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BA (Hons) Professional Practice (Education)

  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: September 2021
This top-up degree is flexibly designed to enable practitioners in Early Years, Primary Education and wider Education and Training environments to meet Continuing Professional Development (CPD) needs and to develop expertise in the practice setting.
The programme enables you to extend your prior qualifications to gain an honours degree related to your specific area of practice in Early Years, Primary Education or Education and Training.
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Application guide

For information on how you can boost your career-prospects and apply for our postgraduate courses, follow our application guide.

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Fees and Funding

There’s a range of ways you can secure funding for your course, including sponsorship, scholarships and loans. And if you recently graduated from BNU, you may be eligible for a fee discount.

Why study this subject?

This work-based programme is open to students who have successfully completed a Foundation Degree or a Diploma in Higher Education.  It is designed to help you develop your theoretical knowledge and expertise and enable enhanced practice and career progression. 

The course offers a grounding that enables you to knowledgeably enhance your practice with children and their families.  As a successful graduate you will have a desirable qualification for career progression, including highly sought after jobs within early years and education.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

The course is designed to extend your knowledge and skills relating to practice, developing reflexivity, enhanced confidence and critical decision-making skills. You'll be encouraged to develop autonomy and personal responsibility within your professional role and for your own personal development, while being supported by your course leader.

What will I study?

As a successful graduate you will have a desirable qualification for career progression, including highly sought after jobs within early years and education.

A varied programme of learning and teaching strategies enables you to achieve a specialist award related to your specific area pf practice. You will be supported to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes to model best practice and demonstrate the professional standards associated with the programme learning outcomes and specific pathway requirements.

A blended learning approach is adopted throughout the programme which includes, online learning, lectures seminars, and project supervision. A virtual learning environment (VLE) will support you with online learning content, resources and contemporary technologies enhancing traditional face-to-face teaching. Independent study will be expected under the guidance of the module leader. This will include wider reading, preparation for lectures and reading and planning to prepare for assignment submission.

How will I be taught and assessed?

The workplace is regarded as a forum for learning and development and will be incorporated as an integral part of the learning and teaching strategies used on the programme. Opportunities for inter – professional learning will be maximised across modules to give opportunity for inter-professional debate.

Assessments include written essays, reports and portfolios.

Placement Plus

BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Useful documents

BA (Hons) Professional Practice Programme Specification.pdf

What are the course entry requirements?

All students applying to the programme will have previously achieved 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5, either through a foundation degree, diploma or APEL route, through the University’s Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) To gain a specific bracketed award the 240 credits already held must be in the same field of study as the chosen pathway.

All students will be employed or will have access to work experience for at least 6 hours a week throughout the duration of the course.

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Leadership and management in education

Researching Practice

Learning and teaching with technology (optional)

Supporting the emotional wellbeing of children (optional)

Contemporary issues in childhood (Core module for students on Working with Children and Young People pathway)

Safeguarding across the lifespan (Core module for students on Working with Children and Young People pathway only)

Critical Issues in early years and (Core module for students on Early Years pathway)

Critical issues in Primary Education (Core module for students on Primary Education pathway)

Critical issues in Education & Training (Core module for students on Education & Training pathway only)

How much does it cost

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Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023


What are my career prospects?

Depending on which pathway is chosen, further opportunities for successful students include progression onto early years teaching, primary teaching, wider teacher training programmes or studying at master’s level towards an award in a relevant field of interest, for example MA in Education, MSc in Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding or MSc in Mental Health and Well-Being in Education.

Career opportunities specifically within the early year’s sector include; nursery/pre-school management, local authority advisors, inclusion officer, SEN roles, hospital play specialist, and family support worker.

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