Education (BA (Hons))

Swansea University the United Kingdom

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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9000 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 14200 per year

All study options

About Education at Swansea University

Course Overview

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: ABB - 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)

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.
  • As part of the degree, all students will be given the option of studying towards the Cambridge English CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults), at a substantially reduced cost to students.
  • 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.


Course description

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. 

CMALT Scheme

Swansea University is working in partnership with the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) to provide an opportunity for education students to achieve recognition through the ALT Certified Membership scheme (CMALT). Swansea University is the first higher education institution to incorporate an accreditation route to CMALT on an undergraduate education programme. Certified Members of ALT include learning technology practitioners, teachers and researchers from across the educational and commercial sectors. CMALT is nationally recognised and increasingly valued by employers and professionals, and provides an excellent opportunity to gain recognition for learning technology skills and experience, develop transferable skills, which can be applied cross all educational sectors and industry, and increase the impact of your professional record or CV.

For further information about this scheme then please contact Sam May (Digital Education Track Lead).


Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBA (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9000 per yearInternational course feesGBP 14200 per year

Notes about fees for this course

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,200

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.

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 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.

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