BA(Hons) Education (with Foundation Year)

Entry year
Course code
School of Education and Childhood
Tariff points
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader
Sally Spruce

This course is open for applications.

Page last updated 20 May 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 at UWE Bristol.



Year zero (foundation year)

  • Childhood and Educational Landscapes
  • Communication for Learning
  • Communication for Teaching
  • Exploring Educational Research
  • Learners and Learning
  • Reading for Research.

You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into year one.

Year one

You'll study:

  • Becoming an Educator
  • Education, Society and Inclusivity
  • Exploring Digital Learning
  • Learning Journeys
  • Guided Studies*.

Year two

You'll study:

  • Becoming a Researcher
  • Education in Practice
  • Educational Policy
  • Inclusive Digital Learning Design
  • Meeting Diverse Needs
  • Guided Studies*.

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.

Final Year

You'll study:

  • Debates in Education
  • Education Project
  • International Comparative Education
  • Lifelong Learning**
  • Guided Studies*.

*Only available in exceptional circumstances and with the agreement of the Programme Leader.

** Not available to study if you complete the placement year.

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.

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*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year.

Study time

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*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical 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.

Study facilities

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.

You may also spend time at our City Campus sites, including the Pervasive Media Studio at Watershed, gaining experience of industry-leading creative and technical facilities.

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.



An excellent range of options for all of the Bristol campuses and the city centre.


A stunning city for student living with all the qualities to make you want to stay.

Sports, societies and activities

There is more to your experience here than study. Choose to make the most of it and try new things.

Health and Wellbeing

We provide support in the way you need it.

Campus and facilities

Discover our campuses and the wealth of facilities provided for our students.


Careers / Further study

Education, and how it is evolving, is a major area of interest across many fields.Tailoring what and how you study, you can hone in on the areas you want to focus on, to 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 could also go onto postgraduate study, such as a master's in education.

Get inspired

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.


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.

Learn more about costs.

Find out more about available scholarships and bursaries which if you're eligible, can offer financial support during your study.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 64
  • 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 requirements.

  • 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.

Entry requirements

If you exceed the entry requirements you may be eligible for BA(Hons) Education.

Additional requirements

All applicants will be required to complete:

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check*
  • Health checks*

All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

International applicants

If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through our International College, which upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year one of the degree.

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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