BA (Hons) Education and Learning

Bristol Zoo Gardens remains open to students.

You will have private access to the zoo grounds during lectures, to carry out your observations and data collection, but as more animals are moved, this will gradually be carried out at the Wild Place Project. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Course Description

The BA Education is a one year top-up Level 6 course, for those students who have already achieved a Foundation Degree or a HND in a relevant subject. This degree aims to provide students with a robust knowledge of the theories and practices in educational contexts.

Research in Education

Contemporary curriculum design will be taught alongside pedagogical theory and issues of alternative education to ensure students have a solid foundation of the challenges faced in education. The dissertation will provide an opportunity for students to develop their own research interests and develop their understanding of the importance of the role of research in education to action change.

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Contemporary Curriculum Design

This module aims to develop your awareness of the various approaches to curriculum design at different points in education. You will apply these to your own working practice and plan an innovative unit of work that supports some learners within your current working context. The future of education will be considered in light of societal and individual expectations and requirements of education. Sustainability and global politics will also be analysed in relation to curriculum design and the role education and educational institutions play

30% Presentation, 12 minutes (1,800 words equivalent)

70% Assignment 4,200 words (or equivalent)

Psychology in Education

This module provides an opportunity for you to critically examine and evaluate a range of psychological theories, in light of their application within educational contexts, including those from primary to higher education. Whilst relating theory to the design and maintenance of practice and policy, you will be enabled to reflect on your own and others educational experiences.

50% Assignment 3,000 words (or equivalent)

50% Assignment 3,000 words (or equivalent)

Developing Health for Life

Given the stressful lives that modern day families live, health for life is a very important project for all. This endeavour starts in the early years, as it has been shown that early relationships matter in the development of resilience. You will learn in more detail what resilience means, why this is important in relation to the topic, as well as the biological, environmental and sociological factors that can influence physical and mental well-being. You will have a chance to examine current neuroscientific and other research findings in order to be able to evaluate examples from developmentally appropriate practice that help children and families to promote health for life. A final takeaway message of this module is that a shared commitment towards health for life between children, parents/carers, practitioners and students, is inevitable.

30% Presentation 12 minutes

70% Portfolio


This module provides you with an opportunity to engage in educational research by conducting your own research in an area of interest. You will be supported through the process, beginning with the creation of your research proposal. This is an exciting module which requires independent and critical thinking. The material in this module will be delivered in taught sessions and individual tutorials which enhance your research skills and develop your knowledge of research and its importance in education. Initially you will devise a research proposal whilst learning about the research process. You will then become an autonomous thinker through individual tutorial support whilst conducting your research and analysing the data.

20% Standard, Written 2,000 words (or equivalent)

80% Dissertation/ Major project 8,000 words (or equivalent)

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Rachael Illsley
Subject Area Lead, Social Sciences.
*Programme subject to validation by the University of Gloucestershire
University Centre WISE
Top-up Degree
Full-time Duration:
1 Year
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2 Years
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Entry Requirements

For direct entry onto a Level 6 (Top Up) course, you will need to have achieved a level 5 qualification e.g. HND, Level 5 Diploma or Foundation Degree in a related subject.

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Course info last updated:
February 6, 2023
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