BA (Hons) Education

Do you want to work within the field of education and make a positive impact on young people? The BA (Hons) Education will develop the knowledge, skills and passion for education in a range of contexts and prepare you to respond to the demands of education with a creative and adaptive approach.

As part of your Education degree you will have the opportunity to undertake a placement in a primary school, an alternative educational setting and a range of international settings such as Prague, Dubai, Budapest, Maastricht and Qatar.

The course 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 a productive and effective member of the global workforce.

You will learn skills to support you to work in sectors such as community and voluntary organisations and to be able to take on the role of education officers in settings such as museums, sports facilities and wildlife trusts. You may also choose to progress onto a PGCE and become a teacher.

2021/22 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
X300 Full-time 3 Years September Newport City C

Your studies will focus on child development and how children and young people learn through the Welsh curriculum. Placement is a key aspect of the course which you will undertake in both school and alternative educational settings.

Digital skills will be developed in line with 21st century expectations and needs. Research is also a key element and you will develop skills to become a research-informed practitioner.

Your learning will involve a combination of lectures and placements. Through experience and observation in a range of educational settings, you will learn how theory translates to real-life practice. You will also develop an understanding of the wider sector which will support you to make informed career choices.

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

Year One: BA (Hons) Education Degree

Professional Practice 1, School setting - 40 credits
Within Professional Practice students undertake placements in each of the three years in a range of settings to learn how theory translates to real life practice. The setting for year 1 is a primary school where understanding of the curriculum and child development is observed and experienced first -hand throughout the year. Students’ Welsh language skills are developed to be utilised in the educational setting. 

Child of the World - 20 credits
This module cultivates 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
The module takes a practical approach to learning, teaching skills that can be utilised in the classroom environment. This module develops thinking, communication and imaginative skills through creative arts, e.g. drama, art, music, dance and storytelling.

Digital Foundations - 20 credits
This module explores the current uses of technology and how it is used to support and enhance learning opportunities. Creativity, problem solving and computational thinking are a key focus as education looks to ensure learners are skilled and able to understand and use 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: BA (Hons) Education Degree

Professional Practice 2, Alternative educational 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 is a key factor in identifying concepts that affect the emotional and social development of children and young people. Alongside well-being as the central theme, the skills for communication and critical thinking are developed to support learning.

Creative Learning - 20 credits
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 is 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: BA (Hons) Education Degree

Professional Practice 3, choice of educational setting - 40 credits
In the final year, academic skills are extended and refined. Students critically examine various approaches to learning, e.g. growth mind-set. They articulate a clear understanding of the continuum of personal and professional development. A range of settings are available to be chosen by the student which may include returning to a primary school or alternative setting, a comprehensive school or the international school option. They also refine skills for success in higher education, e.g. research skills, preparation for employability and the world of work. Students  justify and use innovative approaches to promote language skills within educational settings.

Global Citizenship - 20 credits
This module supports students to 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 are able to reflect upon the principles of effective leadership, consider the styles identified in research and consider the benefits and possible limitations of both. The module  focuses on the notion of distributed leadership and critically evaluates how a shared, collective and extended leadership practice builds the capacity for change and improvement. Students  also explore and develop a critical perspective on the theory and practice of coaching and mentoring.

Digital Leadership - 20 credits
Students explore management of a digital programme, policies that support and develop a programme and how technology can support beyond the institution. The module focuses 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.

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.



The BA (Hons) Education degree combines 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. The second year setting is in an educational environment to develop the skills needed outside of the classroom.

A typical week includes sessions on campus (lectures, workshops, seminars, for example) as well as sessions within an educational environment where students  work alongside their  peers and staff.

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

There are also opportunities to experience 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).


Assessment includes written coursework tasks, seminar presentations, projects and simulated learning using cutting-edge technology. Practical placement experience are assessed each year in relation to the Professional Practice modules.

There are no examinations for this course.


A distinctive element of this Education degree is the opportunity to undertake a final four-week international placement in their final year of study. The University has strong links with Maastricht, Prague, Finland, Budapest and Qatar for placement opportunities.



We have specialist classrooms which simulate educational settings, a  science laboratory and a number of computer suites which will provide you with authentic learning opportunities. These learning spaces are designed to look and feel like a school environment, allowing you to develop confidence for the workplace.

The BA (Hons) Education course also makes use of range of technology to enhance teaching and increase employability prospects.

  • The Hydra Simulation Centre presents virtual reality scenarios within a protected environment, and you will be involved in the discussion and resolution of  issues that could occur in daily school life. Students will be required to travel to the Pontypridd campus to access this facility.
  • The University is an accredited Apple Regional Training Centre, so 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.
  • Google Suite is used to support and develop 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 students.


Entry criteria detail typical offers, but USW considers all applications on an individual basis, which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. 

Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Additional Requirements:

An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check on the Child Workforce and Child Barring List and subscription to the DBS Update Service. (Overseas equivalent required for non-uk applicants)


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 a minimum score of 29 overall including 5 or above in English at standard level

Typical Access to HE Offer

Passing the Access to HE Diploma and obtain a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points.

Additional Requirements

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration maybe given to individual circumstances. 

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.

Full-time fees are per year. 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.

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

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.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS * £53.20
This fee includes £40 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service * £13
Subscription required for each year of the course for a yearly fee of £13. Please note the service has to be joined within 30 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
Other: Travel to and from placement (compulsory) *
Years 1, 2 & 3 - Cost is dependent on placement location and is an additional cost to be met by students.
iPad (compulsory) * £310 - £465
USW is a champion of digital skill development and as such, we ensure students are equipped with these skills to both support their studies and future careers. Students will need to purchase an iPad to access the course. Options for purchasing an iPad will be available through the University if required.
International placement (optional)
Students may choose to undertake an optional 4-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.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 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 apply directly

International students

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

Apply now 

Admissions statement

Those with an Education degree can consider a wide range of possible employment options including teacher (with further study); 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; 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.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.