Undergraduate courses


At the Institute of Education you will be taught by leading academics in the field of teaching and learning. This rich experience, coupled with the wide range of expertise available, has led to our excellent reputation for our degree courses, including a Grade 1 at the last OfSTED inspection.

Right: Nasreen Majid, Director of BA (QTS) Education programmes

BA (QTS) Education

The BA (QTS) Education offers you an excellent foundation to launch your career in the profession of teaching and education., while allowing you to continue with your subject studies in Art, English or Music to an advanced level. Students can choose from one of four specialisms:

The Professional and Curriculum Subjects Studies programme consists of modules and placements designed to develop you as a reflective primary practitioner. Three Professional Studies modules investigate the changing role of the classroom teacher, the intellectual, emotional and social development of children and the context of the school. You will also be introduced to the core and foundation subjects of the National Curriculum, including the role of ICT. Throughout the programme you will develop your understanding of children's learning; of a range of approaches to teaching; of curriculum planning; of evaluation and assessment; of classroom organisation and management; of the legal requirements of the profession; and the wider life of the school community.

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Right: Teresa Wilson, Director of BA Education Studies

Full Time: 3 Years
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A distinctive and innovative programme for students who want to know more about education and learning in its broadest sense. The range of possibilities when graduating from this course make it a modern, highly flexible option.

This course balances theory with practice to ensure you receive a well-rounded education with a strong focus on inclusion, drawing from the experience of our leading researchers.

You will be able to explore issues of diversity, social justice and disability. The choice of optional modules will give you a degree tailored to your academic and professional interests and enable you to use a range of creative strategies to support all learners.

During your time with us, you will explore many fundamental moral and social questions in education, such as:

  • Why are there differences in educational attainment for different students?
  • How does lifestyle affect the environment and the sustainable use of resources?
  • Is there a link between health and learning?
  • Do all citizens have the right to an education?

You will examine education in its cultural, political and sociological contexts as well as developing your understanding of how children and adults learn. You will explore the opportunities and challenges that will affect educational practice today and in the future.

The placement and option of study abroad will enhance your reflective and transferable skills; assets highly valued by employers and important to your learning.

Assessment is 100% coursework, which means that we use a range of assignments (essays, reports, presentations and portfolios) to test your knowledge throughout the year, rather than giving you an examination at the end.webbybookshelf

You will complete a four week placement in Year 2, which may be undertaken in a school or another setting that best reflects your career aspirations. For example, if you are interested in working as an Education Officer in an art gallery or a museum, we can help you find a related placement for hands-on experience. Professional development is a theme which is embedded throughout all three years, and we shall support you to develop career skills relevant to your area of interest.

A DBS check will be required in Year 2 if you undertake a placement in certain settings such as schools.

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BA in Children's Development and Learning

Our BA in Children's Development & Learning is intended for students holding foundation degrees. It provides students with the knowledge and understanding to effectively support children, to monitor children's development and achievements and to respond flexibly to changing circumstances.

Students interested in this course may also like to see our Foundation Degree in Children's Development and Learning.

Primary school pupils

Foundation Degree in Development and Learning

The Foundation Degree in Development and Learning is intended for staff in childcare and education who want to study for an initial degree. It provides knowledge and understanding to effectively support children, to monitor children's development and achievements and to respond flexibly to changing circumstances.

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