Studying Education and Professional Training is the best thing I have ever done, for both my own personal growth and my future career prospects.


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2 years


Canterbury, South Thames College, West Kent College
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This course is designed for those who work within the post-compulsory education and training sector and wish to top up their existing diploma, or equivalent, to a degree.

Undertaken part-time over two years, you can study while you work and apply the taught theory to your professional endeavours. We will help you to develop your academic skills around practices and ideas, and over the two-year time frame gain a deeper understanding based on critical thinking.

Whilst the course is a brilliant way of enhancing your career, you can also progress onto postgraduate study.

Why Study Education and Professional Training?

The lifelong learning/post-compulsory education and training sector requires highly qualified and motivated graduates. If you are passionate about helping others to develop and want to transform your own practice, this course is a great choice. 

Building on your existing experience, skills and knowledge, you'll gain a broad, in-depth understanding of theories related to issues in education and training, which you'll be able to apply to your work. 

On successful completion of the course, you'll be equipped with new personal and professional skills and experience, enabling you to forge a career working in a wide range of education and training roles or go on to further study.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are a Diploma in Education and Training, Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector or an equivalent. Other relevant qualifications from HE institutions can be considered.

Further entry requirements

You should have relevant professional work within the Post-Compulsory Education and Training/Lifelong Learning sector. In most cases entrants to the course will be either teachers or lecturers or be in some similar type of role within this sector. In some cases teaching or training will only be a part of the entrant’s professional work. It is possible that entrants to the course will be employed in PCET/LL without being directly involved in teaching and training. Such entrants must be in a position to complete all the modules including those which require ‘research’.

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

More information about entry requirements.

All about the course

In the first year, you'll study how education policy and practice have evolved in historical, socio-economic and political contexts. You'll consider what learning and lifelong learning means to you, so you can make the link between theory and practice at an individual level. You'll study lifelong learning from different views and you'll explore sustainability in education.

As you progress through the course, you'll develop academic and professional skills and you'll be encouraged to become a reflective practitioner. You'll carry out more in depth study and will develop your research and analytics skills, so that you are prepared to undertake an individual study in Year 2. 

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You will attend taught three hour sessions weekly during term times. There are also two academic Saturdays per academic year.

Learning and teaching strategies aim to:

  • involve you in the learning process as an active participant
  • utilise experience as a valuable part of your personal programme
  • provide academic tutoring and professional advice to support learning
  • facilitate opportunities for you to study both collectively and independently
  • encourage an open interchange of ideas, experiences and opinions with employers and fellow students
  • support you in developing action plans to assist your professional learning.

In Year 1, you will study 60 credits at Levels 4 and 60 credits at Level 5 (120 credits in total). In Year 2, you will study 120 credits at Level 6.

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

All the staff are qualified to at least MA level. They all have many years experience of practical ‘hands on’ professional work in the sector and in teaching on this course.

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions, you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

Our teaching is delivered by people who are highly-experienced in the lifelong learning sector, and they will help you to look analytically at your work to help you breed success in your career and among the people you teach.

Ian JasperProgramme Director

How you’ll be assessed

You will encounter a range of assessment methods which may include, but are not limited to: essays, practical reports, case studies, portfolios, oral presentations and independent study.

Your future career

Graduates from this course work within post-compulsory education and training or other broadly similar roles. Some have progressed onto the MA Education.


The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK Overseas
Part-time £3,500 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2021/22 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2021/22 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Regulated by the Office for Students

The Office for Students (OfS) regulates Canterbury Christ Church University. The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. Further details about its work are available on the OfS website.

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2 years


Canterbury, South Thames College, West Kent College

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