BA single honours Education and Professional Training 2019/20

Year of entry

The BA (Hons) Education and Professional Training is a two-year top up to initial HE qualifications in Education and Training or in the life-long learning sector.

This course is part of the Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) provision graded 'Outstanding' by OFSTED in March 2014.

This course is designed for professionals who are working in the lifelong learning/post-compulsory education and training sector. If you have completed the Diploma in Education and Training or equivalent the course will enable you to top up your existing qualifications to a full degree. It is taught part-time over two years, so you can remain in employment while critically exploring the area you work in.

During the course, you will develop your academic skills and your ability to evaluate and investigate the ideas and practices of post-compulsory education/lifelong learning. You will receive structured guidance and tutorial support through your own personal tutor. You will explore areas such as learning from experience, learning and sustainable development and reflective practice.

Year 1

  • Lifelong Learning: a critical opening
    This module will introduce you to the key themes that run throughout the course through studying readings in adult learning. You will become confident in participating in academic discussion and writing.
  • Really Useful Knowledge’ 1850-The Present and the History of Learning Theories
    You will study how education policy and practice have evolved in historical, socio-economic and political contexts. By examining these, you will investigate the changing organisation of work and the emphasis on vocational training. Together we will explore the concept of the adult learner and how it impacts our professional and personal lives. You will be encouraged to explore knowledge, who is knowledge for and who has the power to make decisions.
  • Learning from Experience
    The focus of this module is the individual and how they make sense of educational experiences within the broader context. You will consider what learning and lifelong learning means to you. The module aims to make the link between theory and practice at an individual level.
  • Lifelong Learning: Widening Views
    This module will focus on your academic reading skills. You will read, evaluate and discuss a number of challenging texts. Themes include post-modernism, globalisation, Neoliberalism, and equality and diversity. You will gain confidence in dealing with issues of ideology and interpretation.
  • Lifelong Learning and Sustainability Development
    Sustainability and sustainable development are often at the forefront of current public debate. You will examine the complexity of the various perspectives and debates. In this module, you will also look at the diversity of sustainable development in both national and international contexts as well as the concepts of informal and community learning.
  • Reflective Practice and Lifelong Learning
    By increasing your understanding of the curricular contexts of your own work, this module will help you become a more effective practitioner of Lifelong Learning. You will examine the value of your role and how it relates to the views of your organisation and professional conventions. In particular, you will assess the needs of your learners and co-workers within your area of work.

Year 2

  • Orientation and Research Skills
    This module will introduce you to the next stage of your studies. You will develop your professional understanding and practice through the review of history, cultural and policy contexts of PCET/Lifelong Learning. Using a biographical approach, you will learn to understand the personal context for learning and thinking about the idea of a 'reflective practioner'.
  • Approaches to Research and Professional Development
    You will be provided with concepts and approaches for research and development. These are action research, curriculum evaluation and development, and literature review. You will use these to help you engage in research for your role and professional development.
  • Individual Study 
    You will have the opportunity to research a subject of your choice to enhance your professional development.

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. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.

Graduates from this programme work within Post Compulsory Education and Training or other broadly similar roles.  Some have progressed onto the MA Education.


The 2019/20 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time N/A N/A
Part-time £3,295 N/A

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

Please read the 2019/20 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2019/20 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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 are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

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

Learning and teaching strategies will therefore 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.

Academic input

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

Surprising terms

Special regulations apply to this course.

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.

You should have relevant professional work within the Post-Compulsory Education and Training/Lifelong Learning sector. In most cases entrants to the programme 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 programme 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’.

All applicants will be expected to provide evidence of a current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate. In almost all cases you will be able to use your work-related DBS check as part of meeting the entry requirements.

All students on the course work in a relevant professional setting.

Canterbury Christ Church was the obvious choice for me, having met the tutors at the end of my DTLLS course I knew I was going to be learning from an inspirational team. The course was convenient and fitted in with both my home life and my working demands.

I have become a much more confident person in my professional role. Studying has increased my knowledge of relevant subjects and given me the confidence to progress in my institution. 

The tutors are always there! Whenever I needed a chat or tutorial to discuss my current work or any problems I was experiencing, they were always at the end of a phone or computer.

Having this qualification is a stepping-stone to achieving my goal of becoming a head teacher. I am looking at enrolling on the Masters course or the Headship programme, both of which cannot be done without achieving the degree first.

It is the best thing I have ever done, not only for my own personal growth but also for my future career prospects. I thoroughly enjoyed myself during the two years, too. Engaging with other likeminded students/ teachers and having the opportunity to delve into the history of education and put myself on paper has been fun, exhausting and soul searching at times but the sense of accomplishment is second to none.

Melissa, BA (Hons) Education and Professional Training

Applications for this course can be completed online

Further information:

Please note

For the programme you are applying for, the University needs there to be a minimum of fifteen students to be able to run the cohort. If the University is unable to attract enough students then the cohort will not run. Where we are unable to run a cohort the University will contact those affected via the email address given on the application form, the University would also normally expect to offer those affected the opportunity to join the next cohort of the course they have applied for either at the original location that the programme was to run or at an alternative venue (once again subject to the minimum number of students being recruited

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UCAS course code

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UCAS institution code

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  • The course lasts two academic years and is a part-time. To complete the course you must be working in post compulsory education and training or similar context. For further information, see the Learning and Teaching section below.


  • Sept 2019

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.



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