This course is open for applications
Please note that this programme is currently being redesigned. A new structure will be confirmed by March 2024.
Page last updated 17 January 2024
Make yourself highly employable on this future-facing degree, which is informed by principles of sustainability and can be adapted to your interests. Develop specialist knowledge and skills in the areas of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Digital Learning.
Why study education?
How and where people learn, and what influences that learning, is constantly evolving. With advances in digital technology creating new learning tools and experiences, it's a particularly interesting time to work in this field.
Learning isn't just something that takes place in schools. Designing and improving how learning happens has relevance in all areas of work and society, so graduates are prepared for employment across diverse sectors and roles.
Why UWE Bristol?
Study our BA(Hons) Education and you'll examine education for all ages, in both formal and informal settings, including schools, workplaces, communities and wider society. You'll benefit from Bristol's diverse education community, with many organisations pushing boundaries using the latest teaching and learning innovations.
Explore the role of education as a positive force for change in society and develop your understanding of the design and improvement of learning in dierent contexts, informed by principles of sustainability. Digital Learning and SEND are important specialist threads within the course, offering you strong transferable skills and an awareness of professional practice that's sought after by employers.
You'll engage with work-based opportunities, with the potential to complete a placement or study abroad in Year two. By tailoring your modules and assessments to your interests, you'll graduate in a condent position for your career.
Where can it take me?
By the end of your degree, you'll have gained strong transferable skills, SEND and Digital Learning awareness and knowledge of making learningaccessible for all.You'll be equipped to make a positive difference across a range of educational settings,with the skillset to get you noticed by employers.
You could find work in formal or informal education settings, creative or cultural organisations, or industry or local government as an education, digital education or inclusion specialist. You could also go on to teacher training or a master's in education, or a chosen specialist area.
BA(Hons) Education at UWE Bristol
Learn more from the Programme Leader about our BA(Hons) Education.
Please note that this course is currently being redesigned and a new structure will be confirmed by March 2024. The subject areas under the new structure are:*
- Becoming an educator
- Education, society and inclusivity
- Educational journeys
- Digital learning.
- Researching education
- Education in practice, including a focus on additional needs and digital learning
- Professional skills
Placement Year (if applicable)
If you study on the four-year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after year two. The placement year can be undertaken in the UK or internationally.
You'll complete a placement learning module.
See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.
- Debates in education
- Education project
- International comparative education
- Your professional futures.
*Subject to final UWE Bristol approval.
The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we'll inform you.
"On my course, I spoke to our College's Lead for Employability and Enterprise, who was a helpful contact. We spoke about the different sectors I could work in after graduating, which started my interest in Career Development, where I'm now pursuing a career." Susanna, 2022 Education (Special Needs) graduate.
Learning and Teaching
You'll learn through formal lectures, seminars, workshops and work-based learning, as well as collaborative, online and virtual learning. You'll also participate in tutor and student-led study groups, simulations, role play, live briefs and project work.
The diversity of your learning experiences will enable you to build valuable graduate skills such as adaptability, creativity, collaboration and digital skills.
Explore and understand contemporary approaches to learning and teaching in diverse settings including university and virtual environments, museums, art galleries and industry.
You'll explore a broad range of contemporary approaches to learning and teaching in diverse educational settings. These include schools, universities, virtual environments, community learning settings, museums, art galleries and industry.
You'll learn to be enterprising, by exploring innovative practice models and hearing from a broad range of guest speakers. You'll also craft your skills as a reserarcher, working with innovative academics and partners in the field.
Internationalisation is embedded throughout the course, enabling you to develop a more globalized perspective on education, and on yourself as an educator, through exciting international learning experiences.
To find out more, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:
|Scheduled learning and teaching study
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year.
You'll have at least 12 hours of contact with your tutors each week, which may include some online or virtual contact, to suit the context of what you're studying.
You'll need to be motivated and able to learn independently and collaboratively. We'll give you the help and resources you need to study well on your own and with others.
We use a range of assessments across the course designed to enhance your learning and support your future employability. We do not use written exams as part of our formal assessments.
Learn more about assessments.
Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:
|Written exam assessment
|Practical exam assessment
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year.
Work experience hones your skills and knowledge, making you a sought-after graduate.
As well as shorter work-based projects and briefs throughout, you can opt to do a longer workplace experience in a school or other organisation in Year two. This could be in the UK or overseas.
Benefit from our close links with over 250 schools, and with cultural and business organisations across the city and region.
If you choose the four-year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after Year two.
You'll get help to find a placement and support throughout from staff within the School and our award-winning Careers Service.
During your studies there are opportunities for international travel. Current partnerships involve links with projects in Gambia and Finland.
Fieldwork also includes visits to industry and assignments in and around Bristol throughout the course.
Our modern, purpose-built facilities include high-quality teaching rooms, excellent IT facilities, equipment that can be loaned out, and open learning areas.
You'll make use of the latest digital tools and spaces, including design studios, PC labs and virtual reality technologies.
Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.
Take a Virtual Tour of the Education and Teaching facilities and see what's on offer here for you.
Careers / Further study
Education, and how it is evolving, is a major area of interest across many fields. The skills you develop on this degree will open the door to many potential careers.
You could work in an education-related role in a creative or cultural organisation, or in learning and development in a business context.
You could go onto a postgraduate teaching qualification and become a qualified teacher in the UK or overseas. You'll be guaranteed an interview for our PGCE Primary and Early Years courses.
You could also go onto postgraduate study, such as a Masters in education.
Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and help find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.
We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.
Visit our Employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.
Full-time; Sandwich course
Indicative Additional Costs
Supplementary fee information
Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.
Find out more about available scholarships and bursaries which if you're eligible, can offer financial support during your study.
- Tariff points: 104
- Contextual tariff: See our contextual offers page.
- GCSE: Grade C/4 in English, or equivalent.
- English Language Requirement:
International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Please visit our English language requirements page.
- A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.
- EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
For information on required Guided Learning Hours please see our minimum entry requirements page.
- Access: No specific subjects required.
- Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
- Irish Highers: No specific subjects required.
- T Levels: No specific subjects required.
If you don't meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for BA(Hons) Education (with Foundation Year).
All applicants will be required to complete:
- Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)*
- health checks*.
All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.
For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the country information pages. If you are an international student and do not meet the academic requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.
If you are applying to study at UWE Bristol and require additional support to meet our English language requirements, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.
Read more about entry requirements.
How to apply
- Read more about undergraduate applications.
- Read more about international applications and key international deadline dates.