BA (Hons) Education and Innovative Learning

Do you want to work within the field of education and make a positive impact on young people? The BA (Hons) Education and Innovative Learning aims to develop knowledge, skills and ultimately a passion for education in a range of contexts and prepare you for the world of work so that you can respond to current and future demands of education with a creative and adaptive approach.

It will provide you with innovative and forward-thinking pedagogical experiences and assessments that will develop key employability skills such as communication, critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration which will enable you to become productive and effective member of the global workforce.

There are opportunities to undertake placements in a range of international settings such as Prague, Dubai, Budapest, Maastricht and Qatar which provide additional experiences and opportunities. 

For those wishing to undertake a PGCE in order to obtain a teaching qualification, this course would provide the perfect platform for further study.

This course is subject to validation.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
X3I1 Full-time 3 Years September Newport City C

The course will focus on the use and development of digital skills as a way to create, to communicate, to work collaboratively and to develop leadership skills. Research is also a key component of the course and its design reflects the intention to provide as many opportunities as possible to develop and enhance the research skills of the students so that they become research-informed. The aim is to work in collaboration to develop individual research skills and thus enable access to higher degree opportunities as well as providing opportunities for career progression into leadership and management.

Underpinning the course, modules will introduce the necessary values, knowledge, attitudes and skills where the student will have the opportunity to develop, observe, practice and reflect in a range of environments allowing them to explore the interconnectedness of the theory so that they can translate it to practice in the wider context. The course is made up of five components in each year with the skills and knowledge building upon the previous year’s content.

Year One

  • Professional Practice 1, School setting - 40 credits
    Within Professional Practice modules across the three years, students will develop reflective, resilient, lifelong learning skills which will enable them to engage in purposeful professional learning. They will develop academic skills required for success in higher education at Level Four, e.g. referencing and access/use of journal articles. Students’ Welsh language skills will be developed which will be utilised in an educational setting. I

  • Child of the World - 20 credits
    This module will cultivate students’ understanding of how children develop through the exploration and analysis of four key themes of child development, both practically and theoretically. Written and oral assessments will provide opportunities for students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of child development whilst improving skills in communication, enquiry and critical reflection.
  • Creative Curriculum 1 - 20 credits
    This focuses on developing knowledge and understanding of the four purposes of the new curriculum in Wales, the twelve Pedagogical Principles and the six areas of learning and experience whilst also making links to other curricula. Links will be made to the recommendations outlined in the recent curriculum reform by Professor Graham Donaldson (Successful Futures - Independent Review of Curriculum and Assessment Arrangements in Wales, 2015). This module will develop thinking, communication and imaginative skills through creative arts, e.g. drama, art, music, dance and storytelling.

  • Digital Foundations - 20 credits
    Technology has always played a role in education but, in today’s form, it is more obvious in its application as it becomes more widespread and accessible to all. This module will explore the current uses of technology and how it is used to support and enhance learning opportunities. With creativity, problem solving and computational thinking being a key focus as education looks to ensure learners are skilled and able to understand technology in the world around them.

  • Introduction to Research - 20 credits
    This module introduces students to a range of education research skills and strategies including understanding the different types of research, where to start selecting sources and critical reading and reflection.

Year Two

  • Professional Practice 2, Alternative setting - 40 credits
    Students will extend their knowledge and understanding of the importance of reflective, lifelong learning and personal and professional development. Students will develop skills and knowledge required for an alternative educational setting and the importance of communication to meet the needs of the audience. They will continue to develop skills for academic success in higher education, including research skills and skills in relation to Welsh language will also continue to be developed.

  • Health and Happiness - 20 credits
    Exploring the importance of health and well-being in education for all will be a key factor in identifying concepts that affect the emotional and social development of children and young people. With well-being as the central theme, the skills for communication and critical thinking will be developed alongside to support learning.

  • Creative Learning - 20 credits
    The students will engage with direct experiences including learning through play in the outdoor environment in order to appreciate the development of collaborative and problem solving skills and how these impact on child development and learning.

  • Digital Development - 20 credits
    Technology in education has the power to fully transform the whole learning experience, and to make learning easily accessible to all. The use of a range of apps will be explored whilst designing learning opportunities that take advantage of technology and allow learners to gain better access. Resource creation is an important part of the process as well as instructional design of those resources.

  • Educational Research Journey - 20 credits
    This module immerses students within key theory, processes and principles pertinent to undergraduate research, and prepares students to conduct their own project in the final year of the degree.

Year Three

  • Professional  Practice 3, optional setting - 40 credits
    In the final year, academic skills will be extended and refined. Students will critically examine various approaches to learning, e.g. growth mind-set. They will articulate a clear understanding of the continuum of personal and professional development. Within this module, students will examine a range of practices across a wider international education setting. They will also refine skills for success in higher education, e.g. research skills, preparation for employability and the world of work. Students will justify and use innovation to promote language skills within educational settings. 

  • Global Citizenship - 20 credits
    This will develop and apply theoretical knowledge concerning aspects of sustainability and citizenship for practical use in a variety of learning environments. Through engaging and stimulating activities, the students will develop knowledge based on equality, diversity and sustainability whilst developing their critical thinking and collaboration skills.

  • Effective Leadership - 20 credits
    Within this module, students will be able to reflect upon the principles of effective leadership and consider the styles identified in research and consider the benefits and possible limitations of both. The module will focus on the notion of distributed leadership and critically evaluate how a shared, collective and extended leadership practice builds the capacity for change and improvement. Students will also explore and develop a critical perspective on the theory and practice of coaching and mentoring.

  • Digital Leadership - 20 credits
    Students will be exploring management of a digital programme, policies that support and develop a programme and how technology can support beyond the institution. The module will focus on critical reflection of how cultural change can be developed through leadership at any level, specifically focusing on how the students on the course can be instigators of change.
    Introduction to Research

  • Educational Research Delivery - 20 credits
    This module builds upon key themes and principles from Year 2, with students conducting, evaluating and presenting their own research project that will present findings, culminating in recommendations for the educational setting.



This course is delivered through a combination of university-based and placement-based study and school placements.

The school-based element involves a placement in the first year with the option of returning to a school setting in the final year.

A typical week will include sessions on campus (lectures, workshops, seminars, for example) as well as sessions within an educational environment where you will work alongside your peers and staff.

Professional learning and development are key foci of the course and you will have the opportunity to engage with a range of experts within the field of education, external speakers and guest lecturers.

Developing your research skills is also a key aspect of the course and you will have the opportunity to develop your research skills through action enquiry projects so that it has impact within the educational environment.


Assessment includes written coursework tasks, seminar presentations, projects and simulated learning using cutting-edge technology which is assessed by USW staff and partners. Practical placement experience will be assessed each year in relation to the Professional Practice modules.


The course will provide a combination of university-based tuition and experiential opportunities across a number of placements and environments to provide a holistic and broad programme of study.

A distinctive and attractive element of this course will be the opportunity to undertake a final placement, at Level 6 in an international setting. The School of Education, Early Years and Social Work has strong links with Maastricht, Prague, Budapest and Qatar for placement opportunities.

In addition, USW’s established partnership with HAMK in Finland, with its campuses centred around southern Finland, along with its international partnerships in China and European countries such as Spain and Portugal will establish a wider portfolio for placement opportunities.

Students may choose to undertake an optional four-week international placement in their final year of study that will provide an educational experience and cultural awareness that will assist in the acquisition of new skills and knowledge to be discovered in the immersion of an international placement experience.


You will learn in an environment that fully prepares you for the world of work. We have specialist classrooms which simulate educational settings, a new science laboratory and a number of computer suites which will provide you with authentic learning opportunities. These learning spaces are designed to look like a school environment, allowing you to develop confidence for the workplace in realistic settings.

The course also makes use of range of technology which will enhance teaching and increase employability prospects.

  • Students will have access to the Hydra Simulation Centre where you will experience real situations, within a protected environment, and be expected to be involved in the discussion and resolution of the issues that could occur in daily school life. In addition, you will also be able to experience virtual reality scenarios using avatars which require you talking to ‘parents’ or discussing issues with ‘colleagues’.
  • You will be provided with expert guidance around the use of Apple technologies to enhance learning and teaching. Learners will receive bespoke Apple certified training as well as becoming accredited as Apple Teachers. The University is an accredited Apple Regional Training Centre that will provide additional training for students.

  • IRIS, a video reflection platform, will be used to enable students to self-reflect on their practice and further develop their peer coaching opportunities. Students will be expected to record parts of their delivery and reflect on areas highlighted for improvement. Working in this way will provide them with an opportunity to receive feedback from their peers and university staff.

  • Google Suite is provided for all students and is used to support and develop their digital skills. Staff have been certified to deliver training on how Google tools can be used in education to support key areas and provide certification to the students. 

What's more there are opportunities to gain additional awards including Apple Teacher; Google Teacher; Safeguarding; Outdoor Learning; First Aid; TEFL/TEAL; Food and Hygiene; Prevent; Play to learn; Physical Literacy; ELSA; Philosophy for Children (P4C) and Student Assistance Programme (SAP).



An enhanced DBS check and registration with the updating service is also required for this course – details will be sent to applicants at the appropriate time.



Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).


Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).


Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).


Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)


Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes (106 UCAS Tariff Points)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes (80 UCAS Tariff Points)


Additional Requirements

Additional Requirements

Five GCSE passes to include Mathematics, English Language and Science at grade C or above.

Fitness to Practise

The University has a responsibility to ensure that students studying on professional courses are fit to qualify in their respective professions, regardless of performing well in assessments. A student’s fitness to practise may be assessed for a number of reasons, for example a drug/alcohol related problem, criminal conduct or disciplinary offences, mental ill health or any condition or disorder which would adversely affect the student’s performance. If it is believed that a student has breached professional standards or conduct, a Cause for Concern form should be completed and forwarded to the appropriate course leader, who will discuss the issue with the Head of School.

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured, please contact us.


Fees apply to new students starting a course in the academic year indicated. Full-time fees are per year and part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course. USW Postgraduate Bursary is now available for new UK and EU students starting an eligible course in 2018-19. International Scholarships are also available for self-funding international students.

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please register and apply directly. 

International students
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

Upon graduation, you will be able to consider some of the following, possible employment options - education officer; learning and teaching support assistants; education policy advisor; education and training co-ordinator; employment opportunities within the wider field of education, e.g. hospitals, charities, community education;  opportunities which could arise as a result of the international placements; graduate apprenticeship opportunities; central government departments;
community and voluntary organisations; police and probation services; social services; universities; corporate careers (including customer services, public relations and human resources and educational programme designer.