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Education (with Foundation Year)

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*

Clearing applicants who do not meet the standard requirements as specified on the Entry tab may be considered.

Please call our Clearing helpline on 0117 32 83333 for further advice.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
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Education and Childhood
Four years
Programme leader:
Jo Miller
Key fact:
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).

Page last updated 2 August 2019


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?

BA(Hons) Education is an exciting, flexible course covering the whole spectrum of educational approaches and contexts.

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 look at what shapes and influences people's learning.

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 whole. Specialist pathway students will graduate with a specialist degree, BA(Hons) Education (Digital Learning) or BA(Hons) Education (Special Needs).

Gain insights into the latest learning and teaching approaches by experiencing them yourself, with problem-solving, critical thinking skills, collaborative working, live briefs and the use of digital tools all built into the course delivery.

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 studying abroad in year two.

Studying this in Bristol is particularly appealing, with the city's strong digital presence and many organisations involved in developing, and embracing, the latest teaching and learning innovations.

Where can it take me?

Education leads to a range of exciting career opportunities across sectors.

You could take your skills into the school system in the UK or overseas, or another education setting such as a creative or cultural organisation, or industry.

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

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



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 three

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.

Develop 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.  

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


Much of the assessment is ongoing, so rather than long essays, you'll be assessed through portfolios, coursework, presentations, project reports and research studies. There are no exams on this course.

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.

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.


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. As a graduate of this degree, you'll be guaranteed an interview for our PGCE course.

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 course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee13000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year85

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.


We are pleased to confirm that our New students webpages are now available for students starting this course in September 2019. Here you can find links to useful information about registering, course start dates, arriving on campus what to expect before and when you arrive.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your Preparing to Study information is available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages.

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 64
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-level General Studies and AS-level subjects (not taken onto full A-level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-level.
  • Relevant subjects: Childhood Studies, Psychology and Sociology are particularly relevant. We also accept the CACHE Diploma in Childcare.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

All offers will be subject to satisfactory health checks.

*If you do not meet the GCSE entry requirements, we will accept equivalency tests that are of a standard equivalent to GCSE grade C or above.

Disclosure of Criminal Background - Applicants who are offered a place must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and will be required to complete a Disclosure Application Form. All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BA(Hons) Education course.

International applicants

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

Offer types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from us will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.

If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that we will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.

To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies here, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A-levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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