Education (BA Hons)


BA (Hons)

Education, in every sense

Learn about yourself, look at education from a variety of angles and get the skills you need to excel inside or outside of the classroom.

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Learning for life

Open doors to your future career.

Education graduate Shauna.

"I'm now working as a degree apprenticeships coordinator and putting my knowledge of learning styles into practice." Shauna, graduate.

Education graduate Chris.

"Volunteering I did as part of my degree helped me clarify what I wanted to do for a job. I now manage a voluntary action forum." Chris, graduate.

Education graduate Lauren talking to a young child.

"The course is good as it looks at education from lots of different angles." Lauren, Play worker.

A modern approach to learning in a traditional setting

Join our active community of experienced teachers and practitioners on our stunning Francis Close Hall campus.

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Inspiring Educators

Richard Millican

Richard Millican

Senior Lecturer in Education

"I started my educational career as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language in Spain and have worked in many different sectors and environments since, in England and overseas.

I am fascinated by the topic of education in its broadest sense and enjoy exploring issues with colleagues and students. I am particularly interested in the contribution education can make to a socially just and sustainable world.

Subjects I teach include: What is Education?, Education Policy, Education for Change, Education and Community Development, Education and Diversity, Overcoming Barriers, Language Development, Education Research, and Interactive and Active Learning.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy."

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Wild encounters

Meet recent graduate Danni, who has just launched her own business giving children the opportunity to meet wild and exotic animals.

Course details

An Education (BA) student.

Course outline

If you're passionate about making a difference by using education to improve people’s lives, then BA (Hons) Education will give you the tools to do just that.

Exploring the varied world of education you’ll develop your own personal philosophy and career path, whether in teaching or another education-related profession. As well as the core education modules, you can take modules from other courses, such as history to work within museums, or Early Childhood Studies modules to go into Early Years work.

Sustainability and social justice are central to the course. You’ll examine global issues such as climate change, inequality, migration, changing societies and disability to further explore the role of education. Psychology modules permeate the course helping our understanding of individuals, groups and society to enable you to make a positive impact. Optional modules allow you to tailor your degree to suit your interests and career aspirations.

Put theory into practice on work placements and volunteering opportunities. Students have worked in a wide variety of places including: Camp America, animal shelters, schools, museums and charities, gaining valuable experience and contacts. You can also partake in additional training on topics such as first aid and the Makaton language system. This provides you with unique skills and furthers your employment opportunities upon graduating.

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Study style

You’ll explore volunteering in your first year, then complete a work placement in your second year. There are also further industry placement opportunities between the second and third year and in the third year. Your practice and professional development will be underpinned by lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. You will also complete a range of assessments such as written assignments, individual and group presentations, case studies, blogs and in-class exams.

Course modules

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Education in the Digital Era' to 'Learning Outside the Classroom'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Andrew Shelton, Graduate.

"The vast number of placements was simply outstanding." Andrew Shelton, Graduate

Placement information

Placement type:

12-Month, Optional


12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours per week)


Placements can be carried out in the UK or overseas; popular overseas placement destinations include the USA, China and Europe. You may even wish to source your own placement in other countries.

Visa requirements:

If carrying out a placement abroad, there may be a visa requirement.

Financial arrangements:

On your placement year you will pay a reduced tuition fee and are still eligible to apply for a maintenance loan. Financial support is also available from the Student Finance Team by contacting

Placement support:

You will have access to guidance from the Placements Team throughout your placement search, and for the duration of your placement year. You can contact the Placements Team on

Industry links

You can complete placements and volunteer in settings such as animal shelters, schools, colleges, youth centres, museums and residential homes.


  • Community development
  • Teaching
  • Speech and language therapist
  • Teaching English as a foreign language
  • Mentoring in schools and colleges
  • Support within charities and museums
  • Early Years
  • Educational Psychology
  • Teacher Training (PGCE / SchoolDirect)
  • Museum Education Officer
  • Learning Technologist
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


3 Years (Full-Time)
4 Years (Integrated Foundation Stage)
4 Years (Placement)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

92 tariff points

Not enough tariff points? This course is available with an integrated foundation stage to help you prepare.

Typical offers

CCD at A levels, BTEC MMP or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.

Subject to satisfactory DBS disclosure


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UCAS Codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeX300
BA (Hons) - 4 years integrated foundation stageX301
BA (Hons) - 4 years placementX302

School of Education and Humanities

Our School of Education and Humanities will help you graduate as a well-rounded, innovative and passionate individual. You will work with experienced practitioners, engage with active researchers and be inspired by published authors.

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