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BA (Hons) Education Practice with Placement Year

University of Roehampton

This newly developed, strongly vocational degree is ideal for students seeking a fulfilling career in education, while not wishing to immediately gain qualified teacher status.

The only undergraduate course of its kind in London, BA Education Practice will appeal to those already working as a teaching assistant (TA), secondary or primary, and looking for career progression. It's equally ideal for college and sixth-form leavers seeking to explore the discipline of education, while benefiting from a hands-on, practical route into the sector and the many careers it offers.

The BA Education Practice programme offers a number of career paths, including:

The course will also equip you to work in a wide range of educational settings, including government departments, community and voluntary organisations, social services, youth organisations, libraries and museums.

The course content of BA Education Practice offers students a deep understanding of working life in schools, the education system and the issues faced by classroom practitioners. Placement periods are arranged for students to gain hands-on experience. All teaching and learning is informed by Roehampton's unrivalled 180 year heritage in teaching, and by the work of education philosopher Friedrich Froebel, whose followers established Froebel College in the 1920s. Students also benefit from Roehampton's vast network of partner schools across London and the south east, and from the world-class reputation for special educational needs (SEN) specialism that our School of Education enjoys.

Timetabling has been designed with an unusual degree of flexibility, such that students who work or have other commitments can opt to attend university one day a week, with further online lectures and seminars on one evening from home. Students who are not working can opt for a more traditional university timetable spread across the week.

Please note: Prospective students wishing to qualify as a primary school teacher should apply to our BA Primary Education (QTS).

Schedule by year of study:

Year 1 is designed as an introduction to the academic discipline of education with topics such as child development and inclusivity. Students will also acquire the professional skill of reflecting on and evaluating aspects of learning and teaching from a personal perspective. Modules cover the fundamentals of how children learn, engaging learners in their learning and how adults support learning using a variety of approaches.

Year 2 includes a placement in a setting with a focus on education. This placement could be within a traditional school setting, an education setting in the voluntary or charity sector or could equally be within education settings such as museums or galleries. The compulsory modules in year two enable you to develop your understanding of and the implementation of the role of an education practitioner. Optional modules are geared towards aspects of education such as technology, creativity, literacy and inclusion.

Year 3 includes a practice-based enquiry project and a focus on learners’ wellbeing and holistic development. The optional modules enable you to focus on the step into employment and work within education (via HLTA accreditation), preparing for further study towards a teaching qualification (PGCE) or further academic study (via MA TESOL).

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4 years


Sep 2024

Start Month

Aug 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • September 2024

Mode of Study

  • Full Time