1. UCAS code:
    3yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:

Course Overview

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: BBB at A-Level with a minimum or five A*- C grade GCSE passes including Welsh/English Language and Mathematics.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS are welcome to apply.

AVERAGE EARNINGS: Typical salaries for qualified primary and secondary school teachers are in the region of £22,467-£33,160, depending on experience. Within leadership and managerial roles in education, salaries can significantly exceed this. As a headteacher you could earn as much as £108,282. (DofE)

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

Why take this course?

  • Education is interdisciplinary drawing on the disciplines of psychology, philosophy, history, and the social sciences.
  • The degree structure is flexible, offering a wide-range of specialist modules that allow students to tailor their degree to their future career goals while developing their individual interests.
  • We use a variety of learning approaches and emphasise the development of practical skills in observation, interpretation, information processing and presentation, all of which will be valued by employers.
  • A unique aspect of the degree is its emphasis on learning in a digital age, affording students opportunities to experiment, assess and reflect on digital learning technologies central to current trends in education theory and practice.
  • Students can apply for a select number of places to study the Cambridge English CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults).
  • All students will complete a research based dissertation in the final year, developing the knowledge and skills to become research-effective educationalists.
  • In years two and three of the degree, students have the opportunity to undertake work placements in organisations such as schools, local authorities, business and charities.  
  • The degree is taught by innovative experts who have strong national and international links.
  • The University’s Academic Success Programme offers complementary study skills courses to help students maximise their potential.



Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EDN100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Issues in Contemporary Education
EDN101Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Learning and Teaching
EDN102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Education Across the Lifespan
EDN104Academic Year10Employability and Study Skills in an Educational Context
EDN105Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Education in Other Countries
PME100Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Learning in a Digital Age
PME101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Origin and Theory of Education Research

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EDN201Academic Year20Child Development
EDN202Academic Year20Protecting and Promoting Wellbeing in Education
PME201Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Research Methods in Education
Optional Modules

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EDN300Academic Year40Dissertation
Optional Modules
Education L6 Optionals 

Choose Exactly 80 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students are required to select 80 credits from the following.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE308Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Issues in current ELT
EDN301Academic Year20Employability Decision Making and Work ExperienceYou have not taken the required Pre Requisite modules for this selection
EDN302Academic Year20Educational Neuroscience
EDN303Academic Year20Childhood Studies
EDN304Academic Year20Leading and Managing in Education
EDN305Academic Year20Difference and Diversity in Education
PME300Academic Year20Educational Practice in a Digital Age


Education is a forward-looking, research-led discipline concerned with policy and practice from a global perspective. It is a rapidly growing area of study that draws on the disciplines of psychology, philosophy, history and the social sciences to focus on understanding how people learn and how structures of education operate to foster life-long learning and personal development.

Designed for both UK/EU and international students, our BA (Hons) Education programme considers education in a wide context, not just within formal primary and secondary school settings, but also Further/Higher Education, social services, local and national government, and education within the community.

Students will be equipped with a solid grounding in contemporary theories and conceptual models of education as applied to local, national and international practice.  Students will develop the research skills needed to critically evaluate current education practice and policy, and in turn, inform future policy development in a rapidly changing political and social environment. In addition, with our unique emphasis on learning in a digital age, students will be well equipped to utilise cutting edge learning technologies central to current trends in education theory and practice.

Employability and study skills are embedded throughout our BA (Hons) Education degree, with all students having the opportunity to undertake work placement modules in years two and three of the degree. A degree in education provides excellent preparation for students wishing to pursue a wide-range of professional careers. For further information please refer to the ‘Careers and Employability’ section. 


Entry Requirements

  • A-Levels/Welsh Baccalaureate*: ABB – BBB
  • Access Diploma: 27D, 15M, 3P
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 360-375 points
  • International Baccalaureate: 32-33 points

*We welcome applications from Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma students. Requirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core Grade.

Please note: it is not essential to have studied any particular subjects at A-level. We do not accept General Studies.

GCSE profiles need to include a minimum of 5 passes at Grade A*-C, including Welsh/English Language and Mathematics.

Candidates who already hold qualifications that may be suitable for entry to Higher Education or those offering alternative qualifications should contact study@swansea.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 1792 295111. 

Any offer of a place will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Please note: Students who wish to train to become teachers in Wales following graduation from this course will need GCSEs at grade B or above in English and Mathematics, and also a GCSE at grade B or above in Welsh if they wish to train through the medium of Welsh. They will also need a C grade or above in GCSE Science.

How To Apply

  • Applications for BA (Hons) Education must be made through UCAS.
  • Applications will be assessed holistically, taking into account the balance, nature and strength of A-level, AS and GCSE subjects (or equivalent), the personal statement, relevant skills and experience, past achievements, and referee’s comments.
  • The personal statement is crucial and must demonstrate an understanding and commitment to the subject.
  • There is no interview process. Once an offer is made, this will be uploaded on to UCAS track and applicants will be invited to either accept or decline.

Applicants with supporting information which they believe might not be captured on their UCAS application form or with other queries should email: education@swansea.ac.uk

Applications are welcome from students wishing to study on either a full or part-time basis.

Please note: All offers will be conditional, subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS check. If a satisfactory enhanced DBS check is not submitted in time for enrolment, you will be required to sign a declaration of provisional enrolment. At the start of years two and three, students will also be required to sign an annual declaration confirming that there have been no changes to their DBS status. More information on DBS checks can be found here.  

Apply via UCAS 

International students are able to make applications via OnTrack 

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,650

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

You may face additional costs while at university, including (but not limited to):

  • Parking at the recreation ground and travel to and from campus. 
  • Photocopying and buying stationery and equipment such as USB sticks
  • A Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) (Price as at Feb 2016, £44)
  • Recommended core texts are stocked in the University library, but students may wish to purchase their own personal copies
  • Library fines
  • Year three dissertation printing and binding (approx. £5).
  • Hire of gowns for graduation ceremonies

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to inflationary increases for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

Click to find out more about tuition fees at Swansea

FUNDING: You may be eligible for university funding to help support your study. Find out more about scholarships and bursaries and other opportunities. 

CURRENT STUDENTS can find out more here about fees and funding for standard undergraduate degrees.

Course Structure

The teaching programme commences two weeks after Enrolment. Here is a full list of term dates.

This is a modular undergraduate honours degree programme offering 360 credits over three years.

Students benefit from a varied and well supported programme of study including lectures, seminars, collaborative group work, field visits to a variety of educational settings, and online, digital learning.  Independent study and self-directed learning is an integral component of each module.

Staff offer opportunities for one-to-one support on academic matters and students are assigned a personal tutor to provide personal, academic, and professional support.

Assessment: Students will be assessed through coursework including essays, presentations (poster and oral), written reports, reflective blogs, personalised learning records, research proposals, and video blogs. Students are also required to complete an 8,000 word empirically based dissertation in the final year. Examinations will form a small component of the degree.

Please note that students choosing to study towards the Cambridge English Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) will also have to undertake an examination as part of the qualification.  

International Students

We welcome applications from non-UK students and consider a wide range of international qualifications. For details visit our country specific guide.

English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or an equivalent approved English Language test or qualification.

International applicants can find out more about how to apply here.

For further information email chhsinternational@swansea.ac.uk

Careers in Education

The Education degree is excellent preparation for students wishing to undertake further training in primary, secondary or further education. Graduates may also wish to undertake a Master’s course or PhD in Education or a related social science to further enhance their professional skills, knowledge and experience.

A degree in education is an excellent foundation for many types of careers, including early years teaching, play therapy, education administration, community development work, education research, local authority roles, learning mentoring, community education welfare and education publishing. Graduates may also enter jobs in education departments in museums, galleries and theatres, local and national government and in social services.

All first year students will take an employability module leading to the Bronze Level of the Swansea Employability Academy (SEA) Award. In the second and third year, students will also have the opportunity to undertake optional employability modules, which include work placements in organisations such as schools, local authorities, business and charities. On completion of these modules, students are awarded the Silver and Gold SEA Awards respectively. In addition, through our programme of field visits, and by completing the final year research based dissertation, students will also be supported to achieve the Platinum Level of the SEA Award. Completion of the SEA award will be recorded on students Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).

All students will also have the option of studying towards the Cambridge English Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), at a substantially reduced cost. The CELTA is useful for those hoping to start a career in English language teaching abroad or in the UK and is recognised world-wide as basic training for employment in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teaching.

Please note: Achievement of this qualification alone does not confer Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).


Accommodation in residences is designated for new first year Arts and Humanities students. Here are your Swansea University accommodation options.

To make sure you get a room in residence in your first year, click here to read the Swansea University accommodation guarantee.

Global Opportunities

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Short and Summer Programmes are a great way to gain international experience in addition to your degree. The College of Arts and Humanities runs a number of summer programmes for students.

Find out more here...