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BA (Hons) Education and Learning

Teaching, learning and schooling shape lives. But how do we learn? Why are our experiences of education so varied? How do we promote equality in education and training? The University of Bolton’s BA (Hons) Education and Learning degree taught by The Growth Company in Manchester offers you an exciting opportunity to explore these and other vital education issues in depth.

Education and Learning

Key information

Award:

BA (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Part-time

Duration:

4.5 years

Location:

The Growth Company

UCAS points:

80

UCAS code:

X330

Start date:

25/09/2023

Course Details

This fascinating degree allows you to study a balanced combination of current educational policy and the history, sociology, philosophy and psychology of education. Taught by The Growth Company in Manchester, this BA (Hons) Education and Learning degree offers an excellent opportunity to explore in-depth some of the key current issues affecting education in the UK and abroad.

Key themes of 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.

On completing this course successfully, you'll be well prepared for related postgraduate studies. Although the course doesn't lead directly to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you'll have first-hand experience in schools or other educational establishments to support your application for teacher training.

Highlights
  • The Growth Company is a well-established partner of the University of Bolton, based in Manchester, focusing on business, early years, and initial teacher training courses.
  • Small class sizes mean a more keenly focused attention on your learning needs and strategies for success.
  • You'll be studying at an education provider known for its friendly atmosphere and get to study alongside students from a variety of backgrounds, each with an individual and unique perspective on education.
  • Our professional and approachable tutors will guide and support you throughout your course, offering attentive one-to-one support.
  • Our emphasis on supporting you in developing study and critical thinking skills will help you prepare for postgraduate study.
  • A link tutor provides academic communication between The Growth Company and the University of Bolton's academic school so that the experience you receive as an off-campus student is equivalent to that of an on-campus student.
  • As an off-campus student, you'll also have access to the support of the University's dedicated Off-Campus team and resources to help make you truly feel part of the institution.
Key Features
  • The programme is designed to help you gain some of the knowledge and experience required for direct entry to initial teacher education courses (QTS) or entry-level employment.
  • You'll have the chance to take on a systematic and reflective study of education that's illustrated and informed by the diversity of teaching and learning approaches in different sub-sectors of education.
  • You'll be able to take at least one placement opportunity in an educational setting, where you'll observe learning and teaching in progress and talk to teachers and students about their roles and experiences.
  • Our teaching draws on your own learning experiences as a starting point for understanding the formal educational process. This means contributing to research and discussion through critical reflection on your own education and by listening to others' experiences.
  • The Growth Company in Manchester offers excellent IT facilities, WiFi and well-appointed teaching, learning, and study areas.
  • You'll also have access to the University's e-learning resources, an extensive e-library and the support of University librarians.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


On the BA (Hons) Education and Learning, you'll have the chance to develop specific knowledge and skills surrounding educational issues, theories of learning, equality and diversity, education policy and practice, creativity and education, and a general understanding of education in social, political and economic contexts.

In addition, as a graduate of this degree, you'll possess generic skills that are highly sought-after in a wide range of sectors. These can include communication skills, providing evidence-based written and spoken arguments, ICT, research and analytical skills, problem-solving and self-management.

What can I do with this qualification?

The skills and experience you develop during 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. Some of the key graduate employers include central government departments, community and voluntary organisations, museums, the police and probation services, social services and universities.

Achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through completion of a PGCE or equivalent postgraduate qualification is a popular route for education graduates. Or you may prefer to develop a deeper understanding with a master's course in education or a related social science in subjects such as educational management or global educational leadership. Ultimately, you might consider a PhD in an education-related subject.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. Some of these roles may require relevant experience and/or postgraduate study. Some of these careers include:

  • Education officer
  • Family liaison
  • Educational psychology
  • Educational administration
  • Educational writing
  • Careers guidance
  • Training and development
  • Quality standards
  • Community engagement
  • Youth work
  • Social work
  • Play therapy
  • Human resources
  • Publishing
  • Market and policy research
  • Librarianship

Course fees

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2022-2023 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on www.gov.uk for information.

The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

For 2022-2023 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2022-2023 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Additional costs

There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme.


For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

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Before applying, please read the entry requirements section of this page.

If your course runs at multiple locations or has various start dates, please be sure to select the correct application link from the list below.

Before beginning your application, you should have the following information to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history, including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including email addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already inputted.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or UGadmissions@bolton.ac.uk

We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!


Learning and teaching for this course are supported by blended learning using a combination of face-to-face sessions and online resources. We'll help you develop your research skills while you mould your own approach to individual learning and independent research. You'll also have lectures, seminars and group work to help you progress successfully.

Assessment tasks are linked to each module's intended learning outcomes, while course assignments are based on coursework – varying from academic essays to e-discussions, presentations and seminars. Assessment tasks involve research exercises and may require you to submit reflective journals and case studies. There are also reflective activities, such as Personal Development Planning (PDP), where using relevant theories and reflective tools will help you relate theory to practice.

All the while, we'll provide feedback on your written assignments during tutorials and following presentations. We encourage presentations in some modules so you can familiarise yourself with this important experience.

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Enquiries Team
The Growth Company

recruitment@gceducationandskills.ac.uk

+44 (0)161 233 2656

Rose Davies
Head of Higher Education Provision, The Growth Company

rosemarie.davies@gceducationandskills.ac.uk

+44 (0)7803 119945

Hannah Lovatt
Link Tutor, University of Bolton

H.Lovatt@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903382

Jessica Storey
Partnership Manager, University of Bolton

J.Storey2@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903442

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