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Learning and Teaching (Top-Up) BA (Hons)

This is a level 6 programme for Teaching Assistants, unqualified teachers and other education paraprofessionals. You will examine issues and debates surrounding education and, on successful completion, can apply to Qualified Teacher Status programmes or undertake other careers in educational support such as learning mentors.

Who is the BA Learning and Teaching (BALT) for? The BALT is a ‘top-up’ degree designed to follow on from a Foundation Degree in Learning and Teaching or similar qualification. You will need the equivalent of 120 CATS points at level 5 and 120 CATS points at level 4 in appropriate subjects. In addition you will need recent experience of classroom work either as a support worker (teaching assistant, learning mentor, etc) or as an unqualified teacher. The one day a week attendance model is designed to accommodate those students who are also working four days in schools but you need not be in current employment. Access to an educational institution is needed to complete assignments. The course is suitable for oversees trained teachers whose qualifications are not recognised as degree level in the UK, as well as for all education staff with sub-degree level qualifications who need to top up to honours degree level. If you are in doubt about your qualification please contact us at study@northampton.ac.uk

This course is taught at three venues, subject to numbers:

  • University of Northampton, Waterside Campus
  • Devonshire Place, London Road, Leicester. LE2 0LA
  • Milton Keynes College, Silbury Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 1LT
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Waterside Campus
One year full-time requiring 1,200 hours of study. Attendance is one day a week with additional home study.

Completion of a Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning or equivalent, amounting to 240 Credit Accumulation Transfer Scheme (CATS) points. Recent or current experience in a school or other educational establishment.

For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.