Farnborough College of Technology
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About this course

This course is taught over one evening per week at University Centre of Farnborough. It is suitable for students with a foundation degree or HND in a relevant subject who would like to gain a full honours degree.

The education sector increasingly requires staff who can appreciate the implications of the many far-reaching developments currently taking place.

The BA (Hons) in Education (Learning Support) meets this need for practitioners fulfilling a number of different roles within the sector. The main award of the BA (Hons) in Education builds on the appropriate supporting Foundation Degrees, providing a progression route to degree level.

As such, it develops and extends the knowledge base acquired through previous study and professional development and continues to integrate a work-based model in which students are required to reflect upon daily occurrences in the work place and use their experiences to inform and evaluate their own practice. The programme is offered as a full-time honours degree programme and is modular in structure focusing on a number of essential themes in contemporary education and training.


The University Centre Farnborough Experience:

✓ Degrees awarded by the prestigious University of Surrey
✓ Nationally-recognised HNC/Ds awarded by Pearson
✓ Small campus experience where you won’t get lost in the crowd
✓ Dynamic new University Centre building and Study Centre
✓ Cash bursary of up to £2k for those students/courses that are eligible
✓ Welcoming environment for both mature students and college leavers
✓ Work-focused qualifications that link to the needs of the workplace
✓ Recognition of prior learning and experiences mean you could join a degree in the second or third year
✓ Graduation ceremony to share your successes

Other information

This course has full-time status and is taught part-time.


Fee Per Year £6000

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If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.

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Studies include

What modules are covered?

Students on this BA top-up year will study 7 modules (6 at 15 credit points and 1 at 30 credit points)

  • Module 3.1 - Introduction to Research
  • Module 3.2 - Learning Theory
  • Module 3.3 - The Social Context of Education and Training
  • Module 3.4 - Comparative Education and Training
  • Module 3.5 - Supporting Students with Additional Needs
  • Module 3.6 - Understanding Child Behavior
  • Module 3.7 - Research Project

How will I be assessed?

Candidates will be assessed on the basis of written assignments for each module and the submission of a completed research project.

Programme Structure

The structure of our programmes follows educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the Programme Specification documents found under our Quality Assurance page, including further details such as the learning outcomes.

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What Next?

The BA (Hons) Education (Learning Support) is rated in the Credit Accumulation and Transfer system. Candidate's knowledge from their Foundation Degree in Learning Support contributes 120 credit points at Level 5 and 120 credit points at Level 4.

Successful completion of the BA (Hons) Education (Learning Support) for those coming from the Foundation Degree in Learning Support comes from achieving 120 Level 6 credit points, providing the total of 360 credits required for the award in the degree.

Careers progression includes:

  • Teaching
  • Level 7 qualification (Masters) in a related field

Graduates achieving a 2:1 can apply for Initial Teacher Training (Schools Direct, SCITT or PGCE) for Primary, Special and Independent schools. Learning Support practitioners in Secondary schools may find that the BA (Hons) could contribute to an application for a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course as a pathway into Initial Teacher Training.

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Entry Requirements

What is the entry process?

You can apply for this higher education course in the following ways:

  • Via the UCAS website. Visit www.ucas.com and browse the courses available under 'University Centre Farnborough'. 
  • Directly to University Centre Farnborough via the button on this webpage. Applications take around 15 minutes and are free of charge. You can apply to us direct at any time in the year (including after the UCAS deadline). Applications of this type are seperate to the UCAS system, which means you could also apply for more than the five universities that UCAS allows.

UCAS Code - 4G45

Institution Code - F66

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

The BA programme assumes that candidates will already have completed work equivalent to the first two years of a full-time honours degree. The primary qualifications for entry to the degree will be in possession of a Foundation Degree in Learning Support or the Foundation Degree in Early Years Education.

All candidates will be required to attend for interview before joining the programme. Interviewers will be seeking evidence of:

  • Ability to write and discuss assignments at undergraduate level
  • Recent reading of education literature
  • Reflection on learning experiences from recent and relevant courses
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Becoming a teacher has been my dream since the age of five and to this end I have undertaken and just completed my Foundation degree at Farnborough. I am now studying in the evenings towards the BA (Hons) Education (Top Up) and am delighted to have just been accepted on a Schools Direct in Secondary Mathematics teacher training course.

All of this was only achievable due to Farnborough's flexible course structures, as they fit in with my busy lifestyle and thus allowed me to change my career and pursue my dream. The tutors are friendly and always supportive. You know that they are always available to help, even at the end of an email with sage advice to help make sense of things if you're concerned or confused.


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