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Education in Professional Practice

Continuing Professional Development

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About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Education and Childhood
One year
Full-time study whilst working in an educational setting.
Programme leader:
Julian Scott
Key fact:
Designed for lecturers, unqualified teachers, teaching assistants, play workers and other educational support workers, this course allows you to continue in paid work while gaining an honours degree and offers a route to career progression.

Page last updated 4 July 2017


Why Education in Professional Practice?

Our BA(Hons) Education in Professional Practice allows you to earn and learn, topping up existing credits to gain a full honours degree.

The course is available to those working in education and related areas, including lecturers, unqualified teachers, teaching assistants, education welfare officers, family support workers and mentors, as well as those in alternative provision such as pupil referral units (PRUs), prison settings and the youth sector. If you hold qualifications from overseas, you may also wish to explore this route to a UK degree.

Following graduation, you will be equipped to progress to a PGCE or Master's, or you may want to use the skills and knowledge you have gained in a more senior and responsible professional role.

Why study this course?

You will work individually and in collaboration with fellow students, writing assignments and reflective journals, giving short presentations, developing a portfolio of completed tasks and conducting small enquiries.

Among wide-ranging topics, you might examine innovative curricula, develop ways to support learners with emotional barriers to learning, explore youth and community learning and investigate ideas for teaching and learning in a changing world. You will also gain excellent research and independent study skills. All tasks, including the dissertation, are work based and will draw on your experience of working in education.

Real-world experience

Real-world experience is a prerequisite of this course and credits are gained through completion of work-based tasks. You must be in paid work in the education sector for a minimum of 16 hours per week, although relevant voluntary work may be taken into account.

Where it can take you

Most of our students go on to study for a PGCE and primary QTS or for other postgraduate qualifications. The course also provides an excellent foundation for career progression in education and related fields.

Find out more about courses for school support staff at UWE.

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The course allows you to gain a total of 120 credits at Level 3.

Level 3

Compulsory modules:

  • Researching Education Learning and Development
  • Dissertation Education Learning and Development

Plus two from the following optional modules:

  • Approaches for Addressing Emotional Barriers to Learning
  • Innovative Curricula
  • Youth and Community Learning
  • Guided Studies

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Depending on which modules you choose to study attendance at University is usually one afternoon and evening per week during term time. Tasks are work-based which is why you need to be employed in an educational setting.

Find out more about our academic staff, their teaching expertise and research interests.


Assessment requirements vary for each module but normally include a written assignment on a topic negotiated with the module leader. Other approaches include five minute presentations, reflective journals, portfolio of tasks and poster presentations.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.



The course is directly linked to the workplace and credits are gained through the completion of work-based tasks.

You must be employed in an education-related field for a minimum of 16 hours a week as teaching assistants or support workers, or in education-related posts such as family support, youth or community work. Posts may be in FE colleges, special schools, children's centres, PRUs or prisons, for example. You must work in our catchment area (contact the department for details).

Study facilities

Our modern purpose-built facilities offer high-quality teaching rooms and state-of-the-art technology, including excellent IT facilities and an open learning area with an interactive whiteboard, CD burners, scanners and equipment such as digital cameras and laptops that can be booked out and borrowed. Friendly technical staff are always on hand to help when needed.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

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Careers / Further study

Most of our students go on to study for a PGCE and primary QTS or for postgraduate qualifications in education or related fields, such as the Master's in Education.

For those not wishing to continue to postgraduate study, the course provides an excellent foundation for progression to more senior and responsible roles in education and, for example, training and consultancy, youth and community work, local government, play work, speech therapy, social work and day care management. Careers could include special educational needs coordinator (SENCO), nursery manager, family support manager, youth leader, community liaison officer, careers adviser, personal tutor, mentor or behavioural support manager.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

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Read how Karen combined studying with work and family commitments.

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Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee7750
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)969
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee11750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1469

Part time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)969

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year80

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


Typical offers

  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent, or Level 2 Certificates in Adult Literacy and Numeracy.
  • English Language Requirement:

    For advice about entry requirements visit our country-specific information pages or contact your local British Council Office, or email your CV to admissions@uwe.ac.uk giving us details of all the qualifications you hold, examining boards and grades or scores obtained. Please note that the English Language requirements for IELTS are:

    • Overall score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component OR
    • Overall score of 6.0 with 6.0 in each component

Entry requirements

Participants will need to have already completed 240 credits at Level 1 and Level 2 in educationally related study at UWE, Stroud, Weston or Yeovil before embarking upon this course. Such study is accredited into the course through application to the Accredited Learning Panel (please contact Programmes Administration for relevant forms).

A small number of places are reserved for applicants with relevant qualifications/credits from other courses or institutions. Please contact the Admissions Office or the Programme Manager for further information.

Reserved places may also be utilised by international graduates with a relevant degree, who wish to obtain a UK degree. We welcome enquiries from international applicants.

Please note: students who do not meet the minimum academic entry requirements but have significant life and/or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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