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Education [Accelerated]

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

BA (Hons) Education
School of Education
Campus or location
Newton Park and partner settings
Course length
Two years full-time.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: BED1
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email with your specific details.

This course is no longer taking applications for 2024

Applications for 2025 will open in September 2024 for home applicants via UCAS, or direct via our website for international students. For more information, please contact our Admissions team:

Our accelerated Education degree is perfect for those who are passionate about changing lives through education.

  • Begin your education career after just two years of study with our accelerated degree.
  • Gain employability skills and be ready to start a PGCE degree or postgraduate study.
  • You'll work with industry, cultural and community organisations on real-world problems to inspire change and make a difference.

University of the Year for Social Inclusion

Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2024

#7 in the UK

for Student-Staff Ratio in Education (Guardian University Guide, 2024)

Our innovative accelerated Education degree is for those who are passionate about changing lives through education and want to start their career in just two years.

You'll have the opportunity to work with learners of any age and in a range of sectors including traditional education and childhood settings, local government, charities and cultural institutions.

Whether you want to be an educator, policy-maker, researcher or activist, this degree will provide you with a swift route into teacher training, employment, postgraduate research and graduate schemes for careers in public service.

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What you'll learn


You’ll gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • Aims, values and outcomes of formal and informal education in local to global contexts

  • Education as a vehicle for social change through different disciplinary perspectives

  • The creative role of an educator in promoting social and educational change

  • Educational, societal and organisational structures and how they impact learning and wellbeing for individuals, groups and communities.

Course structure

Year one
You’ll be introduced to formal and informal education whilst exploring education as a vehicle for social change through multi-disciplinary perspectives.

You'll study key concepts, drawing on sociology, psychology and philosophy, and cover topics including wellbeing, inclusion, voice and participation. This multidisciplinary approach exposes you to a range of different perspectives which will enable you to better understand lived experiences.

You'll also undertake work-based learning where you can evaluate how change works in the real world.

Year two
You’ll study the relationship between education theory and practice and explore various aspects of education from a national and global perspective, including social justice, inclusion and educational policy and practice.

You'll benefit from hands-on learning and creative experiences which will support you to work collaboratively to solve problems. You'll use your skills to work on a research project with stakeholders engaging with real-world problems, which is designed to prepare you for progression to employment or postgraduate study.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll be formally assessed through coursework. There are no exams.

Assessments could include written assignments, individual and group presentations, work-based learning appraisals and reflections. Creative assignments might involve practical projects, podcasts and vlogs.

How will I be taught?

Teaching is through a mix of lectures, seminars, online directed tasks and individual tutorials. Seminars provide opportunities for you to discuss, ask questions and get involved in activities and debates. You'll also have the opportunity to gain practical experience working on real-world problems.

You’ll be taught by experienced university staff, many of whom publish and are actively engaged in academic research, which informs their teaching.

You'll also benefit from visiting speakers – these include head teachers, educational advisers, professionals from a range of informal and formal education-related organisations, specialist researchers and international visitors – and our careers advisors and experts in academic skills based in the Writing and Learning Centre.

To find out more about how we teach and how you'll learn, please read our Learning and Teaching Delivery Statement.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document for more information.

Year one (Level 4 and Level 5) modules

Level 4 modules:

  • Formal and Informal Education
  • Education for Change
  • Health and Wellbeing in Education
  • Children and Young People’s Voice and Participation
  • Controversial Issues in Special and Inclusive Education
  • Educational Research Foundation 1

Level 5 modules:

  • Exploring and Evaluation Change within Professional Practice
  • Educational Research Foundation 2
Year two (Level 5 and Level 6) modules

Level 5 modules:

  • Issues in Education: Social Inequalities and Social Justice
  • Educational Policy and Practice: from Local to Global
  • Research Challenge 1: Project Design

Level 6 modules:

  • Pedagogies
  • Research Challenge 2: Live Project
  • Educational Professionalism: Transformation, Bildung and Conduct
  • Research Challenge 3: Research Knowledge Mobilisation


Study abroad

As part of your degree, you could study abroad on a placement at one of Bath Spa’s partner universities.

Work placements, industry links and internships

Throughout your degree, you'll be immersed in work-based learning, giving you the opportunity to investigate a range of education-related careers and optimise your employability skills. You'll create a professional portfolio to explore, experience and progress towards your chosen career.

You’ll be supported throughout your degree with a tailored mentoring programme focusing on your personal and professional development.


This degree will prepare you for a career in a number of education-related roles or further study either in the school sector, as a teacher, or in other industries (for example Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), consultants in museum/heritage organisations, local government policy development, and rehabilitation services/prison education).

Global Citizenship

If you’re a full-time undergraduate student starting your first year at Bath Spa University, you can apply for the Certificate in Global Citizenship, which you’ll study alongside your degree.

You’ll gain global awareness and add an international dimension to your student experience, and funding is available. On successful completion of the programme, you’ll be awarded a Certificate in Global Citizenship. This is in addition to your degree; it doesn’t change your degree title or results.

Adobe Creative Campus

Develop a wealth of indispensable digital skills that you can take into your future career. One of only three Adobe Creative Campuses in the UK, we provide all Bath Spa students with access to the full Adobe Creative Suite, giving you the tools to communicate creatively, whatever your course or chosen professional field.   

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The course is taught on Newton Park campus and through host organisations offering work-based learning experiences. This could mean working in a school, childhood setting, local Government, charity or on community projects.

On campus, you'll have access to a range of excellent facilities including:


2024 entry
Student Annual tuition fee
UK full time £11,100
International full time £18,700

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

This two-year Education degree is for you if you are:

  • Passionate about changing lives through education and want to develop a portfolio of employability skills and experiences such as; thinking creatively, taking the initiative and making connections;
  • Wanting to start an education-related career in just two years as an educator, policy maker, researcher or activist;
  • Looking for an education degree that focuses on social impact and transformation and offers flexibility through real-world experiences in both formal and informal education settings; and
  • Seeking a course that provides a swift route into employment, postgraduate research and graduate trainees schemes for careers in teaching and public service.
Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level – grades BBB-BCC preferred
  • BTEC – Extended Diploma grades from Distinction Distinction Merit (DDM) to Distinction Merit Merit (DMM) accepted in any subject.
  • T Levels – grade Merit preferred.
  • International Baccalaureate – a minimum of 32 points are required.
  • Access to HE courses – typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, at Merit or higher).

If you don’t meet the entry requirements above, we may be able to accept your prior learning or experience from outside of formal education. See our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) page to learn more.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Course enquiries

For further information about the programme or entry requirements, please email us at

How do I apply?

Applications for 2025 will open in September 2024 for home applicants via UCAS, or direct via our website for international students. For more information, please contact our Admissions service on +44 (0)1225 876 180 or

Academic representative: Dr Agnieszka Bates

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