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Educational Technology and Innovation

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

Key facts

BA (Hons) Educational Technology and Innovation
School of Education
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: HH22 or HH23
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A-level at grades CCC, with an A-level in Computing/ICT advantageous, but not essential.

View "typical offers" for more information.

Explore cutting-edge technologies as an agent for change in the future of education.

  • Fast-track your career in educational technology, with a course that has previously existed at Master's level only.
  • Gain a variety of skills that employers are looking for, through interdisciplinary study in both education and technology.
  • Explore emerging technologies (including AI, virtual reality, etc.) and their implications for education, identity and society.

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Technology is everywhere. We need to be able to effectively live, work, and thrive in the digital age. That's why it's essential that we manage change and integrate tech into the education sector - which is worth over $4 trillion to the global economy.

If you have an appetite for innovation, and for exploring both software and education processes, i.e. the way learning happens, this course is for you. You won't necessarily want to be in the classroom, but you will be interested in education. You may also be a mature student, ready to embark on a second career.

We'll focus on the future of education technology, and consider innovation in its broadest sense. We aim to be at the leading edge of educational practice and use of technologies that match the scale of the problems society is trying to solve through.

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What you'll learn


The course focuses on the application of technology to learning and education. It stresses creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication, to develop your skills and innovation practices.

It provides the academic and professional skills required for careers in Educational Technology and Learning Design, a key feature of work in all sectors in the future. 

Course structure

Year one
We'll introduce you to exciting ways in which education and technology can be agents for change. We'll develop your programming, coding, and critical thinking skills in a variety of contexts. You’ll explore how to use these skills to design learning experiences and develop digital citizenship.

Year two
You’ll gain in-depth understanding of global trends, policies and practice, to build educational technology leadership skills. You’ll examine emerging technologies, and develop games for learning, instructional improvement, and personalisation.

Year three
In your final year, you’ll be able to expand your understanding of innovation and technology integration. You’ll extend planning and development skills using various cutting-edge technologies, and prepare to lead change with educational technology. In your third year, you’ll write a dissertation exploring a topic in depth, with one-to-one support.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments could include essays, projects, group presentations, research-based reports, and portfolio-based work. We’ll provide you with regular feedback and give you guidance on how to improve your skills, knowledge, and understanding.

How will I be taught?

Teaching is through a mix of face-to-face and online/blended learning, in your cohort (lectures, seminars, group work with lectures, seminars with technology rooms, and individual tutorials). Seminars are usually more informal than lectures – they are opportunities for you to discuss, ask questions, and get involved in activities and debates.

You’ll be taught by experienced and respected University staff. They’ll introduce you to their specialisms and research interests, through a range of opportunities. You’ll also benefit from visiting speakers – including technologists, headteachers, educational advisers, specialist researchers, and international visitors.

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 (below the main image on this page) for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Education for Change
  • Digital Communication and Education
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Digital Learning Design
  • CodeLab 1
  • Web Development

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Digital Education – Global Trends, Policies and Practice
  • Digital Literacies and Personalisation
  • Games Development
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Creative Industry Challenge
  • Supporting Learners with Additional Needs
  • Critical Approaches to Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties in Education
  • Environment and Education
  • Professional Placement Year

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Educational Innovation Project – Part 1
  • Educational Innovation Project – Part 2
  • Creativity and Digital Technologies in Education
  • Physical Computing
  • Cyber Security
  • Learning in Mathematics
  • Childhood, Reading and Children’s Literature
  • Learning in Science 
  • Culture, Creativity and Society: Perspectives in Art Education


Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to study in locations around the world. The University offers an extra-curricular three-year Global Citizenship Programme which runs alongside the degree for all three years of the undergraduate degree. The programme includes a scholarship to fund international study (for UK and EU students only).

Further study abroad opportunities are available from our International Office and the Erasmus programme.

We also have our own extensive network of international partners.


Graduates will gain the skills and understanding required to effectively lead and manage the development of technological innovation in educational businesses, settings and institutions.

For example, you might work in:

  • An education startup
  • An established education business
  • A charity
  • Various parts of the private sector that require educational expertise
  • Freelance/ consultancy work.

Job titles for graduates of this course could include:

  • Learning technologist
  • Digital learning designer
  • E-learning developer/ specialist.

Further study outcomes could include progressing to an MA, research degree, or postgraduate teacher training course.

Professional placement year


This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.


Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The course is taught on Newton Park campus.

You'll have access to a range of excellent facilities including:


You'll have access to our:

You can also hire out equipment using SISO, Bath Spa University’s free equipment loan service. We provide a huge variety of equipment, from cameras to laptops.


UK and EU students full time

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

International students full time

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,700
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We're looking for applicants who are enthusiastic about using technologies, and the potential these hold for transforming people’s lives through education. An appetite for innovation and the development of new ways of learning teaching would be advantageous. No previous experience of computing is necessary.

Typical offers

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

  • A-level - grades CCC accepted. An A-level in Computing/ICT would be advantageous, but not essential.
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) preferred in a related subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum score of 26 points with evidence of an interest in Education.
  • 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, including 30 at merit or higher) accepted in addition to evidence of an interest in Education.

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.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Catherine Simon
Email: c.simon@bathspa.ac.uk 

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