BA (Hons) Education and Learning
Degree • Level 6
About the course
The BA (Hons) Education and Learning is a fascinating degree, giving you the chance to study a balanced combination of current educational policy, the history of education, and sociology, philosophy and psychology. It’s a great opportunity to explore in depth some of the key current issues affecting education in the UK and abroad. Key themes on this course include critical and reflective thinking, equality and diversity. By thinking about how we learn consciously and subconsciously, we’ll guide you in an exploration of how formal learning, alongside acquired knowledge, shapes our lives, interests and value structures. We also encourage you to research and analyse a range of educational practices, and reflect on your own and others’ experiences of education. This will help you think critically about learning and teaching, and how education is perceived and received. The standard full time tuition fee rate for this course in 2023/24 for Home and EU students is £9000 per year. Students can enter the course at various points.
Type of LearningUniversity Study
Study ModeFull Time
Awarded ByUniversity of Bolton
Years 1, 2 and 3 (delivered at Burnley College): The standard full time tuition fee rate per year for this course in 2023/24 for UK students is £9000
Our typical offer is 112 UCAS points. Any subjects are acceptable at level 3. You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 including English Language and Mathematics. Please note that the following Level 2 qualifications and subjects are not acceptable: Adult Literacy, Adult Numeracy, Functional Skills, Key Skills in Application of Number, and Key Skills in Communication. If you’re intending to progress on to an initial teacher education qualification (PGCE) in Primary teaching after completing this course, you’ll also need a GCSE at grade C or above (or equivalent) in Science. If you don’t possess A-levels and/or GCSEs and are intending to progress on to an initial teacher education qualification (PGCE), especially Primary, after completion of this degree, we would strongly recommend that you contact potential PGCE course providers to clarify what their entry requirements will be. You’ll be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work. If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent) Some work placements (taken during year 2 of the course) involve regular unsupervised access to children and/or vulnerable adults, also known as regulated activity. If you'll be undertaking a placement that involves regulated activity you'll have to get an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) beforehand. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service.
Modules include • BA Research and Study Skills • Theory and Practice of Learning • Inclusive Education • English in Schools • Maths in Schools • Science in Schools • Globalisation • Educational Issues, Developments and Policies • Learners with Additional Needs • Classroom Cultures • Placement • Proposal • Philosophy of Education • Psychology of Education • The Illusion of Inclusion • Educational Leadership • Dissertation
Learning and teaching on this course is supported by ‘blended learning’ – a combination of face-to-face sessions and online resources. We’ll help you develop your research skills while you mould your own approach to individual learning and independent research. You’ll also have lectures, seminars and group work to help you progress successfully. Assessment tasks are linked to each module’s intended learning outcomes, while course assignments are based on coursework – varying from academic essays to e-discussions, presentations and seminars. Assessment tasks involve research exercises, and may require you to submit reflective journals and case studies. There are also reflective activities, such as Personal Development Planning (PDP), in which using relevant theories and reflective tools will help you relate theory to practice. All the while, we’ll provide feedback on your written assignments during tutorials and following presentations – we even encourage ‘practice’ presentations in some of the modules, so you can familiarise yourself with the experience.
Careers & Progression
On this course, you’ll have the chance to develop specific knowledge and skills surrounding educational issues, theories of learning, equality and diversity, education policy and practice, creativity and education – and a general understanding of education in social, political and economic contexts. In addition, as a graduate you’ll possess generic skills that are highly sought-after in a wide range of sectors, such as communication skills, providing evidence-based written and spoken arguments, ICT, research and analytical skills, problem solving and self-management. The skills and experience you develop on this course can prepare you for a range of careers working with children and young people. Some of the more obvious routes for graduates include teaching, teaching assistant, learning mentor, early years teacher and community education. Some of the key graduate employers include central government departments, community and voluntary organisations, museums, the police and probation services, social services and universities. Achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through completion of a PGCE or equivalent postgraduate qualification is a popular route for education graduates. Or you may prefer to develop a deeper understanding with a Master’s course in in education or a related social science, in subjects such as Educational Management or International Educational Development. Ultimately, you might consider a PhD in an education-related subject.