Degree Course

BA (Hons) Innovation in Learning and Development

A Level 6 top-up degree for students passionate about Learning and Development, awarded by University of West London. It’s perfect for DET (or related) graduates who are seeking a career in the world of education.

Key information about this course
Programme Start Date:
Qualification Code
1 Year
Application Deadline:
London and Luton
Awarded By:
University of West London
How You Will Study
Direct Contact Hours
252 hrs
Independent Learning Hours
1200 hrs
Course Overview

In today’s post-Covid19 world of hybrid work, employers are seeking graduates who are adaptable, committed to continuous learning and who come with key transferable skills that complement sector specific skills. This top-up degree course is designed to develop such skills and to open many doors to career opportunity.

This sets it apart from most, if not all, degrees in Education available today, blending business thinking with education best practice. We’ll teach you how to critique and apply theories of learning, leadership and innovation in real world scenarios. We’ll develop valuable skills in communication, presenting, coaching and mentoring. You’ll discover how to think critically, to analyse and to project manage – skills which McKinsey (2021) has identified as core competencies for entry to and 'advancement in' today’s evolving workplace.

Join the next generation of graduates who know how to work effectively as a team, to collaborate and to add value. Learn the power of thinking critically and working with peers where you have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and understanding in meaningful assignments. Grow in confidence and power through assessments that are relevant, challenging, and meaningful. This BA Innovation in Learning & Development is your big opportunity!

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The BA (Hons) Innovation in Learning and Development (Top-up) is taught by ABA and awarded by University of West London. It’s perfect for DET (or related) graduates who are seeking a career in the world of education.

Why study this course?


Achieve an Honours degree by the University of the Year for Student Experience*

* The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021


Develop key skills demanded by employers and undertake project-based assessment that prepares you for future career challenges


Prepare for Masters level study, such as a PGCE or related Masters, essential for many career pathways

Why study with ABA?
“A fantastic learning environment
…I would strongly suggest anybody looking to start their career to take their 1st step with Applied Business Academy”!
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Course Details

The BA (Hons) Innovation in Learning and Development will develop your knowledge, understanding & skills at the interface of business and human learning. A key aim is to prepare you for a range of career options across the fields of education, learning, business or management.  It also aims to foster transferable skills and attributes that will equip you to participate effectively in a 21st century economy.

You can see the modules we offer are very much focused on the future. The ‘Innovation and Technology’ module recognises that the world of education is never going to stand still. ‘Sustainable Cultures’ meanwhile, will focus your mind on what’s needed to create a more tolerant, equal, diverse and accepting workplace.

You will be proficient in research, analysis and presentation of data. You will be able to work in teams and take responsibility for your employment role. You will also have the self-knowledge and confidence to continue your learning and skills development as the needs of the workplace evolve.

The culmination of your studies will be a project of your choosing around a subject you are most passionate about. It should allow you to explore new possibilities and through the power of research and investigation, lay out a blueprint for what might be achieved.

In offering a degree level qualification for graduates of the Diploma in Education and Training and related programmes, we aim to open up new horizons in career progression and a route to further postgraduate qualification. As a graduate of this programme you might opt to enter the workplace with highly desirable employability skills or take the entrepreneurial pathway into starting your own business.

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Innovation and Technology
To critically and creatively explore the potential of innovation and technology to advance learning and quality of learning experience in formal and informal settings.

Learning Today
This module is designed enable students to think critically and creatively, recognising the complexity of human learning and development within and beyond formal schooling.

Entrepreneurial Leadership
To critically engage with and understand theory, concepts and models of leadership and to develop skills in educational leadership, with particular focus on coaching and mentoring.

Research Methods
To design a research proposal, appropriate to an inquiry into future trends in learning or innovation, where the project design and methodology is fully understood and explained.

Sustainable Cultures
To explore culture within educational organisations and environments as an enabler for learners to feel visible, valued and validated.

Future Project
To lead a future trends research project drawing on strategic foresight to inquire into and evaluate future trends in learning or innovation.

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Entry Requirements

1. A Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET) or equivalent qualification at Level 5
2. All applicants should possess Mathematics and English Language GCSE at Grade C or above

If you do not hold the qualifications listed but have relevant work experience, you are welcome to apply. Your application will be considered on an individual basis. You will need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, an ideal candidate will have 240 undergraduate credits (at Levels 4 and 5), a DipHE, Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject area.

Career Progression

In terms of further study, as a successful graduate you can progress onto PGCE or PCET Masters level programmes at
Higher Education Institutions of Learning. For future career progression, you will be well equipped for a transformed world of work, and able to deliver in many diverse employment situations.

The roles you might enter following this course include:

• Primary or Secondary School teacher
• University or FE College lecturer
• A professional CPD trainer*
• Learning Technologist or an EdTech expert
• Staff development manager
• An online tutor
• An entrepreneur, setting up your own education enterprise
• An educational consultant
• A role with an awarding organisation

*This could be with independent training providers, local authorities, the third sector, the military, uniformed services, young offender institutions, prison education and the probation service

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Meet the Team

Prof. Margaret Bruce

Executive Dean

Sana Maqsood

Module Leader

Maria Dantili

Programme Leader

Patricia Johnson

Module Leader

Course Fees & Funding

Funding your studies
You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees, or a maintenance loan. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants and disabled students.We offer generous bursaries and scholarships to make sure your aspirations are your only limit. In recent years, hundreds of students have received our Full-time Undergraduate Student Bursary.