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

Help shape the learning of future generations with our Learning and Teaching (Secondary Education) Top-up degree.

With the size of the pupil population expected to rise nearly 15% by 2027, prepare yourself for a rewarding career teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects in the secondary education sector. Benefit from excellent links with our secondary partnership schools and academies, spending a minimum of 120 days in these settings, supported by school mentors, class teachers and university-based tutors.


About the course

Are you ready to transfer your knowledge and get the next generation of learners excited about STEM subjects? Take your existing knowledge of your specialist subject and develop the professional expertise and core knowledge expected of teachers of secondary age pupils. 

You will already hold a foundation degree or HND in a STEM subject and may be working in industry in a non-education-related field but contemplating a change in career. You will be interested in becoming a teacher of 11-16 year olds within a range of school and academy settings. You will develop your understanding of how to teach your specialist subject and study modules that cover approaches to teaching and learning, in both theoretical and applied contexts, classroom pedagogy and curriculum subject knowledge. 

You will benefit from our excellent links with our secondary partnership schools and academies, spending a minimum of 120 days in these settings, supported by school mentors, class teachers and University-based tutors.

Unlike the traditional teacher training route, you do not need to hold a bachelor’s degree in your specialist subject or complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). The Luminate Partnership for ITT (Initial Teacher Training) was set up in 2020 and gives foundation degree and HND holders access to secondary-based teacher training and a BA (Hons) through our Top-Up award. 

You will graduate with one of the following qualifications depending on the specialism that you have entered the programme with:

  • BA (Hons) Learning and Teaching (Secondary Education) (QTS)

Undergraduate Bursary

Final year undergraduates may be eligible for a training bursary of £9,000. This applies to those trainees who are studying a Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) course in secondary mathematics or physics.

Find out more information on Luminate Education Group Partnership for ITT.

This course is subject to validation by The Open University and accreditation.

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£7,950 Full Time (per academic year) £3,975 Part Time (per academic year)

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Teacher Development Centre, Park Lane Campus

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Start Date

September 2021, Course start date: Aug 2021

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Full-Time: 1 year, Part-Time: 2 years

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Course Code

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Study Mode

Full or Part-time

We will continue to follow government guidelines to ensure the safety of all our students and staff and have put in place additional safety measures, including the way we deliver your course.

We plan to deliver your course through a mixture of online and face to face tuition and we will review this as Government guidelines change in response to COVID-19 developments. Face to face contact will be delivered following guidelines on social distancing and increased health and safety measures. You will be made fully aware of the current measures in place and be expected to follow the guidance issued.