A blog for students on the FDLT and BALT courses at the University of Northampton

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Applying for BALT

If you are considering applying for the BA Learning and Teaching (BALT) at the University of Northampton please contact the Admissions Tutor, Jean Edwards, by email – jean.edwards@northampton.ac.uk

Open events:

Do come along to an open day at the Waterside campus:

Saturday17th July

You can find more information and book here.

You can read more about the course here.

You can read FAQs about applying for the course, the interview and what the course is like here.


Applications from applicants not currently studying at the University of Northampton are accepted through UCAS (code X3TU) up to June 30th 2021 for a September  2021 start. If you have missed this deadline you can apply through clearing until the beginning of September 2021.  Please contact the Admission Tutor (details above) for advice about this.


Interviews for the BALT course starting in September 2020 are planned for January 2021 onwards.

These take place in the afternoon. You will be offered an interview date and time and invited to bring along a resource that you use in teaching and a piece of academic work to talk about with a tutor.

Locations and days:

The BALT groups starting in September 2021 will run:

Waterside Campus, University of Northampton, University Drive, NORTHAMPTON, NN1 5PH on Wednesdays.

Devonshire Place, London Road, LEICESTER, LE2 0RA on Mondays. 

The BALT course starts in early September 2021.

Entry requirements:

We ask that applicants have completed a Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning or equivalent, amounting to 240 Credit Accumulation Transfer Scheme (CATS) points. We also ask that you have recent or current experience in a school or other educational establishment.

Additional Information

This course is full-time, taught one day a week. As such you should apply for funding as a full-time student.

Thinking of teacher training?

If you are planning to apply for initial teacher training you will need to have GCSEs in English language, mathematics and science for primary teaching courses. You will need English language and mathematics for secondary teaching along with a subjects. You should check with possible providers in your area for other requirements so you can plan ahead. Use the website Get Into Teaching to do this.

This what Louise, one of our students who has completed the BALT course said:

I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in following a career further into Education, or to just build on their own experiences and/or qualifications, especially from a support and learning perspective.  I have found the experience invaluable to my position as a Teaching Assistant.  It has built on my confidence in all areas that I work within, and has given me a greater insight into how my role can have an impact on those pupils and other practitioners I work with.  Each day I use skills and knowledge I have gained from doing the Foundation Degree.
Meeting and sharing with others the experience of learning, has had a true impact on my outlook towards further goals.  Being given the opportunity to access further education as a mature student  in an area of interest to me has been incredible. As I now look to complete a final third year, with the prospect of beginning an Masters degree in September, I can only thank the tutors and other students who helped me through this opportunity, which all started with the Foundation Degree in Learning and Teaching provided by the University of Northampton.  When asked by others “Has it been hard?” I can only reply with “Yes, but the positives far outweigh the negatives”.

My own children talk to me about tasks they do at school as being hard, and I encourage them to keep going and to keep trying different ways of getting to where they want to be. Three years ago I would never have believed I would be where I am now, I’ve just kept trying and with the encouragement of those around me, I’m now succeeding.

One Comment

  1. Hi Jean
    With reference to applying for BALT (Part time) next year. I believe I am required to provide a letter from my head. Can you please advise if there is a template for this or what he is required to include.
    Thank you
    Helen Williams

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