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BA (Hons) Education and Learning

This degree is delivered in partnership with the University of Bolton. It is a great opportunity to explore in-depth some of the key current issues affecting education in the UK and abroad.
4.5 years part time or 3 years full time
Lee House, Manchester City Centre

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 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.

You can view the programme specification here.

When does the course start?

Course start date for part-time route - February 2024 (4.5 years)

Course start date for full-time route - September 2024 (3 years) 


What does the course cover?

The principal aims of the programme are to:

  • Develop the skills and abilities necessary for study at this level
  • Develop a reflective and reflexive approach to personal and professional development and research
  • Enable students to demonstrate their awareness of current issues and practices within learning and teaching
  • Encourage comment on the applicability, relevance and usefulness of a range of theories, concepts, and models applied to educational practice
  • Enable students to demonstrate high levels of proficiency in key skills commensurate with their individual development and professional circumstances
  • Enable students to take responsibility for the initiation, planning and development of chosen lines of enquiry
  • Encourage evaluation of educational policies and analyse the ways that these may affect practice within specific educational environments
  • Enable students to monitor their own progress through reviewing, reflecting, action planning and target setting as part of their Personal Development Planning (PDP)

Over the 3 years you will complete the following modules:

Year 1

  • Research and Study Skills
  • Theory and Practice of Learning
  • Inclusive Education
  • English in Schools
  • Maths in Schools
  • Being A Teacher


Year 2

  • Globalisation
  • Educational Issues, Developments and Policies
  • Learners with Additional Needs
  • Classroom Cultures
  • Placement
  • Research Proposal


Year 3

  • Philosophy of Education
  • Psychology of Education
  • The Illusion of Inclusion
  • Educational Leadership
  • Dissertation


When will I attend?

Attendance is required:

Part time route - one evening per week 

Full time route - 1 day in-person taught session plus one day online learning per week

What will I achieve?

On successful completion, you will achieve a BA (Hons) Education and Learning, awarded by the University of Bolton. 

By completing this course successfully, you'll be well prepared for related postgraduate studies.

What are the entry requirements?


  • A level 3 qualification in any subject
  • Ideally a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent), including English Language
  • If English is not your first language you will need to complete a Secure English Language Test at IELTS 6.0 or equivalent
  • You will be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work
  • If you do not meet all of the entry requirements, please get in touch as all applications are dealt with on an individual basis


Please note that if you’re intending to progress on to an initial teacher education qualification (PGCE) in Primary teaching after completing this degree, you’ll need GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 in English Language, Mathematics and Science.

What does the course cost?

Full time route

£8250 per year

Part time route

Years one to four - £5500 per year

Year five £2750 

Students are generally entitled to a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England.

For information on student finance visit

This programme is subject to validation.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How do the modules and levels reinforce one another?

This degree programme is designed on a ‘spiral curriculum’ where topics are revisited and looked at into greater depth through levels 4, 5 and 6.

For example, the research and study skills module at level 4 will provide the necessary skills to reinforce the research proposal module at level 5 which in turn is designed to support the skills and knowledge required for the level 6 dissertation module. In this way, the whole degree programme is designed to consolidate learning throughout the three years.

How do the modules and levels consolidate learning and challenge students?

Each module is designed to expand and build on previous learning as well as provide scope for the introduction of more advanced, brand-new material and therefore increased challenge.

The spiral curriculum we operate supports you to effectively consolidate your learning through levels 4, 5 and 6. There are no examinations in the degree, the assessments usually include student presentations and are thus designed to offer challenges that will serve you well in future employment. Our module tutors assess, grade and provide feedback by adopting a feed-forward approach. This supports learners to reflect on their progress and question ‘How can I continue to progress in my learning?’

Will I need to sit an exam?

No. There are no examinations in the degree, the assessments usually include student presentations and are designed to offer challenges that will serve you well in future employment.

Our module tutors assess, grade and provide feedback by adopting a feed-forward approach. 


Lee House,
90 Great Bridgewater Street,
M1 5JW