BA single honours Education and Professional Training 2016/17

This course has been designed for professionals working in Lifelong Learning in a range of contexts. The course has at its heart the idea that people working within this area will want to explore and understand the history, the present and the possible futures of Lifelong Learning.

The BA is a demanding, but fulfilling course for people working in Education and Professional Training who wish to obtain a first degree. The course has been designed to allow individuals to begin at the correct entry point given the qualifications they already possess or are embarking on.

Students will enter the BA already in possession of the DTLLS, Diploma in Education and Training or a foundation degree. Between these two other entry points are possible.

At the centre of the design of this course rests the idea that professionals working in Lifelong Learning will want to develop the academic skills and outlook needed to critically explore the area in which they work. The course has been planned to allow students to develop their own ability to evaluate and investigate the ideas and practices of Lifelong Learning. Towards the end of the course students will, to a considerable extent, be able to choose which particular aspects of lifelong learning to examine in greater depth. Staff involved in teaching on the BA see tutorial support and structured guidance as being very important.

An idea of the course content is provided below where a selection of course titles is given:

  • Lifelong Learning: a critical opening
  • ‘Really Useful Knowledge’: 1850 - The Present
  • Learning from Experience
  • Lifelong Learning: Widening Views
  • Learning and Sustainable Development
  • The Reflective Practitioner
  • Orientation and Research
  • Approaches to Research and Professional Development Individual Study

(NB depending on your entry point, not all of these courses will be applicable or available)

The Lifelong Learning sector includes all education and training following compulsory school education. Students in this sector can be found in a wide variety of learning contexts, such as:

  • Further Education and Tertiary Colleges
  • The training departments of companies or public sector organisations such as the Fire Brigade, local government or health services
  • Sixth Forms and Sixth Form Colleges
  • Adult Education
  • Work-based learning contexts
  • Community Education Centres 

To be selected for an interview, you will need to show that you meet the following criteria:

  • Be able to cope with the academic demands of the course. The course is structured to encourage and support student development but from a suitable initial level.
  • Be in possession of suitable qualifications to gain entry to a teaching qualification or be in possession of an initial teaching qualification (e.g. a Cert.Ed.)
  • Be in a position to evaluate and explore Lifelong Learning at first hand. (teaching or supporting learning)

Offers of a place are only made after an interview. At the interview the above criteria will be applied. Candidates not deemed ready to begin the BA will be given advice about alternative options available to help them prepare for future entry.

You will be assessed through written essay assignments at regular intervals throughout the course. You will receive strong tutorial support throughout the assessments.


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:







Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated, and may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Further information about the course may be obtained by contacting us.


Fact file

UCAS code

  • N/A


  • Variable, depending upon entry point.

Entry requirements

  • See details of typical entry requirements



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