Teaching and Learning Support (Primary) BA (Hons) (Top Up)

This course is validated by: Lancaster University
Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
Code: EH3502A19
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Validated by: Lancaster University
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Duration: Full time: 1 academic year
Part time: 2 academic years
Start Dates: september 2019
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If you have completed our Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning Support (Primary) you can progress on to this one year, full-time BA (Hons) Teaching and Learning Support (Primary) (top-up) programme, enabling you to gain an Honours degree.

Following on from knowledge gained from the FdA Teaching and Learning Support (Primary), you will be expected to work collaboratively and independently in order to respond to the demands of employers and employees for a school workforce that is professionalised and demonstrably competent in supporting teaching and learning in the primary sector by providing a vocationally relevant programme that appeals to students from a diverse range of learning backgrounds enabling them to develop personally, academically and professionally

Previous modules studied on the FdA Teaching and Learning Support (Primary) Degree will provide you with the underpinning knowledge and experience required to promote development and further exploration of this exciting area of study.


What will I study?

You will study 5 modules which have been designed toprovide you with a broader knowledge of the discipline.

The 20 credit modules are:

  • Educational Leadership and Management
  • Global Perspectives on Education
  • Socio-economic and equality issues in educational settings
  • Exploring Professional Practice in Education

 The 40 credit module is:

  • Dissertation


Entry Requirements

In order to join the BA (Hons) Teaching and Learning Support (Primary) (top-up) programme you will need to have successfully completed the FdA Teaching and Learning Support (Primary) with at least a pass grade.

How will I be assessed?

During the course you will be assessed by a variety of methods including:

  • Essays
  • Policy documents
  • Portfolios
  • Dissertations
  • Reports
  • Group presentations
  • Presentations
  • In class tests
  • Peer assessment

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Formative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date.  It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

What can I do next?

The Degree can lead both directly and via top-up qualifications to careers in:

  • Primary School Support
  • Teaching
  • Learning Mentoring
  • Educational Management/Administration
  • HLTA
  • Family Support
  • Behaviour Management

The Degree is recognised as quality award in the primary school sector.  To progress onto Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) students will have to achieve a degree with a classification at 2:2 or above. Students can then either complete:

  • School Direct Training (QTS) allows you to do on the job training.


  • PGCE - Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) is an internationally recoignised qualification


Supplementary Information

Download the Programme Specification for BA (Hons) Teaching and Learning Support (Primary). The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.