If you already have a relevant background in Education this course will enable you to take that to degree level and study educational systems from early years to lifelong learning. There is a particularly strong focus on issues relating to inclusion for diverse learners from non-traditional backgrounds such as race and ethnicity, poverty and deprivation, gender, disability and learning difficulties, sexuality, and mental health, as well as those who are subject to abuse or bullying. You will undertake a placement in an educational setting (nursery, primary, secondary or further education/training context) to help you relate your theoretical knowledge to the workplace. The BA (Hons) Education and Professional Studies is designed to allow progression opportunities to students with prior qualifications such as the Certificate in Education (post-compulsory) or relevant Foundation Degrees. You can join the course in Year 2 or 3 depending on your experience and qualifications. You will be supported through the use of personal tutors and the University’s Careers service to undertake further study towards teacher training or postgraduate study. We have had recent success with students gaining ESRC scholarships onto Masters and Doctorate level study. For educational professionals, we have further progression routes into an MEd, Professional Practice in Education and a Professional Doctorate in Education. The majority of our graduates progress to careers in teaching, most commonly going on to gain places on primary PGCE courses (teacher training) or increasingly, undertaking training in schools as part of the Schools Direct programme. Other recent graduate destinations include advice and guidance roles; community support; social work roles; learning mentors or other pastoral roles in educational contexts.