University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Teaching and Learning (Top up)

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Course summary

Education is one of the most universal and powerful forces in society, from inspiring future leaders to shaping how we view the world around us, there are few subjects more significant in understanding what makes humanity tick. Looking to develop your existing expertise? If you’ve completed a Foundation Degree or similar in Education, Childhood Studies or Teaching and Learning Support – why not top up your qualification with an Education Studies programme? Course Overview During this one-year course, a practical placement will provide you with hands-on experience. You can take this placement with an institution or organisation you already know, or a new one with which we can support the sourcing of for you. If you are already in work, you could use your employment as your placement if it is in an appropriate setting, such as a school. Our industry-experienced tutors will support you and provide a solid academic grounding to complement your practical work experience. You’ll study the subjects associated with education, teaching and learning, gaining a national and international perspective of education. You’ll cover elements such as social justice, policy and current issues in education. On this course you will...

  • Have flexibility of study, allowing you to engage with topics and material that interest you.
  • Undertake non-assessed placements, which enable you to put theory into practice.
  • Be taught in small teaching groups, facilitating supportive relationships with peer and tutors alike.
  • Follow a named pathway; either SEND or early years.
  • Benefit from a programme team made up of experts from a wide variety of educational backgrounds.
What will you learn This course covers all aspects of inclusion and social justice but the main focus is on teaching those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). It will prepare you to be a reflective, effective teacher, able to meet the learning needs of pupils in the Primary age range, including those who experience barriers. Our graduates are highly valued by teaching employers. You will learn specialist skills that make you an ideal candidate for any teaching post, not only in the UK but across the world. Your degree will open up options in special schools, further and higher education and related professions. In your final year, you’ll be able to complete 60 credits, equivalent to a postgraduate certificate, allowing you to progress to a full masters degree. You'll develop useful skills for a future working in a range of educational settings including roles such as learning mentor, teaching assistant, family support worker or museum education officer. Alternatively, if you want to become a primary school teacher, you can top up your qualifications with a one-year PGCE course to gain qualified teacher status, subject to application. How you will be assessed Modes of assessment will be closely aligned with the content and learning outcomes of the modules and will encourage the development of breadth and depth of intellectual and practical skills. Methods will include essays; poster presentations; individual presentations supplemented by individually-produced supporting papers; portfolios and participation in online discussion boards. Students will also be required to produce a Special Study at Level 6.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma in relevant subject

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £13250 Year 1

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Teaching and Learning (Top up) at University of Cumbria - UCAS