New City College (incorporating Havering College)

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Open University Validating Partnership

Education and Professional Practice

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Course summary

The BA (Hons) Education and Professional Practice is a level 6 top-up degree programme that seeks to connect teaching practitioners and professionals from different sectors of education who will work together to interrogate key concepts of the education system and consolidate understanding within their own contexts. The programme follows an intellectual and rigorous study of educational questions; designed to broaden theoretical perspectives of the role and purpose of education and educational processes across a wide range of contexts. These are Early Years, Primary and Secondary compulsory schooling and Further Education. Havering Colleges, New City College is registered with the Office for Students. The BA (Hons) Education and Professional Practice is validated by the Open University and is unique in its approach to delivering this qualification as it brings into contact teaching practitioners and professionals from different sectors of education who will work together to explore key concepts of the Education system within their own working context. You will consider the effectiveness of the management and leadership team at your organisation, as well as the innovative practices of your institution. Alongside this, you will study the importance, theory and models of transitions and conduct in-depth research for your dissertation. This qualification is a classroom-based course in which students are expected to reflect upon and actively incorporate their professional practice into their studies. For full-time students, the course is studied over a period of one year for 30 weeks. Attendance is 1 day per week plus attendance in the workplace. The course will take place at our Ardleigh Green Campus. On completion of the programme, students may choose to move into a management position, paid employment following voluntary placement, or progress to a Masters programme in Education. Students may also progress on to a registered teacher training programme.

Course details


You will study a selection of modules: Level 6 • Professionalism, Expertise & Accountability in Educational Contexts - 20 credits • Effective Management, Leadership and Administration - 20 credits • Developing Innovative Practice within a Learning and Organisational Context - 20 credits • Managing Transitions in Education - 20 credits • Dissertation - 40 credits

Assessment method

You will be assessed in all the modules that you study. The programme team has designed a range of assessment methods to test your learning and development as you progress through the programme. Assessment will take place during or immediately on completion of the teaching of each module. Assessment will usually involve submitted assessments/in-programme assessments, reports and presentations. The teaching year begins in September and ends in June. A typical student registered in full-time attendance mode will study the equivalent of 120 credits over one academic year and will attend College for one day per week. Students will either be working or volunteering within an educational setting and be able to commit to self-study alongside the programme. All of our teaching staff are experienced professionals in the field of education. All students are allocated a personal tutor who will be your first point of communication should you have any queries or concerns. Regular 1:1 sessions will take place within the classroom where there will be the opportunity to discuss your course and progress.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeX300
Institution code H14
Campus nameArdleigh Green
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

This course is not open to International applications.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
Scottish Higher Not accepted
GCSE/National 4/National 5 English language and maths at grade 4(C) or above

This is a year 3 BA top-up. You will need a relevant Foundation Degree or evidence of holding 240 HE credits. You must be employed in a professional educational role which may be paid employment or voluntary. Students may progress from: Teaching Assistants (Primary and Secondary sector) progressing from an OUVS Foundation Degree or Early Years Practitioners progressing from an OUVS Foundation Degree.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Please present the DBS from you placement provider, when requested.



You must be employed in a professional educational role which may be paid employment or voluntary.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6000 Year 1
Scotland £6000 Year 1
Wales £6000 Year 1

Additional fee information

College Membership Fee: £30 per year DBS check: £44 (TBC) Approximately £100 per year for academic reading books
Education and Professional Practice at New City College (incorporating Havering College) - UCAS