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NEW PROGRAMME: starts September 2022

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  • Excellent preparation to start teacher training or TESOL study after graduation
  • Timetabled to support those working part-time in schools
  • Working TAs can gain accreditation as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant 
  • Informed by Roehampton's uniquely long heritage of teacher education
  • Study in the home of Froebelian education, Froebel College
  • For the past three years Roehampton has been ranked in the top two universities in London for education (The Complete University Guide 2020, 2021 and 2022)
  • Give your career a head-start through the option of a one-year work placement, after year two

Summary

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

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

The BA Education Practice programme offers three main career options:

  • Progression to our one-year PGCE Primary following graduation, to achieve qualified teacher status (with a 20% alumni discount on the tuition fees).
  • The opportunity to become an accredited Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA), now formally recognised as a graduate level role, for those with TA experience.
  • Progression to our one-year MA TESOL for students who may wish to work internationally in English speaking schools, teaching pupils with English as a second language (also with a 20% tuition fee reduction).

This degree will also prepare you to work in a wide range of educational settings, such as government departments, community and voluntary organisations.

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 working in schools 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 timetable spread across the week.

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

Year 1 is designed as an introduction to both academic study and the fundamentals of education, plus the professional ability to reflect on one's work in schools. Modules cover the fundamentals of how children learn, how teachers teach, and the importance of both education technology and SEN - both vital in the role of teaching assistants.

Year 2 includes a formally assessed placement, plus further focus on the core of teaching and learning and the philosophy of Froebelian education. Optional modules are geared toward particular expertise in the primary curriculum.

Year 3 includes a practice-based enquiry project and a focus on wellbeing and multiculturalism in education. The two optional modules which are to be taken focus on the step into work (via HLTA accreditation), further professional study (via the PGCE or MA TESOL) or academic study (via an MA in Inclusive Education).

NB: Full module descriptions will be available from September 2021 on this page. Those listed below are examples for illustrative purposes only.

Year One - compulsory modules
Introduction to Education Practice
Child Development
Understanding Pedagogy and Professional Practice 1
Special and Inclusive Education 1
Technology and Education

Year Two - compulsory modules
Understanding Pedagogy and Professional Practice 2
Froebelian Perspectives - play and outdoor learning

Optional modules
STEM in the Curriculum
English in the Curriculum
Exploring a Creative Curriculum
Special and Inclusive Education 2

Year Three - compulsory modules
Practice-based Enquiry Project
Safeguarding and Wellbeing in Education
Multiculturalism in Education

Optional modules
Preparation for The Higher Level Teaching Assistant award
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Special and Inclusive Education 3

This degree will prepare you for a primary teaching programme (with Qualified Teacher Status) or a career as a senior member of the teaching support staff in a school. If you are interested in a secondary teaching programme, this may be possible if you also have relevant subject-related level 3 qualifications.

You may also be interested in working in a wide range of educational settings, such as government departments, community and voluntary organisations, social services, policy and research settings. You could also work in youth organisations, libraries, museums, education publishers, and a host of other organisations where professional development and education is practised.

You will be well placed to go on to further study and complete postgraduate teacher training at University. You could go on to a MA in Education Studies, Education Leadership and Management, Inclusive Education: SEN and Disability or Educational Practice.

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.

This course offers all students the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement. If you successfully secure a work placement, you will undertake the placement following year two of your programme and return following the placement to complete your studies.

A placement year is the perfect opportunity to implement the skills and knowledge that you will learn in year one and two, while gaining valuable work experience. The opportunity to make connections in your chosen industry will greatly improve your career prospects and equip you with the skills and experience you need to secure graduate-level employment.

The University Careers and Placements team will support you to develop your CV and skills though webinars, workshops and 1-2-1 appointments. You will also benefit from regular communication about available opportunities to aid your placement search.

Please note while the University will support you with your placement search and applications, a placement cannot be guaranteed.

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.