, but as an individual with unique talents and interests.
We will be there to support you, personally and academically, from induction to graduation.
Fees & Finance
A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sort out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step.
Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. For 2024 entry, the application fee is £27, and you can make a maximum of 6 choices.
For all applicants, there are full instructions at UCAS to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.
Ethical considerations of doctoral methodologies Podcast
Dr Nyree Nicholson is a Programme Leader on our work-based Foundation Degree programmes. The title of her doctoral research was “Supporting children with identified speech, language and communication needs at two-years-old: voices of early years practitioners”. Nyree utilised a narrative hermeneutic methodology with conversational interviews to explore the lived experiences of fifteen early years practitioners.
Samantha Hoyes is a senior lecturer in Early Childhood Studies and is currently part way through her PhD. Her focus is on working motherhood in the 21st Century and how working mothers make sense of their identities. Applying a post-structuralist feminist approach, Sam has utilised photo elicitation interviews to explore working mothers lived experiences. Sam's sample will consist of 10-15 working mothers living in Lincolnshire with a child/ children aged 0-5 years at the time of data collection. She is currently around halfway through her initial data collection.
In this podcast, Nyree and Sam discuss the methodological approaches taken in the research process and share the ethical considerations they encountered throughout the research process.