BA (Hons) Education and Professional Development

The course is designed to meet the needs of those wishing to broaden their knowledge and understanding of theoretical and policy issues (including research methods) in education, training and related areas and who are taking on greater responsibility in relation to their professional role and career development. The course provides you with the opportunity to develop your own personal and professional confidence within your working practice, with a view to enhancing your career. You explore and reflect upon research methods, theory and policy with a direct application to your role in education, training and professional contexts.

The course is aimed at the professional development needs of teachers or trainers in further, higher, adult and secondary education and those who work in related areas such as health, careers, uniformed services and private training organisations.

This is a blended learning course with tutorials at either Beverley or Bridlington, along with day schools at University of Huddersfield. Learning materials and activities will be on a virtual learning environment provided by the University of Huddersfield and you will attend seven study days (Saturdays) at the University of Huddersfield at intervals throughout the year.

What will I study?

Year one:

  • Advanced professional practice
  • Improving teaching and learning
  • Critical education

Year two:

  • Research methodologies
  • Reflexive study
  • Major study

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is based on assignments submitted at the end of each module submitted through Turnitin on the University’s virtual learning environment, Unilearn. These may be essays, presentations or projects.

For more information about assessment, including guidance on marking, feedback and plagiarism, please refer to the HE Assessment Policy (section 5) and the programme spec for course-specific information.

How will the course be delivered?

This is a blended learning course. Day schools will include learner centred activities such as discussions and presentations as well as teaching by tutors from a range of centres. Pre and post day school activities will be available via the University’s virtual learning environment and will be completed independently. Formation of critical friendship groups to provide peer support is a key element of the course. You will have a tutor at East Riding College who may deliver some of the day schools as well as offering you regular tutorial support. The tutor will assess your work and give you formative feedback.

All programmes are led and taught by experienced teaching staff who are vocational specialists.  They are qualified, and often have extensive experience within the industry or the sector being studied. All teaching staff meet or exceed the requirements set by the awarding institute or body.  

Entry requirements

  • Two years teaching experience (or part-time equivalent) and a CertEd. This may be worth 180 credit points towards the degree


  • Applications are also welcomed if you have five years experience and other teaching qualifications
  • College interview

A typical offer for this course would ask for the entry requirements to be met, however, all offers take individual applicants’ experience and qualifications into account. 

What next?

You could progress to a Master’s degree in Education.

Additional information

University of Huddersfield

Validated by the University of Huddersfield

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