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Professional Practice Education

  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: September 2024
This top-up degree is 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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Pathways

Our Professional Practice programme gives you the opportunity to choose your specialism for your future career after your experience of the core curriculum in year one. Rather than having to make your big career decision before you join us, we introduce you to various specialisms and offer you the flexibility to choose the pathway which leads to your chosen career.

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BA (Hons) Professional Practice in Early Years

What will I study on this pathway?

This pathway is designed to increase your skills and specialisms within early years practice. You’ll study contemporary issues in early years, leadership and management in early years, and you can choose to explore children's literature in practice, supporting emotional wellbeing, and learning and teaching with technology. In addition you’ll study core modules on research, professional frameworks and practice.

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BA (Hons) Professional Practice in Primary Education

What will I study on this pathway?

This pathway is designed to increase your skills and specialisms within primary education. You’ll study contemporary issues in primary education, leadership and management in primary education and you can choose to explore literature in practice, supporting emotional wellbeing, and learning and teaching with technology. In addition, you’ll study core modules on research, professional frameworks and practice.

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BA (Hons) Professional Practice in Education and Training

What will I study on this pathway?

This pathway is designed to increase your skills and specialisms within education and training, including for adults. You’ll study contemporary issues in education, leadership and management in education institutions and you can choose to explore literature in practice, emotional wellbeing, and learning and teaching with technology. In addition, you’ll study core modules on research, professional frameworks and practice.

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 enables you to gain skills that helps you enhance your practice with children, young people, adults and their families.  As a successful graduate you will have a desirable qualification for career progression with opportunity to pursue sought-after jobs within early years and education.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

At BNU, our teaching is centred around you. We make sure you get the professional support you need, backed up with insight from experienced lecturers. We don’t just provide you with great learning opportunities, but we also provide you the opportunity to combine theory with practice and apply your learning so it comes to life.

This course is designed to give you flexibility, and BNU can provide you with a campus only 35 minutes from London. With our apps anywhere service you can use software and apps from the comfort of home.

Our course offers you a course that helps you reach your professional and personal goals within the world of education, with the support of professional lecturers and insight from people who have been there. We believe this course prepares you for whatever you might face in the future and more.

What facilities can I use?

Everything that is required for the study of this course is located across our 3 campuses. In addition, we have a 24 hour library for your use, with IT software, computers and the information you need. We also have apps anywhere that allows you to study from the comfort of your own home.

How will I be taught and assessed?

Our programme is designed to extend your knowledge and skills relating to practice, increase your confidence and develop critical decision-making skills. The teaching sessions encourage peer learning and debate around contemporary social issues that surround early years, primary education and educational policy and practice.

This is a top-up degree which means it is intended for you if you have completed a foundation degree and want to get a full BA honors. Attendance is one day a week, and all assignments are work related, which enables you to enhance your prior qualifications to gain an honors degree related to your specific area of practice.

Our course enables you to see the theory and debates you are having in class come to life before your eyes. Practice is evolving within a rapidly changing world and this is reflected in the strong thread of inclusion and social justice that is embedded throughout the program learning. 

This programme has a shared first year, after which you will be able to continue down your chosen pathway. You can also switch between pathways later in the course, as you would switching between courses any other way.

BA (Hons) Professional Practice Education Programme Specification

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.

Modules

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

Professional Practice in Early Years Pathway
Professional Practice in Primary Education Pathway
Professional Practice in Education and Training Pathway

What are the tuition fees

Home

Home, Academic Year 2024 - 2025

£9,250

International

Overseas/International, Academic Year 2024 - 2025

£15,150

Additional course costs and financial support

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?

If you have any questions about the fees above, contact our Enquiries team by calling 0330 123 2023 or emailing advice@bnu.ac.uk.

What are my career prospects?

An MA in Education allows you to engage with a particular aspect of educational practice in depth, giving you knowledge and expertise that enables you to build confidence and inspire.

Further opportunities for successful students include progression onto teaching, training or wider teacher training programmes including studying at master’s level. Career opportunities specifically within the primary education sector include: nursery/pre-school management, school management, local authority advisors, inclusion officer, SEN roles, hospital play specialist, and family support worker.

Course leader

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