BA(Hons) Education (with Foundation Year)

Three Education degree students in a discussion
Entry year
Course code
Tariff points
Education and Childhood
Four years
Programme leader
Jo Miller

Depending which pathway you choose, you will graduate with one of the following three award titles:

BA(Hons) Education (Digital Learning)

BA(Hons) Education (Special Needs)

BA(Hons) Education

This course is open for applications.

Page last updated 2 February 2023


Make yourself highly employable on this flexible, future-facing degree. You will specialise after your first year to graduate in one of: BA(Hons) Education, BA(Hons) Education (Digital Learning), BA(Hons) Education (Special Needs).

Why study education?

How and where people learn, and what influences that learning, is constantly evolving, and with digital technology opening up new learning tools and experiences, it's a particularly interesting time to work in this field.

Perhaps most importantly, 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 will leave well equipped for employment across diverse sectors and roles.

Why UWE Bristol?

Bristol is an excellent city for studying education, with a strong digital presence and many organisations involved in the latest teaching and learning innovations.

You'll examine education for all ages, in both formal and informal settings, including schools, workplaces and wider society.

You'll explore the role of education, and design and improve how learning happens in different contexts.

From Year two, you can tailor the content to reflect your interests and career plans. Following one of three specialist pathways, focus on digital learning or special needs, or continue looking at education as a whole. Specialist pathway students will graduate with a specialist degree, BA(Hons) Education (Digital Learning) or BA(Hons) Education (Special Needs).

Develop strong transferable skills and digital awareness that will get you noticed by employers.

As well as work-based opportunities throughout, there's the potential to spend a longer period of time in a workplace setting or study abroad in Year two.

Honing in on the areas that most interest you, through your modules and assessments, you'll graduate in a confident position for your career.

Where can it take me?

Education leads to a range of exciting opportunities across sectors.

Your strong transferable skills, digital awareness and knowledge of making learning accessible for all, will get you noticed.

You could go onto work in formal or informal education settings, in creative or cultural organisations, or in industry or local government as an education, digital education or inclusion specialist.

You could also go on to teaching training or a master's in education or a chosen specialist area.



Year zero (Foundation year)

You will study:

  • What is English?
  • Learners and Learning
  • Childhood and Educational Landscapes
  • Guided Study.

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

Years one, two and final year

You will study:

  • Education, Society and Inclusivity
  • Educational Journeys
  • Becoming an Educator
  • Exploring Digital Learning
  • Professional Skills
  • Becoming a Researcher
  • International Education
  • Debates in Education
  • Professional Futures.

Plus, optional modules depending on pathway:

  • Digital Learning Design
  • Digital Learning Policy and Practice
  • Meeting Diverse Needs
  • Special Needs Policy and Practice
  • Education in Practice
  • Education in Practice: Digital Learning
  • Education in Practice: Special Needs
  • Education Project
  • Education Project: Digital Learning
  • Education Project: Special Needs.

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

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 will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Learn through formal lectures, seminars and workshops, as well as collaborative, online and virtual learning, tutor and student-led study groups, simulations, role play, live briefs and project work.

Build valuable graduate skills such as adaptability, creativity, digital skills and working effectively with colleagues and partners.

Explore and understand contemporary approaches to learning and teaching in diverse settings including university and virtual environments, museums, art galleries and industry.

Working with university teams and partners in formal and informal education contexts, you'll take part in work-based learning that links with your career interests, including shadowing, placements and live briefs. 

Learn to be 'enterprising', explore innovative practice models and hear from guest speakers. Craft your skills as a researcher, working with academics and partners helping to shape new thinking in the field.

Gaining a broad understanding of learning approaches and contexts in Year one, you'll tailor the content to your interests and goals from Year two onwards.

You will enrol on the BA(Hons) Education degree and will choose to follow one of three pathways:

BA(Hons) Education (Digital Learning)

With increasing use of digital technologies across all sectors and ages, the Digital Learning pathway will give you the sought-after skills to enter this specialist field.

BA(Hons) Education (Special Needs)

The Special Needs pathway is for students interested in education and special educational needs and inclusion in educational settings and the workplace. You'll explore a wide range of needs including autistic spectrum disorder, dyslexia, emotional, social and behavioural, speech and language, physical disabilities, complex and severe needs.

BA(Hons) Education

The Education pathway is for students wanting to keep things broad, looking at a wide suite of themes across all areas of education.

In all the pathways, you'll work with experts active in both research and practice, engage in the latest developments and debates, and benefit from relevant, inspiring practice-based opportunities.

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.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

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.

Our team will guide you towards relevant opportunities to suit your career goals.


Fieldwork 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.

Get a feel for the Education and Teaching facilities we have on offer here from wherever you are.


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.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 64
  • Contextual tariff: See our contextual offers page.
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Literacy and Numeracy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • 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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