What is the degree programme like and is the course right for me?
The Ultraversity BA (Hons) Learning, Technology and Research (BALTR) is designed for people whose work involves them in providing some form of learning. Typically our students are support staff in schools, such as learning assistants and ICT technicians, but other positions may also be considered appropriate. BALTR is a research degree, and as such has no content. It aims to support researchers through the process of action research, using reflective practice as an analytical tool within the workplace.
As the degree is based on the work environment students need to incorporate their everyday work activities into their studies. Researchers identify their own learning programme and turn this into a portfolio of work and assessed products that enable them meet the assessment criteria for an Undergraduate degree awarded by a British University. Using this approach it is possible to complete the degree in three years.
It is important to realise that there is no face-to-face contact in this degree. Students are supported through an online community of fellow researchers and learning facilitators whose job it is to help students plan their research and guide them through their degree experience. An online portfolio tool also helps students to structure their learning. To be successful on this degree, students need to take responsibility for their own learning and be highly motivated self-directed learners.
What academic qualifications do I need?
No formal qualifications are required although all applicants need to be in full or part time work, paid or unpaid, within an environment that provides learning of some kind.
What IT equipment will I need to start the degree?
As this degree is entirely online you will need access to a computer with an Internet connection and an email account with a minimum of 1MB of space available.
Recommended minimum specification for a computer would be:
What about my language skills?
As all communication between the researcher and facilitator, and interaction within groups of researchers will be conducted online, a good understanding of written English is required i.e. IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.
How much does it cost?
The degree cost is £3800 per academic year for non-EU nationals. The costs for applicants from the Europe Union remain the same as UK nationals.