Why study this course

Earn while you learn on this work-based programme

National Student Survey for 2020 showed 91% overall satisfaction with the Professional Studies programme

Study with the support from a research active academic team who have relevant practice experience

Progressing into Teaching? FREE pre-teaching course and guaranteed interview for PGCE

Course summary

Are you ready to develop a better understanding of the complex factors that can prevent children from reaching their potential? Our BA (Hons) Professional Studies in Education course is designed for you if you are working and supporting children in primary, secondary and special schools, or learners in further education colleges, and have a suitable Foundation Degree or diploma. It is one of the natural top up degrees from our Foundation Degree in Professional Studies (Education).

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Key facts


BA (Hons)

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1 year

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Awarding institution

Bishop Grosseteste University

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Course details

About this course

The BA (Hons) Professional Studies in Education allows you to study and continue working. It is a flexible qualification covering issues in the primary and secondary phases, as well as within the lifelong learning sector, with the emphasis on formal education. Whilst studying for this undergraduate degree you’ll remain in employment, or as a volunteer.

The top up degree offers opportunities critically to 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 toward becoming a leading practitioner.

What you will study

Students on this course currently study some or all of the following modules:

This module provides the opportunity to focus in some depth on professional practice including leadership and management. It will allow students the opportunity to demonstrate that they understand the level of autonomous accountable practices required of a professional practitioner.

The Independent Study builds on earlier inquiry-based studies and acts as a culmination of studies. This module provides an opportunity for students to carry out a small-scale research project related to their work supporting children and/or young people demonstrating the ability to manage their own learning, and to make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources.

This module will ensure the students study current and future developments within their sector. The module will build upon multiple aspects of previous studies, ensuring students’ learning is current and continuing. The depth and currency of knowledge explored and debated within the module will extend their effectiveness in their role and contribute to their employability.

This module will allow the specialised development of subject knowledge appropriate to practice in the workplace or student aspirations through the vehicle of a ‘live’ project in a workplace setting. It enables students to build on previous learning and develop their skills in planning, implementing and assessing a curriculum subject relevant to their role in school or college through the analysis of their own pedagogy.

Entry requirements

Applicants will typically have 240 HE credits from a Foundation degree or an HE Diploma in a relevant field of study.

Applicants are expected to have a current (or prospective) voluntary or a paid role in a relevant setting for a minimum of 12 hours per week accumulating to 360 hours per year of study.

Applicants are expected to have three years of experience in a voluntary or paid role working with children, young people and/or families.

Written support from the head teacher/workplace manager in which the applicant works or volunteers

Applicants with alternative qualifications can contact our Admissions team for advice as BGU is committed to widening access and participation and adheres to a strict policy of non-discrimination.

Further information

Click here for important information about this course including additional costs, resources and key policies.

In accordance with University conditions, students are entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning, RP(C)L, based on relevant credit at another HE institution or credit Awarded for Experiential Learning, (RP(E)L). If you’ve recently completed or studied a particular module as part of a previous qualification, this may mean that you’re not required to undertake a particular module of your BGU course. However, this must be agreed in writing and you must apply for this.

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.


There is a variety of assessment methods which are spread out throughout the academic year. These include a peer-led seminar, essay, a group discussion, portfolio and research report. All assessments allow you to reflect on your practice and theory as you evidence your learning.

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.

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.

Click here to find information about fees, loans and support which will help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.

Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. For 2022 entry, the application fee is £22 for a single choice, or £26.50 for more than one choice. 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 the Professional Studies work-based programmes in Education, Early Childhood and Childhood and Youth pathways. 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.

For any more question or queries please contact Samantha.hoyes@bishopg.ac.uk and nyree-anne.nicholson@bishopg.ac.uk