Childcare and Teacher Training

Professional Practice: Education Studies BA (Hons) Top-Up

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

September 2021 The course runs over one year, you will attend two evenings per week, Tuesdays and Thursdays 5.00pm-8.00pm.

Entry requirements

  •  Successful completion of a Foundation Degree in a relevant area or equivalent qualification up to Level 5 in a relevant area
  • Grade C/4 or above in English Language (or accepted Level 2 equivalent).
  • A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is required.

You will achieve

BA (Hons) Professional Practice: Education Studies validated by Leeds Trinity University

Awarding Body

Validated by the Leeds Trinity University

UCAS Course Code


Course overview

This work-based learning Top-Up degree is designed to be undertaken on completion of a foundation degree, or other Level 5 qualification, in an area related to education. This programme is ideal preparation for those who may wish to progress towards a teaching qualification or academic postgraduate education, or take on more responsibility in their educational setting.

You will have the opportunity to develop subject expertise while engaging with current debate and professional practice. You will be introduced to new concepts and higher order skills such as synthesis and critical evaluation.

Course content

  • Evaluating Current Debates and Development
  • Leadership in Multi-Agency Environments
  • Work-Based Research: Research Proposal Project

Plus related core modules:

  • Preparing to Teach: Environment and Inclusion
  • Supporting Learning and Inclusion

Topic areas include support and inclusion of those with individual needs, education’s role in the multi-agency workforce, teaching skills, learning strategies and project work.

You will develop reflective practitioner skills and the application of theory to practice when you undertake a range of work-based activities including workplace analysis in terms of practices and models of management, teamwork, teaching and learning.

You will be introduced to the key issues related to ethical practice and how to reflect critically on the work place in a professional fashion. It is hoped, although not compulsory, that you will identify a work place mentor who could support your studies and research.

A variety of assessment methods are used which are matched to the learner outcomes for the programme. This will enable you to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills you have developed. You will take part in workshops, seminars and lectures. Work will be assessed on reports, presentations and essays.

Paper, pens, files and books.

Church Street Campus
Church Street
S70 2AN

Progression options include:

  • Gaining Qualified Teacher Status or a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.
  • Careers in educational settings.

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £5,995 per year

Extra information

We offer a service to any  student who has a diagnosis of anything persistent or long-term which might interfere with how they study and manage their day-to- day academic engagement. The service is flexible and shaped around the needs of each individual; it might be consistent support or intermittent support.

For further information please refer to our website.


As a Higher Education student living in England you may be eligible for the non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan from the Government. For further details go to:

A Maintenance Loan of up to £6,904 per year will be available to eligible students living with parents or up to £8,200 per year to those living away from home. EU Students cannot apply.

Students with children or dependant adults may qualify for a Childcare Grant or Adult Dependants’ Grant. Students can apply for these at the same time as applying for a Maintenance Loan.

Remember: Eligible students will not have to pay tuition fees in advance and can apply for the Maintenance Loan before they start the course.

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For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Professional Practice: Education Studies BA (Hons) Top-Up

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